How to Use a Sharp Fax Machine

If you are looking for a guide on how to use a Sharp fax machine, you’ve come to the right place. Actually to find out how to run a Sharp fax machine is pretty easy. Most Sharp faxes now have easy functions and setting modes, so you can start use it within minutes.

The first thing you have to do is to check whether there is a dial tone or not. A fax machine cannot run without dial tone. Make sure you have plugged the cord into the fax machine’s phone line jack. You can set the option whether it is outgoing or inbound, depending on which one is available and the compatibility of your phone cord. Wrong setting of the phone line jack on you fax will allow you not to able to detect a dial tone. To fix it, you can simply switch the setting. Another possibility is that maybe the phone number is not a working number. Try a mobile phone or an additional land line to verify it.

If you want to have your fax to be able to automatically receive faxes, you can set it by removing the TEL seal. Plug the extension telephone or answering machine to the TEL jack. Now you can instruct your fax to receive faxes, even when no one is at home or office to accept transmission.

Another important thing that needs your consideration is to set the fax to automatic reception mode. This will stop a fax line to ring without cessation and to allow receive faxes after a certain number of rings. If you don’t set this thing up, your fax machine might not able to accept an incoming fax.

Getting a “Error – Check Paper” message is quite disturbing somehow and how to get rid of that? That message indicates the paper is misaligned or the paper is jammed. To get rid of that message, you should have your paper removed from the fax machine. Unplug the fax’s cord from the wall socket for about 20 seconds, then re-plug it and you can put the paper back to the feeder. To prevent the same error message from happening again, put some pressure on each piece of paper along the edge of the feeder and you can put a gently tap at the top of the paper to get your document properly fitted.

A Sharp fax machine has the memory built in. It is important to keep you fax’s memory from exceeding the limit. To clear the memory of your fax machine is a bit tricky and many users don’t know how to do it. Actually the solution is very easy. Press the “Function” key followed by the number “9” key, then you will be asked to enter the file number, the command is sort of like this “Enter File Number or ^”. The file number to enter is “###” and then hit “Set” to remove all files from the memory. There will be a question shown up like this “Delete All Files? You have to option: 1 for “Yes” and 2 for “No”. Press number “1” key to delete all files.

Sharp fax machines have many various models and types, each offering its own settings and features. Read the manual book first for troubleshooting or contact a Sharp fax machine customer support representative at 800-237-4277.

5 Ways to Really Promote Your Clothing Store

The old adage goes, “Build it and they will come!” but in reality, this is far from the truth for us regular Joes. Unless you have prime real estate, simply opening a store does not guarantee business. You must find ways to attract your customers and appeal to their needs and wants. Below we’ll discuss 5 effective ways to promote a clothing store.

1. Sales! Sales! Sales! – Have weekly sales on select items. Understand that it’s not about your profit margin per item, it’s about your profit margin per order! You can break even on the sale items but there’s a chance the customer is going to buy something else that they wouldn’t have. Sales push customers to buy, and you want to make sure that they’re buying from YOUR store!

2. Create In-Store Events – Brainstorm ideas for events you can have at your store. For example, have fashion shows showcasing your store’s clothes or a clothing drive for people to donate their clothes to charity. Customers remember these things, and you always want to be on their minds when they’re looking to shop for clothes.

3. Everybody loves FREE! – Give away something with your name on it, everybody loves swag! Calendars are a good idea, imagine having your store name posted on your customer’s walls for a whole year!

4. Unique shopping bags – Paint the town with your shopping bags! Come up with an interesting design or use a unique color for your shopping bags so everybody knows where your customers just came from!

5. Mailing Lists / Newsletters – Get people’s email addresses and send out periodic newsletters with specials, promotions, or announcement. Let your customers know what’s going on in your store — maybe next time they see it, they might come in to browse.

You have to put in the time and promote your clothing store (or any business for that matter) if you want to see it succeed. Nothing comes without working for it, but also keep in mind that you have to have a good product line to sell. You can promote all you want, but if the clothes you’re selling are not what your customers are looking for, it’s a wasted effort. Not every idea listed above will work for every clothing store, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to try!

Precautions You Should Take If Undergoing Ear Stretching

Ear stretching is in vogue globally. While it is trendy, if you are planning to undergo one, consider taking a few precautions to avoid damage to your earlobe. Ear stretching is an age-old tradition observed among many ethnic groups of India, East Asia and other old civilizations of Egypt and South America. It is a symbol of status, beauty, or both, depending on what a culture believes in. However, today, many in the west have adopted ear stretching as a fashion. They stretch their ear lobes to flaunt body jewelry. It is also a way for some to create a different identity for self. In the United States, the younger generation associates ear stretching with lifestyle choice and punk fashion. Nevertheless, if you are planning for an ear-stretching job, it is advisable to see the following precautions:

Stretch Gradually

If you have an ear-piercing of size 20 or 18, and want to stretch to an ear gauge of 00, do not pierce a larger hole instead go gradually. Punching a hole can remove a huge chunk of tissue, making sizing back down later difficult. Gradually stretching provides enough healing time, thus preventing scars and restoring flexibility of the earlobe.

Use ear tapers and ear plugs made of stainless steel for a simple and almost painless stretching. You can also use ear tunnels instead of the plugs. These are almost similar, but hollow in the center.

Observe Hygiene

Prepare your ear lobe for stretching. Apply vitamin E or Jojoba oil. Before beginning the tapering the process, apply the warm water compress to the area. Disinfect the ear tapers before use, and lubricate it with a water-based solution. Once the taper is through the piercing, replace it with the plug or tunnel. On completing the process for both ears, soak your ear lobes in a water-based, sea-salt solution for five minutes each. Clean and massage daily for faster healing. Occasionally rest your ears by leaving them free. Let your ear heal completely, before going in for the next round of stretching.


Do not use acrylic tapers, as body temperature can easily break it down to release toxins. Do not use wood or bone plugs, as they must more care. Do not use Vaseline to lubricate the taper, as the Vaseline can trap bacteria and cause infection.

Consult a Professional

Always consult a piercing professional before you start the stretching process. During the stretching process if at any time you feel uncomfortable or develop an infection, immediately see a professional for help and medical advice.

The Inner Dreams Numbers In Numerology

The Inner Dream numbers of a numerology chart are calculated using only the consonants of a person’s full birth name. Write out the name (whatever appears on their birth certificate) with space below the consonants for a corresponding number. J and S are represented by the number 1. B, K and T are 2. C and L are 3. D, M and V are the number 4. N is the number 5. F and X are 6. G and P are 7. H, Q and z are 8. R is the number 9. If Y is not being used as a vowel it is represented by 7. If W does not follow another vowel and belong to the same sound (like in Shaw), it gets the number 5. Add together all of the numbers for the consonants in the name and reduce to a single digit. The master numbers of 11 and 22 should not be reduced here. The result is the Inner Dream number, which shows what a person’s inner fantasies and desires are.

An Inner Dream number of 1 means the person wants to be a leader that is known for courageous, daring and inventive ideas. They want to be the first one up to the summit. Others can see them as being arrogant and cocky. A number of 2 desires close, meaningful relationships built on cooperation. They want to act as the mediator to their family and friends. Others see them as a soft, easygoing individual that doesn’t like to make waves.

An Inner Dream number of 3 means the person wants to express themselves through the arts. It is a way they can express their feelings. They wish they could be happier and desire popularity and appreciation from others. A number 4 dreams of stability and organization. They are dependable and disciplined and want to be recognized as such.

An Inner Dream number of 5 create dreams of freedom from responsibility. These people desire world travels, adventure and accomplishment. A number of 6 makes the desires turn towards the home and the creation and nurturing of a family. They want a loving partner and children and all that comes with domesticity.

An Inner Dream number of 7 color the dreams of an introvert who only wants to study and read alone. They aspire to being a teacher of some sort, constantly surrounded by knowledge. A number of 8 create desires of power, control and authority in the business world. They want to be recognized for their abilities and strengths. A number 9 dreams of saving the world and feeding the poor. They hope that others will need them for their advice and support.

The master number of 11 in the Inner Dream numbers creates dreams of idealistic illumination. They believe that there is a secret level to life that has gone unseen but feel that they are capable of informing the masses about what this secret is. The master number of 22 creates dreams of organization, building and other endeavors of creation. They think of far fetched schemes and the rewards that could come with them.

Setting Up a Studio for Your New Nikon D7100

With the new Nikon D7100 digital camera, you would expect to be able to turn your hand to almost anything. This versatile and flexible camera is designed to excel in all areas of photography. So, once it is out of the box, many new owners will be rushing to take portraits and still-life images in studio conditions. obviously, if you can, you should always try to shoot in natural light – particularly if you are shooting portraits. If that isn’t feasible, the pop up flash can usually provide the necessary fill-in, or you could use you flash gun, carefully placed and fired remotely. In most circumstances these tools will help you to get a decent result. But a time will come when you decide you need more control and at that point you will want a studio set up.

If you are setting up your studio at home, the ideal scenario is to have a room specifically put aside for your photography. It should have plenty of space, a high ceiling and be at least 5 meters long. Paint the walls a color that doesn’t reflect too much – black is ideal, but if you have to share the room, then gray would be OK. Cover the windows with blackout material to ensure that the light can’t get in and also cover the doors to prevent further contamination. Ideally you only want to have the light that is under your control to be effecting your images. You will also need a good supply of electrical sockets.

Having closed out all external light sources, you can decide what lighting you want to have in your studio. Lighting falls into two categories – continuous or strobe. Continuous also has two options, either tungsten or fluorescent. Tungsten is very popular for portraiture because it gives good skin tones. It is naturally a ‘warm’ light, both in light and temperature (this can be a problem, if you make your subject sit under them for a long time). You would also want to use tungstens if you were shooting video.

Fluorescent lights have a more sterile white light with a blueish hue. They are often used for stock shots ad still-live photography, because it is felt that the colors are more accurate. Of course, it is up to the photographer to choose which he prefers. White balance, in the D7100’s settings will be able to rectify most light settings, but, as you are in charge of your lighting, it would be better to set the lights so that the subject appears as you want to see it. Relying on in-camera correctives is just another think to try to remember and sooner or later you will be cursing your memory and catching up in Photoshop.

The one great advantage of continuous lighting is that you can actually see how the subject will appear in the picture in real-time. This means that you get the lighting right and can then confidently address other variables like content and composition. With the strobe, you are sometimes not sure if the flash fired or not. In many ways continuous lighting is a lot easier, and I would recommend that you start with this. However, when you need to photograph something or someone and give the impression of movement, or freeze them in action, you will have to use strobe lighting.

Although strobes are more difficult to set up, they give the photographer bit more flexibility. The power of the flash can be increased or reduced to suit the photographer’s needs. This means that the photographer can design his lighting around his shutter speed requirement. Obviously, if the subject is moving and you don’t want blur, you will need a fairly fast shutter speed. Once mastered, strobe lights are a great way to get the images you want. However, because they operate on a burst, they sometimes take a while to recharge.

If you start off with a couple of lights, the easiest way to set them up is with the soft box at the front and the spot at the back. The soft box emits a softer more even light that is easier to meter against. The soft box should be 6 feet away from the subject, near the camera. The other light should be at least 3 feet away from the back drop so that it gives an even background. I would advise getting some barn doors for the back light, so that the light doesn’t spread where it isn’t wanted. always set your trigger up to the front light and ensure that both lights fire at the same time. Most lighting systems have slaves built into them these days.

I usually begin a shoot on a standard 1/125 at f8 with an ISO set at 200. This gives me enough flexibility to change things around gradually if I need to. Most studio lenses operate comfortably at f8 and the shutter speed will catch most fluid movement. If you find the lighting a bit flat, move the soft box out wide to get some more definition and shadow, but always be aware that more shadow can be very unflattering, particularly if the subject has an angular face or large nose. I always start by getting the standard shots done – the full length, half-length and then move in tighter for head and shoulders or portrait. By the time you want to try something more interesting your model will have relaxed and you will have become more confident in the equipment and you abilities.

The Ins and Outs of a Secure Truck Parking Lot and Drop Yard Gate

In a previous article I discussed the essentials for perimeter security of a secured trailer parking lot or drop yard. However, true perimeter security requires more than a formidable wall between the yard and the outside world. A secured parking lot must also have secure methods of getting in and out of the yard. This article will focus on the security necessary for the ins and outs of any secure drop yard.

When evaluating the security of any drop yard’s entrance points you should start at the physical characteristics of the gate. A secure trailer parking lot’s entrances and exits should be designed so that when they are closed they provide a physical barrier similar to the perimeter fence. Many inferior yards only have a stop sign and if you’re lucky a guard to yell, “stop.” However, such yards cannot be considered secure.

Once you have determined the physical barriers necessary to prevent unauthorized entrance and exit from the yard are present you need to evaluate the controls used by the yard. A secure truck parking lot should at all times, have on-site trained guards to ensure that only authorized entries and exits occur. A simple key fob or numeric pad controlling the gate should never be considered a secure lot. Also, the on-site guard should be controlling the entrance and exits of all pedestrians as well. Essentially no man or machine should be on the yard that is not authorized and has legitimate business being there. Only on-site guards can provide the security standard required to call a drop yard secure.

Having an on-site guard and physical barrier preventing unauthorized entry or exit is not enough for true security. The vehicle and pedestrian entrances and exits must be monitored one hundred percent (100%) by high definition CCTV. The use of high definition CCTV is important, as the system must be able to identify the vehicle or person entering or exiting. Where, remote staff is also monitoring the gate the CCTV must provide enough detail for the plates and trailer numbers to be recognizable for comparison with customer release forms.

The lighting at all entrance or exit gates must support the security of the yard. Therefore, it must provide adequate lighting for the CCTV to identify vehicle plate numbers and to identify facial features of any pedestrians. Nothing can render a sophisticated CCTV system useless like poor lighting. The proper lighting of the gate area not only assists on-site guards but also is crucial for a properly functioning CCTV monitoring system.

All the intimidating gates and high-tech surveillance systems will not prevent theft from a secure yard if the guards are lax. Properly trained on-site guards are crucial and cannot be replaced by fancy equipment. Do not get blindsided by technology and overlook the on-site staff of any yard you are assessing. True the technology may help find the thieves and may assist in recovering some of the stolen cargo, but a secure drop yard should prevent theft. That is the reason any trucking company entrusts its’ equipment and cargo to the yard.

An Introduction to Tattoos

Tattoos… Everyone has a different reaction to that word. It always got my attention. I think the first one I saw on a live person, was my cousins. I must have been 7 or 8 years old. He had a funny caricature of a devil on his arm with “born to raise hell” written over it. I was amazed by it and although it wasn’t until my mid 20’s when I christened my skin, I wanted one the second I saw that little devil.

Today, tattooing is far more accepted in society than it was back in the 60’s, still; there are people that frown upon the idea of marking your body with ink….forever. Whether it’s a religious issue, or their own personal preference, they can’t deny that the tattoo is almost as old as civilization itself.

The word tattoo is derived from the Tahitian word “tatu”, meaning to mark or to touch something. The earliest known tattooed person is the infamous “Iceman” found in 1991, in the Otzal Alps, located in Italy. Carbon dating proved that he had lived about 5,300 years ago. Fifty-eight tattoos were noted on his body!! Archaeologists think he was an important figure in his society. The tattoos were charcoal and water based.

Ancient cultures used tattoos to ward off sickness or bad luck. The Egyptians were the first to use needles to tattoo the body. Archaeologists exhuming tombs, have even found children’s dolls decorated with tattoos. Tattooing spread through Greece, and Arabia, and By 2000 BC., the tattoo had arrived in Asia.

The Japanese first used tattoos to identify criminals. Later it was transformed into an art form, producing some of the world’s most beautiful tattoos. The Yakuza (Japanese mafia) use their tattoos to intimidate their rivals. Japanese style of tattooing has influenced hundreds of artists today.

Polynesians have also contributed greatly to the art. Their instruments consist of sharpened pieces of bone, or ivory, tied to a stick. They “chisel” the ink into the skin by hitting the top of the instrument with a mallet type object. The tool might consist of one sharp object, or a whole row of objects, resembling a rake.

Members of certain tribes underwent grueling hours tattooing their bodies as a right of passage. Those tools are still used today, for those same rituals, but it is a dying art form, performed only by those preserving their culture. They also developed a facial tattoo called the “Moko”. This facial tattoo consisted of lines drawn about the face that would tell that persons life story.

Centuries ago in Europe, it was common to have family crests tattooed on the body, but when the Normans invaded in 1066, tattooing disappeared. 600 years later, a sailor named William Dempher, ran into Prince Giolo, known as the Painted Prince. He was brought from Polynesia to London, put on exhibition, and became a sensation.

In the 1700’s, on one of his many trips to the South Pacific, Captain Cook came across Oami,a heavily tattooed man, whom he also brought back to England. The English were amazed, and soon tattooing became a fad amongst the upper class. Still it would be another 100 years before tattooing would have an influence in America.

The first electric tattoo machine was invented by Samuel O’Rielly in 1891. It evolved from an electric pen that Thomas Edison had invented a few years earlier. This machine is very similar to the one used today. With this invention, it was very easy to obtain a tattoo, so the upper class gradually turned its back on the art, and by the 1900’s the glamour of being tattooed had lost its appeal. Tattoo artists found themselves working the seedy areas of neighborhoods, and tattooing went underground. Only by word of mouth could someone find a tattoo artist, or even see tattoo art. Tattooing became a secret society.

Once again, Samuel O’Rielly to the rescue. He moved from Boston to New York City and opened a tattoo shop in very popular Chatham Square, the Times Square of its day, and the birthplace of American style tattoos. There he met Charlie Wagner.

O’Rielly taught Wagner the art of tattoo until Sam’s death in 1908. Charlie then met Lew Alberts, a wallpaper designer. Alberts incorporated his designs into tattoo art, and started making flash designs. Tattooing flourished in Chatham Square for nearly 20 years, until the depression hit. The soul of tattooing then moved to Coney Island. Shops opened up wherever military bases seemed to be. Mostly sailors would get tattooed, and each tattoo brought a different story from a different place.

After the Second World War, tattoos were less popular. Their association with bikers, and jailbirds had a great impact on the decline of tattooing in American culture. An outbreak of hepatitis in the 1960’s brought tattooing to its knees. Needles weren’t being sterilized, and reports of blood poisoning flooded the newspapers. New York outlawed tattoos and shut down its shops in Coney Island. Tattooing moved to New Jersey, Philadelphia, and all the way to San Francisco.

Today, tattooing is legal again in New York, and just recently made legal in Massachusetts. Artists hold international conventions, where they display work, perform work, and give seminars on tattooing. Many have an art degree. Cleanliness is an unwritten rule in the business these days. Shops would not survive if the proprietors did not keep a clean place of business. Tattooing has once again reached the upper echelon of society. Movie stars, rock stars, and corporate executives now grace their bodies with tattoos. Every tattoo has a special meaning for the one who wears it. Whether it’s a tribute to a lover, or a child, mom or dad, a simple line or a detailed body suit, tattoos have made its mark in the history of the world.


Deep Soft Fur Make Reindeer Rugs The Perfect Winter Warmer

Reindeer rugs are by-products of meat production. They are made from reindeer hides and have great looks and feel as well as weatherproof properties, often offered as non-dyed, natural whole hide items, thereby making each piece unique. Reindeer rugs are supple, soft and have great insulation properties as a result of their fur being made up of long hollow hair. When properly treated, odour and decay is prevented thereby making them perfect for indoor and outdoor use. They add extreme beauty and make great focal points to living spaces like bedrooms, living rooms and offices where they can be used to decorate floors, walls, ceilings, doors and furniture. Additionally, reindeer rugs can be draped over footlockers and antique chests.

Depending on the age of the reindeer that was skinned, reindeer rugs come in varieties of colours including beiges, greys, creams and browns. Some are a perfect blend of silvery grey tones and shades of tan and brown making them a perfect blend with any interior setting. Since each reindeer is unique, each reindeer rug is equally unique in colours and markings.

Reindeer rugs are great replacements for traditional carpets, but considering them an alternative to a more popular cowhide rug and sheepskin rug is a highly debatable topic. Truly speaking, they really stand out and draw a lot of attention in terms of aesthetics but are perfect for ornamental purposes only. Home dwellers should avoid subjecting them to high temperature and pressure at all cost.

Firstly, they should not be placed on areas such as passageways where people may frequently stand or walk, or on chairs that are frequently used for sitting. Low or no traffic zones like near beds, at the centre of a circular array of couches, on walls, doors and ceilings good picks for their display. This way, their original spotless nature will be retained. Seconding, they should be placed far away from heat sources such as furnaces because high temperature causes them to shed and moult.

Initial moulting by shedding is normal and should not call for panicking. They heavily malt in the beginning but quickly settle after one month if they are properly cared for and will normally last for several years. It is highly recommended that they be taken outside and shaken every 2-3 days. Vacuum cleaning should be used for general maintenance. However it is highly recommended to slightly massage the hide with a brush add-on rather than a small suction add-on so as to prevent hair loss. The waterproof property of reindeer rugs permits them to be used outdoors.

However, if they do get wet, they should be allowed to dry out naturally e.g., under natural bright light. This drying process naturally disinfects the hide. Since reindeer hides are relatively more fragile than cowhide and sheepskin alternatives, regular rug-cleaning detergents are too harsh for them and may end up stripping the natural oils leading to rapid deterioration.

When shopping for reindeer rugs, it is advisable to go for the silicon treated ones. Natural reindeer rugs are relatively expansive. If you are on a tight budget, you may consider getting a faux reindeer rug instead. Instead of natural reindeer skin, faux reindeer rugs are made from other types of hides and artificially decorated to mimic the patterns on a reindeer. Besides being cheaper, an extra advantage of faux reindeer rugs is that the patterns can be made more sophisticated and even reflect greater artistic values than the natural ones. Those with handcrafted designs have greater demand than the printed ones. The main reason the natural rugs still lead is because they perfectly portray the safari scenario, which is what most rug users are after in the first place.

Types of Corkscrew and Wine Openers and How to Use Them

When I first started to write this article, I had a small list of corkscrew types, but I had forgotten all the obscure types so the list grew much larger. I decided to start with the three most popular like the Waiter’s Corkscrews, Wing Corkscrews and Lever type wine opener. I know everyone is familiar with these. First thing is to remove the foil from the top of the bottle before using any corkscrew, it makes things easier and it looks so much better.

The waiter’s corkscrew is the most popular and used in most restaurants. I’ve read some articles that say the waiter’s corkscrew is difficult to use but I don’t agree. To use a waiter’s corkscrew start the point of the screw in the center of the cork and simply twist the screw straight down into the cork until the last curve of the screw has penetrated the cork, place the notched lever on the lip of the bottle then raise the handle up and the cork is removed. Once you open a few bottles it will be like riding a bike. They are very reliable and virtually last forever. If you need more information on waiter’s corkscrews, see my article “Waiter’s Corkscrews Styles – Which ones right for you”.

The winged corkscrew is also a popular type with this corkscrew you need to align the screw with the center of the cork as you did with the waiter’s corkscrew then twist the entire corkscrew (with the wings out) until the bottle sits flush on the corkscrew bottom. Simply push both wings down and the cork will be removed.

The Lever (rabbit or screwpull) wine opener is one of the easiest to operate. First thing you do is raise the lever, place the opener on the bottle and squeeze the handles (ears), next push the lever down which inserts the screw into the cork, finally when you raise the lever up the cork will be easily removed. To remove the cork from the corkscrew, first lower the lever so the cork is return to the lower position then squeeze the handles and raise the lever and the cork should fall off. If this is your choice buy one of high quality it will last longer and work better.

Twist Pull Corkscrew is easy to use. Simply place the corkscrew over the mouth of the bottle and twist the handle. The screw will penetrate the cork and when it bottoms out the cork will be extracted as you continually twist the handle.

The T-handle corkscrew is a simple design, which date back to the 1800’s. The screw is twisted into the cork as previously described but once it is fully inserted you merely pull on the T-handle to remove the cork, which is easier that it sounds. You will need some arm strength. This one is inexpensive but not very popular. A lot of wineries put their logo on it give them away. Nice to through in a picnic basket in case you forget to bring your favorite one but not something you would use on a regular basis.

Two-prong twist does not have a screw but different length prongs which slide between the cork and the bottle. You’ll need to wiggle this tool as you are inserting it in to the bottle. Once it is fully inserted you need to pull the T-handle while turning the tool in order to remove the cork. It’s tricky, ever since I chipped a bottle using one I have avoided them. They are inexpensive and also sometimes used as a give away for wineries.

Multi Purpose Corkscrews remove wine corks, champagne corks, bottle caps, screw tops. These look odd but if you want one tool that does it all, this is the ticket. These openers use the same technique as the waiter’s corkscrew.

Air Pump Style Corkscrew has a needle you push in to the cork instead of a screw and it has a pump cylinder, which pushes air through the needle into the bottle causing the cork to pop out. I had one, it worked for a while but not real reliable.

Cork Pops (Co2) is a much, improved version of the air pump and it has received good response. This works on natural or synthetic corks. No hand pumping required with this Co2 cartridge and a nice looking design, but you’ll need to order extra cartridges to have on hand.

Electric Corkscrews are becoming more popular and they come with a recharging stand but they don’t recommend using them with synthetic corks. Just press a button to insert the screw and remove the cork then press a button to eject it from the screw. It doesn’t get much simpler.

Uncorking Machines (counter or wall mounted) are designed for high volume and they really look good in a wine cellar. Expensive and maybe over the top for the average wine drinker but they work well. These are easy to use but it still requires 2 hands one to hold the bottle and the other to pull the lever, which removes the cork from the bottle and ejects the removed cork from the screw all in one motion. For more information on uncorking machines see my article “Uncorking Machines – Are they worth the money?”

Aside from the specialty corkscrews like the Pisces Multi-Lever Corkscrew (fish shaped), Winemaster or the Replica Antique Vintage style corkscrews that about covers it.

As you can see there’s a lot to choose, some even eject the cork after it’s been removed but others require you to manually remove the cork from the screw. I have multiple types of corkscrews but most of the time I use a waiter’s corkscrew, but that’s just my preference.

Deer Antler Velvet Extract Shows Some Clinical Results

If you’ve heard the hype about deer antler velvet extract, you may have thought that the benefits of this strange sounding elixir sound too vast and varied to possibly be true, and that this is just another strange trend in natural health supplements that will come and go. However, it has withstood the test of time. It has enjoyed a long history as an ancient Chinese Medicine remedy, and now there are recent clinical studies backing the beliefs that the Chinese have known to be true since long before there was any such thing as clinical studies.

Due to the growth hormones, nutrients, and mineral content of deer antler velvet extract it has been gaining a growing following amongst bodybuilders who praise its ability to help them maintain and gain lean muscle mass and shorten repair time of damaged muscle and tissue. These restorative properties mean that it can offer a big boost to those who want to build and maintain lean mass quickly. This one substance can boast the benefits of containing eleven vitamins and minerals, six hormones, and over twenty amino acids. No wonder such a small dose can pack such a punch!

Bodybuilders and athletes are no longer the only ones that are enjoying the many benefits to be had from the nutritional components in deer antler velvet extract. As the product has slowly become more readily available, the attention it is drawing from mainstream media has meant that more people are becoming savvy to its existence and benefits. Many regular, everyday people are enjoying better sleep, lessened joint pain and arthritic symptoms, and lowered blood pressure from its use. They are also experiencing better glandular function and recovery from long time anemia and painful stomach ulcers. This is a lot of benefit from one single remedy. This makes the higher cost of this supplement compared to many others a worthwhile investment in your health.

If you are considering the benefits of deer antler velvet extract but balk at the price, consider how much deer antler velvet it takes to make one small bottle of extract. It is extracted from the velvet of New Zealand deer antlers, which grow at an extraordinary rate of up to an inch a day. This incredible feat of nature is being utilized for human use, and the benefits have been astounding. With nutritional supplements you oftentimes do get what you pay for. If you are considering a product that claims to be the same as the more costly extracts on the market, but is considerably cheaper, the chances are high that you will receive a heavily diluted product that will produce inferior results. While it may be highly tempting to go with a lower cost extract, be aware that if you do you probably won’t be experiencing the same degree of health benefits being touted by both clinical studies and people sharing first-hand testimonials about their results with the product. Consider it an investment in your health.

Infatuation and Its Impact

It is, indeed, very interesting and intriguing to understand, evaluate and analyse infatuation and its impact. It is also a matter of great concern to observe the circumstances in which it is affecting the people, especially the very young children. The factors which stimulate these bliss feelings among children can be very insignificant for those who are influencing the children. However, these same factors can be profoundly influencing the children. Thus the net result is the disturbed mind of the recipient. The observer will notice these telltale effects but ignores it on the pretext of being his or her innocence and immaturity. It gets little serious when the victim exposes unequivocally his feelings and adopts ways and means to achieve the desired results. At this stage, it is, now, obligatory for probe about infatuation and its impact.

Dana Peach, the authoritative matchmaker has enumerated different phases of infatuation:

A. Phase 1: Stricken (A magic moment)

B. Intrusive thinking (A passionate desire)

C. Idealisation (The erotic sizzle)

D. Emotional – Roller coaster (Emotional dynamics)

The meaning and definition of infatuation reveal that it is a foolish and usually extravagant passion or love or admiration. Although it fits appropriately when it relates to very young children, yet it differs when adolescents are involved. The very young gets influenced by the charm of the individual in terms of his or her personality, attitude, conduct and character. On the other hand, the adolescent gets vicariously attached to the person concerned in a lust oriented manner. This particular situation requires more attention and careful handling of the situation rather than adopting stern measures. Here, the role of perception plays an important part with regard execution of his or her action. The result of reflection of initial input, followed by perception of thought is paving the way to infatuation. The effects of infatuation are generally inconclusive, yet it has its own charm.

Analysing the factors influencing infatuation will go a long way in managing the affected people. Scientifically speaking an amphetamine like chemical called phenylethylamine (PEA) is activated, when an individual begins to feel attracted to someone. Diane Ackerman, author of ‘The Nature of Love and A Natural History of the Senses’, describes PEA as a “molecule that speeds up the flow of information between nerve cells”. Substantiating the PEA phenomena, The New York State Psychiatric Institute claims to have discovered that PEA has a tendency to pave the way for that peculiar contemporary disorder, ‘The Relationship Addiction’.

Infatuation, by itself, will not accomplish the inner burning desire. It is a momentarily input stimulating the urge to acquire and fulfil one’s desires. The limit of its expansion is again subjective. It is depending on the interaction, involvement and prevailing circumstances influencing the individual. It eventually leads to short term frustration and depression. However, it remained as a bliss feeling for many years.

Singing – Turn a Harsh Throaty Voice Into a Crystal Clear Voice

Do you long for a beautiful, crystal clear voice? This simple technique will show you how to bring your voice forward and out of the throat, giving you that clear, sweet singing voice that you want.

Nasal voice placement

Before we start this, I want to state that this is an exercise only, to help you gain control of directing your voice, and not intended as a way to sing in public for people!

I’m sure that as a child, just fooling around, you put your voice in your nose. Maybe you pretended you were a monkey. Perhaps if you speak French, you can produce a nasal sound easily.

So, that is where we want to start, making an “E” sound as nasally as you can. It may feel funny and sound funny. Most of my students have a good laugh, when we do this exercise, and we have great fun. So, just have some fun with it.

Practice singing some notes to the “E” vowel using your nasal placement, remembering that this is just an exercise. By placing your voice in your nose, you have actually directed your voice and have a “handle” on it, so to speak. And that is my purpose. Practice this for a while until it comes easily.

Next, put your index finger upon your nose, close to the bridge, as you sing your nasal “E.” Feel the vibration in your nose. Now move your index finger to your front lip, just above your teeth on the gum line. You probably don’t feel vibration there. The vibration shows you where you have placed your voice.

Follow your finger with your voice

Sing a long nasal “E,” while you are doing that, drag your finger from the bridge of your nose, all along the tip to the spot just above your teeth, where we were before. Pretend that the voice is following the finger. Use your imagination and really focus on that finger.

You may need to do it a few times, before you begin feeling a vibration, where your finger stops. The vibration will tell you that you are successful. Not only that, but you will hear the voice change from nasal, to forward only. If you have been singing in your throat, forward will sound clearer and sharper, while the throat sound is more fat and fuzzy.

This will require some practice to fully master, but you will start seeing results very soon. You will get to know when your voice is forward, and that is half the battle. The more you practice the easier it will get.

Reading aloud is good. And if you can integrate this habit of using your voice forward, while speaking, it will become a habit much faster and much easier. After all, you speak more often than you sing, so think of all that practice you’ll be getting.

So, whether you’re a veteran singer, or just learning to sing, if you want to sing more forward and have a clearer voice, you can certainly achieve it. This little exercise is a real gem.

Building a Fence Without Digging Post Holes and Pouring Concrete

Drivable post support anchors are galvanized metal spikes that you drive into the ground with a sledge hammer or jackhammer in to support your fence posts. Once in the ground, the post slides into the anchor and is secured with bolts or glue.

There are many benefits (other than eliminating the digging, of course) to using a drivable anchor:

1) They reduce/eliminate the effects of frost heave – Frost heave happens when the expansion of frozen moisture exerts pressure on your fence posts, eventually “heaving” them out of the ground, resulting in leaning or even broken fences.

2) They can reduce installation time – With little experience, the installation time for Oz-Post Post Support Anchors can be reduced to as little as 5 minutes per post.

3) They protect wood posts in the ground – Oz-Post Support Anchors are designed to allow water to drain through below the level of the wood post, prolonging its useful life.

4) They can cut through tree roots, small rocks, and asphalt (if you use a jackhammer) – When your digging a hole the old fashioned way, you never know if you’re going to hit a rock or a network of tree roots, forcing you to remove the obstruction before continuing. When using a drivable anchor with a jackhammer, most in-ground obstacles are easy to slice through or push around.

*Always contact your One Call Center to locate utility lines before digging on your property. Dialing 811 will route you to your local One Call center.

Support anchors are available for a wide variety of fence post types and sizes including: vinyl, treated wood, cedar, aluminum, and chain link. Even more than that, a drivable post anchor can be used on mailbox posts, sign posts, and deck posts, since nearly all projects use standard sized posts (ie. 4×4, 4×6, etc.).

Cleaning and Handling of Glass Display Cabinets

Buying glass cabinets is one thing and looking after the cabinets is another. You need to do both the tasks perfectly and should leave no stone unturned in connection to the cleaning and handling of the glass itself. It can become a bane for you to carry out the cleaning process of display cabinets in a serene manner. To overcome the odds, you must have knowledge about the essential elements and factors in connection to the cleaning of the glass display cabinets. If you are to find a way out, then make sure you give thorough read to this page. Following are the important and essential tips in connection to the cleaning process of the glass.

  • Regular Cleaning

First step is the regular cleaning. You cannot just wait for the harmful aspects to show, and start the cleaning process then. This type of attitude is not on. You have to make the glass cabinets undergo a regular cleaning process, which can lay the foundation of you getting the clean and best looking glass cabinets. Everyday cleaning is important because the glass cabinets can become dirty and sticky in a quick span of time.

  • Lint-Free Napkin or Cloth

To carry out the cleaning process with 100% efficiency, a lint free cloth can be ideal. You must clean the glass cabinets with such a cloth to provide smear free results. It is important for you to keep this cleaning tip in mind when going to clean the display cabinets. Along with the lint free cloth, certain cleaning products are there for the taking as well.

  • Polishing with Newspaper

If you are to remove smudges from the glass, then you should polish it with a newspaper. You must apply such type of polishing after the normal cleaning process has been done.

  • Tip for Wooden Frame

It can be tough to clean the wooden frames of the glass cabinets. Along with wooden frames, metal frames are also available. It is important for you to select the cleaning product that can work best with both wooden and metal frame of the cabinet. Wood and glass cleaners can be a good option but if you are looking for a complete package in connection to a cleaning product, then you must go with any of the available multipurpose cleaner that can do the trick for you.

  • Look at Every Angle

If you are to leave no room for error, then you must clean the glass cabinets at every angle. It is important for you to check for any visible marks present on the glass cabinet. You must check from all the angles, and if possible, from different heights as well. It can entitle you to get spotless cleaning. Glass display cabinets can help in displaying the items appropriately with little difficulty. To get the job done and extract the desired results, you have to keep the glass cabinets clean. To carry out the cleaning process, you must refer to the above-mentioned guidelines.

Comparison Of Army Tankers And Marine Tankers

The following is an expert opinion by a Military Tanker: “Being a Marine Corps tanker is the way to go. Can’t go into a lot of detail about how Army Tankers and Marine Tankers are different, just that the entire culture of the Army is so much different than the Marines. Either way you’ll go to Ft. Knox, Kentucky. I found it to be a drab and miserable place. I give all due respect to the Army. Anyone who risks their lives in a combat field deserves respect. But, I could never have served in an Army unit. There just isn’t that same Spirit.”

“Army tankers go to boot camp at Knox. You watch how they train and it was laughable. They’d be sitting around drinking beer on a saturday night talking about how hard boot camp is and how the Drill Sgt. was mean because he made them do 25 push ups. If I would have went to Army boot instead of the Marines I may have failed. Not because it is harder but because there just didn’t seem to be that motivating.”

“Tanks are a great MOS. I loved it. I consider it the absolute best job in the Corps. I signed up for three years 1984-1987. As much as I loved it I did not want to do it for 20 years. It seemed too hard to keep at it for so long. I had my fill, I loved it. Then it was time to move on. If you want a great adventure, a way to be a part of a front line combat force without some of the more extreme hardships of the infantry, I definitely recommend Marine Corps Tanks. Only join though if you can stand the very real possibility of getting sent into combat, killing and possibly dying.”

“The army has some outstanding tankers. I would like to think our tanking skills are about equal, we are better off the tank and more disciplined as a hole just from what I saw. Yes, the army has new stuff and they will let you sign up for tanks where the Marine Corps will not. I like the armies’ new crap but I don’t think I could ever join the army. Tanking’ is challenging but very rewarding.”

“All of the combat MOS’s have to deal with the same stuff though. When it is cold, you are cold. When it is very cold you are very cold. When it rains, you are wet. Being wet and cold can last for days. Wet, cold and deprived of sleep. Same when it’s hot or when it’s very hot. You get dirtier out in the field than you would believe. All of this stuff is awesome, I just said okay this stuff is great, but 20 years?”

“The daily schedule of a tanker isn’t bad at all. The maintenance is no problem. PT is about what you would expect. It’s just that darn winter I spent at Camp Fuji in 86. Mother Nature had no mercy on the mountain and the mountain had no mercy on us. We started off most days shoveling the snow off of our tanks before we worked on them all day. If we were out in the field for three days that meant that we were cold for three days.”

“Like I said, I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world. I don’t have to sleep in the snow or the rain anymore. I was also never in combat but if you ever do go to Iraq or Iran or North Korea or some place and get into tank battles and stuff then you’ll see that what I thought was a tiny bit hard is like a girl scout picnic. I’d say go for being a tanker. You will love most of it like I did. Then if you love it, stick with it for as long as you can. I don’t think that you will want to make that career decision though until you have finished most of your first enlistment.”

“Being a tanker or armored crewman in the army or marine corp. is a challenge in its own. Going through your army or tank training is challenging in its own right. No one means to judge, but it happens when you have so much pride or better words pride in your branch of service. We all strive in one thing to be a tanker. The goal of every tanker is ride into combat on your m1a1.”

“Marine tanker or army tanker we all are tankers. The army guys around us were in the final stages of their OSUT training. We didn’t have many if any at all recruits around us. And the only real difference between marine and army tankers are the pride in the Corps and the Army Units. The maintained is the same. The long hard hours are the same.”