Opher Ganel

Opher Ganel

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  • Soccer: How to teach kids the offside law
    Offside is very difficult for young players to understand and internalize. As an assistant coach of a girls' soccer team at the U11 and U12 level, I found the most effective way of teaching the offside law is to make it as concrete as possible.
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  • Cosmic-Ray Research Above Antarctica
    Far above Antarctica, near the top of the atmosphere, three balloons float, each larger than a major league baseball field, lofting tons of scientific equipment three times higher than airliners fly. How did they get there? More importantly, what for?
  • Getting Fit While Raising Funds to Fight Blood Cancer
    When my mother-in-law was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer, we felt shocked and helpless. Could we do anything more than give emotional support? The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training provided a triple-win solution.
  • Top 10 Travel Safety Tips for Kids Flying Alone Internationally
    Your kid is going overseas. Perhaps she's visiting family abroad or staying with a friend during the summer. Now you have to figure out how to keep your kid safe from a continent away. The following are ten top travel safety tips when your kids fly alone.
  • What to Do with Dogs Afraid of Thunder Storms
    Dogs afraid of thunder storms exhibit anxiety and panic. Left alone in a thunder storm, they may try to scratch their way out of a crate or pen, or butt their head against a gate. In extreme cases they may injure themselves, and/or damage your home.
  • Star Trek Movie (2009) - a Fresh Start - the Good and the Bad
    The 11th Star Trek movie, directed by J.J. Abrams, and written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman stars a new cast with Leonard Nimoy in a supporting role. Overall the movie is good and may revive the Star Trek franchise. It is, however, far from perfect.
  • DIY Modern Landscaping Ideas
    Contemporary landscaping addresses today's hectic, high-stress life-style. It provides a sanctuary, a place to spend quiet time with family and friends, without excessive maintenance. Here are 5 DIY modern landscaping ideas for your unique space.
  • Green Living Guide: How to Use Less Air Conditioning Comfortably
    Green living doesn't mean suffering in the heat. You can go green, use less air conditioning and save money, all while staying comfortable. Here are eight simple yet effective tips on how to go green using less air conditioning while staying cool.
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  • Unique Wedding Favors: Personal Wine Bottles
    Planning a wedding? Even with a rough economy you want unique wedding favors. Here's an idea for unique wedding favors that let you treat your friends and family, while keeping to a reasonable budget - personal wine bottles with a customized label.
  • Spring Break Vacation on a Budget - Top 10 Tips on How to Save Gas Money
    Spring is in the air and it's time for a road trip to shake off those winter blues. Whether budget is tight or not, saving gas money during Spring Break vacation is just good common sense.
  • Balloons Over Antarctica: Multi-Ton Experiments Float Over the Ice Suspended from Balloons
    The summer season in Antarctica is winding down: field camps pulled in, groups of scientists heading north. Just one huge helium balloon still floats 110,000 feet above the ice. Dozens have done so before, but this one is different.
  • What Are METs and How Can They Help Improve Your Fitness?
    Medical studies suggest improving your METs level may save your life. The following explains what METs are, how they measure your current fitness, and how to increase your METs level.
  • Easy Math Tricks for Elementary School: Is a Number Divisible by ...?
    Math seems hard for many kids. Here are 11 fun and easy math tricks to find out what a whole number is divisible by.
  • Living Off-Campus: Rental Options and Best Practices
    When moving out of the dorms and into off-campus housing there are several options, each with advantages and drawbacks. The following suggests some precautions to take at the outset to keep yourself and your parents financially safer.
  • College Room-Mates Off-Campus: What Works, What Doesn't - Keeping the Peace
    Without a reasonable routine, living with several room-mates in the same house could raise issues that fester and ruin a perfectly good off-campus home life. Following these suggestions on a routine basis can minimize friction.
  • College Room-Mates Off-Campus: What Works, What Doesn't - Planning Ahead
    The following potential room-mate issues could turn your dream-come-true into a nightmare. Address them now, and save yourself and your room-mates unneeded fights and arguments later.
  • Advantages of Off-Campus Housing Over Dorms
    Colleges often require freshmen to spend a year in the dorms. Should you stay in the dorms longer, or move to off-campus housing? These important benefits of off-campus housing could help convince your parents to help.
  • Living Off-Campus: Hidden Costs of Leaving the Dorms
    Living off-campus is great, but only if you know what to expect. Instead of college room and board (say $9500/year at a mid-Atlantic state university) you pay about $600/month per room in rent. However, what hidden costs lurk when living off-campus?
  • Custom T-Shirts Online: Unique yet Cheap Christmas Gifts
    Custom T-shirt sites let you design your own custom T-shirts. Unique shirts for less than an off-the-rack mall shirt could be a perfect yet cheap Christmas gift for a friend or sib. You can even make money from your designs and slogans.
  • Ford, GM, and Chrysler - Can the Big Three Be Saved Without Massive Taxpayer Bailouts?
    The "Big Three" are pleading for a $36 billion bailout a few weeks after asking for "just" $25 billion. How can Ford, GM, and Chrysler be saved without such massive taxpayer bailouts?
  • Product Review: Cables Unlimited SPK-VELO-001 Wireless Speakers
    The SPK-VELO-001 wireless speakers are nicely designed, with cool features and reasonable sound quality at the right price. Unfortunately, these wireless speakers' reliability leaves something to be desired.
  • Merchant Card Services Secrets - Top 10 Hidden Fees and Traps
    Merchant card services pricing isn't straight-forward and many traps and hidden fees can squeeze extra money from you. These are the top 10 traps and hidden fees and what to ask a merchant card services company to avoid them.
  • Save Money Eating Out at Restaurants - 10 Best Tips
    If you're eating out often, the following top 10 tips for eating out on a budget can save you a bundle.
  • Surprising Relationship Advice - Don't Be Too Modest and Polite
    Love relationships are different from other relationships. Relationship advice that works with colleagues or friends may strangle your love relationship. This relationship advice can help you avoid sabotaging your love relationship through too much modesty and politeness.
  • Use Your Thermostat to Save Big on Your Electric Bill This Summer
    Some believe setting your thermostat higher while you're away wastes electricity by running the A/C harder to cool the house when you return. This article examines that, and shows how much electricity a programmable thermostat can save you with little discomfort.
  • Gasoline at $10 Per Gallon May Prime the World Wide Web
    The realistic prospect of $10/gallon gas could fuel a surge in Web usage unlike any before seen. When a drive to the mall costs $10, will you go as often? When gas for getting to work costs $12/day, will you still commute? The Web may save you thousands of dollars each year.
  • Columbia House DVD Club Review
    Columbia House DVD Club offers 7 DVDs for $0.49 each. What's the true cost of this introductory offer? Is it worth joining the Columbia House DVD Club? What should you buy there vs. elsewhere? This article reviews the Columbia House DVD Club and offers best strategies.
  • New Zealand Travel: Visit Akaroa Harbour Near Christchurch
    Akaroa, a popular New Zealand travel destination 50 miles from Christchurch, is a 150 year old French town on the shores of picturesque Akaroa Harbour. Ringed by mountains, with waterside cafes and restaurants, multicolored homes and boats, Akaroa is worth an extended visit.
  • Lipitor and Memory Loss - Can This Drug Cause Amnesia?
    Though only 40 when taking Lipitor, I'd often be talking and suddenly stop to look for a word. Temporary or even permanent amnesia or memory loss has been reported by some. This article explains what may cause the problem and what you can do about it.
  • Mega Millions Lottery: The Best Way to Play
    Part 1 of this series described the traps and scams you face when playing the Mega Millions lottery. In the following you'll find the 9 top Mega Millions lottery strategies to use if you decide to play anyway.
  • Playing the Mega Millions Lottery Part 1: Avoid the Traps and Scams
    The Mega Millions lottery and so-called services around it can scam you out of your money. You can easily avoid Mega Millions lottery traps once you know how.
  • Boordy Winery: A Baltimore Area Fun Sunday Date
    Just outside Baltimore, Boordy's "Stew in Our Juices" in March and "Red, Whites, and Bluegrass" in April offer a perfect Sunday date or fun outing with friends. Both combine food, wine, and live music, in the relaxed atmosphere of a 19th century Baltimore County farm.
  • Five Lessons from McCain's Run in the 2008 Republican Primaries
    Looking back, the 2008 Republican presidential primaries teach us important lessons. These lessons can be applied to the upcoming general elections. An old fable about a man facing execution and his quick thinking also holds a useful lesson.
  • Aviation Safety - What Are the Odds?
    Your plane takes off and you're on your way. Suddenly your plane hits turbulence. Your hands clench on the armrests, your knuckles turning white. You're holding the plane up by the armrests. Feverishly you wonder, what are the odds of my dying in a plane crash?
  • When Genuine $100 Bills Are Rejected: Cash Not Always King, Legal Tender or Not
    You're hungry enough to eat a cow but don't have time for a full meal. You step into a McDonalds or Burger King ready to order a heart attack special. Oops. All you have is a $100 bill and they won't accept anything over a $20 bill. What ever happened to legal tender?
  • How to Build Trust in a Relationship
    Trust is crucial to the well being of your relationship. With trust as the basis of your relationship, anything is possible. Without trust your relationship will not survive long. Here are top tips from a Marriage and Family Therapist on building trust in your relationship.
  • Visiting McMurdo Station, Antarctica
    McMurdo Station is an American town outside the borders of the US. Isolated in an inhospitable environment, the community here is left to its own devices for leisure activities. With everyone carrying out or supporting research, this is the strangest American town.
  • BGE Residential Electric Rates: Why Have They Gone Up?
    In June 2008 BGE's residential electric rates in Maryland will increase by 5.5%. This will make rates 82% higher than in May 2006. Relief is unlikely anytime soon. What's the secret reason for these increases?
  • Electric Rates Too High? Can a Home Solar Power System Help?
    Solar power systems for private homes are becoming more affordable as time goes by. Tax incentives make them even more so. The following provide some guidance on sizing a system and approximate costs and incentives.
  • Antarctica: A Modern Journey to the Frozen Continent
    Back in the early 20th century, travel to Antarctica was long and dangerous. These days the journey is by air and takes only 3 days, not counting weather delays. Nonetheless, it is anything but ordinary.
  • Mortgage Rates Are Low -Should You Refinance?
    Mortgage rates are lower than they've been in years, and close to their lowest in decades. Refinancing your mortgage is once again becoming attractive. But how do you know if they're low enough for you to refinance now?
  • Democracy, the Constitution and the Judeo-Christian Concept of Free Will
    Many religious communities fight against gay marriages and abortion rights. This fight runs contrary to three crucial concepts of our society and religious faith, and endangers our republic.
  • Web Publishers and Their Authors: An Alignment of Interests
    Web publishers are for-profit companies, their main purpose in life maximizing profit in any legal way possible. Does this mean that they should ignore the interests of their authors?
  • Free Travel to Antarctica: Pros and Cons of Jobs at McMurdo Station, Antarctica
    Antarctic cruises are expensive, with most over $5000/person. If you know how, you can visit the frozen continent free of charge. Cooks, carpenters, mechanics, fire-fighters, doctors, nurses, janitors, dining assistants, etc. are all needed to support research in Antarctica.
  • Antarctica: Land of the Midnight Sun
    "The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he ariseth" (Ecclesiastes, 1:5). The daily path of the sun in the sky is so ingrained that "as sure as the sun rises" is used to express complete certainty. Imagine when this doesn't hold true.
  • A Little-Known Way to Cut Your Income Tax
    The federal tax code is impossibly complex. Usually this means you end up paying more taxes than you're legally required to. Sometimes, however, the intricacies of the tax code offer up a tasty bit of free money, if you know what to do.
  • Finding a Great Cash-Back Credit Card
    With many credit cards not charging annual fees, what you want to look for is a credit card with a good cash-back program. Cash-back credit card issuers are tricky, however, and what you see is rarely what you get. So what are some of the best "free money" plans out there?
  • A Common-Sense Look at Taxes, the Budget and the National Debt
    "Nothing is certain but death and taxes," said Ben Franklin. Taxes, tariffs, fees, it seems someone always has their hand in our wallets. But are taxes really needed? Can we eliminate them altogether? Our national debt has reached another record - can you pay your share?
  • Why New Year's Resolutions Don't Work and What You Can Do About It
    If you're like most of us, your New Year's resolutions are not too different from last year's. This is simply because we usually don't deliver on our resolutions. Why is that? And more importantly, what can you do to make your new New Year's resolutions come true?
  • A Perfect Warm Drink for the Holidays
    When outside a cold wind is blowing, and everything is covered with snow, here's a perfect way to warm up your holiday. Be it a get-together with friends, or a romantic evening with that someone special, this drink is sure to warm and cheer you up.
  • Tips on How to Write Good Multiple Choice Exams
    If you teach a large class, open questions exams will use up a great deal of your time grading the exams. The simplest solution is using multiple choice exams, but this requires carefully crafting the exam to make sure it separates your good students from your poor ones.
  • How I Cut My Verizon Phone Bill by $75
    Last summer my daughter hosted an exchange student from France. Over the two week visit Charlene's calls totaled 20 minutes - a very reasonably number. Much less reasonable was the phone bill that arrived several weeks later. The international calling section was nearly $90!
  • Why the Government Should Not Provide Homosexual Couples with a Marriage License
    Arguments have been made for and against the government allowing homosexual couples to marry. Some have called for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union of one man and one woman. While I agree the government should not provide homosexual marriages...
  • The Myth and Truth of Energy Conservation and Global Warming
    Energy conservation doesn't mean what you've been told. Energy is always conserved in closed systems. Drive your car and the fuel's energy becomes motion and heat. Touch the hood after you drive and you'll feel the heat. So why should we reduce our use of oil and gas?
  • Top 10 Tips on How to Ace College Multiple Choice Exams
    Many freshman level college courses have exams made up of multiple choice questions which can be quickly graded by the teaching assistant (TA). Knowing how college instructors write multiple choice questions can give you an edge and improve your grade.
  • How I Got Nissan to Pay for a Major Out of Warranty Repair
    My wife's Nissan Sentra started having engine problems at 74,000 miles. The problem was diagnosed as a blown head gasket. This part is normally expected to last well over 100,000 miles, and with the hefty rates charged by mechanics the estimate was $1600.

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