<![CDATA[Abzee Designs - Blog]]>Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:38:30 -0800Weebly<![CDATA['Law & Order: SVU' tackles transgender issues]]>Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:01:46 GMThttp://abzeedesigns.weebly.com/blog/law-order-svu-tackles-transgender-issues[Spoiler alert! The following contains spoilers from "Law & Order: SVU"]

The bullying of a transgender teen leads to tragedy for two different seattle personal injury attorney 98029 homes families on this weeks installment of Law & Order: SVU.

15 year-old Avery Parker (Christopher Dylan) is taking photographs in Fort Tryon Park when she is met by a group of African American kids from a nearby private high school.

Taunting leads to pushing and shoving and before long, Avery who is biologically a boy, but dressed as a girl is accidentally pushed over the side of two story high bridge.

Three boys including aspiring graphic artist Darius McCrae (Dante Brown) are quickly picked up in connection with the assault.

At the precinct, 15 year-old Darius is visibly upset, and appears to be sincerely remorseful for what has happened.

Sorry mom I didnt mean to hurt him, the boy sobs, before attempting to justify his behavior. I didnt want my boys to think I was gay.

At the hospital, Averys father reveals that this is not the first time his child has been bullied. He says the local precinct has been informed but never follows up.

We will, Sgt. Benson (Mariska Hargitay) assures him. We take this very seriously.

When all three boys admit their roles in the attack, and cell phone video is discovered online, it appears the case is closed. But Liv has Avery pick the boys out of a line up just to be 100 percent sure.

In Family Court, two of the boys say it was Darius who pushed Avery over the bridge. They best auto accident personal injury lawyer seattle are given probation and sent home. Darius is now facing time in juvenile detention.

To demonstrate his remorse, Darius gives a series of apology notes and drawings to Detective Finn Tutuola (Ice T) to deliver to Avery. I need him to know that I am sorry, he says.

Everyone seems moved by the west seattle accident and injury attorney gesture, but things take an unexpected turn when Avery suddenly dies from injuries related to the fall.

ADA Kenneth ODwyer appears on the scene and says top personal injury attorneys seattle wa his office wants to make an example of Darius. He is going to charge the boy as an adult and attach the charge of seattle brain injury attorney hate crime.

Even though it appears that Darius is a good kid who just made a mistake, We cant wait for a more overtly evil perp, ODwyer says.

Cut to Averys memorial service, where her parents tell Benson and Carisi (Peter Scanavino) that they dont want to see Avery charged as an adult. Its not what Avery would want, they insist.

The case eventually goes to a bench trial with no jury.

The prosecution says Darius made a conscious decision to engage in the bullying that led to Averys death and should be held accountable.

The defense maintains that he is too young and impulsive and that the part of his brain that makes those kinds of decisions is still forming.

Before resting, the defense calls Averys father to the stand.

My wife and I want to make sure that Averys death means something, he says. But we also want to make sure that the tragedy is not compounded by the tragedy of taking another child away from his family.

The judge is moved but not enough.

Darius is found guilty of manslaughter and committing a hate crime. He is sentenced to seven years in prison.

Now the viewer debate can begin: did the punishment fit the crime?

<![CDATA[Understanding Hair Loss in Women]]>Mon, 23 Nov 2015 04:03:30 GMThttp://abzeedesigns.weebly.com/blog/understanding-hair-loss-in-womenAverage:

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Before female hair loss can be treated effectively with medication and or surgical hair transplantation, a physician must engage in appropriate dialogue with a woman to determine what causes may be accounting for her hair loss so as to safely rectify or improve her condition.

Many starting hair transplant surgeons rush to perform surgical hair restoration without proper front-end evaluation, which ultimately can lead to dissatisfaction and potentially even worsening of the hair loss. Unlike men who exhibit male pattern baldness, female hair loss must be investigated as to the cause to ensure that surgical transplantation will be both safe and effective. View common Female Hair Loss Disorders here http://www.hairtx.com/hair-loss/hair-loss-disorders/female-hair-loss/.

The two major concerns with woman's hair loss involves dermatological and more commonly hormonal problems that could be causing the loss of hair. Dermatological conditions include simple scalp conditions like temporary telogen effluvium that can follow delivery of a baby after pregnancy or more serious conditions like discoid lupus, etc. Typically, without any obvious skin lesions, etc., the surgeon who is contemplating surgical transplantation for a woman should recommend hormone evaluation to rule out metabolic conditions.

The most typical hormonal causes for female hair loss include a low iron level (which can be worsened owing to menstruation and with ferritin being the most sensitive blood marker for a treatably low iron level), low estrogen levels due to ongoing aging, etc. (which can be even more prevalent after menopause), low thyroid conditions, high androgen levels (the most common androgen in women is dihydroepiandesterone sulfate, or DHEAS), among other types of hormonal imbalances. A basic yet thorough chemistry panel may be a necessary first start before surgery should be contemplated.

Another important early intervention is managing the hair loss with minoxidil (marketed as Rogaine in the U.S. or Regaine in some countries). Minoxidil is a topical medication that is over the counter in the United States and comes in both 2% and 5% strengths. The 2% version is intended for women. However, for women who do not experience secondary facial or body hair growth, the 5% concentration can at times create a faster response than the 2% concentration but after one year the effects are nearly equal for women being treated with 2% and 5% minoxidil. Also, the 5% foam (which only comes as a brand Rogaine and there is no 2% foam) has eliminated the propylene glycol ingredient making the product less irritable on the skin.

A major drawback with minoxidil is that at 3 to 6 weeks patients may experience temporary further shedding, which is normal and indicative that the hair is entering what is known as anagen, or the growth phase of hair. In 3 to 6 months, hair is typically stabilized or reversed, as the investigation for the cause of the problem is discovered. In any case, if a woman is contemplating surgical hair transplant, the use of minoxidil can be very helpful in minimizing postoperative hair shedding following hair transplantation, as women are more susceptible to temporary shedding after surgery. Accordingly, ongoing minoxidil is a good idea for women considering upcoming surgical hair restoration.

Female pattern baldness presents in three distinct patterns. The most common type of hair loss is known as a "Christmas tree" pattern first described by Dr. Elise Olsen, who believes that it is the predominant pattern of hair loss in women. When a woman parts her hair in the middle and looks downward, the shape of a Christmas tree with the apex toward the back of the head is revealed. A second type of hair loss that could be a variant of Olsen's category has been described by Ludwig, which is a diffuse thinning throughout the scalp and which has classified according to the extent of thinning into Grades 1 through 3. Finally, the third type of hair loss mimics male pattern baldness with the exception that sometimes the hairline is spared. The purported reason for this variant is that women's higher serum aromatase level can maintain the hairline in some cases despite diffuse hair loss behind the hairline.

When a woman is ready to undergo surgical hair restoration by an experienced surgeon, she should review cases of female hair restoration that the surgeon has done because skills and design work for women differ radically than for men.

<![CDATA[New York Fashion Week 2015 Arrives]]>Thu, 19 Nov 2015 20:35:56 GMThttp://abzeedesigns.weebly.com/blog/new-york-fashion-week-2015-arrives

Happy Tuesday!

New York Fashion Week finally arrived. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runs February 12 - February 19, presenting Fall/Winter 2015. Rumor has it, this is the last year New York Fashion Week will be sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.

On the runway, plaid is back and popular on overcoats, pants and tops. Several models were walking down the runway with turtlenecks, some of those were even jackets. We all know that color-blocking has been a popular trend, especially in the summer. Color-clashing is also seen quite a bit this year and welcomed on the runway. Solid monochromatic tones are also just as popular as ever. Some Fashion Designers that stand out to me so far are Carmen Marc Valvo, Alexander Wang, Todd Snyder, Zac Posen and August Getty. Yet to walk the runway this week are Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger and several others.

Unfortunately, most guests that get to attend are involved in high-fashion or other media professions. Others may have connections, be buyers or just be extremely rich. Luckily, all the rest of us fashionistas have access to see those live shows online. Already aired podcasts of designers are also available. Keep in mind that not every designer will be posted on the site; however, there are quite a bit that are. Make sure you check it out especially if you have favorite fashion designers that you want to see


Visit FashionWeekOnline.com for the live shows or more information.

<![CDATA[How much did cars weigh in the 50's? Like a 50's Buick. They used thicker metal sheets. I want sweet Jesus' precise answers only.]]>Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:04:32 GMThttp://abzeedesigns.weebly.com/blog/how-much-did-cars-weigh-in-the-50s-like-a-50s-buick-they-used-thicker-metal-sheets-i-want-sweet-jesus-precise-answers-only

I have always thought that the "official weights" of a car, i.e. what the manufacturer publishes or what is used by the government for tax purposes was always artificial high. The obvious purpose was to make you think you are getting a lot of car and the government to collect more revenue. We have weighed our cars on a local truck scale and it is always much less than the published data. Of course, they may be weighing way low so that the truckers do not get tickets for overloading. I think the true weight of a car is a secret because it affects performance etc.

<![CDATA[Marketing & Advertising :: Is there a FREE Lead system to build your customer base?]]>Mon, 16 Nov 2015 04:04:13 GMThttp://abzeedesigns.weebly.com/blog/marketing-advertising-is-there-a-free-lead-system-to-build-your-customer-baseToday I am asking the question: Which business would not want to get a FREE Lead system in order to build their customer base?

We all know that, as a business, we have to acquire customers to survive. Sometimes it is not as easy as it sounds.

Even if you have a brick and mortar store you still have to advertise in order to bring in customers. Just sitting in your store and hoping that someone walks in, does not make anybody any money. You have to build an online presence in addition to your physical presence, advertise your sales regularly, send out promotions and when your customers come in, collect their information.

If you are a new business, how are you going to find your customers? Well, there are lists with leads you can buy or rent and then you sit down and create a mailing, print out the labels from the list and send out your advertising. This is a lot of work. Even if you get the list to do email advertising, you still have to import your list into your email program. I have done this numerous times. It takes time, you have to sift through it, there are some addresses that are nonexistent.. there are always problems.

Now, if you are an online store you have it even more difficult. There are no customers walking in, period.

So what do you do? You advertise in social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, etc.... and you will eventually consider getting a lead generating list.

But as we have seen above, everything takes a lot of time. Everybody struggles with the same problem and we are all looking for a way to make this easier.

Now, I am always looking for ways to make things go easier in my life too, wouldnt you also like to have something that helps you save time.

Look no further. The other day I found out about this Lead System that is really amazing.

The biggest plus for me is that it is FREE. Even the FREE basic system gives you everything you need to create a great customer base. In addition there is training that shows you so many different ways to find customers and more importantly, keep customers. It has already prepared email campaigns, banners, etc. So you can stay in touch with your customers any time you want to.

Now, besides the basic system there are upgrades for businesses that want more, like free leads for live. Sure, if you want to go further, go ahead. It is certainly worth it.

There is also a way to make some extra money on the side while you expand your customer base. If you want to - that is entirely up to you. Nobody is forcing you to upgrade or buy more. Always remember the basic lead system is free.

Check it out, it is well worth it. Click on one of the links on the bottom.

<![CDATA[Why Video Games Are Actually Good For You]]>Thu, 12 Nov 2015 20:30:27 GMThttp://abzeedesigns.weebly.com/blog/why-video-games-are-actually-good-for-youThey will ruin your eyesight, make you fat, lazy, depressed and brainwash you into going on a real life killing spree! Well that's what the media is trying to portray these days. But is there any truth to these allegations? Or are there actually more positive aspects to being a "Gamer" than we've been led to believe?

Myth:Video Games Ruin Your Eyesight

Dr. Diana Bavelier, a neuroscientist at the University of Geneva, has conducted research on

the effects of video games on the brain. Dr. Baveliers research has also effectively busted some

video gaming myths. Fact: games do not have a detrimental effect on players vision; they actually seem to make a players vision better.Bavelier explained that the ability to discern slight differences in shades of grey, or contrast sensitivity, is the primary limiting factor in how well an individual sees. For instance, those that play video games often are particularly good at distinguishing between different levels of grey, like when driving in fog, says Dr. Bavelier. She hopes this finding will lead to games that help people with poor eyesight re-train their brains to improve their vision.An even more recent study by developmental psychologist Daphne Maurer made news with research suggesting that people born with cataracts could improve their eyesight by playing a first-person shooter. Earlier this year Maurer revealed a study that found with just 10 hours of gaming vision had dramatically improved for people who as babies were almost blind, and that after 40 hours they were able to read two extra lines on an eye chart!

Speaking with The New York Times last week, Maurer elaborated on why she thought first-person shooters proved so helpful.-

-Well, if you stepped back and asked what might be an effective therapy for visual defects, first-person shooter games have a lot of whats needed, she said. They require a person to monitor the whole field of vision, not just what is ahead of them. The player has to monitor everything, because the enemy could come from anywhere. The game is fast-paced. You cant sit back because you will get shot dead. We know that the game changes neurochemicals. It causes an adrenaline rush. It also causes dopamine levels to rise in the brain. That potentially may make the brain more responsive.

Think Fast!

We've known for years that many professional athletes enjoy video games as a hobby but is there a link to this and their physical performance?In 2010, following the discovery that video games can help you see more shades of grey and improve vision, cognitive scientists from the University of Rochester also discovered that playing action games trains people to make important decisions faster.Researchers found that video game players develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, and this benefit doesn't just make them better at playing video games, but improves a wide variety of skills that can help with everyday activities like multitasking, driving, reading small print, keeping track of friends in a crowd, and navigating around town.

People make decisions based on probabilities that they are constantly calculating and recalculating in their heads. This process is called probabilistic inference; the brain stores small pieces of visual and auditory information until it has enough data to make what we perceive to be an accurate decision.Researchers found that action video game players' brains are actually more efficient collectors of visual and auditory information. Due to this they demonstrated an ability to build the details needed to arrive at a correct decision faster than non-gamers. This offers an explanation to why so many athletes are also gamers.

But wait it gets even better!

Another recent study published by Iowa State University psychologist Douglas Gentile and Dr. James Rosser, head of minimally invasive surgery at a prominent Boston Medical Center, compared laroscopic surgeons who play video games with those who do not. In these procedures, surgeons use small incisions to insert tiny video cameras and thin surgical tools. Even after taking into account differences in age, years of medical training and the total number of surgeries performed the study found that surgeons who played video games were 27% faster and made 37% fewer errors than those who didn't!

-The single best predictor of their skills is how much they had played video games in the past and how much they played now, said Gentile. Those were better predictors of surgical skills than years of training and number of surgeries performed.

So next time you are looking for a Laroscopic surgeon make sure to find one that is a gamer!

Game Are Educational

With all of the media on video games, and the so called harm they are doing, we sometimes forget that not all of them are about "killing" the enemy or even contain any violence at all. In fact one of the most profitable markets in the gaming industry is education.

In North Carolina and around the country, students are playing such games as Minecraft, World of Warcraft and Angry Birds and their teachers are encouraging it.

Video games are not the great evil that people make them out to be, says Trish Cloud, technology instructor at Huntersvilles Torrence Creek Elementary, where she created a popular Minecraft club.

Cloud is part of a community of educators who love gaming and want to share that passion to help students learn. Those educators say that good video games can help students develop an array of skills from writing and physics to teamwork and problem-solving.

Brigham Young Universitys School of Family Life found that girls who played video games with their parents (key part is with parents), were more connected to their families and had better mental health than those who played on their own or with friends. So if you have a troubled teen, you might want to pick up the controller and play games with them. It could actually improve your relationship with your children and you might even have a good time doing so!

Conclusion: As the saying goes "its all about moderation". Of course if you spend an unhealthy amount of your time playing video games there will be negative effects but that can be said about pretty much anything. From the studies shown and a little common sense I think its safe to say that with moderate responsible use video games do more good than bad.

So what do you think? Is gaming ruining Americas youth or is the media over reacting?

<![CDATA[Man arrested in murder of Ill. student selling car on Craigslist]]>Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:58:04 GMThttp://abzeedesigns.weebly.com/blog/man-arrested-in-murder-of-ill-student-selling-car-on-craigslistHAZELWOOD, Mo. -- Investigators have arrested a St. Louis- area truck driving school employee in the murder of an Illinois student who was found slain after posting his car for sale on Craigslist, reports CBS St. Louis.

The body of 19-year-old Taylor Clark was found at the M.T.C. Truck Center in Hazelwood, Mo. Tuesday, about 400 feet from the red 2007 Nissan 350ZX he had posted for sale and 25 miles west of where he was last seen by his girlfriend Monday in Glen Carbon, Ill.


Michael Gordon

CBS St. Louis

Police say the employee, 24-year-old Michael Gordon, fatally shot the Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville student after the two had met in the truck driving school parking lot about Clark's Craigslist post, reports the station. They say they believe Gordon shot him once and tried to cover his body in a nearby wooded area.

Authorities wouldn't discuss a motive but said Gordon made statements to police, reports the station.

Capt. Tim Fagan of the Florissant, Mo., police department said at a press conference Wednesday evening that police arrested Gordon after his name was found in emails Gordon traded with Clark about the car, reports the Chicago Tribune. He said the two didn't know one another previous to the Craigslist post, reports the paper.

Police say they have not recovered the weapon and they are looking for Gordon's car, a red 1990 BMW with a Missouri tag: FL329K, reports CBS St. Louis.

Clark had reportedly just taken final exams and paid his tuition for the next semester before he was killed.

"By all accounts he was a very good young man, a quality person - a college student who unfortunately fell victim to a tragic event," Fagan said Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Consuming Out While Vegan]]>Wed, 22 Apr 2015 04:15:10 GMThttp://abzeedesigns.weebly.com/blog/consuming-out-while-veganAn essential consideration is convenience food restaurants. These are usually much more difficult to be vegan friendly due to the incredibly limited menu choices that are offered. Due to the fact that most of the menu has food products that are not allowed for the vegan diet it is frequently rather tough to dining at these kinds of restaurants, however it is still possible if you make sure what you pick. The easiest option is to simply avoid quick food dining establishments though and instead choose a normal take a seat dining establishment so that you can really enjoy your whole dish.
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If you are definitely identified that you wish to make sure that you are making the right decision it is essential to look for vegan friendly dining establishments in advance. Selecting a couple of restaurants in advance will certainly enable you to be certain that you are deciding to go to a friendly restaurant. Most though are rather happy to accommodate sensible demands which would permit practically any restaurant to end up being vegan friendly.
Regardless of whether you are on a date, or just going out to supper with your household you do not have to stay at home all of the time simply since you are a vegan. Waiting around for a dining establishment to open that is particularly vegan may not occur, which will leave you settling for a dining establishment that does provide at least a limited vegan friendly menu.

While many people are totally aware that ending up being a Vegan will need a large amount of dedication on their part there are many others who think that there are no opportunities for them to eat in restaurants as a vegan. In reality this might appear true at very first look, but upon a deeper look, it is usually incorrect that you will be not able to eat out. Dining out for social celebrations and even the occasional quick meal is something that practically everybody alive is guilty of at some point. This leaves you with sufficient factors to begin looking for solutions prior to the restaurants are required, instead of looking at the menu yearning to dig into the very first steak you can purchase.
Just as vegetarianism is much more popular today, so are the reduced carbohydrate diets, low calorie diet plans and likewise the vegan diet. Generally, most dining establishments will provide several different dining choices that can be quickly tailored to your specific dietary requirements.

Just be specific that you reveal gratitude for dining establishments that do offer vegan foods. Remaining house might be the cheapest solution, however it is no enjoyable to have to wait to consume until you get home if everybody else is enjoying a tasty dish out someplace.