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“Never love that which is not needed to be loved. For love is pain, love is attachment and when that which is loved goes, the heart burns with pain. The greater the love, the greater the hurt, the more the tears.”

 

– Jahan

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An internet friend of mine, Debbie Loesel Stanton is starting a new and exciting way of blogging. As far as we both know the way she and her blogging colleague Eric will do this is a first on the internet and as we all know you can pretty much find anything on the internet so for this to be something unique really is quite something.

Debbie calls her new method “flexibility”.

Flexibility

What flexibility means is this in Debbie’s words:

“Story Squared is a story blog: one continuing story with two writers who will add a little bit to it daily or almost every day. Even the authors will be in suspense, because we won’t know what the other person will write.”

This is very definitely an interesting approach to creative literary writing online and I am definitely looking forward to it. If Debbie and Eric are indeed the first people to do this online then they will be pioneers or even inventers of a totally new genre.

I will keep you all updated.

Debbie’s blog is: http://sunshinefactor.wordpress.com

Eric’s blog is: http://volutedmind.wordpress.com/

and together they will be writing on http://storysquared.wordpress.com/ when it’s up and ready for public viewing.

I wish both Eric and also Debbie over there in her lovely St Paul, Minnesota good luck!

St Paul, Minnesota

St Paul, Minnesota

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Here is my map of visitors to my site as of today.

A map of visitors to my site from around the world.

A map of visitors to my site from around the world.

As this is an English-language blog naturally the largest officially English speaking country in the world, the United States has the most visitors to my blog with 23,731 at the time of writing.

The USA has the largest number of visitors to my site.

The USA has the largest number of visitors to my site.

However there is one part of the USA in particular which has more visitors than any other country except the United Kingdom. Have a guess. Well it’s the “golden state”, California.

On the west coast of the USA

On the west coast of the USA

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California, called "the golden state" in the USA

California, called “the golden state” in the USA

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If California was a separate country than only Britain and the rest of the USA would have more visitors to my site.

California by itself has 4,312 visitors more than any other country including Germany, Canada, Australia and many others.

California tops the list of US states in terms of visitors to my site

California tops the list of US states in terms of visitors to my site

In recognition of this I would like to say the following three words.

THANK YOU CALIFORNIA!

You have beaten your nearest competitors in terms of visitors to my site, New York on the east coast.

New York

New York

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Some time ago I did a blog post on Wyoming which was at that time the US state with the lowest number of visitors to my site, so I decided to say hello to them, hence the blog “Hello Wyoming”, which you can read here.

That seem to do the trick as Wyoming is no longer on the bottom of the list of American states but it is now in fact North Dakota.

Anyway coming back to California, the golden state. I would like once again to say thank you to all my readers from that state and to let you know that you have had more people from your lovely state read my blog than countries such as Australia, Germany, Brazil, India, France, Italy and many others.

So once again, thank you California!

– Jahan

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Windows movie maker is a program which helps you to make videos, the sort of videos you can then upload on to Youtube.

In this blog I will tell you how you can use it.

1. How to start it.

Go to start.

A pop up men will appear then click on all programs.

Click on "All programs"

Click on “All programs”

Then from the next menu, click on the “Movie maker” icon.

Click on "Movie Maker"

Click on “Movie Maker”

You should then see a screen like this.

Windows Movie maker

Windows Movie maker

You have now opened movie maker, now time to learn how to use it.

2. Putting in pictures.

Click on the “Add videos and photos” icon.

Click on the icon shown by the orange arrow.

Click on the icon shown by the orange arrow.

Then next you should click on your “Pictures” folder in the next screen.

Click on "Pictures" file.

Click on “Pictures” file.

If you have videos in your “videos” folder e.g. things you have recorded from your mobile and simply want to upload that, all you have to do is to go to “Videos”, find your video file, which you should have stored on your “Vidoes” folder and then click on “Open” and it will go Movie maker and then you can save and upload it.

You have clicked on the “Pictures” folder and even if you don’t have anything in your “Pictures” folder you will at least have a “Sample pictures” folder pre-installed by Windows, so click on that. If you want to use pictures you already have from your camera or phone go to the file(s) where they are stored. If you want to use images from the internet, this blog (click here) tells you how to do that.

For the purpose of this exercise I would like you to put all the pictures you see in the folder in to the video. This is to give you practise and help you develop your experience.

You do that by selecting a picture and then clicking on the “Open” button on the bottom right.

Select picture first and then click on "Open"

Select picture first and then click on “Open”

You will then see your video look like this.

The box indicated by the orange arrow shows all the pictures or video clips in your video. Now it only has one picture

The box indicated by the orange arrow shows all the pictures or video clips in your video. Now it only has one picture

Now repeat the same process you used to put this picture by clicking on the “Add videos and photos” icon, going to the “Sample pictures” folder and chosing another picture.

I have chosen the yellow tulips

I have chosen the yellow tulips

Once you click on “open”, the yellow tulips picture will go in to your video after the first picture. You can chose any picture you wish. I have however chosen the yellow tulips. Your video will now look like this.

Your video now has two pictures as is visible on the right hand side, indicated by the orange arrow.

Your video now has two pictures as is visible on the right hand side, indicated by the orange arrow.

You have learnt how to put pictures in to your video, in the next blog in this series, I will show you how to put music.

Thanks for reading, hope you found this useful and have a great day!

– Jahan

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What is the snipping tool?

The snipping tool is a programme that allows you to select a part of your screen or whatever page you are on and then capture that and save it.

In a previous blog I spoke about how to use printscreen, well the snipping tool is similar but instead of 1. saving your screen 2. selecting the part you want to save or use, the snipping tool is much quicker and skips step 1 and you just have to chose the part you want to save.

It may not seem like a big difference but  it can make a huge difference over time if you are trying to copy lots of parts of pages or images or text that you are working on. If you were to have to snip 20 images or extracts it would be far quicker than using printscreen and then cutting out the part you want to use.

How do you use the snipping tool?

1.First click on start on the bottom right of your screen.

First step

First step

2. Then click on “All programs”.

Cick on "All programs"

Cick on “All programs”

3. Then scroll up to “Accessories” and click on that.

Click on "Accesories".

Click on “Accesories”.

4. Then scroll down to the “Snipping tool” icon and click on that.

Click on the "Snipping Tool" icon.

Click on the “Snipping Tool” icon.

5. Then you will see the following image on the window and just click on “new”.

Click on "new"

Click on “new”

6. Then a short menu will appear and you have a variety of different choices on how you will snip the image or text you are working on. For the purpose of this exercise chose “Rectangle Snip” as shown below.

Click on "rectangle"

Click on “Rectangle Snip”

 

7. You would actually first chose the image or text you want to snip and then start the “Snipping tool”, so in the example below I have chosen one of my own personal pictures from my blog and want to snip it.

Drag the cursor around to cover the parts of the image you want to include

Drag the cursor around to cover the parts of the image you want to include

 

8. After you move the cursor around to cover the parts you want a “Snipping tool” window will automatically open up and show you the image you have got. Voila you have your first snipped image and can now do what you want with it. Please do not use this image (taken in Marseille) without stating that it is my picture. Thank you.

You have your first snipped picture

You have your first snipped picture

I hope you find this useful. Practise and have fun, if you get stuck, feel free to ask me questions! I’m more than happy to help!

Have a great day.

– Jahan

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In a previous blog I wrote my first part of the brief history of silver,  in this article I am continuing.

Click on the link to read part 1: The history of silver part 1

I got up to the ancient Greeks who defeated the Persians in the famous battle of Salamis and thus established a lot of security for Athens which produced the conditions for the rise of Athenian culture e.g. Socrates, Plato and Aristotle which of course impacts the foundations of modern western culture.

The Athenian silver mines in Laurium provided silver for many centuries and then later they were followed by silver mines in Spain which the Romans used and which played a key part in the ancient Asian spice trade.

 

A Roman bridge from Rio Tinto in modern Spain. Spain was the centre of ancient Rome’s silver industry.

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Some Roman silver.

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Other ancient civilizations elsewhere had their own silver industries with their own silver jewellery and objects.

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An ancient Chinese silver tiger.

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Aztec silver.

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Later on the Spanish themselves with the reconquest of Spain and Colombus went on to send armies to central and south America where they found silver mines in countries such as Bolivia, Peru and of course Mexico. It was this Latin American silver which accounted for the overwhelming majority of world silver for the next few centuries between the 1500s to the latter part of the 1800s, until the advent of major silver mining in North America.

– Jahan

 

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2012 is over.

 

It’s 2013.

 

Happy new year to everyone!!

 

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– Jahan Choudhry

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