Gambling Vs Your Brain: Who Wins?

Disputes about whether gambling has a positive or destructive influence on your brain has been going on for a while among both ordinary people and scientists. The latter have done a bunch of studies showing some unexpected results. Gambling is not always a thing that will cause problems for people, it may be even useful for your brain, and life. In this short article, we’ll tell you how games of chance influence your brain.

Gambling as a Cure
Muhammad Ali, Robin Williams, and even Pope John Paul II had one common feature – all of them were diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Most of the sufferers showed signs of slowness of movement, shaking, difficulty walking, and thinking problems. So how does Parkinson’s work? It literally destroys dopamine neurons in the brain that control body movement. Dopamine has another property – it’s one of the elements responsible for pleasure. From the point of view of gambling, the gaming process imitates the impact of the drug on your brain. In a nutshell, a person feels better, at least for a while. Of course, there are drugs which may help reduce the effect of the disease, but you need to increase doses every time you take the pill. And in the end, drugs becomes useless.

A Way to Keep Your Mind Young
Youth is something we wish to get rid of at first and then we desire to get it back. We can’t always be young, but at least we can slow down aging by using various innovational methods. As for the human brain, it also gets older with time. And if you want to be clever and witty in your 60s, then you should take care of your mind. The best way to look fresher than your peers is simple – just think and develop ideas.

Studies showed that those who keep their mind busy are much more likely to retain their mental capabilities than those who don’t have any brainstorm activities in their daily routine. Of course, there are plenty of exercises that can help you be a “clever guy” but all of them seem dull and mundane. And finally we’ve reached the major point – what about combining pleasure with utility? Gambling is at your service. And if you think that the previous sentence is nonsense, don’t rush to conclusions.

Almost all table games (Blackjack, Hold’em, etc.) require the use of short term memory. While you’re playing, you have to memorize and count cards. Besides that, keeping a conversation with gamblers, and making up a couple of witty jokes could never do any harm. Summarizing this paragraph, we can firmly say that gambling is a way to look bright in old age. By the way, choosing a proper place to play at is also a big deal. Most of the cool land-based casinos can be found only in certain cities and the ones you have in your hometown may not provide you with the necessary pleasure. Thankfully, nowadays, we can play at online gambling venues. But even when it comes to online casinos, it may be tough to choose the best option, since there are thousands of them. One of the best portals that review casinos and give you a reliable and informative opinion is HolyMolyCasinos. Those guys stand out from the crowd – the information is given in both funny and enlightening ways.

Addiction
Despite the facts listed above, gambling can’t be regarded as a totally harmless pastime, just as medicines can’t always be considered a cure. Games of chance may potentially become as addictive as physical substances. People who are heavily into betting feel an overwhelming desire to play more and more, until they win. And when players hit the right combination, the idea to win even more overcomes them. It seems to be a vicious circle.

The integral part of online casinos is a Self-exclusion program. Players can request this option, which will ban them from the access to a casino. So, if you’re afraid of getting carried away by playing online games, you can always force yourself to stop by reaching out to support agents.

Closing thoughts
We’ve reached the final point – it’s time to sum up everything that’s been said here. We have demolished a myth that gambling is always a “bad guy” and it’s better to stay away from games of chance and luck. Now you know that diseases like Parkinson can be prevented (or even temporarity remedied) by spinning slots, or playing table games. Another advantage is that not only is gambling a good way to spend your leisure time, but also you can retain your mental abilities for the rest of your life. But keep in mind that games of chance and luck may be addictive, and may cause some problems to players as well as their family.

(Ruby 2.5.1) Windows Fix – “Cannot Load Such File – Sqlite3/Sqlite3_native (LoadError)”

If you use Windows, you must appreciate that there are several gems which require external libraries in order to be “built” properly.

These external libraries are generally not present on your system and are required to be installed (and referenced) to get them working. This is why the likes of the MYSQL2 and RMagick gems are seen as “difficult” to install.

If you’re using SQLite3, things are slightly different.

This gem has several “builds” which are meant to provide functionality across a number of platforms (Windows included). Whilst this works in earlier versions of Ruby, it doesn’t work for Ruby 2.5.1+ – hence the error you’re seeing…

cannot load such file — sqlite3/sqlite3_native (LoadError)

The error is caused by the installation & attempted usage of the “mingw32” version of the gem. This version of the gem is pre-compiled with the SQLite core files, but has issues when being used with the later versions of Ruby.

The solution is to install the gem for the “ruby” platform (which still works fine in Windows):

gem install sqlite3 –platform=ruby

This will install the “native” version of the gem with all the appropriate files etc – but won’t use any of the platform-specific functionality that comes with the likes of the mingw32 version.

This will work 100% out of the box.

However, there’s another problem. If you use “bundler”, it will often override the native gem installation in favour of a platform-specific one. This means that if you run bundle update / bundle install, it will likely install the sqlite3 gem with mingw32 platform.

In this instance, you need to uninstall *any* references to the latter by using “gem uninstall”. Here’s what typically happens (for us):

bundle update [installs sqlite3]
gem uninstall sqlite3 [shows selection]
remove “mingw32” variant
rails s [should work 100%]

This will get the system working with the gem.

The big problem is that whenever you use the “mingw32” version of the gem, it will have a set of references/calls which are designed specifically to call particular elements of the gem.

In Ruby 2.5.1+ – for whatever reason – these calls are not entirely used to ensure that the system is able to make the most progress, hence the error you’re seeing. To fix this, you need to be able to essentially “force” your system to only use the “ruby” variant of the gem.

Skydiving and Conquering Your Fears

What comes to mind when you think about relationships? Is it just something you think of when you are lonely, or when Holidays come around? Is being with another person about connection or is it about feeling good about yourself? What does to connect mean? For me, love relationships have been confusing, hurtful and often fleeting. I have felt a version of love but never a deep feeling of connection and oneness with another. In the past, I had one foot out the door, and one foot in, depending on where I wanted to go in life. If you are jumping in Tandem out of plane, you cannot go anywhere if you have one foot in and one foot out! You’re basically stuck in the same spot. But now that I am changing and starting to believe and trust in relationships being joyful, uplifting and rewarding, I see how it takes a leap of faith to start on the journey together.

In a nutshell, relationships should not be about gratifying yourself. Instead relationships are about your ability to be there for the other person, listening, focusing on someone other than yourself, as well as sharing in life experiences. My sister helped me see, through means of metaphor and correspondences that Tandem Skydiving is a great analogy for what relationships entail. So when I went skydiving for her birthday in May 2017, she brought up some pretty cool metaphors for how to be in relationships, trusting your partner, faith in your partner and your relationship and listening to your partner being three of the most important lessons.

1. Relationships involve Trust: When you are about to jump out of a plane, from 10,000 feet in the sky, your skydiving instructor gives you instructions on how to free fall when you jump together… notice I said together and not on your own. Your connected by a harness and a way that they strap you to the instructor, you are no longer two people, in a sense you have now become ONE, and it is important that you work together to make the experience fun, enjoyable and not to mention safe. Safety in relationships is more about being able to trust your partner, but you can’t have trust unless you listen to your heart, and speak your mind, talking, sharing, communicating is SUPER important in building a strong foundation for your relationships and it’s important even when you are tandem skydiving! So first and foremost, your skydive partner will always make you feel you can trust him, because he is open and honest about what needs to be done when jumping. He wants you to have a good time and a great experience. He has put your needs first, this is a great sign you are on the right track!

2. Relationships, as in tandem skydiving, involves Faith: All of life and trying new things involves an act of faith. I wouldn’t say it any other way because I am a spiritual person and I know that for me, I wouldn’t be where I am if I didn’t have my faith in God, in a higher power, and in something greater than myself. I have been through enough scrapes, and near misses in life, to living out of my car and not knowing where the next day would take me, to know that my faith is a HUGE part of how I move through life. It takes faith when it comes to dating. Now faith is not about being blind or deaf to the warning signs of a partner that is abusive or hurtful. That’s just stupidity and irrationality. But you can put your faith in your partner once he/she starts to show they are worthy of your trust. When dating and in a relationship, this involves getting to know the person through being around them in public, more than once a week, traveling together, and lots of communication!

3. Listening to your partner involves being able to allow him to take the reins! This is huge for me, but notice how it comes after trust, and faith. It is not the first step in getting to know someone because you need to develop a relationship first.

Now, when you are tandem skydiving you are actually trusting and listening to your partner right away! You don’t get the luxury of taking your time in getting to know them, their job is to right away make you feel safe because you are about to jump out of the sky. But the key here is you’ve got to listen to his instructions, or else you won’t do well on this adventure. This is the same thing as listening to your partners needs, desires, wants in regards to being a good friend. It’s not about selfish needs, selfish desires, selfish wants. To have a relationships built on love, trust and faith in one another, you need to listen to your partner not judge, criticize or condemn. When you are flying through the air and the parachute is pulled again, you have to adjust to your new surroundings, you’re no longer free-falling, so now you are floating and if he wants he can let you be in charge of the reigns as you float down.

In jumping out of an airplane, I learned that skydiving is a great example of how important it is to create trust and faith in your relationship so you can work together in life, when flying through the sky!

4 Simple Steps for Effective SoundCloud Music Promotion

Music is an integral part of our life and most of us are passionate about it. If you have planned to start out as a musician, you must have spent all your time writing lyrics and composing the songs. But, if you want to spread your songs to a wide range of audiences in the world, you must know more than to create great tracks. The knowledge to efficiently market your tracks in the web world is imperative. It is also the shortest way to promote your sounds without shelling any money.

SoundCloud is the number one platform for worldwide artists to gain recognition for their tunes. There are around millions of users in this audio-streaming site that offers the chance for more exposure. A decade ago, music promotion was a hassle, but now it’s an easy task. In this audio-sharing site, you can easily gain as many followers and likes as you want to widespread your popularity.

Many major musicians are also on SoundCloud due to its wide reach and influence. It is a great platform for them to construct great tracks and spread them. For effective music marketing, you must be able to identify your target audiences and develop your goal as a tunesmith. As we all know, the shortest way to promote your songs is to hire an agency or company, but if you’re doing it on your own, then you must follow these points.

Mandatory Marketing Plan:

It is rather important to develop a marketing plan as it is a guide that can help you attain your goals. With a plan you can easily understand your next step, but without it, there is a high chance of losing focus and getting diverted from your goal. Therefore, it is compulsory to have a solid direction with an unwavering determination to promote your music on a competitive platform.

Sharing is More than Caring:

When it comes to music, all of us have shared our favorite songs with others. Likewise, sharing on SoundCloud is essential to gain popularity and recognition in the massive music community. SoundCloud Music Promotion is the ultimate way to promote tracks and get more followers, reposts and downloads. Along with SoundCloud, you can further share it on other popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Follow to become a Leader:

Following is one of the best ways to get noticed. When you follow someone on SoundCloud, they are notified and most likely to return the favor by following you back. Even if they don’t follow, they checkout your profile and like your tracks. However, it is important to ensure that you’re following people in the same music genre or style as you, so that they appreciate your work. Moreover, it is recommended to be genuine when you follow, don’t just follow to spread your tracks.

Grasp the Power of Consistency:

The best of profiles can become unnoticed due to lack of consistency. If you are not dedicated to your music sharing, then your profile can go silent. Thus, it is smart to become consistent and upload fresh sounds that creates a niche for you, establishes your reputation and makes you discoverable on SoundCloud. Besides, this is a great way to form a consistent relationship with your listeners and audiences worldwide.

Personifying Doors

Hey there! I am using a door closer! That’s what the door nowadays are ATTACHED to. Doors are extensively using door closer, which is making them silent day by day as they are not participating in the noises of every house. Now, they silently watch things happen.

Although door closers have made them externally strong as they are hard to push and pull. They used to get smashed easily, then screaming in pain after it. Now no matter how much force you apply to push them or pull them, they will always have a silent reply to it, as if the door closer was the enlightenment they got which turned them into lord buddha. They even impersonate Mahatma Gandhi, as they only have one answer to the violence, which is non-violence. Peace is their motto now. Silence is their new religion.

But you just can’t leave out the doors who are so beautifully readied during the marriages. They are prepared in such a manner as if they are also going to get married with a bride door. In fact, in marriages, the doors who are noiseless must be called bridegrooms too. The door in the man’s room must be waiting to say, ‘make groom for the bride'(used pun intended). But here’s a catch. Not all doors are treated equally. You still leave the bathroom doors as ugly as possible. In many marriages, only the entrance door’s'(in the case of 2 entrances or maybe 3 or I don’t know, depends on how rich you are) are taken care of. Bathroom doors are still waiting for their decorative days. Racism even prevails between doors. No one realizes this fact that bathroom doors are the most important people in the case of emergency. But as one said, ‘the importance of someone is only realized when it’s gone’. If there were no bathroom doors, you would feel as helpless as an engineering student sitting at the first bench in an exam.

Like, in general, there are more males than females in this country, similarly, there are more doors than windows in the home. But, most doors and windows are very different from each other. Their personalities are poles apart. They can never be compatible with each other. One doesn’t let you involve in his life unless you open up with him, and the other is an outgoing person and everyone knows what’s inside her. There’s a famous phrase, ‘you make a better door than you do a window’, which tells us how this society is judgmental about doors and windows like above. Everyone just immediately jumps on conclusion listening only to one side of the story. But nobody understands this fact that if you try to know more about doors, you can peep through them and see what’s inside them. Although, you won’t be able to know everything about them. But as we say, something is better than nothing.

Also, personally, I hate windows in the way that they let people in too easily. One should be strong like doors, they don’t let everyone be included in their lives just like that. As we know, doors being somehow introvert, the key to their hearts is only provided to few people only. Generally, they lock themselves up, and they only allow the entry to those who know them well. But they should just be aware of the fake people who try to enter into your lives through their fake keys.

“Nothing is permanent in this universe. Even the galaxies rotate around their centers. If some things get stuck in your mind, just rather try to focus on things which make you forget negative thoughts and instill all the positivity in you. When you lose one opportunity, you often find a new one”, one window said to the other depressed one. “So don’t worry, when one door has SHUT down on you, some another will have OPEN arms for you: )” final words by the window, as both, let in air through them.