Keep The Fountain Of Business Idea Flowing

In an age of catastrophic population growth and shrinking job opportunities, why not take a look at putting up your own business? There has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur. No, it is not too late nor it is too early to open for business.

If you choose to try your luck at having your own business, start right by keeping your business idea fountain flowing. The many enterprises you see today, from the ones you see in your neighborhood to the ones you read about in the business section of various platforms, are once merely ideas; they are products of one's fertile imagery and spirit of innovation.

Know Thyself

First things first, to be an effective business owner someday, you must know yourself. Ask yourself if you have even the smallest trickle of the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur. While not everyone can be a businessman, the good thing is everyone can learn the skills of how to be a good businessman.

Do you have foresight? Are you creative or imaginative enough to come up with new ideas and products? Are you courageous enough to face the challenges of running your own enterprise? Can you end criticism and instead channel your frustrations to churning out more innovative business ideas?

Being an entrepreneur is not easy. And the very first step is to know yourself so that you can adapt your ideas to your personality. Thus, you will be able to upgrade your skills or choose a business that suits your character.

Be In The Loop

You would not want to offer fire proof paints with asbestos! Asbestos has been banned for decades now because it has poisonous side effects. To have great business ideas, you should know a lot about what is happening around you. Read the papers or visit trade fairs; This way, you will be sensitive to what is current and what could be the trend in the future in terms of products and services to offer.

Do Not Reinvent The Wheel

You can not offer baked goodies with holes in the middle and call them bread wheels. What you can do is try to improve or create unique toppings and syrups for your goodies and still call them donuts. Forty years ago, computers are only found in science fiction comic books. But today they are as essential as the cooking stove.

As much as your creativity can take you, come up with ideas of new products and services to offer. Nothing beats being the first in an industry. If not, your ideas should try to add more value to existing products and services. Like the story of cellular phones and cameras; they used to be two different gadgets, but now it is not uncommon to see camera phones.

Force yourself to think of new ideas and concepts. This will keep your idea fountain alive and flowing. Beside, it is always a good business sense to venture into new or improved product lines.

Join The Club

There is no point in having excellent business ideas without having the heart to start your own business. Turning the business switch on is different from just having the blamed light bulb flashing inside your head. When you are actually starting and running your business, you get the feel of the industry you are in; more and more business ideas will pour out.

Always be aware and prepare yourself when that light bulb in your head blinks. You may never realize it but you will be at a crossroad between living your dreams and living in mediocrity. Good luck on your venture!

How To Play Crazy Eights

In truth, it is a popular card game where players try to shed or discard all their cards to win a round. The easiness of the game has spawned many variations with different names. In Germany, the game is called is Mau-Mau. In the Netherlands, it is Pesten. In Switzerland, it is Tschausepp. Regardless of the name, the standard way to play Crazy Eights is to use a 52-card deck for a game between two to five players. If there are more than five players, then another 52-card deck is added. Eight cards get dealt to each player and some cards remain in a center pile, so make sure enough cards are around for the full complement of cards in a starting hand. As stated, a dealer deals cards to each player in a circle until every player has eight cards. The remaining cards are placed face down in the center. When the top card gets turned face up to form a discard pile, that signals the start of the game. Starting with the player left of the dealer and continuing clockwise, players can discard by matching rank (numbers) or suit with the top card in the center pile. If a Jack of Hearts gets played, then any Heart card or any Jack can be placed on top it. The exception are the eights which are “wild” and can be played at any time. When someone plays an eight, he or she can decide which suit gets played next (regardless of what suit the eight which got discarded is).

If a player can’t discard a card, then he or she must draw from the center pile of face down cards until a card that can be played comes up. If the pile of face down cards get exhausted, then the game continues with the players simply passing if a card can’t be discarded. The game ends when a player has successfully gotten rid of all of his or her cards. The other time the game ends is when all the players can’t discard and there is no more draw pile, thus blocking the game. At that point, the scoring system of penalty points comes into play. Traditionally, an eight in the hand is worth 50 points, face cards are worth 10 points, and a spot card is worth its face value (example: a five-card is worth five points). Ironically, the ace card is treated as a one and is worth only one point.

Because of the straightforward rules, other variations have been formed and stipulations have been added to make things even more entertaining. One stipulation has a card, usually the ace, which gets played on the discard pile, causing the next player in the rotation to have his turn skipped. Another stipulation is when a card, sometimes the queen, forces the rotation to suddenly go in reverse. The player who laid down the reverse card goes again and play continues in the opposite rotation.

Steps That A House Painter Takes Before Painting

When you want a change in your home to suit how you feel about your home, status in life or just feel like doing something different with your home nothing does this better than painting your home. This requires you to take time and plan what you want, what color suits your home and this may require you to seek professional help but if you have great taste you can do the job yourself.

In the earlier days people used to do the painting for themselves but with all the tasks involved from repairing the wall, to scrubbing the previous paint from the walls, has made most people to care the services of a professional painter. Let's take a look at what it requires for one to be a professional painter;

Step1; the first thing to do as a painter is to asses the condition of the walls to make sure that the can be painted and where they may require repairing and how much it will cost if the walls require repairs if it's a new house applying the first coat is relatively easier than older homes.

If the walls need scrapping or to be power washed by a machine, as a painter you should check the walls again to make sure there is no damage to the walls and if any have occurred to make sure the wall is repaired. This will make the walls ready for painting as it facilitates better results. This process is vital because this guarantees that when you paint later the paint will not peel off.

Step2; Mix the color with a paint mixer as this allows the color to remain the same as you continue to paint, many people skip this step and the color changes as they continue to paint this makes the walls look uneven.

Place they exact amount of paint as directed by the instructions and while painting keep overlapping the edges while they are still wet to prevent it from getting edge marks.

Step 3; when you have done the two steps let the paint dry and later apply a protective layer to protect the walls from deteriorating and peeling off due to weather elements like humidity and heat that destroy paint when done the wrong way.

As a professional house painter this steps are a must when seeking a professional approach in painting a home.

Top Five Luxury Hotel Bars in London

Whether you are looking for a quick post-work cocktail with colleges or a luxury hotel in London with a fantastic bar for the weekend, then look no further. Here is a guide to the best of the hotel bar crop.

Long Bar at the Sanderson

Part of the Morgans Hotel Group and sister to the San Francisco Clift hotel, the Sanderson is an uber hip and trendy venue and the Long Bar, just off the reception area, is no different. At 80-feet in length, the bright white bar with a luminous green glow has enough room for everyone to hover round the bar and be served. Cocktails tie in nicely with the seasonally changing menu and come the summer months, guest can head out to the courtyard to soak up the lighter evenings.

Rooftop at the Boundary

Situated atop a converted Victorian warehouse in Shoreditch, East London, Rooftop is a rare find in the capital. With 360-degree views reaching Canary Wharf in one direction and the City's financial district with the Gherkin and Barbican in the other. A 48 seat restaurant and spacious bar sit underneath a large canopy to offer protection from the changeable British weather whilst blankets are on hand for a snuggle once evening temperatures drop.

Kensington Roof Gardens

A unique but very pleasant find in the middle of bustling London, Kensington Roof Gardens offers a little oasis far from the madding crowd. At 100 feet up above the busy Kensington High Street, The Roof Gardens private members club combines three beautiful blooming gardens, with a flowing stream and even their own wildlife, and a huge trendy bar and club that blossoms of an evening into he place to be and be seen.

Donovan Bar, Browns Hotel

There is something a little bit special about the Donovan Bar at Brown's hotel in the heart of Mayfair. A warn inviting space that reflects memories of a bygone era with over 50 black and white prints taken by British photographer Terence Donovan hanging from the walls. The large leather bar sits in perfect contrast to the pretty stained glass window that reflects light into the space. The Box Brownie signature cocktail is a must whilst the corner banquette is the perfect place to rock up and enjoy some of the bars live jazz.

Rivoli Bar at the Ritz

As the hotel website states, every grand hotel needs a spectacular bar and thankfully at the Ritz, a luxury hotel in London , they follow their own advice. The décor oozes sleek sophistication and blends the likes of satinwood, gold leaf and Lalique glass together to create an elegant space. Cocktails can be enjoyed from the comfort of your leopard print chair while the elite mingle under the chandeliers. This is a bar where formal dress code must be followed which means that men are required to make as much effort as the ladies and don a jacket and tie.

Preparations to Make Construction Cleaning Easier

Remodeling your home can be a lengthy process if it's not organized well or done professionally. There are a few preparations you need to do before any work begins. Most importantly you should cover any items in the area that you do not wish to be covered in dust, debris or paint; heavy objects that are not easily wiped down or vacuum cleaned and can not be stored elsewhere in the house. Such items may be display cabinets, dining tables, sofas, armchairs, beds and office desks.

All loose items should be stored away in boxes and kept away from the work area and the floors should be covered from wall to wall. Using old sheets will make it easy to remove dust and debris at the end of each day of building work because the builders can simply scoop it up and take it out of the house.

After the construction work is done, if you take these precautions, there should be less of a mess to handle for the after builders cleaning. This is a job in itself because no matter how much preparation you take, dust will find its way into any nook and cranny.

Rather than taking on the task yourself, you could speed up the process by calling in a cleaning company. They have specialized construction cleaners that will come in and remove every speck of dust left behind by the builders.

It only takes one phone call to arrange for a construction cleaning service. They can have the place sparkling in a matter of hours and once they have completed the work, you can relax and enjoy your new home without having to lift a finger in the process.

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Couch Session: Award-Winning Writer Marc Rosenberg Talks 'Elevator' And More

Just the other day I got to talk with director Stig Svendsen on the indie thriller Elevator . Now, continuing with that coverage, I've had the opportunity to interview Marc Rosenberg. Marc is the writer and producer of Elevator. We got a chance to talk about the film and his relationship with Stig. As well, Marc talked about his influences, future projects and whether or not he ever plans to become that triple-threat guy by taking a seat in the director's chair. You can read the full interview below.

JL: In a script like this, there appears to be a lot of subtext, both social and political commentary. What sort of message or point are you trying to convey through this?

MR: I wish there was something deep and meaningfulful I could say, but really my main concern was creating an entertaining movie with the budgetary and logistic challenges we had. I do read the news and I have life experience, so that inadvertently becomes my resource material.

JL: How was working with Stig Svendsen? How do you feel he did in contributing to convey your story and message on the screen as you intended in your writing?

MR: The only way a writer can hope to convey a message, if there is one, is to find a director that has similar reference points and is open minded. I could never make Stig tell my story without it being his story. While writers hate to hear this, film is a director's medium. I always hope the director likes the script enough that he or she will want to know my reasoning and to meld this with their own understanding of the world. If a director changes something in the script, I want to be sure they know the ramifications of that change. They might make it better than I imagine, I always hope they can. Stig and I like similar movies and that became the basis of our working relationship and friendship – that, a sense of humor and a love of drink. Stig did an amazing job – we captured 'lightning in a bottle'.

JL: You mention you and Stig share a similar taste in movies. What are some of your favorite movies? If you're anything like me your Top 5 change on a regular basis and it's too hard to narrow it down like that anyways. However, just off the top of your head what are some that you've really enjoyed?

MR: Both Stig and I love stylish films, films with a lot of panache. I think he's more open-minded than me. We love "Psycho," the way it's edited, the boldness of it and Polanski's "The Tenant," the way he combines humor with horror. More recently, I was taken by "Two Lovers" as a beautiful and powerful character piece, I loved Mike Lee's "Happy Go Lucky" as something totally refreshing and charming, and "The Visitor" appeared to me. I like intelligent movies. I do not go to the cinema as much as I used to, and arrogantly, I pretty much feel I've seen "everything," and there's not much that will surprise me anymore. I walked out of "Transformers," which surprised me until I found myself walking out of "Sherlock Holmes," too. The "knee-jerk" films do not entertain me; they're soul-less.

JL: Well, with so many layers and seemingly underlying commentary and such interesting characters, 'Elevator' definitely does not seem like it will be falling into the soul-less category. How do you feel the cast did in painting all the layers of the film being as so much rides on the characters in a movie like this?

MR: I believe the players we chose, or who chose us, did a spectacular job under fairly grueling conditions. They were asked to spend 12 hours a day in a confined space. They did it for the challenge and were amazing at carving out their individual stories. I was constantly reminded to never underestimate a professional.

JL: How do you approach a project? Do you like to take control? Or do you like to sit back and try to let the director command the project while you are behind him / her for support and the good of the film?

MR: I did not use to be a very good cheerleader, but over time I've come to see the value in it. I would prefer to be with a strong director, and once I've made the choice to work with them, I want to support them in every way I can. I used to nitpick, but it's pointless and no fun at all. I think, for the most part, all the bitching and moaning that can go on coming from insecurity. I'd like to think I'm past that, I do not choose to be a victim. If I want more control, as I did on "Elevator," I produce, and in this case, invest. It does not mean that I always get my way, but people pretend to listen.

JL: Stig Svendsen has said you're very much one of these producers that are all about the good of the film. How much of this stems from you being a writer? On some level, is it hard for you to take criticism during filming on a project that you've vested so much time in as a writer?

MR: I've been a writer for 30 years and I've worked with the kind of producers you'd never want to work with again. I did not want to be that producer, the one that treats creative people like irresponsible children. I've always thought the goal of a quality producer is to make the best film possible, and once you've chosen your key personnel, you have to trust them as professionals to do the job they've been hired for. One of the first things I told the production department was my distaste for the boundaries between production and creative. We're all creative and we all have something to contribute to the final film. If a second AD can make an actor happier, that does not help the film? I believe it worked, we built a trust.

As far as my relationship with Stig goes, he looks me out of my cynicism. In casting, he'd always go to the top. My first thought was, we have not got a snowball's chance in Hell, but then I'd think, "Why not?" If I could see the benefit in anything the crew wanted and we could find a way to pay for it, I'd try to get it. We were all pulling on the same end of the rope.

JL: Being as how I'm sure you have such a vested interest with your screenplays, how does it differ for you being able to serve as producer on a project as well? Being able to have more control over the whole process as opposed to such films as 'December Boys' where you have to just sit back and let another director and producer flesh it out on screen.

MR: I was very involved with "December Boys," because I was friends with the director and I promised not to be a nuisance. Sometimes it does not work out that way and it's not much fun. On "Elevator" I wanted as much control as I could get. I wanted to sink or swim based on my own efforts. It's exhilarating and frightening in equal measure. I was very, very lucky to be surrounded by people who were smart and generous. I may be different than most writers, but once I finish a script, I'm not that invested, it's almost like someone else had written it. I still want the check sent to me.

JL: What's it like for you watching your writing adapted on screen? I would think about some level, as much time as you put into it, a screenplay becomes something like your baby. How is it watching your baby essentially grow up right before your eyes?

MR: That whole concept of it "being my baby" is foreign to me. I was constantly being asked what it felt like, and to be perfectly honest, it just looks like this cousin that I've seen photos of. Perhaps soon on my career I would have been more possessive, but not any more. When I'm writing it, it's fun and challenging, and I put my heart and soul into it, so sometimes when I've finished I'm just spent.

JL: You talk about wanting to have as much control as you could on "Elevator" and how that "sink or swim on your own efforts" is exhilarating for you. With that in mind, have you thought about ever making that final leap and take a seat in the director's chair as well? Maybe at some point do your own project that you write, produce and direct?

MR: I'm in awe of directors. When I was watching Stig talk about camera angles, deciding on costumes, working out choreography with actors – the confidence you need, it all looks daunting. I did think about directing at one stage, soon after Film School, but I was too influenced by the people around me. I guess that's why writing appeals to me so much – I can be a closet show-off. I have not totally given up the idea of ​​directing but it's not a burning desire.

JL: Speaking of your writing, I've heard that when you and Stig met you let him read a few of your screenplays and 'Elevator' actually was not his first choice. However, due to budgetary restraints y'all were not able to do the one he first chose. What was the original script that Stig was interested in?

MR: The original script was an espionage film set in LA and Venezuela. It's still a possibility, so I do not want to reveal too much.

JL: Do you have any plans to cooperate with Stig again? Maybe to come back to that script at a later time? How would you feel working with him again?

MR: I'd love to work with Stig again, and we have an idea for Harrison Ford. It's another big film.

JL: A Harrison Ford movie huh? That's interesting. Anymore you can tell me on that?

MR: The "Harrison Ford" project is still in the early stages, but deals with a character that makes an unnatural discovery that changes history.

JL: Going back to your and Stig's decision to work together. As I mentioned, the first script Stig wanted was not possible due to budgetary restraints. This results in having to go a much more low-budget route. It sees more and more like indie films and getting recognition these days. With recent hits like Paranormal Activity and Buried, how do you thinkthis bodes for those very low budget filmmakers? How might it affect the industry that's so known for being all about money and being more focused on using big names and huge budgets to typically sell movies?

MR: I believe that there will always be spectacle films, big budget films, but if you're an aspiring film-maker or you want to have more control, you can make high-concept films on a low budget. The market is receptive to indies.

JL: Have you found a distributor for 'Elevator' yet?

MR: We do not have a distributor, and this was by design. When I first pitched the concept to my lawyer, he said he could sell it immediately, but I'd lose control, and that seemed to defeat the whole point of me doing it in the first place.

JL: When might we be seeing Elevator ? Any tentative release date? Any ideas to shop it around at any festivals?

MR: I'm trying to formulate a strategy for getting it seen in the most positive way. My first thought is to take it to Cannes. I want to talk to wiser heads and see what they suggest.

JL: Do you have any other scripts in the works or ideas for what you might be doing next?

MR: I have a big budget film in the works called "The Mennyms," based on a series of books by English author, Sylvia Waugh. The story centers around a family of living dolls fighting to keep their house. Besides that, I've always drawn to the Patricia Highsmith books and would love to adapt one of those. I was not at all happy with the film, "The Talented Mr. Ripley".

JL: Speaking on the admiration of others' works, the concept of 'Elevator' feels real Hitchcockian and you mention your love for 'Psycho', so I'd figure in some ways his films have had an influence on you. What have been some of your biggest influences as a writer?

MR: I read a lot of novels. Patricia Highsmith has been a big influence on me – "The Talented Mr. Ripley," "The Glass Cell," "A Dog's Ransom," etc. There's not one of her books I have not read. I'm still struggling with the classics that most people read in college – "Anna Karinina," etc. I am a huge fan of Chekov, and I think his "A Boring Story" is a masterpiece. I like reading novels set in LA and get a kick out of recognizing the locations. I really think the secret to being a good writer (or filmmaker) is knowing the terrain, not parodying someone else's work, but writing from a personal knowledge. Emotional terrain counts, too. If I were not a screenwriter, I'd love to write a novel. Most screenwriters turned novelists are pretty average.

JL: "The Mennyms." Anymore you can tell me on that? You say that's in the works, how far in the works are we talking here?

MR: I've written about 10 drafts of "The Mennoms", trying to please producers and directors, and now there's someone trying to raise the money. If they can not, I may produce it myself.

JL: Well, I thank you for your time, Marc. It's been very interesting and a pleasure. I look forward to hearing more about 'Elevator' and your future projects.

What is Metal Stamping?

Metal stamping is the process of cutting and molding metal alloys into specific forms, especially to be used as components for large machinery or structures. Metal sheets can be molded into different pre-determined shapes for use as regular products like pans and cans. The most common alloys that are used in metal stamping are steel, zinc, nickel, aluminum and titanium. Metal stamping is a very cost-effective and productive way of producing many kinds of metal products on a large scale.

In metal stamping, the metal sheets are placed in a die or a press tool that has specially designed cavity that gives the preferred shape to the metal sheet. The upper part of the die connects to the press slide while the lower component connects to the press bed. A specific component known as the punch pushes the metal sheet through the die, thus performing the actual shaping operation. After pressing, the metal is plated with gold, palladium, nickel or tin to prevent corrosion.

Plating also increments the wearability and soldable nature of the product. Sometimes, the sheet is also pre-plated before the stamping process, and then the product is cleaned to remove excess metal stamping oils and films. The product is then heat treated to make it stronger since it is still in the soft state after stamping. The product is then subjected to the deburring process for removing the sharp corners. This is done by using chemicals or abrasives. Metal stamping also involves other metalworking processes like piercing, blanking, forming and drawing on the same machines.

Stamping presses have specific force, speed and precision for giving a specific shape to the metal. There are two types of metal stamping presses: Mechanical and hydraulic. These are available in an extended range of capacities, sizes, stroke lengths and operating speeds.

Metal stamping is slowly replacing other metal forming processes like die casting, forging, fabricating and machining. One reason for this is the very low costs involved in metal stamping. The dies used for metal stamping cost less than those used in forging and casting. Also, the metals used in metal stamping can be harder than those used in other processes, so making the end product stronger. The cost of the secondary processes, like cleaning and plating are also considered reduced.

Moreover, there are certain products that have to be produced only through metal stamping: Base weights, brackets, balance clamps, brake flanges, conveyor flights, bushing seats, engine bases, flywheel shrouds and friction plates. There are also different kinds of metal stamping including: Deep drawn stamping, electronic stamping, Fourslide stamping, medical stamping, progressive die stamping and short run stamping. The most commonly used type is the progressive die drawing wherein a metal sheet is drawn through a series of dies and stamping is done by all the dies simultaneously, thus considering reducing the time it takes.

Camping Supplies

When going camping, there are quite a bit of absolutely essential supplies that have to be taken along. The type and quantity of supplies required depends on the nature of the camping trip and the duration.

Tents are the extremely essential as places that provide sleep and shelter.

Sleeping bags are necessary, especially since it can get quite cold out in the wild. A sleeping pad or air mattress to place under your sleeping bag for cushioning purposes is also necessary.

If the place where the camp site is being set up violates campfires, then a portable stove to prepare food is necessary.

A flashlight (preferably with extra batteries) is also a must. Hatchets, saw, or ax to cut down wood either for a campfire (if they are permitted) or for other minor construction or repair purposes. Rope is also essential since it can be very useful.

Other essential camping equipment can mostly be bought from home. These include dishes, pots, pans, utensils, etc.

For serious backpackers and wilderness campers, the list given above is pretty much a basic one.

Here are some other absolute essentials to be bought on a camping trip:

A map in a watertight case, a compass (a GPS system will be even better), extra clothing, extra food and water, a first aid kit, and a knife.

Other supplies include matches (also in a water-tight container), a fire starter, sunglass and sunscreen (to protect your eyes and skin respectively), a method of water treatment (like a water filter, for example), a food storage device (for places where bears are common, a bear canister is an absolute must) and a whistle.

The whistle can be used in situations where you get stuck and wish to call out to somebody for help. The whistle will almost always last a lot longer than your vocal cords will.

All the above mentioned supplies will be quite useless if they are not used properly. The most essential of all camping supplies is knowledge and experience.

How to Make Beef Stock at Home

Home made soups are not only comforting, but are also a good source of nutrients. Virtually every country or territory has their own types of soups. Another advantage of homemade soup is that they taste better too. Especially when they are cooked with fresh natural ingredients. They can be eaten with either bread, starch or on their own, especially during winter. They are among the easiest foods to make, and packet and cube soups have nothing like the flavor and texture of their home made counterpart. Virtually any ingredients ranging from vegetables to even fruits to meat and poultry or as mixtures of these can be used.

A very important ingredient in soup is the stock and making your own at home is worth the time and effort. For many people, the idea of ​​making beef stock or any kind of stock at sounds daunting, but it need not be. It is a good way to use the fresh vegetables from your garden.Stock cubes save time and are convenient to use but should be avoided as much as possible because they tend to contain a lot of salt. Here is a simple recipe for beef stock which you can make ahead of time and store in the freezer for up to forty five days. Do note that it can only be stored in the freezer as it deteriorates quickly.

Utensils: large saucepan, slotted spoon, colander.

Ingredients: one kilogram marrow and shin bones, one large onion, two large carrots, one bouquet garni, five black peppercorns.

Procedure: ask your butcher to chop the bones into small pieces that you can handle.

Wash the bones thoroughly and place them in a large saucepan.

Add about two quarts of water to cover the bones

Add half a tablespoon of salt.

Bring to the boil and skim off any scum with the slotted spoon.

Simmer the Stock gently for two hours keeping the saucepan half covered. Be sure to skim occasionally during this time.

Peel and quarter the onion, peel and chop the carrots.

Add the onion, carrots, bouquet garni and peppercorns. Then continue simmering for another two hours adding more water if the level drops below the level of the bones.

Remove the stock from heat and strain with a colander.

Allow it to cool them skim off fat with absorbent kitchen paper. Use immediately or store it in the freezer.

This beef stock can be used when preparing vegetable soups, meats, casseroles, stews and broths.

Choose Fiber Cement Boards For a Long-Lasting, Stylish Siding For Your Home, For Many Years to Come!

As a homeowner, the durability of your home is one of your main concerns. You want a home that can withstand the elements where you live, but you want it to look good at the same time. Worry no more, because here is the solution! Fiber cement boards are a highly durable and highly attractive material for siding your house. Read on to learn more about this manufactured material.

What Is It?

The concept of fiber cement boards was patented in the early 1900s, and has been a popular building material ever since. For much of the 20th century, the product was made with asbestos fibers, but that practice has been completely halted. Fiber cement sheets are now made with other, non-harmful organic fibers. As the name indicates, the boards consist of cement, cellulose (plant-based) fibers, and sand. This material is often called HardiePlank, which is a reference to JamesHardie, the most common manufacturer of fiber cement products.

Fiber cement boards are produced in long horizontal boards for use in cladding or siding a house, to imitate the look of traditional wooden siding. It is also available in large sheets and tiles, and is often used to line eaves or as a laying surface for tile in bathrooms and decks. It is also often replaced for wood in areas with a high fire risk because it is highly flame-resistant.

Why Choose Fiber Cement?

Fiber cement, when used as cladding on a structure, is highly superior to traditional wooden siding. It is not susceptible to rot or termites, and is non-flammable and non-absorbent. Thicker sheets are also highly impact-resistant. It is a highly durable material, requiring very little maintenance. This durability has led to the product being incredibly popular areas with harsh weather conditions, such as the deserts of the Australian Outback and the hurricane-prone coastal United States. It is longer-reflecting and has a better look than competing materials such as vinyl. It is also "greener" than many other building materials, causing less damage to the planet and using more sustainable raw materials.

How It's installed

Installation of fiber cement boards is much the same as other building materials. Planks for siding are formed and cut by the manufacturer and ready to install. Any piece that needs to be cut to size can be cut by mechanical saw, and thinner boards may be able to be scored and snapped by a knife. Good ventilation is a must while the boards are being cut. The boards, especially the large sheets, are very heavy, and installation will require at least two people at all times.

Once installed, the planks can be painted just like wood. Areas of exposure, such as exterior siding, should receive weatherproof exterior paint. It will occasionally require a new coat of paint, but is otherwise maintenance-free.

If you're in the market for a siding material that's durable and provides great curve appeal, ask your local contractor about fiber cement boards. You will not regret it.

Which Health Insurance Plan Is Best for Me?

Health insurance has proven itself of great help and financial aid in certain cases when events turn out unexpectedly. In times when you are ill and when your health is in grave jeopardy and when finances seem to be incapable to sustain for your care, health insurance is here to the rescue. A good health insurance plan will definitely make things better for you.

Basically, there are two types of health insurance plans. Your first option is the indemnity plans, which includes the fee-for-services and the second is the managed care plans. The differences between these two include the choice offered by the providers, the amount of bills the policy holder has to pay and the services covered by the policy. As you can always hear there is no ultimate or best plan for anyone.

As you can see, there are some plans which may be way better than the others. Some may be good for you and your family’s health and medical care needs. However, amidst the sweet health insurance plan terms presented, there are always certain drawbacks that you may come to consider. The key is, you will have to wisely weigh the benefits. Especially that not among these plans will pay for all the financial damages associated with your care.

The following are a brief description about the health insurance plans that might be fitting for you and your family’s case.

Indemnity Plans

Flexible Spending Plans – These are the types of health insurance plans that are sponsored when you are working for a company, or any employer. These are the care plans inclusive in your employee benefit package. Some of the specific types of benefits included in this plan are the multiple options pre-tax conversion plan, medical plans plus flexible spending accounts, tax conversion plan, and employer credit cafeteria plans. You can always ask your employer of the benefits included in your health care/insurance plans.

Indemnity Health Plans – This type of health insurance plan allows you to choose your own health care providers. You are given the freedom to go to any doctor, medical institution, or other health care providers for a set monthly premium. The insurance plan will reimburse you and your health care provider according to the services rendered. Depending on the health insurance plan policy, there are those that offers limit on individual expenses, and when that expense is reached, the health insurance will cover for the remaining expenses in full. Sometimes, indemnity health insurance plans impose restrictions on services covered and may require prior authorization for hospital care and other expensive services.

Basic and Essential Health Plans – It provides a limited health insurance benefit at a considerably low insurance cost. In opting for this kind of health insurance plan, it is necessary that one should read the policy description giving special focus on covered services. There are plans which may not cover on some basic treatments, certain medical services such as chemotherapy, maternity care or certain prescriptions. Also, rates vary considerably since unlike other plans, premiums consider age, gender, health status, occupation, geographic location, and community rated.

Health Savings Accounts – You own and control the money in your HSA. This is the recent alternative to the old fashioned health insurance plans. These are savings product designed to offer policy holders different way to pay for their health care. This type of insurance plan allows the individual to pay for the current health expenses and also save for untoward future qualified medical and retiree health costs on a tax-free basis. With this health care plan, you decide on how your money is spent. You make all the decisions without relying on any third party or a health insurer. You decide on which investment will help your money grow. However, if you sign up for an HSA, High Deductible Health Plans are required in adjunct to this type of insurance plan.

High Deductible Health Plans – Also called Catastrophic Health Insurance Coverage. It is an inexpensive health insurance plan which is enabled only after a high deductible is met of at least $1,000 for an individual expense and $2,000 for family-related medical expense.

Managed Care Options

Preferred Provider Organizations – This is charged in a fee-for-service basis. The involved health care providers are paid by the insurer on a negotiated fee and schedule. The cost of services are likely lower if the policy holder chooses an out-of-network provider ad generally required to pay the difference between what the provider charges and what the health insurance plan has to pay.

Point of Service – POS health insurance plans are one of the indemnity type options in which the primary health care providers usually make referrals to other providers within the plan. In the event the doctors make referrals which are out of the plan, that plan pays all or most of the bill. However, if you refer yourself to an outside provider, the service charges may also be covered by the plan but the individual may be required to pay the coinsurance.

Health Maintenance Organizations – It offers access to a network of physicians, health care institutions, health care providers, and a variety of health care facilities. You have the freedom to choose for your personal primary care doctor from a list which may be provided by the HMO and this chosen doctor may coordinate with all the other aspects of your health care. You may speak with your chosen primary doctor for further referrals to a specialist. Generally, you are paying fewer out-of-pocket fees with this type of health insurance plan. However, there are certain instances that you may be often charged of the fees or co-payment for services such as doctor visits or prescriptions.

Government-Sponsored Health Insurance

Indian Health Services – This is part of the Department of Health and Human Services Program offering all American Indians the medical assistance at HIS facilities. Also, HIS helps in paying the cost of the health care services utilized at non-HIS facilities.

Medicaid – This is a federal or s state public assistance program created in the year 1965. These are available for the people who may have insufficient resources to pay for the health care services or for private insurance policies. Medicaid is available in all states. Eligibility levels and coverage benefits may vary though.

Medicare – This is a health care program for people aging 65 and older, with certain disabilities that pays part of the cost associated with hospitalization, surgery, home health care, doctor’s bills, and skilled nursing care.

Military Health Care – This type includes the TRICARE or the CHAMPUS (Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services) and CHAMPVA (Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affair). The Department of Veterans Affair (VA) may also provide this service.

State Children’s Health Insurance Program – This is available to children whose low-income parents were not able to qualify for the Medicaid.

State-Specific Plans – This type of plan is available for low income uninsured individuals.

There are many different types of insurance plans that you may have the prerogative to know about. By learning which health care insurance fits your situation, you can avail of the many options that will likely be of great assistance to you in times when you will need it most. Insurance costs have typically become one of the common draw backs in choosing for an insurance quote. However, weighing the benefits will really matter. Make sure that you always read the benefits, terms and conditions before landing to whichever type of health insurance you choose.

Wireless Network Diagram

Wireless network is a term most often used to describe telecommunications network with nodes that are interconnected without the use of wires although technically a wireless network is any network that is wireless. Wireless telecommunications networks may also be referred to as computer networks which are a type of telecommunications network.

Normally an information transmission system which uses electromagnetic waves (radio waves for example) to carry information is installed for use with wireless telecommunications networks. When looking at a wireless network diagram this usually describes the physical level of the network

A wireless LAN (local area network) is a specific type of wireless network. Like other wireless devices, wireless LANs use radio waves to transmit data packets to and from computers on the network instead of wires.

GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) networks are split into three major subsystems: the switching system, the base station system, and the operation & support system. Most cellular services use GSM to operate their cell phone networks. GSM works by connecting the cell phone to the base system station which in turn connects to the operations and support station. Then is connects to the switching station and the call is transferred to its final destination.

As long ago as World War II, wireless networks were making a significant impact on the world. Wireless networks were used to transmit information overseas and behind enemy lines as a method of quick and reliable communication. Wireless technology continued to evolve over the next several decades until it exploded in recent years most notably in the cellular phone industry.

One benefit of wireless networks we can all appreciate is the elimination of the need for cords and cables that get all tangled up and hard to unravel. The trade off is that wireless communication can be more easily blocked or interfered with than when wires and cables are used to transmit data.

Another possible issue with wireless networks is compatibility. Components manufactured to different specifications may not work well together kind of like a Chevrolet engine isn’t likely to be compatible with a Mercedes Benz. A car is not a car in this case and the same holds true for wireless network components. Compatibility issues in wireless networks can be largely avoided by using components made by the same manufacturer.

In terms of Internet connections, wireless networks are usually a bit slower than networks directly connected with an Ethernet cable. In many cases, the difference in speed is negligible and may only be noticed when streaming video files are downloading large files. Wireless technology has developed to the point where it is quite simple and inexpensive to have a wireless network up & running if you’ll just follow the directions shown on the wireless network diagram.

3/8 Inch Curling Iron – Review

Today curling irons make it possible for the average woman to add some body, bounce and curl to naturally frizzy, flat or straight hair.

If you are a professional hair stylist and have a clientele of older women, if you yourself have very short or medium length hair and are looking for tight curl then I would recommend using a 3/8's inch curling iron. The mini 3/8 "barrel size will help you to add a bend to extremely short hair, some texture to bangs or create tight curls. of hair textures resulting in a beautiful finished hair style. Another great benefit is that do to the tiny barrel size you're able to get very close to the scalp which enables you to create incredible volume beginning at the roots.

Best Low Cost: If you are looking to add a 3/8 inch iron to your selection but do not what to spend a lot of money on a high quality tool, I recommend the Helen of Troy Silver / Chrome Barrel Iron.

Helen of Troy Professional Spring Curling Iron – Micro-Mini 3/8 "

* Features Include:

  • A chrome barrel
  • A cool tip
  • High / Low Heat Settings for Styling All Hair Types
  • Strong Spring Grip.
  • Built-In Safety Stand.
  • Pilot Light.
  • Triple-Plated Chrome Barrel.
  • Long-Life Heating Element.
  • Solid State Circuitry.
  • Tangle-Proof Swivel Cord

Best Top of the Line Option: If you are looking for a high quality, professional curling iron that heats up quickly and has multiple / variable heat settings then I would suggest the Gold Barrel Hot Tools.

Hot Tools Professional Spring Curling Iron – Micro-Mini 3/8 "(# 1138)

* Features Include:

  • 24K Gold-Plated Barrel
  • 85 Watts of Power
  • 10 Variable Heat Settings
  • Built-In Rheostat Control
  • Separate On / Off switch allows Rheostat to "Memorize" your Favorite Heat Setting
  • Superior Mica Heating System
  • Heavy-Duty, Long-Life Heating Element
  • Powerful Spring Clamp
  • Foldaway Safety Stand
  • Ready for use in 60 Seconds
  • Pilot Light
  • Steel Bar
  • Voltage: 120V
  • Extra-Long Thumb Grip
  • Soft-Grip Handle for a More Comfortable, Secure Grip
  • 8 ft. Heavy-Duty Round Cord with Improved Swivel for Longer Cord Life.
  • One (1) Year Limited Manufacturer Warranty

A New Wash Basin Can Add Style and Reliability

You may not think you have to care much about what you buy with a wash basin, but you should be aware of the options you have out there. With the right product, you can add both style and reliability to your kitchen or bathroom. You do not have to set up for the same old thing you have had in place either. You can change the look of the room with some simple upgrades like this.

A wonderful wash basin does not have to cost very much, and some of them look like you did spend quite a bit. It all comes down to what you purchase, what it is made from, and the brand. Where you shop for such an item can influence the cost too. Do not assume the prices will be the same everywhere out there. Do your homework to get the very best deal on the one you want.


As you get ready to shop for a wash basin, think about overall efficiency. You need it to be something you can count on from the start. You do not want a product that is not durable or one that shows signs of wear soon after you purchase it. Instead, you want a product you can count on to last for a very long time. You want it to look just as good in a few years as it does now.

What do you Need from it?

If you are going to change the dimensions or deign of the wash basin from what you have now, what do you need from it? You need to carefully measure the space you have to ensure it is going to fit. You also need to make sure it will not be too tall for the faucet design you have in place. There are plenty of variables to choose from, just make sure it all fits like it should.

What do you Want?

While the wash basin has a purpose to uphold, there is no reason why it can not offer you something you really want too. Think about the color and the type of materials it made from What captures your attention as you look at the different choices out there? Do you plan to make any other upgrades you need it to blend in well with? If not, make sure it will with the décor.

You may like a classic look that is simple but sophisticated at the same time. You may want to go with a retro design. You can also choose those that are trendy at this time and convey a message that you are up on the latest options out there.

How Much to Spend

Decide how much money you have in your budget to spend on a wash basin. Doing so will help you to make some other decisions too. While some materials cost less than others, you do not want to get a cheaply made product. Otherwise, it will look scratched and damaged soon after you buy it. You will have to replace it in the near future, and that is not going to make you happy.

It is not difficult to find a good price on a wonderful product you can definitely on for a very long time. Take your time to look around, to envision what it will look like installed, and to make a decision that works for you. Not all of them are the same in how they function, hold up, or look, so invest some time to get one you will be happy to see that area of ​​your house.

Cornhole Bags – Real Corn or All-Weather Resin?

Playing Cornhole has changed a lot in the last 20 years. What started out as a college game in the Midwest in the 1990’s, has morphed into a nationwide outdoor game phenomenon, enjoyed by all ages and walks of life. The game of Cornhole has gained more notoriety and respect progressing from an occasional outdoor game to a legitimate sport, complete with its own governing body: The American Cornhole Association. For many people, it is critically important to have consistency and standards in place, specifically with the composition of Cornhole bags.

Like the name implies, Cornhole bags were originally filled with corn. However, corn filled bags have a few inherent drawbacks, which can affect the performance and durability of your bags. Corn is an organic substance, and like any organic substance, will change when in contact with water. When your Cornhole bags get wet from dew, rain or beer individual kernels within the bag will swell up absorbing the liquid. Now your Cornhole bag is swollen and heavy. With increased size and weight comes added pressure on the bags bindings (stitching), and affects the accuracy when tossed. Like anything else that is no longer living, the introduction of water speeds up the decaying process, which isn’t good for your kernels or bags. As the liquid from the kernels is evaporated, the kernels shrink and the process of expanding and contracting repeats with each liquid encounter-not good.

One of the most common complaints of corn filled bags is that they are targeted by animals. Mice, chipmunks and squirrels will be quite interested in corn filled bags (even more so if they’ve gotten wet) and that’s not good. And where there are small rodents, the predators are soon to follow- snakes, yikes!

The good news is that plastic resin filled all-weather Cornhole bags are available and becoming a popular alternative to corn. Resin bags weight exactly the same as corn filled bags; will not absorb water and decay. Plastic resin is not at all interesting to rodents so you won’t need to be on the lookout for Black Rat Snakes in your grass lurking for tasty rodents. The all-weather resin filled Cornhole bags are becoming more popular at the beach and around pools. If you are looking for the same quality of play but less mess you will find the all-weather resin filled corn hole bags a great alternative to corn filled corn hole bags.