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Michael Zomber And The Art Of Preserving History

Michael Zomber is one of the world’s most beloved historians, in addition to being a renowned collector of arms. Known for his extensive knowledge of weapons, Zomber should be a familiar face to History Channel watchers. He’s appeared on the channel’s ‘Tales of the Gun’ series. He can be seen on a multitude of programs such as ‘Guns of the Orient’, ‘Automatic Pistols’, ‘Guns of the Famous’, ‘Million Dollar Guns’, and ‘Dueling Pistols’. Michael Zomber’s encyclopedic knowledge of arms is not restricted to firearms.

In fact Michael Zomber is possibly most famous for his enthusiasm for the history behind Japanese samurai sword. Furthermore, Michael Zomber is a prolific author of books, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as several screenplays. Some of his credits include ‘Shogun Iemitsu’, ‘Sweet Betsy: A Child of the Civil War’, and ‘Jesus and the Samurai’. Critics have heaped acclaim upon the documentary film, ‘Soul of the Samurai’, produced in collaboration with his wife, Andrea via their production company called Renascent Films LLC. Michael Zomber is a man possibly best defined by his wisdom.

Being someone who has spent well over a lifetime studying the role of weapons in history, and the often deeply disturbing lack of understanding about the nature of armed conflicts globally. He is a peaceful man, whose world revolves around the preservation of awareness. Michael Zomber is a long-time supporter of organizations like Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International, and UNICEF. Family is deeply important to Zomber. Currently he lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and two children. Born and raised in Washington D.C., he earned his bachelors and master degrees at UCLA in English Literature.  Find Michael on Facebook for background information.

Slyce And Shoe Carnival Partner Up

Serious shoppers and fashion enthusiasts know there’s nothing quite as exciting as finding the perfect shoe, yet sometimes the search for that great looking and great fitting piece of footwear can be a daunting challenge. The search has just gotten easier, however, with the announcement by Slyce Ince. and Shoe Carnival of their partnership.

Slyce is one of the world’s leading image recognition technologies, and it uses state of the art 3D search technology to match up images of products (like shoes) with the actual products. With its partnership with Shoe Carnival, customers will now be able to easily find the perfect shoe that they’ve seen in a store or magazine.

How do customers use the technology? They simply take a photo of a shoe they want to find, and the Slyce technology will find it (or a close match) within the Shoe Carnival product catalogue, and send it to them. There’s no doubt this is a major breakthrough in shoe shopping, as Slyce combines its state of the art technology with the age old problem of finding a great shoe.

Kent Zimmerman, who is the Vice President of E Commerce at Shoe Carnival, is very excited about the possibilities this new partnership opens up. Profits will come to the companies through an arrangement for software licensing and service fees. All of this is a very happy situation for both companies. The leading edge system used by Slyce enables it to process not only product images but bar codes and coupons as well. All of this makes finding the perfect shoe a snap

So, next time a customer is in search of that perfect shoe, the reality is just a quick Slyce scan away.

Your Online Reputation Is Very Important


Ever though about your online reputation and how it can affect your career or business? Many people do not know that a bad reputation can have a devastating effect on many areas of their life, including their profession.


Melissa Click, assistant professor at the University of Missouri, had a terrible experience when she made a mistake that almost cost her a great career. Melissa was at a students protest with many other attendees but due to her action, which was caught on camera and later went viral, she almost lost her job.


After dealing with the charges for a misdemeanor and suspension from her job, she also had to deal with her ruined reputation. Melissa approached a highly recommended reputation management firm, Status Labs, for help in repairing her reputation.


Status Labs has been in the reputation management field for many years and is regarded as a leader in the industry. Status Labs has excellent resources and a quality team of SEO experts and digital content publishing specialists. The firm has numerous satisfied clients from a variety of industries, and their proprietary reputation repair and reputation management techniques enable them to render the best possible services to their clients.


Before you can start to repair or defend your online reputation, you must first know what your online reputation actually is. In other words, online reputation management starts with online reputation monitoring. It is essential to know what people are saying about you or your business on the Web. This is one of the areas that Status Labs is good at.


Status Labs will first find out what Internet users are saying about you and then address the issue appropriately. Their digital publishing professionals have great expertise in creating content that conveys a positive image of you or your business. And their SEO consultants have great knowledge and experience in using proven search engine optimization techniques to promote positive content while suppressing negative information.
T learn more about Status Labs and the many benefits of using their services, simply go to their website and contact their customer service representative.

A Bustle Review of Wen By Chaz

Have you been looking for new hair products on QVC? As you know, there are lots of shampoos and conditioners in the market, so it’s hard to find the ones that will work best for you. Luckily, Bustle’s Emily McClure tested WEN hair conditioner by Chaz Dean  for seven days, to give you an accurate idea of how the product works.

McClure states that it takes lots of product for the conditioner to work. If you have really thick hair, you’ll need about 32 pumps of the product! She noticed that her hair immediately felt thicker, which was definitely a good sign.

Over the next few days, Emily used Wen hair conditioner each day in the shower. She saw that her hair wasn’t as frizzy as before, but it did feel noticeably greasy. On the fourth day, when she didn’t have time to wash her hair, she said that her tresses felt heavy. She added a few curls for more volume, but the curls fell pretty quickly.

Near the end of the week, McClure says that her friends commented on the shininess of her hair, which let her know that her new hair treatment was working. Overall, Emily recommends WEN Hair conditioner, but says it’s best for women who wash and style their hair every day.


Alexei Betlyukov’s Extraordinary Rise to the Top of the Corporate World

Making it in the corporate is quite challenging. Upcoming entrepreneurs face many hurdles, which force most of them to drop out and get involved in other ventures. Alexei is a different crop of entrepreneur altogether. He is the kind that leaves behind a lasting impression and paves way for the success of his successors.

Mr. Beltyukov’s Philanthropy

The Russian born millionaire and philanthropist is dedicated to ensuring that startups have a source of funding and a source of business guidance. He does this through Endemic Capital, a company that he established in 2013. LinkedIn shows that he rose from humble beginnings in his home country to the upper echelons of the business world, which has motivated him to fund several philanthropic causes. He helps his fellow nationals to start businesses. He also seeks opportunities in business schools across the globe for them, so that their corporate skills can be sharpened.

Alexei graduated from INSEAD in 1997 with a Master’s in Business Administration. This set him on the path of entrepreneurship. His Alma matter has helped him establish the Russian Alumni Scholarship at the institution, which provides scholarships to Russian students attending the institution. He has also partnered with the government of Russia to provide consultancy and guidance to the Skolkovo Foundation. This initiative provides grants and openings for Russian upstarts to gain a foothold in their respective industries, and also spread outside the nation’s borders.

Trailing Alexei’s Business Path

Immediately after graduation from business school, Beltyukov embarked on his successful entrepreneurial journey. To date, he has launched many successful firms, which have market leadership in their own rights. Among the companies he has founded are A-Ventures, New Gas Technologies, Endemic Capital and Solvy.

Currently, he manages A-Ventures Ltd, which is an investment management corporation with an asset base of over 400 million US dollars. He is also at the helm of New Gas Technologies, which makes investments in developments concerned with the exploitation of natural gas and its related constituents. Besides that, he runs Mechanicus, which is widely recognized as a giant in the automobile repair business.

In the past, beyond being an author Beltyukov has worked as an Executive Director and CEO of Renova Project, which was a management company with interests spanning across Russia and Latvia. He also served as the Vice President in charge of Strategy and Business Development at Brunswick capital, where he oversaw major development projects including one of the most profitable rail car projects in the world. He divides his time between business, philanthropy and mentoring the next crop of corporate managers.

Shaygan Kheradpir Leads Technology Breakthroughs For Coriant

The technology based company Coriant is based upon the research and development department of Siemens, which was based in Germany where Coriant retains an office to keep continuity with its past. Coriant is the brainchild of Marlin Equity Partners, an investment company that has purchased a number of specialists in communications and optical network delivery to create a company that rivals the top five in the industry; a change in leadership has seen former CEO Pat DiPietro return to his position with Marlin and experienced technology executive Shaygan Kheradpir take over as Coriant CEO.

London born Kheradpir completed his education with a masters degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, which allowed him the opportunity to make his way in the communications industry with a management role at GTE Labs. Following the merger between GTE Labs and Verizon Kheradpir looked beyond the development of technology and instead formed new and innovative ways of saving money for the company via the IT department. Shaygan Kheradpir used a variety of techniques to make it easy for the company to lower its costs below the industry average despite being one of the largest IT departments in the industry.

Kheradpir has been a major supporter of a number of philanthropic and charitable groups over the course of his career, which took him to the board of the financial giant Barclays. The technology expert has moved to provide better opportunities for others following in his footsteps at Cornell University by appearing on the board of the Engineering Council at his alma mater.

After taking control of Coriant in late 2015 Shaygan Kheradpir has presided over the launch of a number of new breakthroughs in technology that include lightning resistant cabling with speeds unaffected by strikes. Coriant has also recently unveiled its own Cloud technology that makes it simpler to store larger amounts of data and access it at higher speeds than those offered by their rivals. The release of new technologies is designed to aid the position of Coriant in the eyes of its clients with many being loyal to the new brand after it was spun out of Nokia Siemens as its own company in 2013.

Doe Deere Takes an Uncoventional Approach to Fashion

Every September, it’s quite common for fashion and beauty magazine to release an issue letting readers know about the trends that will likely be popular in the spring. However, there are some people who don’t subscribe to these rules, and Doe Deere is one of them. Deere is the owner of Lime Crime, a cosmetics company for all-natural eye shadow and lipstick. Doe is also a hairstylist, and is often outspoken about her outgoing approach to beauty and fashion.

One of the rules that Doe Deere says is meant to be broken is wearing several makeup colors at one time. Most makeup artists advise women not to wear a smoky eye with a bold lip, but Deere says that you don’t necessarily have to follow this rule. There are several colors that will match your skin tone, and Deere says that putting these colors together will help you to achieve your customized look.

Deere also says that people should focus on wearing what makes them feel good, no matter where they are heading. She doesn’t really believe in occasion-specific clothing, and says that people should choose pieces that will make them feel elegant, fun and beautiful. Deere is also not a fan of being simply wearing clothing that is age-appropriate. She has even had to tell her mother not to choose her outfits based on her age, and gushes about how beautiful she thinks her mother is. It’s clear that Doe wants to inspire everyone with her fashion philosophies, including her own families.

Doe also says that it’s not necessary to wear beige or black if you’ve dyed your hair an unnatural color. Deere often wears her tresses in blue, pink or green, and doesn’t wear all-black outfits to “balance out” her look. She often wears clothes that are filled with colors and patterns, because it makes her feel especially whimsical and beautiful. Deere also shares that color should be a way for people to show off their personality, which is why many of the shades in the Lime Crime line are especially bold and eye-catching.

Deere also encourages people to wear lots of patterns and colors at one time as well. Most fashion experts say that you should stick to a set color scheme and not wear clothing that’s too “busy.” However, Doe Deere says that the key to great fashion is to do what makes you happy. She offers tips for wearing outgoing hairstyles and makeup products on her Lime Crime website to keep you looking your personal best.

Crystal Hunt From Soaps To The Big Screen

Queens of Drama is a reality TV show being aired on the CW network. It is from the production company Thinkfactory Media. Girl power is in full effect as several former soap opera actresses try to get a steamy new series on TV. The show brings some of the most iconic figures of U.S. daytime soap operas starring Crystal Hunt, Donna Mills as a fictionalized version of herself and Hunter Tylo, who is best known for her role in “The Bold And The Beautiful”. The stars are on a mission to develop, pitch, produce and star in a show, with the goal of landing a pilot deal by the end of the season.

Crystal Hunt played Lizzie Spaulding on the soap opera Guiding Light, which won her a Daytime Emmy Nomination. Crystal portrayed Stacy Morasco on the soap opera One Life to Live. Hunt appeared in various commercials including one for the 25th-anniversary celebration of Walt Disney and an anti-drug advertisement with *NSYNC. Recently, Hunt was featured in one of the most popular movies last Summer, Magic Mike XXL. Crystal has also made the jump to producer recently, with her first Executive Producer on the film Talbot County.  There are more details for her on Metacritic.

She grew up in Clearwater, Florida and began participating in pageants at the age of 2. Acting was something that she really loved since she was a kid. With acting, she says, it helped build her self-confidence and also kept her self-focus on something good versus being destructive. As a child, if she didn’t get her schoolwork done or did something wrong, she wasn’t allowed to go on her audition, which she says worked really well.

Crytal Hunt has told her Facebook fans she feels very strongly about volunteering and started very young. Growing up, she and her family would go to church and feed the homeless or helped people in the area who couldn’t afford to have Christmas. She believes by giving back makes one a better person, people will start looking at you differently and most of all it’s a very rewarding experience.  There’s more on Crystal at her photography site.

A Writer Tells Us All About Her Hair Washing Experience With Wen By Chaz

A beautiful writer decided to take her fine blonde hair to the shower for a test drive of the WEN by Chaz shampoo. The writer in question said she was tired of her hair falling out every time she washed it, so she took matters into her own hands by using Wen by Chaz. She had heard that Wen by Chaz is a great shampoo for people with fine, and she aimed to find out for herself.

WEN has been marketed all over as a shampoo that any woman can use no matter what kind of hair she has. Women who can never find the right shampoo product have been using Wen by Chaz so much that the company can afford a lot of advertising. Guthy Renker readers have probably seen those ads, but it is time they took the plunge like the writer in the article.

The writer started by using only the very small amount that is required on the package, and she felt it build up in her hands when it got wet. She was able to wash her hair without any problems, and she was able to rinse it just as fast. She looked down to see that there was no hair on the floor of the shower.

Wen hair products has been made with ingredients that will help women keep all their hair, and a woman like this writer who has fine hair is in luck. Women can scrub their hair at the roots, and women who are afraid of losing more hair finally have an answer.

The writer has proven that Wen hair products does everything it says it does, and readers can look at her pictures as proof. Her hair looks amazing, and she appears to be happy after using Wen by Chaz.




Charles Koch: The Need for Economic and Judicial Reform

Charles Koch and Bernie Sanders would not appear to have much in common politically, but it seems the billionaire industrialist and philanthropist co-owner of Koch Industries and the frazzled, socialist from Vermont share similar views on the problems of income inequality and the negative impact of disparate punishment standards in the U.S. criminal justice system.

Charles Koch, in an op-ed piece stated that he shared Sanders’ concern with the growing income gap in America, and the ability of the rich and powerful to shape events though political contributions and cause advocacy. Koch has written extensively on this subject, but this is the first time he has linked growing income inequality and political power with a specific candidates’ views on the subject. Bernie Sanders has been harshly critical of the role of corporate interests in shaping the U.S. political landscape, so it might seem odd that one of the most recognizable and effective practitioners of direct political action financing agrees that the disparity in power and resources is having a negative impact on the American body politic.

Further, Charles Koch writes about the need for the reform of the U.S. justice system as regards sentencing and rehabilitation, and explains the difficulty of an individual processed in this system to receive fair treatment if they lack the resources to mount an adequate defense. The re-entry of an individual into the mainstream is further hampered by the stigma of incarceration and this, according to Koch, must be examined if we are to utilize the energy and capabilities of all individuals in a society and not marginalize those attempting to put their lives in order after serving a prison sentence. To this end, Koch Industries has eliminated the practice of asking about a potential job applicants criminal background on employment applications. Charles Koch agrees with Bernie Sanders about judicial reform and more effective rehabilitation if we are to become a more just and humane society.

Where Charles Koch and the Senator from Vermont differ greatly is their specific remedies to these complex issues. Socialist Sanders is a major advocate for an increase in government and bureaucracy to create agencies and government regulations to deal with social and economic disparities. Koch has been a champion of private individual efforts to reform U.S. institutions and create a more efficient and equitable society. There is a consensus as to the need for effective action to combat societal ills, but dramatic differences about the means to go about achieving these ends.