The Beatles Remastered – What Does Remastered Mean?

9-9-9 On September 9th the new remastered versions of The Beatles albums will be released both individually and as part of stereo & mono box sets (only the stereo mixes are being released individually, mono mixes are only available as a part of the mono box set.) What Does Remastered Mean? I won’t go into the technical details (as that’s more of interest to those who record and produce music) so much as to explain what it means from a listener’s perspective. Mastering is the final step in the process of creating an album. In 1987 when The Beatles albums were initially mastered for CD, digital mastering for compact disks was still a pretty new concept and because of that, the mastering job done on those CDs (the ones that Beatles fans now own!) is notoriously poor. In the years since the art of digital mastering has been greatly improved upon (although in recent years there has been a problem with over compression, but the “loudness wars” is too big of a topic to get into here.)  Over the course of four years all of The Beatles albums were remastered for CD from the original analog source. This was a painstaking process to get the sound of the albums just right. So what that means for listeners is that new clarity and new detail can be heard. In some cases there may be parts of the songs that have been buried away that are now “unearthed” for us to really get a good listen to for the first time. The Mono Mixes The Mono Box Set would be interesting to Beatles...

Christian Homeschooling Curriculum – What Does a Christian Worldview Mean?

You are interested in securing a Christian homeschooling curriculum for your child but all the competing schools and textbooks in the marketplace have you confused. How do you sort through the confusion and select the curriculum which is right for you and your child? There are some key factors which should be readily apparent in any Christian based school program. That is, the textbooks and other material ought to have a Christian worldview. What exactly is a Christian worldview? Simply stated, a Christian worldview is the lens through which people see and interpret the universe, humans, nature, and events. This view is characterized by three primary confessions or predispositions that are indisputable and firmly seared in the minds of those who profess to be and in fact are Christians. God exists and seeks to have a personal relationship with humans is the most fundamental of these beliefs. God is not a projection or a watchmaker or a force. God is real and relational and has knowledge of us and interacts with us and hears us when we pray. God is creator is the second major proposition. All that exists came into being as a result of the creative act of God. If one accepts the theory of evolution, then evolution is part of the creative processes of God. If one accepts the theory of the Big Bang, it was God who caused the Big Bang. Thirdly, God has acted particularly and most profoundly in history by sending God’s son, Jesus Christ into the world to reconcile us to each other and to God. Christians make no apologies for any...

What Does it Mean When You Draw the Moon in a Tarot Card Reading

The Moon depicts two dogs flip back their heads and howl. A crab crawls out of a pool. Two towers rise from a distance and a full moon hangs in the sky over a surreal dream like landscape. This image is so disquieting is that of the Moon. The tarot symbolism of the crab is our earliest stages of development. As we crawl out of the pool of the unconscious we become aware. Then we realize, that there is more to the world than we had at first guessed. The two towers represent the gateway through which we must pass if we want to attain enlightenment. The presence of the Moon and the two dogs also suggest links with numerous ancient myths. Th Moon was also worshiped as the source of life and fertility. Astrologically, The Moon is assigned to the twelfth sign of the zodiac, Pisces. The symbol of Pisces is two fishes which means swimming in the deep waters of the unconscious. Pisces which is linked with the Moon is associated with dreams, visions, imagination,creativity,intuition and unconditional love. The tarot card meaning of the Moon is you are full of psychic impressions and imaginative ideals. The Moon belongs to the world of dreams. You are entering a phase when you find yourself remembering peculiarly vivid dreams, full of symbols and messages. When you draw The Moon in a tarot card reading you may become sharply aware of color,textures and drawn to mysticism and visionary poetry. This is a watery card, just try to flow with these feelings yourself. The Moon also relates to the world of illusions....

What Does Customer Relationship Management Mean to Your Business?

Mention the phrase “Customer Relationship Management” in a corporate meeting, or perform a search for it on the Internet, and what you will get is mentions of an overwhelming choice of programs that will supposedly make you run your business in a much more efficient manner. Now that computers have become almost ubiquitous, CRM seems to have been reduced to a mere piece of software. As it turns out, true, effective CRM is much more than a piece of software, it’s not a bunch of forms that you fill out either. In fact, CRM is not even something you can buy. The real concept behind good customer relationship management came about way before computers even existed. It’s all about how you run your business and interact with your customers. Good CRM, like we said, is not all about the software. Sure, the software helps, but as they say, garbage in, garbage out. So you have to understand that true CRM involves two things: 1) running your company with the customer as the central focus point, and 2) storing and using knowledge about your customer in your data bank. The first thing you need to know is who is your customer. Well, in the spirit of good CRM, the answer is simple, but loaded with implications: a customer is anyone, anywhere, who uses your company’s product or service. Yes, that sounds very far-reaching, but that’s the truth. Focusing on the current customers is very limiting, you have to also consider your prospective customers. Now that you’ve defined who is your customer, and grasp your market as a whole, you need...

What Does it Mean to Be a True Leader?

1. True leaders influence others to grow. Someone who has experienced a true leaders helping hand will have growth for years to come. A true leader has a way of instilling confidence in others. Imagine running into someone that you had the privilege of working with, mentoring, years down the road. You listen to them share how their lives have grown and continue to grow all because of some part that you had in their lives. 2. True leaders aren’t in it for the glory or for the popularity. Being a true leader isn’t always easy. There are days when it seems that everything is going wrong and you wonder if you are getting through at all. Ever had those days? But then, there is a light at the end of tunnel and being a true leader can have its rewards. Perhaps you hear a “thank you”, or perhaps an employee that has been struggling to achieve his success finally has a break through and gives you his 100%. 3. True leaders must be trustworthy. It truly is a rare thing to find a leader/employer who truly cares about his employees. Some leaders aren’t looking out for their employee’s best interest. Some leaders are just money hungry. Some leaders just want others to make them look good so they can pat themselves on the back. A true leader leads with his heart, not with selfishness. Imagine a work place where the true leader is respected and therefore every employee wants to give their absolute best. The atmosphere in that work place would be absolutely amazing! Being a support to...
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