Experience Gifts Make Great Birthday Presents

Birthdays are a special occasion for anyone, regardless of how old they are! Despite the old adage that people don’t want to acknowledge their age the older they get, it’s always important to make sure they feel extra special and loved when they reach another milestone in life. Not only is an experience gift a great idea based on originality, but it’ll also give them a day they’ll never forget – that’s the key to a great birthday!

An experience gift is designed to be a once in a life time opportunity. Think of all the things you’ve ever wanted to do – swimming with dolphins, sky diving, driving one of the fastest cars in the world – that’s what experience gifts are. Things you would never usually be able to do, things you can only dream of doing, because they’re too expensive to own, or it’s too much hassle to get everything you need to do it, or it requires so much thought and planning that you don’t have the time for. That’s why experience gifts are so fantastic – they enable you to give somebody the experience of a life time as a present, something that they will always remember and never forget.

For a birthday, when looking for experience gifts for men or women, it might be a good idea to get something they can do themselves (since it’s their birthday, after all!). There are plenty of private experiences available, and there’s sure to be something that’ll suit anyone, young or old. You could get Private DJ Lessons for someone of the younger generation. There’s also Private Ninja Lessons available that could be of extreme interest to someone you know who is perhaps interested in karate movies or Japanese culture. For people into the art culture, there’s Private Art Lessons available taught by highly accomplished artists who can give the birthday boy or girl one on one training in a specific area that they enjoy. Private Glassblowing Lessons would also be of extreme interest to those who enjoy the arts, and the majority of these classes allow the receiver to take home whatever they make or do in that class to keep as a memento of their fantastic day and the brilliant present you gave them that enabled them to be a part of it!

Alternatively, a great way to make someone feel extremely special is to get them a VIP experience gift. There are a good number of experience gifts available that allow people to spend a day with some highly celebrated names in the media. For instance, spending a day with Tyler Stableford, one of the most renowned adventure photographers in the world, would be a dream come true for any budding amateur with a keen interest in photography. Alternatively, a chef or cooking enthusiast could have a once in a lifetime chance to have wine and dinner with Anthony Dias Blue, one of the most influential food and wine personalities in the world. If none of those suit though, there’s always the option to get an Ultimate Celebrity Access Pass for your loved one. This pass enables the gift receiver to spend a day with their favorite musician, actor or actress. This could also be incorporated into a birthday party, as many of the A-list celebrities available are more than happy to make an appearance for a private concert at a party. Imagine the look of awe and disbelief as the gift receiver’s favorite singer comes on stage and starts singing just for them!

So whether you’re looking to give someone a one-on-one lesson in a certain area of expertise, or if you’re looking to give someone that ‘once in a lifetime’ chance, experiential gifts can cater to all birthday present needs, big or small.

The ABCDE Of Being A Professional Negotiator

How often have you confronted a situated when you realized how helpful it might be to you if you were a better and more proficient negotiator? Isn’t it somewhat disconcerting that while most of us recognize how important negotiations are to our personal, professional and organizational lives, there are so few who are truly proficient at the process? In order to become a truly professional negotiator, there is a need to understand the ABCDE of being competent and professional in our negotiating abilites, skills and practices. This means that negotiations are dependent on a combination of: attitude; belief in your position; clearly articulating your needs; delivering on any and all promises made; and expanding your mind to create and understand alternatives.

1. Like most impactful activities and skills, negotiating effectively begins with our attitude. This means believing in our positions, being comfortable in our positions and own skin, and believing in our skills and abilities. It also means being positive in our approach, thus focusing on ways to make the process work rather than on the reasons why it might not! How can anyone be effective as a negotiator if he begins with anything less than a positive and productive attitude?

2. Do you believe in the positions or stances you are taking? Are they honest and forthright, thus enhancing your ability to develop a relation with your negotiating adversary, converting the process from adversarial to cooperative? Do you behave in a manner of absolute integrity, expressing your needs, while understanding the process and needs of the other side of the negotiations?

3. How clearly do you articulate your needs and/ or positions? How can you expect to be productive and get the results you need and desire if you don’t clearly and express these items? Do you describe your priorities, advantages, and limitations, as well as any concerns you might have?

4. Never make promises during any negotiating that you are not certain that you can deliver! Many individuals who participate in a negotiation approach the process with the false belief that they need to deceive and exaggerate, while the reality is generally that there is little less productive activity one can take during this process. When cooperation, integrity and transparency is the ermphasis, the results are optimized exponentially!

5. Expand your mind’s ability and willingness to consider alternatives! When both sides understand each other’s needs, they gain the ability to see how each might benefit, thus helping each other, by doing things in a different manner, thus creating the optimum win – win scenario. For example, in a hotel/ group negotiation, when the group envisions ways to save the hotel money that can then be utilized to reduce the group’s costs and expenses, this win – win may be achieved and enhanced!

If you are to begin negotiating, do it the proper way! Understand the components, adhere to them, and become proficient in their use!

Blended Wing Body Aircraft and Futuristic Aircraft Designs of the Past and Present

Recently NASA wind tunnel testing has confirmed what many eccentric aircraft and aerospace engineers have been saying for decades. And that is blended wing body aircraft are as much as 30% more efficient due to lower co-efficients of drag. Some may think that the flying wing concept is something totally new and innovative yet in review we find drawings and prototypes that go back decades.

And well some really old stuff, dating way back to WWII and Jack Northrop. And if you really want to be tricky and call question to the efficiency of the flying wing and the earliest designs here is one, which will throw you for a loop; the Egyptians had pictures of what looked like flying winged aircraft on their walls.

So perhaps this idea is not so NEW really. Blended Wings have many concerns to. If you look at a boomerang, or watch a flat object fall it spins on the way down. And let us not forget buffeting issues with flying wings which can occur as well, especially flying in an atmosphere with micro bursts, thunder storms and near airports with lots of wake turbulence too.

Luckily we have learned so much from the flying wing days of the 50′s and 60′s and the present B-2 Bombers as well that we maybe able to really take that knowledge and do better now. For instance airliners, which are flying wings such as this mock up digitally enhanced picture of a flying wing airliner;


A flying wing has many other neat aspects to it. That much wing sure plays well for eddy vortex lift and use. One would think that many who design these things are missing out on other cool possible aspects as well. For instance take thrust vectoring jets at just below the c.g. on top of the wings and put the aircraft into a high angle of attack 35-40 degrees and thus you have put the energy against the c.g. pushing it against the top of the wing rather than the thrust pushing it from the bottom of the wing as most designs show. You could have extremely short take off rolls and very efficient climb outs. The rates of climb would also significantly keep noise away from sensitive neighborhoods around airports.

Another issue is that people like to look out of the aircraft, so it might be wise for passenger aircraft where the passenger rode in the belly of the wing with now windows to play a Virtual or Augmented Reality on the cabin walls of the outside in giant screens, so the passengers would feel like you are sitting on the cloud and thus pleasing to the humans, as all humans seem to have a Closter phobic effect and combining that with air sickness would not be so good. Think on this.