Feng Shui for the Rest of Us: Basic Numberology


Along with colors and arrangement, one thing to consider when designing a room is numberology. Numbers have specific meaning in Feng Shui, and items used in certain quantities will affect the Chi, or energy, of a space.
It is easy to understand that in decorating a room, one item alone in a room has a different feel than a display of a group of items. In a normally busy room such as the living room, less may be more. In a quiet room such as an office, groups may encourage or inspire. In Chinese numerology and Feng Shui, this idea is expanded to include associations with Yin amp; Yang and the Five Elements, as well as the eight areas of the Bagua.


The basic reason for defining numbers as “lucky” or “unlucky” is because of their spoken sound. The number 4 sounds in Cantonese like the word for “death,” and so is unlucky. In turn, the number 13 is unlucky because its digits add up to 4. The number 8 sounds like the word for “prosperity,” so a number ending in 8 is lucky, and a combination of 8s (888) extremely so.

When used in design, the application of numbers coincides with Yin amp; Yang and the Elements. The numbers are 1-9, as represented in the Luo-Shu Grid, or “magic square.” Even numbers are Yin in character. They slow energy and add stability to an area. Odd numbers have Yang characteristics – they add energy and contrast, and promote fun and creativity. The use of both even and odd numbers in decor balance a room. Two matching pillows complete a single couch – three is too busy, and one lacks the needed effect to make the couch seem inviting.

Each of the numbers 1-9 have specific meaning as well as associated Elements.

1- indicates solitude and is associated with the Water Element.
2- is intimate, indicative of partnerships and relationships, and has Earth qualities.
3- as in Trinity, represents the union of man, Heaven, and Earth, or of body, mind, and spirit. It is an active number, inviting Fire energy, but also has Wood qualities.
4- promotes stability and safety, using Earth or Wood energy.
5- social and creative, it encourages excitement and has Earth qualities.
6- is familial, as Grandfather, Grandmother, Father, Mother, oldest Son and oldest Daughter. Its element is Metal.
7- is spiritual in nature and encourages meditation and intuition using the Metal Element.
8- promotes abundance, and like the eight sides of the Bagua, harmony. It reflects the Earth Element.
9- represents completion, and also the beginning of new journeys. It falls under the Fire Element.

Applying numbers to a room in these various groupings, either by furniture arrangement or other decoration, will affect the aura of a room and can balance uneven energy levels specific to a place or to a need in your personal life. The proper usage of groupings can pull or push Chi in the needed direction and make your home feel more inviting.

Feng Shui Chic, by Sharon Stasney
Chinese Numerology, www.handresearch.com/numerology

I know you want more tips on decorating your home. For my next post, I’ll be writing about the important ideas for dining room, including some tips on how to properly look for your perfect

wooden dinnerware.

The Right Day Care Center for Your Children


Caring for toddlers is quite different from caring for babies. They need the same loving and firm care, but they need a much larger place to play as they learn some of the basics of living. Schoolteachers say that preschools are best when they avoid teaching specific subjects and instead teach attitudes that encourage learning. The teachers appreciate children who have been taught to listen, who aren’t afraid to ask questions, who have a lengthening attention span, and who can sit still for a period of time. They also want children to respect the property and rights of other children and the school materials.Toddlers do not need schooling in the academic sense. Their education should cover learning to play and eat with a group, following directions, taking turns and sharing, learning to handle success and failure, obeying authority. Activities should encourage creativity and cooperation, joy and curiosity. Some activities could prepare toddlers for school, but in a very low-key way. Preschools have essential resting or nap times, and parents can help teachers at Teddy Kids Kinderdagverblijf with this part of the day by having the child observe a similar quiet time on weekends. Tell a child that she doesn’t have to sleep, she only has to pretend to sleep. (Most pretenders fall asleep.)
Preschoolers should understand the basic vocabulary used in interacting with others. These words are: yes, no, maybe, please, thank you, now, later, today, tomorrow, come, stay, sit, help, ask, tell, share, give, follow, quiet, pick up, left, right, hello, good-bye, red, yellow, blue, green. I f all children understood the meaning of these thirty words, the school room would be a happier, more efficient learning place! Avoid the school that is pushing a child out of his playtime years. Learning in-advance-of-need often brings on academic burn-out later-and it also means that time has not been spent teaching the basic skills of coordination and socialization.

Learning motor skills, practicing eye-hand coordination, and recognizing similar objects, are more essential for toddlers than attempts to learn to read. The joy of simple accomplishments, patience when things seem difficult, and a sense of success and self-esteem are more important than academic achievements.Before deciding on the school, be sure to ask how children are treated when they misbehave. Although children can live with various methods of discipline (isolation, deprivation), the different methods should not conflict. They should all respect the child’s dignity and intelligence.Some care-givers may not have sufficient child development training to handle discipline effectively. Unfortunately, people who work in day-care are among the poorest paid in the United States.

Top 3 Fusion Beauty Must-Haves


Fusion Beauty is a beauty brand that is sublimely innovative, yet revolutionary and discovers many technological breakthroughs involving make-up and skincare. It is also a brand that challenges the vast majority of beauty quo, making it one of the hottest beauty brands in the world today. I love Fusion Beauty and find it to be a brand that I not only appreciate, but trust highly, as a result. I decided to countdown the top 3 biggest and best Fusion Beauty must-haves.
3. Glow Fusion Micro Nutrient Face amp; Body Natural Tan. This product goes on clear and dries quickly to form a beautiful, natural looking tan without the effects of the sun. It is very subtle and light, with a vibrant and aluminizing essence. This amazing product lasts up to 2 weeks. The best thing about this product is that it works with your skins natural protein providing an array of vitamins and nutrients. If you purchase this product from Sephora, it ships for free. If you are looking for an artificial tan that is natural and provides a color that is natural, you definitely want to purchase this product.


2. Lash Fusion Micro Technology Pure Protein Lash Plump. I first discovered Lash Fusion when I was searching for a mascara and came across reviews for this product. I was so impressed, I went straight to Sephora and purchased it. Formulated with hydrolyzed keratin, this amazing lash product is ultimately worth your inquiry. It allows your eyelashes to gain health, as well as, maintain health. The lashes are lengthened using revolutionary ingredients. This amazing mascara product comes in “black” and “black/brown”. To be honest, out of the many mascara products I have tried, this is definitely one of the best out there.

…and the top 3 Fusion Beauty must-have is…

*drum roll*

1. Lip Fusion XL Lip Plumper. I absolutely love this product just as derma roller amazon. I first discovered this product when I received it as a gift from one of my friends. She said to me “I know Sarah, your lips are full enough, but you have to try this product” and I must say that my lips swelled up, after using this product. This is incredibly wonderful, as it provides a hydration without being sticky and uncomfortable on the lips. The tingle is light and subtle and doesn’t irritate or burn the lips. As this brilliant lip plumping product plumps your lips, it conditions them. Fusion Beauty has become internationally know because of this product, making it the best Fusion Beauty must-have. If you are looking for a great, quality lip plumping product that actually does live up to it’s promise, Lip Fusion XL would be it.

Panasonic 8-Microphone Speakerphone with Caller ID




The Panasonic 8-microphone speakerphone with caller ID is definitely one of the better purchases you can make for an office. This phone is a little over the top for the average home and should truly be used in an office conference room. I have used this in a conference room and I can speak from experience when I say that it is the best buy for the money when it comes to large conference rooms. I will begin my product review on the Panasonic 8-microphone speakerphone with a user rating system, which I derived from personal experience and the specifications. Next, I will provide you with the immersive sound Panasonic 8 microphone speakerphone’s specifications, dimensions, and features, allowing you to be fully prepared before going into the store. Finally, I will conclude my product review with my personal final thoughts and an estimated price range.

User Friendly: 5/5

Abilities: 5/5

Sound: 5/5

Size: 4/5

Overall: 4.75/5


The Panasonic 8-microphone speakerphone with caller ID comes with a two-year limited warranty for the parts and labor, allowing a company to be completely secure in their purchase. It has a height of 2.5 inches and a width of 11 inches. The total depth of the unit is 11 inches. The weight of the phone is 5.1 pounds. It has a name and number memory of 100 contacts. The phone offers a full digital duplex, which reduces the chance of echo in the background and a dropout call. It has a crystal clear sound quality. It has Neodymium speakers that are of the best quality and deliver perfect high definition sound, which is remarkable! I know from experience that the caller ID is easy to use and has a display on the top of the unit with an LCD that glows. It records the last 50 calls, allowing you to go back and find a call from a few times ago, which does come in handy when you least expect it.


The Panasonic 8-microphone speakerphone with caller ID is a perfect phone for an office conference room. I have been using it for years. It provides great quality for a reasonable price, though it is a little high. I have been very happy with my purchase and never had any problems with it whatsoever. I highly recommend it!

Estimated Price

Go into the store expecting to pay approximately $600.


All the information for this article came from the user manual and personal experiences.

Drupal Content Management System


Recently I decided to develop a community driven website. This just means that members/users of my website will be able to produce content, vote on content/polls and make site decisions. I decided to use a Content Management System (CMS) to keep things easy and, since I’m on a budget, it had to be affordable so I am fortunatr I got the service of asp .net cms. After test driving several, I decided to go with Drupal.
What is Drupal?


Drupal is an open source web content management system, which means that it’s a completely free way to set up and manage your web site. That fit perfectly into my budget. The only expense then is the price of hosting. Drupal runs with PHP programming, so it’s important to make sure the web host you choose is reliable and offers plenty of Mysql database space as well as storage space. Drupal uses quite a bit of space for its core functionality and you’re probably going to use more for adding on modules and themes. Modules are extras that are added onto the core to increase functionality. Themes are just “skins” that change the look of the site.

For Site Configuration

Site owners and administrators will love the backend of Drupal. Setting up the look of your site is as easy as deciding what to put on the sidebars. The content is arranged by blocks, which consist of a header, content, sidebars, and footer. These blocks are the core. You can add blocks to these, as well as subtract blocks. [Note: I don’t recommend taking off the core blocks. You could disable your site] To configure the page you decide where you want key features- login, navigation, links, recent content, etc. – by choosing from drop down menus and assigning them numbers. For example, for “user login” you could choose “right-sidebar” and “-10”. That would place the login at the very top of the page (the smallest numbers “float” to the top). You would then decide which components you want in the sidebars and assign their placement the same way. After you’ve determined the look (blocks) you may want to increase usability (modules).

For Function and Usability

Drupal comes with the ability for site members to create their own blogs, stories, pages, forums, and polls. They can form groups for project collaboration. With added modules, users can rate content up (to put on the front page) or down (to take off the front page). They can have a “buddy list” and subscribe to their buddies’ content. Commerce sites can add shopping carts, check outs, a FAQ and have customer support forums. For sites with a lot of professional jargon there is a glossary add-on so that newcomers can understand what’s being said. If there are more questions than can be easily answered, there’s a wiki module that will add a page similar to Wikipedia. For the community driven websites, there are modules that allow users to determine if content or comments are trollish and users can be given the power to erase the offensive material.

Site owners and administrators can set configurations and permissions to allow any or none of these. You can do this by creating user roles for members and assigning them special rights. For instance, you may need a site moderator to help with behind the scenes tasks. You would create the user role “moderator” and assign the permissions based on what your needs are- such as “administer users”, “edit stories”, or “administer login”, among many others. You would then determine such things as registration requirements- can a new user start posting right away or do they need approval. Would you rather prospective members email you for permission first? You can do that and then set up their account for them. You set comment configurations to determine if you allow anonymous users or not. You can determine a point system where users must earn a specific amount of points to receive certain permissions, such as adding their own links. By the way, the point system is good for contests as well. You can determine what kind of content is seen on the front page, which is good if you need a static page that describes a particular product. You can find all of these modules and more on Drupal.org.

Support for Your CMS

Because Drupal is open source software there is no unified technical support available. They do have user generated handbooks and help nodes where you can find some answers, such as the basics for setting up your CMS. However, the best help is located in the Drupal.org forums. A search of the forums will most likely bring up many possible solutions to any problems you’ve run into with your installation. If you have a problem that hasn’t already been answered, then you can post in the forums. You should make your post as detailed as possible- include your software version number, what specific issues you have and what you’ve done to try to resolve those issues. When posting in the forums, always remember to follow the guidelines and be polite and patient. If you follow proper protocol you’ll see an answer to your problem in no time.

Make Your Site Rock

Drupal CMS is the way to go for a site that is user friendly, functional, and affordable. The only thing standing in your way for an awesome website is a good host and imagination. Drupal definitely stands out from the crowd of web content management systems.

A New Age of Hyper-Deflation Due to Excesses of Computer Power?


The title of this article “Hyper-deflation” is pure BS designed only to get your attention? No it is not. There have been periods of actual documented Hyper-deflation in history. Hyperinflation is better understood sometimes. Lots of people see the possibility of hyper inflation arriving anytime because of excess indebtedness of government and the mad printing of paper currency. True Hyper inflation is a relatively rare event. One of the best examples of course is the German hyper inflation prior to world war II that destabilized that country. Often forgotten is the problem Germany had paying post war reparations extracted from them in a treaty following the war. Other recent hyperinflation were Zimbabwe and the One in Yugoslavia as the country broke up after hardliner Tito died. Hyper inflation is genuinely an out of control government paper money printing press every time. There have been other types of inflation including gold inflation when too much gold is on the market at at one time the commodity price cannot sustain it self and if gold is at that time the medium of exchange then it is subject to it’s own inflation. If suddenly a gold mountain was discovered somewhere on earth with twice as many ounces of the metal than are already being hoarded and it is quickly mined then we would have a precipitous decline in gold price. If gold is the money then it would be the exact same thing as paper currency inflation.
Hyper-deflation is a very type of event without too many examples in recent history. Hyper deflation occurs in unsettling times mostly due not to economic collapse because of the installation of socialist policies but because of mass population declines. Deflationary pressures by themselves are not very rare at all. If gold is a currency and goes up in value against other world currencies in circulation than it may actually be in a deflationary period . That has everything to do with relative scarcity and escalating demand. In a paper money deflation the paper money should also have augmented value which translates to better purchasing power. A dollar can buy more or much much more in a hyper deflationary period.

The best documented case of a hyper deflationary period comes from not the collapse of ancient Rome after the city was sacked because then you could argue that the economy or the Latin economy disappeared with the treasure of the city that was left being carried off by vandals. That would suggest an inflationary period verses a deflationary one. It would be depending on types of goods and services and the level of the dislocation of markets to allow for commerce. The best example of hyper-deflation come from the black death period of time in Europe when roughly 40% of the population or more disappeared from plague.

Hyper-deflation was of course only a temporary phenomenon. Some parts of Europe and Asia experience a mortality rate as high as the plagues responsible for the post Colombian new world die off. Europe during the time of the black death had a relatively finite supply of money because at the time gold was the primary medium of exchange. Prior to the plague population growth was robust which translates into more gold being found and put into circulation just because there were so many people having to work with a larger percentage that would be mining or looking to find gold where ever it could naturally be found. Pre plague higher populations meant more demand for land to grow crops and produce food , larger domestic animal populations to feed a larger working growing population and high costs for shelter because of the high cost of shelter and the general scarcity. Most people were employed in agriculture than would have been in any building trades during those times. Fuel to heat homes would have come mostly from wood to burn fires with and in winter that would have been a significant part of the economy considering that in Europe the wood would have to be gathered, harvests and then transported to areas where needed. Energy for heating and cooking had some of the same types of costs that energy has in today’s economy. Horse power was exactly that back then and depended on the number of horses , donkeys and cattle that could do that sort of work. When the black death mass die off of humans started to happen the work of larger populations and years of greater productivity left a landscape of excessively lower prices. There were empty houses, unworked farms, livestock without masters running wild.

All the gold silver and other metals in circulation as money was more money than could be used to justify higher prices or any sort of inflationary pressure. Hoards of gold would have been easy to find in a finders keepers world with no need for much security because of all the excess. People who survived the epidemic found easy pickings of everything of value that was left. Hyper-deflation set in. Stocks of food that might be preserved like salted fish would be less expensive at least until the supplies started to run down from lack of future. The period of time for a total collapse in prices would have been an enduring phenomenon that could last generations. A lot of basic necessities were suddenly available in greater supply with a much reduced population. Less people and more wealth of the years of previous wealth creation left a temporary bonanza of supply all except for labor which would eventually be the undoing of the state of economic hyper-deflation. Before the black death a small piece of gold would have had a lot of value. After the epidemic a lot of gold would have had meaningless purchasing power. It would have been consolidated and hoarded as would have been empty estates and houses. The black death survivors were in an enviable economic situation by any means of looking at it. Experiencing hyper -deflation would seem to be a bit like hyper inflation because gold the grand old currency would not be in the same state of scarcity as it has been before the plague without a considerable higher level of hoarding.. Horse power available per person would also be significantly up. Feed stocks to feed horses might not necessarily be down since there is natural forage. Meat and milk consumption probably increased per capita with lower costs and less demand. Plenty of gold lying around to lead to lower prices if gold was even initially accepted at all. It would not become completely irrelevant rather just an other over stocked already produced commodity. There is no indication from historic records that the plague resulted in fatter people. A lot of the population remained sick or weakened , disabled, lack of adequate numbers of people resulted in crop failures and fields not being able to be harvested. Hyperinflations was uneven among the various commodities, A surplus of dead bodies was good for nothing. There was even a hyper deflation of religion at the time with many empty churches of little use without populations to come to mass. Hyper deflation was pretty much the consequence of natural history with the epidemic sweeping though and culling the population to the extreme.. Images of the black death were recorded by artists as the apocalypse having passed over Europe with big dose of faith being questioned. Images of the rich being spared no more than the poor were another common theme. The theme was mass death and a barren landscape that would have initially been unlikely in the hyper deflation that occurred.

How does this kind of destruction by natural causes relate to Moore’s law and excess computing power? Computers don’t kill people except in 2001 clone films. What computers are doing is expanding productivity especially in services that expresses itself in a geometric progression. Services that used to cost a lot of money can now be duplicated with remote custom entry order parameters at no cost on the Internet. The cost is less than buying the cheapest computer that can connect to the network. An example of services that cost a lot less than they used to are found in everything from online banking, brokerage, auctions, communications including the ability to make free telephone calls online and tax preparation without an accountant or CPA. Expansion of free and near free services online is a tremendous transformation of the economy which mimics the effects of a deadly epidemic in making in making for hyper deflationary conditions. Computers are one thing that can cause deflation as we have never seen it before and it is not just in services but in also being able to conserve resources by not wasting them. We see sites online like Craigslist and other free classified ad boards more efficiently than ever recycling goods so that instead of being trashed they get reused either given away for free or sold at a more reasonable price than having to produce it new. That may not necessarily stop factories from producing more new items although computers do help control inventory by immediate point of sales reporting programs. Like the horse power analogy increasing in the time of the black death epidemic or fire wood becoming more available, computers are helping to prevent waste and send supplies to areas in the economy where the they fetch the highest prices. Less waste can mean the conservation of a larger supply of goods than can be consumed just due to lack of waste. When hyper deflation sets in production does become a form of waste since the deflation shows down consumption. No lack of supply of goods and services is not good for higher prices even if there is an excess of money being saved in the economy. Computers maybe making everything too efficient and too productive. One even notices that people don’t have to use as much fuel in machines to transport themselves because they can sit at home and visit shops, libraries and museums without ever having to get get out of a chair. That leads to more commodities being at least temporarily over produced. Demand does not have to collapse for supply to become at least temporarily a sort of free lunch while it lasts. Blaming deflationary pressures on computers may sound silly until you see the strange new phenomenon of the etf market with commodity hoarding exchange traded hoarded commodities. Hoarded commodities held for financial security purposes are savings not being consumed which only make massive multi billion dollar reserve funds of gold or silver etc indication of pent up supply that will at some point be unloaded with deflationary effects. Some people see 80 plus billion dollars in gold sitting in a gold etf as proof of inflation where as others worry it harbinger of deflation that will come. If a million of investors are sitting on a multi billion dollar reserve of gold for their retirement spending and they reach retirement at about the same age then a lot of gold hoarded will need to be spent at the same time others will have to be unloading as cash. High commodity prices due to hoarding is a bad sign if you are counting on inflation to prevent an economic melt down.

The raging debate over the prospects of the economy going into a deflationary spiral verses those voting for an super inflationary cycle by buying gold is unavoidable in the financial media including odd ball theories including that in personal blogs and from the Austrian School of Economics.

Universally accessible computer power is changing the world faster than most of us can consider the possible longer term consequences. It is creating a deflationary environment for a variety of reasons including better information on how, when , what and where to produce to satisfy demand as instantaneously as possible. When competitors have the same access to that information they all may find themselves misallocating resources by over producing. The computers can all be tweaked to consider factoring in what the competition may be doing with a prisoners dilemma algorithm but that would be considered anti competitive , perhaps against anti trust laws and maybe just as counter productive for the economy as big stupid government interference and over regulation. If the results are the same as government price controls there would not be too much sense in limiting production. An entire economy running with super efficiency in all aspects and types of production would be ever more prone to over production. over production is a sort of wealth that cannot be dismissed. Imagine the people actually having their way and destroying new homes built in the housing bubble just to reduce supply so builders could hire more employees again to build new homes. That would be stupid as stupid gets yet there were actual economists making the argument that destroying housing stock was the solution . What would be wrong with society over producing homes and the price going down so the affordability went up for a lot more people who previously could not afford to buy homes in the housing bubble folly years?

Ubiquitous computer power is preventing people from making the old sorts of mistakes in business they used to under estimating the competition. Universally improving productivity may lead to a higher productive net yield. which can mean lower and lower prices. Computers have opened a real globalism in direct international communication which brings in the lowest cost competition where ever it exists and pits it against the competition with any added transportation costs. That can add to an ethos of deflation that feeds on itself because there may always be a cheaper source for goods and services as communications expand international contact. Computer power is making many services much cheaper with no direct human contact required in many fields.
This has the effect of over production of those goods. All of this as it now seems to be happening may ultimately reverse itself once limits of computing power are reached or at the point when excess freedom from having to work because automated machines can do it all for us backfires and has us all working for the machines.

Computers are becoming the markets and the market place and that is possibly increasing investor efficiency in allocating capital to viable business ventures which somehow leads to over production. Could computers really cause a hyper-deflation in an economy. Maybe. will take longer to find out…..it will take a lot more computer experience.

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