Expensive Sip For The Rich

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At an online auction in 2012, unroasted coffee beans from FINCA EL INJERTO in Guatemala were sold for $500.50 a pound, one of the highest prices paid for coffee.

This auction helped seal El injerto’s position among the first rank of coffee farms.

Owned by the Aguirre family since 1874, the farm sell to some of the most respected small batch coffee roasters in the world.

TOP 10 ARCHITECTURAL MARVELS

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Architectural marvels are the modern wonders of the world. The advancement in modern architectural engineering is the reason behind this marvels. There are many structures with astonishing looks, detailed structural appearance but I would like to describe the top ten in my opinion.

1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai.

Burj Khalifa, world’s tallest building stands at a height of 2722 feets. It is another engineeringmarvel on Dubai’s land. It was designed by architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. It houses 9 hotels, offices, residential, observation decks and more.

2. Sydney Opera House, Sydney.

Sydney Opera House is one of the best example of architectural modern marvels in worls. It was inaugurated in 1973. It was designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon. The building consists of three groups of interlocked ‘shells’, with each shell being a part of a huge sphere. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee describedit as a ‘one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity’ in 2007.

3. Guggenheim Museum, Bilboa, Spain.

The Guggenheim Museum belongs to the Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation. This was designed
by Canadian-American architect Frank O Gehry. It was inaugurated in 1997.

4. 30 St Mary Axe, London, UK.

Nicked named as ‘The Gherkin’ this modern architecture is in London. Standing 591 feet tall, this skyscraper has became anothe name for London. The building was designed by Norman Foster along with Arup engineers. It is headquarter of Swiss Reinsurance Company. The topmost floor, i.e., the 40th floor of the building has a bar that offers a 360 degrees view of London.

5. Bird’s Nest, Beijing, China.

Beijing National stadium also known as ‘The Bird’s Nest’. This structure is more of a work of an art than an Olympic Stadium. Designed by Swiss architects Jacques Harzog and Pierre de Meuron, the nest was mainely used for Summer Olympics and Paralympics throughout 2008.
6. the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.

The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial island created using land reclamation by Nakheel, a company owned by the Dubai government in United Arab Emirates and was designed and developed by HHCP architects. It has added 520 kilometres to Dubai’s shoreline. The construction work of this island started in 2001 and completed in 2009.

7. Taipei 101.

Taipei 101 formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center , is a landmark skyscraper located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. The building ranked officially as the world’s tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. Standing at 1669.9 fts Taipei 101 was designed by architect C.Y. Lee. It has 101 floors with 5 floors as basement.

8. Petonas Towers.

The Petronas Towers , also known as the Petronas Twin Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004. The buildings are a landmark of Kuala Lumpur. Designed by Argentine American architect César Pelli are standing at a staggering height of 1493 feets the third tallest building after Taipei 101 and Burj Khalifa. It has 88 floors +5 basement floors.

9. Bailong Elevator, Hunan Province, China.

If you suffer from a fear of heights, perhaps this one’s not for you. The Bailong Elevator, also known as the Hundred Dragons Elevator, carries 50 tourists at a time to 1,070ft (330m) up the side of a massive sandstone column in a mountain range in China’s Hunan Province. It views down to the bottom of the rocky mountain range in the Wulingyuan area of Zhangijiajie. Work began on the lift, which cost 120m yuan, or around £12m, in 1999 and finished in 2002.

10. Yoyogi National Stadium, Japan.

Yoyogi National Syadium is an arena in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, Japan which is famous for its suspension roof design. It was designed by Kenzo Tange and built between 1961 and 1964 to house swimming and diving events in the 1964 Summer

Here are my top 10 marvels…

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6 things to be remembered for being the best Salesman

1. Mind set.
For being a best salesman you should have a mindset that you are here in the market to sell the product.

2. Attire.
A salesman should be in a professional attire. He should not be in funky attire in front of that potential customer. Sometimes it could make a negative impact of salesmen on that customer.

3. Etiquette.
A salesman without any good manners or technically called “etiquettes” will not be even tolerated to stand at the door. A salesman should be polite and well mannered.

4. Good communication skills.
Salesman should have good communication skills. Irrespective of what is his mother tongue. He should be able to make the customer understand what he is telling about the product.

5. The method of pitching.
A salesman should be good at pitching the product. He should be pitching the product to the prospect as if it is the best product and the will not get it any where else.

6. Smile.
Last and the most important thing for a salesman is “SMILE”. Even if it is a bad day, he must have a very good and convincing smile on your face.

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Orkut leaving us…

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Orkut is a social networking website that is owned and operated by Google . The service was designed to help users meet new and old friends and maintain existing relationships. Orkut was the result of a “20 per cent project” in which Google workers got to spend a fifth of their time on ideas not necessarily related to their job responsibilities”, thus the website
was named after its creator, Google employee Orkut Büyükkökten.

Initially hosted in California, in August 2008 Google announced that Orkut would be fully managed and operated in Brazil, by Google Brazil, in the city of Belo Horizonte. This was decided due to the large Brazilian user base and growth of legal issues. As of May 2014, Alexa traffic ranked Orkut.com – 6,101st and Orkut.com.br – 4,718th in the world.

Traffic of Orkut on March 31, 2004
United States
51.36%
Japan
7.74%
Brazil
5.16%
Netherlands
4.10%
United Kingdom
3.72%
Other
27.92%

Traffic of Orkut on May 1, 2014
Brazil
48.4%
India
14.9%
United States
5.9%
Japan
5.8%
Pakistan
3.4%
Other
21.6%

Orkut’s competitors were other social networking sites including Myspace and Facebook. Ning is a more direct competitor, as they allow creation of social networks which are similar to Orkut’s communities.

During it’s lifetime Orkut went into many changes from first changes in August 25, 2007 to Orkut’s latest update of full renovation of the site with new looks and features in October 27 in 2009. The new version uses Google Web Toolkit (GWT) and thus makes extensive use of AJAX in the user interface. However, the users of the new version of Orkut can switch back to the older version by clicking the “Older Version” link near the top right corner of the page.

During all these years if Orkut has seen many ups then, Orkut has seen many downs too. Some are mentioned below.

Message black hole – This created a strange situation in which messages sent by a user of the old version to someone using the New Orkut go completely unnoticed by its recipients.

Fake IDs – Like any other social networking sites on Orkut also people are making Ids.

Hate groups – In February 2011, there was controversy revolving around the use of Orkut by various hate groups . Several hate communities focusing on racism, Nazism and white supremacy have been deleted due to guideline violation.

State bans – Orkut also  faced ban on itself in countries like Iran, United Arab Emirates Saudi Arabia and Baharen.

MW.Orc worm – On June 19, 2006, FaceTime Security Labs’ security researchers Christopher Boyd and Wayne Porter discovered a worm, dubbed MW.Orc. The worm steals users’ banking details, usernames and passwords by propagating through Orkut. According to statements made by Google, as noted in Facetime’s Greynets Blog, the company had implemented a temporary fix for the dangerous worm.

However, on June 30th, 2014 Google announced that Orkut would be shutting down completely on September 30 of that year. Users had a finite time in which to export their data before the final shutdown date. Google engineering director Paul Golgher said in a blog post: “Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut’s growth, we’ve decided to bid Orkut farewell.”

In my opinion the exposure to the Indian youngsters was largely made by the Orkut and was the most popular social media site back then. But, people change with time, so the switched to Facebook and other site.

Lastly I would say a very good bye to Orkut…

“Ambergris”. What that whale vomit costs to us?

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Ambergris is an ingredient in fine perfumes. It has what some describe as an inconceivably “smooth” scent. Some say it’s musky, earthy, sweet, or simply indescribable. Aside from its unique odor, it has the trait of causing a scent to stick in perfumes, it causes the scent to bind to the surface of the skin and stick around, instead of quickly evaporating.

Ambergris forms in the intestines of a sperm whale . The whale throws it up because it apparently can’t digest it. Scientist have found squid beaks in clumps of ambergris, leading many to surmise the ambergris is something of a protective secretion that protects sperm whales’ digestive tracts from the scratching of those hard beaks.

When a whale initially vomits up ambergris, it is soft and has a terrible smell. Some marine biologists compare it to scented cow dung. But after floating on the salty ocean for about a decade, the substance hardens into a smooth, waxy, usually rounded piece of nostril heaven. The dung smell is gone, replaced by a scent that has
been famous for hundreds of years, probably more. In addition to its use in the perfume industry, it is said to be an aphrodisiac, a homeopathic remedy, and an excellent flavoring for food.

As collector’s item,  ambergris is in short supply. No other whale besides sperm whales produce it, and when the whale burps it up, it’s somewhere in the middle of the ocean. Someone finds a piece of the stuff on a beach somewhere every few years, tops. That makes it extremely valuable, but not in the way it once was. Chemists have replicated some of the traits of ambergris synthetically, making it a less necessary component in perfumes.

But it’s still valuable for its rarity, and certain perfume makers still insist on it. In some countries, including the United States, endangered-species legislation makes it illegal to buy or sell the stuff. Of course, that only makes it more desirable in certain circles. Experts quote the current going rate for ambergris at about $10 to $20 per gram, depending on its quality. But legal issues can make it difficult to find a buyer, depending on where the ambergris washes up.

Identifying the ambergris is the hard part. Most of the time, when people go to an expert with a chunk of a waxy substance they found on a beach, sure they’ve hit the jackpot, it turn out to be wax or rocks or the petrified remains of an animal. Ambergris is white, gray, black, or all three. It has a hard, waxy texture and an unusual, pleasant smell. Aside from that there’s not much to go on.

But there are a couple of tests that you can perform at home to find out if you should even bring that waxy substance to an expert in the first place.

1. Needle test Heat a needle over a flame for 15 seconds, and then insert it about an eighth of
an inch (.3 cm) into the substance. Does it melt around the needle into a pool of thick, black, bubbling liquid? When you touch that liquid, do you end up with a stringy, tar-like residue on your finger? When you reheat the needle, covered in the melted substance, does it let off a white smoke?
2. Methyl-alcohol test Does a sample of the substance dissolve in hot methyl alcohol and crystallize when the alcohol cools? If the substance passes those tests, the next ones take place in a lab.
3. Chemists will test for benzonic acid and cholesterol in the sample.

If the amounts are indicative of ambergris, it will usually be
tentatively confirmed as ambergris at this time, although perfume companies will typically order  more chemical tests before purchasing the would-be whale vomit. Some experts, though, say
that the only test that can absolutely identify ambergris is extensive experience with the look, feel and scent of it.

So, if you leave near beaches or like to go on beaches or like boating in vast ocean, and come across such a thing then don’t throw it, you may have struck gold.

Blog through phone

Finding it difficult to use blog through phone then give a shot to do it from the word press app.

Available on iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry. Download it and start enjoying the world of blogging.

I myself started it 2 days back. I don’t internet connection at home and doing it from my browser was irritating and time consuming and I could upload my blogs to. The thought of using it through app. I downloaded it and

wallah….

THE MOST EXPENSIVE

Car.
Lamborghini Veneno Roadster
Country of origin: Italy
Engine: 750 hp, v12 engine, 6.5 liters
O – 62 mph in 2.9 seconds with top speed of 221 mph
Man what a car. It may be the most beautiful car but the coolest and the most expensive car with whopping US$4 Million . Veneno is Spanish word for ‘poison’ and the appropriate name for the speedster

City

Singapore
Dethroning Tokyo Japan’s capital city to 6th place Singapore has become No. 1 expensive city in world in 2014 from the list of 131 top cities of world based on 400 different indicators, from basic groceries to the cost of living. On the other hand Mumbai I live is the most cheapest city in world at 131st place.

House.

Antilia, Mumbai, India.
The worlds’ US$1 billion home features 27 floors build in 400000 sq.ft . It is named after mythical island build by India’s richest business men Mukesh Ambani. It has seven floors garden not one but three helipads and 6 floor dedicated to car parking for over 160 cars

Website.

VacationRental.com
The most expensive domain name to be sold is VacationRental.com in 2007 for US$ 35 million. It was purchased by Brian Sharples founder of HomeAway.

Painting

The Card Players
The Card Players by Paul Cezanne is currently the most expensive painting ever sold. It was painted in 1892-93. It was sold in April 2011 for US$ 259 million.

Private jet
The Airbus A380 performs at the Singapore Airshow and is in service with many airline fleets across world. Prince Alawaleed bin Talal, Saudi businessmen investor also happens to own one. It cost approx. US$ 300 million.

Element

Californium 252
This element cost around US$ 27/gm. It is a radiation metallic chemical element with symbol Cf and atomic no 98. First made in 1950 in University of California Radiation Laboratory, Berkeley.

Phone.

iPhone 5 Black Diamond
Price: $15 million
Hughes, known for crafting incredibly priced tech products, created the design for the latest Apple phone, iPhone 5, codenamed as Black Diamond iPhone 5. It includes an inlay of 600 white diamonds, a solid gold Apple logo surrounded by 53 white diamonds, 135 grams of 24-carat gold and sapphire glass for the screen. In the case of black diamond, the stone replaced the iPhone’s home button.

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