Metal Fabrication – A Piece of History That Never Stops

Fabrication is when one thing is manipulated to become something else. Unfortunately, the most common usage of the word might have something to do with the how the truth is so often “fabricated” into something else. However, the most useful type of fabrication has been and most likely always will be metal fabrication.

It is thought that metal was discovered before people even been to write, and that it was first used to make rudimentary tools and weapons – such as arrowheads and spears. Since then, fabrication has come a long way to include metal bending, metal forming, welding, laser cutting, and much more – expanding its utility far beyond the realm of weapons and basic tools.

Metal Fabrication through History

As most high school students know – metal was first used for basic tools. You may picture a primitive arrowhead or a spear, fastened with rawhide with feathers attached- and as far as history can tell us, you wouldn’t be too wrong. These ancient examples of metal fabrication were found in caves, and for the most part every metal fabrication found was created to be used. There was no primitive plasma cutting and metal fabrication done for decorative purposes – only for survival. As far as we can tell, these were the earliest cousins of the modern, technologically savvy, metal fabrications we see today.

The Importance of Fabrication Services

Hundreds of thousands of years ago fabricated metal parts helped ancient humans survive. Today, things aren’t much different. Stainless steel, iron, aluminum, copper, and more are all used to provide us with the products we need every day, from automobile parts to metal fabrications for use by the military, and everything in between. Metal fabrication can include:

Types of Fabrication

Metal fabrication is done for a wide range of industries and applications. Metal fabricated parts include everything from car parts, aircraft components, boat propellers, holding tanks, shark cages, weapons, and much much more.

  • Contract assembly: while not specifically “metal fabrication” contract assembly often involves fabrication of some sort. Contract assembly pertains to one customer contracting fabrication, machining, or assembly work to an experience provider who has all the necessary machinery. The contract assembly company usually organizes delivery as well.
  • Metal bending and forming: hydraulic press brakes are the most common type of machine used to performing metal forming – a long shot from what primitive man would have used. Metal bending is done with shaped dies and mandrels to bend tubular sections without kinking them while rolling machines are used to form plate steel into a round section.
  • Plasma Cutting: Plasma cutting is one metal fabricating process that ancient homo sapiens surely would have loved. Plasma cutting uses a plasma torch to cut varying thicknesses of metal – usually steel – with extreme accuracy. Through a combination of pressurized inert gas and electricity, metal fabricators create a high powered stream of pressure capable of melting metal and simultaneously blowing it away before it can dry into the cut
  • Welding is a time honored technique of joining two metals. Slightly different than plasma cutting, welding can use a variety of energy sources – including heat, electricity, friction, and even ultrasound.

Fixed TV Mounts – Pros & Cons

Before you think about buying any type of fixed TV mounts, it is important to know where you are planning on mounting your TV. Fixed TV mounts are the most limiting when it comes to brackets as they hold the TV flush against a wall.

As a result of their limitations and where they are positioned, they do not allow any extra movement horizontally or vertically and tend to be the cheaper option to purchase. It is also a good idea to bare in mind the cables that need to be plugged into the TV, as fixed TV mounts can make access difficult.

Consisting of two parts – one part that is fixed to the wall and the second that is fixed to the back of the TV – fixed TV mounts have one particular advantage, whereby they sit flat against a wall, with usually an extension that reaches an inch. However, several disadvantages to fixed TV mounts include the screen is not movable once mounted, while someone sitting on the side or the floor would not be able to see the screen well.

However, if you are thinking about fixed mounts, you need to find out whether or not your TV is able to be wall mounted and if it will successfully attach to the LCDTV wall mount bracket. One thing to bear in mind is that it all depends on what TV model you have, as each method of attaching the TV to the bracket can ultimately be different. Make sure you know how your TV attaches, which will help you to purchase the right one.

Particularly suited to flat screen TV’s, the fixed LCD TV Wall mounts are usually the easiest to install compared to tilting and full motion wall mounts, as they only require two parts. However, because they are flush against the wall, in order to change out any of the cables you would need to remove the flat panel from the wall in order to change the cables. A feat you would not have to do with a tilting wall mount or a full motion wall mount.

Accurizing the Beretta M9 or 92FS Series Guns

This article is strictly geared towards qualified, professional gunsmiths who are both accredited and insured and have sufficient experience to perform work on semi-automatic pistols. Also caveat: this article is more geared towards accurizing for “bullseye” or NRA conventional pistol than for IPSC, IDPA, USPSA, etc.

Accurizing the Beretta M9 (or 92FS, which is the model number given to the version that is available to the civilian population in general) is something that competitive shooters have been doing for a while now, but how to do it is a relatively unknown art.

Luckily, it is not that much different from what you would need to do to make just about any gun accurate. There are some options that can also make the gun last a lot longer if you are a competitive shooter and need the frame (made of aluminum) to last for 10,000 rounds or more.

The most difficult part of the whole process is the trigger job itself, which allows the shooter to fire the gun accurately without disturbing the sight alignment. Most military-grade guns “out of the box” have a relatively heavy “single action” trigger pull of between 5 and 8 pounds for safety reasons (i.e. to avoid accidentally discharging the gun). For many marksmanship competitions, trigger pull must be at least 2.5 to 3 pounds. For “Service Pistol” competitions, the rule is 4 pounds minimum. If you are not a professional gunsmith: take the gun to a gunsmith, let him/her handle that part of the work. You will be happier with the result for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that doing a trigger job on a Beretta is a major pain. It requires several iterations of taking the sear out of the frame and re-installing it to test pull weight, and getting the sear in and out of the gun is difficult even if you’ve done it a hundred times. So do yourself a favor and just tell your gunsmith what your minimum trigger pull needs to be.

If you are a professional, qualified and insured: the trigger pull weight on a Beretta results from a combination of the condition of the sear surface and hammer hook surface, plus spring condition.

Sear and hammer surfaces. The sear has a return spring which must be carefully removed and re-installed correctly whenever work is done on the sear. Take pictures prior to removal to ensure you can replace it the way it is supposed to be. The sear surface must be polished (buffing wheel or rotary tool) and a relief angle cut (similar to what you would do when doing sear work on a 1911) but do not modify the sear angle itself, or the gun could be unsafe. The hammer hooks need to be polished with a stone. Apply pressure-sensitive marking material (Dykem or other layout fluid), re-assemble everything and test everything. Disassemble and observe the bearing surfaces of the sear and hammer hooks to make sure there is consistent sear contact across the entire width of both the hammer hooks.

The springs involved are: the trigger return spring, the hammer spring (main spring), the sear return spring, and the firing pin blocker “lifter” plunger spring. Of all of these, the trigger return spring has the greatest effect, and the sear return spring has the least effect. You will likely see no effect from any change to the sear return spring, and modifying it may affect functionality. The hammer spring can be modified or changed out for a lighter (read: smaller wire diameter) spring from Wolff. The standard Beretta hammer spring is about 19 or 20 pounds. A heavier spring will give a higher trigger pull weight, and a lighter one will give a lighter trigger pull. The trigger return spring has the greatest effect on trigger pull. The stock trigger return spring is a round spring with two legs, and it eventually wears out, making the trigger too light. It also cannot be easily or reliably tuned, just replaced with another stock one. However, Wolff (http://www.gunsprings.com) makes a neat little unit that replaces this spring with a coil spring over a plunger. If you know what you are doing, it is possible to remove the coil spring and replace it with one of a different wire diameter (heavier or lighter) to tune the trigger pull. The blocker spring can be changed out, but this will only change the trigger pull in a very small way on most guns.

The Beretta does not have an over-travel adjustment as a stock option. Having an over-travel stop is a big deal for performance. So, you will need to purchase a steel trigger to replace the plastic one (costs about $15). Drill a hole in the trigger as high up as possible, tap it out for 6 x 32 tpi and install a set screw so that you have an adjustable over-travel stop.

To be accurate for bullseye pistol shooting, the barrel must be match grade. Bar-Sto and KKM Precision both make good barrels for the Beretta, and you can get very good results from just using a drop-in barrel. Contrary to common belief, there is no need to use a bushing at the front of the barrel to improve lock-up on a Beretta. The barrel locks up at the back against the slide using the locking block that is attached to the barrel, so it is imperative that your locking block is tight and in good condition. If you are installing a barrel that requires fitting, you will be removing material from the back of the barrel until the gun will go into battery reliably. Make sure and apply Dykem or other layout fluid between removing material to see where the contact points are. You want as much contact as possible between the back of the barrel and the breech face on the slide. Some barrels (Bar-Sto) have extra material on top of the back of the barrel and some of this must be removed slowly. The point of the extra material on these barrels is to get a tighter lockup with more contact surface, plus center the back of the barrel vertically on the breech face.

To improve lockup, some guns have set screws installed running up under the frame rails by the back of the barrel to give extra contact points while everything is locked in battery.

To improve service life, some gun builders modify the frame rails and replace sections of the aluminum rails with pieces of steel, affixed with screws. This is only necessary if you are a top level competitor and need that extra 2% performance that comes with a super tight frame-to-slide fit, plus the durability of steel on steel vs steel on aluminum. There are no “kits” for doing this type of work, so you will need to have this type of work done by someone who knows what they are doing. This type of improvement of slide-to-frame fit is similar in nature to the “Accu Rail” improvement that used to be done on 1911 style pistols.

Finally, sights. If you replace the rear sight with an over-sized adjustable sight, it is common to need to trim down the top of the firing pin blocker lifter to keep it from hitting the bottom of the sight. You will also need to get a taller front sight. The front sight can be welded on (less common) or you can get one that slips over the stock front sight and pins in place (more common) or you can get the slide milled out with a dovetail (uncommon). Beretta makes an adjustable rear sight that allows you to keep the stock front sight and not have to modify the blocker lifter, but it is more low-profile than most competitive shooters are going to want.

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Authentic Filipino Recipe: Sisig

Around Metro Manila, eateries selling Sisig have started to mushroom from time to time. Served on a sizzling plate, Sisig never fails to capture the senses of those who eat it. As renowned chef Anthony Bourdain would describe it-“a divine mosaic of pig parts, chopped and served sizzling and crisp on one side on a screaming hot platter”. The visual aspect of this dish alone would make tongues wag and eyes sweat. The sound emitted from the extremely hot plate reminds one how it was thoroughly cooked to make a delectable dish. The burnt smell of charred meat soaked in sour juices is like an aphrodisiac, seducing you towards a juicy reward. Finally, the taste of it, crispy yet juicy just overwhelming, it gives one a feeling that they taste something exotic yet it’s found anywhere else in the world.

Sisig is came from a Kapampangan term, which means to “snack on something sour”. This term usually refers to fruits, both ripe and unripe, marinated in either salt or vinegar. Moreover, marinated meat or seafood in vinegar or salt may be considered as Sisig. In relation to this, the earliest record of Sisig was in an 18th century dictionary compiled by Diego BergaƱo, an Augustinian friar based in Mexico, Pampanga, he defined Sisig as a vegetarian salad tossed with green papaya and guava drenched in a concoction of salt, vinegar, garlic and pepper. On the other hand, our Sisig is a genuine Philippine food but has also went through a lot of changes through time. Sisig Babi is predecessor of what we know of Sisig today. It consists of boiled pig’s ears and jowl, that is thinly sliced and mixed with pig liver and brain, that gives it a creamy taste, and topped with chilies, onions and peppers. The sizzling Sisig was pioneered by Aling Lucing, a Pampanga native who owned a food stall near the railroad tracks. Aling Lucing made two key additions to the original Sisig Babi, she broiled and grilled the meat after it was boiled then served it on a hot sizzling plate. In memory of the Sisig Queen, an annual Sisig festival is held every December to showcase the culinary prowess of Chefs around the country and to give homage to the person, who made it a world-wide sensation, Aling Lucing.

From a rail side eatery, Sisig is now a source of national pride. Now, chefs have experimented with the taste of Sisig by using various ingredients such as frog, ostrich, and snake to name a few. While some have shunned away from the sizzling plate and have mass produced Sisig for everyday consumption, these can be found in the form of canned and frozen goods. From a pregnant woman’s snack of unripe sour fruits in the olden days to a bar chow and family viand in recent decades, Sisig has truly gone a long way.

His Most Famous Painting – Number 1 (Lavender Mist) – Jackson Pollock

American painter Jackson Pollock was a pioneer of ‘Abstract Expressionism.’ He painted his groundbreaking work, “Number 1 (Lavender Mist),” in 1950, on a huge canvas of 7’3″ x 9’10”, using an innovative style of ‘Drip’ painting. “Number 1 (Lavender Mist)” is a mesmerizing explosion of colors, such as light blue, dusty pink, gray, white, and black, which as a blend together impart a lavender hue. Therefore, art critic Clement Greenberg gave it the name “Lavender Mist.”

There is a distinct absence of any subject matter or context in the painting. Jackson Pollock intended the viewers to decipher the painting as per their own subconscious. In harmony, Pollock just numbered his painting instead of naming it, because he wanted his work to be viewed without any pre-conceived ideas. “Number 1 (Lavender Mist)” looks like an intricate web of colors, spread violently over the canvas. Pollock simply placed the canvas on the floor and then poured and splattered paint randomly all over it. He walked all around the canvas while working on the pattern instinctively.

Due to the gestural nature of his style of painting, he was called an ‘action painter.’ He used his hands, brushes, sticks, knives, or even trowels to manipulate the dribbling colors. Pollack claimed that there was no accident in his painting and the spirally irregular weave of colors created by splashing paint had a controlled rhythm to it. There are multiple handprints on the upper edges of the painting, however it is not known if they are purposeful. Pollock used enamel house paint for “Number 1 (Lavender Mist),” as he found its consistency smoother and easier to work with, as compared to the thickness of oil paint.

The art world received Jackson’s “Number 1 (Lavender Mist)” with mixed feelings. A number of art lovers adored Pollock’s work, while some critics simply dismissed it as a bad joke. At a glance, “Number 1 (Lavender Mist)” may appear merely like a piece of granite, but when observed carefully, the powerful chaos of colors kindles subconscious feelings. The painting found many interpretations. Some people felt the painting seemed like a photograph of astronomical view of galaxies. There was a controversial opinion that Pollock had been thinking of a nuclear holocaust while painting “Number 1 (Lavender Mist)” and had depicted the aerial view of a blasted city.

Jackson Pollock perfected the technique of channelizing his spontaneous energy with his sub conscious mood to manipulate paint and create the remarkable and inimitable “Number 1 (Lavender Mist).” The painting is currently housed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

The Benefits of Floor Lamps

Hundreds of homes around the world take advantage of floor lamps to provide additional lighting in their living rooms, dining room and even bedrooms. Light is an essential element in any home and can create mood, brightness and the perfect finishing touch to the room.

One of the many benefits of this type of lighting is the versatility. These lighting products can easily be moved, should you decide you don’t like where it is placed or want to move your living room around for a change.

A floor lamp can become a masterpiece in any room, creating a focal point which stands out in a darkened corner or to highlight another feature you want to show off.

What is great is the fact that these floor lamps come in so many different shapes, sizes and colours that you can easily enhance the space just by adding one of these lighting devices.

In a room which has a darkened corner or a pair of sofas next to each other, the lighting product can easily be placed, brightening up that space, making it welcoming and capturing the attention of visitors.

It’s important when choosing this type of lighting that it complements the other lighting in the room. If you choose a floor lamp, then you want it to blend in with your overhead lights, working in unison to brighten the room and make it feel warm and welcoming.

The main advantage to this type of lighting is it can also soften the lighting in the room, creating a mood. If you have sat down to watch a film on television, you don’t want a bright light, so you can turn off the main lights, leaving the lamp on to offer a warm glow.

There is a wide selection to choose from when it comes to design and style. There are straight options with a shade above, creating a direct light flow towards the ceiling, while offering a gentle glow in the surrounding area.

Then there are the balloon style options, which have increased in popularity and work beautifully in the living or dining room. The balloon options stand on a bent base with a shade that hangs in an upside down “U” shape. This is perfect if you want to use the floor lamp to brighten the dining table, the stand can be placed next to the table with the shade in the center of the table.

The balloon options work wonders in a living room, creating a focal point as the shade can hang over the sofas with the stand being placed in the corner of the room.

The modern options are stylish, almost industrial in design and will enhance any modern room with their straight edges and versatile mechanisms.

With so many to choose from, it’s important that you take your overall room design and space into consideration. A balloon floor lamp will not always work in smaller spaces, where a modern option may turn out to be the better choice.

These lamps come in so many different colours and materials, making it easy to blend in with your interior design. From magnificent brushed chrome to striking white, there are no restrictions when it comes to choice.

Always pay careful attention to the warranty that comes with the item and ensure you only purchase from a reliable and reputable lighting company that has your interests in mind.

Price may be a deciding factor for you and some designs are more expensive than others. Remember don’t go for cheap as you will need to replace it in the near future and will find yourself disappointed with your selection. Rather pay slightly more and get a top quality product that is made to last.

34 Fun School Carnival Game Ideas

1. The Beauty Salon was a popular booth at our Fall Carnival. The boys and girls loved getting their hair colored, blue, green, pink!

2. Karaoke was also very popular this year!

3. About three years ago, our room moms rented an electonic bull. (I can’t think of the right name!) The line never ended! The kids and adults loved it!

4. My sons’ school has a Kissing Booth. They didn’t get actual kisses, but they did give you a Hershey’s Kiss instead. They also have a lips stamp, and they stamp your face with it! And you see TONS of kids running around their carnival with several kisses! Very cute!

5. We played “Bingo for Books” in the media center.

6. Snack Walk (like a cake walk but kids picked out bags of chips, a box of Little Debbies, bag of cookies, 2 liter bottle of soda, etc

7. We also auctioned off Janitor-, Principal- and Librarian- for-a-day. Those were very popular. (Janitor brought in the most!)

8. We have done Super Twister with dots painted on a large piece of tarp that got taped to the floor with everyone trying to touch the correct color with the correct body part. Ours is big enough that 30+ kids can play at a time.

9. A popular game at our school’s carnival was the football toss. Rings were hung from the ceiling (beginning with rings the size of a hula-hoop) and you would try to throw a football through a ring. The smaller the ring, the higher the points.

10. Hit the Teacher With a Wet Sponge. Hugely popular, even with the parents.

11. Bubble-gum Blowing Contest: Popular because gum’s usually a no-no.

12. Advanced Spelling Bee- Allowed students to take steps toward prize board if correct; end of the line if missed.

13. Dress up the Teacher: Hit garage sales and the Good Will for outrageous items to dress a teacher. Tie this in with problem solving/ academics standardized test review…use a digital camera to photo results as keep sake.

14. A few years back we had a carnival and one big seller was the “Loonie ” Jars (here in Canada we call our dollar a Loonie. ) We asked families to donate jars filled with items – such as packs of gum, small toys, marbles, pencils, – you name it, people filled them. We had over 400 donated. Then people drew a number from a basket and that was the jar they got.

15. We just had our carnival on Thursday and Friday, and I teach third grade. This year we did the toy walk (played just like the cake walk). We used small inexpensive toys ($1.00 limit) the kids brought in and also got some happy meal toys donated from McDonald’s. Another one we did was the Wii game. The kids loved it!!!

16. We do a “Great Pumpkin Obstacle Race” where the student dresses up like a great pumpkin (we use my orange hunting coat, hat, and gloves) then they go through tires, over hay bales, and weave through pumpkins. The kids love it!

17. Last year at our fall festival we had a duck race. You set up a small pool and get the little bath ducks. You also need squirt guns. The students “race” their ducks using the spray from the squirt guns to make them go. It was really fun!

18. We had a carnival many years ago and the booth that was the biggest hit, was the engraving booth. We ordered necklaces from Oriental Trading and had one of those hand held engraving machines and wrote the kids names on them. It was quick and easy.

19. A parent built a Plinko board that travels from grade to grade with his son – it’s the most popular item at the fair. We have a stage in our gym so kids stand on the stage to drop the Plinko disks.

20. The Fortune Teller booth is our most popular one.

21. Mystery boxes- boxes with holes that the kids put their hands into- had peeled grapes, cold spaghetti, jello with fruit. We gave each one a scary name.

22. Guess the weight of a big pumpkin.

23. We sold plastic gloves filled with popcorn. Each “hand” had a spider ring on the finger.

24. Musical Chairs with Stuffed Animals. Before the carnival, collect stuffed animals (kids can donate these by the arm loads). Put them in a pile in the center of the room. Place chairs in a circle around the stuffed animals. put numbers under the chairs. Play music for a minute. Have kids sit. Draw a number. Winner picks a stuffed animal.

25. What about sand art? The kids love it! You can get supplies on line, such as small plastic bottles and bracelets. Use salt dyed with food coloring for the sand.

26. Another idea is to make a box maze in your classroom. It could be a crawl through. Maybe kids could solve a puzzle along the way.

27. Guessing contests are fun. Decorate clear glass jars and fill with what ever. Lollipops, M&M’s, individual wrapped candies, pretzels, dry beans might add a soup making recipe, so that it shows on the outside of the jar. Here again have different people bring a decorated jar full of something and have them count and put on a folded paper on the underside of the jar lid the number of items in the jar. Only one prize per winner and of coarse family members can’t win their jar. The more jars the more winners. Any size jar will work – jelly jars, gallon jars, miracle whip jars and etc. Decorating is fun. Example one person completely covered the jar with wrapping paper and put 1 bag of candy in the jar, so the correct guess was one. Stick on stickers. Make a puff top on the lid. Glue on lace. Tape a pattern on the inside of the jar and use enamel paint and paint the design on the outside of the jar and maybe outline with permanent fabric paint. The outline isn’t necessary, but adds an extra nice touch. Don’t forget to remove your pattern when complete.

28. Fluky Ball: Set up an easel with a bucket below. Child must bounce a ball off the easel into the bucket to win.

29. Tin Pan Alley: child rolls a ball down a ramp. At the bottom there is a box with 2 muffin tins painted with 3 different colors. The child rolls 3 balls. If 2 colors match, you win.

30. A great carnival idea is do offer a DINO DIG! Take a baby swimming pool, fill it with sand and small plastic dinosaurs (oriental trading has them cheap) give the kids a small shovel to dig for their dino. We also do digging for diamonds! Girls love finding little rings and such in the sand.

31. Pumpkin Ring Toss. We get donations from the local nurseries for pumpkins, hay bales, corn stalks, gourds, etc. We take about ten of the larger stemed pumpkins and use them as the targets for the rong toss. I found wooden hoops at the local fabric store.

32. Gourd Bowling. I purchased a set of those plastic children pins and then used some of the gourds from the nurseries. The gourds roll funny so it makes it more fun.

33. Ping-Pong Ball Toss. We purchased ten of the plastic pumpkin trick-or-treat containers that the kids use and had them placed as the target. I had a half dozen or so orange ping-pong balls that the kids have to toss in.

34. One of my favorite games is “Chicken Chucking”. Get a few rubber chickens and set up an area that people can throw them into a pen (rubber maid bin) I place mine about 30 feet away and at 40 feet away. Its hilarious watching everyone throw it. When I did it at my church I found some real cute rubber chicken key chains to give away to the people that made it into the 40 feet away pen.

Brazil Butt Lift – Can You Really Get a Victoria’s Secret Butt?

The Brazil Butt Lift is a hot new exercise program that focuses on the butt. It claims to lift, tighten, and round the butt into a shape similar to those seen on Victoria’s Secret models and Sports Illustrated swimsuit models.

If you’re like me, you’ve noticed that almost every one of those models has a cookie-cutter butt shape. They’re so similar it makes you wonder if they’re pasting the same butt into every girl’s picture!

If you’re like me, you’ve also thought, “Even if I exercise all day long every day and lift my butt to the middle of my back, I could never look like that!”

You see, when I looked in the mirror, I saw a very different shape than what those gorgeous girls have. I saw a flat, square butt that was not very feminine looking to me. It certainly didn’t resemble one of those perky little college cheerleader butts.

How could I possibly transform my flat box into a derriere to die for?

Then I discovered Brazil Butt Lift.

It’s created by Leandro Carvalho, trainer to world-famous supermodels including Alessandra Ambrosio and Fernanda Mota of Victoria’s Secret. Combining lots of dance and cardio, as well as resistance band training, the program is exciting and fresh.

Not only that, but it works! Carvalho has devised this body blueprint system, where you choose the starting shape of your butt, and he recommends a unique training schedule for you that sculpts your butt into the one you want.

I have been doing the system for three weeks, and my butt seems way more feminine to me than it did before. There is a roundness to it that wasn’t there before, especially at the top where it used to be like a ski slope.

My love handles have flattened out so that my waist is more pronounced and my hips round out more. Even my abdomen is flatter, which is a surprise to me, as I thought I would just be working on my butt. In fact, the program is a full-body workout because of all the cardio, so you will be burning fat and slimming down all over. I thought I was going to have to buy another workout dvd for the rest of my body, but I’m happy with this so far.

There are tons of positive Brazil Butt Lift Reviews on the internet, and lots of videos as well. I am enjoying it immensely, and it looks like most everyone else is too!

The New Hope for PC Patients – Celexa for Prostate Cancer

Be informed: Celexa, or its generic name Citalopram is a drug used to treat depression, being a mood elevator, a class of antidepressant called SSRI. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor, or SSRI, works by increasing the quantity of a certain natural substance located in the brain.

Take note: Celexa is an anti-depression drug. If used outside that prescription, it is important to ask first medical judgment. Even then, it is still considered wise to get medical attention always.

The news is Celexa for prostate cancer. This antidepressant was found to treat hot flashes effectively in men undergoing hormonal therapy for prostate cancer. The October issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings (reference date October 11, 2004) had researchers report that:

The antidepressant (Celexa) is an effective medication that reduces the hot flashes of men who are undergoing hormone therapy for prostate cancer

The Paxil, or Paroxetine compound found in Celexa seems to be responsible for diminishing these hot flushes, the researchers have reported. During the duration of the 5 weeks of study, the 18 men who completed the therapy under close monitoring had illustrated hot flashes reduction from 6.2 to 2.5 per day. These hot flash scores, and the frequency multiplied by the severity, reduced in the same period from 10.6 to 3 per day.

So what does this mean? It means that the new label antidepressant drugs, like Celexa could be the next answer for prostate cancer problems. Treating Celexa for prostate cancer could be a viable option.

An older and more common treatment for hot flushes in prostate cancer patients was Megace, generic name Megestrol Acetate. It is a female hormone progesterone derivative, a progestogen. When prostate cancer patients are treated with hormonal theraphy, Megace is employed and most of the times used in junction with Lupron or Zoladex which produces surprisingly effective results of 90% reduction of hot flushes. But there had been isolated reports that the cancer had progressed while having Megace treatment, and it was found out that Megace could have opposite progression of the disease on some patients.

Try suggesting the Celexa for prostate problems to your physician. Celexa for prostate could be your only hope in defeating cancer. But never self-administer drugs such as Celexa (or any of those mentioned) for any reason, always seek professional help. There are dozens of things you need to know and must check before you begin using Celexa for prostate cancer treatment.

Best Dinner Party Games For Your Christmas Dinner

Christmas is the season for get-togethers. It’s the best time to meet up with old friends, to hold a reunion, to celebrate with your office mates, or to just be with close family and friends. Christmas is a time for celebrating, and for the gracious host, it’s another opportunity to invite people over for dinner.

When hosting a Christmas dinner, it’s not only the menu or the decor that you need to pay attention to. You also want to make sure your guests have a great time. This can be somewhat difficult when you have guests who do not know each other well. In my experience, there is no better way to break the ice than by having dinner party games.

There are many dinner party games to choose from. You want to choose something that is appropriate for the company that you are having. You will also want a dinner party game that will get people mingling and interacting with each other. You don’t necessarily have to pick a unique dinner party game. Actually, the more familiar a game is, the less time you’ll spend explaining the mechanics. Make it your own by adding or changing a few elements of the game to make it match your theme, if you are having one.

Here are some of the best dinner party games that you can use to coax your guests out of their shells:

1. “Never Have I Ever”.

Prepare a deck of note cards with a “Never Have I Ever” on each one. Choose fun “Never Have I Evers”, for example, “Never have I ever gotten a tattoo” or “Never have I ever gone to a nude beach”. Place the note cards face down on a small tray. Ask people to take turns picking and reading it aloud. Guests who have done the “never have I ever” will take a sip from their drink. That’s your cue to get them to share more!

2. “Guess Who” post it game

Write the name of a popular personality on the post it and stick it on the forehead of one of your guest. That guest will try to guess what is on the post it. He can ask yes or no questions to your other guests to gather clues about who the person might be.

A version of this game can be played by having names of common objects or animals instead of popular personalities. It’s pretty hilarious, especially when you divide your guests into teams and see which team can earn more guesses.

3. Message under the plate

Before your guests arrive, prepare note cards that you will place under the plate of each of your guests. On each note card, write an interesting description about one of your guests – one note card for each guest. Things like “Went on a safari and got chased by a hungry looking lion” or “Graduated as valedictorian of their high school class”. When your guests arrive, ask them to take turns reading the introduction and guess who it could be. To make sure your guests don’t get the introduction that describes them, put name cards on the plate to specify a seating arrangement.

The Dangers of a Fireplace For a Projection Screen

With a fireplace in the room, you have the perfect place for a screen. From the perspective of the room’s layout. There’s no need to rearrange the room / seating to accommodate the screen.

Two things make the placement of a projection screen near an open fire less ideal.

The one that would concern me most is smoke. Heat would be a concern too, though to a lesser extent. I’ll explain that later.

I have had a woodburning stove in my house for many years. With a nice big mirror above it. When we built an extension, the stove was taken out. And so was the mirror. What remained was a bright spot on the wall, where the mirror had been. The surrounding area was completely discoloured.

That will happen to your projection screen as well. Especially when you are using the screen with the fire on. It’s a gradual process of course, but over time, the projection screen fabric will no longer be white. At that point, your image will no longer be the best. But, it’s easily resolved by buying a new screen of course. The second issue, heat, doesn’t need to be a big one.

It all depends on how close the screen will be to the fire. In other words, the intensity of the heat. In general projection screens perform better in a warm than in a cold environment. I have seen more than a few screens that look horrible when they come straight out of storage. After half an hour or so, they look great. That’s when the fabric is at room temperature.

With intense heat, it’s a different story though. The fabric will melt or deform. This should be avoided, because it’s irreversible.

So how do you know whether your projection screen will be at risk? Simple, light a fire in the fireplace.

Then, after an hour or so, hold your hand in the position where your screen fabric will be. If you can hold your hand in that position comfortably, the fabric will be safe.

Yeah, I know. Not exactly science, but a simple way of keeping your screen safe.

Good luck,

Otto

Terracotta Clay Bakers Bakeware Care Guide

Many consumers have emailed me on the use and care of terracotta cookware. They have said: “OK, I purchased my clay bakeware, now what?”

Excellent question and I will try and help.

Before using your terracotta cookware for the first time, wash thoroughly with hot water. Do not us soaps.

Each time you use your clay bakeware, immerse both the top and base in cold water for about 15 minutes. Pour off excess water. After adding all the ingredients place your terracotta bakeware in the center of a COLD oven.

DO NOT ADD COLD LIQUIDS once the clay cookware is hot.

DO NOT PLACE your terracotta bakeware over on open flame or hot cooking plate.

Regular recipes can be converted for clay pot cooking by increasing the cooking temperature by 100F and deducting one-half hour of cooking time.

Terrcotta bakeware is ideal for the microwave. Because microwave ovens vary to such a great degree, use the oven manufacturer’s guidelines for cooking times.

Take care not to shock by clay pot cookware by moving it from one extreme temperature to another.

Use pot holders or oven mitts to move your terrcotta bakeware when hot, and place it on a trivet, mat or folded dishtowel when moving it out of the oven.

Cleaning after use: use hot water only, and a stiff natural bristle or mylon brush, or a nylon scouring pad to clean your clay pot cookware after each use. DO NOT USE SOAPS. A little baking soda will cut any grease. Never use cold water when the terracotta bakeware is hot.

When not in use, keep your clay cookware in a place where the air circulates. Place lid upside down on top of base when storing, to allow air to circulate inside the bottom of the roaster.

Use one clay pot cookware for fish and a separate one for meats, to keep the flavors separate.

In summary:

  • Hand wash your terracotta bakeware in hot water with some baking soda and a nylon or natural bristle pad or brush.
  • Do not wash with soaps or detergents.
  • Always place your clay pot cookware in a COLD oven.
  • Take care to avoid extreme temperature changes, ie. placing it in a hot oven.
  • Never pour hot liquids into a cold clay pot cookware, or cold liquids into a hot terracotta bakeware.
  • Always pre-soak for 15 minutes.
  • Avoid open flame or hot plate.

Clay pot cooking saves time, reserves nutrients and vitamines, avoids excess fats in cooking.

Terracotta bakeware for healthy natural cooking.

One of the best holiday meals I have tasted recently was baked in a clay pot.

You can find terracotta bakeware and cookware here www.BigBargainMatrix.com

How to Build Your Own Photo Booth For Cheap

Photo booths are very expensive, bulky, and difficult to transport unless you have a big truck. Furthermore, custom photo booths are hard to come by these days. However, you can save a lot of money by designing it yourself.

Firstly, the material that your booth will be built out of must be chosen. Generally, the best way to design a booth is to build a frame/carcass using aluminum extrusions or t-slotted aluminum profiles. The reason why aluminum profiles are the best choice in this case, is because they are lightweight, easy to transport, and come together and apart like Lego. In other words, you will be able to put it together and take it apart in a matter of minutes.

For the exterior panels, a wide variety of materials can be used. This can be plastic, plexiglass, or even plywood. Everything depends on where this booth will be used and how you want to decorate it.

Several software applications, such as FrameXpert or AutoCAD, will let you design your own 3D aluminum frames and preview them. Then, aluminum frames for photo booths can be bought or ordered through a wide variety of manufacturers and retailers.

The cost for a complete photo booth using Aluminum Frame Designer is under $1000. Generally, the frame costs around $500-600 and all the panels, shipping, and camera equipment add another $300-400 to this cost. Comparatively, a pre-built photobooth usually sets you back over $7000, hardly a viable price unless it will be used every day. And, unlike the pre-built booth, the aluminum-framed custom booth will come apart in a matter of minutes and fit in the trunk of a regular car, making it perfect for one-time events such as weddings, parties, banquets, and also photo booth rental businesses.

Lower Back Pain Exercises – Heal Yourself at Home

Have you thrown your back out? Here are some lower back pain exercises that will quickly help you heal.

A few months ago, I was pretty busy out in the yard. I had to shovel and spread quite a bit of mulch. Unfortunately for my back, I wasn’t paying that much attention to my posture. I let my lower back get round again and again as I lifted. Day after day this went on, until finally I reached down to pick some weeds and BAM! My back seized up.

Here are some lower back pain exercises that I used to get better in just a week or two.

First, I should note that these exercises are specifically designed to address injuries like disc herniation and bulging disks that can happen when you bend forward and/or sit with a rounded lower back, over and over again. This is a really common cause of lower back pain, but there ARE others. So, if the following situations apply to you, skip these exercises as they may do more harm than good.

Skip these exercises if you:

  • Had your back give out while under a heavy load and think that there is probably some major tissue damage.
  • Have a disorder called spondylolisthesis (if you have this you would most likely already know)
  • Injured yourself while bending back (spinal extension injury)

And, as always, these exercises are provided for educational purposes only. Consult your physician before beginning any new rehabilitation routine.

First, Why Do I Have Lower Back Pain?

The brain causes the muscles in the lower back muscles to lock up and spasm to protect the vulnerable spine and discs. When we bend forward with a rounded lower back, day after day, we put excess stress on the discs. The vertebrae compress along the front of the spine and squeeze the discs toward the back of the spine, much like toothpaste is squeezed from the bottom of a tube towards the opening.

Eventually the discs will become injured and bulge out, pressing onto surrounding nerves. When your brain senses that this is happening, it triggers a back spasm to lock up and protect the spine, preventing any further damage.

These exercises help alleviate lower back pain by accomplishing two things. First they put the disc back into place. Then these movements activate the spine’s supporting muscles, which let the brain know that everything is functioning as it should. Since these muscles are supporting the spine, there is no need for emergency support and the brain can relax the back spasms.

The Routine

  1. MacKenzie Pressups – 10 repetitions
  2. Hip extensions – 8 repetitions x 5 sec hold
  3. Birddogs – 4 repetitions x 10 sec hold
  4. Side bridges – 5 repetitions x 10 sec hold on each side

Afterwards, walk around and let your body feel how your spine’s support muscles and structures are now properly aligned and activated. There will be less need for the brain to trigger the back spasms that cause you pain and stiffness.

MacKenzie Pressups

This exercise squeezes your discs from the back of the spine to the front, alleviating discs that are bulging towards the rear.

Lying down on your stomach with your hands beneath your shoulders, keeping your shoulder blades down and back, slowly arch your back, pushing your chest up while you breathe out. Keep your hips on the floor.

Lower yourself down slowly on your inhale.

Begin gently and only slowly increase your range of motion. This exercise may hurt a little on the first few repetitions. If it doesn’t feel better after 3 or 4 reps, abandon this exercise.

Hip Extension

This exercise lets your brain know that your glutes are working to stabilize your spine.

Lie on the ground with your feet flat on the ground around shoulder width apart, your knees bent at about 90 degrees.

Raise your hips up towards the sky by pushing through your heels and flexing your glutes (butt muscles). Allow all other muscles to remain relaxed.

Keep your hips up with your glutes flexed for 5 seconds, then lower back down steadily. Do 8 reps.

Bird Dogs

This exercise activates the important spinal stabilizers called the multifidus and transverse abdominus, which help with fine stabilization between individual vertebrae.

Down on all fours, keep your hands and knees aligned with each other, as if they were sharing a plank.

Maintaining neutral spine position (flat back, essentially), slowly lift up one leg, straightening it as your heel moves away from your body. Next, keeping your shoulders packed down, raise the opposite arm out at a 45 degree angle (half of 90!). This will activate the often-dormant lower trapezius. Keep your hips stable while you do this exercise, don’t let them shift as you raise your limbs.

Side Bridge / Side Plank

Lying on your side with your feet stacked on top of each other or with one foot placed in front of the other, place your elbow beneath your shoulder. Keep your other hand on your hip or leg.

Flexing your obliques and quadratus lomborum (side abdominal muscles), raise your hips up.

Don’t bend at the waist. In fact, it is a good idea to do this exercise against a wall for the first few times, to allow you to get a feel for proper alignment. You want to be pretty straight, from your head to your feet.

Hold for 10 seconds, then repeat 5 times on right and left sides.

Walk Around

After you complete this circuit, stand up and stroll around, maintaining excellent posture. With any luck, your body should sense that everything is functioning as it should, and that back spasms aren’t needed any longer.

How Often Should I Do This Routine?

Do these lower back pain exercises 2 to 3 times/day when you have just thrown your back out. After you heal, continue to perform this circuit for injury prevention.

Tips And Tricks To Plan A Successful Party

Parties take place once in a long time, especially when they are all about events that take place once in a year such as wedding anniversaries and birthdays. The fact that you will be inviting guests over will require ensuring that their every need is met through proper planning. The planning can be termed as the most challenging part of putting a party together. This is because the choices you end up making during this stage can determine how the party turns out to be. A few tips and tricks can however ease the struggle that comes with preparing that party and making it a success.

Create an invitation list – This is important in ensuring you don’t leave out important people, but at the most it helps you know the number of people to expect during the party. When you are working with a guest number, it becomes easier to make excellent choices for the success of the party. Even if a few miss attending, your party will still be covered in every way.

Come up with a theme for the party – Themed parties tend to be most enjoyable. This is because they will involve things such as interesting, fun costumes for the guests. You will also find it easy to make selections as far as party supplies are concerned when working with a specific theme. With so many party options, a theme will ease the organization and will help avoid getting everything all mixed up.

Choose the right party decorations – They can of course be determined by the party theme you have settled for. However, there is also need to choose decorations suitable enough for the party setting. Some of the aspects that can help you make the right decision with the decorations include the age of invited guests. Decorations good enough for an adult party might not be very safe for children. The options are however numerous and they include helium balloons that never disappoint and LED lights that make evening parties simply stunning.

Get all necessary party equipment – They include catering and tableware items. Seats and tables also fall into this category. It can be disappointing to plan a party only to find that you do not have enough sitting space for your guests or the tables are not enough to cater to the needs of the guests. Luckily, you can hire everything you need to make your party awesome. When you already know the number of guests expected both children and adults, you will have an easy time hiring the right number of chairs and tables, plates and cups if necessary.

Work with a budget – There is just so much to buy when throwing a party and if you are not smart enough to use a budget, you could end up straining your finances. Allocate reasonable amounts to every party area to achieve a balance. Getting your party supplies from one place can be a great idea of cutting on party costs since you can enjoy discounts.