Finding Obscure Books With the Internet

Buying Obscure Books Online
Buying Obscure Books Online
If you’re a bibliophile, the building and maintenance of your personal library, and the quest to find more and new interesting books to add to your shelves, is a process that never really ends. Every time you walk into a bookstore, it seems, you walk out carrying an armload of books you hadn’t even considered buying earlier in the day. However, you may find that no matter how hard you look, and no matter how many used bookstores you comb through, there are some tomes that simply continue to elude you. Whether they’re old history books that feature a comically outdated point of view or an out-of-print fiction book from an obscure author you love, it can be maddening trying to find a book that simply no one seems to have. If you want to cut down on the amount of frustration you feel over that, you should turn to the Internet and see if you have any more luck there.

eBay is Still Great For Finding Rare Books

If you’re prepared to spend money hunting down those volumes you’re missing, eBay is a great place to start. Know exactly what you’re looking for to start, and be prepared to do several different searches to try and find what you’re looking for. Even though the site has become overrun by sellers who do massive amounts of volume, there are still a number of individual collectors selling rare books on the site. Not only that, but some larger used bookstores actually digitize their inventory and list them on sites like eBay. Maybe you’ve never been motivated to drive out of the state to find one of your books, and now you’ll never have to be; it’s a simple matter of looking for an eBay listing you can start bidding on, or a fellow bibliophile to whom you can send an offer.

Check Libraries All Around You

Check Libraries In Your Area
Check Libraries In Your Area
If you’re willing to travel to libraries outside your immediate area, or if you want to try and request a loan from a distant library, try using WorldCat.org. WorldCat collects the listings of tens of thousands of libraries and allows you to quickly search them for those strange books you’re having trouble finding. The result will display the nearest libraries to you which have those books in their collection, and you’ll even be able to find out how to contact the library. This is a great tool if you’re only looking to conduct research, as WorldCat also accesses academic and university libraries, which are often free to use and open to the public. If you’ve exhausted all your options in the local shops and you’re having trouble finding what you want on online shopping websites, try expanding your search to the libraries all around you.

Book Trading Forums Could Be a Treasure Trove

Visit Book Trading Forums
Visit Book Trading Forums
What’s better than getting to know fellow book lovers and swapping your favorites back and forth through the mail? If you’re really having a tough time finding what you want to read, consider finding a forum online for rare books or book trading and posting a topic about what you’re looking for. Even if no one on the forum has a copy available to lend you, they might be able to point you in the right direction for purchasing or borrowing it from someone else. You could also find someone who is just as interested in the same books as you, which could lead to a mutually beneficial relationship where you help each other fill out one another’s collections. The potential for fun and new discoveries is pretty great and makes signing up for a forum community as part of your search well worth your while.

3 Porn Fantasies Your Girlfriend Secretly Wants You to Try

Your Girlfriend's Secret Porn Fantasies
Your Girlfriend’s Secret Porn Fantasies

Here’s a secret you never knew: girls watch porn too. Even though they say they don’t, and even though some girls might be telling the truth when they say that they don’t like it every much, girls as a whole watch porn. Even if she doesn’t, she knows some of the popular things that happen, because so does everyone. You probably knew a joke or two about a pizza delivery guy before you ever watched a bad porno involving one. Some of these things might seem beneath her, but there are a few things in porn that they actually get right. These rare things that women actually like will blow your mind and improve your sex life.

Talking Dirty to Her

Women want you to be vocal in bed. Women are able to be aroused and stimulated by a lot of different things at once. Your hands on her nipples would be one layer of arousal, rocking into her hips is another, and you can have the dirty things spilling out of your mouth as the third. Don’t go for insults right away. Just tell her that she’s hot and ready and you love it when she (fill in something that she’s doing here) and watch her surprise turn to pleasure. Keep up the patter to keep her pleasure levels high.

Role Playing as Someone of Lower Station

Try Some Sex Role Playing
Try Some Sex Role Playing

Think of a lot of the pornos you’ve seen. A lot of them have a woman of higher status being taken by a man of lower ones. Think of the rich wife and the pool boy, or the old romance novel staple of the handsome stable boy and the princess of the whole kingdom. Even that tired standby of the pizza delivery boy getting it on with some random woman. The thing that all of these have in common is that the woman is having sex with someone beneath her. That gives her the power while simultaneously making the sex forbidden and exciting. The next time she wants to do a little role play in bed, suggest that you be a character with less social status than hers and watch her eyes light up. It’s the opposite of what evolution would have her do; evolution says she should wait for a man with even more status than she does. Violating that unspoken rule of society and natural selection makes the sexy role play sex extra dirty.

Shower Scenes

Lets Go On In The Shower...
Give Sex In The Shower A Try!

Women love to have sex in the shower. The water provides more stimulation for them, and there’s ample lube to go around. They also don’t have to deal with being dirty afterwards. When the two of you are done horsing around, they can simple shower off and step out as clean and innocent as anything to throw on their bathrobe and go to bed. There’s a lot of steamy fun to be had in a shower, just make sure that you have some treads down in the tub so you don’t fall over.

Art for Your Office That Impresses Clients

Impresses Your Clients From The Start
Impresses Your Clients From The Start
When you’re choosing how to decorate your office, you need to have a different philosophy than hanging art work in your home. A professional atmosphere goes a long way to impressing clients and actually rope you more business. When you’re first deciding how to outfit your office, you don’t just go with any hodgepodge of furniture and decor. Due to the fact that it’s a space where you’ll be conducting business, creating an environment that’s conducive to that mindset is essential. There are certain types of art work, though, that will either contribute or detract from a professional setting. Here are a few tips for choosing art appropriate for a business environment that will impress your clients and colleagues.

Posters Versus Fine Art Prints

There are two types of art you can choose from that are both professional, but differ in price. Posters are a good start when you’re trying out different looks for your office. There’s also a difference between high end posters, and the type of thing you might purchase at a discount store. High end posters can often be purchased in museum gift shops or online, and have quality jet ink printing. The best are reproductions of famous paintings. Not only are many famous paintings aesthetically pleasing and contain benign subject matter, but they are also recognizable. This makes you appear tasteful and thoughtful in your decor, which instills confidence in how you’ll also treat your clients. On the other hand, if you’re more interested in art than just buying poster reproductions, you can invest in prints. Printmaking is a form of art that isn’t just reproductions. Prints are originals created by artists. They’re signed and numbered, and come in all different types of mediums, such as lithographs or woodblock prints. If you choose to include a fine art print in your office, this will appeal to clients who might be refined or have some kind of artistic background. If your primary interest is conveying the fact that you have taste, then prints are the way to go.

Framing Art Work Properly

Make Sure Your Art Work Is Properly Framed
Make Sure Your Art Work Is Properly Framed
Half the process of having nice art work in your office is also having it framed properly. Bad framing can make a million dollar painting look like garbage. The best thing to do is to take the art work that you plan to display in your office to a professional framer. Don’t bother going to the nearest variety store and looking for a cheap frame. A real framer will customize your art work and give you a selection. You can go ahead and have the frames match the color scheme in your office, if you’re choosing everything. Although getting art work framed professionally can be more expensive, it will give off the best impression to visiting clients.

Hanging Awards and Art Together

Combine Different Types Of Art
Combine Different Types Of Art
There’s no doubt that you’ll want to display other framed items alongside your art work, such as awards and diplomas. There’s a right way and a wrong way to do this, so you need to be careful about the layout. The best approach of how to hang these different things in your office is to choose one wall and area to hang your documents. A good place is behind your desk, since then when the client faces you, they’re also looking at all of your achievements on display. You should also hang any diplomas you have together, usually one on top of the other with the larger one on the bottom. Put awards and plaques next to the diplomas. Awards on paper should always be neatly framed, but you don’t have to take them to a professional framer. Standard mid-range document frames that you can buy at any store are suitable and look nice. Make sure you also hang conservatively, using clean, level lines. No one wants to feel like they’re walking into an art gallery when they walk into your office, so don’t hang it like one. All your art work and framed documents should be hung in straight lines and at eye level. Don’t be afraid, either, to give the art work breathing room. If you have a framed print or poster, give it a wall to itself if it can hold it. On the other hand, don’t force art to fit in a place where it looks odd. Having tasteful decor will convey an air of professionalism that’s important to clients.

Things You Have to Consider Before Renting Out a Room in Your House

Consider Renting Out That Spare Room In Your House
Consider Renting Out That Spare Room In Your House
Times are tough in this economy, and don’t we all know it. You might count yourself lucky if you’re a homeowner, even if you’ve still got a mortgage on your hands. If you’ve got a spare room or two, you might be considering renting it out to bring in some extra cash. However, there are definitely things to keep in mind before you go ahead with that plan, and pros and cons to consider.

What Are You Really Willing to Give Up?

Having someone else in your home means that you’ve got to expect to give up some privacy, and more importantly, expect to have to respect theirs. It seems obvious to hear, but you’re a landlord, not a parent. Entering a tenant’s rented space without providing written warning in advance (we’re talking about a business day or two) is flat-out illegal, and can wind up nailing you with some legal fees. While there are legal processes set up, you also lose some measure of control when renting. A renter may have habits you disagree with, or may damage property. If you’re not willing to sacrifice some control, you may not be ready to rent out.

Choose The Best Room In the House
Choose The Best Room In the House
You may think that drafting rules will solve your problems – however, if you heap them on, no sane tenant will want to live in your house. Rules against smoking and drinking in the house are reasonable, but 9PM curfews and bans on bringing any guests are draconian, and it will be difficult to find tenants willing to submit themselves to them. Enact the rules if you must, but don’t be surprised when the applications don’t come rolling in, especially if you’re in an area (such as a college or university town) with a high population of young folks. You may have to be willing to compromise on lower rent and utility costs to sweeten the pot.

Additionally, keep in mind that they’re a stranger in your home, and you’ll both want to be able to go about your business well out of each other’s hair. While you might have a room currently available, if it’s smack dab in the middle of the house, a tenant will have to roam through the house on a regular basis just to get to their rented space. Really look at the rooms you have, and consider which of them are really best for renting to someone who you don’t personally know. Remember that better rooms mean that you can charge more – private baths, generous closet space, and nice views are real pluses. You may want to consider moving out of one of your better rooms in order to put it on the market for prospective tenants.

What Are You Willing to Do to Prepare?

Renting a room means you have to behave like a landlord. You’ve got to make sure the room is livable for someone other than you – while you might be willing to put up with cracked paint and weird smells, a tenant is under no compulsion to. Luckily, the practice of keeping good records of what repairs and improvements are performed for your tenant will be rewarded come tax time. Those repairs and improvements are tax-deductible, and while they can’t offset the cost entirely, it can give you the extra boost you need.

Make Money From Every Spare room
Make Money From Every Spare room
You’ll also really need to familiarize yourself with your local rental law, which varies by state. Policies are posted on your state’s .gov website, and are freely available to browse. You’ll want to pay special attention to things like tax requirements, zoning laws, and eviction procedures.

Why You Should Try Karate

Learn Some Self-Defence Moves
Learn Some Self-Defence Moves
Karate isn’t just for the super-fit – it’s for everyone! The sport is a nationwide sensation, and has been raging for decades. People love how easy it is to learn, and how powerful it makes you feel once you’ve mastered it. On top of that, it’s also a great way to get fit while having fun. If you haven’t ever considered taking up karate before, then it’s time you start thinking about it. Especially if you’ve had a hard time sticking to diets and weight-loss plans, this might be just the sport for you.

Self-Defense Skills

As well as getting you fit, karate teaches you amazing self-defense techniques. Especially for women, these techniques can get you out of a lot of sticky situations. If you’ve ever been worried about not being able to defend yourself in a pinch, then karate is for you. You’re going to be able to run circles around anyone who wishes you harm, even if you look completely harmless on the outside. That’s the best way to be, too, because nobody expects it. Just keeping up with the lessons and doing your tests will help you go up belt levels in no time at all, so it’s definitely worth the effort. You’re going to love how strong you become after a few years in a karate program, and the results you’ll see after a few months will blow your mind.

Restraint and Patience

Karate Teaches Inner Strength
Karate Teaches Inner Strength
This right here is why karate is best for those who have had problems sticking with diets in the past. The whole point of karate is to establish strength, but restraint at the same time. You have to be patient and restrained, and only use your karate skills if necessary. This also teaches you to be patient with yourself. So many people give up on their diet plans because they’re not seeing immediate results, which is just unrealistic. You’re going to get the best results if you stick to your diet and take time to lose weight the healthy way. Learning karate will melt the weight off, but not immediately. You have to stick with it, and you’ll keep learning and growing as time goes on.

Classes Widely Available

The best thing about karate is how accessible it is. It sounds foreign and really exotic, but really there are multiple karate locations in just about every town. You’ll feel like you’re getting a real ethnic experience, when in actuality you’re just going down the street. It also means that you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg to get a great workout. Gym memberships can get pricey fast, and they’re all self-led unless you want to pay even more to get a personal trainer. Karate classes will give you all of the training and stimulation at a much lower cost, which is great for anyone trying to get fit on a budget. Also, how common they are means that you’ll be able to take classes even if you’re on a tight schedule. They’ll offer classes at all kinds of times, so you can just choose the one that works best for you and go from there.

Family Friendly Sport

The Benefits Of Martial Arts
The Benefits Of Martial Arts
On top of all of those benefits that are already there for you, this is a fantastic way to get the whole family up and getting fit with you. Kids and adults alike love the pace and process of learning karate, and it’s fun to practice at home together, too. You can take all the tests and lessons together, or you could always just do individual lessons at your own paces. Just work out a method that works best for you, and everything will fall into place. Your only concern might be getting it in a schedule that works out for all of you. This is definitely one of the best ways to get the whole family in shape, though, since dance and sport programs don’t generally offer adult classes. Your family will thank you for the chance to have fun together, and you’ll enjoy seeing everyone so healthy and full of life. All in all, with the family friendly aspect of karate lessons and the affordability, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be looking into it. If you’re worried that this could make your kids violent, don’t stress it at all. Since the point of karate is to teach strength and patience, your kids are actually way less likely to be violent and way more likely to be patient and wait before acting. It’s a good way to teach them discipline while still letting them enjoy themselves.