Genius

Genius

My Little Princess: the best dating show ever?It’s set in a fairytale castle and features giants in armour, trampolines and karaoke. Surely something this silly could only have been created by geniuses.
The last couple of years have thrown up some genuinely appalling dating shows. There was Dating in the Dark, where adults took turns to lunge at each other’s genitals in an abandoned Barratt showhome at midnight. There was The Love Machine, which was basically Chris Moyles shouting at a gigantic toilet seat for an hour. There was Sing Date, broadcast round the clock so you could discover, enjoy and then hate it within the space of a single afternoon. Make no mistake, these are bad television programmes.

E4′s My Little Princess, though, is not. It isn’t just the best dating show I’ve seen in years, it might be the best dating show I’ve ever seen. It transcends the genre. It’s unlike anything else on television. And that means it’s going to take some explaining.

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Like most other dating shows, My Little Princess parades a handful of eligible men before a single woman. Unlike most other dating shows, it’s all set within a fairytale castle, with the losers hurled off a bridge into a moat by a giant in some armour. The woman, dressed as a princess, is aided in her decision by her father – who as the king in this scenario wears a wonky tin crown and sits on a throne. (More on that later.) None of the contestants see what the princess looks like until about three seconds before the show ends – and the first time we meet them, they’re doing an assault course in slow motion to the sound of a 1980s power ballad. It’s astonishing.

In truth, My Little Princess wears its dating show credentials as loosely as possible. It’s from the same production company that made Banzai, and the similarities are telling. The single men aren’t just eliminated by a diminishing bank of lights as in Take Me Out, they’re knocked out one by one in a series of high-concept, deliberately humiliating stunts the tao of badass pdf.

Produce

In a recent episode, the men were catapulted into a lake if they couldn’t guess the conspiracy theory that the princess genuinely believed (spoiler alert: it was that planet Earth is secretly governed by a race of giant lizard-people). Then they were made to dress as birds and sproing up and down on a trampoline while a tiny jester fired footballs at their faces, all to protect a framed photo of the princess’s puppy. Next they were plunged neck-deep into puddles for not guessing which of two men was covered in tattoos of the Corrs, before being blindfolded and asked to charge headfirst into a wall. And finally, the winner was asked to belt out an abysmal karaoke rendition of Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship right into the princess’s face, instead of just saying hello to her.

You get the feeling that it took a lot of clever people a lot of time to produce something as gleefully stupid as My Little Princess. It’s as if someone made a Frankenstein’s monster of The Princess Bride, Adventure Time, Takeshi’s Castle and My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss, then lobotomised it and stood around taking pictures on their phones as it toppled down the stairs. It’s endless, compulsively inventive and brilliantly subversive.

There are some problems, of course. Not least that weird king/princess business. Although it adds a hint of tension to proceedings, inviting the female contestant’s dad along to help her find a nice boyfriend seems very odd. And then there’s the title. Somehow, My Little Princess feels like it does less for gender equality than Take Me Out, and that can’t possibly be a good thing.

But if you haven’t watched it yet – and ratings suggest that you probably haven’t – then I urge you to give it a try. It would be crime if an oddity like this slipped away without notice.

New techniques

Dating pinpoints volcanoes that killed half of species, split continents.

New techniques for dating rocks have helped narrow the time frame of a chain of massive volcanic eruptions that wiped out half of the world’s species 200 million years ago, a study said Thursday.

The result is the most precise date yet — 201,564,000 years ago — for the event, which is known as the Triassic-Jurassic extinction event, said the study, published in the journal Science. The event was the fourth mass extinction in the history of our planet.

The eruptions “had to be a hell of an event,” said coauthor Dennis Kent, an expert on paleomagnetism at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
They may offer a historic parallel to the human-caused climate change happening today, by showing how sharp increases in carbon dioxide can outpace vulnerable species’ ability to adapt, researchers said.

The new analysis narrows the estimated date from its previous range of up to 3 million years to just 20,000 years at most — a blink of an eye in geological terms.

The eruptions caused an already hot Earth to become even more stifling, killing off plants and animals and making way for the age of the dinosaurs — before they, too, were eventually obliterated some 65 million years ago, possibly by another volcanic event combined with a devastating meteor strike.

Life

Volcanoes roiled the Earth at a time when most land was united in one big continent, spewing out roughly 10 million cu. km of lava. Over time, the eruptions split the supercontinent apart and led to the creation of the Atlantic Ocean.

For the study, scientists analyzed rock samples from Nova Scotia, Morocco and outside New York City, all of which came from this once-united landmass, known as the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province.
An analysis of the decay of uranium isotopes in the basalt, a type of rock left by the eruptions, offered researchers more precise dates.
The eruption in Morocco was the earliest, followed by Nova Scotia about 3,000 years later and New Jersey 13,000 years later.

Sediments that lie below that time hold fossils from the Triassic era. Above that layer, they disappear, the study said.
Some of the lost creatures include fish resembling eels, called conodonts, early crocodiles and tree lizards.

“In some ways, the end Triassic extinction is analogous to today,” said lead author Terrence Blackburn, who carried out the study while at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology but is now with the Carnegie Institution.

“It may have operated on a similar time scale. Much insight on the possible future impact of doubling atmospheric carbon dioxide on global temperatures, ocean acidity and life on earth may be gained by studying the geologic record.”

Actually

How crowdfunding is like dating.

Crowdfunding is just like dating in high school, says Candace Klein, CEO and founder of Cincinnati, Ohio-based debt crowdfunding site SoMoLend.
“Everyone wants to date the football player because everyone wants to date a football player,” she says. “In crowdfunding, donors are like that. . . . It’s important, if you are creating a crowdfunding campaign, to create the illusion of success at the beginning.”In other words, before you send out that press release, make sure you have some support. Sending out the press release with $0 toward their goal is the big mistake companies make, she explains.“You want them to log on and see you’ve actually raised money,” Klein says, adding that friends and family are a great start.

Only 30 percent of crowdfunding campaigns are successful, she says.“The largest reason for that is, a lot of project and business owners think, “If I build it, they will come.” That’s not how this works. It’s a full-time job and it takes active planning and active execution throughout the life of the campaign,” she says.

And an active social media presence.“Get five people who are very influential in social media to increase your traffic,” Klein explains.Klein, who is speaking Monday at a CED presentation titled “Tips and Tricks for a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign,” gave us an exclusive preview of her top tips for businesses embarking on a crowdfunding campaign:

“They need to understand which type of strategy they want to take with the business they have.” Klein says donation reward-based crowdfunding works best with consumer products that can be presold, and equity-based crowdfunding works well for tech companies expecting high growth but need a longer time to make profits. She adds that debt-based works well for brick-and-mortars – restaurants, gyms, that kind of thing.
“Small business owners need to understand what they have to disclose.” Klein adds that that includes a business plan and financial statements. “It’s quite a bit of information for a business owner to be comfortable with sharing.”

“Have a strong social media presence and a good group of influencers, people who have blogs that are well-read.” Part of it is having a strong support system, she says.

Video is not optional, she says. “A small business who uses video to communicate a story is about 115 percent more successful than a business who does not. Video is a very important element. It’s kind of like not having a photo on Match.com and no one wanting to date you.”As a lobbyist, Klein worked with Congress and the SEC in the writing and passage of the JOBS Act, which will be part of her talk Monday at American Underground in Durham.

Really well

Renee Zellweger dating Sheryl Crow’s ex-boyfriend.

RENEE Zellweger is dating Sheryl Crow’s ex-boyfriend.
The Bridget Jones star was spotted giving guitarist Doyle Bramhall II a kiss on the lips in Los Angeles earlier this week.
The 43-year-old musician dated singer Sheryl last year, but now seems to have moved on with the blonde actress.
The couple were snapped looking loved up as they walked through LAX airport in matching black coats, teamed with shades and jeans.According to an insider, the romance has been brewing for some time.”They went to college together,” a source told Us Weekly.
“It’s going really well.”Renée’s dating history includes a string of famous men, such as The White Stripes singer Jack White and funny man Jim Carrey.The Chicago star was famously married to Kenny Chesney for just five months in 2005, after citing fraud as the grounds for divorce.
A two-year relationship with gorgeous actor Bradley Cooper followed, but the pair parted ways last year.Sheryl also has a longstanding history with Doyle.
The two were friends for 15 years before dating and met on tour, where Doyle was her guitarist.

Relationship

Holiday Dating: Should You Rekindle the Spark With an Ex?

Being single at the holidays is emotional for most, but it also gives you the chance to reflect on relationships of your past.

If you’re thinking of reconnecting with a former love at the holidays, you’re not alone.

As a dating expert and relationship coach, many of my clients and their friends are telling me they’ve reconnected this holiday season with long-lost loves. Yes, you’re recycling an ex, but why not give it a shot again with someone you have a history with and still have fond memories of?

Perhaps it starts off innocently in November with a text message or email saying “Happy Thanksgiving.” It’s a safe way to reach out and reconnect without feeling you’ll get rejected by picking up the phone.

Often, you may receive a favorable reply, which makes you feel warm and fuzzy.

The next thing you know, you’re projecting into the future wondering if you should ask him or her to the office holiday party. What are their Christmas and New Year’s plans? Could you be kissing under the mistletoe?

With holiday break-up season at its peak, it’s normal to wonder if he or she is in a relationship or still thinks about you from time-to-time.

Special holiday

What are the rules and proper etiquette for recycling an ex at the holidays?

Here are five tips on how to reconnect or attend a special holiday event with your former beau or girlfriend, to make it a better experience for all involved.

1. Don’t talk about what went wrong. You know the reason you broke up. He or she knows the reason you broke up. There’s no need to rehash the past and spend time going down memory lane.

2. Don’t talk about your dating history while you were apart. Perhaps one of you had a lusty affair and the other never got over your initial break-up. There’s no reason to compare bad date stories or wonder how many people your ex went to bed with. Keep the conversation on a need-to-know basis. They simply don’t need to know what happened during your hiatus.

3. Do keep the conversation light and easy. Just like your initial first dates, remember to leave the drama behind. You might think the familiarity should allow you to accelerate things, but being a “Debbie or Donnie Downer” will turn him or her away faster than you can imagine. Ask about his or her family and how work is going, or talk about the latest accomplishments of your children. If your former love interest says they’re seeing someone, respect their relationship status and don’t try to talk them out of it.

4. Don’t try to pick up where you left off. Don’t assume your ex wants to get back together long-term. Try and look at this as a new friendship or the beginning of a new relationship that just happened to resurface during the holidays. Don’t start planning your future all over again and keep the expectations low. Live in the moment on your first date together.

5. Don’t sleep together. Avoid being overly affectionate in public the first time you see each other after a break-up. Unless you really want a friends-with-benefits relationship, don’t immediately end up back in bed. You may wake up regretting it in the morning, when your emotions are at an all-time high, as your mind wanders off thinking where the relationship is headed.

If things go well when you reunite over the holidays and you decide to start dating your ex, keep the communication going. Sending only a text message to say that you had a great time instead of calling the next day won’t win her heart. If you’re truly interested in pursuing the relationship again, pick up the phone and call to set up another date.

Including a romance

Taylor Swift Now Dating Suri Cruise.

Following her recent string of high-profile relationships, including a romance earlier this week with Garfield cartoonist Jim Davis, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift is now dating Suri Cruise, sources confirmed today.
“Taylor and Suri were seen grabbing lunch at a Thai restaurant in SoHo earlier this afternoon, and we can confirm that the two are now officially an item,” TMZ reporter Allison Raeber wrote of the budding romance between the 23-year-old pop star and the 6-year-old daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, nicknaming the couple “Saylor.”
“Fans spotted the two holding hands on the way out of the restaurant, and Taylor was even seen giving Suri a quick peck on the lips before getting into a car.” At press time, sources reported that Swift had just entered Cruise’s apartment building in downtown Manhattan.

Romance

Katy Perry, John Mayer Dating: Couple Goes Public With Romance.

Katy Perry and John Mayer have finally gone public with their romance.

Perry and Mayer have been spotted getting cozy all over the tri-state area, with the “California Dreams” singer finally calling the musician her “boyfriend.”On Thursday night, the two got close at the Rolling Stones concert at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., E! News reported.

On Wednesday, they took in a showing of the Broadway adaptation of “A Christmas Story” in New York City. While mingling with the cast afterward, Perry allegedly introduced Mayer as her boyfriend and called him “baby,” according to an Us Weekly source.

“You would think he was just a supportive boyfriend,” the source told the magazine. “He let her be the star.”Perry first began dating the “Born and Raised” singer back in June. They ended things briefly in August but were spotted kissing again in September.

The on-again/off-again relationship is allegedly due to Mayer’s wandering ways. “John just can’t commit, and he kept luring Katy back with promises that he was going to change, but then he didn’t,” a source told RadarOnline.com. “Katy was pretty crazy about him, so she kept giving him another chance.”

“John liked Katy, so he wanted to keep her in his life, but it just wasn’t up to Katy’s standards,” the Radar source added. “She needs the guy to be on board 100 percent and she was sick of John disappearing for five days at a time, then booty calling her, then straightening up and treating her well, only to go back to his old behavior a few days later.”By the looks of it, the two have settled down. For now.

New normal

Nate Berkus Dating Jeremiah Brent, Rachel Zoe’s Former Assistant.

Nate Berkus is dating again, and the new man in his life is equally as stylish as him.

Berkus is dating Jeremiah Brent, the former assistant to designer and stylist Rachel Zoe and a regular on “The Rachel Zoe Project,” Us Weekly confirmed.

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The interior designer and TV personality was seen getting cozy with Brent in New York City recently, Page Six reported. They were spotted at Barneys on Madison Avenue on Dec. 2 “kissing in the men’s section,” according to a source. They later enjoyed a visit to Central Park’s ice rink, according to Brent’s Twitter posts.

Brent also made an appearance at Berkus’ book signing for “The Things That Matter” at Bergdorfs on Dec. 4. “So proud @Nate_Berkus. Beautiful evening promoting truth, love and education loveislove,” he tweeted.

Although he is happy now, Berkus faced tremendous sorrow after his boyfriend, photographer Fernando Bengoechea, was killed in the December 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka. The designer and his boyfriend were vacationing in southeast Asia when disaster struck. The two were swept from the hut they were staying in and separated by the force of the current. For months, Berkus couldn’t even leave his house.

“Grief in and of itself, I don’t wish on anyone,” Berkus told HuffPost live during a recent interview while promoting his book, “but it’s also a very personal process everyone has to go through in their own time and in their own way… the goal, no matter how long it takes or how cyclical it is, the goal is to not get stuck in the grief.”

Instead of getting stuck in that greif and let it define him, Berkus created a new normal. “It’s the idea for me of not getting stuck, however that works for you, being able to take even the smallest step to move forward,” he told HuffPost Live.

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Boyfriend? Lover? Partner? Dude I’m Dating?

I am 46 years old and I have a boyfriend, which is ridiculous. Not ridiculous I am in a relationship, but that he is my “boyfriend”. By definition a boyfriend is a frequent or regular male companion in a romantic or sexual relationship. That sounds like a grown up thing, but the label sounds very young and frankly, silly.

Calling him my “lover” seems weird. I am not going to introduce him to people as my lover. It seems almost vulgar. At my age it is a given that I am having sex with him, but still, I don’t need to announce it. Plus, the implication could be that we are lovers and nothing else. Lover is not an appropriate label for him.

I could go with “partner”, but that sounds more like business than love. He is certainly my partner, but this is not a deal or a dance, so partner is cold. I asked my son what another name for boyfriend was and he suggested, “Dude I’m dating”. Really? Labels in relationships are important but at my age, also lame. Is he the dude I’m dating? We are not even dating really. The courtship is over and we are actually in a relationship, not deciding if we want one. He is more than a boyfriend, more than a lover, more than a partner, and more than simply the dude I am dating. Who is this man, what do I call him, and does it matter?

I feel weird calling him my boyfriend yet he calls me his girlfriend. He actually takes pride in the label, tells everyone I am his girlfriend, and he is 53 years old. Is it different for men? Is it just women who care about placing labels on relationships? Is it about women always wanting something more? By women of course I mean me. Do I want more? I honestly don’t know and certainly don’t want to make this about something deep and complicated because its not. This is about me not being a teenager and therefore not wanting to call the man I share my life with my boyfriend. It is just that simple.

My son is about to turn 17. He and his friends have girlfriends and boyfriends. How is it that a relationship for teenagers is labeled the same way as it is for people in the 40’s, 50’s and beyond? Don’t even get me started on the fact that my boyfriend is taking me home to meet his parents. Oy Vey people! Maybe that is the issue! Am I freaking out because after years of being alone, I have a boyfriend, who I love very much, and he is taking me home to meet his family? Might I feel that having a boyfriend is for teenagers because the emotions of having a boyfriend are making me feel like a teenager?

The truth is I am more nervous about meeting his mother than I was about meeting his kids. Dear Lord, I am a teenager. I am giddy about this man and that has turned me into a teenager. Love as a teenager was horrible the first time around and here I am going through it again. Dear God give me strength. I am leaving for London in 7 days. The Englishman, his two daughters, my son, and me, are heading over the pond and I am very happy about it. I know his parents will love my son because he is perfection. I also know they will love me because I love their son. I know these things, but I’m still a little scared.

When a man can make an old woman feel like a teenager, perhaps that is love. I’m not that old, but being 46 and feeling 16 is enough of a jump to qualify me as old. In the end the label I place on the man I love is simply “My Englishman”. That is what he is. He is mine, and I am blessed and proud to say it out loud. A week from now I will be packing for England and stressing about flying. Two weeks from now I will be sitting in his mother’s kitchen having a cup of tea, and stressing about flying home. I am a 46 year old woman with the heart of a 16 year old girl so all I can do is counting my blessing and keep the faith.

Stunning woman

A Gentleman’s Guide to Dating Out of Your League.

It happens everyday. You’re at a bar, or on the subway, and you see her: a stunning woman with glowing skin and legs as long as the Mississippi. She reverberates with confidence and walks mean. You’d talk to her if it weren’t for one thing: She’s out of your league.

The truth is, she isn’t. The idea of not having a shot with a woman who’s more attractive than you is bull, and we’re here to show you why with our gentleman’s guide to dating out of your league.

Meet online

Online Dating: Google’s Most Searched Singles Sites Of 2012.

MTV’s new reality TV show Catfish — which depicts the first meeting of couples who have dated online but have never met face to face — has people talking about the creepy side of online dating (many of the Catfish stars turn out to be imposters in one way or another).

Creepy or not, the fact is that one in five couples meet online and a form of dating that used to carry a heavy stigma — has been normalized. Need proof? Google Zeitgeist — the search engine’s annual online presentation of the year’s top “trending” and “most searched” terms — includes a list of the top 10 most searched dating sites, which a Google spokesperson provided to The Huffington Post in an email. Check out the list below, and let us know in the comments if any of the rankings surprised you.

Creative director

Danny Boyle – Danny Boyle Dating Rosario Dawson.

Director Danny Boyle is dating Sin City actress Rosario Dawson.
In pictures obtained by Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper, the Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker, who served as creative director of the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, is seen walking hand in hand with Dawson as he kisses her on the lips in the seaside town of Brighton, England, on Friday (03Aug12).
Boyle, 55, met Dawson when he cast her in his latest film Trance.
And the actress, who is 22 years his junior, already appears to be enjoying the perks of dating a Hollywood director as she was given a prime spot to view the Olympics opening ceremony last month (27Jul12).
Dawson took to her Twitter.com page on the night to post an image from the stadium in London’s Stratford, adding the words, “What an amazing honor to witness the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics!!”
Dawson previously dated Sex and the City hunk Jason Lewis for two years before splitting in 2006.

Dating Advice

Holy Misogyny! Dating Advice From Megachurch Minister: “Dress Modestly And Save Yourself … For Me!”

The Country’s Most Misogynist Minister Proves That Hypocrisy From The Pulpit Has No Bounds.
“At this time, we deeply regret the need to announce that First Baptist Church has dismissed our pastor, Dr. Jack Schaap, due to a sin that has caused him to forfeit his right to be our pastor. First Baptist Church is in full cooperation with our local authorities in their investigation of this matter. Our church grieves over the need to take this action and the impact it will have on our people.” – First Baptist Church of Hammond
The “sin” was extreme hypocrisy in the mode of Bishop Eddie Long and Creflo Dollar.
And the set up to that “sin” could not have been a more “perfect storm” of religious hypocrisy:

– The First Baptist Church of Hammond boasts a huge congregation as far back as 1978: 30,000, with the claim that it ran the “world’s largest Sunday School.” In 2006, it was listed as the 24th most influential chuech in the United States.

– Young pastor Jack Schaap pens a book on dating: Dating With A Purpose (1995)

– Jack Schaaf inherits the megachurch from his father-in-law, the late Jack Frasure Hyles in 2002.*

– Schaap receives country-wide notoriety when he declared some views that were definitely off-kilter with the rest of Baptist teaching: he declared the King James Bible not to be inspired and that:
“When a wife receives her husband’s body, she is saying, ‘I just want to remind you, Christ, that I am receiving You’.”[11] Additionally, “The person who deeply loves Christ understands that when He receives Christ as Saviour, it is a spiritual intercourse.A person receives the body of Christ. A Christian is the female gender in the spiritual realm, and God is the male gender of the spiritual realm. When a person receives Christ as Saviour, he is receiving Christ as a lover.”**

– Schaap pens another book on marriage, Marriage: The Divine Intimacy. (Hyles Publications, 2005)

– 20/20 does an expose of Independent Fundamentalist Baptist churches, claiming that they akin to cults that have covered up instances of statutory rape. It characterizes such churches as “cults.” It features Jack Schaap who is quoted as saying it would be “cold day in hell before I ever let a woman teach me theology”. Schaap responds with the video below.

– Schaap is fired from his position as senior pastor because of allegations that he had an adulterous affair with a minor. Schaap confesses to the affair. The police are investigating all criminal charge possibilities including transportation of a minor across state for immoral purposes.

Press statement

Silence of The Religious Lambs

Within hours of the announcement and press statement, reference to Dr. Jack Schaap’s books on the Hyles Publications website have been expunged and many YouTube videos have also been shut down. No statements have come from either Schaap or Cindy, his wife of over thirty years.
The silence of Cindy Schaap is not too surprising considering Schaap’s views. In Marriage: The Divine Intimacy , Cindy Schaap posited a subservience to her husband that might make some of today’s modern women cringe:
“Before my husband would come home, I would read books in private about romance; and I would get myself ready to be excited about romance.”
What’s more telling about the situation: some congregants have come forth to say “he’s only human” while not addressing the question of what abuse was done to the teenage girl.
And the real silence of skirting issues may bring to the fore the cult-like atmosphere of First Baptist Church of Hammond.

Joining

Joining The Pulpit Hypocrisy Pimps.

Jack Schaap. Eddie Long. Ted Haggard. Creflo Dollar. Jimmy Swaggart. Jim Bakker. Megachurch pastors and televangelists who have peppered America’s religious landscape with scandals in the last generation and have shown America that the pulpit is the most revered source of hypocrisy, hate speech or misogyny – backed by God Himself, of course:

“No woman ever got me involved in ministry. I didn’t follow a woman into ministry. A woman didn’t write this book. No woman wrote the scriptures right here. A man wrote the Bible — got it from God. A man hung on the cross. His name is Jesus Christ and God called a man to lead the church here. Hey! I’m glad I’m a man!”

The portrait of Jack Schaap that will emerge from this latest development in Christian Right circles will no doubt be the same as he has always had, just a trifle more intense. And whether or not he can weather it as one of the supreme hypocrites of the Right remains to be seen: Dollar, Long, Swaggart and Haggard are still around.

Relationship problems

What the Robert Pattinson Dating Scandal Tells Us About Our Own Trust Issues.

If you’ve been living under a rock these past few weeks and therefore haven’t heard anything about the dissolution of Hollywood’s Twilight super-couple, here’s a rough summary: Kristen Stewart admitted to cheating on boyfriend Robert Pattinson with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, though sources say that the pair did no more than kiss. She issued a public apology, but Pattinson has moved out of the couple’s $6 million house and in with his friend and Water for Elephants cast mate Reese Witherspoon.
Why should you care about all of this? Fundamentally, Pattinson and Stewart’s relationship problems are nobody’s business but their own, and most of us understand that they deserve privacy, but there’s a reason we’re all so drawn to the tabloid headlines. Aside from the obvious fun of reading about the drama of the rich and famous, something about this story is hitting a chord with the American public. As it should: they’re struggling with issues we all face.
One of the aspects of the saga that has most incised Pattinson was the fact that Stewart made a public statement apologizing for her infidelity before even speaking to him. We may not have Us Weekly breathing down our necks, but in the age of Facebook, everyone’s photos and “relationship status” are on display just as much as those of our favorite celebrities. Just like RPatz and KStew, who have always struggled to keep their relationship out of the public eye and been uncomfortable with the constant media presence, we all know a couple who have argued about when to make their relationship “Facebook official.”
Even more interesting than the issue of publicity is the problem of trust, or the lack thereof, in our culture. Pattinson has chosen to throw away a three-year relationship over one kiss rather than talk to Stewart and try to work something out. Maybe this is naïve of me, but I can’t believe that there’s no way to rebuild the trust between the two.
Statistically, infidelity is on the rise. One study showed that 74% of men and 68% of women would have an affair if they knew that they would not get caught. Meanwhile, as cheating scandals become more and more prevalent, our culture is increasingly glorifying a lack of trust as the true sign of love.
Consider the Twilight series that first brought Pattinson and Stewart together. Edward Cullen, considered by many tweenage and older girls to be the platonic ideal of a boyfriend, displays trust issues and a desire to control Bella that set off serious abuse red-flags. Christian Grey, romantic lead of the Twilight-inspired 50 Shades of Grey series, goes so far as to ask his paramour to sign a contract promising that she won’t sleep with anyone else and effectively allowing him complete control over her life.
Rather than idealizing trust issues, we should be celebrating couples who actually communicate with each other and work through rough patches. Pattinson has a chance to be a better boyfriend than Edward Cullen, and he doesn’t just owe it to Stewart to give her another chance. He owes it to the millions of teenage girls who are watching and taking notes.

Online dating

Online dating: Ten things to consider.

Are you one of those millions of individuals around the world who are single and seeking? Have you not been able to find the right match in the past and therefore you are lacking confidence to try it for another time? If so, you may wish to consider the tips on how to date successfully.

1. The first thing you need to consider is that that way you present yourself is the first thing that appeals others to come towards you. For this reason, always upload your photos on your online profiles to attract the potential mates you are looking for.

2. The second important thing to consider are the characteristics that you are seeking in a potential mate. Dating websites enable you to fill out such characteristics as your academic background, your age range, your tastes and your dislikes. This helps you to find the right match for you at the end of the day.

3. The third best tip for you would be to make sure that you are consistently refreshing your online dating profile. This will promote your image to others as a lively and engaged person and will attract more individuals towards you.

4. Next, always express as much as possible who you really are through your profile. This will also enable your match to be able to more easily find you. Once you are interacting with different girls and guys on such dating websites, never try to pretend to be a celebrity or a super hero.

5. Remember, all users of such websites are simply human beings and all they are often looking for are simple human beings as well. Do not portray yourself like someone who you are not. Be what you are and this is what will pay you at the end of the business day.

6. Now comes, probably the most important piece of advice for you. Always communicate positively and in a well mannered and cultured way. Yes, this is very important as well since most of the individuals get impressed with the way you are talking with them.

7. Now, remember that you should not be hasty in asking the girl or the guy to come out to date with you. Always take time to let her know about you and then ask for this when it seems appropriate, without appearing to be desperate.

8. Remember, you need to be confident in yourself. Do not underestimate yourself.

9. You need courage to ask the partner to come out for a date. A coward’s approach will not appeal to most women.

10. Never try to pressure someone for a date. Let it be a simple and natural instinct in both of you to be out for a date.

Mystery

Marilyn Monroe – Mystery Surrounding Marilyn Monroe’s Fbi Files Are Ever Growing.
On Sunday 5th of August it will have been fifty years since one of the most famous faces of the 20th century, Marilyn Monroe, died of an apparent overdose. At just 36-years-old the death was a tragic and well-recorded event, with interest in the actress and her death still very much at a high.
As the half-century anniversary of the tragic event draws ever closer, shrouds of mystery are as thick as those over the records held by the Fbi, with the unnecessary secrecy continuously fuelling the rumours that suspect number one for the murder of Monroe is in fact the US government.
The records kept on Monroe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which are many, have been a source of intrigue for many seeking to gain a closer insight on the film star and her death. However, even so long after her death, the files are still heavily censored. So much so that following a police investigation in 1988 by the Lapd, even they could not gain access into the files.
The Fbi, run by the often unstable J Edgar Hoover at the time, were keen to monitor the movements of Monroe, fearing that she could be used as a pawn by Communist conspirators during the highly paranoid time in American politics.
Still, it isn’t unusual for the Fbi to keep their files well under wraps, as many archivists have found in the past. Until the day that the government finally allows full access to it’s files then accounts that Monroe’s death was murder will be nothing more that a conspiracy, and nothing else.

Beauty

Lauren Pope dating Wretch 32.

‘The Only Way is Essex’ beauty Lauren Pope is dating rapper Wretch 32, and the couple were recently spotted getting close at London’s Funky Buddha nightspot.
The ‘Only Way is Essex’ beauty – who recently split with co-star Tom Pearce – and the rapper were spotted getting close at London’s Funky Buddha nightspot on Tuesday (31.07.12) at a birthday party hosted by ‘TOWIE’ hunk Joey Essex – and the couple have had a ”real laugh” together on their first few dates.

A source told The Sun newspaper: ”Wretch is a big ladies’ man and gets on really well with Lauren. They have a real laugh together and enjoy each other’s company.

”It’s very early days – they’re some way from being an item – but for the time being they are enjoying the flirting.”

Lauren has been joking with Wretch – whose real name is Jermaine Scott – on twitter, and she took to the social networking site to post a picture of the couple with her fellow ‘TOWIE’ stars James ‘Arg’ Argent and Gemma Collins, who recently hooked up, and said it was a ”funny night” on Tuesday.

As well as enjoying plenty of banter on twitter – where their relationship started to blossom – Wretch has also mentioned the 28-year-old beauty in a track on his new mixtape, ‘Wretchercise’.

Lauren – who previously went out with Kirk Norcross – was recently embroiled in an argument with her ‘TOWIE’ co-star Lauren Goodger after the brunette star started dating Tom following the end of his and Lauren’s relationship.

Lufthansa

So in the late 2000s, Lufthansa invited designers to reimagine their business class seats. “Basically since Lufthansa had designed the previous seat the business class market had moved on significantly. It was necessary to introduce a fully flat bed which up to now had not been Lufthansa’s offer,” explains Luke Pearson of PearsonLloyd. But they had one big requirement: While other airlines had rotated chairs like Tetris pieces to make reclining possible, Lufthansa wanted all seats to face the direction of travel for optimal flyer comfort.

PearsonLloyd ended up winning the contract with a novel approach, by shaping the seats like a V. It sounds intimate at first, with two passengers facing in toward one another. But ultimately, this places passengers further apart. And when people actually lay down, their heads are partitioned off by their own consoles. Meanwhile, this hypotenuse-like approach buys precious leg room. The beds recline to almost 6.5 feet in length.

“This principle is not unique in aviation seating design,” Pearson admits. “However, the way in which the layout we utilised within the aircraft and the specific functions of the seat are unique to this design and Lufthansa in this case.” Indeed, it was the small details, details carved out over several years of mockups, user testing, then test flights, that didn’t just make their design as spacious as possible, but as comfortable as possible.

Optimize

A perfect example are the integrated displays. PearsonLloyd had wanted to connect these in a center band to optimize their complexity of articulation. And while this didn’t affect roominess, the band blocked a view into the next row, cutting down on perceived space. So they abandoned the idea. The precise shape of the head/shoulder compartment was honed to accept users of multiple broadness. The lower lumbar adjustments were given massage functions (which sounds like a godsend for anyone who’s gone numb during a long flight). And even the seat textile is wholly custom, bringing in flecks of yellow to warm the otherwise silver sheen. I asked Pearson why many of these pretty obvious improvements hadn’t been made before, why if V-shaped seating is so efficient, it wasn’t simply implemented in the first place? “Simply because design and engineering knowledge evolves,” he responded. “People never arrive immediately at the optimum solution.” Which makes you wonder, with a few more great ideas, how wonderful could Lufthansa’s next new business class be?

Question

Jenna Jameson Endorses Romney for President, Proves Mitt Wins the XXX Vote.

Jenna Jameson Endorses Romney for President, Proves Mitt Wins the XXX Vote.
The fight for the porn vote is in full gear as adult entertainment performer Jenna Jameson announced at a San Francisco, California, strip club that she is endorsing former governor of Massachusetts and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for president against incumbent President Barack Obama in 2012.

“I’m very looking forward to a Republican being back in office,” Jameson said while sipping champagne in a VIP room at Gold Club in the San Francisco’s popular South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood. Jameson’s endorsement, however, seems to contradict her previous political positions when the 38-year-old porn star/entrepreneur appeared on People magazine for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Campaign – and supported Hillary Clinton for President in 2008.

But as it turns out, Jameson’s change of allegiance might have been motivated by Romney’s presidential platform itself. “When you’re rich, you want a Republican in office,” said the porn star right after pledging her support for Romney to Gold Club’s patrons who attended the exclusive gentleman club’s 8th anniversary.

And though Jameson’s is an endorsement that Mitt Romney probably won’t brag about when addressing the most socially conservative voters of the Republican base, it could prove very popular during the GOP’s upcoming RNC convention in Tampa, Florida, where the local adult entertainment industry – one of the country’s most popular and prolific – is gearing up for the avalanche of conservative delegates and supporters that will be visiting the state in August.

The question is, will the Democrats let Mitt Romney monopolize the porn vote or will they court Sasha Grey as an alternative to the now Republican author of How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale?

Paid

James Hong’s Pivot From Rating To Dating: The HotOrNot Story.A superficial site about rating hotties went viral and became a paid dating service worth millions. Here’s how Hong transformed HotOrNot.

Two Heinekens into a lazy afternoon in October 2000, James Hong, a 27-year-old dotcom refugee from Mountain View, CA, was listening to his roommate, Jim Young, a Berkeley graduate student in electrical engineering, wax on about a woman he had spotted at a party the previous weekend. Young, also 27, insisted she was a “perfect 10.” Hong didn’t believe him. His roommate had a thing for “goth” while Hong’s own tastes were more Abercrombie & Fitch.
What the world needed, they agreed, was a metric to reliably rate someone’s looks.

So they built Am I Hot or Not?, a site that let users rank from 1 to 10 the relative hotness of someone in a photo. Almost immediately it became a viral sensation. At first, the two generated revenue through advertising, but during the dotcom bust they pivoted, transitioning into a matchmaking site with subscriptions. In April 2001, they instituted a $6 per month fee to join “Meet Me,” figuring it was cheap enough to qualify as an impulse buy. In its first month it generated $25,000 in revenue and by year’s end it brought in $600,000.

Seven and a half years after launch, they sold HotorNot for a reported $20 million, and now the site–at least as it was–no longer exists. But here’s how it looked back in 2001, and an interview with Hong which proves that the right pivot can score you a date.

Dating show

Bret Michaels not looking for love on new dating show.

Bret Michaels’ representative has shot down rumors the star is set to sign up for another series of his “Rock Of Love” dating show following a split from his fiancee.

The Poison singer enjoyed a long romance with Kristi Lynn Gibson, the mother of his two children, but they split in 2005, only to get back together in 2009 when he suffered a series of medical emergencies.

The 49-year-old asked Gibson to be his wife in December, 2010 as part of the finale of his VH1 reality show “Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, but he called off the engagement last month.

Reports suggested Michaels was planning to commit to a fourth series of “Rock of Love,” a reality TV show in which women compete to be his next girlfriend, but a spokesperson for the star has denied the rumors.

Rep Jo Mignano says, “The truth is, anyone who knows Bret’s family and knows him as a father and a friend would truly understand that he is hurting over the separation, and the last thing he his thinking about is doing a dating show.”

Best

Be Open to Learning

One of the best parts about being in a relationship is that each person brings different skills and experiences to the table. While your flavor of the month might have some seriously handy Mr. Fix-it skills, you’ve got a serious love for travel. Take advantage of these differences and be open to learning. Even if you find it uninteresting…this is where the compromise comes in, remember? Besides, what happens when you’ve finally convinced your sweetie to go on a soul seeking travel adventure for once, and a pipe bursts? Avoid forking over $300 to a plumber, because your newfound “handyman” capabilities might surprise you.

Prioritize to Compromise

Sure your “friends night out” may have been scheduled since last Monday, but if your Boo had a bad day, it might be a good idea to reschedule. Maintaining a successful relationship does involve sacrifice, but those small compromises are inevitably for the best. When both parties work toward meeting each other’s needs, you learn what the most important factors are in making your relationship work. And it’s not always the big things. Trust us, running errands on your lunch break can wait. Sometimes just grabbing a quick bite with your hunny might be the first little step you need to take your relationship to the next level.

Listen, learning to compromise will ultimately open you to new experiences and change your outlook on life. If you do it right, it’ll be for the better. So learn to meet in the middle, embrace change, and discover the 50 new shades of you. Feeling extra steamy for Mr. Grey? We’ve got you covered.

Looking

At U, dating dives into the weeds.

A random pairing, some small talk, then, “Rotate!” But instead of sitting at tables, these daters crouched over rows of red onions. Rather than fiddling with drinks, they yanked up weeds. In place of low lighting, a waning sun.
Meet speed dating’s hippie sister — weed dating.
A few farms across the country are organizing events for singles looking to escape the formula of online dating or the convention of the bar scene for something a bit more … organic. Participants rotate from person to person, from chard to cherry tomatoes. It’s “like speed dating,” a Boise farm advertises on its website, “but much more badass.”
On Tuesday, a dozen 20-somethings gathered at the Cornercopia Student Organic Farm on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus for what might have been the state’s first weed dating meet-up. Compared to others in the news, it was casual, in a college kind of way. No name tags, few formal introductions, no split between men and women. Most participants were friends.
“I was just coming to spend some time on the farm,” said Maria Paschke, 22. “I wasn’t particularly hoping to meet someone.” She laughed and added: “But it would be a perk.”
The trend has captured national attention and amused farm types. There are jokes about ending up in a (vegetable) bed on the first date.
On its Facebook page, the Birchwood Cafe in Minneapolis promised that their “‘crop mobs’ are not a cover for weed dating. But if you happen to make a new friend at the farm, all the better, right?”
It’s all in good fun, said Tracy Singleton, the cafe’s owner. “There are a heckuva lot worse ways to meet people.”

Single

Weeding to do.

The events cater to people who, like Singleton, care about where their food comes from. Those at the student-run farm in St. Paul had majored in subjects such as sustainability, environmental studies and horticulture. Jace Crowe, 22, grew up in Bemidji and recently graduated from the University of Minnesota.
“I’m a single guy, and it’d be nice to meet as many people as I can in the city,” he said. “People who are like me, who are passionate about being good civic members of society.”
A few weeks back, a friend sent Sarah Halvorson-Fried, a GreenCorps member who works with the farm, an article about weed dating.

“I just thought it would be a good idea,” she said, “since we have a lot of weeding to do.”
So she set up a Facebook invite. “Looking for love?” it said. “Yes or no, come hang out and weed with us!” On Tuesday, she waited for attendees beneath the shade of a ginkgo tree, offering them toothpicks laden with cherry tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella. The group was quiet, sweaty and slow in the heat.

“Should we start?”
An hour into the 10-minute rotations, Halvorson-Fried paused to consider the event’s success. A few more friends had joined in, adding energy to the evening. “Pesto is totally a sauce,” one woman was arguing.
“It’s going well, I think,” Halvorson-Fried said, eyeing the newly weeded rows. “We’ve gotten a lot done!”
But there are disadvantages to newbies tending to your crops. Paschke accidentally uprooted yet another shallot, flung it into a growing pile and sighed.
“I feel like so far I’ve done more harm than good.”

Pioneering

A cool idea, but …

A few farms in Vermont made national news in 2010 for pioneering weed dating. The nights attracted a dozen people, then just five, due to rain, then seven. But things fizzled.

“It was a very exciting idea for the media, but the daters themselves weren’t all that excited about it,” said Barbara Richardson, office manager of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont. “It sounds like a really cool idea, but it didn’t pan out.”

In fact, at one event, more reporters showed up than participants. Those daters ranged from age 18 to 60, “and there were far more women than men, of course,” she said. So it made for an uncomfortable evening, made more awkward by TV cameras.

Richardson still believes that, if cultivated correctly, weed dating could bring together people with similar values.

“People do meet the loves of their lives at our events,” she said, “but not so far at weed dating.”

The St. Paul farm is planning a second weed dating night, and Joseph Hartmann, who attended Tuesday, plans to go. The 22-year-old recently graduated from the U’s campus in Morris, where he focused on environmental studies. He is now back in Roseville, living with his parents, applying for jobs.

Hartmann called the event “a great introduction to the Twin Cities” and “a chance to meet some really nice people.” He’s never done speed dating, much less weed dating, and while he likes the idea, he’s spotted a problem: the time limit.

“It’s hard to gauge” whether you’d be compatible with someone, he said, “off of a 5-minute conversation in a field somewhere in St. Paul.”

Sweetheart

Jennifer Aniston: Overweight? With bad skin? And frizzy hair!?

Your eyes do not deceive you. Photographer Danny Evans has transformed America’s sweetheart into the homely middle-aged woman she might have been in the absence of a $141,037 beauty routine and an (alleged) nose job.

Evans didn’t stop at Aniston. The New York photographer has worked Photoshop magic on an entire swath of the celebrity crowd, converting everyone from Beyonce to Brad Pitt into ugly regular people. There’s Gwyneth Paltrow with a soccer-mom bob and a leathery wattle. There’s Becks in a sweater vest and Posh in a bad perm. There are the Olsen twins looking, well, every bit as uncomfortable as usual–but CHUBBY!–and, my favorite, Kanye as a short, fat guy in a barfy blue suit, awkwardly clutching Kim Kardashian as if they were posing for high-school prom pics.

Evans doesn’t reveal much about his process. “I don’t like to discuss the technical side of my work,” he tells Co.Design, “but I will say that they are photo composites, and not products of age altering software.” There is sweet justice in taking Photoshop, the very tool that makes celebrities seem so insufferably flawless, and turning it cruelly against them. The point, Evans says, is “to show celebrities in a different light. [It’s] my interpretation of how they might appear if they were never famous.”

And spent their days hanging around the local Olan Mills.

Really

Scientific dating sheds light on another aspect of Lima Lake’s history.

Ten years ago, a flurry of excitement arose when bones and teeth from an ancient bison were found along the eroded bank of a drainage ditch running through the former site of Lima Lake in the northwest corner of Adams County.
Mixed among the animal remains was a projectile point typical of the kind used by a native American culture known to exist in this region about 1,600 to 2,000 years ago.
This was an exciting discovery for archaeologist Steve Tieken of the Quincy-based North American Archaeological Institute. Finding the bones, teeth and projectile point at the same location suggested the point theoretically could have been associated with the killing of the bison. If that was indeed the case, it would rewrite history because most scientific evidence has suggested that bison didn’t arrive in this region until about 600 years ago.

“I was really confident that this point had some meaning with the bones,” Tieken said.This question nagged at him for years. Now, finally, Tieken has an answer.

A sample of the Lima Lake bison was submitted for absolute dating to the University of Illinois. The results, published in the latest edition of Illinois Antiquity magazine, show the bison teeth and bones, and the projectile point might have been found together, but they are more than 1,000 years apart in age.
“I felt in my gut those two pieces were contemporary. This proved that they weren’t,” Tieken said.
Tieken said he wasn’t disappointed by the findings.
“They are what they are,” he said. “To me, it was the truth. And that’s what we’re trying to get at.”

Until the carbon-14 dating technique was used to determine the age of the bison remains, archaeologists interested in the historic Lima Lake area were intrigued by the possibility that the findings from the drainage ditch could alter the cultural history of this area. But this could happen only if the unknown age of the bison matched up with the known age of the projectile point, identified as a Waubesa Cluster point typical of the Early and Middle Woodland periods going back 1,500 to 2,000 years or more.
“It would have put bison hunting way back — almost a thousand years previously,” Tieken said.

People

Tieken was further encouraged by this possibility when news emerged in 2006 that personnel from the Dickson Mounds Museum found the remains of a bison in the bed of the Illinois River when the river was unusually low.

“It had a similar point embedded in one of the bones,” Tieken said.
The Illinois River finding was dated to the Early Woodland period going back more than 2,000 years, marking it as the earliest evidence of bison hunting in Central Illinois.
Tieken said it’s not uncommon for artifacts from one historic period to be found mixed in with materials from other ancient periods when archaeological sites are unearthed — particularly in stratified areas where several different cultures lived over thousands of years. It’s believed the Adams County drainage ditch items were mixed together when a section of dirt sloughed off the side of the ditch after heavy rains, exposing the archaeological treasures.
Tieken said the bison findings nonetheless have educational value. As it turned out, he said, the carbon dating put the age of the bison remains at between A.D. 1450 and 1470.
“Previously, most researchers believed bison didn’t come into this area until after 1500. So we put that date back at least 50 years,” Tieken said.
A Native American culture known as the Oneota people were living in this area around that time.
“It used to be thought that the Oneota people within Lima Lake were procuring buffalo on hunts to the west. But this (carbon dating results) proves that buffalo were right here in this area,” Tieken said.
In addition, getting a firm date on the bison “adds another time frame and scenario to the whole story down there” at Lima Lake, he said.
Since it was drained of water in the 1930s and converted into farmland, the former site of Lima Lake has been a treasure trove of historical discoveries over the years. Tieken has had a hand in several of those discoveries, which have resulted in three previous carbon-dating evaluations that have added to the local body of knowledge.

For example, one Native American settlement site at the south end of the Lima Lake area has been positively identified to A.D. 78 while another nearby site was dated to A.D. 525.
Even more significantly, a mastodon tooth found in the former Lima Lake bed in 1957 was taken to the U of I five years ago to be dated. Using a new high-tech dating technique, scientists determined the tooth’s actual calendar date was somewhere between 10,891 and 10,854 B.C. At the time, it was the youngest mastodon specimen scientifically dated in North America. Since then, however, a mastodon tooth from Indiana was found to be even younger by about 700 years, Tieken said.
All these discoveries from the Lima Lake area help add to the cultural knowledge base of Adams County, Tieken said.

“This puts things in factual terms as opposed to folklore or old historic tales,” he said. “It’s a living legacy of one particular tract on this huge planet.”

Online Dating Advice

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