Games of Chance in Our Everyday Lives

I have vivid memories of my mother setting aside colorful scraps of paper and pasting them onto a printed map in the hopes of winning a trip to Brazil. She had been bitten by the sweepstakes bug. As much as I enjoyed her home cooking, as a child I nonetheless enjoyed our trips to the local fast food joint. I mean, what kid didn’t look forward to a hamburger instead of the pasta casserole that could sometimes grace a dining room table? Fortunately for me, my favorite fast food restaurant was holding the sweepstakes that my mom had become obsessed with. And in carrying on the tradition, I too have become enamored by internet sweepstakes games and the like.

It is quite a bit of fun to pin some pipe dreams on chance with only a fraction of risk. In addition, it has been exciting to find websites that cater to the sweepstakes admirer. As we live our daily lives in the grind of the usual nine to five, the fantasy is made possible that a glamorous trip to a far off distant land may arrive with a bit of luck. While it doesn’t take away from the wonderful life I live now, I don’t deny that I’m glad that quite a few WI-fi hotspots have taken advantage of internet sweepstakes software. The chance of winning is out there. And even if I never win, the idea is more than enough.

The distraction of these dreams of winning is an exciting prospect. I can see distant shores with luxury surroundings in my mind’s eye. Or, I can also view a new pool in my backyard. Maybe there could be a shopping spree for my wife and daughter. Truthfully speaking, these dreams aren’t outside of the realm of possibility with my current means of employment. These things still do come about and will continue to do so. However, if I could spend some extra time online and win these desired results, I’d be more than fine with that as well.

So far, internet sweepstakes have produced a few wonderful things. My wife and I got to enjoy an amazing steak and lobster dinner last year with some of the winnings I received. We could have made it happen on our own, though we probably would have set aside the extra earned funds rather than spend them. But I must admit that the food tasted that much better since the money to pay for it had been won. Good things already come our way. We are fortunate. But it sure is nice when winning can bring in some extra comforts. The only rule is, you can’t win unless you enter.


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Easy Breezy with Card Processing

It’s amazing to see how far technology has made our lives more convenient, from the invention of the telephone, to the invention of the internet, where you can, not only gather the information you need, but buy the materials you need as well at the simple press of a button. The rising trend of internet shopping has become a fast and convenient way to purchase the things that you need without leaving the comforts of your own home. Take advantage of this trend as a modern entrepreneur through the use of internet merchant accounts. These accounts will make payment much easier as it makes use of the current trend of internet shopping, opening your business to the world.

Securing your revenues has never been easier as using credit card processing services will expand your customer base to be available to a larger part of the market. This service ensures that all payment options are available for your potential customer and ensure that your transaction is as convenient as possible.

There is also the case of some online establishments that need something a special kind of service for what they offer. High risk merchant accounts are also readily available for various applications such as online gambling, software sales, etc. These accounts offer lower chargeback fees and policies but have higher rates to compensate for the risk that the company is undertaking. The world is changing and the question is if you and your business can keep up with the pace.


Will Coastal Communities Always Be In Danger?

By Samuel Phineas Upham

Scenes of Superstorm Sandy causing massive damage to entire coastal communities were stark reminders of the power of nature. But environmental historian John Gillis believes this is a lesson that could be learned by taking a closer look at history. In his new book The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History, Gillis makes the case that the chaotic nature of the coastline means that human developments along it will always be threatened.

In a profile by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Gillis notes that through the 18th century there have been scores of examples of coastal wetland communities that were filled in and vanished because of rising tides and changing shorelines. In this context, the damages caused by Superstorm Sandy or Hurricane Katrina are not shocking but entirely predictable.

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Samuel Phineas Upham About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Samuel Phineas Upham website or Facebook.