Masturbation Shake-Up: Handy Techniques to Try

By the time a man reaches his mid-twenties, he’s likely to have masturbated hundreds of times; even those who self-gratify only occasionally will have probably done so a few dozen times. So it’s not unusual if a certain amount of boredom may have set in from using the same old techniques. Sure, the masturbation is still pleasurable, but it may have become a bit routine. Shaking things up with some new hand jives, while at the same time taking care that they don’t impinge on penis health, can add a little spice to a guy’s solo-sexual activities.

Staying handy

There are a number of ways that a guy can break out of a masturbation rut, such as using sex toys or other external additions. For the purposes of this article, however, the focus will be on ways of using the hands in a different manner, rather than adding a new object into the mix.

Simple change-up.

Although exact statistics are hard to come by, it’s generally agreed that the most popular form of male masturbation involves wrapping one’s dominant hand around the penis, forming a fist, and pumping up and down. Clearly, one easy way to make a change is simply to switch hands. If one typically wraps the right hand around, switch to the left (and vice versa).

All together.

Or one can use both hands. There are a number of variations on this theme. For example, a guy can stroke for a while with one hand, then switch to the other. He can place one hand at the base and the other at the tip and stroke simultaneously. Or he can pull one hand all the way from tip to base, followed by the other, and keep alternating. For those who use internet-based visual stimulation while masturbating, it may make it difficult to click from one site to another, of course.

Get a new grip.

Simply varying the tightness of one’s grip can also add some variety. Men who tend to grip tightly can benefit from a lighter touch; even better, it can be fun to start with a tight grip but, as one approaches a climax, to switch to a very, very light touch.

Palm it.

Rather than a tight grip, try palming the member. Place one hand on one side of the manhood and one on the other, palms straight out. Then rub, with one hand going back and the other going forward, then reversing it. Many men used to a grip-based method find this intensely pleasurable.

Slap it around.

Beating the meat is a popular euphemism for masturbation, so why not go that route? A guy shouldn’t actually beat his penis, as that can cause both pain and damage; however, a little gentle slapping can be effective. The trick is to use whatever method works for obtaining an erection, and then slap the penis from one hand to the other, increasing the speed and the intensity as one goes along to bring about release.

Go numb.

For this method, a guy needs to put his hand to sleep, i.e., make it feel numb. (This can often be accomplished by sitting on it for a few minutes.) He then masturbates with the numb hand. Because there is a lack of sensation in the hand, it creates the illusion that he is being masturbated by another person – at least as long as the numbness persists.

New masturbation techniques will be even more effective if a man is using a quality penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) to keep his member healthy. The favored crème will include acetyl L-carnitine. Why? This ingredient is neuroprotective and helps to restore lost sensitivity to the penis – a common issue for men who have masturbated for many years. The best crème should also contain vitamin C, which is important for collagen production and penile tissue firmness. Maintaining a penis at its best health will make all forms of sexual activity more enjoyable.

Inattentive ADHD: 11 Signs Your Child May Have It

If your child is struggling with ADHD, as a parent you are struggling also… to understand… to evaluate…to cope… to find solutions… to advocate… and to make important decisions about how to best protect and help your son or daughter. There are a host of strategies, some more controversial than others, that parents may want to consider to deal with ADHD. But the first step is to learn more about what it is, and then confirm if this is what your child actually has.

What is ADHD?

It is one of the most common mental disorders that develop in children. If left untreated, ADHD can lead to poor school/work performance, poor social relationships and a general feeling of low self esteem. ADD / ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a very real condition that is characterized by poor attention and distractibility and/or hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. At issue is how the brain sends and receives information.

The brain is made up of millions of interconnecting nerve cells called neurons, which need to communicate with each other for us to function. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that carry messages back and forth between neurons. Dopamine, for example, is a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate behavior. If you are missing adequate amounts of dopamine, neurons in the frontal cortex of the brain, which is responsible for attention, do not communicate effectively. In ADHD, there is something funky going on with this necessary inter- cell communication. Some evidence suggests ADHD may be caused by a genetic deficiency of specific neurotransmitters. It is also believed that the neuron receptors that recognize dopamine don’t work properly in people with ADHD.

So in practical terms, you could say that these kids’ brains have a processing problem, where mental commands like “focus”, “store information”, “evaluate”, or “don’t act” get lost in translation. The result is a frustrating disconnect between their intelligence…and their achievement; their character…and their behavior.

ADHD is often first detected when a child enters school, because attention and behavior issues stand out more in this structured setting. Imagine a classroom with several kids who can’t sit still, who never seem to listen, who don’t follow instructions no matter how clearly you present them, or who blurt out inappropriate comments at inappropriate times. Although they are often very bright, articulate, artistic and creative, or excel in sports…Hyper active kids are typically described as bouncing off the wall, disruptive, disobedient, disrespectful, or troublemakers. They may have trouble sitting still or waiting their turn. Their impulsive behaviors may lead them to “act before thinking”. Their short attention span and distractibility become more noticeable. And their social relationships, grades and schoolwork, start rapidly going downhill as they fall further and further behind.

So far we’ve described the most common and easy-to-recognize face of ADHD. But what about a lesser known, less obvious, but equally debilitating version of this disability:

Inattentive, or “Winnie the Pooh” ADHD

If Hyper active kids are the “squeaky wheel that gets the grease”, Inattentive kids are the “invisible silent sufferers” of ADHD. They both share the same deficiency of neurotransmitters…their brains both have a processing problem…they both have disconnects between their potential and their performance. But how this manifests itself outwardly is literally, like night and day.

Unlike Hyperactive children, Inattentive ADHD kids are usually described as well behaved, quiet and introverted, “space cadets” who are often in their own world, slow, lazy, irresponsible, easily bored, socially awkward, and sometimes helpless. They don’t draw negative reaction, appear to be paying attention, have trouble speaking up for themselves, and so are overlooked and often undiagnosed. Though this type of ADHD is thought to occur more often in girls; boys can have it too. My son does.

If Hyperactive Kids are “Indiscriminate Fire on All Cylinders”, Inattentive Kids are “Failure to Launch”.

Normally, the brain’s prefrontal cortex will speed upactivity when there is work to concentrate on. However, with Inattentive ADHD the prefrontal cortex actually slows downwhen asked to focus on work like reading or doing homework. This part of the brain looks normal when “at rest,” but actually looks like it is starting to fall asleep when asked to “go to work.” Look at it this way; when it’s time to pay attention the Inattentive child’s brain sends a command to “stick and stay”, but instead receives permission to “wander away”.

This has been documented and observed hundreds of times with subjects on an EEG. When at rest, the brainwave activity is pretty normal. But once the subject is asked to read, or to do a math worksheet, the subject’s brainwave activity begins to look like the subject is falling asleep. And often times they do fall asleep! This makes it very hard to pay attention to school work, get homework done, listen to the teacher, clean your room, and basically “remain on task”.

How to Recognize A Child with Inattentive ADHD

My son Gabriel had always been popular (if somewhat shy and reserved), well liked by his teachers, and an honor roll student in an academically demanding school. He was obsessed with, and a master at, all manner of fast paced computer games. Then, in 3rd grade, inexplicably, he crashed and burned.

Not to overstate it, it was one of the worst years of his and my life. Suddenly he couldn’t seem to keep up…fell further and further behind…began to think of himself as stupid…started to dread school and homework…refused to even try…and just wanted to mentally drop out. His Dad thought it was “just a phase” and I was overreacting. His teacher thought Gabriel was sweet, but a little slow and disorganized. Since 1st grade I had felt a growing concern that something was amiss (Gabriel’s handwriting, verbal skills, comprehension, and standardized test scores were not where I thought they should be). But his teachers thought I was worried unnecessarily, and since he appeared to be doing well, I pushed my misgivings aside. That is, until 3rd grade where, suddenly, he began this painful and catastrophic nosedive.

Bewildered and anxious, I searched high and low for answers until I finally pieced together enough information to realize that Inattentive ADHD was the root of Gabriel’s difficulties. Do any or all of the following characteristics describe your child?

11 Signs Your Child Might have Inattentive ADHD

  • Becomes overwhelmed easily; can only concentrate on one thing at a time.
  • Has trouble starting and/or finishing tasks (often forgets to do homework, family chores, may take “forever” to finish homework).
  • May daydream while getting dressed in the morning; fixed stare may mask wandering mind.
  • Is distracted by internal thoughts and external stimuli. (The brain can be on 16 channels, but the body appears exhausted.)
  • Is easily bored…does not like to read…seems “hypnotized” by the hyper stimulation of fast action video games and TV shows
  • Has a lethargic and apathetic appearance; even when the person thinks fast, he fatigues quickly; is often called lazy and unmotivated.
  • Does not get needs met in the classroom because he or she doesn’t disrupt others; tends to be quiet, shy or withdrawn resulting in cognitive deficits getting overlooked.
  • Has social skills problems (may be quiet, withdrawn, or possibly shy; has trouble with small talk and figuring out rules of social interaction; has a problem reading social cues; tends to be lonely and aloof). Unfortunately, this passivity can cause the person to be an attractive target for bullies.
  • Does not perform up to potential; is slow at processing; appears confused or stressed; has difficulty with synthesizing and organizing ideas; is slow responding to questions.
  • Is repeatedly rescued; uses learned helplessness and passive manipulation; feels powerless; becomes chronically dependent.
  • Could be on an emotional roller coaster (anxious, depressed, explosive temper, grumpy, sarcastic, rude, or abrupt).

OMG. Looking at this compiled list of typical behaviors I finally understoodwhat was going on with my son. It was so accurate it was almost scary. I tried to enroll his teacher’s help, and she listened and nodded politely, but didn’t have a clue what I was talking about. I went to his guidance counselors. They advised me that the fastest way for them to intervene and help was for me to get a formal diagnosis from his pediatrician.

If You Suspect Inattentive ADHD, Have Your Child Evaluated and Diagnosed.

These are tests that are commonly used to confirm a diagnosis of ADHD.

  • Parent-completed Child Behavior Checklist
  • Teacher Report Form (TRF) of the Child Behavior Checklist
  • Conners Parent and Teacher Rating Scales
  • ADD-H: Comprehensive Teacher Rating Scale
  • Barkley Home Situations Questionnaire (HSQ)
  • Barkley School Situations Questionnaire (SSQ)

My son had the Woodcock-Johnson Cognitive Skills test and an evaluation by his pediatrician. While I had conflicted feelings about placing such a potentially negative label on my son, I was relieved to finally have a real medical diagnosis. With this in hand, I was able to tap into help and resources previously unavailable at his school. And at last I could begin to come up with a viable plan to help my son manage and meet the considerable challenges of Inattentive ADHD head on.

Hollywood Celebs and Numerology of the Dark Side

[This article is neither intended to extol nor defame any individual. It is offered simply as a means of relating the numbers in one’s Kings Numerology chart with the events and circumstances of their lives and destinies to further the understanding of numerology as a science.]

Hollywood. The very name congers up visions of movie stars and starlets, talent galore, red carpet extravagances such as the Oscars and the Golden Globes, luxurious life styles, rich cars, fancy clothes, and beautiful people. It is, indeed, a fairytale land of wished-for dreams come true. Unfortunately, it is also a morass-infested underworld of nightmares – real life horror-filled, torturous, tear-laden, tragic, and sorrowful excursions, often fatal, into the dark side.

Why is there such an abundance of shipwrecks, train wrecks, and human wrecks in Tinsel Town? Perhaps because it is only a tinsel town, an illusory facade awash with seductive Sirens tirelessly magnetizing and luring an endless stream of dreamers and schemers to taste the fruit of illusion. As the famed Dr. Samuel Johnson poetically mused in his “Vanity of Human Wishes,”

Unnumbered suppliants crowd Preferment’s gate,

Athirst for wealth, and burning to be great;

Delusive Fortune hears the incessant call,

They mount, they shine, evaporate, and fall.

On every stage the foes of peace attend,

Hate dogs their flight, and insult mocks their end.

All this philosophizing aside, is there any science behind the maelstrom of wreckage-strewn celebrity madness? Yes, there is. The King’s Numerology offers provocative answers to life’s issues through the most universal communication system of all, numbers.

In numerology, numbers possess attributes and characteristics. Numbers, like coins, have two sides – one positive, one negative; one radiating light, the other darkness. One of the most powerful numbers in numerology is the master number 33 (thirty-three). Arguably, it is the primary energy leading souls… not just Hollywood souls… down into the woebegone cavern of dark dreams, dark thoughts, and dark actions until the eyes themselves go dark.

The 33 master number, as all master numbers, is no ordinary number. Master numbers exude extreme amounts of power. Like nuclear energy, they can be wonderfully productive and tragically destructive. It is all in how they’re used.

The dark side of the master number 33 represents sensual pleasure, uncontrolled wanton partying, sex, drugs, lust, and addiction. On its light side it rules extreme self-expression, love, communication, art, language, joy, health, wholesome pleasure, and lyric harmony. The 33 is arguably one of the most artistic, self-expressive and communicative numbers of all two-digit combinations. When used positively, the sky’s the limit. When used negatively, there is no bottom to the abyss.

The world is all too familiar with stars, starlets, celebrities, and world icons who have fallen prey to the Siren Song of the 33’s pleasure-drenched whirlpool. All of the names on the following list have the master number 33 dominant in their King’s Numerology chart:

Amy Winehouse

Anna Nicole Smith

Britney Spears

Charlie Sheen

Elvis Presley

Lindsey Lohan

Marilyn Monroe

Michael Jackson

Paris Hilton

Phil Spector

Tiger Woods

Whitney Houston

The lives of these famous individuals are common household names. Who among them has not had a tragic life to some degree? True, some had and have lives more sorrow-laden than others, but all have been in the global spotlight of trouble and tragedy at some time. What is the common denominator among them? You guessed it, the master number 33. The difference in the degree of difficulty lies in the amount of 33 energy in a chart, as well as the presence of other numbers in each chart playing an accompanying role, especially the numbers 5 and 7. Charlie Sheen’s and Michael Jackson’s King’s Numerology charts have a great deal of 33 energy. They, as each of the others on the list, have remarkable talent, and they, like the others, allowed their 33 master energy to run away with them, much like a rider on a runaway, reinless, bitless horse.

Other historic figures who have had the 33 in their numerology charts are:

Babe Ruth

George Armstrong Custer

General George Patton

Helen Keller

Howard Hughes

Jackie Robinson

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mother Teresa

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Winston Churchill

Wyatt Earp

In this group we can certainly see the positive expression of the master number 33 reflected in such global icons as Mother Teresa, Winston Churchill, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King, and Jackie Robinson.


The number 33 is a powerful master number in numerology. Its attributes (keywords) are those of self-expression, communication, art, health, beauty, language, words, the media, children, health, well-being, harmony, pleasure, joy, friends, good times, sex, addiction. When controlled and used positively, the 33 master energy is a powerful vehicle to one’s artistic, communicative, healthy and joyful life. However, if it is left uncontrolled and the person in whom its energies burn white-hot, it can lead one down a dark, destructive and tragic path, often ending in death.

Build Your Own Tattoo Coils for Tattoo Machines

Tattoo coils, or you can call it wrap coils are made from insulated copper wire and iron, are the electromagnetic heart of tattoo machines. The coils conduct electricity and give power to the guns. You can wrap your own tattoo coils or buy from online tattoo suppliers, which will not be very costly.

Commonly, for tattoo guns, the normal sizes are 8, 10 and 12 wrap coils, among which, 10 wrap coils tattoo machines own the biggest popularity. The sizes are determined by the layers of wire wrapped around the core of the coil. The more layers it has, the more power the gun will have and the bigger sizes of tattoo needles will be required.

Ok, let’s see how to wrap your own tattoo coils.

First, you can hold the widest end of plastic bobbin with one hand and make the insulated copper wire wrapped around it 2 or 3 three times by your the other hand. Remember to leave about 4 inches of wire sticking out for the next steps.

Then, wrap the wire around the bobbin. Pay attention to make the coils tight and massive when wrapping, and when you finish, all the parts of the bobbin’s body will be well-covered.

And then, pull the wire back to the other side of the bobbin and begin another wrapping to create more than one layer. Each layer should start from the same end. At least, eight layers are needed.

Now you need another 4 inches of wire sticking out. To stop the coils from conducting electricity, you should wrap them with electrical tape. Then cut an inch of shrink-wrap sleeve and heat it to fit around the coils.

Make another wrap coil following the above steps. Then put two next to each other, bind their starting wires together, which are left sticking out in the first step. Push the remaining two wires to the correct length, decided by the tattoo machine you use and then remove about 3/4 inch of insulation away by the help of a soldering gun. After that, place rubber insulation around the two back wires, leaving 1/2 inch of wire poking out.

You may need some tools helping to bend the wires towards you to in line with the solder lugs. Then put the capacitor in place to make each end be firmly soldered to the wires and soldering lugs.

Get a soldering gun to solder the wires, lugs, capacitor and the front twisted wires together. The last thing, get a 1/4 inch shrink-wrap sleeve for the base of soldering lugs, so that the gun will not short out.

I’ve shown you all the detailed steps of tattoo coils wrapping. You may try to make your own tattoo coils for tattoo machines now!

Read Me Loud And Clear With The Behringer Eurolive B250D PA System

The Behringer Eurolive B205D PA system is a multifunctional 150 watt active speaker used for keyboard or vocal monitoring. It is useful during press conferences, in home recording studios, and at other multimedia events. With the revolutionary Class D amplifier technology and switchmode power, it produces good sound without being bulky and heavy. All necessary equipment can be carried in one trip. The Class D amps deliver power only when needed so power losses are reduced. Even though this unit can stand alone, a person can add other loudspeaker systems through use of the THRU socket,.

There is a built in mixer which gives three input channels. The Behringer EUROLIVE B205D Active 150-Watt PA/Monitor Speaker System comes with custom designed speakers which assure high quality. It also means that production costs are lower. Besides being used as a PA system, two units can be used together to achieve stereo playback of a CD or MP3 without any other hardware. The Behringer B205D also is a great monitoring system as well. It is small enough to go anywhere, yet is powerful enough to produce great sound.

The Behringer Eurolive PA System has been used by many customers who found the device irreplaceable. Most people cannot believe that such a small unit can deliver such high quality sound. Individuals who do work presentations love the versatility of this machine. It works well with a wireless microphone as well as provide background music from an iPod or other musical devices. Most people enjoy the lightweight design which increases ease of portability.

Some users have noticed how well made and durable the speaker casings are, which will guard against damage. For people who are used to performing in front of a crowd, this unit also scores positive feedback. The speaker aspects work well to achieve loud sound in a small area and when used as a monitor, it gives little feedback from the microphone.

One feature that really works well for a vocalist is the fact that music can be input from an external amp to the monitor through the frontal jack to automatically remove echo. This results in a crisp and clean sound. Mostly everyone marvels at the inexpensive price tag associated with the B205D. It is almost unheard of to have as much functionality as this device and still have such an affordable cost.

As with any product, there are a few suggestions which may improve this device. First, some consumers would have liked to see a better instruction manual regarding how to make the proper connections on the Behringer PA system. Other users feel that there could be improvements made to the adapter that is used to mount the boom from the top of the unit.

Overall, the Behringer Eurolive B250D PA System is very well received by most customers. The product quality cannot be beat, especially for the price. The small unit fits on a mic stand with ease and produces excellent sound. It is so powerful that it can be used as the main source of sound for small meetings, concerts, or other gatherings. Certain engagements present limited space. Often, full sized monitor wedges cannot be placed in the needed areas and other monitoring systems require high amounts of external gear to make them work correctly.

This portable PA sound system is excellent for anyone looking to produce high quality sound at a very low price point. One of the best features with unit is that it is extremely portable and compact. Any performer or speaker will find this unit extremely simple to use at any concert or event. There are few other products on the market that will even come close to the Behringer Eurolive B205D PA System.

The Difference Between Electric Valve and Solenoid Valve

In the valve world, it is hard for people to distinguish the two valves namely solenoid valve and electric valve. Therefore it results in some troubles during selection or application. In order to help people have clear knowledge between the two valves, the following passages will analyze their differences in detail.

Before people know the differences between them, it is of great importance to be familiar with their definitions. Simply speaking, the electric valve is a device which is controlled by the electric actuator to open and close. It is composed of two parts, namely electric actuator on the upper part and valve on the lower part. As for the definition of solenoid valve, it is a mechanical device which is designed to control the flow of fluids such as oil, water, air and other gases through the movement of the magnetic plunger. It is a combination of two basic units: an assembly of the solenoid and the plunger, and a valve with an opening where a disc or plug is positioned to regulate the flow.

According to the above definitions, it can be concluded one obvious difference between the two valves. It is about the way to open or close the valve. The electric valve is generally opened or closed by the electric motor. If people want to turn on or shut off the valve, they need certain analog of time. At the same time the opening or closing of this valve can be regulated. It has the forms of completely opening, completely closing or half opening or closing. For the solenoid valve, it is opened or closed by the magnetic plug. When the coil is powered, the plug is drawn into the solenoid. The valve operates when current is applied to the solenoid. The valve returns automatically to its original position when the current ceases. The valve can only be on or off and meanwhile the time for opening or closing is very short.

The next difference is their working nature. Because the electric one is controlled by electric motor, it can put up with the voltage surge, compared with the solenoid one. The solenoid valve is opened or closed in a short time, so it is often used for the place with low flow rate and pressure but high intensity for switching. What’s more, after electricity failure, the solenoid valve can be restored but the electric one has such a function. If it wants to restore, it needs to install the device for restoring function.

The third difference is their application. Because of their difference working principle and conditions, their application is of course different. The electric one is often used for regulation or as a switch, such as used at the end of fan coil. The solenoid one is applicable for some places with special requirement, such as special fluid medium.

How to Win at Cornhole

If you’re new to the exciting and fun game of cornhole, you probably are still trying to figure out the best way to score points and win. There are numerous strategies that you can use to improve your chances of winning, and each has its own risks and rewards. Some people play cornhole religiously, taking every rule seriously and planning strategy carefully. If you are one of these people, then a simple summary of ways to win is not going to be enough for you -you will need more professional help -and maybe not just of the cornhole type.

If you are like most other people, however, then you are simply in search of basic techniques and strategies that work for general games of fun that will help you to have some advantage over your opponents. If this is the case, then you have found the right place.

Strategy 1: Analyze your opponent

Whenever we play a game, we want to know our opponent’s level of skill before we can build a successful strategy to beat them. If your opponent is a good player and tends to knock a few bean bags through the cornhole every round, and then do it by sliding their bean bags up the cornhole boards, then you will want to block the hole.

Use a high arcing throw to land your bean bags in front of the hole. The closer you can aim your bag to the hole, the higher the chance you will have to drop one or two in yourself.

Strategy 2: Build on strategy 1

By using a high arcing throw, you are able to stop the bean bags more efficiently on the board than if you throw a lower arc and slide the bags up the ramp. Using the high arc allows you to build a barrier against an opponent who slides their bean bags. Of course, if you drop your bags in the center of the board, you are achieving to things: first, you are blocking the hole and second, you are eliminating, or drastically reducing the chances of your opponent knocking yours off the board.

Strategy 3: Knock your opponent of the ant hill

If your opponent lives precariously on the edge, meaning he or she tosses their bean bags and keeps them close to the edge on the side or the back of the board, then you can use them as barriers to stop your bags, increasing the chances that you will score points and knock their bag off in the meantime.

There will be opponents who will simply be more consistent throwers than you and you will have to adjust to meet their advanced skill. Just because someone is more consistent does not mean that you cannot beat them. You simply have to find out their cornhole game weakness, whether it’s that they slide the bags more often or leave them on the edge, or have trouble getting the corn bag in the hole.

Everyone has a weakness and finding your opponent’s will be your key to winning at cornhole.

Here’s What You Need to Know When Choosing a Jeweler’s Loupe

Open the loupe until the lens is fully extended. To keep the jeweler’s loupe steady, put your finger through the opening to steady the loupe. Bring the loupe right up to your eye. Steady the loupe hand against your cheek. Use the thumb and forefinger of your right or left left hand to pick up the ring or item that you will be examining. Then bring the ring or item to be examined up to the lens until it comes into focus. You can leave both eyes open, but many first-time users find it more comfortable to close the other eye.

What Does Doublet, Triplet, Color Corrected Mean?

Doublet, triplet. quadruplet refer to the number of different types of lenses that are used together to appear as the single lens that you look through. A triplet would have three components, a doublet two, pentagonal, 5. Higher quality lenses are constructed this way to reduce distortion and other abnormalities that would be present if only a single monolithic piece of glass were used. Color correction is a coating that is applied to the lenses to make the image appear as if it were being viewed in a natural light. Achromatic lenses eliminate or greatly reduce color distortion.

What Power Jewelers Loupe Is Used For Grading Diamonds and gemstones  

The generally accepted international standard in the jewelry industry for grading diamonds and gem stones is 10x. I0x magnifies 10 times Diamonds are graded for clarity at 10X.. If an inclusion in a diamond cannot be seen by a trained eye at 10X, the flaw does not exist for the purpose of grading clarity. A 10X triplet loupe with achromatic lenses is the conventional jeweler’s loupe in the jewelry industry.. The triplet has three lenses which greatly reduce or entirely eliminates distortion with any color aberrations , compared to a single lens or doublet loupes. 10x magnifies ten times, 20x 20 times and 30x magnifies 30 times. The image you see, if the quality of the jeweler’s loupe is the same, is just as clear in all three magnifications. 10x and 20x jewelers loupes are now also available illuminated with bright white LED illumination, a new and positive addition to jewelers loupes.

What is The Difference between 10x,15x, 20x, 30x Jewelers Loupes?

If the quality of the loupes is the same, T he difference is the magnification and the field of view. If you were looking at a quarter with a 10x loupe you would see a good part of the surface of the quarter magnified 10 times. If you looked at the same quarter with a 20x loupe you would see about a third of the quarter magnified 20 times. With a 30x loupe you see an area equal to 2 or 3 numbers of the date at the bottom of the quarter magnified 30 times. Each view would have the same clarity if the quality of the loupes are the same. The area, and the magnification of what you see, would be the difference between the different magnifications.

What Does 14mm, 18mm, 20.5mm, 21 mm Mean

These terms refer to the diameter of the lenses in millimeters. A 21mm lens is approximately 3/4 inch in diameter. An 18mm lens is approximately 5/8 inch. . There is no noticeable difference in the diameter of a 20.5mm lens and a 21mm lens.

What does this description mean: 30x, 21m color corrected achromatic lenses

A 30x 21mm triplet jeweler’s loupe magnifies the image 30 times. A triplet has three lenses combined to produce the 30x magnification, and a 21mm lens diameter of approximately 3/4 inch. It produces a sharp clear image. And it has a color correcting coating on the lenses to make the image being viewed appear as if it were being viewed in natural daylight. It has achromatic lenses which eliminates color distortion. Jeweler’s loupe sets of 3 or 4 loupes are available in assorted powers to provide you with a range of magnification power. if needed.

How can you be sure you’re selecting the right Jewelers Loupe.

Choosing where to buy your jewelers loupe is just as important as selecting the jewelers loupe ..Here are some suggestions on how to find the right place to make your selection. You want to make your purchase from a company that offers you an unconditional guarantee. For example, If you order your jewelers loupe and then discover that it’s just not the loupe you need, you should be able to return your purchase for another selection or return it for a full refund. You may not find a retail store that has what you want and you may have to place your order on the internet. That’s why it is most important to find a seller who unconditionally guarantees your satisfaction. In summary, before shopping decide exactly how you plan to use your magnifier. Then decide what magnification you need to meet your needs. Look for glass lenses. And finally, Choose a company to buy from that will let you exchange what you purchase or return it for a refund if what you ordered does not fulfill your needs.

Batting Cage Lighting

Batting cages are used by softball and baseball players to improve their ability to hit the ball. Both indoor and outdoor batting cages need lighting for night practice. Indoor batting cages are used in climates where seasonal weather does not permit such activity.

Lighting fixtures have become more than just a means to gain light. They are standard equipment capable of causing significant improvement in style and performance. Lighting fixtures are available in various models, and a model that suits the batting cage can be selected. Some manufacturers of batting cages also provide lighting. Do-it-yourself kits containing electrical equipment and other accessories for batting cage lighting are also provided.

Halogen lamps are usually used for batting cage lighting. A batting cage needs distributed, bright lighting. Today, we use a technologically advanced lighting grid calculated by a computer and aligned by lasers that disperse clean, white light throughout the batting cage. Shadows are kept to a minimum and the ball is clearly seen. Indoor and outdoor batting cages need separate models as the mode of lighting differs.

There are many types of batting cage lighting. If you are interested in conserving energy, you can purchase low-voltage batting cage lighting. Solar light is a cost-efficient method used in batting cage lighting. Solar panels present in solar lamps store energy during the day and at night light up the lamps using the energy saved. The position of light is also an important feature in batting cage lighting. Accurate practice is possible only if the area in the cage is fully covered by light. Low-voltage lighting does not need a professional to install the lighting system.

Voltage is an important factor in lighting a batting cage. While selecting lighting devices, the voltage at which they work is taken into consideration. A means to ward off insects that interfere with night practice should also be employed.

The Miracle of Topical Vitamin C – Beautiful Skin Without Exfoliation

Function of the Stratum Corneum: The Skin’s Natural Barrier

The skin is composed of several layers, each of which serves a particular function. The topmost layer, called the stratum corneum, is actually composed of dead cells glued together with an oil our skin produces called sebum. Because this layer is the one exposed to the elements, it can easily become damaged, thinned, rough and discolored. The function of the stratum corneum is essentially to act as a barrier between the environment and deeper layers of our skin which are in fact alive. The environment contains such harmful things as chemicals, ultraviolet light, and bacteria. Thus the stratum corneum protects us from exposure to these noxious agents.

Over the past 20-30 years, it has become popular to exfoliate and use abrasives on our skin to effect a smoother, more radiant complexion. Most of the time, if the skin is healthy, it can handle an occasional facial; however, more and more cosmetics and so-called wrinkle creams contain glycolic acids, retinols or abrasive substances. Daily use of these products leads to excessive removal of the stratum corneum and reduces its barrier function.

Problems With Exfoliation

Some of the more common problems associated with thinning of the stratum corneum include development of milia, age spots, perioral dermatitis and allergic eczema.

Milia are those small, hard, white granules just under the skin around your eyes, forehead or cheeks. They are frequently associated with the use of exfoliating chemicals, abrasives or astringents and they can resolve after several months when these products are discontinued.

Age spots are usually associated with excessive ultraviolet radiation exposure from the sun or tanning beds. Age spots, known as lentigo or seborrheic keratosis, are benign but can be found alongside malignant conditions of the skin called actinic keratosis. A visit to your dermatologist is the only way to be sure the age spot is a benign lesion. Age spots darken with further ultraviolet exposure and can lighten considerably if ultraviolet light is avoided with the use of a wide-brimmed had or long sleeves.

Perioral dermatitis is usually due to a superficial bacterial infection of the skin around the mouth, nose or eyes. This condition appears as small red pustules which can be itchy or painful. Bacteria more easily gain entry to the skin and set up an infection if the stratum corneum is thinned or breached. This condition usually requires treatment with antibiotics to effect a cure, however some people repeatedly suffer from bouts of perioral dermatitis. One aggravating factor may be the daily use of exfoliating chemicals or abrasives.

Allergic eczema is another condition caused by thinning of the stratum corneum. Environmental chemicals such as chlorine, detergents or other allergic sensitizers may gain entry to the deeper layers of the skin when the stratum corneum is not able to exclude these substances.

What if you didn’t have to exfoliate to produce smoother skin?

In fact, topical Vitamin C produces a smooth complexion by normalizing the stratum corneum. Rather than exfoliating, the stratum corneum retains its normal thickness, but the skin’s tone, texture and pore size are improved in just two weeks of daily use of topical Vitamin C. Even better results are seen with the combination of a Vitamin E cream.

Studies at Duke University demonstrated that topical Vitamins C and E protect skin cells from sunburn and tanning. Each vitamin alone protects the skin from ultraviolet radiation and there is a synergistic effect when the vitamins are combined.

Daily use of Vitamins C and E has also reduced the numbers of age spots and milia in some patients.

Finally, Vitamin C is an important cofactor in the synthesis of collagen. Topical Vitamin C speeds healing after burns and infections. More rapid wound healing and reduction in fine wrinkles may be related to Vitamin C ‘s ability to increase collagen synthesis.

Before you run out and buy the first Vitamin C product you find, realize that Vitamin C, when mixed in a solution or cream has a very short shelf life of only two months. Most Vitamin C is, in fact, mixed by the manufacturers; however in the process of shipping and storing, the shelf life is exceeded in many cases. Vitamin C turns yellow or brown after two months and it loses most of its effectiveness when it turns color. Sometimes, coloring or bleaching agents are added to Vitamin C creams so the yellow color is not apparent. To be sure you are getting the most effective Vitamin C product, be sure to buy a product that requires mixing after purchase. This way, you are probably getting the highest concentration of active vitamin for the entire two months of its shelf life.

Daily use of Vitamin C serum is recommended to improve the appearance of your complexion and to provide ultraviolet protection. Use of a hat and sun protective clothing is also important since the Vitamin C will lose effectiveness over time due to perspiration and free radical generation on your skin, so reapply it frequently.

How To Fix The 1401, 1402, 1406 Error When Installing Microsoft Office – Working Tutorial

The 1401 / 1402 / 1406 error is a common problem which generally shows when you try and install Microsoft Office on your PC. The error is basically caused by your computer’s inability to read / process a certain registry key on your system – preventing your PC from being able to install the program you require. If you’re seeing this error, the good news is that it’s actually very easy to fix, by using the tutorial and tools outlined in this article.

These errors are the same and will show in this format:

  • Error 1401: Setup cannot create Registry Key
  • Error 1402: Setup cannot open Registry Key
  • Error 1406: Setup cannot write the value to the registry key

The reason why they are showing is because your computer cannot insert the files it requires into the “registry database” of your PC. This database is a central storage facility for all the settings and options which Windows uses to run – and is continually being used to help Windows with everything from recalling your desktop wallpaper to installing a new program. Even though the registry is continually causing a large amount of problems, the good news is that the 1401 / 1402 / 1406 errors are actually very easy to fix on it.

The way to fix these errors is to first make sure your user profile has access to changing the registry keys on your system. User profiles are controlled by a strict set of permissions on your system, meaning that if you want to be able to repair the problem you’re seeing – you should start by making sure your particular profile can change the registry keys of your PC. To do this, you can load up the “permissions” options and then make sure you have all granted permissions on there. After that, you should also look to disable any third party software you might have on your computer – which will basically prevent any other programs from interfering with the installation process.

On top of that, it’s also recommended that you use a ‘registry cleaner’ program to fix any of the errors and problems inside your system. A registry cleaner is a software tools which will scan through your PC and fix the various problems which are causing errors – basically allowing your PC to run faster and without many of the errors which the registry causes. The registry database (which registry cleaners fix) is the main cause of 1401 / 1402/ 1406 errors, an needs to be repaired in the most reliable way possible to ensure your computer is running smoothly and reliably. Downloading and running a registry cleaner should ensure your system is working correctly after the error.

How To Choose The Best Floor Tile For Your Shop?

Choosing the best shop floor tiles has been a disaster for so long. With so many options to choose from and the huge array of color & textures available, it is very difficult to make one single choice. But, not anymore!

Let’s discover some of the best ways to choose the perfect floor tile for your need.

Determine the Usage:

Not every business required the same amount of tiles. Depending on the situations and requirements of your business, you can decide the best tile for your need.

Traditional flooring such as wooden flooring, carpet flooring or laminate flooring, has major drawbacks. With heavy and prolonged usage, these floorings often wear out within 3-5 years. While tiles can last up to ten times longer than regular flooring.

Ceramic and porcelain tiles offer you great durability and longevity without compromising the looks of traditional flooring.The unlimited number of options are available, you can choose tiles that just look like stone, wood or laminated. Most of the floor tiles will improve overall look and texture of your shop.


When choosing a tile, money is one of the main factors. Traditional flooring costs a lot more than a tiled flooring. Tiles offer durability and best value for your money.

With the almost unlimited number of options available, you can choose the best tiles comforting your budget.

With tiles, you can have a decent looking floor for your shop, just in your budget.

Safety Requirements:

Most of the businesses require certain safety standards when it comes to building their shop or warehouse. Traditional flooring is not durable for heavy usage. While tiles offer you durable and attractive solution to this problem.

Tiles are damage and spill-proof, easy to clean, and are great for heavy-duty use. Tiles also do not promote accidents like fire or chemical spilling. Tiles do not emit any harmful VOCs and keep the indoor air fresh and clean.

Also, tiles reduce carbon footprinting and can withstand heavy falls, without breaking.


Maintenance of traditional floor is very difficult and expensive. Often times, to change a small part of the traditional floor, you have to change the whole floor. Whereas in tiled flooring, only the damaged tile can be easily replaced within a day.

Upgrades are very easy with tiled flooring. While renovating your shop, floor tiles can be easily replaced with newer ones. New tiles can also be placed on top of existing tiles, which makes the process simple and efficient.

According to these four factors, you can determine the best shop floor tiles for your need. Do not lean solely on any one factor, give all of them equal justice.

Geothermal Heat Pumps – Top 5 Most Common Mistakes With Geo Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps, also known as ground-source heat pumps, can be one of the most cost-effective and efficient ways to heat and cool your home or building. However, occasionally geothermal installations go wrong, often as the result of an inexperienced designer or installer. Below are some of the common pitfalls and ways to avoid these issues:

1. Oversizing equipment.

Oversizing equipment is common not only with geothermal heat pumps, but also in more conventional equipment like air conditioners.

Many contractors still use rules of thumb for sizing equipment, and then add a large “safety factor” to ensure that the equipment is big enough for the job.

Not only do heat pumps use more energy than necessary when oversized, but oversizing leads to short-cycling of on and off, which wears equipment down much faster, just like starting and stopping a car.

Also, because oversized equipment has shorter run-times, you don’t get the same amount of filtration and air circulation throughout the home, which can lead to bigger temperature variations in the house.

A good contractor will provide you with a detailed ACCA Manual J heating and cooling load calculation for the home based on your insulation, windows, and other details.

2. Improper distribution system.

Many homeowners spend a premium for a geothermal heat pump, only to integrate it with a lousy duct system or poorly designed radiant system. This is like putting bald tires on a brand new car.

The best geothermal heat pump in the world cannot make an improperly designed air duct system more quiet or comfortable. Likewise, when a radiant system is not optimized to keep floor temperatures low, much of the efficiency of ground source heat pumps is lost.

Residential duct systems should be designed in accordance with the ACCA Manual D.

3. Wrong pump for the job.

The circulator pump is what moves water through the ground and into the heat pump itself. The pump must have enough power to overcome all of the friction from the piping and fittings, as well as be able to overcome the pressure drop of the heat pump.

If the pump is sized to small, there will not be adequate water flow through the heat pump, potentially causing malfunctions or hurt the unit efficiency. On the other hand, an oversized circulator will use far more electricity than necessary. A good contractor will select a pump based on a head loss calculation and the specific heat pump.

4. Ground loop sized incorrectly.

The key to a good geothermal system is the ground loop itself. An undersized ground loop is almost impossible to fix and will lead to an inefficient system at best, and a frozen (“slushy”) or overheated ground loop at worst.

At the same time, a grossly oversized ground loop will be prohibitively expensive for little benefit. Never use “rule of thumb” for sizing your ground loop; a good contractor will take into account the heating and cooling load of the building, soil conductivity and temperature, flow rates, and other factors all into account.

5. Poor coordination.

Depending on the size of the geothermal project, any number of different players may be involved, such as the owner, a general contractor, drillers, HVAC contractors, sheetmetal installers, engineers or architects, etc. The more parties that are involved in the project, the more important good communication becomes.

For instance, the HVAC contractor needs to be aware of any changes that the architects make in the floor coverings to make sure the radiant floor works as designed.

Ideally one contractor is responsible for all aspects of the geothermal system, including the equipment, ducting, and drilling or trenching. That way, if something goes wrong there is no “finger pointing” and the contractor can work to correct the problem.

The Seven Elements of Waste to Look For in Your Business

June is upon us and the kids will be getting out of school shortly. This means summer vacations to the beach and weekly trips to the pool. Many of us dread the swimsuit season since we may not be as “lean” as we’d like to be. Getting lean physically means eating better, eating less and exercising more. That is my current objective since our July trip to Myrtle Beach is approaching fast!

This made me think about getting “lean” as it relates to business. You may have heard of the terms “lean manufacturing” or “lean thinking” in different articles, seminars or books. Lean manufacturing or “lean” is a generic process management philosophy derived mostly from the Toyota Production System (TPS). I know Toyota has run into some major issues recently so I don’t want you to shut down mentally at this point. The main reason that Toyota has run into the problems is the lack of focus on lean principles and total quality efforts that made them so successful in the first place. One of the keys to surviving in this economy is to do more with less and having a lean mentality in your business will help you get there.

Lean is NOT just for manufacturing! These concepts apply to all types of businesses as well as back office processes such as finance and human resources. Lean concepts can be applied to everything.

One lean concept relates to eliminating waste and is basically centered on the concept of “preserving value with less work.” Lean thinking points to effectively eliminating seven different types of waste in your business processes:

1. Transportation

2. Inventory

3. Motion

4. Waiting

5. Overproduction

6. Overprocessing

7. Defects

Let’s take a look at these and provide examples of each.

Transportation – This involves standard transportation from suppliers and to customers as well as the internal transport of information. UPS discovered the waste involved in transportation when it explored the simple concept of its trucks waiting at stop lights or stop signs to make a left turn. Significant amounts of time and gas were being wasted waiting to make left turns.

UPS rewrote their software programs to maximize the number of right turns when delivering packages. In 2006, this resulted in saving over three million gallons of gas, increased deliveries per truck and reduced CO2 emissions by 31,000 metric tons.

Takeaway – waste is everywhere if you look at things differently. Also, simple concepts can deliver huge results. Don’t outthink yourself. There is brilliance in simplicity.

Inventory – This involves storing and maintaining “just in case” inventory versus “just in time” inventory. Inventory that is made or purchased without orders or immediate use limits floor space, increases storage costs, reduces cash flow, etc. In its original model, Dell Computer had this mastered. Customer’s computer orders were placed online or over the phone. The computers were then put together with on hand supplier parts that did not become Dell inventory until it was added to the computer on order.

The customer paid for the computer when it was shipped and then Dell paid the suppliers for the parts inventory on 60 day terms after the shipment. How’s that for a cash flow model! Customer payment 60 days before I have to pay my supplier and I hold no inventory. Wouldn’t we all love that model!

Takeaway– Think of inventory as a liability, not an asset and ask yourself the question, “How do I fulfill customer orders with little or no inventory?”

Motion – Think of wasted motion as extra steps taken by employees based on an inefficient layout. There is significant waste related to motion in back office processes. For example, the expenditure process involves purchasing, receiving, vouching, approval and payment. Wouldn’t it make sense to have these functions as close to each other as possible as well as maximizing the automation of the workflow?

Many times these functions are on different floors, in different buildings and are not automated. People move up and down floors, send emails, drop off paperwork………you get the idea. This results in delays in approval, delays in processing, the scheduling of unnecessary meetings (Talk about waste!) and increases in cycle times.

Takeaway – Better layouts, better process flow design and increased automation eliminates unnecessary motion which reduces waste and increases productivity. Take time to think about the unnecessary “motion” that occurs in your business.

Waiting – No real mystery here. Think of periods of inactivity while people or machines are waiting for the next input. A great example is in the mortgage application process. You fill out your application with all the supporting information and hand it over to the mortgage company. They tell you it will take four to six weeks to process.

In reality, there is only 15-20 hours of actual work done on your application to complete it. The rest of the time is wasted on waiting. Work waiting for people (backlog), people waiting for work or people waiting for people. One smell test is Solitaire. If people are playing Solitaire, then you know time is being wasted waiting for work.

Takeaway– Look at processes that involve waiting and find ways to eliminate that time. If that is not possible, add new productive activities that can be done during the waiting period.

Overproduction – This ties in directly with inventory and waiting. Overproducing and waiting results in excessive inventory. A client of mine used to make product and then package it in finished goods based on customer forecast. Many times when the orders came in, the customer wanted different packaging than forecast so my client had to open up finished goods boxes, take the product out of packages and repackage them per the customer order. A waste of time, packaging materials and warehouse space as well as the opportunity cost of working on other orders.

In this case, the solution was to manufacture goods based on better customer forecasts (push) and then package and ship based on customer order (pull). This reduced inventory and rework as well as shipping orders more quickly.

Takeaway – look for ways to get better information to better forecast needs and figure out ways to maximize production efficiencies so finished goods can be shipped immediately upon completion.

Overprocessing – This is usually an issue when one sub-process is much more efficient than other sub-processes. For example, you run the payment processing section for a credit card operation. You decided to buy a high speed envelope opener that opens 60 envelopes/minute. Sounds great except for the fact that your staff can only process 30 payments per minute. The increased speed in letter opening does not increase the throughput at the end of the process. The money spent on this machine is wasted if it does not result in increased throughput for the whole process.

Takeaway – you must look at an entire process and measure it from beginning to end. Increased speed in one sub-process does not necessarily result in better total results. A processes’ throughput is only as good as its biggest bottleneck!

Defects – We’ve all heard the phrase, “do it right the first time” and that is the essence of this element. Defects in outputs (products, documents, deliverables, etc.) that causes the output to be disposed of or to need rework results in wasted materials, time and scheduling as well as missing customer delivery dates or client due dates.

I had a client that had a large department devoted entirely to back office error correction based on incomplete or inaccurate data that was input by customers via the web. By making some web form adjustments that required data to be input a certain way and rejecting customer submissions unless they were complete and accurate, we eliminated the “waste” of error correction by eliminating the problem at the source.

Takeaway – build quality into your processes so no rework is required. Determine the root cause of defects and eliminate the problem at the source and refuse to implement “band aid” solutions related to the symptoms.

I have found that by intentionally looking for waste based on these seven elements, I see waste everywhere. It’s like putting on different glasses and seeing a different world in front of you. For the next week, I challenge you take the seven elements (acronym is TIM WOOD for memory purposes) and look for them intentionally in all that you do.

I believe you will be amazed at how many wasteful things you will see through the course of the week and it will inspire you to get more “lean” in all that you do. Different lenses show you different things. Please let me know what you see!

How To Kiss A Girl – Tips On How To Kiss A Girl For The First Time

Many if not most girls decide right after kissing a guy for the first time whether they are ever going to kiss him again in the future. Your first kiss does not have to be perfect but if you’re seen by your partner as a bad kisser it may be the first and last time you get to kiss her.

How To Kiss A Girl Step By Step:

Step 1. Make sure she is ready and willing to kiss you.

Trying to kiss a girl at the wrong moment or someone that is not into you can be very embarrassing! Pay attention to her body language. Unless she is very nervous she should give you some subtle signs that she wants you to kiss her or won’t mind if you kiss her.

Step 2. Break the touch barrier.

It’s much easier to kiss a girl if you have already established some physical contact with her such as holding hands. Don’t be afraid of briefly touching her arm or hand casually while talking and see how she reacts. If it doesn’t make her feel uncomfortable she may be ready to kiss you.

Step 3. Lean in for the kiss.

Make eye contact with her and lean towards her. Tilt your head slightly to avoid you bumping noses and close your eyes just before your lips touch her lips.

Step 4. Kiss her upper or lower lip.

Start by kissing either her upper or lower lip and be very gentle.

Step 5. Deepen the kiss.

If you feel comfortable and she is responding well to you kissing her, tease her lips with the tip of your tongue and wait for her to slightly open her mouth. When she opens her lips insert the tip of your tongue into her mouth and caress her lips and tongue with your tongue.

Do’s And Don’ts:

  1. Look after your personal hygiene. Smelling of sweat does not make you smell “manly” and will not make her feel like kissing you. In addition, make sure your breath smells fresh and that your hands and fingernails are clean.
  2. Look after yourself. She won’t mind that you have a zit on your face but make sure your lips are not dry or chapped. Nobody likes kissing dry or chapped lips.
  3. Don’t wait for her to make the first move. It’s normally up to the guy to make the first move. Girls like guys that are confident so if you feel like kissing her and the time is right just go for it.
  4. Make sure she is ready to kiss you. Even if you think you’re the best kisser in the world, she will not agree if you try to kiss her when she is not ready for it.
  5. Kiss her in private. You don’t want people staring at you while you’re kissing her. If it does not make you feel uncomfortable it may make her feel awkward.
  6. Know when to stop. The fact that she is ready and willing to kiss you does not mean you may grope her. Girls do not like to be groped! And, don’t try to see how far you can push her. Treat her like a lady and with respect.
  7. Don’t feel restricted to kissing her on the mouth only. Most girls love to be kissed in the neck. In fact, some girls prefer a guy kissing their neck to a guy kissing them on the mouth.

If you follow the above tips on how to kiss a girl you will have nothing to worry about and your first kiss should be a memorable one.