How Playing MMO’s Made My Time and Money Disappear

Top 10 Best MMOs | TechSpotIt all started innocently enough with a good friend of mine asking a very simple question.
“Have you ever heard of Everquest?” I had not and he proceeded to tell me what Everquest was, a massive multiplayer online game set in a fantasy world. My first question naturally was “Can you be a necromancer?” and his reply was “Yes”. As soon as I heard this, I went to the store and bought Everquest, the Kunark expansion, and the Shadows of Luclin expansion; installed them and promptly made my first online character: An Erudite Necromancer.

I continued playing Everquest but I felt I needed more then just one character, so I bought a second account with all the expansions available, costing around $100 and played 2 characters at one time (a technique called 2-boxing). At this point Everquest came out with another expansion called Lost Dungeons Of Norrath, which had 3 person instanced dungeons with a specific goal and reward for finishing the goal. Since I wanted to play this myself, I bought a 3rd account with all the expansions, luckily in an “Everquest Complete” package only costing $60. Now, one thing about MMO’s is they had subscription fees in order to play on thier servers, this fee was $15 per month, so I was also paying $45 ($15*3 accounts) per month this entire time.

At this point, I was 3-boxing and grinding dungeons but was growing bored, the excitement was not there anymore so I started looking elsewhere and found World of Warcraft. WoW was a solid game, with a dungeon finder feature which matches you up with random people based on what role you wanted to play. This allowed me to grind dungeons over and over and eventually I would try and become perfect at my role. I would play for 8 to 10 hours on a day I had off, and 4-5 hours on work nights. I got into a guild and did raids, which required promptly showing up at an appointed time and staying for the entire raid time.

Since there is a finite amount of time in a day, in order to make more time for playing MMO’s I had to let other things go. I stopped going out with friends completely, I no longer cooked any meals but instead got the quickest takeout. Exercise was non-existant, as playing these games requires sitting in a chair for many hours at a time. In an MMO you can not simply pause the game and take a break, the game is always on and always in motion, if you leave the keyboard you are wasting someone else’s time because they have to wait for you, or you are missing out on vital fights and experience and possibly loot. In order to progress to non-casual levels in the game, you need to devote heart body and soul to the cause. There is a certain amount of human interaction within the game but it is masked, there is no body language that can be read, no physical interactions, no reading of funny facial expressions and if you didn’t use vent or teamspeak, there was no voices either, just typed chat.

What also ends up happening is a continual looking for something that feels different, which means trying and buying new MMO’s, things like Matrix Online, Age of Conan, City of Heroes; each one a different style, each one a hefty initial cost and a monthly subscription. I would subscribe to 3 or 4 at once and play each of them back to back; sleep was of little importance and for work I did enough to get by.

The cycle is difficult to break and now with the popularity of Free to Play MMO’s, it is much easier to get wrapped into multiple timesinks and think it is O.K. because there is monetary cost up front. What ends up happening is you get tied down to an MMO, invested into it and suddenly it is no longer a game, it is a lifestyle and at that point you can not even see that you are addicted. Breaking this kind of mental addiction is tricky, the harm seems very low; you are in a safe environment usually, you are not doing anything physically risky, it is playing a game and thereby “fun” but the risks are very real.…

Consigning: A Way to Add a Little Extra Money to Your Wallet

How to Make Extra Money in 2021: 150+ Ways to Earn Cash FastNow is a good time to go through your closets and possibly make some decent money at your local consignment store. Unlike a traditional thrift store, consignment shops are usually more upscale in price because they carry a lot of brand name clothing.

If you have items that fit in this category that you are no longer using and are in great shop, it might be worth investing a little time in sorting through your wardrobe. It’s for certain you won’t get extra money with them just hanging there nicely displayed. Here are some things to consider if consigning is something you might try doing.

What items do they take? Some shops will not take clothing from certain stores even though it may be in excellent condition. Contact them to see what brands are included and excluded. See if they have a website that you might get more information from. Be sure to take pictures of your clothes before you take them in.

How are items priced? – Ask the shop how they derive at their pricing. While they want to price it at a cost that would be advantageous to them and potential customers, you want to get something out of the deal too. You’re not under any obligation to give them your clothes just because you take some there. If you’re not comfortable with their pricing policy take them to another consignment shop.

Getting Paid – If one or all of your items sells then what percentage do you make as the consignor? Have this put in writing for clarification purposes and no misunderstanding.

What if items don’t sell? – Inquire as to the length of time that your items can stay at the shop. If there is a limitation (which there usually is) find out what it is. You may suggest that the price be reduced to increase the chance of it selling. Of course you would need to ask what you would receive in that situation.

Donate to thrift store or charity – If all options have been unsuccessful then inquire as to whether they will donate it or will you have to come and retrieve the items yourself.

To increase the chances of your clothing being sold be sure they are freshly cleaned with no stains or missing buttons, zippers or closures. And while you’re at the shop look at items on the racks and see how they are priced. That might give you a better understanding of what you might receive. It could end up be a winning proposition for all parties involved.

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Making Money Without Traditional Employment

How to Earn Money Without a Traditional Job: 150 Apps and Sites for Gig  Culture | TitleMaxCurrent economic conditions have made it difficult to secure summer jobs or any other form of employment. Not being able to secure employment can be very stressful on any person. For those who are willing to do a little extra work, there are a few things you can do that will generate income for you while looking for a summer job or more permanent employment.

Freelance opportunities

There are different ways to generate money online. Many skills like programming, web design and writing just to name a few, are sought by employers, especially during tough economic times. Many companies try to minimize costs during tough times, and would rather hire freelancers instead of those seeking permanent employment.

Another benefit of freelance employment opportunities is the fact many can be performed from the comfort of your home. Most traditional summer jobs require some travelling, and with rising gas prices the savings are well appreciated.

When I was looking for a summer job last year, I started doing research on the different employment opportunities that were available online. Being a writer, I naturally gravitated towards writing jobs. After playing around with freelance writing for a few months, realized I could actually make more money working as a freelancer compared to many summer jobs.

Selling online

Web sites like eBay have made it easy to sell almost anything online. Unable to secure a summer job, I started making extra money selling items online on eBay. Local classifieds, flea markets and pawn shops are good places to look for cheap items.

I once bought a laptop from a pawn shop for $150. The laptop was priced at a low price because the owner had the device protected with a password. Being familiar with the laptop model, I knew it was valued at a much higher price. I jumped at the opportunity and took the laptop to a friend who is excellent with computers.

Within a few hours, the laptop was ready to go. I ended up listing the laptop online a few days later and sold it in a week for $500. About the same amount of money that many typical summer jobs pay weekly. Other items might only make you a few bucks here and there; the point is you should always be on the lookout for money making opportunities, especially when you don’t have a summer job or some other form of employment.

While selling online will not earn you as much money as traditional employment would, you can still make a few hundred bucks selling items online. As long as you’re willing to put in the work, there are many ways you can make money, even if you’re not able to secure traditional summer employment.…

April 16th Is National Find Your Missing Money Day

Start the conversation on April 16, National Advance Care Planning Day –  Trail Daily TimesYou know how good it feels to reach into a pocket and find a $5 bill? You wonder when you left it there and how could you have forgotten about it.

The same thing can happen with savings accounts, rebates/refunds, credit balances, utility deposits, final paychecks, stocks, life insurance payouts, or safe deposit box contents. When the owner has had no contact with these accounts for 3 to 5 years or if the holder is unable to locate the owner, the money gets turned over to the state for safe keeping until the rightful owner claims it.

Did you know that all 50 states and several foreign countries have unclaimed property offices, and they might be holding money, stocks or valuable items for you or your relatives? You won’t find it unless you look for it exactly the way it’s listed.

The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators says the state unclaimed property offices are holding $33 billion dollars. The chances are good that you can find money, stocks, or safe deposit box contents that belong to you, a family member, friends, your church, a favorite charity, or your business. Don’t forget to look up deceased relatives too.

That amount doesn’t include $16 billion in savings bonds through the Treasury Department that have stopped earning interest, $197 million in forgotten pensions, $153 million in tax refunds that were returned to the IRS because of a bad address, $200 million for creditors in bankruptcy court and more.

In celebration of National Find Your Missing Money Day on April 16, here are seven things you may not know about unclaimed property:

  • Only a few states pay interest. Most keep the interest they earn off of your money.
  • There is no time limit on claiming unclaimed property (except for Indiana, which keeps unclaimed money after 25 years, and Idaho, which keeps it after only 10 years.)
  • In every state, you can conduct a free online search for missing money, stocks or property the state may be holding for you. It’s free to claim except for Texas, that charges a 1.5 percent handling fee on any single claim over $100.
  • When listings of unclaimed property owners are published in the newspaper, they usually just include the new names that were added since the last publication date. Just because your name isn’t there doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check the state’s unclaimed property website.
  • There are many other places where unclaimed property may be hiding. It could be held by your city, county, state, or the federal government.
  • Money may be held for you in a state you never lived in. How could that happen? The law about turning money over to the state, known as “escheat priority rules,” dictates that the money goes to the state of the owner’s last known address.

However, if the holder of the property does not have your name or address, it gets turned over to the state where the company is incorporated. (Search tip: You can enter “Unknown” under the Last Name on state unclaimed property websites, and it will bring up listings with an address, city and state.)

  • Eventually, states will auction off anything of value from forgotten safe deposit boxes. This means that personal items, such as the lock of a baby’s hair, love letters and photographs, are trashed. The money that is made from the sale will be held for the owner of the box.

Celebrate Find Your Missing Money Day by doing an online search for your own missing money by going here and clicking on any state you’ve ever lived in. Maybe you’ll discover that a relative left you a legacy, or you’ll find other money you didn’t know you had. You’ll never know, unless you look.

There are dozens more tips and places to search can be found in Mary Pitman’s award-winning book, The Little Book of Missing Money: A Quick and Easy Guide to Finding Money that is Rightfully Yours, in paperback and in all e-reader formats.…

KFC’s Boneless Variety Bucket Not Worth the Money

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I had just finished working outside and my wife had been at work all day so nobody had a chance to make dinner Saturday. Since it was nearby, we decided to have Kentucky Fried Chicken and give their boneless variety bucket a try.

All I can say is what a waste of money.

The boneless variety bucket comes with three of KFC’s popular entrees, popcorn chicken, chicken strips and honey barbecue wings. We ordered the meal, which comes with two sides. At $15.99, you would think you would get plenty to eat. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.

The bucket only has four chicken strips. We have a family of three and that is the most popular item. Needless to say, those were gone within a matter of minutes. The popcorn chicken came in a large size. However, what KFC considers large, the rest of the known world would consider small. So, again, it didn’t last us that long.

The only thing they gave us any real quantity of would have been the barbecue wings (there were 8 in all). Ironically, those are the one thing we didn’t eat any of. My wife started to eat them but thought they tasted disgusting and, since those would normally be her favorite, I didn’t dare try them. They are still sitting in our fridge and will likely go in the garbage.

To be honest, none of the food tasted all that great. I know KFC has made some formula changes over the past few months because of people complaining about how healthy their products are and I think those changes seriously affected the flavor. The only reason I even went there was solely out of convenience and had hoped to get something worthwhile for my money. Unfortunately, that just didn’t happen.

What is really pathetic is the meal comes in their traditional KFC buckets. If the restaurant chain is going to use them, it just seems like it would make more sense to fill the bucket to the rim instead of putting in a small quantity of each item. You have no idea just how disappointed I was when I opened the lid and saw all the wasted space. If it weren’t for the disgusting honey barbecue wings, we would have had no leftovers. And, at that price, I would expect to have something leftover. In fact, we were still hungry after the rest of the food was gone.

I’m so disappointed by the inadequacy; I’m seriously considering never going to KFC again.…

How to Throw Away Your Money, Part 1: Rental Companies

Is Renting a Waste of Money? Maybe Not.Often people go to rental companies to get furniture or appliances for their home. At the time, it seems like a good idea. Low weekly or monthly rates can be attractive for those on a limited income. In the end, you can lose more than you think.

Rental Companies are entities that cater to and in some cases, prey on the lower middle class and working class. High credit card debt or just not having enough money can make it hard for people in these brackets to afford to buy merchandise directly. By introducing new and desirable items, these companies can draw on a market of consumers who otherwise could not afford to own nicer items.

The companies charge what seem to be reasonable rates, until you add it up over the life of your contract. Most times you will pay double and sometimes triple the actual cost of an item. You may also be required to pay for their insurance. The insurance you pay for in case of theft or job loss can cost three to four extra dollars a week, but if you default due to either of these reason you will still have to turn over the item. In that case, why pay for the insurance that never comes into play?

Though if whatever you are renting needs repair, rental companies are very good about offering a replacement until your merchandise is repaired. Factoring this in can help you determine part of the higher cost. If you directly purchase an item, in some cases you may have to pay for repairs out of pocket. Still, if you directly buy something, you never have to worry about being a day or two late with a payment and facing the embarrassment of a rental company van coming to your home to pick up your things. That, plus the staff of the company calling any references you may have supplied at the signing of your contract in an attempt to ‘track you down’.

That being said, occasionally you may find good deals on something you really need. Some rental stores have cash and carry items you can purchase at a reasonable price. I personally found a lovely leather couch and loveseat for $300. I knew it had been previously rented. Having small children made a used item attractive, not wanting my kids to possibly ruin a brand new set.

There are other options to renting. If you already rent, you can return the item and save the payment you would have made each week until you have enough to buy what you want. Chances are, it will take you much less time to save the actual cost of a new item. If you really need the item you’re renting, then try to pay ahead. Pay several payments at once so if you need, you can let a few slide while you save.

One last bit of information I would like to pass on before concluding is this:

In some areas rental companies will tack on a ‘balloon payment’ at the end of your contract. In some states this is illegal and you do not have to pay it to own your merchandise. If this happens to you, refuse to pay and have proof that your state does not allow those types of extra payments.…

Benicia’s State Parks Could Be in Line for More Money After Funding Scandal

In state parks uproar, Benicia keeps its cool -

Benicia’s financially struggling state parks, the only two in Solano County, could be getting a share of tens of millions of dollars found in a recent audit.

The two parks — Benicia Capitol State Historic Park and Benicia State Recreation Area — have continued to operate with reduced hours aided by the city and local volunteers, and local fundraising.

But revelations that state officials in Sacramento had been sitting on millions in unspent funds for years — money that could have been used to keep parks open and properly maintained — has caused outrage in Benicia and other California communities.

The director of the state Department of Parks and Recreation resigned and another official was fired after the irregularities came to light.

No misuses of the unspent funds have been reported, although allegations have been raised against other officials about salary increases from other state funds.

But there is at least $20 million available in the State Parks and Recreation Fund, according to the Vallejo Times-Herald newspaper.

The uncertainty led the California Legislature to impose a two-year freeze on additional state park closures in September.

State officials proposed closing 70 of California’s 280 parks — including the two in Benicia — in 2011 due to budget problems.

During the two-year reprieve, state officials will consider the possibility of local partnerships to keep parks open and maintained, parks department spokeswoman Vicky Waters told the newspaper.

“If we could put together a package which is a partnership with the state, then we might have access to some of the $20 million,” Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson told the newspaper.

“We need to get some of the repairs done,” Patterson said.

In the meantime, Benicia is spending city money to keep the capitol park open on a limited schedule but has withheld other funds it committed to helping keep the recreation area open five days a week, Patterson said.

The two Benicia parks represent milestones in state history, just before and just after California became part of the United States.

The capitol park celebrates the 13 months that Benicia was the capital of California from 1853 to 1854.

The state legislature moved permanently to Sacramento after leaving the small city on the Carquinez Strait and Suisun Bay.

The recreation area is located on acreage purchased by a Benicia pioneer from Mexican Gen. Mariano Vallejo, the wealthy official responsible for selling the land that became Benicia to city founders Robert Semple and Thomas Larkin in 1847.

The nearby city of Vallejo, Solano County’s largest, was named for the Mexican general.

California became part of the United States in 1850.

Nathan Salant is based in San Francisco, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.…

Tips for Making Money on Fiverr.Com

6 easy Fiverr gig ideas to earn money - Save the Student

There is a site out there on the internet that offers almost anyone an opportunity to make five dollars. It’s called fiverr.com and some people are actually making a full-time income from it.

Just about anyone with any kind of skill or talent regardless of the degree can make money on the site. Moneymaking opportunities range from the absurd and crazy to quality business resource tools that could otherwise cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars to purchase.

Recently someone was offering to call someone you know and scream and yell at them saying just about anything you want them to for five dollars. Another person was willing to take a picture holding a sign with text of your choice in hopes of making your significant other jealous.

But there are professional opportunities as well. If you have the talent to write and if you can buy Fiverr reviews, you could post comments or reviews on someone’s blog or website. If you are bilingual, you could write or speak a testimonial for five dollars.

If you have graphic arts skills you could create e-book covers for five dollars.
You can even write to a child posing as the Easter Bunny with a friendly letter and happy wishes for five dollars.

The key here is that there is no limitations to the things that you can offer.
Doing a quick search of the website and scanning several pages will often give you plenty of ideas on what you can offer for five dollars.

To become successful using fiverr.com it’s important to follow a few tips.
Once you set up your offer, take an active part in driving traffic to it.

For example if you own a professional service such as graphic arts and you’re using fiverr.com to attract new customers with a low price point or five dollar trial, you could post a special link on your blog or website to your fiverr.com page.

This is very important because the more views your fiverr.com page gets the higher it will rank on the fiverr site.

If you’re currently using video to market your products or services you could do the same to get exposure about your fiverr.com offer and include a link to your fiverr.com offer page.

The usual methods used in driving traffic on the internet also apply here.
Forum marketing, article marketing and e-mail marketing can all do the trick to drive additional traffic for you.
Don’t forget to include the link to your fiverr.com page in your signature.…

Silva/Sonnen: Talk Isn’t Cheap If it Makes Money

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During the hype for the Anderson Silva/Chael Sonnen rematch for Silva’s UFC middleweight title, the fight gained billing as “the most anticipated fight in UFC history.” In the near twenty-year history of UFC there have been many fights that have gotten extreme hype and have attracted extreme anticipation. The Silva/Sonnen rematch not only achieved this, but did so in a way that is rare in recent MMA history.

The night of August 7, 2010 was a night that brought several gifts to the world of mixed martial arts. Aside from a great card, the main-event featured a new attraction created within the space of one fight while in that same fight, those watching witnessed a miracle.

That night was the first meeting between Silva and Sonnen. And for more than four rounds it looked as if the torch was being passed and Silva’s days as a dominant force in MMA were done. Twice in round one, the first being in the first minute of the fight, Sonnen had a chance to stop Silva. He came close several more times, but couldn’t quite get the job done. Despite not being able to finish his opponent, Sonnen would continue to systematically dominate rounds two through four with no hope in sight for Silva’s title reign and unbeaten record in UFC.

Then in round five, it happened. Somehow Sonnen, reminiscent of his WEC loss to Paulo Filho in a fight he also dominated heavily, let himself get wrapped up and eventually locked into a triangle choke while in top position. Sonnen tapped out with just under two minutes remaining in the fight, keeping Silva’s unbeaten record in UFC intact and his title reign given new life. There was no doubt that Sonnen would have been the new champion had he been able to last the final 1:50. It was the biggest opportunity of his MMA career, and it slipped right out of his grasp.

Like the ads for the rematch said, “This isn’t hype.” That is the benefit of having a rematch: if the events of the first fight are good enough or tantalizing enough, you can basically sell the second fight with that.

An easy way to create hype for a fight is to create animosity between the competing fighters. A lot of the time this is more for show than legitimate heat between the fighters or their camps. There are those occasions when the heat is real, and those are usually clear as day in comparison to the more toned down heat that has to be created almost on the fly. With Silva/Sonnen it was a combination of the two as Sonnen basically created a rivalry out of thin air, and then that rivalry took on a life of its own.

If you look into the buyrate numbers for UFC shows that Anderson Silva has been in the main-event of, whether a one-fight draw (his) or a card where he shared main-event billing with another fight, it has always been Silva’s opponent or the other fight sharing the bill, but not Silva that has decided how high the number will go.

His fights with Rich Franklin got good numbers for the time because Franklin was a popular fighter in UFC before their rise began. But after that, the numbers for Silva’s title defenses didn’t seem to go up despite having twice beaten up Franklin, the second being in Franklin’s hometown. Also, UFC’s middleweight division wasn’t as exciting as it has gotten recently. So Silva’s challengers have been either out of their league against Silva or were guys that never clicked with the audience.

On the shows where Silva’s defenses or non-title fights shared main-event billing, it almost seemed necessary that the second fight on top be more of a guaranteed draw. Silva’s defense against Nate Marquardt came with Tito Ortiz/Rashad Evans and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s UFC debut on top with it as neither Marquardt or Silva had proven to be draws on their own at that time. When Silva defended against Thales Leites, they shared the main-event with Shogun Rua/Chuck Liddell, a fight at the time between a popular fighter from Pride and one of UFC’s top draws. When Silva fought Forrest Griffin at light heavyweight, they shared the main-event with B.J. Penn/Kenny Florian for Penn’s lightweight title; Florian had been a UFC project since his days on The Ultimate Fighter and Penn’s fights had been able to draw good for most of his UFC career. Silva’s defense against Damian Maia came on a card with a legends fight & another title fight partly because this was UFC’s first show in Abu Dhabi as well as Maia was an eleventh hour decision. But then came the Sonnen fight.

Chael Sonnen single-handedly increased the draw for the first fight with Silva simply by opening his mouth. Secretly getting some inspiration from the world of pro wrestling (Ric Flair and Roddy Piper specifically), Sonnen set out to create animosity where there was no animosity, a feud where there was no feud. Silva had never been a huge trash talker, and certainly wasn’t to the level that Sonnen began to ascend to. It wasn’t so much that what he was saying was that compelling, but you could see that he was selling the fight. He was also playing on the timing of this fight as it came after the boring-as-all-hell title fight against Maia and because Silva was now being deemed a boring fighter and not a fighting champion. With all of that out in the open, it was easy for someone who knew what they were doing to use all of that to their advantage. Sonnen was incredibly boastful with how he was going to dominate Silva and so on, and it did get to people, gripping them because this was a guy (Sonnen) who wasn’t that known and certainly wasn’t a draw coming into this fight. To most people, Sonnen’s most noteworthy moment until the first Silva fight was tapping out to Filho in WEC. The fact that Sonnen demolished Filho in the rematch is something that is more part of history than part of the perception of Chael Sonnen.

The end result of Sonnen’s selling and trash talk was a buyrate number that came in far above the usual number for Silva defenses against a challenger with little to no drawing power going into the fight. Silva may have gotten the win, but Sonnen now was an attraction due to his words and how he was able to back them up (for the most part) in the biggest fight of his career. The fact that he lost wasn’t forgotten, but was an instance where the performance overshadowed the result.

We can’t really measure what this has done for Sonnen’s overall drawing power because both Silva fights are the only pay-per-view fights that Sonnen has ever main-evented. Though he did main-event UFC’s network telecast in January with his win against Michael Bisping. That fight was a disappointment ratings-wise because of Sonnen’s newfound energy, Bisping always being a UFC project, and the numbers still coming back lower than desired.

Silva’s drawing power has been relatively unchanged since the near-loss to Sonnen. His defense last summer against Yushin Okami, despite having Shogun Rua and Nogueira in fights on top too, had a buyrate number that looked more like the usual number with a Silva challenger people don’t care about. Silva’s first defense after the Sonnen fight was against Vitor Belfort and did produce the best buyrate for a Silva title defense. This happened for two reasons: people did still want to see Silva lose & believed he was vulnerable after the Sonnen fight, and because Belfort looked like a guy who at the time was ready to snatch that title away from Silva.

In between his fights, most of Sonnen’s talk has centered around Anderson Silva in some way. Whether he’s talking or answering questions about the first fight, or parading around with a replica UFC belt claiming to be “The Uncrowned Champion,” or poking fun at Brazil, or commenting about Silva’s wife, or boasting about beating Silva up inside the octagon…again, this has become an obsession with Sonnen, and it is something that people either love or hate. And no matter the opinion, it means they are engaged in the hype because it’s Sonnen’s desire to get people thinking (positive or negative) about him and about this fight in particular.

If Sonnen’s inspiration is truly pro wrestling, then he should be proud to have become MMA’s biggest pro wrestling heel. And that says something considering Brock Lesnar actually was a heel in pro wrestling and couldn’t pull it off this good in MMA. Sonnen’s name has become synonymous with Silva’s and vice versa all due to the mouth and words of Sonnen alone.

But it was when Silva finally did open his mouth that it created a buzz so soon to the fight itself that it may help boost the final number for this pay-per-view even more. At a UFC conference call, Silva had finally had enough it seemed, and snapped on the topic of Sonnen and the upcoming title fight. Here are some of the highlights:

The playtime is over. I’m gonna beat Chael like he’s never been beat before. There’s no more talking. I know he’s on the line listening, and the game’s over. I’m going to beat his ass out of the UFC. He’s never gonna want to fight again after I’m done with him.”

“I’m going to beat him maybe the way his parents should have beaten him to teach him some manners, because he’s disrespectful, he’s a criminal, and I’m gonna beat him up like he’s never been beat before.”

The first time we fought, he stepped out [as] the loser, and he’s gonna step out losing again this time, the only difference is that this time he’s gonna have to go see a plastic surgeon after the fight.”

For anyone who has followed Silva’s career in UFC, this was something new. I don’t see it as something to worry about reoccurring because this was a special circumstance. Remember, no opponent of Silva’s has come close to the variety, quantity, and continuous use of trash talk that Sonnen has bombarded Silva with for the better part of two years.

The final buyrate number should push past one million. The fight has been hyped for too long not to get to seven digits and would be a disappointing draw if it ended less than that. There have been other events that were supposed to draw one million buys “for sure” and came up short. It does happen sometimes. But with Silva’s star continuing to rise, Sonnen creating the perfect role for himself as the trash talking bad guy, and a previous fight that best demonstrates why this fight should be worth $45 out of sheer curiosity, this PPV should get to a million buys “for sure.”

As mentioned previously, there have been fights in UFC history that could be considered the most anticipated in the promotion’s history. Such fights include Rampage/Liddell II, St. Pierre/Penn II, Jones/Evans, and Rampage/Evans. Those fights each had the elements of what Silva/Sonnen had, but the complete package isn’t nearly as compelling in any case. A rematch was what Rampage/Liddell II was built around, but the first fight was in a different promotion and one that UFC had been in competition with, but eventually bought. St. Pierre/Penn II had a very, very good first fight complete with semi-controversial decision, but more time had passed in between fights than was the case with Silva/Sonnen. Rampage/Evans had the animosity, but with Rampage’s other issues (filming “A Team” delaying the fight originally, coming into camp very overweight) the fight was destined to be a dud, and was. Jones/Evans was probably the closest to capturing what Silva/Sonnen captured, but the fight happened almost a year too late as by the time the two finally met, the real-life …

Tactile Money Accessible to the Blind Being Tested

How new bank notes will help the visually-impaired community - BBC NewsOne of the challenges to being blind or severely visually impaired is the difficulty one faces in handling money. Most paper money is identified visually, obviously not an option for someone who cannot see.

According to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing a law suit was filed by the American Council of the Blind and two visually impaired individuals in 2002 to compel the Department of the Treasury to make paper money accessible to the blind. The suit was considered controversial at the time, with a rival group, the National Federation of the Blind, passing a resolution asserting that the suit was unnecessary since blind people have been able to participate in commerce without tactile money. The resolution also asserted that the visually impaired community would suffer a stigma because of the publicity surrounding the lawsuit.

Nevertheless the United States District Court in which the suit was filed finally found for the plaintiffs in 2008. Thus the Department of the Treasury has set about creating paper money that can be identified by touch.

Other measures include using large, high contrast numbers that can be read by low vision people and creating a currency reader that can tell someone with no vision what the domination of the money is.

According to the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, a state agency that provides services to the blind and disabled, a group of DARS volunteers are testing some of the new tactile money at the Chris Cole Rehabilitative Center in Austin. It is one of a number of such groups who are conducting the tests.

“Each person was asked to non-visually perform structured tasks to see how long it took to identify the denomination of each bill and organize a stack of bills correctly. Tests were also performed to see if worn bills could be identified.”

It is estimated that tactile money will be available in 2020, 18 years after the original law suit was filed.…