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How to make a Samurai Sword (Nihonto)!

“Samurai swords (nihonto) are beautiful, yet deadly swordsmanship. They are the traditional bladed weapons of Japan and only a few sensei (Masters) do know how to make them correctly: Sharp, pretty and virtually unbreakable.”

Perhaps the best of those katana swords are made in Japan. I would like to give every top sword a distinct name but I think in Japan the honor goes to the master or school who made them. Perhaps rightly so.

Katana swords are made since the 15th century until today. I believe that a katana sword has a soul and is treated almost as one who has: To protect the bearer of the sword at all costs. They say only when the color of the blade turns to the red of the rising sun, then the katana is ready to receive its soul. Maybe so.

Nowadays you seldom see a samurai sword in the public. A gun is so much easier to carry and much more effective. But it is no honor included to use a gun to fight against an opponent with a samurai sword. If both have a sword: Who has the better one and the better skills wins, the other one dies.


Video: The traditional Making of a Samurai Sword (Katana)

Swords are obsolete in a fight against each other nowadays, yet it is an art to make them and a privilege to own one.

Authentic swords are made by only a few hundred swordsmiths and each blade has an distinctive unique profile. Making a sword is a spiritual way of life.

There are five schools (Gokaden) who made them in their respectively provinces and traditions…and that number is steady since hundreds of years!

A genuine hand made sword of any kind is an art object (and not classified as an weapon) but the owner must have a certification for it. A traditional hand-made katana sword costs between US$50,000-US$100,000 – if you can get one! As better the sword is, as more expensive it will be. But actually, katana swords are not allowed to be sold outside of Japan.

There are several kind of Japanese swords and to produce genuine katana ones may take weeks, if not months. A katana sword weights about 3-4 pounds,

For sure, to produce a Samurai sword, a lot of knowledge and hard work is involved. I like the large style katana sword as used in the cult movie “Kill Bill”.

To show how the Japanese swordmaking process is done, there exists a detailed article with images:

http://www.samuraisword.com/REFERENCE/making/japanse_swordmaking_process.htm and are based on

Miyairi Akihira (1913-1977) excellent and awarded swordsmanship work. About Metallurgy, you might read an interesting article at the swordforum .

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Top US Job Search Engines (Revisited)

Latest Rankings – Updated (2011)

Finding the right job can be a difficult undertaking, but since the invention of the Internet, job seekers are definitely got an advantage if they are using established Internet job search engines for their quality job research and that even worldwide. The time being saved can be incredible, so the increased earnings potentials. Yet, the ‘paperwork’ remains, now mostly done online.

Some of the best U.S. online job search engines are listed below but are by no means complete. Not all are free to use, some charge for ‘extended’ services. You will also experience a different ‘touch and feel’ with each of them and provided results may be similar or differ. It is therefore advisable to try several of them for best results and to find the ones whose style and results you like most.


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Sorted U.S. Job Search Engines by Popularity (Estimated Unique Visitors):

– <http://www.indeed.com/>
[Monthly Estimated US Unique Visitors = 9,280,000+] — PR 8/10
‘Indeed’ is a privately held (but includes institutional investors) US meta job search engine who was founded in 2004 and was selected by Time magazine as one of the “Top 10 Web sites” for 2007. You can provide job title, keywords or company name as well as optional city, state or zip code. The home page interface is easy to use. A nice touch is that you can also get information about ‘Job Trends’ (via online graph) and the ‘Average Salary of Researched Jobs’ together with a ‘National Salary Trend’ graph if you are looking for these information. Indeed is currently No. 1 job search engine on the net.
12.3M Visitors #1 (Estimated: 155 US RANK)

– <http://www.monster.com/>
[Monthly Estimated US Unique Visitors = 4,150,000+] — PR 7/10
The very popular Monster Worldwide, Inc ‘pioneered the business of digital recruiting in 1994’, and is today as an online recruitment provider be able to service customers on a global basis with a presence in approximately 50 countries worldwide, including China (since 2008). It made it up to No. 2 in 2011
12.1M Visitors #2 (Estimated: 23 US RANK)

– <http://www.careerbuilder.com/>
[Monthly Monthly Estimated US Unique Visitors = 12,410,000+; US Rank 78] — PR 8/10
Careerbuilder.com was founded in 1995 and is now in 2011 the third largest web’s job search engine while also be on of the oldest provider of millions of job postings.
11.3M Visitors #3 (Estimated: 78 US RANK)

– <http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/>
[Monthly Estimated US Unique Visitors = 11,680,000+] — PR 8/10
Hotjobs was Yahoo’s very popular job search engine and exist since 1996 although named differently by then. In its structure it is similar to Monster or CareerBuilder. It provides a very popular consumer job board and ’employers, recruiters, and staffing agencies with progressive recruiting solutions’. Hotjobs does provide job search information for international countries as well. Note Monster bought HotJobs from Yahoo earlier in 2011.

– <http://www.simplyhired.com>
[Monthly Estimated US Unique Visitors = 11,596,159+] — PR 7/10
Simply Hired is a vertical search engine company based in Silicon Valley and is building one of the largest online databases of jobs. It searches thousands of job boards, classifieds, and company sites. Besides job search facilities and with additional unique tools, simplyhired helps you to find local jobs, identify trends and research salaries.
(Estimated: 85 US RANK)

– <http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/>
[Monthly Estimated US Unique Visitors = 827,000+] — PR 9/10
According the site, ‘USAJOBS is the official job site of the US Federal Government, providing over 33,000 job opportunities worldwide. It’s your one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information.’ While a niche job search engine, USAJOBS is covering all 50 states. Applying for jobs for the Government is certainly very different as for applying for jobs in the private sector. If you want to start working for the Government, start doing your research right here.

– <http://www.jobster.com/>
[Monthly Estimated US Unique Visitors = 148,000+] — PR 6/10
Search for jobs or browse one of the 28 job categories (with sub-categories). You can also browse for open job opportunities in 54 states
(Estimated: 12,774 US RANK)

– <http://www.beyond.com/>
[Monthly Estimated US Unique Visitors = 1,300,000+] — PR 6/10
Beyond could be well be the “largest network of niche career communities” as it claims to be as it provides job information from sites like PRJobForce.com and PhillyJobs.com and access to thousands of top-tier industry and local web sites. Beyond.com has been ranked by Forbes.com as one of the 15 Most Popular Job Sites based on job sites with the highest number of unique monthly visitors.
(Estimated: 1,228 US RANK)

– <http://www.jobcentral.com/>
[Monthly Estimated Unique Visitors = 400,000+] — PR 7/10
If you are looking for corporate jobs, you might take a look at JobCentral (a nonprofit consortium of U.S. corporations providing a service of DirectEmployers Association [DEA]) and consider using this unique job search engine. You can search by Keywords, Occupation, Military, Company or Job I.D.
(Estimated: 6,462 US RANK)

– <http://www.dice.com/>
[Monthly Estimated Unique Visitors = 360,000+] — PR 7/10
Dice is a very popular niche based technology job search engine with currently about 50,000 tech jobs in their database. Search by keywords, city, state, zip or browse by location or skills. Dice.com also provides job search tools such as search agents, resume posting and career-related content.
(Estimated: 6,506 US RANK)

– <http://www.linkup.com/>
[Monthly Estimated Unique Visitors = 110,982+] — PR 6/10
LinkUp, the often featured US job search engine, provides over 635,628 job opportunities with many jobs that cannot be found anywhere else on the web. Currently (end of January 2011) are about 20,695 companies in LinkUps database which is monitored every night. Jobs are taken directly from company web sites (not from “pay-to-post” or “job boards”) and the results are presented in tabs upon search request. Job descriptions can easily be printed. Search by: Job Title, Keywords, City or Zip
(Estimated: Estimated 16,487 US RANK)

– <http://www.jobserve.us/>
[Monthly Estimated Unique Visitors = 119,900+] — PR 6/10
JobServe was founded late in 1993 and provides currently jobs listings across 17 Industries, 4 U.S. locations/regions since. You can also select a range of salary you expect. JobServe provided in 2008 over 2.5 million jobs but you can do a quick search on the spot for today (1/2011) of about 11,380 live jobs. Jobserve also provides country specific search for the following countries: Australia, Canada, Europe including UK, Germany, India, Thailand and the United States although it actually provides information from many more worldwide regions.
(Estimated: 15,390 US RANK)

– <http://www.accountemps.com/>
[Monthly Estimated Unique Visitors = 102,200+] — PR 6/10
Accountemps was founded in 1948 by Robert Half as the temporary staffing agency sister of accounting staffing firm Robert Half, Inc. (now Robert Half Finance & Accounting) and is specialized in providing temporary staff. It uses a QualityMatch assessment program and tests applicants accounting knowledge and software skills.
(Estimated: 17,651 US RANK)

* Any numbers, rankings and features provided can change any time and are for orientation only! Expect discrepancies in the stats as the reports about them are often estimated only.

The online jobs search engine selection above should help you to find your dream job. You might also try to find niche job search engines for your particular job description.

Be aware however that there exist spam..err..information opportunities for any of the Internet’s job search engines in ‘hidden’ ways of newsletters, journals and especially daily job postings via email.

If you are too quickly, you may eventually also sign up for 3rd party ‘advertising’ you are not aware of at first sights. Read the fine print(s) before requesting anything from job search engines. Your carefully job research begins here.

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Emotional Tears, Tears Research and the Benefit of Crying

A short primer about tears and tears research!

Tears are a well-known by-product of our human development but what they are made of were unknown until recently.

According scientists, tears are actually very complex and made of three layers, including a watery one which is between two others, one of them oily. Tears are there to keep our eyes moist even if we don’t know it. But with each blink of an eye a film of tears is distributed across the sensitive eyes.

Not functionally tears are actually a disorder and the eyes become dry and get damaged with a sensation of burns or aches. Having a dry-eye disorder is actually not that seldom, up to 14 million Americans do have such a problem.

Crying itself is beneficial as it helps reducing the stress in the mind and the body. In that case, the composition of tears are slightly different.


Video:  Study Finds Women’s Tears Dampen Men’s Arousal

There are three known kind of tears: “Reflex tears”, “basal tears” and “psychic tears” (when we are cry or weep).

But as you may have ever suspected, tears do much more: They influence the behavior of other peoples. Interestingly, humans are the only ones who cry “emotional tears”.

Tears are chemical signals and as such might be used unknowingly as a weapon against a man: They make him less sexually aroused and his body is reacting in various ways beneficial for a woman but that will not effect his mood. I do think (unconfirmed?) it does really much more: It let him feel sad for that woman. Who does not saw a man who wants to take care about a woman who cries? But that might not be related to tears, however…

But men can cry too and transmit thus a chemical signal as well. This behavior may be directed towards other men to reduce his aggression but this is still a theory. More research is needed (and currently done) to understand the whole psychological role and impacts of the tears.

In any case, emotional tears are for humans an important step in its evolutionary development and it may be also the most important pheromones the human body can produce.

As for health reason, the Re-evaluation Counseling teaches that crying is beneficial as a therapy. By the way, only sad or painful tears taste salty and this as a by-product. “Happy Tears” are not salty. When I was a kid, my mother always said tears are salty because of our marine origin. Which might be a statement not so far from the truth.

Sometimes I cry when I see an especially emotional part of a movie and if I can, I watch it several times. After that, I feel so much better and are ready for the rest of the day!

I don’t like to cry…but sometimes it helps.

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