Measuring the Value a Porcelain Doll Brings to Your Finished Dollhouse

Porcelain dolls can add value to your life in several ways. It increases the entertainment value, the monetary value, the beauty value, and can have hidden health benefits. The value of a dollhouse can be measured not only in terms of money but also in the joy on the faces of your family.

The sense of accomplishment you feel when completing your creation with the best accessories, like a porcelain doll, is immeasurable. Porcelain dolls are realistic-looking and usually have soft bodies capable to be posed. This adds to the entertainment value of your dollhouse. The dolls come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, nationalities, and dress. The availability of so many options ensures the proper fit for the theme of your diorama.

Also, with all the options available, the dollhouse, and its family can be outfitted for holidays. For instance, if your family celebrates Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Doll can be redressed as Mr. and Mrs. Claus, with Porcelain Doll children peeking down the banister looking for gifts.

A Christmas tree or Menorah can be added to the décor in any room of the dollhouse for added ambiance. The family can even be posed praying at the dinner table over a feast, or can be preparing for a night of Trick-or Treating.

Your careful choice of dolls not only adds to the décor of your dollhouse, it adds to the worth of the entire piece. Many dolls also increase in value over time. Your initial investment will only grow in monetary worth, and will be a positive feature for future generations. With careful care and handling your descendants will inherit a valuable asset that will be enjoyed by many generations.

Dolls also add value to your dollhouse in the skills your children will learn. Children can learn the value of gentleness, cleanliness, and the importance of investing in the future. Teaching children the skills necessary to caring for your their toys will help them grow into adulthood. These skills are essential to life as an adult, and children can learn them as they learn about their dolls, perhaps even starting a hobby to carry through their lives.

The hidden health benefits of adding porcelain dolls to your dollhouse can be immense. Common sense tells us stress is hard on your body physically and emotionally. Having a hobby such as a dollhouse, completed with quality accessories to indulge in can create a sense of accomplishment, joy, and brings a reduction in the stresses of everyday life.

Having a finished dollhouse adds to the beauty of your home; it becomes a conversation piece. Changing the decorations, or adding to them to reflect the seasons or holidays can create a centerpiece the whole family will enjoy. Adding a heavy winter coat on a coat hook near the door, and a light coat of snow on the exterior can create a homey feel. Guests will be sure to comment on the beauty of your creation and on the exquisiteness of your porcelain dolls.

Adding porcelain dolls contributes to the value of your dollhouse in many ways. Children can learn necessary skills for adulthood, gentleness, cleanliness, and the importance of investing in the future. Careful choices of porcelain dolls can mean an increase in monetary value, and can increase the entertainment value of your dollhouse. The right choices can mean a lifetime of enjoyment of your dollhouse and your porcelain dolls.

Chasing Your Dreams!

Friends, it is always a power of your dreams and a motive to move ahead, which is required to move ahead and to be successful in life. Does it sound, impractical; let me share with you, something practical and real.

Some real time facts:

1.Out of the first four stores FW Woolworth opened, three failed. When he died, he was worth more than $ 20 million.

2.Einstein was 4 years old before he could speak.

3.Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school and was considered "unpromising".

4.Beethoven's music teacher once said of him, "As a composer, he is hopeless."

5.Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.

6.Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper because he "lacked imagination, and had no good ideas".

7.Thomas Edison's teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything. Later, he tested 1,600 different materials before settling on carbon as the filament for the electric light bulb.

Some Themes

1) Victory Against Cancer

In October of 1996, Lance Armstrong, America's greatest cyclist, received the news. He was hero both in USA and in other Countries. He was called the "Golden Boy of American Cycling", and felt like nothing could stop him.

Something did. He was unable to finish a race in 1996 due to excruciating pain. He was rushed to hospital to find the cause.

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That month Lance underwent several tests, and the diagnosis was testicular cancer. The cancer had spread to his lungs and his brain. After undergoing three immediate surgeries, his chances for recovery were 50/50. The man, who had everything, was now hoping to have one thing, LIFE.

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES

With the support of his family and friends, and his unstoppable attitude, Armstrong started to improve. The chemotherapy started to work and he started to once again think about racing. Some thought he was crazy. He was battling cancer, how could he think about ever racing again.

TAKING ACTION

He did more than just thinking about it. He did it. Armstrong began training only five months after his diagnosis. He did not feel cursed, but lucky. He was given a new perspective on life. Armstrong realized how lucky of a man he really was.

Now that he beat cancer, Lance Armstrong took on the next big challenge, the Tour de Frances. Not only did he race well, he won.

Some were unsure if could survive cancer. He did. Some were unsure if he could train again. He did. Few thought he could win again. He did.

2) Amitabh Bhachan

Background: Born in the family of a schoolteacher. After his graduation, he joined some bank and started working there as a Clerk. Always wanted to be in entertainment industry (Radio, Television, Movies, Advertising etc) but was not aware of means and modes to enter into it.

Struggle: He left his job and moved to Mumbai (We all call this city as "City of Dreams"). Appeared for a "Voice Test" in All India Radio but got revised. He was informed that "His voice is not soft and smooth" something that people like to listen to. He continued with his struggle … for months and years. No production house was willing to sign him. No act was was willing to work with him. Got few movies but all flopped. Rejected and deleted he was all set to leave that city. Believe me … he was at railway station … boarding on the train on his way back to his hometown and there he met one producer … who immediately signed him for his next venture … that movie was super hit and hernce, Amitabh Bhachan … became "an overnight success".

Struggle Continued: Although he becomes a "Super Star" but that was not an end of his struggle. In 1981 … he met with a fatal accident and he struggled with his death … for his life … for more than two weeks. There were other few small accidents he faced … that I can ignore at this point of time.

Last Struggle: Then, came 1996 … and he organized "Miss World Contest" in India. Show was good … but he became bankrupt. No body was willing to get associated with him. People started considering him as "a lost force" … "an old horse" … people thought that it is an end of his career. That was the time when for him each new day was worse than the previous one.

And Now: In 2000 … he bounced back … probably with more energy … more passion and more dedication. As per the BBC ratings … in 2000 … they declared him as the "Best Actor of the Century" … above the likes of Jim Carrey … Charlie Chaplin. Now, his voice is the one that everyone likes to listen to. Today, at 64 … he is one of the busiest actors … that we have. He repaid all his debts and today he is worth of 50 Million USD.

His Motto: "Believe in yourself and things will work for you."
His Strengths: Do not give up, High Determination, Very Hardworking, Humble, a great learner and have passion for work.

3) The Dream Behind Wendy's

As a young boy, Dave Thomas did not have the easiest childhood. He was an adopted child, and was never able to meet his birth parents. The relationship he had with his adoptive father was difficult to say the least. This did not stop the young Dave Thomas from dreaming. At the age of eight, he dreamed that one-day he would own the best restaurant in the world. His his surroundings, Dave Thomas had a dream, and knew it would be realized, someday.

PERSISTENCE

Through hard work and persistence, this young boy learned much about the restaurant business by working in them at a very young age. He was passionate about his goal, and worked diligently to secure his attainment. As opportunities presented themselves, Mr. Thomas jumped. He was able to start his own restaurant and take a giant step closer to his dream and that was the foundation of Wendy's chain of Restaurants. This did not, how ever, come to him on a silver platter.

TAKING RISKS

Dave Thomas invested everything he had into the first Wendy's restaurant, not knowing whether or not it would be successful. He could have lost it all, but that did not stop him.

A DREAM REALIZED

Today, Wendy's is a $ 3.5 billion dollar company, and Dave Thomas is a man who had a dream, and did everything possible to make it come true. A boy with a dream is a powerful thing. Add to this equation persistence and passion, and you have an unstoppable force.

4) They Said It Could not Be Done

They said it could not be done. Many scientists also agreed that it was physically impossible. No one could ever run the mile in less than four minutes. No one ever has, they said, and no one ever will. Roger Bannister must have been absent that day in class, because on May 6, 1954, he ran the mile in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds.

This feat ended the world's nine-year quest for the four-minute mile. After Bannister's sub four-minute mile, other's also added their names to the list.

Once someone proved they could accomplish the impossible, other's found they could also. Could this be happening today? Many people today can tell you this or that that will never be done. They may even tell that your dream is impossible.

Roger Bannister provided them all wrong, and so can you.

5) Sonia Gandhi

Background: Born in Italy. Got married into the India's Most Powerful Family … "The Gandhi's". She was never interested in politics. All she wanted was peaceful life … away from the glare of media and power. Probably, that is the reason that for most of the time, she used to stay out of India … with her family.

Destiny: But her destiny had something different in store for her. In 1984 her mother-in-law Late Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi got assassinated … followed by the assassination of her husband Late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. Her dreams crashed … right in front of her. She had choices … to move out the country … or to stay out of "Power Game".

New Dream: Till 1999, she stayed in self-imposed exile. And then joined Congress … India's Oldest Political Party. That time this party was not into power … they were sitting in opposition. She saw a dream "to get her party … back into the power". But it was not easy. Her own party members had doubt on her credibility. The opposition went on to call her as "Bitch" … "Dumb Doll" … "Anti National" … "A woman who is planning to sell this country" … they were not ready to accept her. ..and what not.

Reaching the Goal: In 2004 … she single handedly won General Elections for her party. And she was unanimously elected as the leader of the party and hence Prime Minister of the Country. But the opposition was planning all India stir, saying that they will not let "an Outsider" to become the Prime Minister of the country. Here, she sacrificed her post and decided not to become the Prime Minister and nominated Dr. Man Mohan Singh for the post of Prime Minister. As per the list announced by Forbes last Week, "Sonia Gandhi is the world's 13th Most Powerful Woman".

Her Motto: "Do not give any chance to other's to point their finger's at you"

Her Strength: Approachable, Connectivity with people at lower level, A great strategist and planner.

6) Successful people do it in spite of, and not in absence of, problems.

FACTS

Wilma Rudolph was born into a poor home in Tennessee. At age four, she had double pneumonia with scarlet fever, a deadly combination, which left her paralyzed with polio. She had to wear a brace and the doctor said she would never put her foot foot on the earth.

DREAM

But her mother encourage her; she told Wilma that with God-given ability, persistence and faith she could do anything she wanted. Wilma said, "I want to be the fastest women on the track on this earth." At the age of nine, against the advice of doctors, she removed the brace and took the first step the doctors had said she never would. At the age of 13, she entered her first race and came way, way last. And then she entered her second, and third and fourth and came way, way last until a day came when she came in first.

HARD WORK

At the age of 15 she went to Tennessee State University where she met coach by name Ed Temple. She told him, "I want to be the fastest women on the track on this earth." Temple said, "with your spirit nobody can stop you and besides, I will help you."

REALIZATION OF DREAM

The day came when she was at the Olympics and at the Olympics you are matched with the best of the best. Wilma was matched against a woman named Jutta Heine who had never been beaten.

The first event was the 100 – meter race. Wilma beat Jutta Heine and won her first gold medal.

The second event was the 200-meter race and Wilma beat Jutta a second time and won her second gold medal.

ALWAYS KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE GOAL

The third event was the 400-meter relay and she was racing against Jutta one more time. In the relay, the fastest person always runs the last lap and they both anchored their teams. The first three people ran and changed the baton easily. When it came to Wilma's turn, she dropped the baton. But Wilma saw Jutta shoot up at the other end; she picked the baton, ran like a machine, beat Jutta a third time and won her third gold medal. It became history: that analytic women became the fastest women on the earth at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

This story teachers us that successful people do it in spite of, not in absence of, problems.

Conclusion

At the beginning, everything appears to be impossible, but those who are dare enough and bold enough to take that first step, they have done well in their career as well as in life. It is very easy to put blame on external factors. I can only say, life your life, as if it is your last day and work or do things, in a way as if the whole world is watching you.

I will be looking forward to your comments and feedback.

Have a great time and a fantastic week ahead and yes, pleaseee, pleaseees do take care of your good self.

"Tickle Your Amygdala" and Access Your Super Brain

The key to developing your mind’s power works hand in hand with developing certain parts of your brain. Specifically, your frontal lobes, a part of your neo cortex, the area commonly referred to as the third eye.

Of course the brain is a cohesive whole and you can’t just work on one part. This means that to access the frontal lobes you also have to stimulate other parts of the brain that trigger activity in the region you want to develop.

One of the ways to do this, in the words of T. A. Lingo, is to ‘tickle you amygdala’. A pioneer in the field of neurophysics, Lingo understood the unfathomable potential lying dormant beneath our skulls, and set out to find ways to tap into that potential.

Key in his research was the role of the amygdala. A small almond shaped organ the amygdala, according to Lingo, acts like a switch that when switched forward fires up the super brain, the part of your brain that becomes extremely active during deep meditation, ecstasy, nirvana, samahdi, transcendence and all of your higher functions, emotions, and peak experiences. When switched back however, it activates our R Complex, or reptile brain the part of our brain responsible for fight or flight.

Albeit unconventional, and largely unacknowledged during his life time, time is now corroborating what Lingo asserted: that the amygdala is like a switch to our spiritual, cosmic super brain and that by tickling, or “clicking it forward” in other words, we can develop the ability to flick our power switch on.

Tickling your amygdala is a simple little technique that will open the gate to your super brain and cause a positive response in you. To find out how to ‘tickle your amygdala’ and to try it for yourself you can find the instructions here:

http://www.positivemindstates.com/tickleyouramygdala.htm

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Ways For the Proper Driving of a Skid Steer Loader

Skid steer loaders are machines that are used in several farms and construction jobs. They have lifting arms that have diverse devices connected to them, like buckets, snow blowers and pallet forks. The machines have separate controls on the drive wheel, this means that that the wheels found in the left part are separately controlled from the steering wheel in the right portion. This feature is very important in the maneuverability, permitting the loader to make complete spins in tight locations.

It is a necessity that the machinist must be familiar with the basics of the operation. Operating the machine needs practice; however, there are some fundamental steps that will help you do the accurate operation of the equipment. Several models of the skid steer utilize hand controls in order to maneuver the bucket.

The following are some instructions to follow if you use skid steers that use foot pedals:

  • Look for the foot pedals and control arms inside the cabin of the truck.
  • Push the two control arms onward in order that the machine will move forward.
  • Pull backside on the two control arms so that the machine will move backwards.
  • Push frontward in the right bar and pull rearward in the left bar to rotate the loader into the left.
  • Push frontward into the left bar and drag back in the right bar in order to twist the loader into the right. The serration of your spin can be determined how far back you drag in the right hand bar.
  • Move onward into the right bar and drag back into the left bar in order to rotate the skid loader into the left.
  • Force down the left toes in the frontage of the left base pedal in order to bring down the bucket.
  • Press the left hind of the foot at the back of your left foot accelerator pedal for raising the bucket.
  • Press the right heel at the back of your right foot accelerator pedal for using the scope or tilting upward of the bucket.
  • By pressing the right toes next to the right accelerator, it will dump the filling of the bucket as it is being raised.
  • When you get out of the skid steer, lower the bucket along with the arms before exiting the truck even for a short time.

Wood Carports

Wood carports are fantastic addition as they are much more friendly on the budget than adding a more traditional metal carport for your home or business. Wood carports are generally considered the most attractive option when it comes to any type of structure in particular ones that house your vehicle or equipment. Wood carports are known for being capable of matching the beauty of the home that they are often attached to or standing next to much more ideally than a typical metal carport. This is due to the fact that metal carports tend to look much more utilitarian than the warmth and organic nature that they would not carport which tend to have much more artistic designs does.

You can get your carport face in a variety of different colors as well as different sizes and styles as well. The facade on your home will have a particular kind of detail and so you're going to want your carport to have the same detail and motive as well if you ever intend to sell the house. The majority of the manufacturers that sell these types of carports and carport kits usually allow you to customize the overall appearance of your wooden carport to a reasonable degree. There tons of different options and selections that you can choose from what the overall trend of your carport or even something as basic as the color as well. One of the most common and typically the most expensive parts to change are the roof style. This is because the roof is essentially much like the facade, apart that tends to make the house that is either attached or standing near and is there before the most expensive due to the fact that the carport has been made to match the house or home.

Usually in as little as a few days and most professional carport installers or contractors can have your structure up in no time which is particularly fast relative to having to do it on your own. Most of the time wood carports will have kits that come along with them should you decide to build them yourselves or have a contractor for you. Be sure to check out all the different options that are available to you as well as do some comparison shopping online for making any final purchases. Always be sure to ask about the warranty as well so that you know your investment is protected.

Five Common Flexible Printed Circuit Design Errors

Flexible Printed Circuitry (FPC) offers a tremendous opportunity for the packaging engineer and electronic designer. These versatile electronic wiring systems can be shaped, bent, twisted and folded into endless dimensional configurations…limited only by an engineer’s origami creativity. In this regard they offer significant design advantages over a two dimensional and inflexible rigid printed circuit board (PCB). This added dimension can make flex circuits a designer engineer’s dream, but with the addition of flexibility come some “rules” that need to be followed (sounds like an oxymoron??) to make certain a robust design is achieved.

Different manufacturing methods and material sets are used for FPC’s and an immediate difference is the dimensional properties. Rigid printed circuits are generally more dimensionally stable vs. the standard polyimide film used as the building block in 98% of the flex circuits produced. This increased dimensional variability means a flexible circuit requires different design rules than its rigid printed circuit board relative. Unfortunately, much of the design software available uses rigid PCB design rules and this can create manufacturing and functional problems for the flexible circuit. Getting a flexible circuit design ready for fab is referred to some in the industry as “flexizing” the design.

The list below details five of the more common ways “flexizing” makes a design more robust, more producible, and ready for fabrication.

  1. Solder mask or coverfilm openings: During fabrication flexible circuitry can demonstrate dimensional change after exposure to processes like pumice scrubbing, copper plating, and/or etching. While some change can be accounted for, flexible circuitry design rules generally require larger tolerances to accommodate subsequent registrations for coverfilm, stiffeners, or die cutting. Additional consideration is required for the adhesive squeeze out that occurs during lamination of the coverfilm dielectric. Complicating the prediction of compensating design features is the myriad of processes and sequences required to produce a custom flexible circuit. The bottom line is the openings in the coverfilm generally need to allow more room in a flex circuit design.
  2. Spacing between solder pads and adjacent traces: Here is the tradeoff, i.e. design compromise, which will be made based on item #1. When the coverfilm or soldermask openings are made larger, the edges of the adjacent conductor traces could be exposed if they were routed too close to a solder pad. This can cause shorts if solder bridges between connector pins or pads. Physical size of the circuit is another factor that can affect registration capability. In general more space is needed between a solder pad and an adjacent conductive trace to accommodate the coverfilm or soldermask placement tolerance.
  3. Stress points in conductors: Because flex circuitry is used in both fold to install and dynamic flexing applications, trace configurations that are acceptable in a rigid PCB may create problems in a flexible circuit. Conductor traces with sharp corners and acute junctures at the base of solder pads become natural “stress points” when the area near them is flexed. This can result in trace fracture or delamination. A good flexible circuit layout will have a smooth radius for conductor turn points (instead of sharp corners) and a gentile radius from the trace to the pad fillet instead of a sharp angle. Selective attachment of stiffeners will prevent bending in soldered regions and is a common design practice.
  4. Stacked traces: Traces on opposite sides of the dielectric should not directly “stack” on each other. Traces in tension (on the outside of the bend radius) may crack when the circuit is bent if they directly align in parallel with a trace on the opposite side. The traces in tension are forced farther from the neutral axis of the folded region and can fracture, especially with repeated bending. A good design practice is to keep the copper in the neutral axis of a bend by designing this region as a single conductive layer. When this is not possible, a proper design will “stagger” the traces between top and bottom copper layers to prevent top and bottom alignment.
  5. Soldered joints too close to bend point: A solder joint is formed by an intermetalic bond of the solder alloy to the copper trace. While the copper trace is normally flexible, regions that have been soldered become very rigid and inflexible. When the substrate is bent near the edge of the solder joint, the solder pad is either going to crack or delaminate. Either situation will cause serious functional issues.

The bottom line is that designing a flex circuit with standard PCB software can result in some serious manufacturability and reliability issues. It is best to work with your flexible circuit supplier or a flexible circuit design expert to either “flexize” the design prior to beginning fabrication or create the layout directly from a net list. This will assure that the design can be manufactured to meet your needs.

Sharpening Chisels And Plane Irons

We've tried just about every system for sharpening there is. Here's how to get the best possible edge with the least amount of fuss.

When I took my first class in woodworking, the first thing the instructor showed us was his waterstone pond. For more than an hour he talked about secondary bevels, wire edges, and polishing the back of our edge tools. I kept looking at the rows of backsaws and chisels and wondering when he was going to get to the important part.

Within a week we all realized we should have paid more attention to the sharpening lecture. Soon there was only two sharp chisels in the shop and 10 students. I made it a point to learn to sharpen well. I've used a variety of methods including: oil stones, diamond stones, ceramic stones, sandpaper, and electric grinders. Each system has it's good and bad points. Some are simple, others do not make a mess. Most systems can pit a really good edge on tool steel. For me, the two most important qualities a sharpening system needs are that it must be fast and produce the keenest edge. I want a good edge in a hurry. That's because I'm more interested in woodworking than I am in the act if sharpening. I want to be done with it and get back to the good part.

The steps I'm about to show you will work with every sharpening and honing system I know of on the market. No matter what system you use, sharpening is about one thing: Grinding and polishing the two intersecting planes of a cutting edge to as fine a point as possible. Here are a few words af advice: Pick a sharpening system and stick with it for a good long time before you consider giving up. If you stick with one system, your edges will improve gradually as you get better and better at using your particular set of stones or sandpaper.

Second, buy a honing guide. These simple and inexpensive guides are quick to set up and ensure your edge will be perfect every time you sharpen. I use a $ 10 Eclipse-style guide for sharpening my chisels and most plane irons. I also use the Veritas honing guide. It's perfect at sharpening skew chisels and specialty plane irons that will not fit in the Eclipse guide, such as irons fit shoulder planes. Use the same guide over and over and your bridges will come out the same same time.

There are three sharpening operations that must be performed on all plane irons and chisels. First you must polish the flat backside of the tool. Next you grind the cutting bevel. Finally hone and polish a small part of that cutting bevel. Keep in mind that these three steps are only for tools that you have newly acquired. Once you do these three things, maintaining an edge is easier. Most sharpening is just honing and polishing the cutting bevel.

Begin with the back side of the tool. It's one-half of your cutting edge so you need to get it right. Start sharpening by rubbing the backside back and forth across a medium-grit sharpening stone. You do not need to polish the entire back, just the area up by the cutting edge. I begin the process with a 1,000 grit Norton waterstone, then do the same thing with the 4,000 grit, and then the 8,000 grit stone. The backside should look like a mirror when you're finished.

The next step is to grind the cutting bevel of the tool. You can use an electric grinder that has a tool rest, or you can use a coarse sharpening stone. I grind using a diamond stone for three reasons. First, it will never destroy a tool due to over heating (which can happen with electric grinders). Second, I use the diamond stone to flatten the waterstones. And third, the diamond stone is great for touching up my router bits.

Put the tool in your honing guide and set it so the cutting bevel is dead flat against the stone. I use mineral spirits to lubricate my diamond stone. It evaporates slower than water and will not allow rust to build up on the stone. Rub the cutting edge against the diamond stone and check your progress. You want to grind the entire cutting bevel all the way across. If you set the tool properly in the jig, this should be about 5 to 10 minutes work. As you progress, you should make a burr on the back side of the tool. This is called a "wire edge", and you'll want to remove it by rubbing the backside on your finest-grit stone a couple of times.

Honing is the fun part. The first thing to do is reset the tool in your honing guide. Loosen the screw that clamps the tool and slide the tool back about 1/8 "." Retainen the screw. "This will set the tool so that only a small part of the cutting bevel gets honed. you can see a secondary bevel appear up at the cutting edge. Once you have the burr, remove it by rubbing the backside across your 8,000-grit stone.

Polishing is a little different. You want to polish the secondary bevel with the finest grit stone. I use an 8,000-grit Norton waterstone. Work the secondary bevel and the backside on the 8,000-grit stone and watch the scratches disappear. When they're gond, you're done. Enjoy your woodworking.

How To Get Your Ex-Boyfriend Back By Re-Opening The Lines Of Communication

One of the first things that goes when you are faced with the morning after a break-up is to realize quite how fully the lines of communication have broken down between you and your ex.

It is hard to remember in the days after a breakup, but there was a time when you were happy, when you never argued, when the sex was great, and he fancied the pants off you. All of that might seem like a distant memory now, but the good news is that you can get back to that state of affairs. It simply requires you to re-calibrate where your relationship is currently at, and re-open up the lines of communications.

What does that mean in practical terms?

You should start to think back on your relationship with your ex boyfriend, and try to pick out three occasions when the communications between you were good. These can be quite diverse situations; in fact the more diverse they are the better, as in most relationships there are some areas where couple are great communicators (for example sexually), but in others (for example money) they may do nothing but disagree and bicker.

It is important to realize where you stand in terms of communication with your ex, because even if your relationship ended because of an affair, or a particular event. It is still the case that the events that led up to that were probably predicated on a breakdown in communications.

The best way to start to get your ex boyfriend back is to start working on the lines of communication where you had the MOST connection, and NOT to focus on the ones where you had the LEAST.

This is a mistake that many women make at the end of relationships particularly because all the focus is on what is wrong, and not on what is right. You need to turn that on its head.

Cosmetic Lighting and Portrait Photography

Overview

How many times have you heard someone say "that's a terrible photograph of me", or even said it yourself?

The point of cosmetic light is avoid unflattering lighting and viewpoints.

Modeling and texture is a consequence of lighting. Moving the angle of illumination closer to the subject / camera axis generally flattens modeling and reduces texture, while increasing the angle increases both.

Similarly, more directional (intense) lighting produces harder shadows, while less directional (soft) lighting diminishes them.

The following tips describe how to deal with common problems by making simple changes. Experimentation is required to achieve the best results.

Making faces wider or narrower

Very few people have perfectly symmetrical faces. For example, one side may be slightly larger or flatter than the other. If the subject is illuminated so that the main light falls on the side that is wider, and the other side is kept in shadow, the viewer's imagination will lead them to think that the shaded side is equal to the lit side. The overall impression will be that the face is wider than it really is. Conversely, if the narrator side of the face is illuminated, the viewer will think that the face is narrower than it really is.

This illusion can be varied by changing the angle of lighting, and the maximum effect comes from very dark shadows, since this leaves more to the viewer's imagination.

Altering eye sockets

If the subject has deep eye sockets, lowering the main light will provide more lighting, and make the eyes sockets appear shallow.

Conversely, shallow eye sockets, or bulging eyes can be altered by raising the main light source, and moving it further away from the subject / camera axis (Ie more to the side). This needs to be done in conjunction with making the fill-in light a little brighter, and the overall effect will be a flattening of the planes of the face.

Large noses

Large noses can be de-emphasized by moving the main light source closer to the subject / camera axis. This will cast a nose shadow on the upper lip, rather than the cheek, so making the nose look less large.

Attractive hair or baldness

Hair can be emphasized by raising the main light and the camera view point. The subject will need to be re-positioned slightly, so that they look up to the camera. With a bald subject, this is will have the opposite effect and further emphasize their baldness.

Chins

If the subject has a weak chin, get them to tilt their head back a little, which will make their chin stick out. If they have a strong jaw, have the subject tilt their head forward reduce its prominence.

Soft focus

Soft focus reduces and skin blemishes. Soft focus can be achieved by using the largest lens aperture possible (however the effect will most likely be determined by the capabilities of your camera lens). Briefly, larger apertures have a smaller depth of focus, so any feature beyond the focal point will be very slightly blurred. You should always focus on the eyes, but this becomes doubly important when employing any form of soft focus.

Choosing the Right Translation Agency

With globalization at its peak, language is no longer a barrier that can hinder communication between nations and obstruction progress. Services of various companies are being outsourced across the globe. Vital verticals of organizations like sales, customer support, production etc are maintained in countries different from the location of the mother company. In such a situation linguistic barriers can really harm the productivity and conversions of the company. Here services like translation services are gaining popularity and assuming the position of an identifiable service for many companies.

Translation companies come as a boon for entrepreneurs seeking to expand their business and go global especially to non-English speaking countries. A translation agency will assist you with professional language translation services and over communication communications barriers in your business line. Services like Chinese language translation, German, Spanish language translation etc. will make it easy for you to convey your ideas to the client and understand the questions they have. Most of the translation companies move beyond spoken language barriers and even provide services like website translation services and medical translation services.

There are a number of options available when selecting a translation agency. But an average entrepreneur can get confused. Following are a few tips that you can apply when choosing a company for business translation services –

Reputation
There is a reason why the world is crazy after brands. They come with the promise of quality and genuineness. Same is the case when you seek a service for translation. Check the reputation and experience the company holds in the translation field. It is advisable to go through the company's website, see the services they provide, read up client testimonials, case studies etc. If possible try and get in touch with a client of minds and understand the quality of work they provide, timelines, policies and other factors important to your business.

Check language Skills
It is important that you are completely satisfied with the languages ​​proficiency level of the company before you hire them. This is important so that they do justice to your project and do not mess up relation between you and your clients. There are a number of ways in which you can assess their proficiency. The best way is to check how many different language combinations the agency is offering and the qualifications of their team members.

Price of the process
Getting a cheap option for every process is not a very likeable idea. Official translation services at a cheap rate will help you save money but you may have to compromise with the quality of work. An experienced translation agency will be expensive but they will make sure that the work goes as per client requirement.

Services
An experienced company will always have plenty of services to offer in the same field. This is because they know the client requirements and expectations with the industry very well. Also on hiring a company that provides several services under one roof saves you time.

The above discussed methods are the basic methods in which you can check the efficiency of the company you choose for your translation requirement. For references you can always surf the internet, ask business associates or friends to guide you in short listing a few well known translation service companies.

If you are intending to expand your business operations globally, especially to, you definitely need a professional translation agency to translate your business documents, marketing collaterals, websites, legal documents, technical reports, etc.

Can You Save Your Marriage Without the Efforts of Your Spouse?

If you have seen the movie Fireproof, then you know it is the story of a man who decides to fight to save his crumbling marriage. Despite the strong religious message in this movie, the most hotly debated topic of the film seems to be centered around its message that just one person's efforts can save a marriage. Proponents of this view believe that if only one person is committed to saving the marriage, then their spouse will follow suit as they come to appreciate the effort that the other person is making to save the marriage. Opponents consistently believe that it takes two people to have a successful marriage, and therefore it takes two people to save a marriage.

After delving into the arguments from proponents of both these positions, there is validity to both of these points of view. As long as the marriage was strong at some point, then just one motivated spouse does seem capable of starting the journey of saving a marriage all by themselves. Here are some of the key reasons why it is worth trying to save a marriage even if your spouse does not want to try.

A Good Marriage is more than just what you have put into it- Like any strong relationship, a marriage consist of all the love and effort that you put into it plus the love and effort that you have received in return. Even in friendships, we fight fiercely to keep our best friends while we are willing to let casual friends fade away. This is because even in bad times we recognize that relationships that both parties have put effort into, have a special bond that is worth working to save. If your marriage has a history of both of you putting effort into it, then it is worth trying to save even if the other person is not currently putting any effort into it. For those unfortunate sentences that have always always been one sided, then I can see why someone would decide that it is not worth trying to try to single-handedly save the relationship, and they are probably right.

Marriage is never 50 / 50- Because a marriage consist of 2 people, many people wrongly assume that a successful marriage is one where all the tasks are shared even in a 50/50 split. If you look at a marriage at any given point in time, the split is often near near 50/50, and it's not uncommon to have times where the split is more like 80/20. Of course if you look at a marriage over a longer period of time, it should be a fairly even split when it comes to the effort and energy that you put into it.

In other words, even though the split may hover around 70/30 or 80/20 there are times when you will find that you are the one giving much more than half and there are times when you will be the one giving less. If your marriage falls into crisis when you are at a point where you are giving more than you are receiving, then it may also fall on you to be the one who makes the effort to try to save your marriage. If you take a good look at the history of your relationship you may even realize that there have already been times when your spouse was responsible for turning around your marriage, but you did not realize it at the time because you were at a point where you were giving your 20% when your spouse was giving 80%.

When we improve ourselves we improve our relationships- One of the biggest barriers to people believing that they can start the process of repairing their marriage on their own is that they have a preconceived notice that fixing a marriage involved couples therapy. Some people plan on doing this by seeing a counselor, while some plan on talking about their problems and agreeing on a plan to fix them without involving a therapist. The idea of ​​trying "couples therapy" alone does seem silly, yet almost everyone agrees that whenever we improve ourselves we improve our relationships. If you do set about working on your marriage by focusing on how you can be a better person and on raising your spouse better, then like the main character in Fireproof, you stand a good chance of starting to turn around your marriage. Even if your efforts do not turn out to be enough, at least you can know that you tried and your efforts will have made you a better person.

So there are the main reasons why a marriage is worth trying to save even if your spouse is not interested in saving it. It is easy to assume that you can not make a difference in saving your marriage without the effects of your spouse, but it can be done. There are no guarantees that your marriage will be saved by the efforts of you alone, but it is guaranteed that your marriage will never be saved if either spouse takes that first step towards getting the marriage back on track.

How to Change Your Email Follow-Up Sequence

Yesterday some members of my newsletter received a message with a broken link in it. That message was not supposed to be sent out. I was not careful enough, when changing messages in my existing follow-up series of emails.

Do not mess up with your autoresponder follow-up series

A autoresponder follow-up messages are sent in defined intervals to someone, who has just joined your email list. This feature of an email marketing service provider like Aweber, GetResponse, … is used for various purposes. For example for a 7 day, a 30 day, or a 4 week email course. It could be used for promoting affiliate products or simply for pointing readers to older blog posts or other resources that they might not read otherwise.

Before starting to change your existing series of messages that is already in use, beware that there are 2 types of operations:

* Safe Operations and

* Unsafe Operations

Let's have a detailed look at this. You must consider that the follow up list of emails is linked to your subscriber database. Each user has associated the number of the message that was sent to him last. When you change the order of messages, delete, or add some things might get a little weird as you will find out from receiving the complaints of your subscribers.

Safe operations

There are only 2 of this kind.

* editing a message

* adding a new message at the end

Dangerous operations

Before doing any of the following you need to change the last message numbers of selected members in the database to avoid the side effects I am talking about here.

(1) Deleting existing message: All subscribers who already have received the message you delete, will miss one message in the following sequence.

(2) Reordering messages: Some subscribers will get the same message twice and miss another one.

(3) Inserting a new message in between: Some visitors never see the message you have inserted and will get another message twice. For example all members who have finished the follow up sequence already will receive the last message again.

What can you do about it?

I already told you about the trick, "Re-assigning last message numbers in the database" does not sound like an interesting job at all.

Without your service provider or software supports you in this endeavor with some automatic or semi-automatic mechanism – I have not heard of any service that does – Do not get into this! It's ugly, painful, time consuming, if you have more than 100 subscribers. And you might get it wrong anyway.

(1) Select the users, who get affected depending on the case.

(2) Increment or decrement the last message number index.

(3) Change the follow-up sequence.

(4) Optionally: Schedule the message for members, who might miss this info otherwise.

As you can see, it's kind of a complicated task that you really need to think about in great detail. Draw the scenario on a piece of paper to help visualize how the sequence changes and how various members get affected.

Quite honestly, when I messed with my sequence yesterday, I did not think about second about re-assigning message numbers.

I learned my lesson: I will stick with the safe operations only.

You can do some workaround with the safe operations

Safe Workaround

Delete: Why delete. Just replace the content of the message you wish to delete with something that appends to the previous message or prepares the next one.

Reorder or Insert: Sorry, there is no real way. You always can send a broadcast message for important things. But it might be best to start a new follow-up sequence with all messages in the new order.

Best practice is to plan the setup of a new follow-up series accordingly. It's not hard to safe your subscribers from accidental emails.

The Advantages to Laminate Flooring for Your Home

Laminate flooring has a ton of benefits making it one of the main choices for flooring in many homes. This type of material is inexpensive, being made of synthetic fibers, making it less costly than other types of natural flooring on the market. There are many styles, colors, and designs to match the decor in your home too.

To make it easy to install, you can find laminate flooring that snap together with planks that have tongues and grooves. The design of the plank gives you the ability to install it in no time and with little effort. Depending on your room size, most people can have an entire room done within a day, sometimes even faster. When you are installing laminates, always read the instructions thoroughly before installing a single plank.

Because laminate flooring has a laminate base, it adds additional strength to the floor, meaning it can withstand years of wear and tear. Hardwood does not have the same durability as laminates do making this kind of flooring in high demand. If you have heavy traffic in a room, laminate floors are a great option to lie down. It wipes clean without hard scrubbing, and the condition of the surface will stay looking good year after year. Therefore, you will have floors that look new for many years.

When choosing laminates, you will notice all the different styles that are available on the market. First, there are many light and dark finishes to choose from. Plus, laminates also look like real wood in appearance and even has the feel of real hardwood floors with the raised grain finish. It is not always easy to pick out a style of laminates with all the selections available. Another great thing about this flooring is that it comes in all price ranges to fit any budget.

To install laminate floors you will need to purchase a backing already attached to the plank or lay down padding prior to installation. This helps make the flooring last longer and will insulate your floors. Some people even choose to install a below ground, radiant heating system under their laminate flooring to have warm floors even in the coldest times of the year. Laminates have many advantages that would make you want to purchase this type of flooring over any other. Cost, durability, long lasting, and beauty are just a few of the reasons to purchase this type of flooring.

How Does Natural Male Enhancement Work

Nitric oxide plays a critical role in regulating your blood pressure, forbidding blood clots, combined with the dilating of blood vessels. Nitric oxide is employed extensively in a multitude of medical treatments. The all the rage product Viagra controls penile hardness by regulating your nitric oxide.

Initially, it was discovered that nitric oxide may induces severeness when injected in the central nervous system of rats. Not unexpectedly, human testing quickly advanced.

An effortless approach to find out how the process runs is to employ the model of a balloon. A balloon is limp if there is no air in it. However when you start to inflate the balloon incorporating a small amount of air, it gets elongated as well as rigid.

Men own a similar mechanism. However, rather than using pressurized air to be rigid, we apply pressurized blood. Blood is pressurized by using nitric oxide.

Simplistically, what occurs is that the brain becomes stimulated and sends out a signal for arousal. Nerve cells amid the corpora cavernosa debate bringing about nitric oxide. The nitric oxide in turn causes the production of a chemical that signals arteries to dilate. This dilation results with the flow of blood. The arteries expand and widen, which permits a greater amount of blood to flow. That flowing blood is like blowing air in the balloon. You ever begin to grow. In concert veins restrict to preclude blood from flowing out. It is consequently uncomplicated physics – more blood in and reduced out results in male enhancement – getting bigger as well as a hard member. This is a regular method in the human body. A multitude of valves open and close. When the artillery open up then there's an increased flow of blood.

Subsequently, to generate a male enhancement product you desire to craft something that increments flow of blood. There are different ways in order to do this.

You could increase the amount of nitric oxide that is created. You could increase the current amount of chemicals that are created as a result of having more nitric oxide. Or you can attack an enzyme that lowers the total quantity of that chemical – a back door path of gaining the chemical.

Unfortunately, nitric oxide is certainly not as easily obtained as air. Which is the reason diverse products may be available that either increase your nitric oxide or increase selected chemicals as if you had extra nitric oxide. The ultimate outcome may be increased stamina, a larger libido, and a larger size and overall volume. Thus, natural male enhancement.

Diamond Bay – Famous For The Leaning Clock Tower

Ask anyone in Teluk Intan, Malaysia, what’s the main attraction of the town, and the certain answer is “the Leaning Clock Tower”. True, the Leaning Clock Tower is the town’s most famous sight but why travel 120 km from Kuala Lumpur just to see a leaning structure? As Teluk Intan lies outside of the North-South Highway route, more often than not, travellers heading northward or southward bypass it. But there are fresh seafood, angling spots, toddy, boatyards, colonial shophouses, trishaws, “chee cheong fun” and “heoh piah”, a dumpling-shaped cookie filled with caramel. These are sufficient reasons for a road trip there.

Lying between the Perak River and the Bidor River, Teluk Intan is the administrative centre of Hilir Perak district of the State of Perak. It was founded in the 18th century by Mak Intan, a widow from Mandahiling in Sumatra. She settled here with a group of followers, and they built a canal which looped over the Perak River, practically turning the village into an island. Soon, the settlement became an important riverine port that attracted migrants from Minangkabau, Java and Mumbai. When Sir General Archibald Edward Harbhord Anson became the first District Officer of Lower Perak, he filled up the canal. In 1882, Anson retired, and Sir Hugh Low, the third British Resident changed the town’s name to Teluk Anson in honour of the former. In 1962, Sultan Idris Shah II reverted the name back to Teluk Intan.

Driving towards the town along Jalan Maharajalela, you will see the World War II Memorial. A huge solid boulder on a granite pedestal, it has the following engraved words: “At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.” Proceed to Jalan Bandar, and the old Police Station comes into view. Its arched entrance faces the Perak River – murky and lined with mangroves. Drive with care as cyclists are aplenty and there is no need to rush in this charming and rustic town.

At Jalan Selat, the Leaning Tower looming 25.4 metres high catches your sight from afar. Though it appears to have eight levels, it is only about three stories high, and displays all the elements of a Chinese pagoda. Its history is as colourful as the sunsets overlooking the Perak River. Built in 1885 by Leong Choon Chong, it served as a water storage tank as the town did not have a fire brigade at that time. Leong couldn’t have chosen a worse place to build the tower as the site once had Mak Intan’s canal flowing through. Years later, it began to tilt due to weak soil conditions. During the Japanese Occupation (1943-45), the structure served as a watch-tower for the Kempetai, with sentries posted to keep an eye on the movements of the residents. In 1997, the Hilir Perak District Council refurbished the tower, and opened it to the public in 2004. Today, the melodious chimes of the clock can still be heard one kilometre away. There is a trishaw stand near the clock tower, so why not take a ride on a three-wheeled contraption to see other sights? Teluk Intan is actually one of the few towns left in the country that has trishaws.

History peeks at you from many nooks and crannies. San Min School was once used by the Kempetai as their headquarters (opposite the school is a delicious rojak stall simply known as Ah Chye’s Rojak); King George V Memorial Pavilion, still basks under the sun at Speedy Padang since its erection in the 1950’s; St. Anthony’s School, founded by priests in the 1940’s, continues to educate countless students. Dying trades such as the weaving of rattan baskets, the making of wooden clogs and the lending of money by chettiers are fighting a slow death.

Just as Kampar is noted for its Kampar Chicken Biscuits, Melaka for its “dodol”, Teluk Intan is renowned for its “heoh piah”, literally meaning “fragrant biscuit.” Three famous brands of “heoh piah” are Durian Sebatang, Hock Bee Tin and Tiger Head. The bakery selling the Tiger Head “heoh piah” is located at Jalan Pasir Bedamar. Just travel along that narrow road and you will come across a bakery with countless square tins stacked outside its premises. You can buy the cookies piping hot from the charcoal ovens! Packed in pieces of six, they are irresistible temptations for those with a sweet tooth. Residents of Teluk Intan usually buy these delicacies as “buah tangan” when visiting outstation relatives and friends. Another must-try is “chee cheong fun”, which differs from other types as it comes with fillings, and is served with green chili slices. Stalls selling “chee cheong fun” can be found at Glutton Square, the moniker for the town’s hawker centre at the end of Jalan Ah Cheong.

The Perak River is a mighty waterway, being the second longest in peninsular Malaysia. Its lower reaches are muddy and home to catfishes like patin (pangasius pangasius), tapah (wallago attu), haruan, toman and the odd sebarau (hampala macrolepidota). Anglers will find many spots to test the fighting spirit of these lively creatures. Live bait such as small fishes, freshwater prawns and grubs (lundi) should be used. Jetties suitable for angling are found at several spots around town, and a popular place is the Sultan Yusoff Bridge, five kilometres out of town. The local tackle shops are extremely helpful in advising the best place to land a good catch.

Teluk Intan’s centre should not take much of your time, so for a change of scenery, head out of town along Jalan Sungei Nibong that leads to the Sungai Manik village. Here, large expanses of land are swathed with fields of paddy, and occasionally dotted with rest huts, often an assemblage of thatch and wood. The tattered clothes on scarecrows sway about in the wind and coconut palms enhance the beauty of the picture postcard scenery.

Another interesting drive is the route towards Kampong Gajah. To go there, leave town by Jalan Changkat Jong and after three kilometres turn left over the Sungei Bidor Bridge. The route is flanked by rustic Malay houses, lotus-filled canals and ancient tombs of the State’s early sultans and royalty, some of which date back to the 16th century. Historians have dubbed this area as the “Valley of Kings.” – a weak parallel to the Nile Valley of Egypt which contains the tombs of many of its kings.

Gastronomic adventures await in the coastal villages of Hutan Melintang and Bagan Datoh, 4 km and 15km away from Teluk Intan respectively. Economical seafood restaurants draw the crowds from Teluk Intan to Hutan Melintang during weekends. The culinary delight of Hutan Melintang is “udang hantu” (literally meaning ghost prawn), which is caught in estuarine bays. Don’t expect air-conditioned restaurants but just plain wooden structures on stilts, with groaning ceiling fans whirling overhead. The most common fish served is patin, which can be steamed in a variety of sauces. Hutan Melintang is also a centre for boat-building, and craftsmen armed with saws and chisels at work on hulls can be observed.

Bagan Datoh, on the other hand, is coconut palm country, with toddy as a much-sought-after by-product. On a hot afternoon, savour fresh coconut juice from the roadside stalls as well as snack on coconut biscuits and other tidbits. There are also several kelongs out in the sea, but a boat has to be chartered to get there. The jetty provides an interesting stop to take photos of the open seas and to enjoy the sea breeze.

Teluk Intan means “Diamond Bay”, and it is certainly a diamond of a town for visitors wishing to relish the days when life was simpler and less hectic.