Future Developments In Processing And Storage

Computer developers are obsessed with speed and power constantly seeking ways to promote faster processing and more main memory in a smaller area. IBM for instance came up with a new manufacturing process (called silicon-insulator) that has the effect of increasing a chip’s speed and reducing its power consumption. These chip’s released in 2001 are 30% faster.

DSP chips: Processors for the Post-Pc Era

Millions on people may be familiar with the “Intel Inside” slogan calling attention to the principal brand of the microprocessor used in microcomputers. But they probably are unaware that they are more apt to go through the day using another kind of chip-digital signal processors (DSP’s), integrated circuits designed for high speed data manipulation, Made mainly by Texas Instruments but also by Lucent, Motorola, and Analog Communications, and image manipulations. Made mainly by devices, DSPs are designed to manipulate digital signals in speech music and video, and so they are found in pagers, cell phones, cars, hearing aids, and even in washing machines.

Digital signal processing is present only one-fifth the size of the $21 billion microprocessor business. But in most post-PC era, communications and internet driven devices – which need to handles enormous streams of real world information, such as sounds and images are expected to supplant the personal computer. Thus in 10 years its possible that DSP’s could outsell Microprocessors.

Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology, nanoelectronics, nanostructures, all start with a measurement known as nanometer. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter, which means we are operating at the level of atoms and molecules. A human hair is approximately 100,000 nano meters in diameter.

In nanotechnology, molecules are used to create tiny machines for holding data and performing tasks. Experts attempt to do nanofabrication by building tiny nanostructures one atom or molecule at a time. When applied to chips and other electronic devices, the field is called nanoelectronics.

Today scientists are trying to simulate the on/off of traditional transistors by creating transistor switches that manipulate a single electron, the sub-atomic particle that is the fundamental unit of electricity. In theory a trillion of these electrons could be put on a chip the size of fingernail. Scientists have already forged layers of individual molecules into tiny computer components into devices called chemically assembled electronic devices, or CAENs. These machines would be billions of times more powerful than today’s personal computers.

CAEN components are supposed to be up and running within 10 years. But computer makers are already getting some payoffs from nanotechnology, which is being used to build read/write heads for hard disks drives, improving the speed with which computers can access data.

Optical Computing

Today’s computers are electronic, tomorrow’s might be optical, or opto-electronic using light, not electricity. With optical technology a machine using lasers, lenses and mirrors would represent the on/off codes of data with pulses of light.

Light is much faster than electricity. Indeed, fiber optic networks, which consist of hair-thin glass fibers instead of copper wire, can move information at speeds 3000 times faster than conventional networks. However the signals get bogged down when they have to be processed by silicon chips. Optical chips would remove the bottleneck. (Someday theoretically, it is conceivable that computers could operate even faster than the speed of light. For generations, physicists thought nothing was faster than light moving in vacuum at about 186,000 miles per second.)

DNA Computing

Potentially, biotechnology could be used to grow cultures of bacteria that when exposed to light emit a small electrical charge, for example. The properties of biochip could be used to represent the on/off digital signals used in computing. Or a strand of synthetic DNA might represent information as a pattern of molecules, and the information might be manipulated by subjecting it to precisely designed chemical reactions that could mark or lengthen the strand. For instance, instead of using binary it could manipulate the four nucleic acids, which holds the promise of processing big numbers. This is entirely non digital way of thinking about computing.

Imagine millions of nanomachines grown from microorganisms processing information at the speed of light and sending it over far-reaching pathways. What kind of changes could we expect with computers like those?

Quantum Computing

Sometimes called the “ultimate computer” the quantum computer is based on quantum mechanics, the theory of physics that explains the erratic world of the atom. Where as an ordinary computer stores information as 0s and 1s represented by electrical currents or voltages that are either high or low, a quantum computer stores information by using states of elementary particles. Scientists envision using the energized and relaxed states of individual atoms to represent data. For example, hydrogen atoms could be made to switch off and on like a conventional computer’s transistors by moving from low energy states (off) to high energy states (on).

Other Possibilities: Molecular & Dot Computers

In the molecular computer, the silicon transistor is replaced with a single molecule. In the dot computer, the transistor is replaced by a single electron. These approaches such as mass producing atomic wires and insulators. No visible prototypes yet exist.

Secrets Adult-Children Bring to the Workplace

A popular show during television’s heyday, called “I’ve Got a Secret,” very much pertains to adult-children in the workplace, who were forced to grow up with alcoholism, dysfunction, and/or abuse and hence adopted a series of behavioral characteristics intended to foster their later-in-life survival, since they, too, bring one with them-namely, their believed inferiority and incompetence.

My own, deep and dark, was the hole my father dug in my soul when he attempted to fill his own-or the one his father created with his abusive and alcoholic shovels. I used numerous methods to mask mine, always fearful that coworkers would someday discover and realize that I was not all that I portrayed myself to be.

As a human target at home-whenever my father’s insanity flared up and commanded that he pursue and chase-I failed to learn the trust others apparently did, since it was neither demonstrated to nor modeled for me, subconsciously transferring my home-of-origin characteristics to that of the workplace and adopting hyper-vigilant physiological symptoms that chronically placed me on-guard and on high alert for potential danger.

Although I became a high achiever and people-pleaser to minimize detrimental confrontations (which, in the event, never occurred) with authority figure bosses and fellow employees alike, I never truly believed my sometimes academy award winning performances (which, upon retrospect, were abilities in and of themselves), continually replaying parental tapes with speeds and frequencies that reached brainwashing proportions. “You’ll never work! ” “You’re not good enough!” “Wait until you make a single mistake and you blow your cover!” And so they ran.

The more I contemplated the cracked image my fellow employees assuredly would have had of me if I did, the more my image of myself cracked, the pieces of shattering glass carrying such labels as “fraud,” “impostor,” and “con artist.”

Unable, because of mistrust-repelling dynamics, to forge bonds with others and therefore feel emotionally connected to the collective work body I was allegedly a part of, I always felt as if I were on the outside, looking in. Reticent to ask for help, the sheer act of doing so, I reasoned, would only have unearthed my inadequacies and inabilities.

Then again, how do you ask for help from strangers who neither know you from Adam nor owe you anything when the very people to whom you were entrusted to provide it, your parents, did not-and, ironically and conversely, were the very reasons why you needed it?

Always hungry for the praise and validation I seldom received from my father at home, I often sought it at work, but was not always able to receive and accept it, even if it were offered.

For years I deluded myself on two levels. On one, I employed an intense sense of humor I never fully realized even emanated from me and on the other, this tactic, along with excessive achievement and people-pleasing, was subconsciously used as a defense mechanism-or one more attempt to create the delusion of safety and protection for myself.

“Literature about adult-children of alcoholics,” according to the Adult Children of Alcoholics textbook (World Service Organization, Torrance, California, 2006, p. 421) “includes a description of four roles that children can take on in an alcoholic or dysfunctional family: hero, scapegoat, lost child, and mascot/clown. These roles can be easily transferred to the workplace.”

‘We learned these roles as children to protect ourselves,” it continues (p. 422). “Most of our behaviors started as defense mechanisms that helped us survive an alcoholic, dysfunctional, or abusive experience. These roles transfer into adulthood with an uncanny accuracy.”

Managers, supervisors, and even other coworkers, of course, served as subconsciously displaced parental authority figures, intensifying my powerlessness with them by regressing me to childhood, immobilizing me, and suspending all my abilities to defend myself. What could be a greater threat in the workplace than uttering a single wrong word to the boss who has both the ability and the right to fire you?

Even if a “Do not enter” sign did not hang on the door to my negative emotions, such as anger, I could not even take a step toward them, because I would have presented myself in a poor, unrespectable light, and touching my unresolved issues would assuredly have caused me to lose control and essentially become my father-the person, incidentally, I least wanted to be like when it came to these characteristics.

Sheer mention of after-work social situations sent a shot of trauma-sparking adrenaline through my body. Aside from my inability to trust and the boring through the negative emotional layers needed to reach the positive ones so that I could relate to them on a happier, more even keel, I believed that the structure of the job would fall, like a curtain, giving coworkers an opportunity, if not an excuse, to break from their behavioral restraints and let loose, exposing me to danger by revealing, like that of my father, their other- or alter-sides and thus targeting me.

When you grow up with a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality and no one ever explains why he has two diametrically opposed sides, you naturally assume that everyone else in the world does, too.

The workplace, in the end, becomes the location for an adult-child’s second-chance, but subconsciously displaced home-or-origin, demonstrating that the survival traits facilitating his safety are not exclusive to location, but to the person who brings them there to reenact.

What Lifetime Basketball Hoop Adjustment Mechanism Does What?

Lifetime Basketball Hoops lift mechanism comparison. This article offers insights into what features are offered by the different mechanisms produced by Lifetime Products.

When purchasing a basketball system it is important to know the difference between height adjustment mechanisms. Some height adjusters are very difficult and inconvenient to maneuver, and others are very effortless. Some adjustment mechanisms last longer than others, and some are more prone to breakage. The adjustment mechanisms made by Lifetime Products vary significantly. This article will explain the different adjustment mechanisms in order of how convenient it is to adjust it.

1) Telescoping Pole

The most basic entry-level adjustment mechanism is the telescoping pole. This allows the user to adjust the rim height, but does not have any sophisticated handle to use. Rather, it requires the user to tilt this system forward or on its side. At that point, the user unscrews the knob on the pole and pushes up on the backboard; the poles will then slide up and down. When you have found the desired height (in 6 inch increments), you then screw the knob back in and tilt the basketball system back into its upright position. This mechanism has a five year warranty.

2) Quick-Adjust

The next adjustment mechanism is called the quick adjust mechanism. It may be very quick, but it still is not as quick and easy as the mechanisms that use a handle built into the back of the unit. This particular mechanism requires that you use a broomstick to raise it up and down. You push up on the back of the rim to raise it up. As it is being raised up it clicks into position (in 6 inch increments). At the desired level, you simply stop pushing up on the broomstick and the backboard will lock into place. If you need to lower it, you push with the broomstick behind the backboard into a groove on the bracket itself. This mechanism has a five year warranty as well.

3) Speed-Shift and Action Grip

This adjustment mechanism is very simple. It is behind the pole and includes a handle with a trigger in the handle. To raise it up and down, you simply squeeze the trigger and push up or pull down. There are counterbalanced springs involved that do the work for you. As soon as you release the trigger it will lock into place (in 6 inch increments). The handle slides up and down the channel behind the pole. This may be one of the easiest adjustment mechanisms to use physically; however, it is probably not as durable as the other adjustment mechanisms since the handle can break if it is being misused or vandalized. For example, if a player is hanging on the rim and another player is trying to adjust the system to raise the player up the first thing to break is the handle. This mechanism has a five year warranty.

4) Power-Lift

The Power-Lift adjustment mechanism is very beefy and very durable. The technology used on this mechanism is very impressive. It uses hydraulics and a cylinder behind the pole to raise the backboard up and down. This mechanism also includes a handle that is shaped like a horseshoe and probably has the best appearance overall. The Power-Lift is also one of the most durable adjustment mechanisms since it is very difficult to break or damage. With the Power-Lift, you can grab and release the handle at any time – instead of in 6 inch increments – giving you infinite height adjustments. This mechanism has a five year warranty.

5) Rapid Cam

The rapid cam adjustment mechanism is only included on very high and basketball goals, including the Mammoths. It is very similar to the Power-Lift, but it is a bigger and stronger. It works the same. The handle is shaped like a horseshoe. Inside that handle there is a smaller handle shaped like a horseshoe. To adjust the rim height using this mechanism, you simply squeeze the triggers together and pull down or push up. You also have infinite increment possibilities, like what the Power-Lift offers. These ones have a lifetime warranty.

It should be noted that the warranties on all of these mechanisms does not include rust since it is very difficult for the manufacturer to control rust. If you live in dry climates, then you may never see rest on these. If you live in humid climates, after several years you may see some rust. You can remove rust simply by sanding it off before it becomes a big problem. You can also use touch up paint to help prevent the rust from spreading. All of these lift mechanisms have a powder coated finish to prevent rust; however, eventually you will see corrosion creep in. On average, the lifespan of most lift mechanisms is around 10 years. The rapid cam mechanism is closer to 20 years.

What to Do When You Can’t Fit the Sofa Through the Door

Have you ever known someone who had a brand new sofa delivered to their home or apartment only to discover that the darn furniture won’t fit through the door? Have you tried to move a sofa down to the basement or up to a second floor apartment only to realize that it won’t go up (or down) the stairs. The problem is commoner than you may imagine. For years living room furniture grew larger and larger as manufacturers followed the dictum of “bigger is better.” Meanwhile, people with older homes or apartments struggled to find small sofas that would actually fit through the door and into their homes.

There are two solutions to this problem. One, of course, is to buy smaller furniture. This is not necessarily as simple as it sounds. Sofas nearly always measure at least 78 inches in length, while loveseats rarely measure more than 66 inches in length. Buying a sofa that is between these dimensions can be time consuming and frustrating, as they are made by very few (almost exclusively small) manufacturers. Even looking up the search term “apartment sofa” on a search engine will lead you to a variety of sources, only to have you discover that 90% of them offer only full size sofas.

The other solution is to search out one of the rare Ready-To-Assemble sofa manufacturers who make sofas that are designed to be shipped unassembled. These are guaranteed to fit through any door, stairway, hall or elevator, regardless of the age of the home or remoteness of the apartment. The only problem is that aside from cheaply built IKEA -style knockdown designs there are only two manufacturers who specialize in custom built, ready to assemble sofas. Only one of those offers a quality solid oak frame, contemporary, transitional and traditional styles, and a choice of over 50 different fabrics)

Most RTA sofas look like RTA sofas and feel like RTA sofas. You can easily tell that they were assembled from parts. Since last year, however, it is possible to find quality RTA upholstered furniture that looks and feels like real, high quality conventional sofas. Custom-built, American-made RTA sofas are redefining the category. You don’t have to settle for small sofas anymore if the only problem is squeezing through a door. If you need a small sofa, you don’t have to settle for cheap knockdown, uncomfortable furniture..

Sheaffer Legacy Fountain Pen: A Review of the Sheaffer Legacy Heritage Fountain Pen

The Sheaffer Legacy Heritage Fountain Pen is well known amongst those who are advocates of luxurious writing instruments. This is because this pen is not just any writing device – it’s the epitome of writing luxury and grandeur. When you have this pen, it’s like you have a Ferrari, but for writing. To know more about this product, here is an in-depth review about it.

General Description

The Sheaffer Legacy Fountain Pen isn’t just any pen – it’s a statement of who you are, what your preferences are, and what you socioeconomic status is. When you have this pen, you feel like royalty. The inlaid 18 karat gold nib is what makes this pen absolutely amazing. It’s very pricey but it’s as valuable as it is priced, and it serves more as an accessory to display one’s status and power than as a writing material that is used for everyday writing activities.

However, as a fountain pen, Sheaffer delivers no less than excellent writing. Every swerve is smoothly followed by the pointed fountain tip that delivers ink in the most equal and professional way as possible. This is a perfect pen for signing checks, important documents, and for writing down short notes and messages on any kind of medium. This pen is also a valuable accessory which you can keep in your shirt pocket for a statement of your profession or status.

Features

This is a full-bodied fountain pen with a wide profile, making it easy to grip and also relatively easy to write with. You can use either a converter or a cartridge as the ink of this pen. Although it’s perfect for smooth and perfectly styled writing, it isn’t advisable to be used for continuous writing activities because the ink consumption is quite big and it wouldn’t last too long if it was kept writing for several hours. However, cartridges are refillable and the pen itself is a durable piece of art that can last a lifetime if you take good care of it and use it properly. The pen also has a pen case included when you buy it, which is a very ornamental case that you can also display in your office. This case will help you keep your Sheaffer pen safe and always in good condition despite constant use and abuse.

Colors

There are six combinations of finishes and plating that the Legacy pen uses and you can choose from them whichever one you desire to have. The barleycorn sterling silver with 22 karat gold plate trim has a beautiful and elegant barleycorn design on the silver body of the pen. The barleycorn sterling silver with palladium plate trim has an all-silver appearance with the same ornamentation of barleycorn on the body of the pen. The black laque with palladium cap and 22 karat gold plate trim is very simple and elegant looking for that real classic style. The black laque with palladium plate trim is a combination of black and silver colors, making it also a very elegant pen with a unisexual inclination. The brushed 22 karat gold plate with 22 karat gold plate trim is an all-gold pen with a beautiful appearance that’s perfect for highly recognized individuals like successful business people, career people, politicians, and the like. The deep cut palladium plate with palladium plate trim is an all-silver color pen with striped cuts on the shaft of the pen and an elegant but simple appearance. The black laque with palladium cap and 22 karat gold plate trim is one of the best colors that I recommend because of its classic elegant look of black and gold – the color combination of kings and queens in the ancient times and the real shades of royalty and elegance.

Conclusion

The Sheaffer Legacy Heritage Fountain Pen isn’t just a pen – it’s a luxurious piece of art that creates a completely different world of writing than any other writing material. I highly recommend the Sheaffery Legacy Fountain Pen for all business people, politicians, millionaires, and even ordinary citizens out there who desire to have a pen that’s not just for writing but also for a personal statement of grandeur and elegance.

The Singing Voice Visualized – Overcoming Barriers With Imagery

As an aspiring singer, if you have ever dealt with such issues as:

  • Upon hearing your recorded voice back, think, “Eeeww, that’s not me!
  • You go for the high/ low notes and choke
  • You run out of energy and can’t seem to complete a phrase seamlessly
  • You sometimes confuse ascending and descending movements of pitch

… then you could benefit from using various concepts of reinforcement in the form of visualization.

We have either auditory or visual dominance in our brain’s analytical processing. One might assume that auditory would be the most desirable in singing. Not necessarily. Imagery may be very helpful, and cultivation can be developed. An analogy is making related doodles in the margins of text you need to memorize.

Solutions: Try individually, to discover which ones/ combinations are most effective for you.

  • The ‘direction’ of the voice is often perceived as coming out of the mouth and straight forward, but it may be more advantageous to monitor oneself by ‘channeling’ the sound back toward the ears. Think of a ‘J’ shape.
  • Similarly, if you think of the voice as coming ‘up’ through your body, instead send an energy downwards through your feet, grounding with the earth. Think of a pulley system, whereby the downward motion of one side automatically raises the other.
  • Rather than thinking of pitches as existing on a vertical plane, try a horizontal plane. Extending your arm off to your left, begin a ‘siren’ on any vowel with your lowest pitch, slowly moving your arm to the right as you ascend pitch. Swing your torso around with the rising tone, watching your finger pointing to the horizon as you go. This gives all frequencies of your voice ‘equal opportunity’.
  • If you feel as though your head might explode when you go for a high pitch, imagine that your head is a pressure cooker with the valve on top for all the excess ‘steam’ to escape.
  • Think of the melodies in terms of changing shapes, especially helpful in right brain activity associated with overtone singing, in which the hemispheres become more highly integrated. (Overtone singing is the ability to clearly produce two or more pitches simultaneously.)
  • Toning on a particular vowel with eyes closed encourages visual imagination rather than having the interference of external stimuli, therefore informing the singer of powerful associations.
  • Use silence as you imagine creating a sound, ‘picturing’ the associated inner physical activity, eliminating interference of the brain’s auditory response.
  • Using a mirror, notice your body language. If it seems extreme, counter it with the opposite extreme. Get someone else to observe your body language, as typically one is not self-aware of it (i.e. rag doll, wooden soldier, football quarterback). You might be ‘favoring’ a particular part of your body.
  • Holding an imaginary bubble in front of you, fill the space with your voice, allowing the bubble to increase in size, moving your hands apart to simulate.
  • Imagination is key: ‘picture’ being in your greatest comfort space, a useful concept for stage fright.
  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, using body ‘tapping’ to reinforce new and useful programming)
  • On a more concrete level, overtone spectrum analysis offers visual biofeedback, displaying color bands for which harmonics are pronounced, lending intuitive information about how to enrich the sound.

Above all, singing is a joyous mode of self expression, so to convey yourself with a full palette of the senses is the most effective way to move your audience.

Top 15 Pet Gate FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) When Buying a Pet Gate

Everyone that’s in the market to buy a pet gate starts to quickly accumulate a list of questions about all the different types of gates. Sometimes the questions can get to be too much. So here’s a list of those questions and some answer to help you decide what you need to do.

1. What are the measurements of each style of gate?

Although similar in dimensions, the gate measurements of each style will vary by manufacturer by up to several inches in widths and heights. The Product details sheet will have that information.

2. Are there gates that open wider than 72 inches?

No. The maximum opening most gates will provide a barrier for is 72 inches, which is wider than most safety gates on the market. For larger openings 2 gates would be appropriate.

3. Can any style of gate be used at the top of a staircase and be mounted to the spindles? They all look like they can.

The only gates that should be used at the top of a staircase are designated as a “Stairway Gate. These gates have special hardware or mounting cups for correct installation. This will often include special hinges so that it can only open one way. The gate should never be allowed to open over the stairs! This is an extreme safety hazard.

4. Do all the styles of gates come in multiple styles and colors?

Most styles of the pet gates come in black and white. If a particular style comes in a wooden configuration it may come in cherry, oak, light oak, natural, maple or others.

5. My dog chews everything. What Pet gate should I buy?

At first impulse a metal gate comes to mind. But dogs can still chew this type of gate and hurt or break their teeth. So when you look for a metal gate, get one that has slats instead of a narrow mesh. It’s a lot more difficult for them to chew on. Stay away from plastic gates in this situation. Not only will they chew it up but they may swallow the pieces and cause problems you aren’t even aware of after they do it.

6. What if there is a baseboard in the way?

If you’re mounting the gate to an area where there is a baseboard, then take a small piece of wood, (I wood paint it to match the wall, the same thickness of the baseboard and put it behind the upper adjustment screw or mounting bracket you are using. Remember to keep the gate parallel to the floor for the smoothest operation of the gate possible.

7. Can I mount a gate to drywall without any wood trim?

You can but it is important that you find a wooden stud located behind the drywall so you have a good mounting surface for any bracket screws you may need to use.

8. There is a slight angle where I intend on installing the gate. What do I do now?

Using a gate that either has or can use an “Angle-Mount” hardware kit is just the thing. This kit is designed specifically for this purpose.

9. What does “JPMA Certified” mean?

This stands for Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. If you see this certification stamp it means that the gate has also been tested and approved for use around children according to the standards of this organization.

10. I have a big pet an a small one. Do any gates have a door so the little one can pass through?

Yes Carlson Mfg. is the only pet gate manufacturer that has a built-in pet door that permits smaller pets to pass through while others stay put.

11. I want to use my gates in several rooms but the door frames are different widths. Do I need specially sized gates for each on?

No you don’t. An extension gate, pressure mounted gate of a free standing gate can either be adjusted for each individual doorway or the free standing gate can be made to close off the widest opening and them be used for any of the widths.

12. I’m pretty much all thumbs. Are these gates easy to install in my house?

No matter what gate you buy they are all very easy to install. The simplest form of gate is the free standing. As the name implies there is no installation. Once you assembled it you just place it in position. The pressure mount gate used an adjustable swing arm or adjustable thumb wheels to create the pressure. The only gates that require true installation are the ones requiring mounting hardware. These gates use hardware mounting screws that attach the gate to a wall, doorway or frame.

13. These extension panels, what are they for?

Although Pet Gates come in lots of shapes and sizes you may find yourself in a situation where you need a little bit wider gate than what come in a standard purchase. In this case an extension gate would be in order. By adding an extension panel you’ll be able to fit it in that space you just measured. Typically you can use up to 2 extensions, but considering they come in widths from 5″ up to 24″ you shouldn’t have a problem finding the size you need.

14. I see all these different gates but I don’t want to climb over them. What gate should I use?

The best gate for this situation is a hand free operated gate. One of the most popular gates sold is the The First Years Hands Free, Foot Pedal Operated Pet Gate with Extension. This is absolutely the best choice for what you are describing.

15. What about safety considerations? Are there any I need to be aware of?

I suggest you read a listing of PET GATE SAFETY FACTS for answers to your questions.

Hopefully these Q&A’s will help make your decision process a little easier. Remember, you can always call the manufacturer of a particular gate you may want.

How to Get Your Ex Girlfriend Back Without Contact

Which of these two positions are you currently in:

A) Your girlfriend dumped you and you’ve had no contact with her.

B) She dumped you, but all post-breakup contact has been initiated by you.

Both situations might seem hopeless. Like your ex is over you, and she’s already moved on. In truth however, there’s always a way back into the heart of ANYONE… as long as you know exactly where to look.

In walking the path that leads back into your ex’s arms, you have to tread very carefully. Because in most cases? You really only get one shot.

Knowing which moves to execute first is a vital part of setting any future stage for reconciliation. And it’s not just about acting fast, it’s about acting correctly.

The Actual Reasons Your Ex Hasn’t Talked to You

Women are emotional creatures. When you dated her, your girlfriend felt some very powerful emotional connections to you.

These were built up over time. They started in the beginning, during the honeymoon portion of you relationship when everything was absolutely amazing. They continued on during the courtship, throughout all the things you did and the places you went. The more you shared with her, the closer you became. And the stronger these connections between you grew.

Now, just because she broke up with you? Those connections are still there. It’s not like they can disappear overnight, and your girlfriend isn’t some kind of emotional wizard who can flip those feelings the ‘off’ position like a light switch.

No, to move on, your ex did the only thing she could: she buried those feelings. She buried them fast. She tried to bury them deep, too, but chances are she didn’t do such a good job of it.

And this, my friend is why you have no contact with your ex right now. Your ex girlfriend is afraid of contact. Because in seeing or talking to you? There’s a good chance those feelings will shake themselves loose and float right back to the surface.

Your Girlfriend Wants the Breakup to ‘Stick’

Every breakup has the potential for reconciliation. All it takes is a few lingering doubts, and your ex can just change her mind. Right now though, she’s convinced herself that this isn’t what she wants. No matter how her heart might feel, her brain has snowed her into thinking this is “the best thing for her right now.”

To get back with her, you’ll need to convince both her heart AND her brain. This is where most guys go wrong. They believe that by appealing to her heart; by bringing up past history and by reminding their ex girlfriends about how awesome things ‘used to be’, they think they’re changing their minds.

In reality, their preaching to the one place they don’t need to: the heart. To get her to change her mind, you need to appeal to her MIND. To turn things around, you need to make dating you again seem like the logical choice to her.

And the words “to her” are important. If you want a new and lasting relationship, you can’t beg or plead your way back in. Pity is bullshit. It never works. Your girlfriend already knows that you want her back. But to really make things work? She has to think getting back together was HER idea.

This is where counter-rejection techniques come in. The idea here is to turn your ex’s way of looking at you completely around, to the point where she not only wants you back, but is actually worried that you’ll TAKE her back.

Breaking Contact to Get Her Back

A huge part of the counter-rejection process is the NO CONTACT RULE. All lot of people have heard this term, but few understand how it really works.

In short, it feels counter-productive to ignore the person you love. You’d think that if you want your girlfriend back, you should keep the lines of communication as completely open as possible. All communication would be good communication; texts, emails, Facebook, Instagram… whatever it takes to say in touch.

But the honest truth? The more your ex hears from you, the less she NEEDS to hear from you. In other words, the more you keep contacting the girl who broke up with you (even innocently)? The further you’re actually pushing her away.

Getting Your Ex to Miss You

Ever miss someone? I mean really, really miss them to the point where your stomach feels weird and there’s an ache in the pit of your heart?

Why did you miss them? There’s really only one reason:

It’s because they were gone.

When someone is totally and completely gone, that’s when you’ll miss them the most. I’m talking no texts, no phone calls, no contact whatsoever. When someone you love – or even once loved – disappears off the face of the planet, you’re suddenly thinking about them again. And the more distant they get (or the more they ignore you)? The more you are actually forced to miss them.

This is the basis of no-contact; getting your ex to wonder where you went. Believe me, she’s looking back at you after the breakup to see how you’re doing. She could be talking to friends, checking mutual friends’ Facebook pages, or even sending you a text or two to say “what’s up”. But all that scrutiny isn’t innocent. It’s for a specific purpose.

See, your ex girlfriend WANTS to see you sad. She WANTS to see you miserable and upset. The harder you’re taking the break up? The better she feels. The more you chase her? The bigger you’ve inflated her ego.

Of course, the reverse is also true. And this is the principal by which you’ll use no contact to get your ex interested in you again.

What Causes an Adult Child’s Need for Isolation?

Connecting with others-or at least attempting to do so-after emerging from a dysfunctional, alcoholic, and/or abusive upbringing that subtly taught you to distrust and maintain what you considered a “safe distance” was sometimes the equivalent of grabbing a live wire. That may at least have explained the explosively electrocuting sensation that was generated in your brain when you tried to do so. The reach, because of traumatic replay, did not achieve the anticipated comfort, but instead an emotional crumble, transforming you into an adult child.

“When children have been injured by alcoholism and cannot find relief from their pain,” according to the “Adult Children of Alcoholics” textbook (World Service Organization, 2006, p. 357), “they are forced to deny their reality and to withdraw into isolation. The experience of being powerless to control the events that damage us as children leaves us with a deep feeling of alienation, not only from others, but from our own openness and vulnerability.”

Isolating is one of the numerous dichotomies associated with the disease of dysfunction: it is painful to be alone, but it can be even more painful to be in close proximity to others when you do not entirely trust them and they inadvertently generate feelings that may progress from uneasiness to anxiety to out-and-out fear, initially causing you to ward them off and finally forcing you to leave to turn them off.

One of the strategies employed to avoid those feelings is attaining a significant degree of independence. The more you know and can autonomously do, the less you need to rely on others, thus avoiding potentially unpleasant interactions.

Despite what may be perceived as admired capabilities of those in high, leadership and management positions, for example, may actually be deficits resulting from the skills honed and knowledge amassed so that such people are able to reduce their reliance on others.

“Many of us exposed our facades of self-sufficiency for what it was,” again according to the “Adult Children of Alcoholics” textbook (p. 219): “a camouflaged isolation in which we were terrified of asking for help. We were hiding in plain sight from ourselves and others.”

So self-reliant and distrusting of others can a person become, in fact, that if a lightning bolt-like pain struck his heart, he may elect to take his chances for survival with it than risk the danger of reaching out to someone to help him out of it.

In certain ways an adult child was created by the fact that he could not seek aid from those who should most have rendered it-his parents. Ironically, they were the primary reasons he needed it in the first place. Why then, he assumed, would those in the outside world, who neither knew him nor particularly owed him anything, serve as substitute parents and supply the help his real ones were obviously not able to give?

Indeed, he may well believe that they would only deliver additional damage over and above that which sparked the need for that help. His definition of “parent” quickly became different from those who emerged from safe and loving childhoods.

“(We may) have spent a great amount of time avoiding others,” according to the “Adult Children of Alcoholics” textbook (p. 342). “We have isolated and run from ourselves and from life. We always took time to isolate.”

Isolation, which cannot be restricted to the traditional realm of the word’s definition, is not dependent upon the number of people currently in your circle, but the number with whom you can connect. Because of the negative circumstances associated with your upbringing, that may constitute a low to zero figure. You could, for example, stand in Time Square on New Year’s Eve, awaiting the annual descent of the lighted obelisk; yet theoretically feel as if you were alone. Isolation therefore results from a lack of an emotional and spiritual link, not necessarily a physical one.

Attachment disorders were bred by your unstable and sometimes detrimental upbringing. It was your parents who pulled the plug on you, despite all your attempts to have inserted yours into them. Indeed, every time you tried to do so, you most likely found their sockets empty and rejecting. Even if they did not meet you with danger, they certainly did with abandonment, leaving you to conclude that you were an unwanted burden who was not important or valuable enough to whom to devote their time and attention.

At any rate, they implied that you were less-than, not up to par, and not particularly loveable. At least that is the way you most likely interpreted their withholds toward you.

The way that invisible wall served to separate you and impede that sorely needed parental bond, it paradoxically also served to sever you from your true self, resulting in an internal split.

“To protect ourselves from the disorienting effects of living with confusion and pain,” according to the “Adult Children of Alcholics” textbook (p. 358), “we divide into a feeling and unfeeling self and isolate ourselves from our own vulnerability. We alternate between the extremes of wanting to escape our isolation and the need to stay securely hidden in our familiar prison of pain… We swing from the depths of isolated depression to frantic attempts to find help in the outside world.”

Dysfunctional, alcoholic, and abusive upbringings become the core of an ever-enlarging snowball rolled from infancy to adulthood and breed the survival-oriented behavioral characteristics you were unknowingly forced to adopt. Shamed, you felt inferior to others. Parental betrayal- and detriment-implanted distrust laid a weak and easily shatterable foundation upon which you rested your life. Isolated and unable to partake of what others regularly and effortlessly enjoyed amplified your feelings of inadequacy and provided additional layers of and reasons for your shame.

Squelched, squeezed, and buried in it all is the cocooned inner child, which you were forced to create in order to internally escape, at perhaps the still-infantile age of three, the danger to which you were exposed.

Although it represents your true self and its intrinsic, God-given endowments, it remains inaccessible and beyond your memory or even awareness, long replaced with the false or pseudo- self, which cannot connect with others, thus increasing your separation and isolation.

Love expands, giving you more of what you are. Shame contracts, taking away what you are. Both emanate from and are therefore reflections of what your parents have or have not. As their seedling, you either emotionally and spiritually grew or shrank based upon the frequency and nature of those extremes.

Adult children feel like the missing pieces of a giant jigsaw puzzle. Even if they are found somewhere on the table, they neither believe that they fit into the gaps nor deserve to and therefore provide no purpose in completing the bigger picture.

Disconnected from the whole by lack of trust and isolated by hiding somewhere in the box, they are unaware that both phenomena resulted from the replay of their original, but still-unresolved, parental-caused traumas. What was at three may still be at 53 in their subconscious minds and what may now be their adult bodies still house their time-suspended children in their psyches.

What Are The Main Causes of Electrical Accidents?

Electrical accidents can range from mildly annoying to downright devastating. On one hand, an electrical accident can leave you with a temporary power outage, a small buzz on your hand or something similarly inconsequential. On the other hand, many electrical accidents result in electrical shocks, overheating and electrical fires that can lead to damage to your property, injury to you and even death. Because of this, it is important to do anything that you can to avoid electrical accidents of any type. With good wiring, a little common sense and a few precautions, most electrical safety hazards can be avoided.

Many people regard electrical safety as not plugging too many devices into one cheap power strip or using a hair dryer while in the bath tub. Although these are two very important safety precautions, there are also many other areas in your home that can present potential electrical safety hazards. By educating yourself about some of these hazards, you can start to understand the overwhelming power and danger of electricity in order to use it more safely.

Cords and Plugs

Electrical cords and plugs are to blame for the majority of civilian deaths related to electrical accidents each year. These dangers, however, are some of the easiest to avoid. Most importantly, you should never use a cord that appears damaged in any way, such as burning or melting. If there is any missing or damaged insulation, or there is a loose cord, the whole cord should be replaced rather than repaired with electrical tape.

Extension cords are some of the most dangerous when it comes to cords. You should never use an extension cord to provide power to any area permanently. You should never conceal extension cords, especially under carpets. Always make sure to use the right cord for your purpose, meaning that you should only use grounded cords for items that need grounding. Take special note of the rating of each cord and make sure that it is heavy enough for your purpose.

Appliances and Fixtures

Misusing lamps and light fixtures is another top cause of electrical accidents. Although it may seem like a harmless thing to do, placing a 100-watt bulb in a 60-watt light fixture can melt the fixture wires, possibly leading to electrical shock or fire. This can also occur if you plug something into an adapter outlet that turns a light socket into an electrical outlet.

When it comes to appliances, do not ever use a device that buzzes, has a burning smell, smokes or sparks. Never operate any electrical devices while standing in water.

Home Wiring

Your home’s fixed wiring is the second-leading cause of electrical-related home fires. This is a result of problems such as overloaded circuits, improperly installed circuit breakers, damaged wires, loose connections and more. Because your wiring is probably beyond your capabilities and hidden behind your walls, your best route to safety in this area is to have your home regularly inspected by an electrician. They can look for and identify many common electrical hazards and offer professional advice for remedying them.

Patio Doors – Do You Prefer To See Frames Or The View Beyond The Glass?

There are various types of patio doors. French doors, traditional wooden centre-opening doors with glazed panels, are inexpensive and functional and will remain popular, probably forever. Attempts to improve insulating properties and reduce maintenance by manufacturing PVC versions has not replaced the traditional timber-framed French door because, let’s face it, wooden ones look good and PVC ones don’t. Even tired old traditional French doors have a shabby chic that many of us are drawn to in pictures of sunny Provence.

Unrestricted in the width span of an opening, bi folding doors are more versatile than French doors. Their frames may be PVC, timber or aluminum (thermally broken for good insulation). Of these, aluminum frames will be the slimmest, partly because it is a strong medium but also because of the ease of inserting the double glazed unit into it. Wooden frames, as well as being sympathetic to nature’s elements, need to be of a certain thickness each side of the double glazing to maintain sufficient force without splitting. PVC door frames at the cheaper end of the door market are particularly wide in order to add strength to the door. This is overcome in better PVC products by reinforcing the inside of the frames with metal.

Because French doors and bi-folding doors are free to swing at one side, consideration must be given to the strain on hinges if the door is heavy, therefore there is a restriction on each door width, probably a maximum of about one metre. Sliding doors remain completely within the top and bottom runners and, therefore, are not subject to the same constraints. It may be possible to install a pair of sliding doors, each one possibly four, five or perhaps up to six feet across, with narrow frames. The view when closed is far better than with bi-folding doors but, in the better weather when you may require maximum access between the house and garden, half of the access is blocked by the doors.

Newly launched in 2010, an innovative design that has taken the best elements of each style and discarded the unnecessary bits. At first sight, whether closed or open, frameless glass doors appear to be sleek versions of bi-folding doors but they have been designed without side frames by removing the need for hinges. The difference is in the mechanics of opening and closing the frameless doors.

The first door opens in the same way as any normal door and remains at right-angles to the door opening. Subsequent doors are then able to slide on discrete top and bottom guides and pivot to stack against the previous door.

As it is necessary to use an effective seal to ensure the double glazing complies with British building regulations, the view through closed frameless glass doors is not entirely without interruption, as the gasket is opaque, approximately 19mm wide.

No other door style can provide all these features:

  • up to 8m of fully retractable doors, plus
  • low percentage of interrupted view, plus
  • high thermal insulation values.

If you want to see the view rather than the door frame AND you want total access between the home and garden, a frameless glass door would seem to be the patio door style that you are looking for.

How to Change a Stud-Type Nose Ring

When you got your nose pierced, you were probably given instructions about how to change the nose ring. But there are different types of rings, and it can be hard to remember all that info. Changing your ring can be painful if you don’t do it the right way, so here are some tips that should help. These tips apply to stud-type rings.

Stud-type nose rings come with a few different types of attachments. The first is a straight pin with a little ball at the end. To insert this type of ring, just place the ring in the hole and press it in. When you put it in, the ball catches to keep the ring from coming out. The reason the ball works is that it’s larger than your piercing hole, so inserting this type of ring can cause a little pain. Also, for some people this type of ring won’t be long enough and can tend to slide out.

Another style for a stud-type nose ring uses a little bendable pin without the ball on the end. To insert this type of ring, bend the pin with a small pair of pliers and make sure it’s long enough to fit through your nose, and then just slide it in. This type is relatively easy, but sometimes the whole pin can be too long and can scratch the inside of your nose.

The third type is a nose screw. It has a straight pin with a little screw at the end. Nose screws can be a little tricky, but once you get the hang of it, you may find you actually prefer them. Before you start, open the area where the pin is hooked with a small pair of pliers. You want to open it just enough to loosen the curve a little bit. Then put your thumb in your nose and press firmly against the area where your piercing is located (use the opposite hand from the side where your nose ring will be inserted). With your thumb on the inside of your nose, find the piercing hole and press the nose ring in until you feel it on the inside with your thumb. At that point, twist the ring so it’s sticking out. Then you can let go and just push it in.

That’s all there is to it. Now you should be able to change your stud-type nose ring without pain.

Differences Between Base, Package 1, Package 2 and Special Edition VW Jetta TDI – 2005 to 2007

The base 2005 VW Jetta TDI included quite a number of luxury features which were not included on base 2006 VW Jetta TDI. Included features that were removed from 2006 base cars included automatic on and off headlights, automatic rain sensing wipers, automatic dimming center rear view mirror, automatic dual zone climate control (called climatronic),adjustable footwell lighting, trip computer, lights under the side view mirrors to illuminate the ground when you unlocked the doors, highline instrument clusters with full screen driver information system, and a homelink remote control in the sunvisor. All these features were removed for the next model year because customers found the cars too expensive. In reality, the car now had more features than the VW Passat. Customers walked into their Volkswagen dealership expecting to buy a Passat and walked out with a VW Jetta.

Therefore, VW changed the base car features and the packages. All base 2005 through 2006 VW Jetta TDI included amenities like vinyl leatherette heated seats, heated side view mirror glass, and LED turn signals in the left and right side view mirrors.

For 2005, package 1 included (in addition to base cars), a sunroof, the cold weather package (heated seats and heated windshield wipers), and 16″ alloy wheels.

For 2005, package 2 included (in addition to package 1 cars), leather seats, 12 way power adjustable driver’s seat with three memory settings, 12 way power adjustable front passenger seat, multifunction steering wheel with a trip computer, a manually operated rear window mesh sunscreen, a multi function steering wheel.and tamo ash interior wood trim on the dashboard, shifter, ashtray, and side door panels.

VW changed the packages for 2006. Package 1 included (in addition to base cars), a sunroof, and the premium seven brand satellite radio with an in dash six cd changer. They did not include alloy wheels since that was moved into the base package for 2006.

For 2006, package 2 included (in addition to package 1 cars), leather seats, 12 way power adjustable driver’s seat with three memory settings, multifunction steering wheel with a trip computer. They removed the rear window sunscreen, power passenger seat, and wood trim.

Because emissions standards were tightening, Volkswagen extended the production line all the way to the end of the 2006 calendar year for 2006 model year cars. These cars are called 2006.5 special editions. These are considered a completely different trim line. Base special edition cars included everything in base 2005-2006 and added a trunk spoiler, diesel edition badges on the front fenders, 115V household outlet in the rear of the center console, and a multi function steering wheel. Many of these cars also had an iPod adapter and tire pressure monitor sensors.

Article is copyright myturbodiesel.com, 2010

Helpful Hints for Buying a Piano Lamp

When deciding to purchase a lamp for your piano, it is very important to take a little time to gather some information about the different types of lamps that are available. There are many differences among piano lamps, and in order to make the best choice, you should know what the different lamps have to offer.

Even before you do research on piano lamps, you should organize a list of things that will meet your piano lighting needs. The following is a short list of things to consider:

· Know your type of piano (grand piano, vertical, etc.)

· How much light (wattage) do you require

· What style lamp do you prefer

· What form of lighting technology do you like (incandescent, LED, etc)

· What color and design best fits your piano and room decor

First on the above list is to know your piano type. This may seem overly simple, but may get confusing for some folks. It is easy to tell the difference between a grand piano and an upright piano. Some confusion may arise when trying to determine the difference between a spinet, console, studio, or full upright. Without getting into specific measurements, it will help with your lamp choice if you know the height of your piano. Simply measure from the floor to the top of the instrument. This is important because some piano lamps work better with shorter pianos, and others with taller uprights. For example, if you have a piano that measures 48″ or higher, one of the best lamp choices is a Low Profile Lamp. These lamps have a short stem that positions the shade closer to the music. If you have a tall upright piano and you were to choose a lamp that has a shade positioned high above its base, you may find that the light is actually too far away from the music. Make sure you know your piano type and height before you begin to search for a lamp.

The second item on the list has to do with wattage, and knowing how much light you require. Some folks like a very bright lamp, and others prefer less light. House of Troy Piano Lamps offer you different wattage amounts, with some having the flexibility to use both lower wattage and higher ones. In general, lamps with an output of 60-80 watts provide plenty of light to clearly read any sheet music or music book.

Choosing the lamp style has a much to do with your piano type. If you have a grand piano, you will want to look at the specially designed grand piano lamps. There are 3 basic varieties. The clip on or clamp lamp attaches to the music desk (also called the music shelf or music holder). These lamps have special clamps that are lined with a soft cushion material so they will not harm your piano. Counter balance lamps have a solid base and a long arm with attached shade. They are designed to sit on either side of the music desk (either side) and the arm reaches out to place the shade directly over the music. The third type of lamp for a grand piano is a Piano Floor Lamp. These lamps sit on the floor on either side of the instrument, and they have a long arm that places the shade of the lamp over the music. If you have an upright piano, the first thing to do is to measure the height of the piano, and then search for an upright lamp that will best fit your pianos height. Low profile lamps work great on taller uprights. Standard upright lamps, which are adjustable in height, work well on shorter or mid-size pianos (spinets and consoles).

There are different types of lighting technology being used today. Among the choices are incandescent lighting (household lighting) which uses incandescent bulbs, fluorescent lighting, halogen, and LED lighting technology, which is much more energy efficient and has no need for bulb replacement.

The last thing on our short list is choosing a design to your liking. This is a very personal choice, which is influenced by the color and style of your piano, as well as the look and feel of the room which the piano is in. Fortunately House of Troy has a wide array of lamp designs and colors to choose from within each of their categories of lamps.

Understanding the Different Types of Security Seals

The risk of theft and criminal energy grows with the value of goods being transported and the demands of security required increases in turn. The following points influence the policy of designing high quality Security Seals:

  1. They should indicate whether a locking device has already been opened. Tamper resistance (or evidence of tampering) by making manipulation nearly impossible, more difficult or at least time-consuming
  2. Adding tamper-evident features to visualize unauthorized manipulation of the device
  3. Resistance to substitution of component parts.
  4. Avoid accidental breaking of the seal in situations.

Why Use Security Seals?

  • To prevent opportunistic theft
  • To visualise manipulation attempt
  • To prevent contamination
  • To prevent trafficking of contraband
  • To prevent stowage of arms and explosives

These demands lead, as a rule, to the usage of seals made from a variety of components and materials. In conjunction with the customers’ logo, consecutive numbering, bar code, data matrix codes etc. ensuring that each seal is unique and cannot be substituted.

Plastic Material Type

These are manufactured using a special kind of plastic resin and are mainly used as an indicator of tampering or unauthorized entry. These are mainly designed as Pull-tight (variable length), Fixed length or Padlock Type seals.

Metal Material Type

Metal band / Metal Clip seals – Manufactured from a type of metal material and are generally used to provide barrier protection. They are preferably used with galvanised wires.

Bolt seals – These offer the highest level of barrier protection and are manufactured in two metal parts that are designed to fit together via a locking mechanism.

Cable seals – These consist of a galvanised steel cable which is fixed at one end into the locking mechanism of the seal body.

Re-usable Security Seals – These consist of a main re-usable body which can be sealed with a single use seal.

Electronic Seals – These are typically reusable and generates a unique time, date and number each time the seal is closed and opened. These help in registering and recording all events.

Tamper Evident Labels – These can be physically stuck to a surface and gives the user the option of leaving a residue, disintegrating, and/or displaying an indication of attempted removal or tampering.

Choosing the right Security Seal for the job

The following factors determine the choice of the appropriate seal for a particular role:

1. What type of unit (bar trolley, container, bag, vehicle, door, tote box, ATM cassette, electricity meter etc.) is to be sealed?

2. Under what ambient temperature conditions will it be used?

3. What duration will it be fixed onto the unit?

4. Are you looking for an easy removable seal or a barrier seal?

5. For how long will the unit be left unsupervised?

6. How valuable are contents?

7. Which type of numerical system is required for the application (sequential or random)?

8. Must the serial number be electronically readable? Which type of bar code is to be used?

9. What are the logistical requirements? (are various colours required?)