Hobbies – Getting Together Your Own Aquarium

Jun 23, 2017 by

Hobbies – Getting Together Your Own Aquarium

There are so many fun and exciting hobbies that you can try your hand at if you’re looking to dabble in a new area of your life. Plenty of people are taking up new things daily, so you should jump on the bandwagon now. And easy and accessible thing to get into is building an indoor aquarium. All you need to know about it what is involved in putting on together. So, for your reading pleasure, see below the most important parts of building your own indoor fish tank.

The Tank Itself

Yep, I know this is obvious, but it’s also hugely important – arguably more important than the fish themselves! Picking the right tank is paramount. Plan out the size of the room you’re going to use and make sure you have a good stand too. Tanks come in all shapes and sizes, and while it may be tempting to skimp on price, the more you spend the better quality you will get. So, treat the fish right and get something worth it’s while.

A Filter

A filter is also really important because this is the thing that’s going to keep your water fresh from all kinds of diseases and nasties. Your fish will appreciate a good filter – they literally keep them alive! – and so will you, otherwise you’ll be cleaning out disgusting algae out of your take every other week. And nobody wants that. Make sure you check out the ratings and reviews at Tankarium – this is your one-stop-review-shop for fish tank filters.

Little Decorations

These are possibly the best parts of building your own aquarium! Making sure you decorate the place to the nines! So, sure, the fish may not realise that they’re swimming in and out of a mini pirate ships or a large skull, but who cares? This tank is for you as much as it’s for them, so get in the game! You can pick out plants and rocks and all different color stones. You’ll keep yourself entertained before you’ve even got the fish. I told you this was a good hobby!

Fish

The grand finale! The reason you’re building the tank. Choosing your fish as pets can actually be a pretty dull experience, and you’ll most likely go off the colour of their bodies as opposed to anything else, but still, there’s plenty of beautiful fish about so make sure you make your tank as colourful as possible. There are plenty of cheap fish (I’m looking at you, goldfish) but they don’t really have much staying power. The more you spend, the more exotic type of fish you will get. And the more exciting your tank will become.

There are pretty much the main components when it comes to building an aquarium. Of course, you need the water (there’s little choice in that matter) and fish food, but other than that, with the above in hand you’re basically ready to roll! Enjoy your brand-new hobby!

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Technology – Types of Temporary Lights

May 16, 2017 by

Technology – Types of Temporary Lights

In the market of lighting there is a whole number of different types of options. You’re surrounded by many choices to make and sometimes they can be a little overwhelming. There’s the actual lighting, then there are the decorations around it if you’re looking to change the overall style in your home or property.

There is an equal amount of choice within the temporary lighting niche, with a huge variety of lights for a load of different needs. Take a look through out choice of temporary lights worth buying.

Workers Lamp

Workers Lamp

Not the type of lamp that people used down the mines, this electrical lamp can be handy when you’re doing work on the electrics of one room, but need to turn off the power. Usually covered in a metal case – they’re often used for hardcore building work – these are great for general DIY wear and tear. You can use them for anything though, and they could be good for transferring light into an outdoor garage or shed, meaning you don’t need to fully set up the room with electricity.

Candles

Candles

The old classic! There’s nothing more temporary in the lighting category than a candle. It’s literally temporary, especially once it runs out of wax and wick! A candle is good for loads of different reasons, and although it’s not exactly modern technology – it was at a point though! – these things are still really good for both getting light but also as a piece of furniture.

LED Bar Lights

LED bar lights are really handy pieces of equipment because you can pretty much put them anywhere and light up the whole room. They really powerful, reasonable prices and they can be bought with sticky patches on the back to stick in certain areas of your rooms. They’re no substitute for actual lights – nothing is – but for a quick fix, be it indoors or outdoors, they they’re brilliant little tools. You can check out some really awesome lights here: http://www.lightbarliaison.com/best-led-light-bar-reviews/.

Battery Powered Lamp

Battery Powered Lamp

Exactly the same as an electrical office lamp, with the exception of it being battery powered. Pretty self-explanatory! You can get a whole load of different options, from standard office lamps to touch lamps. There’s plenty of choice and the cost is really low for this type of lights and you can move them around to wherever you are, which is handy.

Rechargeable LED Light

Rechargeable LED Light

Actually, dissimilar in style to the LED light above, this style is more for the worksite than anything else. Able to recharge at a power point then moving elsewhere whenever you need it, you’ll find this type of light handy for both camping and outdoor activities, and during DIY. Usually really low in price, it is worth having one just in case.

Temporary lights are a great idea to have around the house because they mean you’re never stuck in a rut if your power goes down. If you keep these in your home or garage you have a great fallback option should the need ever arise.

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Simple Ways to Improve Our Communication Skills

Apr 8, 2017 by

Simple Ways to Improve Our Communication Skills

The power of language is a beautiful thing. With it, we have the ability to voice our concerns and express our feelings to others. We have become so advanced in the field of vocal language, that we have even developed methods of non-verbal forms of speaking. Communication in general is very important in our day to day lives. It is so important, that many people have wondered about ways that they could improve on the skill. There are a huge number of ways to improve your communication skills, and we will be discussing a few of them.

Better sleep

We are slowly beginning to determine all the good health benefits that comes with getting a good night’s sleep. Improving your communication skills is one of those benefits. Sleep deprivation is a reason that people tend to miss social cues and signs. So how does someone go about improving their sleep habits? One method is finding a good mattress topper for your bed. Mattress toppers add an extra layer of comfort between you and the mattress, which makes it easier for you to fall asleep. As well, toppers tend to relieve pain from chronic illnesses such as arthritis. If you are finding it difficult to fall asleep due to pain, you could do some research,  and look into the best toppers for your mattress.

Practice your conversation skills

Good communication skills take practice. If you always avoid starting a conversation, you will never begin to expand your boundaries. You can try simple conversations at first. For instance, if you are waiting for the bus with someone, you could ask them if they know when it is coming. From there, a simple conversation could pick up. You can also get a good idea as to the progress of a conversation. If it is not progressing as you would like, you can end it.

Try being more assertive

Women Talking To Each Other

It is important to remember that you are just as valuable to the conversation as anyone else. You have opinions and feelings, and you have something worthwhile to contribute. It might be difficult to bring up your opinion, especially if everyone continually shuts you down. Do not be pushed around by behaviour like this. Having a straight posture and direct eye contact can help you break your way into the conversation and make your point known. Doing this more often will help you get comfortable making a stand.

Conclusion

Good communication skills are essential for both in the workplace and in social settings. By making a few key changes in your lifestyle, you have the ability to improve these skills. One simple method is just making sure that you get a good sleep each night. A mattress topper can help you with that. Otherwise, just practicing your regular conversation skills and assertion skills can be very beneficial to you in the long run. Make sure that everyone knows you are there and you have something to say!

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Taking Chess Enjoyment to the Next Level

Oct 3, 2016 by

Taking Chess Enjoyment to the Next Level

As a chess enthusiast, you likely spend a considerable amount of time engaged in the game. Tensions can run high as you make strategic moves to ultimately win the game. However, if you’re anything like me, devising plans and carefully considering each move can start to feel more like business than pleasure. In order to ensure you’re able to truly enjoy the game, there are a few tips you should consider employing.

Change Your Environment

If you tend to confine your chess game to the den or other area of the home, it can be fun to mix things up and simply change the environment. A fun place to engage in a game is in the great outdoors, and this can provide a pleasant setting for you and your closest friends or family members. Of course, if you choose to take your game out in a wooded area, it’s important to come prepared with tools such as bear spray, and you can find everything you need to stay safe at http://www.bushcraftpro.com/.

Try a Blitz Session

According to Chess Beta, the average length of a game of chess is 40 moves. When each player takes three to four minutes to make their move, the game can easily last hours. To switch things up, consider engaging in a blitz session. Typically played online, this allows you to play ten or more games simultaneously. You can even up the ante and play 30 or more bullet games in an hour. Not only does this help you work on your speed and concentration, but it also allows you to meet new people and face challenging opponents.

Analyze Your Moves

playing-chessWe all make mistakes. How many times have you lost a game and wondered in your mind what you could have done differently? There is now a tool available to help you analyze your moves to become a more aware player in the future. Chess.com gives you just what you’re looking for. When you download the game off their site, you can review mounds of helpful data to help improve your game including:

  • See where you and/or your opponent first went wrong
  • See moves you could have made to win the game
  • Invite your opponent to review the game with you to learn together

Correspondence Style Chess

If the high speed of blitz or bullet chess just isn’t for you, correspondence style chess may be worth trying. This version of the game is typically played online, and you are given a timeline of around three days for each move made. This allows you to very carefully consider your game plan as well as enjoy a prolonged session that can last weeks. This can build up anticipation and help you enjoy the game on a different plane.

Taking Chess Enjoyment to the Next Level

According to Quora, there are more than 600 million active chess players in the world, and it’s no secret why. The game involves strategy and keeps participants on their toes. However, if you’ve found that you’re more focused on winning than enjoying the game, you can miss out on the pleasure Chess is intended to provide. By following these tips, you can find yourself enjoying the game on a whole new level.

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Word Game Buddies – Security Guards

Aug 19, 2016 by

Do you know who likes board games and word games? Security guards!

Yes, people who work as security personnel are fond of playing board games and word games, not because they do not like their jobs or that they do not focus on their tasks, but because these games not only keep them company especially during long, graveyard shifts, but also because the games keep them sharp and on their toes, thanks to the mental stimulation that it provides.

Of course, they should only be doing these games during breaks and whenever they are allowed by the company to do it. But that is all beside the point. The highlight is the amazing fact that board games and word games are so useful, even security officers are into it.

We all know that besides wearing gears (www.sp-usa.org) that can help them be prepared for any emergency situation, these security officers need to be alert in mentally.

What better way to stimulate the mind than to engage in board games and word games? While they may not always need to use these words in their work, increasing one’s vocabulary is never a crime, whether you use it for work or not. There is no harm in harnessing the gift of words, even if it would just be through games.

Also, we all know that these security personnel have codes that they use to signal different situations. If one does not fully grasps the concept of these words, then it would be difficult to retain to memory the many secret codes used in their line of duty.

Indeed, engaging in word games is such a great thing for security officers. It also showcases just how versatile they need to be. They need not just focus on keeping their bodies in great shape, but they also need to make sure that they are not mentally weak. Not stimulating the brain enough will lead to an underused brain and when that happens, all other skills could follow and decay.

In my amazement at how security guards are so good in playing these games, I sometimes visit them during their breaks. In our local area, they are usually gathered in the park whenever it is their day off. I would challenge them to different games and it would be amazing how they could put up a great fight. Sometimes, I win and sometimes I lose. But winning does not matter because everybody has a great time always.

This coming Christmas, I plan to give my favorite security guard buddies a gift that I saw at http://www.sp-usa.org/the-top-6-tactical-police-and-security-jackets/. This is my little way of telling them that I really appreciate not just their work, but also their keenness for word games.

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Technology In Red Dot Sights

Apr 25, 2016 by

Technology In Red Dot Sights

As you may know, red dot sights are an attachment for guns that gives you a clear view of your target with a red dot. We know what they are for but do we really know how they work? What goes into making one? When were they first invented? All these are questions that I can answer for you in a few short paragraphs. For more information and reviews on red dot sights read here.

What Is Inside A Red Dot Sight?

There really is nothing to these sights actually. The inside is a hollow tube and includes a concave lens with a thin coating that’s metallic that reflects red light but other colors are transmitted freely, pretty neat, huh? The dot itself is just a reflection off of a diode that emits light inside of the tube. The first one of this king was created in 1975 and was known as the “Aimpoint Electronic”.

Reflex Sight Technology

This is the category that most red dot sights fall into. This is pretty much just a mirror inside of a scope. The aiming reticle is projected forward by a point that comes from behind the objective lens and then is reflected back off of that lens assembly towards your eye. The coating on these lenses are tuned carefully to reflect only light wavelengths that are emitted by the reticle illumination system. Some are fiber-optic and some have a tritium beta lamp used for reticle illumination.

Holographic Sight Technology

These have almost the same technology as the reflex sights. The only difference is that with a holographic sight, the reticle used for sighting is superimposed on your view of the target by a laser transmitted hologram. Basically a picture of the reticle is taken and forms a window in which you can view your target. These sights are also made so that light will not be altered when going through the window. And yes, there is in fact a laser inside of the sight. The beam is bounced back to the shooters eye from a hologram window that creates the reticle image. This image will then project 50 yards in front of you.

Laser Sight Technology

Essentially this is a large laser pointer used for shooting things and can tolerate recoil. The laser needs to travel from the gun, to the target, and then back to the gun and still be visible to the shooter. The visibility can be affected by daylight, reflectivity of the target, fog, rain, smoke, and other environmental factors. The laser needs more power than the other sights for this exact reason. Unlike the other sights, since this is made from lasers, you will be able to see the red laser beam shining on your target and through the fog or snow.

The technology of these sights are really nothing too confusing. They are essentially mirrors and reflections. The fact that they have been around so long means a lot. Back in the day, there wasn’t much fancy technology and people made these sights with just the bare essentials. It is surprising that there aren’t just sights coming straight out of the gun without it being an attachment, or is there?

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Importance of Communication In International Relations

Feb 22, 2016 by

In this blog entry, I would like to share a story that embodies the importance of communication, especially between people of different race and culture:

>>> Hello. I am Kim and I am from Korea. I grew up in a country where English is not the primary language. I spent almost half of my life in Seoul. I know many of you want to visit my country. I cannot blame you. I am proud to say that Korea is indeed a beautiful place. There are so many things to see and great places to visit, not to mention the beautiful faces and welcoming attitude of Koreans. If there is one thing that I don’t like much about my country, it is the fact that we are not fluent in speaking the English language. As a matter of fact, most of us have difficulties speaking even just the basic English.

I don’t bother myself much about English, well, not until I became an exchange student. I have been dreaming of visiting the beautiful country, Philippines. I was chosen as an exchange student and it was a dream come true. Filipinos are very welcoming. In my first few months in the country, I was able to gain new friends. However, I had difficulties communicating with them. Of course, they know how to speak not just their native language but English too. If there is one thing I love about Filipinos aside from being hospitable, it is the fact that they are fluent in speaking English.

I was to dig in to the conversation. I want to be surrounded by them. I want to communicate with them, but my English is very limited. There was even a time when I feel like I don’t belong because I can’t even start a simple conversation in English. All I know was “hi” “hello” and “thank you.” What I did was I ask a friend to teach me English and Tagalog on the side. I am paying her per hour. I don’t mind paying her as long as I get to have a chance to learn the language. I have been studying the language for quite some time now and I am extremely satisfied with the result. I am now confident speaking the English language. As a matter of fact, I can now start a conversation without worrying if my English is correct or not. Aside from my English tutor, I also do my own research online. Communication is very important and I urge everyone to learn the language before it is too late. <<<

Kim’s story is nothing but a representation of how crucial communication is in the lives of every individual. Of course, despite the story’s English-centric nature, it does not mean that the English language is superior to other languages. While it may be dubbed as the universal language, it does not encompass the vastness and complexity of communication.

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iPhone Apps Perfect For Word Lovers

Oct 20, 2015 by

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With the constant changes in dictionaries, colloquial language, social media terms, and many more word-related things, it has become necessary to be able to have a gadget that can keep up with these updates and trends.

Luckily for me, I have my trusted iPhone to help me keep up with all these changes. I even recently had my iPhone unlock through MacBuzzer. It’s a blog that gave a list of reputable sites to have your iPhone gadgets unlocked, as well as a few tips on what iPhone unlocking entails.

I have never been more happy about any other gadget other than when I started owning an iPhone. It just remains to be so updated and its perfect for people like me who like to keep things simple and smart.

One of the best things I like about iPhone and iOS is that there are a lot of applications for people like me who love to be on track when it comes to the latest word games, dictionaries and such.

While it is true that other smartphones are also able to provide some of the applications that I use with my iPhone, I still prefer iPhone gadgets over the rest because I just find its features very decent and clean. Some smartphones, become too clogged up and disorganized to look at, when there are too many apps.

I also find the updates for iPhone meaningful, in the sense that they do not change too much. This is helpful for me because it means that the updates are significant to the software of the iPhone. It only targets the necessary things, so there is not much to adapt to when an update arrives. Other smartphones tend to do too much updating that sometimes, people lose some valuable data. The simplicity of the iPhone very much makes us adults appreciate it because it is easy to the eyes.

Some of the apps I have on my iPhone that I could almost live without are my dictionary apps, and an app that updates and informs me of a new word each day, kind of like a vocabulary enhancing app. I find it very useful because it not only increases my vocabulary, it also gives me so much joy to find out about a new word that I can use in my everyday conversation, or as a power word for the next word game I play with my friends.

It is a happy thought to realize that iPhone gadgets, and other forms of great technological advancement, have not forgotten to help people stay up-to-date with the changes in languages. While some people see it as a hindrance to real, face-to-face communication, I see it as an opportunity to explore other means of effective communication and creative means of using words. It is still up to us, humans, to use them to our advantage, and not towards our destruction.

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Making Long Distance Communication Cheaper

Aug 7, 2015 by

 

Readers of this site will know that I am all about communication and my preferred method is the gold old fashioned analog way of a face to face encounter with other people. Communication is one of the main distinguishing factors between humans and animals. We have evolved to a stage where practically everything we do involves communicating with other people.

What people do not think about a lot is that communication is not just spoken word. Our posture, demeanor, body language and facial expressions have become an integral part of the way we deal with each other. But modern life has also evolved through technology and fortunately and unfortunately the world has become a small place, making it easier to travel but also to communicate with far away people.

I personally have close friends and family on all 5 continents and because I hate communication through email, instant messaging and SMS I am always picking up the phone if Skype is not available. Despite phone call charges to the rest of the world having come down in the last 15 years, my phone bills have still been causing me some concern.

$150 monthly home phone bills would not be uncommon and I don’t mind paying the price to stay in touch with those close to me. But I did start doing some research into cheaper alternatives in recent months and I think I have a set up now that saving me some serious amounts of money.

The very first thing I did was to buy a cheap VOIP adapter which lets me set up my phone connection over my Internet provider. This would immediately save me the roughly $20 per month line rental that I was paying.

Then I researched some Internet phone service providers with cheap calls to all corners of the world. This is where my phone bills were racking up the highest Dollar amounts, so my focus was on reducing those. I have now been trialing 4 different providers and I am now down to 2 of them which seem to have the most reliable service while offering some very cheap calls.

Finally, I invested in a new home phone system and I found a really great Panasonic cordless phone package. It includes 3 handsets so I can have them spread around the house and I will not end up helplessly searching for a phone only to get to it once the caller has given up.

My test has been running about 3 months now and I can say that the results are nothing short of astounding. I invested about $130 in the adapter and cordless phones (the latter wasn’t really necessary) and so far my average costs have come down to under $80. But this is not really a like for like comparison. I took a closer look at my call time and here is what I have found.

Since switching to VOIP I am using the phone 20% and I am saving almost 50% per month. My initial investment has basically paid for itself already and its all savings from here on.

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Working Harder from Home

Jul 31, 2015 by

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I was speaking to a long-time friend the other day. He was a national Scrabble champion 15 years ago. He and I have known each other since the fifth grade, and we have remained friends for all these years, despite the fact that we only speak to each other about every two or three years. The last time I talked to him he was marrying his high school sweetheart. I had flown in to stand by his side and support him as his best man. Now, 32 months later, I speak to him again, and his life has changed drastically. He tells me that he had graduated college about a year after the wedding, and went to work for an accounting firm immediately. The job he took seems like it would be a dream because he works from home and gets to choose his own hours. How great is that! Unfortunately, he made a choice that turned his perfectly easy day into a hard day’s work. You see, he and his wife made the decision to forgo babysitting, and he would watch their two boys while she was at work. He told me that in the beginning he couldn’t get any work done. It was a full-time job trying to keep the boys entertained and out of trouble. One day while searching the web he stumbled across a website about a children’s cartoon called The Stinky and Dirty Show. He thought that sounded like a terrible show, and went on about his day.

Later that same day he told me his boys had completely destroyed his backpack and was going to need a new one quick. My buddy told me that he had this website he would go to before he bought anything. The lady that runs the website is a product research expert. She is a mom, and she is very picky about what she buys for her kids. He knows that if she recommends something he can count on the fact that it is the best. So while searching for a ballistic strength backpack he noticed three words….Stinky & Dirty. He could not believe that she had that show on her website! She actually had written a review about the show, and supported it. She said it was the perfect show for boys, and teaches them very good values such as problem-solving skills, and social skills. He couldn’t believe it, but decided to check it out just because she recommended it. My friend said that the show was an answer to his prayers. For the first time, his boys would play constructively. They had learned from the show to find constructive things to do, or figure out instead of running around without a purpose. Before the show they were destroying things, and after they were building things. So thanks to the mom at mommyinspection.com for the wonderful advice, and thanks to thestinkyanddirtyshow.com for setting such a great example for his sons. Now my friend can get some real work done. He works a little less hard from home now, and gets to spend some enjoyable time with his two sons.

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