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5 Fashions from Charlotte Ronson

Emery

Charlotte Ronson continues to create fashionable urban clothes for the younger woman this fall 2009 season. Knits, cottons, leather, plaids, and jersey in khaki, pink, blue, brown, and black appear in this ready to wear collection for women. These are the kind of clothes that can be easily spotted on the young ladies shopping in the fashion district of New York City or Los Angeles. Below are my five fall 2009 fashion picks from Ronson:

The first dress is urban chic with cutouts in the sleeves at the inside of the shoulders and a knit lace wide trim at the hem of the skirt. The only thing missing here is a short black leather jacket, which would make this outfit look like the perfect urban ensemble. The studded belt adds some metallic glitter to the dress. Wear this to a casual outfit to the nightclubs this fall.

Here is a red, brown and white plaid jumpsuit with a sleeveless brown knit pullover sweater. The jumpsuit bodice has long sleeves with a pointed collar. A narrow black belt over the sweater is the only accessory really needed here but you can add your favorite jewelry for a bit of sparkle. Wear this ensemble to class if you are a college student, or to a daytime party with your friends.

The little black dress (LBD) gets a new urban makeover this fall. White stitching at the breast and fabric cutouts at the waist make this look like a space age dress from the future. You might find yourself playing “Masters of the Universe” in this dress as it looks like the one Teela wore, but this time, in black. Or you could just wear it to a nightclub this fall with some bling: earrings, a necklace, and bracelets.

This salmon pink dress and lightweight jacket in gray and black makes for a great fall daytime outfit to wear anywhere, to class, out shopping, or just hanging out with friends. If you don’t have boots to wear like the model does, try some black sneakers or high heels. For a different look, add a copper colored belt at the waist.

You can always visit fashion websites and click for more info about salmon jackets are they are popular fashion statements in current times that go well on everyone especially lightweight individuals that are here to stay for a longer period.

There is no shortage of jumpsuits this fall but this one is one of the few that are made of a patterned fabric. The colors we see here are yellow, blue, and pink against a brown background. The pattern could pass for a fall flower garden of zinnias. Underneath the jumpsuit on top is a black camisole style blouse with a V-neckline. Wear this jumpsuit to a fall charity benefit or informal dinner party.

Charlotte Ronson fashions can be purchased through her boutique in New York City and Barking Brown in Brooklyn, New York. The average price range of her fashions are between $150.00 to $400.00.

Colic in Puppies: How to Deal With It Effectively?

Emery

Puppies are like babies in that they too suffer from colic due to indigestion or when they are unable to release the gas trapped in the intestines. However, this condition is temporary. It becomes less frequent and goes away by itself as the puppy grows up. Until then it can cause the puppy a lot of distress depending on its intensity. A puppy that has colic has the urge to empty the bowels soon after having food. The puppy suffering from colic appears panicky and fretful, cries and in some extreme cases it may have seizures.

Although both babies and puppies can have colic their treatments are different. Before trying to deal with puppy colic it is important to understand what causes it. With patience and understanding you can successfully handle the problem yourself. No matter how you feed the puppy, food remaining in the stomach will produce gas. This builds up until the puppy defecates or passes stool. Many young puppies don’t know how to pass stool and need stimulation, which is usually provided by the mother. If the mother does not do it for some reason, then the puppy does not learn how to effectively pass stool and may suffer from colic due to the decomposed food sitting in the stomach for long. The dealing of the person with the puppy will be educated at the original site. The eating habits of the pets should be great when there will be availability of the proper information. The ingredients of the food should be organic and herbal for the puppies to eat and consume.

Mothers stimulate their puppies by licking the genital and anal areas while they are feeding and this triggers the puppy’s reflex to eliminate. If you are feeding the puppy yourself then of course it is missing stimulation by its mother. Thus puppies should not be weaned too soon and weaning should be a gradual process. If the colic is due to lack of stimulation then you can follow the mother’s lead. You can also do something similar with your puppy. You can do a similar type of stimulation using a warm moist cloth. Rub the genital and anus region of the puppy with a cloth, soaked with warm water, before and after feeding it. This provides the necessary stimulation for the puppy’s bowel movements, thus preventing colic. The colic may also be due to inactivity of the bowels and trapped gases.

One of the easiest and most effective ways of controlling frequent puppy colic is giving it food meant for dogs with weak stomachs. It is just like you would change the baby formula that doesn’t agree with your baby. Make sure that the puppy is prevented from eating food meant for your family members. Once your puppy is comfortable with a particular type of food, stick to it and don’t change it until it is necessary to do so. If the colic persists then get in touch with your veterinarian. Also a puppy suffering from colic may have frequent urges to eliminate, especially after food. You must make arrangements for this so that the puppy does it according to its potty training.

A puppy having colic attacks is already in a helpless state and thus there is no use yelling at it or getting angry. Screaming or yelling at the puppy will only make matters worse. It is important to deal with the problem patiently. The problem usually fades away by the time the puppy is one year old. Veterinarians usually advise you to feed the puppy, suffering from colic, more often but a little at a time. This will give more time to the puppy’s stomach to digest the food. Continue feeding it as per the vet’s advice and slowly but surely the problem will subside and eventually go away.

The puppy suffering from colic should be given a lot of water to drink if it suffers from diarrhea also. This is to prevent dehydration due to loss of fluids in diarrhea. Feed the puppy the prescribed food and medications regularly. Continue potty training your puppy even if it has colic. Once the colic subsides your puppy will grow into a happy and healthy dog.

Diabetes For The Gestational Woman

Emery

During one of my many adventures in weight loss, I found out I was pregnant. I had been on the high protein/low carbohydrate life style for a few months and had lost 5 lbs. when I found out I was pregnant. BINGO! Now I was able to eat what I wanted and not worry for 9 months since I was pregnant and that gave me the excuse to eat for two. Or did it?

Hello carbohydrates! I ended up on a pasta binge and gained the 5lbs I had lost in the first week of knowing I was pregnant. I was pregnant, after all. Who would notice? It’s all going to go to my baby, so what did it matter? Still eating for two!

It was time for my lovely 1 hour blood glucose test, fail! Now to repeat, on a 3 hours scale. Barely failed but failed nonetheless. To my horror, there is a condition called Gestational Diabetes. What in the world? I’m not diabetic. I’m 32 years old. But, apparently, you can be diabetic during pregnancy only so, why is everyone telling me to eat for two?

I was swiftly subjected to a nutrition class where they introduced me to what a real portion size looks like. Holy Cow .was this going to be hard. Hard for the regular person, double hard for the newly pregnant mamma.

Then, my worst nightmare (one of them) came true! I now have to poke a hole in myself 4 times a day. This was definitely not the way pregnancy has been explained to me. I had an entirely different picture in my head. And this was not the picture I was expecting. My picture had a smorgasbord of food and donuts and cheesecake, eating for two!

I am now required to watch my portions, and prick my finger (or wherever I could tolerate it) 4 times a day. Once in the morning to get my fasting blood sugar level, then 1 hour after meals. I had to keep a journal of what I ate and my readings. This would then be given to my doctor at each appointment. If I didn’t manage my diabetes through diet aloneΓǪ.then I would need medication to help. Thanks to sugar balance, a supplement medication for diabetes, I somehow have some help. This supplement helps to regulate my blood sugar naturally so my diabetes wont get any worse.

It was hard enough to not be able to eat what I wanted and give in to my rampant cravings, and now I had to take medication and put holes in my body every day.

They kept saying that the baby could be diabetic, really really big, or unhealthy when delivered. Now those were some depressing and scary things to look forward to–not that being pregnant doesn’t already pose some scary scenarios.

Needless to say, I lost weight on this portion control diabetic dietΓǪ.and only gained a total of 26 lbs. It was rough and a little depressing at the time. I also became an ice fiend. I was always thirsty. Always. I found myself going to any drive thru ordering just a cup of ice. I always offered to pay for the largest cup they had because they would give me a kiddie cup of ice if I didn’t specify.

But, why does the older generation think that when you are pregnant, it is ok to eat for two? I mean, yes there is another human growing inside you but, it doesn’t requiring as much food as you would eat for yourself. You may eat for 1.2ΓǪ.but not for two whole people. Technically, if you are eating 2000 calories, this would mean that you would be eating 4000 calories. Now, that is a lot of indulging. There are new guidelines for how much weight is healthy to eat/gain during pregnancy. I suggest looking in to it and changing your ways of thinking about pregnancy.

In the end….it ended up being a good thing for me. I now know what being diabetic means. I also know what a real portion looks like. And most importantly, my baby was only 6lbs 6oz. Phew!

Since I gained less than I would have normally, I had less to lose after baby. I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight in no time. Without having to work for it too! Yay ME!

Plastic Surgery- Safe and Sound Technique for Reconstruction of Face

Emery

The world has made huge advances in various fields like technology, software, aviation, medicine, agriculture, healthcare, infrastructure and so many more and it could not get any better than this.

It goes on to show what human mind is capable of achieving through hard work and creativity as many things that are thought to be impossible is proved otherwise by the genius minds in their respective fields.

One such field is that of healthcare and medicine but certain people view them as different entities but are very similar as they pertain to keeping the body fit and healthy and are perceived apart due to differences in medical approach.

Brief Analogy

Plastic Surgery is also a part of this mixture and while it does not have much to do in the fitness field, it has become a popular phenomenon as there are a huge number of cases each day.

It is defined as reconstructing a damaged or disfigured face but now it is applicable to other parts of the body as well especially for movie stars who are obsessed with their looks and go to great extents to achieve it.

Now facial reconstruction is no laughing matter and there have been endless examples when this has gone horribly wrong whether it is for celebrities or any other elite class because it isn’t affordable for common folks.

Plastic surgery has different subsets as it is a huge branch in the field of surgery that is set apart from medicine but categorized in two parts: reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.

It is around these two that surgery virtually revolves so we will look at some important points that pertain to this enormous structure in order to understand it better.

Description

As the name suggests, reconstructive surgery means reconstructing the body part but what makes it different from plastic surgery is that its job is to restore the original functions of the body part that is completely different from its erstwhile counterpart.

Cosmetic surgery, on the other hand, can be classified as a part of plastic surgery but its main objective is to improve the appearance of the person in question by enhancing the facial features in a presentable manner that is different from what it was prior to surgery.

There is a famous plastic surgeon specialising in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery Minneapolis has equated surgery with that of a new painting or a beautifully sculptured statue.

Before going ahead with plastic surgery, you need to take care of some important points about the surgeon in question because there are certain fake ones out there playing with the lives of people.

Always consult your family doctor because they would be having knowledge about the best plastic surgeons in the city and before booking an appointment, ascertain everything about the hospital and surgeon in question by conducting a thorough research about them online.

Arrange a meeting with the prospective surgeon and inquire about his experience in the field and of his expertise, which he would happily oblige and once he has told you about the potential risks, benefits and side effects, only then give your consent about whether you want to go ahead with the surgery or not.

Computer Service- Welcome Step for the Benefit of Software Industry

Emery

We have always been taught to always listen to the advice of elders because they are our well wishers that have our best interest at heart but the younger generation turn a deaf ear to it and does whatever it pleases.

What is important is that listening to elders is a practice long gone as the present age is all conceited attitude, booze, disrespecting parents, hanging out with friends, live in relationships and so on.

Some may argue with contradictory examples but the condition is similar in almost every part of the world and western countries anyhow were never considered as a role model when it came to children expressing gratitude for their elders as that honor still goes to Asian countries with India being the most prominent of all.

Few Pointers

One reason why this is so is because the youth brigade has become arrogant because it is the so called educated lot that calls the shots in the wider world and if you are a software engineer then you can be sure that the big time teachers and experts will start eating out of your hand.

Leaving that argument aside, establishing your credentials in a field as complex and diverse as software is not mean task and those that do so have established a domain for themselves in the world where the common man worships them.

Computers are virtual lifelines for the entire world and it is impossible to imagine life without software gadgets as it has taken over the industry by storm and one that refuses to die down.

It is quite easy to come across a software expert in the neighborhood because social media has made it much easier to gain access to such people because it is quite important for beginners to have atleast basic knowledge about computers before going ahead with the repairing process.

Guide to Success

People who have just started out on this topic need not worry as they can get help from all sides whether it is from friends and family, online classes and even a little coaching after college will not go waste either.

Youngsters might find it easy to go for coaching with friends because there will be a comfort level among peers where they can help each other out with regards to knowledge gaining.

For repairing, you can try by looking up malware online or start with repairing normal gadgets at house like household appliances or even the electricity problem which is a good way to begin.

Tips for Computer Repairing:

  1. Once you gain experience through coaching, you can start by reinstalling the operating system in your PC with the latest updates
  2. The next step is to remove virus and malware that is outdated because the unnecessary files make troubleshooting difficult
  3. Always keep an HP laptop technician with you in the initial stages who can help you out with a few pointers because you are bound to make mistakes
  4. Conduct online researches and regularly watch YouTube videos related to computer repairing

Do Passengers on the Airport Shuttle Buses to RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall Have to Pay?

Emery

Only military ID card holders such as active duty and their dependents, retirees and their dependents, DoD contractors and other categories of passengers are entitled to ride on the airport shuttle buses that run daily (except 25/26 December) between London-Gatwick and London-Heathrow to RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall. All passengers will need to present their ID card to the bus driver before they can board the bus. But do passengers have to pay for travel?

Official Duty Passengers

Official duty passengers who are on officially funded government orders have top priority when it comes to riding on the military airport shuttle to RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall. These include PCS (Permanent Change of Station), TDY (Temporary Duty), ERD (Early Return of Dependent), student travel, AAFES employees, DoD contractors and others who are on official orders. Effective 16 August 2008, official duty passengers must pay ú50 per passenger each way. The preferred method of payment is GTC, VISA, Mastercard or British pounds, payable in cash at the start of the journey. Official duty passengers and their family members will be reimbursed the cost that they incur when riding the airport shuttle bus when they file their travel voucher.

Emergency Leave Passengers

Emergency leave is a trying time for families and is often taken when a close family member has died. Unfortunately, emergency leave passengers who make use of the airport shuttle buses must pay for their travel expenses and are not authorised reimbursement for ground transportation to and from London-Gatwick and London-Heathrow. This is in accordance with JFTR U7205. It is also important to bear in mind that if you are on emergency leave that you will be on a Space Available basis and will not be considered top priority to ride the airport shuttle bus.

Other Space A (Available) Passengers

Space A (Available) passengers (active duty on leave, retirees and civilian employees not on official orders) can ride the airport shuttle buses free of charge as long as there is space available on the buses on the day of travel. While Space Available passengers do not have to pay to ride the airport shuttle buses, they run the risk of being asked to give up their seat if there are many passengers on official orders waiting to board the bus. It is really necessary to know if you have to pay for your fare on these transportation services so you can avoid expensive car services such as the aspen limo. Hence, before going to the airport or leaving home, make sure to check everything first about your transportation.

Although official duty passengers have had to pay for travel since 16 August 2008, the travel costs incurred are reimbursed. Emergency leave passengers also pay for travel, but they are not reimbursed. Space Available passengers can travel for free as long as there is room available for them on the buses.

Simple Self-Employed Bookkeeping

Emery

When you run your own business, weather it may be big or small, it is extremely important to document all of the businesses income and expenses. This may seem obvious, but through my own experiences as a tax preparer I have found that many people with their own small business do not do this. It is not always necessary to hire an expensive CPA to do your finances for you. In fact it can be relatively easy to do it yourself.

A lot of people think that because all of their income is paid in cash by clients that they know and trust that it isn’t necessary for them to keep track. For example, if you are someone who babysits children for the same clients every week with a normal rate that they will pay you 500 dollars every other week in cash. You may think you don’t need to give receipts or necessarily document the payments. This is incorrect. The IRS automatically pays more attention to people who are filing self-employed taxes than those who file with W-2 income. On top of that, people with small amounts of self-employed income can be at even bigger risk of audit because they are usually getting a refund at tax time instead of paying in. Therefore, if you do not keep track of your business income and expenses with proper documentation and the IRS decides to audit you, you can be in big trouble. Bookkeeper Business Launch will solve the issue of earnings per hour of the person. The establishing of the business will require less cost and the results will be effective. Proper assessment can be there of the income and expenses involved in the business of the person. 

Always give receipts, and always pay employees by check. The reason you always give receipts and keep a copy for yourself is obvious, proof of the income coming in. This proves to the IRS that the level of income you claimed on your tax return is correct. The reason that you always pay employees with checks and not cash works the same way. If you plan to 1099 that employee at the end of the year and to write off your labor expenses, you now have proof. This protects you from former employees trying to file taxes and not claim what you paid them as income. If you only paid that employee in cash and not by check, you now have no way to prove they made that income, this prevents you from issuing them a 1099 and writing off their wages on your tax return. The same rule applies to business expenses. Keep receipts for everything that you purchase for your business. If you write off expenses on your tax return and do not have the proper documentation to prove it, you will be left with no defense against an IRS audit. There are many things business owners can write off come tax time, fuel, office supplies, depreciation, and if you have a home office you can even write off a portion of your mortgage interest and utilities. But without receipts you run a great risk of having to pay back the IRS for those expenses plus penalties.

When it comes to keeping your business finances in order, there are a few fairly simple and painless ways to do so. Some people like to keep track by hand with a business log, but as I’ve found, the simplest way to organize your business is with a computer, using programs like excel or any other bookkeeping software. These programs make it easy for you to simply just input how much money is coming in and from where, and how much money is going out and to where. Now of course not everyone is great with computers, but there is software out there that makes it very easy on you. If you keep your receipts and check stubs organized, you can enter all of that data into your excel or whatever program you chose to use, and it will only take about an hour a month. Once all the information is inputted, it is very easy to keep track of what expenses are able to be written off come tax time. This will prevent you from all of the stresses that come from filing taxes and allow you to prepare in the event that you may owe on your tax return.

Bookkeeping for your small business can be stressful. Using the information above can help keep you relaxed knowing that all your finances are in order. This will keep you prepared for filing your year-end taxes, and keep you constantly informed on what’s going on with your business. Always keep in mind too that you can find people to do your bookkeeping for you for a fair price. But no matter what, make sure you are always keeping receipts, and paying employees by check.

Women Only Play the Sims

Emery

It was a hot summer day as I stood in my dining room pacing the floor, speaking with the VP of marketing at EA. I was smiling and starting out the window at what I call the back yard zoo. While most think it would be the ultimate dream job, to get paid to play video games for a living, anyone who actually does it will tell you it’s fun, but it’s hard. It’s a thankless, tiresome, tedious job, that yes, we all love doing, and most times for no pay. So while a little stressed, I was not even remotely angry until I heard a phrase from him that has never left my mind since the moment I heard it over five years ago. “Well we don’t see the point in sending you other games to review. Your site is a niche site and women only play The Sims anyway, ” said the Veep.

I yelled, “WHAT did you just say?!” into my headset mic and began to rip this guy a new one. After a half hour of schooling this guy, he agreed to send me a box of EAs latest titles. One presumes it was to shut me up, so he’d never have to speak to me again, and we’ve not spoken again. While several of the then staff of my sites were horrified that I dared speak to someone at EA this way, several other women gaming community at large, were very supportive. They understood what I had understood years ago about the gaming industry and their behavior toward women. It’s pure, unadulterated sexism. I tell this story over and over via our podcast, not because I want people to hate EA but because I hope that EA will for one, talk to it’s staff about how they deal with gaming media sites, even ones they consider “niche” and two will be one of the few companies that stops treating women as though their sex even matters where gaming is concerned.

I understand why women would not be allowed in the NFL, it’s dangerous to have a 400 pound man fall on a 125 pd woman and it’s not something that most would find appetizing to watch. I understand why women may be excluded from a lot of male oriented activities. But in the gaming industry, the fact that one would wear Manolos to work does not make her a better or worse coder than her male counterpart. Prettier, yes, but no better. Nor does it affect her ability to wield a controller with equal deadly force as the man sitting next to her. Ironically, men call women emotional and unpredictable, but it seems they are more affected by a female presence in what they feel is a male space, than women are by them. Recently when a female gamer was accosted by a fellow gamer at a tournament, it was clear that he was the one affected by her being there. He was caught on camera saying some horribly sexist and sexually harassing comments, while she opted to walk away. This is the stance of a lot of women when faced with such blatant sexually charged attacks at events. It is also why I believe women need to take a different stance in the industry.

With the ‘me too’ movement doing the rounds everywhere, it is difficult for women to be completely trusted as they are no longer the symbol of purity they once were but nevertheless, it goes without saying that sexist comments are the norm for all industries like a pokemon go hack game.

Studies are already showing that women gamers out number the men, with us being more than 50% of the gaming population world wide. It is time to stop walking away and actually turn to say something. I am also a card carrying member of the PMS Clan and one of the reason I still identify with these ladies is their refusal to take the proverbial ‘high road’ when dealing with asinine male gamers. They would give as good as they got with the trash talk and be ready to back it up with a good game. There are too many women who think ‘I’ll be the bigger person,’ and don’t realize, men do not think the way women do. Walking away does not impress upon them that women gamers are equal and that the behavior will not be tolerated. I’m not saying punch anyone in the face, at least not literally. Verbally, yes, please do punch them. We as women gamers have lost all sense of sisterhood that generations before us had and don’t even offer our respective communities much needed support.

More and more women are involved in the marketing of games and are rarely inclined to give any of these games to or purchase ad space from smaller, female oriented sites. These sites would no longer be niche if they could get some much needed revenue and be able to serve our very under served demographic. Countless times I’ve heard many women gaming professionals say to me, ‘We don’t want to exclude the guys, ‘ but don’t understand, they have absolutely no qualms about excluding us. Being the ‘bigger person’ is costing us in more ways than we realize. While the number of women getting into tech and gaming has increased, it by no means comes close to matching the men entering the industry. And little girls, much like little boys, do need to see themselves involved in things to know they too can do it. A while back I wrote an article about taking little girls in my family to see Sucker Punch. They reacted the same way little boys do when leaving a movie with lots of action. They pretend kicked and punched with each other and gabbed about how cool the characters were. Little girls need to see other women in the industry, doing great things while not being naked or sitting in pies a la Attack of the Show. They would see them if our gaming professionals would toss a little support toward the female sites so that we can feature, spotlight and sing your praises to any little girl and big girl who would listen.

And yes we need the militant ones like myself and Shanley Kane who spoke out against the co-founders of Geeklist about a sexist video posted by the developer, via her Twitter. While my staff and I argued that she went too far too fast on our podcast, I think she did a good job ripping him a new one and I for one am proud to call her a sister gamer. She, like so few women gamers, understand that this is indeed a struggle and we’re not going to get anywhere by being sugar and roses all the time. Certainly don’t go out and start bashing the men over the head with bats, we’d like to keep them all healthy and not comatose, but do speak up and support one another as much as you can. Otherwise don’t be surprised when you find yourself being attacked because you were simply born female. Don’t be shocked to hear someone tell you they don’t want to hire you for an industry job, yes, because you’re female. This is definitely the time to develop a thick skin or dare I say, ‘Man up’ ladies.

I heard a quote on the now defunct GamerChix forums via Microsoft some years ago and it has always stayed with me. ‘Once again women must fight for their place in history, this time from behind a controller’. When my sister gamers understand this, then the change will truly begin. I for one have already donned my ‘Tank’ shirt and am ready.

Disney Channel Movie Review: High School Musical

Emery

As a parent I must promote the new Disney Channel Film High School Musical. Not only does it have a great moral but it shows our youth that they can do anything that they set their minds too, no matter what their friends think.

Not only does the new Disney Channel Movie have catchy show tunes, but it also has a great moral behind the story.

It is a musical in true sense that would remind you of the musicals from classic Hollywood movies of the 1930s and 40s when it was in its golden phase and continues to be popular even today. It can also be viewed on tvmuse online as it is a popular platform for such films.

In the beginning of the movie two of the main characters meet at a New Years Eve party on Winter Break, both from different worlds and both Troy and Gabriella find that they have amazing voices and they have fun singing together. The movie then turns to a setting in New Mexico. Gabriella’s mother was transferred there and she comes to find out that is where Troy the boy that she met on winter break lives and goes to school.

They not only start to have a romantic encounter, but they also challenge the two stars of the school musicals Sharpay and Ryan in the new school musical.

As the show goes on it shows that just because you have an interest in something that your friends don’t, doesn’t mean that it’s all bad. In fact Troy’s and Gabriella’s friends learn that if they all work together they can make anything happen.

They figure this out by first trying to stop the call backs for Troy and Gabriella, and by breaking them up. For a short time it actually worked, but when their friends see that they are miserable without each other they come forward and tell Troy and Gabriella the truth.

Sharpay and Ryan are the devious ones in the film; they do everything they can to prevent Troy and Gabriella from performing in the callbacks, including having the callbacks for the musical rescheduled to the same time as the District Finals for the Basketball team, and the Scholastic Decathlon.

Troy and Gabriella’s friends learn to work together to help Troy and Gabriella to do both feats at once. They learn that working together as a team anything is possible.

This is a very good moral that we as parents need to teach our children today. With the constant cliques in the school systems, and one clique always thinking that they are better than the other clique. We really need to have more movies like High School Musical to show our children that just because you are part of one group, you can’t also be part or participate in a different activity.

Our society needs to show our children that they can do a multitude of activities and that there is nothing wrong with them.

Why the Mario Party Series is Our Favorite

Emery

Since video games became popular in the 1980s, my wife and I have played countless games such as Fortnites that also featured today’s Fortnite item shop. Technology advancements make games so much more action-packed and realistic now than back then. However, we now prefer more laid-back family-oriented games. Nintendo’s Mario Party suits us perfectly, and it has become our favorite video game series.

Family game

Mario Party is a family-friendly series of which we approve for our pre-teen son. We look for games that have an ESRB rating of E10 or lower. Mario Party games are rated E. We have never seen anything that we deem inappropriate in any of the seven Mario Party games that we have played since 2006.

Gameplay

Characters race in board-game fashion obtaining gold stars. The player who obtains the most wins. Collecting stars takes both luck and skill. Dice rolls determine the number of spaces to move, and where the road splits, players must choose the correct path to the star. Players must have enough coins – usually twenty — to purchase the stars. To get the coins, players can win minigames between turns, land on special coin bonus spaces, or take them from other players. Players can lose coins by losing duels, landing on certain spaces, buying stars and power orbs, or having the evil dragon Bowser take them.

Minigames

Players roll the dice and move toward the stars. After all four players roll and move, they compete in minigames for coins. The minigames feature many different types of competition: races, memory, sports, chance, fights, and more. The winner gets ten coins in most cases, but variations occur. We each have a specialty. I normally win the quick reaction games, my wife is best with the fighting games, and our son almost always wins the skill games. We never know which will pop up, so we cannot predict the winner in advance.

Equal chances of winning

Our son will completely destroy us at most fast-paced games, but we can compete with him at any Mario Party game. The games mix fast-paced minigames with slow-moving turns. Winning or losing every time makes a game tedious for us, but since any of us can win Mario Party, we stay interested. Success can turn sour quickly, and special chance spaces can cause players to exchange fortunes at any time. We have all had our low star count turn high – and high to low – by landing on a chance space within the last few turns of a game.

Time together

One final quality makes the Mario Party series our favorite. We can visit as a family while we play. We can talk casually about our day or our son’s last baseball game, or we can discuss more serious issues such as bills due, family concerns, or important upcoming tasks and events. We will even bring our Nintendo Gamecube with us on vacations so we can play Mario Party 4 through 7 in our resort rooms.

Looking for more

We really enjoy the Mario Party series. The games allow us to spend time together, and we all have an equal chance of winning. We own seven of the nine versions available, and if/when versions 1 and 3 become downloadable for Wii, we will get them. We always look forward to the next version, and we hope that Nintendo will put out Mario Party 10 before too long.

Online Communities Of The Dead: Social Network Pages Of Deceased Myspace And Facebook Users

Emery

Social networking does not stop when you are dead. Alive in cyberspace, your social network page may become part of online communities that commemorate dead site members or provide opportunities for contemplation. Is it morbid?

Dead Social Networking Site Members on the Rise

Just as MySpace and Facebook are speedily gaining in popularity, the number of dead social network site members is also growing. In a tongue in cheek article contemplating online marketers’ inability to accurately gauge the number of live and engaged social networking site users, the Marketing Tech Blog threw out fictitious numbers, which claimed that 7.45% of MySpace users and 3.24% of Facebook clients are actually dead.

It is anyone’s guess if this fabricated estimate of dead online communities’ members is close to real or vastly off. Since the number of social networking signups is on the rise, it stands to reason that the same holds true for the number of dead users. Even so, it brings up an interesting question: what happens to your social network page after you are dead?

Dead But Still Alive in Cyberspace: MySpace and Facebook Users

Social networking after death continues on MyDeathSpace, a site that is expressly not affiliated with MySpace, but nevertheless contains the names, photos and MySpace social network page links of deceased users. The list is a sad memorial to the dead, alive in cyberspace because they signed up on social networking sites.

There are suicides, accidents, homicides and cancer deaths; there are tragic mishaps that cut off lives of 16, 18 and 19 year olds. You see photos of young cancer and suicide victims. You see family photos with young kids.

Like online communities of the dead, visitors can access the social networking pages of the dead and see comments posted by friends and family members. You can see what MySpace games the dead MySpace user liked to play, which music videos he posted and who her friends were. If you buy instagram video views from Buzzvoice and got a lot of viewers, it will still be reflected on MyDeathSpace. Basically, almost all of the details in the social media will also be shown.

The Facebook social network allows users to have a dead social networking member’s profile memorialized. Although dead, they are kept alive for confirmed friends by allowing the profile to remain visible. The wall continues to be an available space for messages and memorials. Contact information and status updates of the dead are removed.

Are the Online Communities of the Social Networking Dead Macabre, Gloomy or Fitting Memorials?

Salon is quick to point out that MySpace profiles can accumulate borderline tasteless or cruel commenters. Even offended family members cannot reign in some of the banter on the MySpace message boards.

Another concern is the activity of the dead – alive at the time – that might not be something they (or their families) would like the world to know. For example, Facebook is well known for the legions of undead in its Vampire Wars game, but what about the far more risqu├⌐ Sex Games application that has an estimated monthly 500,000 players (according to AppData)? Would you want mom and dad, Aunt Linda, your spouse or kids and your teachers to know about these exploits?

As social networking aficionados are warned to be careful about their activities in online communities and the occasional social network – usually for fear of offending a prying boss – keep in mind that dead or alive, your activities are for all to see.

Should You Spy On Your Child Or Teen’s Activities

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SPYING:

Reading through your child or teen’s text messages to see what they have been up to with friends, look for information on a boyfriend or girlfriend, or check if they’ve said anything about you as a parent.

CAREFUL PARENTING:

Looking at your child or teen’s most recent calls if you are genuinely worried where they are; looking at the text message billing records through your cell phone company; demanding your child or teen surrender their phone (that you pay for as a parent) for a search if you truly suspect suspicious activity.

WHY? Going through a child’s personal communications out of pure curiosity is an invasion of privacy. Instead of sitting your child down for a one-on-one chat to catch up on each other’s lives, you instead rely on second hand information that may be understood incorrectly when out of context. If you should find something questionable or hurtful (perhaps said in the heat of the moment and then forgotten), this could be akin to reading your child or teen’s personal diary. We all have the right to vent to friends privately, as well as keep certain thoughts private from parents.

This is an atrocious behavior that most parents possess and this is what drives their child away from them as the latter feel that their parents’ intrusion is akin to keeping them in a gilded cage. Therefore, parents should look after their smartphones as duplicate apps are designed to steal personal info, which they can learn to tackle from https://spyphonetools.com/how-to/how-to-find-hidden-apps-on-android/.

However, if the phone is under your name and bill, you have the right to monitor suspicious activity (perhaps you see that calls are being made on your bill after everyone is asleep, or text messages are being received from an unfamiliar area code). This does not infringe on anyone’s rights – as a parent, you are providing your child with a luxury that they may be taking advantage of, or even conducting illegal activity with. As such, you have the right to reasonably ask them what is going on and warn them of the consequences.

SPYING:

Going through your child’s notes or journals to find usernames and passwords to online accounts; searching through purses or backpacks to look for notes or information on personal lives; periodically going through bedroom drawers, closets, and personal items.

CAREFUL PARENTING:

Asking your child or teen about their online usage; setting up a childsafe filter on the internet access at your residence; carefully allotting computer and online time for school and play at home; glancing over your child’s bedroom every so often; investigating a suspicious looking item or note left out in a public area.

There is a fine line between keeping tabs on your child or teen in their youth, and breaching their privacy as they grow older. My mother always told me how lucky I was to have a bedroom I could consider my sanctuary – her mother used to constantly go through my mom’s drawers, papers, desk, everything. There wasn’t really a reason behind it – she was just nosy and wanted to see what my mom kept private. This memory still stays with my mom today. As a child, it is a big deal to have a place to call one’s own and keep things hidden or safe. Especially since as a young child or teen, there is not much to call unequivocally your own. Having a respected private area, whether it is a desk drawer or entire bedroom, is something that can ease many young minds and lead to much more happiness in the household.

Of course, if this mutual respect of privacy is breached – say by bringing something not allowed into the house and hiding it in the private bedroom you allow your child – then this privilege of a personal space is no longer being respected. It is important to be teaching mutual respect while respecting your child’s privacy. Otherwise, they may take advantage of the fact in dangerous ways.

So, it is definitely a hard balance to keep when deciding on whether or not to “spy” on your children. The important part to think about is being in their shoes – what kind of checking up would ultimately hurt the child if they found out, and what would prevent them from hurting themselves?

Water Filters – Three Main Methods Of Filtering Water For Your Home

Emery

There is no need to mention how important water is for survival; most importantly, clean and fresh water. However, the fact is, we don’t always get to drink the best quality water. Yes, the water supply department does treat the water with different types of filtration process in order to get rid of the contaminations; however, it doesn’t always prove to be sufficient. Often it is found that the water which we use for drinking at your home contain considerable amount of impurities; which can have severe effect on our health. Therefore, in order to ensure that you are offering the best quality of drinking water to your family, there are a couple of measures which you need to adopt.

In the following section of this article, you will be offered a brief insight on some of the methods which you can use for filtering water at your home

Three Methods of Water Filtration at your Home 

There are different ways by which you can filter the drinking water which is supplied at your home. Here are a couple of effective ways which can ensure that the water which you are consuming is free from all kinds of contaminations.

  • Activated Carbon:
    One of the main properties of carbon is the fact that it helps to remove contaminants by bonding into the water chemically. Some are used for the purpose of removing the content of chlorine for improving the taste and odour, while others are used to remove different types of harmful contaminants, like lead and mercury. It needs to be mentioned in this regard that the carbon filters are not capable of removing different types of inorganic pollutants like fluoride, nitrates, arsenic and others. Usually, carbon filters are sold in granulated or block form in the market.  
  • Distillation:
    Distillation is one of the oldest, yet effective methods for water filtration. In this process, the water is vaporized by applying heat to a very high temperature. Then, the vapour is re-condensed to liquid, drinkable water. Distillation has proven to be very effective when it comes to removing different types of minerals, chemicals and microorganisms, whose boiling points are very high. However, distillation is not the best option if you looking to remove chlorine and other kinds of organic chemicals, which are volatile in nature. 
  • Mechanical:
    Mechanical filters are not capable of removing different types of chemical contaminants, however, they have proven to be an excellent option for those, who want to get rid of the cysts and sediments which are present in the drinking water supplied to their home. Mechanical filters come with small holes which play a very important role in the process of removing these impurities. At times, mechanical filters are used alongside different other types of filtration mechanisms. If the water which is supplied to your home contains excessive amount of particles and dirt, in that case, a mechanical filter would just be the perfect option for you. 

These are 3 popular water filtration processes which can be tried at home. You can also try Brita Pitcher, to get pure and clean drinking water. 

Which Company You Should Use to Help Market Your Direct Selling Company

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Many of us run home based businesses, or sell products for numerous companies. One of the biggest keys to growing our business is marketing, getting our name out there so people know what we do. We throw home parties, online parties, pass out fliers and business cards, and do numerous other things. An increasing trend is giving out samples of your product, which has produced two companies that deal specifically in samples. These companies are The Sample Bag and The Sample Gal. First, I’ll review The Sample Bag, then The Sample Gal, and finally do a review of both companies customer service and and ability to make sure your product gets out to those who would use it. The selection of the SEO expert specialist based in San Diego can be made through the business person. The method of direct selling will be beneficial for internet marketing for the business firms. 

The Sample Bag’s strongest point is that it has numerous types of bags. They have holiday themed bags, bags for men and women, decorative bags, bags that you can reuse, product themed bags, and many more. To get your product in The Sample Bag, they have a rather long list of requirements when compared to The Sample Gal. First, you pay a $30 yearly fee that guarantees that they will only have a maximum of 3 consultants from 1 company, and that you will be one of them. You must send in 20 samples every month with a business card attached to every sample. Also, by signing up to get your products in the bags, you also have to agree to be a representative for The Sample Bag. Becoming a representative requires a minimum of $55 in sales every month in order to receive a commission. Your commission is 20% from personal sales, you also receive 20% of personal purchases, as well as 20% off their representative kits. Also, for each representative that signs up under you, you receive $1. (However you do not receive a commission on sales made by that representative.) The Sample Bag offers a sellers only program where you do not have to send in samples. The cost is $15 a year, you must sell at least 22 bags quarterly, and you receive the same commission and discount as a representative. Both of these come with an affiliate website, a yahoo group, toolbar, marketing materials for your own personal sites, as well as several other ways to connect with other representatives or sellers. Also, your personal website and business will receive a spot on their sponsors page.

The Sample Gal is more simple than The Sample Bag, as it only has 2 boxes. Both are for women, one is a simple sample box with 15-20 different samples in it, the other is focused on bath and beauty products. With The Sample Gal, you have two options as well. The first is becoming a sponsor. This is where you simply send in samples of your products to go in one of their sample boxes. They do have a minimum, you must send in at least 20 samples at a time, however there is no deadline. (So you can send in samples once every 3 months if you desire.) Additionally, there is no cost to become a sponsor. The Sample Gal does not guarantee that there will not be more than 3 representatives from the same company, however they will not send 2 samples from the same company in a box. Your samples are put in rotation immediately, and they do require a business card or brochure so that the person receiving the box can contact you if they are interested in your product. You can sign up to be a Sample Gal consultant, which means you would also sell The Sample Gal boxes. The Sample Gal sells their boxes in “campaigns”, or 150 boxes every 2 weeks. Your options to sell the boxes are very flexible. You can sell them your own personal website, online parties, Ebay, home parties, or even fliers. They have two different consultant levels. As a sample consultant you earn 10% commission on your own personal sales, a free website, and your commission is paid via paypal. The cost to become a sample consultant is $10, and you have no monthly minimums. The sample consultant receives a sample promo kit that includes 1 flyer, 1 thank you card, and 1 post card. If you’re more serious, you can choose to be a basic consultant, which costs $25. This also comes with a free website, your commission is paid via paypal, but you receive a 25% commission on your own personal sales as well as a 10% commission on your team’s sales and purchases (those you enroll). The promo kit for a basic consultant includes 2 flyers, 10 non-custom business cards, 1 thank you card, and 1 post card.

I also decided to test each companies products. On July 22nd I ordered both a Sample Bag and Sample Gal box. The cost of the Sample Gal box was $15 including shipping, the cost of the Sample Bag was $20.99. I received my Sample Gal box within 5 days of ordering it. I was contacted by the company to make sure I received my box and was happy with my purchase within 1 week of receiving the box. The box was full of numerous useful things, ranging from soap and skin care products, to cat nip and hair ties. I have yet to actually receive my Sample Bag. Unfortunately, their customer service has been very poor. I sent an e-mail inquiring about my Sample Bag on August 20th, the reply was very unprofessional. I then asked for my order to be canceled and for a refund of my money, which I received no response too. I am now being forced to dispute the charge on my credit card because I have received no contact from the company in regards to my order or canceling it (despite another attempt at trying to get information on the order and if it had been canceled). The website says that the bag may take up to 3 weeks to receive due to the popularity of the product. However, I found out that it’s because the person in charge of sending out the original Sample Bag’s is simply not sending them out. The company contacted me asking how I enjoyed my order a little over 3 weeks after it shipped, which I replied to and let them know I had never received it. I did not receive a response which led to further e-mails through their contact e-mail. So, as for overall service, I will have to give The Sample Bag a very poor rating, while The Sample Gal was excellent!

In conclusion, after looking at each companies business model, your ability to get your product out with each company, and how quick they are with getting your product out I believe that your best option would be The Sample Gal. They are fast, reliable, less expensive, require no yearly cost to send in samples, as well as no monthly minimums, and their customer service was fantastic. SEO expert specialist based in San Diego r

How Does Radiant Forced Hot Water Heating Work?

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Forced hot water heating is just that. Water is heated by a boiler and then it’s piped through radiation with the use of a circulator pump. The hot water heats up the radiation and then heads back to the boiler to be reheated.

Radiation for a system like this can be baseboard or radiators, fan coil toe space heaters, or several other types of heating apparatus. Radiant heating works in the same way as all of these other methods. It takes the heat from the hot water and transfers it to the air in the room where it’s connected and controlled by a thermostat.

The difference with radiant heating is the material we are using to transfer the heat, our radiation. With traditional methods there will be baseboard registers or cast iron radiators that will heat up from the water as it’s circulated through them and then transfer to the air around it by convection, ultimately heating the room. Semi-Automatic industrial water softeners have these technology features.

With radiant heating, the same principle is applied, except the entire floor and everything that’s on it, becomes the radiation. Tubing is run under the finish floor, to heat the entire area and this in turn radiates into whatever it’s touching. This constant absorption of heat eventually brings the air and all the contents of the room, to the same set point you put the thermostat on.

Radiant heating is very efficient. It’s an even heat, that will usually eliminate any cold or hot spots that are typical with other types of radiation. Cost of installation can be considerably more initially. Mainly labor costs are what will drive up the bill. If you are mechanically inclined and can install it yourself, it’s a great way to save some money, while increasing your comfort level at the same time.

Types of Radiant Heating Installations

The most common use for radiant heating, has traditionally been concrete floors. Tubing is actually inlaid into the area where the concrete will be poured. During operation this tubing heats the entire concrete slab, which in turn radiates up to the room above.

As of late, many wood structures are using radiant heating. New innovations like plywood panels, that are used as a sub floor, can be installed that will accept the tubing in a track, that is pre-routed in the sheets of plywood. A feed is run from the boiler and then winds through the tracks in the slotted floor panels and then back to the boiler to complete the loop.

Another method of installing tubing in a wood structure, is to attack the job from the underneath. A pneumatic, (air) staple gun,is used and the tubing is pulled from a spool and stapled up to the underside of the floor. It then runs down the bay and back and then holes are drilled to enter the next bay and so forth and so on, until it goes back to the boiler.

When designing a system of this type, it is important that a professional heat loss be performed, to calculate exactly how much tubing you need and where to put it. If you have a blue print, a plumbing supply house will do this heat loss for you. They are interested in selling you the equipment, so they will usually go out of there way to get you a good stock list.

If you are doing a retro-fit, or for some reason do not have a blueprint, then an actual physical heat lost must be done. There are quite a few variables that need to be inserted into a heat loss calculation program.

Always employ a professional sizing expert. Again, they are usually available for a home visit, at the local plumbing supply house. Try to go where you intend to buy your equipment.

This type of heating can be installed under hardwood, tile or linoleum. It works great whenever there is a concrete slab involved. Concrete gives us dense radiation, in the form of the slab itself.

Reflective chrome panels are sometimes installed under the tubing in each bay. When the underfloor method is used, these plates radiate the heat specifically upward, where we want it. They increase the labor time, but also increase the efficiency of the system, making them worth the extra effort.

Radiant heating systems are set it and forget it. They run in the background completely automatically and evenly and efficiently warm you and your home. They have an extremely good track record for longevity and maintenance is virtually nothing once they’re installed.

Be Not Ashamed Of Plus Size Swimwear

Emery

I am a gloriously Rubenesque woman, with blessedly proportionate curves. I wonder curiously at why most designers think that women above size 14 suddenly lose their taste in clothes and want to wear large floral prints and unfitted business attire. I curse in several languages when I try on jeans that are too loose in the legs and too tight at the waist. I hang my head in bitter anger when I try on bathing suits that are so tight around the bust, my beautiful plush skin folds over the top like an out-of-control muffin.

Yes, I know the dismal fashion plight of my equally voluptuous sisters. Well, this is where Jets One Piece Site helped me in choosing the right swimsuit for me. They had the very best range of products that are well suited to the needs of their customers no matter what their age and sizes are.

We have all averted out eyes in embarrassment when we have spotted an otherwise lovely plump woman in swimwear so inappropriate for her body that she looked like a big pillow stuffed into a paper towel tube. We are horrified for her and horrified for ourselves because we know we are like her. We all buy clothes one size too small. We all do! We pretend not to notice our blouses are pulling away from their buttons and the seems on our skirts start separating when we sit down. We’re a size 16, not 18, darn it!

We can usually get away with wearing a tighter-fitting T-shirt or a before-the-yearly-holiday-weight-gain dress, but there are no secrets with swimwear. If you have bought the wrong size, we are all going to know it. Ladies, we must embrace plus size swimwear. It has been designed to flatter, disguise, enhance, diminish, and highlight all the right body parts. Women with our own fabulous proportions have created patterns and fabrics to help us look like the pin-up girls we are instead of the frumpy, oblivious jelly rolls we become when we squish ourselves into under-sized “XL” bathing suits.

What we find in plus size swimwear are user-friendly designs and features. Wide shoulder straps minimize the deep red welts we usually get when thin straps dig into our shoulders. Higher cut armholes hide any unsightly bulging from our spectacular busts. Realistic cup sizes, and sometimes under-wires, are added to keep our beauties from sagging down to our belly buttons. Unobtrusive control panels tuck in our sumptuous bellies. Lower cuts on the hips and thighs give us more coverage and minimize the likelihood of fabric traveling where it does not belong.

Plus size swimwear can come with tasteful adornments to distract the eye and keep the line of vision moving into more flattering directions. Some stripes here, some color there, and hips look narrower, waists look more defined, backsides look less like the poster child for a certain rap song about “big butts.”

Of course, not all of us want to hide or disguise. Some of us are proud of our classic curves and have every intention of flaunting them. Forget the safe comfort of waist trimmers and tummy panels. We want bikinis, and we want them now, and we don’t want to look like we should have thrown it out after the last donut. We want to belong in that bikini. We want to make grown men cry.

If you dare wear two-piece plus size swimwear, choose wisely. You want patterns, colors, or ornaments to flatter your favorite features and downplay your less-favorite-but-still-fabulous ones. If you love your bust line more than your hips or thighs, wear a dark bottom piece and a colorful or decorated top piece. If your bust is less voluptuous than you would prefer, plus size swimwear does come in discreetly padded versions. If you want to diminish the appearance of your bust and draw attention to your womanly hips and breathtaking thighs, wear a dark color on top and a lighter color on the bottom.

A two-piece bathing suit will highlight your waist, so if this is one of your less favorite features, a tankini or one-piece is for you. You can get one French cut with a low neckline if you still want to brag about your body instead of camouflage it.

There is truly no reason that only skinny people should get to swim in pools or lounge on the beach in clothes more revealing than a jogging suit. More than 60% of women wear size 12 and over. The world actually belongs to us. No more hiding. We are a glorious thing to behold. Throw on a pretty piece of swimwear, go to the beach, and show them what they are missing.

Bitcoins- How To Use And Utilize Them

Emery

Whenever you get to try out a new task that you are completely new to without any knowledge, you are completely at sea and have no idea on how to begin and proceed. The initial stages are quite rough and there are times when you feel like giving up on it when you repeatedly encounter failures.

Well, there is nothing to be ashamed of as that is the case with everybody, where the only difference is that some are quick learners while others are slow learners and take some time to grasp the basics before eventually mastering it.

However, this does not make the quick learners superior to the slow ones and both are equal in this game. As far as jobs are concerned, the times are such that irrespective of whether you are a fast or slow learner, or even talented enough, if you are the son of a reputed celebrity, be it businessman/film star/industrialist, then you’re guaranteed to get any position of your choice in any organization.

It is sad but a bitter pill to swallow and something needs to be done to control the situation before it is too late and there is no dearth as to what the future holds for the job market.

Bitcoin Revolution

Fortunately, there was a welcome oasis with the advent of the 21st century when 2009 proved to be a watershed year in the cryptocurrency market in the form of bitcoin, which quickly captivated people all over the world and became a favorite of the masses.

Bitcoin, by definition, is a decentralized currency that is not regulated by a central bank and therefore it does not have to report it to anyone, unlike other banks, so people consider it a safe haven for investments.

The bitcoin revolution has made investing and money trading far easier where not only the elite class but even people from common backgrounds can try it out without any problem.

Wallet

For beginners, bitcoins is not the easy ticket to becoming a millionaire and if you do not exercise caution, it will be considered a little more than gambling and the chances are bright that you would be reduced to penury as bitcoin prices are known to fluctuate time and time again.

People who are adept in investing bitcoins usually store them in the wallet which manages your savings and can be used at leisure by the users for further transactions and investments.

Bitcoin, or any cryptocurrency investment for that matter, is a platform where there are no shortcuts and you have to invest without thinking about the returns, which will entirely depend on the market structure.

Learn and Earn

So we are going to discuss about certain steps on how to get bitcoins and later learn on how to use them in a proper manner:

  • The easiest step is to have a face to face conversation and purchase bitcoin through direct transaction from the seller. It could be anyone from close friend to a complete stranger. Normally, crypto enthusiasts meet up at a specified place that are termed as bitcoin meetup points
  • Directly connect with a new seller on known websites like local.bitcoin.com where buyers have the liberty to purchase through various payment methods like Paypal, PayTM, transfer and others
  • Install a Bitcoin Revolution App Software which can provide you with necessary notifications about new offers in bitcoin and also connect will other users on the platform
  • You can also use a credit card to buy bitcoin at buy.bitcoin.com and  you can purchase both core and cash
  • Bitcoin ATM is another way on for investing at regular intervals as they provide easy access to the crypto world

The Best Way of Sharpening a Knife

Emery

You can find a ton of ways to sharpen your knives. Let’s look at some of the best ways to keep your knives sharpened. Remember, different types of knives react differently to use. The metals they are made of usually dictate how they react to sharpening and maintenance. This is why you get the best results with the Best Knives On The Market as the metal used in these high-end knives is of high quality and this allows you to do more with your knives as you use them.

It is common for a knife to lose its luster because of continuous use. Sharpening steel is usually the best method to employ to get the sharp edge back on your knife. When you use a knife, the blade tends to curve after a bit. So when you say you are sharpening a knife you are actually smoothing out and straightening the blade. You can never check if your knife is sharp enough by touching the blade with your finger. You may cut your hand! The idea here is to run your finger by the blade of the knife to see if you feel any resistance or if it feels smooth. If it feels smooth it means that the knife has been sharpened.

In order to sharpen your knife with sharpening steel get the knife in your good hand and grip the steel with the other and begin sharpening.

Use an angle of about 30° and swiftly glide the knife blade on this deal back and forth. Do it slowly, to begin with, but as you get used to it you can go faster. By doing this you are smoothening the bent surface of the knife blade. After this change sides and continue at an angle of 30°.

Make sure that while you are doing this all parts of the blade of the knife are taken care of or you will have an unevenly sharpened knife. If you don’t follow the instructions it is likely that your knife will not get sharpened. Once you get used to the back-and-forth movement you can increase your pace as well as the pressure you are applying. Remember that when you are sharpening the knife you cannot put excessive pressure or the purpose will be lost. It will take you a short period of time to master the art, but once you get it you will do a fine job. This job, fortunately, is not very time-consuming once you get the hang of it. If your knife is not in a very bad condition you will be good to go in no time.

What would you must do next is get hold of some leather. Usually, you will find the leather along with the sharpening steel kit. Pick up your knife with your stronger hand and glide it over the length of the strip of leather. The motion you have to use is the same as the one you used while you were sharpening the knife with the sharpening steel. Make sure you do this at least 10 times for each side of your knife. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Once you are done you will see what the leather has done to the knife. This step is important because it gives your knife the last and final finishing touch that it needs. Sharpening a knife can leave stray metal filings behind and the leather stage will make sure to get rid of all of those. You must run it through the leather stage if you want the luster to return to your knife.

For those of you who have a knife that folds make sure all the joints are well lubricated. You can oil the blade as well so that it does not collect any residue and looks brand new all the time.

Cricket Power Play Rules for One Day Internationals (ODI)

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Power play is a set of field restriction rules for ODI Cricket. The rule was introduced for the first time in the Match against England and Australia on 7th of July, 2005.

History of fielding restriction rules in ODI cricket:

In the past there were no fielding restrictions and the fielding captain could place his men anywhere in the cricket field. However, ICC for the first time introduced fielding restrictions in World Cup 1996 with great success. The rule was that for the first 15 overs of each inning of anODI game, the fielding team’s captain can only place two fielders outside a 30 yard circle measured with the batsman’s crease as the center and two men should be in catching positions. The idea was to give hard hitting batsmen an opportunity to hit out with a better chance of scoring a boundary than getting out in the process. The bigger picture was to make the game more interesting and exciting for the viewers.

The Power Plays:

In order to make ODIs even more exciting, ICC, in mid 2005 decided to amend the fielding restriction rules such the number of overs of fielding restrictions were increased from 15 to 20 overs. These 20 overs were divided into 3 parts called Power Play 1, 2 and 3.

Power Play 1:

The first 10 overs of each innings are the first of the three power plays. In these overs, the fielding team captain can only place two fielders outside a 30 yard circle measured with the batsman’s crease as the centre and two men should be in catching positions.

Power Play 2 and 3:

These two power plays were originally taken by the fielding team captain. Since 2008, a slight amendment has been made such that a one of the two power plays is taken by the fielding team captain while the other is taken by the batting team captain. Power plays 2 and 3 are 5 overs each and can be taken at any time after the first 10 overs (power play 1). If no team takes a power play then over 41 – 45 and 46 – 50 automatically become power plays. In these power plays the fielding team captain is allowed three feilders outside the 30 yard circle. There is no restriction for any fielder to be in a catching position.

Power plays are signaled by the on field umpire by moving his/her arm in a circular motion.

Future considerations about Power Play rules (at the time of writing):

It seems that there are plans to make more amendments to power play rules (actually ODIs in general) and in September 2009, Jhonty Rhodes (a former South African player largely famous because of his amazing fielding abilities) suggested that a rule should be made that all Power Plays should be taken by the 31st over and the rest of information over the scoring and team performance will be available in ipl 2020 schedule pdf download that can be downloaded from any website of ipl sponsors and not only that they can also avail the refer and earn scheme this time in which they will get the bonus . His motivation was that the last 20 overs of an ODI are bound to be exciting even without any Power Play.

How To Lose Weight Fast For That Reunion Or Wedding!

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It happens to everyone; you have noticed that you have gained some extra pounds this winter. So what do you do when nothing fits and you have only got 30 days? You drop all of the habits that you have been living by and you start doing these things to lose weight and trim up in the short 30 days that you have. It is going to take some hard work and determination but it is only going to take a month for you to look the way you want.

  • First, you are going to want to get rid of all of the white starches in your home, and this is going to be all of the bread, pasta, cereals, and anything else that you have. After you toss all of them out, you are going to replace them with whole grain and whole wheat alternatives. This healthy alternative is packed with fiber, iron, and vitamin B, and they are going to do wonders for your body. Starches are processed and have all of the nutrients removed from them; plus they are full of sugars and empty calories.

 

  • You can try coolsculpting which is an effective way to get rid of your belly fat. Moreover, after this amazing procedure, you can follow all these steps to maximize its effect in case you are wondering what to do after coolsculpting for best results?
  • Next, you are going to start portioning out your foods, and eliminate your meals down to three a day, and only eat two snacks. Make sure that you try to get three different food groups into each meal, and that your sources of protein and grains are never larger than your fist. Try eliminating carbohydrates from grains after 3 pm, so your dinner will be only meat, vegetables, and fruits or dairy. Make sure that your snacks are never over 100 calories and never go over 1,400 calories a day.
  • Eliminate all beverages out of your diet except for water and one serving of coffee or tea. Drinking just a single serving of coffee or tea in the morning is not only going to get you going, but it is also going to help boost your metabolism. Carry a water bottle around with you during the day so you can refill it, and you won’t be tempted to head to the pop machine. This is going to allow you to eliminate tons of calories from your diet, and also eliminate bloating.
  • Hit the gym, even though you don’t want to. At least 4-5 days of cardiovascular activity is going to be necessary if you want to lose weight in 30 days, so do as much cardio as you can and minimal weights work. If you really want to drop the weight quickly, and then mix up your workout routine by hitting 20 minutes on the treadmill, then go do abs, and then go back and do 20 minutes on the elliptical. Run outside or do whatever you want to; you just have to do it for 30 days.

If you are capable of doing these things for 30 days, you are going to lose the weight that you need or want to for that special event. After the 30 days, you can continue to lose weight if you want, but this is going to get you down to a healthier weight. For additional help for that special day, sit in the sauna at your gym about 3-4 days before, and each day you are going to be sweating out water weight. You can also try things like spanks as well to help you drop an additional size. We all want to look good when we are around a ton of people, and doing these things is going to make you look fantastic.

Health Insurance Companies and the Cost of Healthcare

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About a year ago, my doctor and I discussed a surgical procedure that would alleviate some issues I have had over the past couple of years. Our discussion did not center on my well being as a patient, although that was the ultimate goal. Rather, it revolved around the cost associated with the surgery and whether or not health insurance would cover it. Unfortunately, this was not my first conversation with a health care provider regarding health insurance and probably won’t be my last. I have gone from having no health insurance coverage, while in college, to having a major HMO plan when I worked for a large corporation, to being covered, sporadically, while being self-employed. Moreover, medical insurance has become a necessity these days. You should also know how mental health problems can affect insurance cover which is why keeping yourself mentally and physically healthy is really important. 

After being married a few years, my husband and I learned the difference between insurance paid health costs and those costs paid, out-of-pocket. This happened when my doctor confirmed we would be having our first child. We were very excited even as we were directed to the doctor’s billing office to arrange payment. We were asked if we had health insurance. We did, indeed, have health insurance, but had learned that it did not cover maternity costs. We were told our cost to the doctor, especially if paid up-front, would be much less than if our insurance had covered it anyway. What we learned was that doctors and hospitals charge a much higher rate for those covered by insurance due to the extra costs they incur in having to deal with health insurance companies in the first place! We were shocked by this but were glad that our payment made that day was lower than it would have been had we actually had coverage. About a week later, we visited the hospital for a tour of the maternity unit and paid them for their upcoming services too.

Approximately eight months later, our baby girl was born via emergency surgery. After returning home, I received a bill from the hospital for around ten thousand dollars. I also got an extra bill from my doctor as well. I was devastated. We had just brought home our newborn baby and what should have been a joyous time, became a very stressful one. However, we quickly paid the doctor for his additional services and I began making monthly payments to the hospital. I was told that since emergency surgery was performed, that our insurance may end up paying part of the bill. I contacted our insurance company and they said, no.

Six busy months with our daughter had quickly passed when I got a call from the hospital. The lady on the other end of the phone said, “I see you have been making payments to us for a while.” Then she laughed and said, “With the rate, you’re going, this bill will take forever to pay off! We were mistaken in billing you as much as we did. You really only owe fifteen hundred dollars. Would you like to put that on a credit card?” She went on to tell me that they had inadvertently billed me the hospital’s “insurance rate”. I was relieved that I didn’t owe the larger amount, but it made me realize just how much the cost of healthcare was inflated due to the involvement of health insurance companies.

Being self-employed now, we have tried individual health insurance plans and they simply do not work. What I have found is, the monthly premiums start out at a somewhat reasonable rate, but they eventually increase dramatically in price after about a year. When we try to use the coverage for nothing more than a doctor’s visit, we are billed the insurance rate. That rate can result in much more money owed than if we had simply paid out-of-pocket in the first place. My experience with health insurance companies is that they have added a tremendous amount of cost and complexity to something very personal. When a doctor and their patient have to be concerned with the price of a procedure, rather than the well-being of the patient, it’s evident that the insurance companies have taken the care out of healthcare.

5 Best Impact Drivers To Check Out This Year

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Impact drivers are a nifty tool when you need to drive in long and large screws into tough wooden surfaces. From building decks to fixing tile backing board, impact drivers are great for a lot of woodworking activities. Are you on the hunt of a credible impact driver? Now, the current market is flooded with a wealth of impact drivers but then not all would be equally fantastic for you. Buying an impact driver is a considerable investment and you have to be extremely careful while choosing the tool. However, the good part is, the post below shares a brief on some of the best impact drivers you will find in the market today.

Milwaukee M12

You have a solid 12V driver here which can work with all kinds of screws and even 3/8” x 3” lag bolts. Thanks to its compact design, this makes an ideal tool when you need to work in constricted places. It comes with brushless motor and in-built LED light that helps you when you have to work in dark. Users are fond of its convenient speed-mode selector that enables you to choose from 3 modes. The M12 is widely used by contractors and can sustain daily use. The tool comes with 5-year limited warranty on driver as well as 2 years of free service for battery.

Black+Decker 20V

If you need a powerful driver on budget, swear by Black+Decker. This powerful 20V tool can be used for almost all kinds of screws ranging from deck screws, cabinet screws to 4.5” lag bolts. However, this is not the tool for professional use. If you need an economical and standard impact driver for your occasional handyman jobs, this would be a great option for you. Black+Decker impact driver comes with 2 years of limited warranty.

DeWalt 20V

The advanced DeWalt certainly bags a good place in the list of top 10 best impact drivers you will find today. Equipped with 20V power, 1,825”-lbs torque as well as huge 4.0 Ah (2) batteries, this one is one of the best professional-quality impact drivers. The driver offers you to choose from 3 power settings and its easy mechanical switch makes the whole process a breeze. DeWalt 20V comes with a reliable one-handed chuck while its 3 LED lights assure a properly illuminated working space for more efficient operation. If you are on budget, you can also buy the model with 2.0 batteries. The driver carries 3 years of limited warranty, 1 year of free service as well as 3 years of free service for the battery.

Bosch 12V

Are you looking for a credible impact driver for delicate woodworking jobs? Well, in that case, you can count on Bosch 12V driver eyes closed. It comes with low-speed torque which makes it a perfect for delicate projects. But then, while tested the Bosch  tool produced great results on larger and larger screws too such as 3/8” lag bolts. However, yes, the driver is slightly slower I operation compared to other high end models but then it can do your job pretty well. In fact, as per Bosch claims, this 12V model is capable of doing around 85% driving jobs in professional sites. So, even if you don’t want it as your main driver, you can have it as your backup driving tool in your workshop. It comes with 1 year limited warranty.

Ridgid 18V

This StealthForce 18V Pulse Driver stands out with its oil-pulse technology which lessens metal-on-metal contact. It consequently makes the driver way quieter  compared to conventional  counterparts. Besides, its sustained pulses make fastening quicker and that too with fewer RPMs and less torque. There is a simple easy 3-position mechanical switch which allows convenient switching in between speed settings. Mention must be made of 3 vibrant LEDs as well which do a lot to keep your working area i8lluminated for safe and easy operation. Ridgid 18V carries the very feel and heft of a good contractor-standard tool  and can drive large fasteners sans slowing down. It can also work with little self-tapping screws. It comes with Lifetime Service warranty.

So, you have quite a versatile list here. Choose a one according to your budget and project requirements.

Effective Workout Routines Lose Weight

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Today, in this fast-paced world people usually search for workout routines that can help them drop their body weight quickly and at a rapid pace. Well, due to hectic working schedules and other responsibilities they can’t make out time to go to a gym and spend extended hours performing workouts for healthy weight loss. That is why investing in the best fat burner for women is an amazing and effective alternative. 

Well, there are few workout routines that can help you reduce your body weight at a rapid pace while keeping you active and fit throughout the day. Below is the list of some Workout Routines That Help You Lose Weight Fast at record time. So, people who are looking to lose weight quickly and don’t have time to dedicate to the gym may try out these workout routines to lose weight quickly and safely.

Some of The Workout Routines That Help You Lose Weight Fast at Record Time

Cycling

It has been estimated that people who pedal harder daily can lose up to 1,000 calories per hour, especially if they push the pace of their cycling. However, with usually cycling you can lose up to 500 calories per hour. So, to lose weight and burn the accumulated calories in the body ensure to pedal harder to lose weight quickly.

Hill Sprints

This is one of the favorite Workout Routines That Help You Lose Weight Fast like a pro. Most of the footballers usually sprint up hills as faster as they can and slowly jog down back so that they can sprint up again. You can also sprint up hills for at least 30 minutes daily to burn up to 500 calories in 30 minutes. It engages your muscles and helps you to burn calories and fat faster as you sweat while performing it.

Strength Training

You might not be aware of the fact that weightlifters can burn up to 1,000 calories in one single hour. As long as your heart rate is above 125 BPM while lifting the weight, you will burn fat and calories faster and also shred the unwanted body weight from your body.

Swimming

Many people are not aware that swimming is an effective fat burning workout routine. Swimming burns calories faster. People who swim daily for at least one hour can burn up to 800 calories. This is the complete body workout routine that can make your sweat and leave you exhaust and hence this makes it easier for you to burn fat and reduces body weight quickly.

Step Aerobics

For many people, step aerobics may sound stupid, but the reality is that with step aerobics you can burn up to 800 calories per hour with this workout routine. This is one of the best Workout Routines That Help You Lose Weight Fast because it is not only a cardio exercise but also engages your leg muscles which are the largest muscles of the body and also the muscles who consume more energy.

These were some of the effective and result from oriented Workout Routines That Help You Lose Weight Fast at record time without putting your health at risk.

Different Kinds Of Optical Coatings

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Optical coatings are made up of a variety of thin film coatings that induce altering effects that improve the transmission of light or alter the reflective attributes of a material. The overall functionality of an optical coating depends upon the amount of layers it has, the density of each layers, what layers it has, and the refraction index of the optical coating as a whole. In this article, we will discuss some of the most common types of optical coatings that are in used in many industries today. Without further ado, let’s start:

  1. Anti-Reflection (AR) Coatings

Anti-reflection coatings are designed to block specific wavelengths while allowing others to pass through. Some examples are anti-UV light glasses, infrared, and colored glasses.

There are two major kinds of antireflection coating, which are discussed below:

Thick film

With thick film, the reflectivity of an optical device is greatly increased. This is because the film is thicker compared to the light that is reflected.

Thin film

A antireflective coating using thin film only has 1/4th of the size of the light that hits it. As such, thin film coats minimize reflectivity when used. These are found on screens, glasses, and other items that require little to no reflection to function properly.

  1. High Reflective (Mirror) Coatings

The opposite of Anti-Reflection Coating, this coating maximizes the reflective property of an object.

  1. Metallic Mirror Coatings

Coatings made from metal are normally very sensitive if they do not come with a protective layer. As such, they demand additional attention when in use, and when being cleaned. The top of an exposed metal covering must not be touched or washed with any material, unless you are using dry air. There is however a coating that solves that problem, and it is called metallic mirror coating. A dielectric coating over a delicate coating will provide much needed protection to the elements, which improves the life of the metallic layer. The dielectric coating may also be made to boost the reflectiveness of the metallic coating, which is achieved through multiple layering.

  1. Beamsplitter coatings 

These are used to separate incident lighting into identified and mirrored light wavelengths. Basically, it separates a beam of light into two, as the name suggests. It is used in measurement devices like interferometers, and other applications such as in the fiber optic industry.

Conclusion

There are optical coatings made for almost any device or item that requires it. There are specific coatings for glasses, screens, mirrors, and even machineries used in production. If you are looking for a company that offers different optical coating services, we recommend you to check out Evaporated Coatings Inc. They offer a lot of services. They have anti reflective coatings for glasses, plastic and polymer, fiber and fiber optics, crystal, and other semiconductors. They also offer dielectric optical coatings, laser dielectric mirror coatings, Ion Beam Sputtering coatings, and more. Visit their website here to find out more about their services, prices, and their contact details.

 

Could Your Impotency Be Psychological?

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Recent medical research has discovered that approximately 40% to 50%of most male impotency is due to psychological causes. In other words, it is all in your head. Many of us believe that loss of sexual potency is a natural consequence of aging. That is not necessarily so. There are indications that physical disease and other unrealistic psychological expectations of society play a major role. To truly determine if you are experiencing psychogenic (psychological) impotency, proper evaluation by a trained profession is required.

4 standard psychogenic impotency indicators are:

If your impotency occurred suddenly following a recent tragedy, such as a divorce, death of a spouse, or other life crisis, you may be experiencing temporary impotence. This type of situation will generally resolve itself after a short recovery period. Counseling may be helpful to speed up recovery. There will be recovery period from the lack of stamina in males. The hyper male force pills should be provided according to the period involved in the recovery. The requirements of sexual contact will be accomplished without intake of the pills. All the information should be stated to the customers at online search engines.

If you are potent and able to sexually perform without problem with some partners but not able to do so with other partners, you may be suffering from a psychogenic impotency dilemma.

If you are able to achieve an erection while you are sleeping, but not on demand when you are awake, even if the erection is short lived, this may also be an indicator of psychogenic impotence.

If you are able to masturbate and maintain an erection through ejaculation but experience non-arousal symptoms with a physical partner, psychogenic impotency difficulties may be present.

There are a number of psychological factors that affect potency that are not viewed as so, such as; performance anxiety, depression, stress, work or relationship related stress and anxiety, relationship deterioration, guilty feelings stemming over an extramarital affair, relationship boredom, and loss of interest in your partner. Presence of any of these factors may create a temporary or permanent impotency problem.

The most common causes of psychological impotence are performance anxiety and depression. A mind that is tired or worried about something will result in the body’s temporary inability to perform at its optimal in all ways. For a male, this temporary problem may reveal itself in his ability to achieve an erection. Once it has occurred it becomes somewhat imprinted in his mind. The next time a sexual encounter presents itself his concern for his last attempt and failure may result in a recurrence of the situation again. An understanding partner is important to help the affected man over this problem. If the situation continues to occur for an extended period of time, medical attention may be necessary therefore a doctor’s visit may be necessary. This is a temporary situation in most cases. Once he understands this, the problem will usually go away.

Depression may come about gradually or suddenly. Depression is generally a result of dissatisfaction with one’s life. It frequently causes a loss of interest in sex. This usually results in impotence. Depending on the level of depression the individual is suffering, psychological counseling or medication therapy may be necessary. One of the drawbacks of medication therapy is that many of the medications prescribed to treat depression also cause impotence as a side effect. It is very important that the depression be evaluated by a psychiatrist early so that it does not become long term.

Improved communication skills and sexual techniques are the recommend therapy to correct most psychogenic impotence problems. A relationship filled with affection, expression, sexuality, commitment, compatibility, conflict resolution, and autonomy can generally overcome most psychological sexual problems. These factors are only present when hostility and depression is totally eliminated from a relationship.

Fusion Stair Parts By Richard Burbidge

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Having purchased my first property just over two years ago I have been slowly making improvements to the house whilst making it more modern and trying to progress my DIY skills. For some time I have been intending to make a start on the internal stairs in the house, although I must admit I have been putting it off for months. The main reason that I delayed making a start was that I wasn’t convinced that I had the necessary skills to undertake the project just yet.

However, having pulled the carpet up and taken a closer look at the stairs, I found that most of them were sound and only a couple of them needed replacing. The biggest part of the job was going to be to fit the other stair parts. Fortunately, I spoke to a joiner friend of mine about the project before I started on it and he pointed me in the direction of the Richard Burbidge website. He had recently used their Fusion stair parts range for a house that he has bought as a rental property and said that it was very easy stuff to plan and fit. Great news for me!

The Fusion concept

The idea of Richard Burbidge’s Fusion is that you can select different stair parts from the available range and they should all fit nicely together. So you can, for example, choose from stair posts and handrails made from different timbers and metals, providing you with the finish that you require. However, each item is designed in a manner that will allow it to be fixed easily to the relevant stair parts. This is done through co-ordinating metal brackets using the best cheap impact driver, which enables stair posts to be fixed to handrails without the need for carpentry joints. There are also flexible fixing brackets that allow easy installation of the balusters.

Making a plan

I liked the idea of this kind of approach so I went and took a look at my friend’s property. I was very impressed with the overall quality of the stair parts that he had installed and the finish was superb. Of course, as a joiner, he has plenty of experience in this kind of work and I did wonder if I was going to be able to replicate the finish quality that he had achieved. The only problem that I had with my friend’s work was that I didn’t think that the choices he had made in terms of timber and color of metal components would suit my property and I voiced my concerns. He then told me that there was a planning tool on the Richard Burbidge website that lets you go through a selection process, picking the options that you think will suit. At the end of the process, you are presented with an actual photographic representation of the products that you have selected which enables you to find exactly the right option for you. I have used every other planning tools on company websites with varying success, but his tool was especially handy and after playing around for an hour or so I decided that I would go for a combination of pine and chrome stair parts.

Doing the fitting

Once I had bought the required parts I set aside a full weekend to undertake the installation. I have to say that the ease in which the pieces went together made things much simpler than I had expected. I didn’t have to worry about cutting anything or making good joints, which I could well have messed upon. In the end, I had to go out and take care of something unexpected on a Saturday, so I only spent about 5 hours of the day working on the stairs. This meant that I had to finish the job off on Sunday, but had I had the full day on Saturday then I may have got it all finished in one day. The overall finish of the project is very good and I was quite pleased with myself when I finished; but more importantly, my fianc© was also impressed! Definitely a product that I would recommend – especially if you aren’t the best at DIY like me. The website is also very useful and gives you all the information and help you need to make your choices.

What is an optical coating, and how to choose the best option?

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An optical coating is used on bulbs, lenses, mirrors, and prisms. It is mainly used to block certain wavelengths of light. It is also beneficial for providing a highly reflective surface. As you can see, many optics and optical components are coated with a fine layer of material, and it modifies the light reflected from them. Well, this material is known as optical coating. You should also check some essential details related to this term to know it in a better way. 

The optical coatings are used to enhance the transmission and polarization properties of an optical component. The optical coatings are divided into two categories, which are – protective and functional coatings. The protective coating type is used for the safety of optical elements or when a functional coating is needed. On the other hand, the functional type of coating is used on optical elements for providing the necessary reflective coefficient. In the below post, we are going to mention other important details related to Optical Coating. 

Tips for the selection of best optical coating

As you know, the small changes in requirements can make a big impact on the performance of a system. It is important to take a lot of essential factors into consideration while choosing the thin-film coating. The different types of thin-film coatings are available on the market, but all of them are not the same. Before going to choose the best optical coating, you should pay attention to numerous factors which have been mentioned below. 

  • Type of application 

Before searching for a thin-film coating, you should determine your needs. It is also important to check the type of optical system which you are using. After considering this thing, you can easily find the right coating, which is suitable for the specifications and performance requirements of your optical system. Make sure the film coating is also suitable for your budget. It is also important to choose the film coating that is most economical for your application. 

  • The right coating type 

Many types of coating are out there, but you should pick the one that is suitable for the application that you have in mind. Always pick the right coating type as per your project and after considering some other important things. You can either choose the standard coating design or the custom one. As you read earlier, it is essential to check your application to ease up the selection process. Find the right coating type that suits your application. 

  • Size of the part 

If you are not checking the size of the parts of your system, then you can’t make the right choice. After determining the size, it becomes easy for the thin-film coating manufacturer to design and use the most efficient production method. Never ignore this aspect as it has great importance during the selection of the best optical coating. 

  • Reflection characteristics 

It is true that the optical coatings are designed on the basis of interference effects. The use of the optical coating can enhance transmission and reflection characteristics. You should always keep this thing in mind. Always choose the right type of coating as per the performance requirements of your optical system. 

  • Pay attention to environmental conditions 

Never forget to pay attention to the environmental conditions of the coating while choosing it. All you need to do is to consider the operating temperature of your system. After this, you should check whether the coating that you are going to choose is able to perform as expected or not. The thin-film coatings are durable, but their performance can degrade when they exposed to extreme temperature and humidity. 

After taking all these tips in mind, you can easily choose the best optical coating to meet your requirements. 

Conclusion 

The optical coatings are designed for optical systems in order to perform for certain requirements. While looking for a coating, you should consider https://www.evaporatedcoatings.com/optical-coatings-for-glass-substrates/. You just need to mention the requirements of your optical system to optical engineers, and then they will provide you with the best options. Always try to choose the right coating as per your budget as well as other preferences.  Make sure you are picking the best coating option for your optical system.

Poor-man’s Guide to Hyper-Fitness

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With space travel prices being in the range of $20 million for the layman and the average voyage distance not much farther than a round trip from L.A. to Santa Barbara, it seems that a manual for low budget travel into space is overdue. Equipped with some basic understanding of physics and the right means and disposition, most people can easily achieve the final frontier without rocket fuel and Cape Canaveral fanfare; all that is needed is a couple of household ingredients such as krople idealica, water and salt and less than the sum of money spent on a 3-day weekend cruise to Ensenada.

The first step in understanding how this may work involves going over some basic physics: moving a point traces a line, dragging a line creates a plane, and stacking a plane over itself more than once builds all three-dimensional objects. The brain’s sequential experience of the instances of these objects is the dimension of time; some scientists call this whole array: “the space-time continuum.” However, there are other dimensions that escape our regular senses; nonetheless, they have been proven to exist. For example, the hypercube is the object that exists in a “hyper” dimension (not to be confused with a dimension that needs Ritalin…), which is produced by folding 8 cubes in perfect right angles onto each other and is analogous to folding a 6-square cardboard cut-out to shape a 3-D cube. Regular astronauts use a lot of chemical power in order to create controlled combustion that propels them at high velocity through 3-D space from the ground upward into an orbit ranging from 100 to 300 miles above the earth. The hyperspace travel method that I have perfected uses chemicals already in the brain (emphasis on “already in”, as opposed to “added to”) and a controlled environment in order to awaken the senses that can perceive some of these latent dimensions and allow the hyper-sailor to move “backward,” a measureless distance.

The next item due in the agenda is to coin a term for this type of space travel practitioner (this step is mentioned for information purposes only and not to be repeated). Since there are no rules stipulating this convention and most of the time a combination of Latin or Greek terms is used for these types of titles, I shall name the new travelers “palinauts,” from the Greek “Palin,” meaning “backward” and “natures,” meaning “sailor”. This is not just a sophisticated way of saying “backward sailor,” but rather a duplication of the process used to create the word “astronaut” and its Russian counterpart, the “cosmonaut.”

The travel vessel that I recommend for this endeavor is an enclosed or hooded bathtub-like fixture that is half-filled with salt-saturated water, thus endowing its user with effortless buoyancy. The overall inside temperature matches that of the human body, and total isolation from light and sound is procured. These tanks are nicknamed “Samadhi tanks” which means “tanks for higher levels of concentration” or sensory deprivation tanks. The point here is to shut down the day to day senses and to allow the “other” senses inside the brain to “phone home.”

Given that in our society it all comes down to money, I must consider a budget for the average palinaut. Consistent with most modes of transportation, the tank can be rented or straight out purchased. The best way to judge a preference in this regard is by deciding the degree of hyperspace travel frequency desired. For the casual palinaut, rentals are available as close as Beverly Hills, West L.A. and Santa Monica, and they range from $150 to $200 per hour, and for the more serious advocate, purchasing may cost up to $10,000 including installation. Protective clothing is free of charge; the only requirement is what nature provides at birth. Optionally, a small neoprene floating mat supporting the back of the head will prevent any possible neck discomfort.

I should indicate some basic constrains: this type of hyperspace travel is not for anyone who is fidgety, especially people with Hyper Leg Syndrome or any other type of hyper twitching. Claustrophobia is another major reason for disqualification, and so is the fear of the dark. I recommend abstaining from caffeine or being under any kind of influence, for at least 24 hours prior to “take-off”. A light meal and drinking water a few hours in advance is fine; unlike astronauts, palinauts do not carry diapers, and thirst, a hungry stomach or a dire call of nature can minimize the scope of the experience. Being a palinaut requires fit mental condition, given that this is not about achieving a brain-dead state; contrarily, “hyper-space” travel illuminates and enhances the experience of the self. For the best results, the palinaut must spend about 2 hours in the tank.

Once inside the tank, the first thing to expect is the awe of utter darkness and silence. Subsequently, the pumping of the heart, the hissing of the breath, the circulation of the blood, and any other body noise are greatly amplified. My take on this is that the brain is habitually scanning for input, and it will find it anywhere it can. The main goal at this stage is to find a focal point and to relax. Given that the eyes cannot see anything, I suggest following the respiration and purposely slowing it down; a method that accomplishes a twofold target: the soothing of the mind and the required concentration. Inhalations are conducted by an upward rolling expansion of the abdomen while counting thirty seconds, or considerably slow until the lungs feel totally packed; then air is held as long as possible without getting dizzy and exhaled in an exceedingly slow fashion, and a final and powerful chest muscle contraction will push out any remaining CO2 from the lungs. This sequence is to be repeated through the session; usually, after 15 minutes of concentration, it becomes effortless.

The next thing to tackle, and probably one of the hardest, is to put a leash on the “little thinking monkey” in the brain. This little guy or girl, depending on the case, will ask many questions, tell stories, bring back memories, suggest urgent things to do, even show movies. During this stage, I have often reviewed namely “The Matrix” (usually the part I), “The 5th Element” and “Johnny Mnemonic” in random, forward, and backward scene sequence modes. Not to worry, the more vivid the images become, the closer the final destination is. By the time this thought wandering is under control, and if the breathing rhythm is still going on as mentioned above, the brain usually goes into a state of striking and thoughtless protoplasmic awareness. This is totally different from every night sleep. In this total relaxation, with the vessel (the tank) and the spacesuit (the body) in auto-pilot, the essential feeling of consciousness emerges from the physical body; therefore, the mind surpasses the 3-D boundaries, and it tethers to life by the smallest particle or vibration required by the space-time continuum.

The intercepting dimension appears as a gash of vivid light, which can be described as a point of brightness in a distant horizon that replaces the optical darkness. Motion in this hyper-space is acquired by intent, and getting from point A to point B is instant; no legs or machinery are necessary. By peering further into the gap, the other dimension moves closer and becomes brighter and brighter. Lots of twinkling, tiny, floating lights merge into one mind-boggling, all-encompassing brightness. The perception of time slows down to the point where each moment is acknowledged by the mind before its creation.

By pulling on the “life tether”, the mind comes back to the 3-D space-time continuum; it takes about two or three seconds for a complete “landing.” At this point, and depending on schedule, a 5 to 10 minute readjustment period is advisable. I have encountered that this “hyper-orbiting” gets better every time it is repeated. I have not yet discovered extra-dimensional life other than my own, but the feeling of belonging to an omnipresent mind is overwhelming. I have always felt totally renewed by this experience, the same mind-body effect I get from a three-week island vacation. It may take many decades for the average Joe and the average Jane to be able to afford a trip into earth’s orbit, but in the meantime, most people can enjoy the essence of space travel experience with this simple process. G forces are not included, and results may vary from person to person.

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