Danshari: Ditching Materialism for the Simple Life

Michael Hoffman, in an interesting new article in The Japan Times Online, describes danshari, a lifestyle idea that complements three other stuff-minimal concepts, voluntary simplicity, wabi sabi, and true wealth. Voluntary simplicity, you may recall, has origins in the 19th century and calls into question the values of material wealth and status; it focuses instead…

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Elements of a Contract

While most people understand that contracts are agreements between two or more parties that outline the terms of personal or professional. Contracts may involve the sale of products, property, or goods, or they may outline the terms of work to be performed. In addition, contracts may be used to guarantee that certain actions will be…

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Gastronorm Container Guide

The Gastronorm sizes where set up by the European Committee for Standardisation as a way of standardising  container  sizes primarily in the catering industry. Gastronorm  containers  are most commonly made of stainless steel but are also widely available in other materials such as polycarbonate and polypropylene materials. Gastronorm  containers  are used primarily in the catering…

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Chillers – Vapor Compression Basics

A chiller is a device that removes heat from a liquid, usually water, through a vapor compression or absorption refrigeration cycle. Chillers are used to cool air and water in a variety of areas, such as large industrial sites, commercial facilities, and even institutional buildings. These machines can also utilize their heat rejection to warm…

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Different Types of Journalism

Journalism helps to explain the events that impact our lives and is developed in a number of forms and styles. Each journalistic form and style uses different techniques and writes for different purposes and audiences. There are five principal types of journalism: investigative, news, reviews, columns and feature writing. What form of journalism are you…

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UPC Bar Code Software

UPC bar codes are used in the United States of America. Like many other kinds of bar codes, they are made up of numbers. The scanners interpret these symbols and the data is sent into the system. All American products get either UPC – A or UPC – E bar codes. The bar code generators…

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Cockapoo – Dog Breeds

Group: Not yet recognised Weight: 6-19 lbs Height: 14-15 inches Overview The Cockapoo was developed by crossing the American Cocker Spaniel and the Miniature Poodle. This breed is originally from the United States where they were bred during the 1960s. The first dogs were from accidental mating, but lately as their popularity has continued to…

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How to Winter-Proof Your Home

The UK was unprepared last winter for the coldest weather for 100 years, which lead to expensive energy bills and even damage to many of our homes. Here are some quick tips on how to make sure your home is energy efficient and winter-proof ahead of plummeting temperatures. Central Heating It’s important to service your…

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The Origins of a Fashion Classic: Jeans

History of Jeans Jeans originated in the USA in the late 19th century. Originally, they were worn as work trousers by miners, factory workers and soldiers. They were particularly common as work clothing during World War II. At this time men’s zippers were placed at the front of the garment, while women’s ran along the…

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