Window Cleaning Tips and Tricks to Sparkling Glass

I got so darn good a window cleaning that folks used to walk into my glass at the restaurant I worked at. In fact, it became such a problem that we had to put a sculpture in from the patio panes just so that the diners stopped hurting themselves. So just how did I manage to get the glass so clean that it looked invisible?

Well, it was many years ago now when I was working in Abu Dhabi. I remember seeing a native cleaning the windows with crunched up newspaper and boy did they sparkle. When I got home I tried it out and the results were amazing. I've been cleaning windows and mirrors in this way ever since. However, it's not the easiest way to clean glass and so will not suite everyone. I've given a bunch of other useful tips on how to get your glass gleaming.

The first and most important tip I can give regards window cleaning is to prepare your glass prior to washing. This is especially important with the outsides. I've always used a soft dry brush to remove loose grit, dirt and cobwebs. Once I've dusted the glass and sill area, it's time for the wash.

When washing, only use clean water. Okay, so everyone starts off with clean water, but when doing the exterior you need to change the water regular. If you do not change your water it may contain grit particles, and they will mark your glass. Ever seen all those surface scratches and scores when the sun hits? Well, this is because folks are wiping away old dirty water from their glass. Keeping your water fresh and clean is the key here.

There are many excellent products for making your washed windows sparkle nowdays and most of them are pretty good. It's important to find one you like, such as Windowlean, and stick with it. Some of the cheaper products will leave smears and no matter how many times you wipe, and you'll just end up pushing the smears around. I often finish with a spray mist so that I can get into the corners. Remember that the corners harbor most dirt particles so be careful with scratches here.

If you can not seem to rid the smears and your windows look constantly greasy, apply a little vinegar either to your water or directly onto the glass. I usually have a vinegar water mix in a spray bottle and dry it off using the newspaper technique. Greasy looking windows are usually a result of neglect, as glass that is cleaned regularly does not usually have this problem.

Avoid cleaning your windows in direct sunlight, especially under a warm sun. The water will dry before you have time to wipe it off and it will be a nightmare trying to race against the hot drying glass. Additionally, when wiping your windows, start at the top and either go left to right, right to left, or both. This technique will reduce streaking and lessen the work involved overall.

Clean your window sills with a damp cloth sprayed with a little alcohol and they'll come up looking a treat.

Getting clean and shiny windows can be both easy or difficult depending on the state of the glass to begin with and the frequency of which they are cleaned. If you do your windows regularly the task will become easier and you'll be the envy of all your lazy neighbors.

Different Types of Harmful Waste and Their Disposal

When we talk about the largest waste producing countries of the world, Canada comes almost at the top. As proven by latest studies, Canadians are one of the major producers of waste all over the world. Also, the studies further revealed that the country is facing a big trouble due to inappropriate rubbish management. More than half of the Canadian population is directly affected by the consequences of improper junk disposal.

Every residential and commercial property produces a large quantity of hazardous junk on a daily basis. There are different types of dangerous waste, which if not removed on time pose a huge threat to public as well as environment safety. For proper disposal, it is good to take help from a professional company.

Some of the major types have been described below:

Hazardous solid

As far as the solid junk is concerned, it is mainly composed of family junk, dangerous rubbish, and industrial waste, building debris and contaminated soils. This trash needs to be disposed of immediately otherwise it can cause health and environment related problems.


This is one of the most dangerous types of junk generated from nuclear weapon technology and nuclear power plants. Increased risks of heart attacks, cancer, birth defects, etc. are some of the associated dangers with this type of rubbish.


The junk generated through the processing of base metal and gold-bearing ore, tar sands, coal, potash, etc. is termed as mining waste. As per a latest research, around 510 million tonnes of sulphide tailings, 350 million tons of rock and 55 million tons of other trash are generated through mining activities in Canada.


There are plenty of perilous rubbish products generated by the construction sites. The construction industries need to be aware of the harmful effects caused by this trash and alert in their safe disposal.


There are many electronic products that contain harmful materials. These products cause problems if disposed of in a landfill. Extensive use and free disposal of these products is majorly responsible for the hazardous environment problem.

These are some of the major types of hazardous wastes that need to be disposed of in a proper way. Storing garbage in unsuitable places in lieu of proper disposal can have detrimental effect on an individual as well as the environment. You can take help from a professional rubbish removal company in order to achieve better results in this regard.

Mallet Finger

What is the cause of mallet finger?

It is usually caused by an injury to the tendons (tendons – are structures which connect muscle to bone and help in movement) which keep the last joint of the finger in a straight position. There are two opposing sets of tendons (called the flexors and extensors) at the tip of each finger. The first set on the top of the finger helps in lifting the tip (this movement is called extension and therefore this group of tendons are called extensors) and the second on the underside of the finger, help in lowering the tip of the finger (this movement is called flexion and hence this group of tendons and muscles are called flexors). His injury to the tendon that helps in lifting the finger creates an imbalance of forces. This leads to drooping of the tip of the finger. These injuries can be seen with bony fragments. The tendon involved is called the Extensor Digitorum.

What investigations are needed to diagnose mallet finger?

This is usually a clinical diagnosis and x-ray is recommended to rule out any bony injury, which may have happened as a result of the tendon being dropped out at the site of insertion on the bone. In either situation, treatment remains the same.

What is the treatment for mallet finger?

The treatment is to immobilize the tip of the affected finger in a special splint, called as the mallet splint.

The splint is made of plastic shaped like a well secured sleeve covering the tip of the finger including the last joint of the finger. It is secured by using tape. It is kept for for a period of six weeks in the first instance.

In case of the deformity persisting after six weeks of splintage, then splintage may be necessary for ten to twelve weeks. The patient is advised to remove it only after having kept his hand flat on top of a table, avoiding any bending at the tip and asking an assistant to clean the splint and change the tape at the bottom.

The patient is followed up by orthopedic doctors in the clinic. Physiotherapy is usually needed to resolve stiffness. Surgical repair is not advised as it does not usually yield good results. Mallet thumb is treated in the same way as a mallet finger.

If the finger is bent during the healing process, then recovery time is delayed.

What are the complications of mallet finger?

They include:

1. Loss of extension

2. Temporary skin problems

3. Difficult patient compliance

4. Refractory bony mallet (where there is a significant chunk of bone that has come off with the tendon) cases not responding to conservative management are treated by open surgery if needed.

The Latest in Technology News

Twitter Buys Snappy TV

Who would have thought that TV viewing would ever be more social? Twitter is looking to do just that by agreeing to purchase Snappy TV, which is a San Francisco based video sharing startup. The move seems to be the second step towards Twitter's aspirations of making its way in to what it calls "Social TV", the first being it's unveiling of the Vine app last year. Some of the clients of Snappy TV includes Fox Sports, Universal Sports and ABC News just to name a few. Snappy TV is already being used by various media companies to post sports updates and other videos on Twitter. This deal will allow Twitter to make videos a big part of its service, which is something it's been wanting to do for some time now. Both parties have so far been tightlipped about the purchase price.

Google and Microsoft Phones to Provide a 'Kill Switch'

Since technology is spreading, few would disagree that Smartphone still remains a sad reality, and the recent numbers have only shown that there are more likely to increase. Keeping that in mind, two titans of the tech world, Google and Microsoft recently announced that their future Smartphone models will feature a kill switch, which will enable the user to disable their Smartphone, making it useless to the thief. The New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, also said that with companies like Google and Microsoft on board, almost 95% of Smartphones will feature kill switches. The latest version of the Apple iOS does not have a kill switch called "Activation Lock" along with a tracking software which requires a password before the iPhone or iPad can be reset. Samsung also launched a similar feature called the "Reactivation Lock" in May.

While many are calling it a marginal improvement at keeping Smartphone theft at bay, there are those who think that the Government's introduction will take us to an Orwellian scenario, with companies who are offering contract phones in a position to brick a phone just to punish either a disloyal customer or after a two-year service contract is ended. While there will be obvious financial incentives for network carriers, adding a kill switch could be the deterrent Smartphone theft needs. Whether it will work or not? We'll just have to wait and see.

The App which Encourages "Yo-ing"

Yo is a new messaging app which looks to change the way we send texts via our phone. The app was developed by a Tel-Aviv based entrepreneur who obviously thinks that 140 characters are too much to handle. Since the word 'Yo' can mean anything to anyone, you can use the app to say almost anything you want, except maybe, order a pizza. message?


So, there you have it, the top news stories of our technology news portal , which did not get the attention they deserved.

Special Ed Specialized Home Learning Strategies – Bikes With Training Wheels

A few years back, I read a very interesting report, and I talked with a researcher from the University of Riverside in California about how teaching kids who were autistic, slow learners, or had down syndrome was a whole lot easier if you taught them a new skill such as learning how to ride a bicycle. The reasoning goes something like this; if you teach them to use a different part of their brain, and riding a bicycle requires motion skills, balancing skills, and all sorts of other things, then you are activating those other parts of the brain which are not used much, and you’re helping them grow, prosper, and make new connections.

Okay so, let’s say you have an autistic child, and you are teaching them at home. Or they are going through the appropriate education in the public school system, but you realize you need to do a little extra. Perhaps the best thing you can do is teach them how to ride a bike, first with training wheels obviously, because you don’t want them falling down and hurting themselves, and obviously you’d also want them to wear a helmet. Still, learning how to ride a bicycle turns out to be as fruitful as learning how to work with avatars on a computer.

What do you recommend? I recommend getting a bicycle with a large seat, and somewhat low to the ground. This way they have very little distance to fall off and hurt themselves, and they will enjoy the process. As they get better you can take off the training wheels, and then perhaps raise the seat, putting the training wheels back on for just a period of time, until they tell you they don’t want them on anymore, because it slows them down, and it isn’t as fun.

Yes, it might make sense to run alongside of them while they are learning, and you won’t believe how much fun they will have while you are doing this. It’s a new skill, and it’s fun to ride a bike, and they will enjoy it, and learn these skills quickly. Best of all it will help them in almost everything else they do, you will notice a change in personality, and the faster uptake of information in learning.

They will also notice the difference at school during their regular appropriate education. That’s what all the surveys and research suggests. Quite frankly it works, therefore you should try it. Please consider all this and think on.

Rain Gutters Detached From the Eaves? Two Screwy Ways to Reattach Them Permanently

The problem

A recurring problem with the spike attached rain gutters is their sagging and pulling away from the boards that they are delivered to. This problem must be repaired fairly quickly so the guttering will carry the rain water away from the house or building before any lack-of-drainage damage happens to it.

This problem happens most often to the seamless guttering that has been rapidly spike-nailed to its adjoining fascia boards and under rafter ends instead of being attached to them with wrap-around clamps or long screws. These so-called spike-nails, which are also guided through cylindrical spacer tubes (called ferrules) to keep the gutter width even, give the guttering a clean smooth appearance when its installation is done. However, over time this nail-to-wood attachment loosens under the varied weather conditions (dampness, ice, snow) and the weight of the rain water itself. The gutter then sags or pulls away from the eaves. Numerous ways to fix this problem have been suggested, everything from stuffing the spike holes with splinters of wood to using epoxy glue in them. However, two ways to fix this problem with long screws are listed below.

Fix 1 – replace the gutter spike-nail with a gutter screw.

A standard and straightforward fix is ​​to replace the spike-nails with a gutter screws, which can be purchased in packages of 10 at local hardware stores for about $ 10. These gutter screws are the same 7 "length as the common spike-nails used on home guttering, but their threaded portion is slightly wider than the body of the spike itself. However, they will not take a typical screwdriver bit. Instead, they have sunken square sockets that must be turned with a square driver-bit that comes with the package. Thus, for a smooth final appearance, these sockets could need touch-up painting when the replacements are done.

Also, since the threaded portion of these gutter screws are only slightly thicker the spike-nails, they will not take secure bites into the fascia boards if the original spike holes are dry rotting or enlarged for any reason. For that reason, the gutter screws might not hold the guttering in place for long. These holes can be examined before purchasing the gutter screws. If they look soft or enlarged, the following alternate fix may be preferred to the gutter screw.

Fix 2 – replace the gutter spike-nail with a sizable lag-screw.

A second and possibly better fix is ​​to replace the spikes with 5/16-to-3/8 "lag-screws that are the same lengths as the original spikes. "For large barns, warehouses, and certain commercial buildings having greater guttering (6-7") that length will be close to the length of the original spikes used on that guttering, about 8 "or so. These relatively thick and sturdy threaded lag-screws will take secure bites into the fascia-board holes even if they are poorly worn.These lag-screws will also fit through the original ferrule spacers fairly well, and they are easily screwed into place with ordinary ratchets or wrenches Lag- screws of all lengths can be obtained at hardware stores.

Generally, the functionality of the larger (6-7 ") gutters is more important than their final smooth appearance. can be touched-up with matching paint if desired after the gutter reattachment is done.

Different Wood Types and Their Uses Part 2

I recently wrote an article about different varieties of wood and what there uses are for and why they can be beneficial. The article was called 'Different Wood Types and Their Uses'. I've decided to write another article to continue on about further varieties as I could only cover a few in the article. I hope you enjoy this further article and that it is as informative as the previous.

In the last article I covered Walnut, Oak and Ash. I am now going to explain as many more as I can.

If you do not know much about carpentry you may have always wondered what tree MDF wood comes from. If this is the case you'll be happy to have your question answered; MDF is actually an engineered wood and it stands for 'medium-density fiberboard' It's a cheaper material which is used for skirting board, wardrobes, tables etc if there is not the funds for higher quality wood such as oak. They create this by breaking down both softwoods and hardwoods into fibers and combining it with a wax and resin binder in a hire temperature and pressured environment to form a new product. It is very strong but the quality is not as good as natural materials.

Pine wood comes from the tree Pinus which is also none by it's non-Latin name 'Pine' and this comes from the Pinaceae family. As far as we know there are roughly 115 species of this tree but opinions change on this dependent on what part of the world you're from. Often pines are grown for skirting boards and furniture in commercially run plants which will provide the denser and more resilient climate it needs to grow in. In addition to being used for skirting boards and furniture they are also used for their nuts, which know as 'pine nuts', which can be eaten as part of a healthy diet. You also may not know that this tree is used as a Christmas tree in many households because of its lovely smell and appearance.

Cherry wood comes from a tree called a Prunus, which is a genus of tree, which provides plums, cherries, peaches, apricots and almonds. Not only does it provide these fruit and nuts but it also has an amazing blossom, which is very attractive for large orchards and professional gardens. There is a shocking 430 species of this tree, which grow through the northern temperate regions of the world. Cherry wood can be very expensive and this is because of its lovely appearance. In a dark pink / red color this can really stand out and be very classical and elegant around the home whether it's a cherry wood skirting board or bowl on your dining table.

Again, sadly I've only been able to go through a few different wood types with you but I will continue my explanation in a further article entitled 'Different Wood Types and Their Uses Part 3' so watch this space.

How to Choose Light Vs Dark Violin Rosin – What Is Best for Beginner Violinists?

First of all, what is violin rosin?

Violin rosin is made from hardened tree sap, and is rubbed on the violin bow to give it the friction you need against the violin strings to make a good tone. Without it, no matter how hard you press down with your violin bow you will get almost no sound.

Light vs. Dark

Violin rosins come in many shades between light and dark.

Light Rosin produces a “smoother” sound. Dark Rosin produces a “bigger” sound.

Dark rosins are stickier (have more friction), so while they give you a really good grip, this can contribute to that scratchy sound beginner violinists are so famous for. Light rosins give you a lesser grip, meaning you can’t dig in quite as well, which gives you the smoother sound.

I will tell you up front that most violinists use lighter colored rosins, but it is by no means set in stone which type you should use. Ultimately it’s all about your personal playing style and preferences.

That is why I recommend trying out a lot of different rosins until you find your favorite (many are relatively cheap, under $10). Here are some of the top factors to consider when making that determination:

3 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Violin Rosin

  1. Humidity – Humidity makes rosin stickier than usual. This means that violinists living in more humid climates (or during more humid parts of the year) may want to consider choosing a lighter rosin to offset the extra stickiness. Conversely, those living in drier climates may want to consider darker rosin.
  2. Dust Tolerance – Playing the violin with the bow causes rosin dust to collect on the body of the instrument. Lighter rosin usually produces more dust, while darker, stickier rosin can be more difficult to wipe away. If you have a dust sensitivity you may want to choose a darker rosin. There are also hypoallergenic rosins available to violinists with allergic reactions to rosin.
  3. Packaging – This may seem nit-picky, but packaging can play a part in the long term usability of your rosin. Some beginner violin rosin comes in a rectangular wooden block. This makes it easier for beginners to apply it to the bow. However, many players get irritated by this packaging because as it is used over time, the rosin breaks apart sooner than with other packaging, rendering it useless much more quickly. So: get rosin that comes in hard packaging (to protect it from bumps during travel), preferably in a round or square shape.

These guidelines have probably given you a pretty good idea of what type of rosin may work well for you. It is a good idea to use one type for a month or more, and then switch to see if you like a second type. Keep switching like this, comparing your current favorite to a new type, and eventually you can be pretty confident you’ve found your favorite violin rosin.

Outdoor Brick Fireplaces

When a fireplace is mentioned, most people would visualize traditional inbuilt fireplaces within people's houses. Times have changes and subsequently preferences. To meet diverse customer demands, numerous manufacturers offer specialized outdoor brick fireplaces. As the name suggests they can be shifted outdoors and used to generate heat during winter and snowfall. The use of bricks to create fireplaces is an age-old practice as the material is able to retain heat without burning out. For this reason, brick is being used widely to create outdoor fireplaces that are sturdy and useful.

Bricks are made of clay that is molded in a rectangular block and left in a kiln to solidify in a gradual process. They have long been used for building and paving purposes. Outdoor brick fireplaces are strong and there are numerous affordable varieties to choose from. When building an outdoor brick fireplace, they may be left as or may have a coat to conceal the arrangement of bricks. Either way, they look presentable and aesthetic. Outdoor brick fireplaces are highly functional and are usually made available with accessories that are needed to build and maintain a fire.

Outdoor brick fireplaces are heat and corrosion resistant items that can withstand and retain fireplace temperatures. They can be purchased off the shelf or custom made to meet individual needs. These designs are created to resist grease, oil and soot absorption. Instead of using traditional bricks, a number of manufacturers are using decorative bricks to create ingenious designs and unique patterns. The process used to bake bricks in a kiln affects the brick quality. These fireplaces are easy to use and sustain. They need to be washed as per manufacturer specifications to provide optimum care. There are special cleaning agents available to remove grime and grease. Special solutions are also available to clean soot and prevent discoloration.

More on Bricklaying for the DIY Enthusiast

Having gotten the basic concepts of DIY BRICKLAYING under your belt, you will be keen to start work on your first project. However, if you want to save time and money, there will be a few more things you will need to understand if your DIY BRICKLAYING project is to be truly successful.

It will be obvious that before you can start any project, you will need to work out the quantity of materials that will be required. It is important that you make an accurate assessment of the materials required for your project.

In the first instance, you will need to 'cost' the job. Whether you are undertaking a DIY BRICKLAYING project or employing someone else to lay the bricks, it is important to have an accurate idea of ​​the costs that you are likely to incur. If you want the project to run smoothly, you will also need to order the materials in advance. (See my article on PLANNING A DIY PROJECT ).

If you over estimate and order more materials than required, it is illegally your merchant will take any surplus off your hands. If they do, it is likely to cost you a resting fee. Then you have the issue of disposal or storage of the surplus materials. What do you do with a hundred spare bricks or blocks?

On the other hand, if you do not order enough materials, you will be subject to the whims of your merchant or supplier which could result in long, costly deliveries. This can be a major headache especially if your materials are not held in stock or were a special order. The advantages of bulk purchasing are also likely to be lost. The most problematic issue will be of color matching. Bricks from a different 'batch' form the kiln will vary in color. This can be really striking when the wall is completed and you stand back to look. It can totally ruin the visual effect of good workmanship and quality materials if supposedly 'matching' bricks do not match. It can all be very frustrating!

So, how much material do you need, and what materials do you need?

Obviously, you will know how tall and how long a wall is, but how many bricks will be needed is another thing. What about the mortar between the bricks – you will need to estimate this too?

As bricks are mainly made from clay, they are not a precise artefact. Sizes will vary slightly depending on the amount of moisture in the clay or the amount of time the brick has spent in the kiln.

For ease of calculation the nominal size of a brick is 215mm x 102.5mm x 65mm.

The mortar joint is nominally 10mm thick both horizontally and vertically. This makes the nominal size of a brick for calculation purposes 225mm x 102.5mm x 75mm (9 "x 4" x 3 ").

The long face of the brick is called the 'stretcher' and the end of the brick is the 'header'.

In order to calculate the number of bricks required per meter, first find out the area of ​​brickwork. Then decide on the 'bond' of the brickwork. The most common bond for standard brick walls is 'stretcher' bond. As a guide you should allow 60 bricks per square meter for the building of a single skin wall. This is known as a half brick wall. For a two skin cavity wall, you will need 120 bricks per square meter. Obviously is not it?

If you intend constructing one brick thick solid wall, again you should allow for 120 bricks per square meter.

None of these figures allow for wastage or breakage, so it is a good idea to add a few extra bricks to the order to make sure that you do not run short. Normally around 10% extra should be sufficient.

The next question you will need to answer is how much mortar will I need? Once again the 'rule of thumb' answer is 25kg of dry mortar mix to 25 bricks. For smaller DIY BRICKLAYING jobs, dry ready mixed mortar can be bought in 25kg bags.

This will not be economic for the larger project. It will be more economic to bulk buy sand and mortar. Most bricklayers will mix sand and cement in a c cubic meter cement mixer. Here we move into the realms of BRICKLAYING folklore. The rule of thumb is a 'bag bag mix'. This is half a 25kg bag of cement to 30 'shovels' of sand. This approximates to a 1: 5 mortar mix.

In fact, to lay say 1000 bricks (= 16.5 square meters) as a single skin wall, approximately 3. cubic metres of mortar will be needed. You can either use the 'rule of thumb' or calculate your quantities on the above basis.

For solid block work as a single skin wall, use 10 blocks per squared meter for your calculations. The blocks nominally measure 450mm x 215mm x 102.5mm. You will need 25Kg of dry mortar mix per 5 blocks.

Remember all calculations and quantities given here are approximate and the information provided should be used for a guide only.

When working on a building site, a good bricklayer's labourer is highly regarded, as the perfect mortar mix is ​​important for good bricklaying. It is important that the 'mix' is just the right consistency. For 2.5 KG of dry mortar mix about 2.5 liters of water will be required. Water should be added first in sufficient quality to allow it to be absorbed by the mix, then it should be added little by little until the mix has a consistency of butter. This should allow it to slip easily from the shovel but firm enough for the sides not to collapse when a hollow is made in the center of the mix.

Do not allow mortar to hang around unused for too long. Mortar should generally be used within two hours of mixing, so only mix sufficient to be used within that time.

If the mortar does 'go off' – do not 'knock' the mix back. The best thing to do is dump the mortar and mix up a fresh batch.

You can find out more about DIY BRICKLAYING in our next article 'MORE ABOUT DIY BRICKLAYING II'

Flower Pick-Up Lines That Work (or Not)

Have you ever wondered why you still spend night after night with pizza and whatever it was on TV? You think that life does not get better than that. True, enough. But, have you ever thought what the night could have been if you are with someone special, who cooks sumptuous dinner and watch these movies with you? And now you realize that life does get better than eating sloppy pizza and feeling sorry for yourself.

So, here are 6 cheesy pick-up lines inspired by flowers that will help you score a date. Try not to get tongue tied!

If you were a flower, I would pick you.

This is a pick-up line shows that you think she is the best from amongst her girl friends. It will help boost her confidence and will definitely give you the chance if this makes her smile. Be careful though! She can be secure and confident in herself and does not need reminding of her awesomeness. Save yourself by saying that you were voicing her thoughts.

If you hold 9 roses in front of a mirror, you'd see 10 of the prettiest things in the world.

She may find this sweet or call your bluff to score from her. Neverheless, this sweet line may charm her into getting that her number. What's the harm in trying, right?

If I have a garden I put our two lips (tulips) together.

Did I just hear a slap? She may find this line to be bordering on rude. A funny pick-up line should be treated as it is, a joke. You should deliver it well only meaning to make her laugh. This may be the funniest thing she heard for the day.

If a flower grows every time I think of you, I've got a field of them.

It is creepy how much you think of her. This can both ways, she thinks it is disturbing or flattering. If she thinks the former, then you may have lost your chance. If the latter, then go for it!

Are you a eucalyptus? Because you've achieved my koalafications.

It is a perfect segue for inviting her to a spa weekend. You can both have fun in this elite pick-up line turned romantic date.

Roses are red, violets are blue, the moment I saw you, I knew the one is you.

This is as sweet as pick-up lines can get. It may sound like a bad case of poorly thought wedding vow. But, for a guy who is seeking for his significant other, the one might just be in front of you smiling from that statement.

After reading (and laughing) all through these uber sleazy pick-up lines, you will realize (I hope) that being yourself (although cliche) is the best conversation starter. Do not be afraid to compliment her or say hi or even smile. She can see sincerity even from afar.

Forget About Deadlines – 3 Ways to Change Them Into Start Lines Or Beginning Lines

We all take classes, seminars and read books on goal setting and planning, yet we are a society so obsessed with when a project gets finished. We are excessively casual about when they should get started.

Stress builds as pressure increases, as the due date for a project advances forward. What remedies this is when you have start-lines or beginning-lines.

1) How important are beginning lines? Goals and planning are beginning lines- They are extremely important because you need a point of creation. This reference point starts the forward momentum going, increases the enthusiasm during the project and defines the rewards when the project is finished.

2) How to set a beginning line- Depending on how effective your project leader is the project should at least have a title or name. Setting up a blueprint, mind map or whatever you call the project outline of tasks these should be done as soon as possible. Your team or mastermind group should be brainstorming for ideas and solutions. Once the specific goals are defined, get moving. Get acting on tasks no matter how small they are. Keep re-evaluating the tasks progress daily, this will keep the energy building and the momentum going strong. When you set your beginning lines, the time before which is essential for your project to get under way, the project will not be preformed in a rushed and haphazard manner.

3) The rewards of that beginning line- When you stick to your beginning or start line, this not only assures efficient, unhurried performance, it will all but eliminate the need for a dead line. Just think no more anxiety that goes with the deadline. Another reward is the clear-minded creativity that one finished product generates towards the next project. You can use all the positive creative energy from the last project on to the next. You will not every feel any dead line burnout. These start lines will become living lines, a place to grow your successes.

Which line would you rather work or live under?

Offshore Call Center Solutions

Offshore call center solutions offer value based customer services at reduced investments. Customer service plays a very significant role in the promotion of a business. Call centers are centralized part of a business and are designated for customer support. With the aid of revolutionary technological advances, call centers are now relocated to cheaper destinations, as a part of business profit strategy. Offshore solutions can be defined as business solutions offered from a relocated point at a different country, especially an overseas country. Offshore call center solutions provide improved service at reduced capital expenditures. The difference in the economies also offers comparative advantage in the maintenance cost, which adds to the profit margin.

Offshore call center solutions provides qualitative services to the customers with qualified and experienced professionals. They provide solutions for product support from different geographical locations, in compliance with US federal and state laws. The local calls of customers to the toll free service numbers are routed to the offshore destinations through fiber optic cables at speed of light, offering vital services. The broad band revolution and copper back-up links offer crystal clear communications even through sub-sea cable systems.

Offshore call centers provide help desks to clarify customer queries on product information, technical details, installation support, product orders in multi languages ​​on a 24 hour 365 day basis, which assists in the international marketing of the product. They maximize integrated customer care solutions with email support, web collaboration, and technical services. Offshore call centers also perform market intelligence surveys for product evaluation. Some offshore call centers offer telemarketing for product promotion. They help in sales with lead generation and closing the prospect.

Offshore call centers ensure personalized customer interactions through sophisticated data capture and data mining capabilities with the aid of multi-channel communication technology. The routine services of an offshore call center include real time shipping status, dealer location, order taking, travel booking, payment collection, secretarial assistance, lead qualification, directory inquiry, and technical support. The meticulously trained support professionals in an offshore call center deliver comprehensive solutions to various businesses such as IT, insurance, travel & hospitality, health care, pharmaceutical, banking, telecommunications, financial services industries etc, irrespective of cultural and language barriers.

Georgian Interior Design Ideas and Styles

Considered by many to be the epitome of all that is desirable for the interior design ideas (and, incidentally, the exterior too), the Georgian period has a great influence on how we arrange our homes today and is, in fact, the basis for the currently popular English country house style. A combination of perfect proportions, symmetry and harmony is hard to resist for long.

Covering a period of about a hundred years from George I’s accession to the throne in 1714, Georgian style represents the sum of several highly diverse, imported styles, the homogenization of which produced a high point in English decoration. This style in turn was re-exported, influencing, in particular, the newly established colonies in North America.

At the start of the period, rococo was all the rage in France and to some extent in the rest of Europe. With its rampant, florid, asymmetrical lines featuring such motifs as scrolls, shells, flowers and ribbons – in fact, anything which could be represented by a curve – it had many admirers, not least the French court, the font of fashion in Europe.

In England, however, there were other forces at work. The Grand Tour, undertaken by many a well-heeled gentleman to enrich his cultural knowledge of the world, meant that continental ideas, especially those espoused in Italy – a ‘must stop’ on the trek – were given an airing back home. The Earl of Burlington was one who made the trip. An architect, he was much influenced by the work of Andrea Palladio in Italy, and upon his return to England did much to popularize this classical style of architecture.

The clash of these two very different styles could have meant an awful compromise. Instead the best of both was retained and the result was magnificent. The straight lines, symmetry and control of the Palladian style served to restrain the more excessive fluidity and glitz of the rococo interpretation. In turn the French delicacy and freedom of line lifted the rather constrained classical style.

To these two important influences were added two more, Gothick (the ‘k’ denotes the revival period) and chinoiserie. Every age draws upon the past and this was no exception and, with the increased availability of furnishings from the east, oriental taste also crept into the currency of English decoration.

One outstanding feature of the period was that, through the genius of people such as Robert Adam and William Kent, the designs of interiors were, for the first time, indelibly linked with those of the exterior. Classical pediments, plinths and pilasters all found their way indoors to become common interior embellishments.

Overseas trade and increased wealth led to a demand for a more sophisticated lifestyle. Rudimentary plumbing (running cold water at ground level and basic waste disposal) became available, as did better heating and illumination in the homes of the nobility and merchant class. Lower down the social strata it was a very different story, a fact that can be used to great advantage when planning a Georgian style interior today. It is not necessary to inherit a grand country mansion together with a substantial budget before considering the adoption of Georgian style. All you need are rooms of pleasing proportions and a knowledge of the materials and styles adopted by the average household of the day. A modern-day natural floor covering, such as jute over a quarry tiled floor, will serve every bit as well as a precious Aubusson carpet on ancient wood.

As with the interior styles of other ages, it was the development of materials and skills which greatly influenced the changes in interior fashion. The use of hardwoods (mahogany in particular) and the refinement of glass production meant that early ‘heavy’ designs gave way to more delicate styles.

Rooms were dominated, as ever, by practical considerations. The need to keep warm and to introduce as much light as possible meant that considerable thought was given to fireplaces and windows.

Mirrors were also an important feature, reflecting and increasing what natural light was available and, at night, candlelight. Practical though these elements were, it did not mean that they had to have a utilitarian appearance. Fireplaces were surrounded by the grandest of treatments in fine marble, mirrors framed with intricately carved, gilt moldings and windows dressed either with beautifully paneled shutters or curtains hanging from delicately worked, wooden pelmets. In addition, doors (often double) were fielded, ceilings molded and walls frequently paneled.

Not only was this a golden age of architecture and decoration but furniture making too was at its height. The designs of Thomas Chippendale, George Hepplewhite and Thomas Sheraton are legendary and constantly revived. No wonder, then, that elements of Georgian style have endured and are as popular today as ever.

Engineering Continuing Education – What Is the Future of Engineering?

With the current down turn in the economy many engineers have loss their jobs or worried that they may lose their job soon. Budget constants both in the public and private sector are forcing to think about how secure the jobs really are. But as we all know this recession will not last forever. Sooner or later the promised recovery will begin. The question is what engineering will benefit from the restructured economy and which ones will not fair so well? There is no real crystal ball, but there are clear indicators that every engineer should be aware of and make preparations accordingly.

Engineers will need to continue their education to stay up with the latest technologies to offer their clients the best solutions. Most of the State Licensing Boards require Professional Engineers to renew their professional licenses periodically with a minimum number of continuing education units. These units are typically Professional Development Hours (PDH) or Continuing Education Units (CEU). One PDH is equivalent to one hour of course education, and one CEU is equivalent to ten PDH or ten hours of course education. Some may find that their profession is not growing or trailing behind may need to change careers or strength their technical knowledge.

One of the best indicators of emerging markets is to know what the baby boomer generation needs and wants. The baby boomers, the individuals born between 1945 and 1964, are now approaching retirement age. Many will be retiring and will require some medical and health assistance. They will also want medication to appear young as long as possible. Obviously fields that support this industry will do very well. The most professionally profession to benefit is Biomedical Engineers. They are necessary to improve new medical devices and equipment. In addition, new facilities will be required for the aging population. Independent Living Facilities and senior communities will rise in demand. This will definitely improve prospects for Civil and Mechanical Engineers.

Another field that will continue to have a high demand for engineers is the environmental fields, which includes new green products, renewable energy, water resources, and waste-water management. The United States will continue to encourage renewable energy including wind and solar power with government grants and other types of funding. These projects will generate numerous jobs for many different professions. As the population continues to expand a greater demand will be placed on housing and our water resources and waste-water management. These increased claims will increase jobs for Electrical, Mechanical, Civil and Environmental Engineers.

Due to the increasing population and aging facilities, the government will also need to expand and improve the country's infrastructure. Roads, bridges, dams, railways, airports, and utilities through the country will need greater attention. These improvements will also increase the demand for Civil Engineers.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Occupational Outlook Handbook", 2010-11 Edition, over the next decade, 2008 to 2018, the engineering field should grow by 11%. In 2008 engineers held 1.6 million jobs in the United States. A little more than 45% were employed by the three leading professions; Civil, Mechanical, and Industrial Engineering. As expected the three smallest engineering professions are highly specialized; Agricultural, Mining and Safety, and Marine and Naval Engineers.

Another surprise was that about 3 percent in 2008 were self-employed, many as consultants. This means that 97% of engineers are employed by the government or private firms.

One would think that most engineers are employed by the government, but according to the report about 12 percent in 2008 were employed by the Federal, State, and local governments, and about half of them were in the Federal Government, mainly in the US Departments of Defense, Transportation, Agriculture, Interior, and Energy, and in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Many engineers in State and local government agencies worked in highway and public works departments. Approximately 45% are employed in three professions; Civil, Mechanical, and Industrial engineering.

Three leading employed professions

  • Civil Engineers- 278,400
  • Mechanical Engineers – 238,700
  • Industrial Engineers – 214,800

Three lowest employed professions

  • Agricultural Engineers 2,700
  • Mining and Geological Engineers, including mining safety engineers 7,100
  • Marine Engineers and Naval Architects 8,500

The three engineering professions expecting the highest growth rate over the decade are Biomedical, Environmental, and Civil. These professions provide professional services in the industries which are expected to have the most significant growth. These fields include Health and Medical, Environmental Technologies, Infrastructure including transportation and utilities, and Water Resources and Waste Management. These industries also require the engineers to be local to provide the necessary services.

In addition to openings from job growth, many openings will be created by the need to replace current engineers who retire; transfer to management, sales, or other occupations; or leave engineering for other reasons.

The three slow growing engineering professions are Chemical, Electrical and Electronics, and Computer Hardware engineers. These particular professions are receiving extreme competition from outside of the United States. Also note that these professions are not required for the most part to hold a Professional Engineering license. Companies are finding that engineers in other countries in electrical, computer, and chemical industries can provide the same service for a far lower salary or fee.

Three leading Job Growth rate professions

  • Biomedical Engineers – 72%
  • Environmental Engineers – 31%
  • Civil Engineers – 24%

Three laggards in Job Growth rate

  • Chemical Engineers – (-2)%
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineers – 1%
  • Computer Hardware Engineers – 4%

The three engineering professions with highest initial salary are in petroleum, chemical, and mining industries. Petroleum and Mining Engineers are expected to have a growth rate of 18% and 15% respectively over the decade, while Chemical Engineering is expected to decline by 2%.

The three engineering professions with the lowest starting salies are Civil Biomedical, and Agricultural. Civil, Biomedical and Agricultural Engineers are expected to have a growth rate of 24%, 72% and 12% respectively over the decade.

Three leading Starting Median Salaria professions

  • Petroleum Engineers – $ 83,121
  • Chemical Engineers – $ 64,902
  • Mining and Mineral Engineers – $ 64,404

Three laggards Starting Salaries

  • Civil Engineers – $ 52,048
  • Biomedical Engineers – $ 54,158
  • Agricultural Engineers – $ 54,352

So what is the lesson? The engineering professions that require a local engineer usually with a Professional Engineer license will remain in high demand; especially Civil Engineers. Engineering fields that can be replaced by foreign engineers and do not require a Professional Engineering license will suffer. Engineers who have not kept current in their field may find themselves at a disadvantage when seeking promotions or during layoffs. The best way to stay current is through continuing education courses.

In this article we have discussed the future of engineering. Although for some the future looks bleak right now, the number of new engineering jobs is planned to grow. Many of the new industries will require engineers. The main way to ensure employment is to be aware of the demand for your profession and to stay current with the latest engineering skills; technical, ethical, and managerial. Acquiring the necessary skills can be the difference between an employed and an unemployed engineer.