Why Amazon’s Secret Weapon Is Disrupting Your Business

What do today’s buyers give a flip about? They care about buying value that starts with the product or service as most of us think of value. However, part of the value equation with today’s customer often includes meeting personal objectives, e.g., shopping convenience, relevant information and/or experience, sustainability, brand purpose, monetary incentives, and tech tools to make it all happen ASAP, to name some of the more important factors.

Here’s a word of caution about today’s retail environment: If your business thinks of brand value only as the intrinsic value of your product and/or service you deliver, you are ripe for disrupting!

Since it’s our business to help you be more successful with Internet technology, the focus of this article centers on an effective tool that you can deploy to help create a better than ordinary customer experience. It may not be a right fit for your business, but read on to decide for yourself anyway.

How much we value business disruptions are typically linked to whether we are the disruptor or the disrupted. And when such disruption is fueled by genuine innovation, then many more people may benefit than not by such disruption and the world becomes a better place.

Take Amazon for example. Is Amazon disrupting your business or helping your business? Maybe Amazon is the frenemy of brick-and-mortar retail? If you are a retailer of packaged commodities and you have a successful Amazon store, then your daily shipments via the Amazon network may exceed your daily walk-in business.

Even more, according to a recent survey, online buyers have the highest regard for Amazon and may be more inclined to purchase your product because of this overall sense of goodwill and trust that Amazon has built with customers.

Of course, the Amazon store may be just one click away from being a competitor, too. Regardless of where your coin lands on this merchant dilemma, I’m going to suggest that all of our business challenges are bigger than any one competitor. Amazon deserves a lot of credit for being a true innovator by significantly improving the customer experience.

Here’s the real dilemma: We now live in an age where customers, competitors, and technologies are changing so rapidly that common problem analysis and problem-solving are too slow at addressing solutions!

Adam Richardson, the creative director at global innovation firm, frog design, characterizes this enigma quite well in his book, INNOVATION X – Why A Company’s Toughest Problems Are Its Greatest Advantages.

He provides two key points of what he calls colliding business disruptions that are affecting all businesses regardless of size:

  • POINT 1: Today, we have disruptive competition and blurring of industry boundaries as companies leap into each other’s spaces (this is a traditional way a business disrupts the marketplace).
  • POINT 2: Today, we face more demanding customers who place a higher premium on the experiential qualities of using a product-ease of use, how it makes them feel, how it fits into their lives, what it communicates to others, does it sync with personal values-that go above and beyond familiar objective criteria like performance and price (this is relatively new phenomenon… the connected generation is driving massive changes in the marketplace).

Richardson summarizes where he sees this leading, noting that “there is a need to create integrated systems of physical products, software, online experiences, and services that work as a single whole. (Often these integrated systems are the keys to meeting customer needs in ways impossible from a more isolated offering.)”

He is talking about something related to product eco-systems, but that subject is vast, and we need to boil it down to one important detail if we are to gain a better grasp of what we might do to help SMB businesses succeed in the rapidly changing present.

With this in mind, let’s consider Amazon’s secret weapon that they deployed with large success but not much fanfare over the last couple of years. It facilitates and drives both customer experiences and satisfaction.

Some of you are currently using their secret weapon; it’s their well-designed and functional mobile app. According to Millward Brown Digital research in early 2016, 76% of all digital shoppers have downloaded the Amazon app, and that is by far the largest acceptance of any mobile shopping app in the United States. The next closest is Walmart’s at 33%.

If you are a B2B owner or manager, you may be thinking right now something like this, “I don’t compete with Amazon, I don’t sell consumer products-none of this really matters to my business!” If that is you, I’m really amazed you read this far-but I’m glad you did. It’s important not to discount app technology too quickly, even if you are not in a consumer business where shopping convenience rules.

What does rule in any business is customer service, and if a well-designed app can give you an edge in customer service, there may be one in your company’s future, too.

App technology is a tool that can have a significant payoff for your business in the form of better customer convenience and service, and if you think of it the way Amazon thinks of it-it’s all about delivering better customer convenience, experience, and service, relentlessly.

Car Locksmith Services

Consider a tricky situation. You have gone shopping and stop your precious car on the side of a very busy road to get a quick smoke. When you come back, however, you find that you have been locked out of your car. It may spell immediate disaster if your car is in the mid of a very busy junction. You might even be arrested if you can not get to a car locksmith's office and get hold of a car locksmith soon. Yes, it is the humble car locksmith who saves the day in such a situation. Car locksmiths, the world over are considered to be the best all all locksmiths. Car locksmiths have to handle the most delicious locks of some of the most prized cars. Car locksmiths the world over are considered to be masters at their tricky and often tiring work. Car locksmiths gather enough bangs for their buck in the recognition they get.

Car locksmiths guarantee you the best treatment to your car and the great freedom of worry of being locked out of it.
Car locksmiths are often also called auto locksmiths. Auto locksmiths, as the fable goes, are so precise in their work that they seem to be doing it almost mechanically, so to say, as a machine works. The term 'auto' meaning mechanical is used for them. Auto locksmiths the world over are the best all all locksmiths and are masters at their task. Auto locksmiths often help you to get out of very sticky situations and also save your precious car from the unwanted danger of getting poorly damaged. Would you ask for anything more than that? We guess you will not. We here ask you, would you?

Many of us often lose our car keys. Lost car keys are often very difficult to find once lost. A lost car key often is the cause of worry of many a car owner as losing a car key means having to damage your very precious possession. Automotive locksmiths often come to the aid of car owners in such sticky situations. Automotive locksmiths provide very important emergency car locksmith services. Emergency car locksmith services are often required and are very essential. Emergency car locksmith services are required when we are locked out of cars. The situation in such matters tend to get a bit too scary. Being locked out of your own car is every car owner's nightmare. Lock outs are more prone to happen at busy intersections. Locksmiths provide great assistance in such matters. Auto locksmiths rarely on intuition rather than expertise. The job of an auto locksmith is such that he has to fish in the dark for getting his job done.

Auto locksmiths are more easily sooner to getting a great deal of fatigue out of their daily job routines. Auto locksmiths offer a wide range of services apart from locksmith services. Auto locksmiths, many times provide car washing, car painting, car servicing, even car insurance facilities to car owners. Car locksmiths are certainly going to be the next big thing on the automated scene. Car locksmiths can be tuned to be the next big thing to happen to the auto scene worldwide. Or have they already happened? Well, you know the answer.

Understanding Your Eyeglass Prescription

Understanding Your Eyeglass Prescription You’ve recently had your eyes examined and you are ready for some new prescription eyeglasses. You were handed a piece of paper, with some numbers on it, as you left your examination. You are wondering what do those numbers mean?

Your eyeglass prescription consists of lens powers needed to give you the best vision possible.

What the Numbers Mean

Your prescription will consist of numbers that represent the lens powers needed to correct the vision in each of your eyes. A typical eyeglass prescription will look something like this:

OD -3.25 -1.25 x 175

OS -4.25 -1.00 x 165

Add +2.25

The first line of an eyeglass prescription is, by convention, for the right eye. It is sometimes noted as O.D. The left eye or O.S. is the second line of your eyeglass prescription. The first column number is the spherical power for each eye. It is indicated by numbers known as diopters usually in .25 steps. Occasionally you may see .12 steps but this is rare. Sphere powers are identified by either a plus or minus sign. This is a very important to know because a minus (-) power corrects the vision problem nearsightedness and a plus (+) power corrects farsightedness. So if the sphere power of your prescription is a negative number you are nearsighted and if the sphere power is a positive number than you are farsighted. The larger the number the greater the degree of nearsightedness or farsightedness.

The second column of your eyeglass prescription is called the cylinder power. If there is a number in this column that means that you have astigmatism. The same plus and minus number conventions as the sphere power apply to the cylinder of your prescription. There may be no number in this column or there may be a sph. or sphere written in this column. In either case there is no power so you have no astigmatism. It is possible to have astigmatism in one eye and not your other.

The last column of your prescription is the axis. This represents the direction or location of your cylinder power. If there is no cylinder power in your eyeglass prescription. than it cannot and will not have an axis number indicated. If you have a cylinder power then it will have an axis. This is a measurement in degrees from 0 to 180. Only half of the 360 degree circle are used because 90 and 270 would be identical.

So if you know your sphere power cylinder power, and axis for each eye, you know if you are nearsighted, farsighted, or have if you have an astigmatism.

Occasionally a prescription may have a prism power. This is usually for people who suffer from diplopia (double vision). It may be a fraction or a decimal such as 1/2 or .75. If there is a prism power it must also have a direction or a base. This is either up, down, in, or out. Prism is relatively rare in occurrence.

A multi focal prescription such as bifocal, trifocal, or progressive lens will also have an add power. This power is in addition to the sphere, cylinder, and axis and is indicated on the next line of the prescription. It is always a positive number such as +1.25 or +2.25. This is the amount of extra focusing power to enable reading or near vision.

The last number need to complete an eyeglass prescription and fabricate a new pair of eyeglasses is the pupillary distance otherwise know as known as “PD”. It is the distance, in millimeters, between the centers of the pupils in your eyes, for example 62. This is further described as distance PD and near PD such as 63/60. Distance PD is when you are looking straight ahead and near PD is when you are looking close. When you look close your eyes turn in, therefore the near PD will always be less than your distance PD. Each eye can also be measured individually. This is called a monocular PD. It would be expressed as 31/30 or 31/31 depending on your symmetry and facial feature. An adult PD varies little with time.

NOTE: A written eyeglass prescription may or may not contain a PD measurement.

Make sure your prescription is current by having your eyes examined regularly to insure you are seeing as clearly as possible. Eyes do change gradually over time and it may be so gradual that you do not notice. Routine eye examinations also screen for the silent stealers of sight such as glaucoma and cataracts.

Did you know that you have a legal right to obtain your eyeglass prescription from your eyecare professional? That’s right. Request your prescription at the time of your eye examination or request it later, it’s your right.

Discover How WiFi Can Be Better

Those who live in large apartments or private homes often face a situation where one wireless router, however good it may be, cannot provide full and consistent Wi-Fi coverage around the entire home. As a result, in one room the speed is perfect, and in the other part of the house, there are so-called dead zones where the signal level is either too low to be useful, or disappears completely.

Until recently, this problem was ‘solved’ by installing a second router, and its most important feature was a repeater mode support. What does that mean? In short, more effort, and often more problems! You can configure the second router to expand the signal of the first one making a connection a bit more stable. But although the coverage area significantly increases and stabilizes, there is another problem: the connection speed on each new repeater drops noticeably.

Eero is a great example of the new breed of WiFi systems, as they developed the first home WiFi products created specifically to solve this issue, using a technology called ‘Mesh Networking’. Unfortunately, eero sales have previously been limited to the U.S., but you can now buy eero in Australia, so we thought it was time to help people understand the new way of doing things, and why Mesh Networking is the way to go!

The eero (or any Mesh Network) Wi-Fi system consists of several devices: at least one ‘base’ station, and several smaller, cheaper beacons, designed to fit in anywhere as needed and expand the network coverage. Most products have pre-configured packages intended for particular sized homes – eero has packages for for 1-2, 2-4, and 3-5+ bedroom homes which consist of 1 eero + 1 Beacon, 1 eero + 2 Beacons, and 3 eeros respectively.

To get set up, it is enough to connect one Eero device to the network and place other access points in remote rooms providing a stable Wi-Fi signal. Eero engineers implemented mesh networking model which means that all nodes are formally equal, and the system manages itself.

So, unlike the “router, to repeater 1, to repeater 2” scheme, where the major router is used to manage all the network and routing issues and the other devices are just trying to relay that information as dumb extenders, all three eero devices are full-fledged routers, creating, a Mesh Network where each node serves as a transition point for another node in the system, working together to give an evenly-distributed powerful signal throughout the whole mesh. This eliminates dead spots and weak points in your home WiFi – wherever you have WiFi within the Mesh, you have a strong signal.

Also part of these new breed of WiFi systems is the possibility for integration with a dedicated app on your phone to easily allow management of all aspects of the system, speed tests, and more. If you’ve ever had to log into a weird web address and use an ugly, confusing web interface to configure a router, you will know how big a deal this is. For example, as well as providing all the management functionality you would expect, the eero app can automatically connect to your wireless network, see how many devices are connected to the network, test your network’s speed, and see how much traffic is being consumed. These new systems are also smart enough to automatically install updates and improvements that make the system work much more stably – they keep secure and up to date, without the need to do any ‘fiddling’.

While we’d love to list all of the features that are made possible by these systems having a dedicated app, but they vary, and time is short! That said, we think being able to easily create a new network from your smartphone or quickly add a guest without having to share or remember your password – time savers made super simple with a few taps on your phone – rate a quick mention.

Finally, while routers in general can be ugly beasts, splattered with antennae and cables, some of this new breed of routers are pretty enough to take pride of place in any home. Given we all have WiFi in our homes, it’s amazing it has taken this long for design of these devices to be an important consideration (I guess Apple used to make nice looking routers, but they were the exception, and are now completely outdated with their WiFi router tech). Again, as an example, the eero design is extremely minimalistic and elegant – it looks like the sort of device Apple might release if they decided to become relevant in WiFi again…

We hope this helped you get your head around what Mesh Networking is, why it’s better than older WiFi systems, and how it manages to be so, and we hope you’re now interested in checking out the options available. Faster and better WiFi is possible! If you’re looking for more information, typing keywords like ‘Mesh Networking’ into Google should give you plenty.

Best of luck, and may your videos never pause for buffering again!

Mortgage Post Closing Services: Describing What They Entail

Could you be interested in mortgage post closing services? They entail strict reviews and audits to ensure compliance and completeness of documents. It is only after total confirmation of documents that the lender can fund the loan. The service provider selected by your company must be very experienced and good at their work. They must know how to correct documents from various origination stages and review them. The only documents that providers of mortgage post closing services could correct are those that have been signed and funded. The work of hired professionals also is to review legal, loan processing and other documentation for regulatory conformity.

They follow origination and underwriting rules to the letter, making sure missing information, if any, is retrieved. Mortgage closing services also entails data integrity checks so as to generate quality control reports. While doing integrity checks on loan information, service providers also state any possible exceptions. Basically their major activities entail the following. Tracking all documents (trailing document retrieval) associated with the mortgage post-closing is the first critical step. The documents that need to be trailed include assignments, assumption agreements, judgments, tax records, trust deeds, modifications, and UCC (Uniform commercial code) among others.

After the completion of this, issuance of final title policy, lien and assignment take place. The second activity offered during delivery of Mortgage closing services is the assembly of post closing loan package. What this entails is compilation of all loan documents that are usually submitted during the whole origination process. It means therefore that the provider of mortgage post closing services will work together with underwriters, loan officers, loan processors, mortgage brokers, home appraisers, property sellers and any other involved parties. The assembling work is rather tiresome and lengthy and that is why you want it to be done by a big company with many employees.

Another activity includes post closing data integrity audit as aforementioned. The main reason why this audit is done is to tackle possible home loan deficiencies. They verify and address red flags that were raised during the underwriting process. After this, all loans that have been fully approved are registered with a given mortgagee system. This whole process of registering approved loans prevents future assignments on loans. It also saves lenders from incurring future correction and tracking costs or facing document penalties among others. This step of mortgage post closing services also ensures faster execution of loans, zero errors on documentation and an easy closing process.

Mortgage quality control audit is also part of mortgage post closing services. There are automated audit systems used for this task. The service you will be offered in this step include pre-funding, post-closing, servicing, compliance, foreclosure loans, fraud investigation, preparation of the QC plan, cancel or reject, and commercial loans audit among others. It is imperative to make sure that the provider of the post closing service can audit and review the loans you normally process. Many outsourced companies deal with FHA, VA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac among other home loans. Their basic auditing process entails file document review, evaluation of underwriting process, credit risk analysis and third party verification.

Interior Designers Are A Very Creative Breed

People often confuse interior designers with interior decorators and interior stylists. They are not as different as chalk and cheese but they are quite different. While a decorator would create your home space with different kinds of objects and put the various objects to make them look catching on the eye, the interior designers study forms, design, symmetry of structure and related aspects. Their study is considered more bent towards the theoretic side of the job but they have a deep sense of creativity and a well-harnessed idea of ​​compositeness.

Designers have always looked towards the past to create something modern and fresh. It is because past is an unfailing library for the interior designers. Interior designers believe that period pieces can be made to work very well even in conjunction. Yes, the underlying idea is not to disturb the consistency of theme. However hard it might seem, they can keep a uniformity of structure spirit despite bringing in tones of different periods.

House of building designers understand the need of creating a form and its structural dimensions that suit the taste of a budding owner. It is after all his home or commercial space; it has to be its style statement too. Often they are ready to hold back their own style in favor of the owner's statement and yet keep their creativity intact. Designers are sometimes blessed with a vision that can put to shame even the Cubists.

These professionals all over the world are challenged by new aspects of modernism. It's because the basic idea is to keep the convention of form and geography of place in mind. House or building designers can not use their skill sets distancing themselves from the medium in which they work and getting adrift from the geographic requirement of place. These professionals know all about choosing the exact raw materials. Yes, they often take suggestions from the interior decorators to put forth this plan. Interior designers use consistency to create a complete theme for a home. Parallel motifs can not really convert a home into a likeable place. They feel that a kaleidoscope of motifs can potentially kill a structure.

Interior decorators are paid pretty well if they have beaten the initial days of hardships. People acknowledge their craft and understand the supreme creativity in their vision. Today, you can get in touch with top interior designers through internet. Most of them also flash their work and achievements over their website.People often confuse interior designers with interior decorators and interior stylists. They are not as different as chalk and cheese but they are quite different. While a decorator would create your home space with different kinds of objects and put the various objects to make them look catching on the eye, the interior designers study forms, design, symmetry of structure and related aspects. Their study is considered more bent towards the theoretic side of the job but they have a deep sense of creativity and a well-harnessed idea of ​​compositeness.

Interior designers have always looked toward the past to create something modern and fresh. It is because past is an unfailing library for the interior designers. They believe that period pieces can be made to work very well even in conjunction. Yes, the underlying idea is not to disturb the consistency of theme. However hard it might seem, they can keep a uniformity of structure spirit despite bringing in tones of different periods.

Interior designers understand the need of creating a form and its structural dimensions that suit the taste of a budding owner. It is after all his home or commercial space; it has to be its style statement too. Often the designers are ready to hold back their own style in favor of the owner's statement and yet keep their creativity intact. These professionals are sometimes blessed with a vision that can put to shame even the Cubists.

These designers all over the world are challenged by new aspects of modernism. It's because the basic idea is to keep the convention of form and geography of place in mind. Interior decorators can not use their skill sets distancing themselves from the medium in which they work and getting adrift from the geographic requirement of place. Interior designers know all about choosing the exact raw materials. Yes, they often take suggestions from the interior decorators to put forth this plan. Interior designers use consistency to create a complete theme for a home. Parallel motifs can not really convert a home into a likeable place. They feel that a kaleidoscope of motifs can potentially kill a structure.

Interior designers are paid pretty well if they have beaten the initial days of hardships. People acknowledge their craft and understand the supreme creativity in their vision. Today, you can get in touch with top designers through internet. Most of the interior designers also flash their work and achievements over their website.

The Toothbrush – A Vital Tool

The toothbrush is an important usable cleaning instrument, which we use regularly. Most people start their morning with the use of a toothbrush. It is not confirmed when the first toothbrush was invented, however it is supposed that around 3000 BC the first toothbrush came up in the form of a chew stick, which was used by ancient civilians. It was in the shape of a slim stick with a frayed end. Another early form of toothbrush was the bristle toothbrush. It was similar to what we use today, but this toothbrush was made up of solid hog’s hairs connected to a handle made of bamboo or bone. The nylon-bristled toothbrush was introduced in 1938, and was rapidly accepted due to its good oral hygiene quality.

A revolution came in the market of America with the origin of electric toothbrushes in 1960. These toothbrushes were sold and produced on a mass level throughout the country.

Initially, the electronic toothbrush along with charger was invented in 1939 in Switzerland, but it did not come out in the open market until 1960. It was in 1961 when the company ‘General Electric’ came up with the rechargeable cordless toothbrush. The first rotary toothbrush, called the ‘Interplak’ became available to the general public in 1987. It was available in different models and varieties. It was believed that the Interplak was capable to eliminate plaque, and could prevent gingival bleeding better than other manual toothbrushes.

Nowadays, a number of varieties of toothbrushes can be found in the market at a large scale. Toothbrushes are used with fluoride for cleaning. Generally, dentists recommend the use of soft toothbrushes because hard toothbrushes can cause damage to your teeth. Soft bristles are also considered good at eliminating plaque and debris from the teeth. Besides this, dentists recommend the use of a small-handled toothbrush, as it can reach easily at each and every corner of your mouth. Toothbrushes are generally made of synthetic materials.

As there is such a wide variety of toothbrushes available today, this can create confusion for you when buying. Therefore it is necessary to consider that what kind of toothbrush will best suit your teeth. As an alternative, you can also use a powered toothbrush for cleaning your teeth, especially if you experience difficulties during brushing. You should replace your toothbrush within three months.

It is important that you are using a good quality toothbrush and changing it frequently. Undoubtedly, you would not like to have any diseases in your teeth, so by brushing regularly you can maintain healthy teeth as well as an attractive smile.

Popular Flowers Worldwide

Flowers are one of nature's best gifts to mankind. They are available in a variety types, colors and sizes. The different types and colors are also associated with different emotions. However, there are a few varieties of flowers that are commonly chosen by gift givers all over the world. Some of the popular flowers are mentioned below.


Roses are the most popular flowers across the world and are suitable for different occasions. Their fragrance and beauty makes them very popular among flower buyers. Although known to be symbols of love, roses have different colors which convey different meaning surrounding love and passion. For example, white roses symbolize purity and innocence while yellow roses symbolize happiness.

Gerbera Daisies

These colorful flowers are favorites of flower buyers worldwide. They have a dozen petals and round soft center. They are available in different colors include orange, red, pink and yellow. Due to their vibrant colors, they are associated with cheerfulness. These colorful flowers can definitely brighten someone's day.


Lilies will always in fashion due to pleasant smell and long-lasting nature. They are the strongest-spotted flowers in the world. Their scent is so strong that it can be sensed in the whole room. These flowers come in different colors and each color has a different meaning. They become more popular during spring and Easter.


With their ruffled petals and sweet and spicy scent, carnations are one of the best-selling flowers all over the world. They are known to be the flower of the gods and legend has it that they first appeared when Mary wept when Jesus transported the cross. They are also known to be one of the most long-lasting flowers in the world. Their popularity rivals that of roses. Moreover, they are appropriate for several different occasions. They have become the official flower of Mother's day. Usually, they are used to convey the feelings of love.


Tulips belong to the lily family and symbolize perfect love. They look good in floral arrangements and thus, are chosen by people all over the world for sending to their loved ones.


Chrysanthemums come in different colors ranging from bright yellow to lime green. They are usually used to bulk up bouquets because each stem consists of several flowers. Moreover, the different colors and various meanings associated with different colors make them popular among florists' flowers.


Sunflowers symbolize longevity and prosperity. They provide cheer and happiness as well as uplift the mood with their radiant beauty. Throughout history, many artists have been inspired by their beauty. Having bright yellow petals and a large center, they look like the sun.

Cherry Juice As A Treatment For Gout

Gout pain is the consequence of too much urate in your system. The illness is commonly seen in over weight middle-aged males, but some others can end up having gout. Women may suffer gout symptoms, but this is very uncommon, and will generally only come about after the menopause.

Because treatment for gout pain must be done for some time, the often unpleasant side-effects are convincing a large number of gout victims to search for natural and herbal treatments for gout.

Cherry juice is remarkably beneficial for gout sufferers and has been considered as an optional treatment for gout symptoms ever since the middle of last century.

Detailed studies of the impact of cherry juice on gout pain are finding that all varieties of cherries contain large quantities of antioxidants and flavanoids which are beneficial to your general health.

In early research, the flavanoids present in cherry juice were widely viewed as the coloring agents which cave the plant the colors they possessed. But now it's believed that flavanoids include anthocyanins which are capable of helping those troubled with gout symptoms.

The anthocyanin in cherries is a strong anti-inflammatory. These inhibit the development of tissue inflammation-producing enzymes in the body. They prevent inflammation once the urate crystals begin lodging in the joints and soft tissues of the body. Due to this the swapping from gout is successfully invented.

The latest analysis has clearly established that anthocyanins in cherries also have the ability to reduce uric acid levels in the body. Uric acid is the primary cause of gout.

When you enjoy a portion of cherry juice every day it is very effective against gout episodes, and there's a large lowering of the urate amount in system. Cherries give this effect whether they are taken dried, fresh or juiced.

Therefore cherries should be incorporated as a part of the daily diet intake for gout victims. They have multiple effects on gout pain and associated disorders in your body.

An Examination of Carbon Fiber Bows

All stringed instrument players know the importance of a good bow. But how do carbonfiber bows stand up to Pernambuco, Brazilwood, fiberglass and composites?

The history of fine violins, violin making – and violas and cellos for that matter – is rich with craftsmanship applied to all-natural materials, varying types of wood, horsehair and natural varnish to be specific. So it may seem almost heretical to talk about manmade materials such as carbon fiber for use in fine music.

Chalk it up to human ingenuity that, sometimes, what is manufactured from minerals and other resources can serve an artistic purpose. This is not to say that carbonfiber bows are perfect substitutes for wood bows – they are not – but for several reasons the manmade material is embraced by serious musicians, either as their primary bow or as a backup for certain kinds of playing.

Ask around at your preferred violin shop – they may well have clientele who use wood and carbon fiber, depending on the occasion. Even the most traditional violin maker will stock these carbon fiber bows in their shops.

Here are the advantages carbonfiber bows have over their wood (Pernambuco, Brazilwood) and other synthetic material (fiberglass or composites) counterparts:

Sound – Serious musicians almost universally prefer the Pernambuco bow for a richer and more nuanced timbre or resonance. But some will keep a carbonfiber bow for outdoor playing, or for playing within a large orchestra; they save their wood bow for chamber music where the violin, cello or viola voice is more pronounced.

Sturdy yet lightweight – As a manmade material also used in sports (e.g., carbon fiber tennis racquets), it should be obvious that carbon fiber bows can stand up to rigorous handling (e.g., travel). They are also considered strong at the tip and some prefer it altogether for playing.

Resilient to humidity and humidity changes – Organic materials such as wood will expand and contract, depending on the relative humidity of where it is. This is a problem for musicians who might travel from arid Los Angeles to perform in humid Washington, DC, or from climate-controlled rehearsals to outdoor events on sultry summer nights. A wood bow would expand with humidity, requiring adjustment of string tension – but a carbon fiber bow would be unchanged.

Reasonable cost – Expect to pay about $300 for a carbon fiber bow, give or take. The price is largely stable because it doesn’t depend on rare wood availability.

Sustainable – Both Pernambuco and Brazilwood come from Brazil, but deforestation there has severely cut the supply of the former and had the effect of driving the price up. Brazilwood is a term for a range of woods and as such they are in greater supply. Purchasing a carbon fiber bow could be considered an act of preservation of the Pernambuco tree (note: the Brazilian government is working to save the species).

Not to be confused with fiberglass and composites – These are the lowest cost types of bows, encouraged for beginner students or more casual players.

Factors affecting the choice and preference for a bow type include the instrument itself and the musician. Darkness and lightness of sound, speed of play, weight and balance all factor in. The best advice is to try both wood and carbonfiber bows to get a sense of the differences and similarities.

All About the Pancreas

The pancreas is a very important organ of the body. It has both endocrine and exocrine functions. It's well known for its regulation of glucose, which is dysfunctional in the disease diabetes mellitus. This is an autoimmune disease destroying the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. The pancreas has 4 parts, the head, neck, body and tail.

It's shaped like a walking stick and is located by vertebrae L1-L2 in both the supra colic and infra colic sections. It's found at an oblique angle going from right to left upwards at an angle. The head is surrounded by the duodenum, the superior, descending, and horizontal parts. The pancreas is located anterior of the inferior vena cava and posterior to the stomach. It's body passes over the left renal vein, aorta, left crus of the diaphragm, lower pole of the left adrenal gland, and hilum of the left kidney. The splenic artery can be found just above the superior border of the pancreas, while the splenic vein runs close to the posterior border where it joins the inferior mesenteric vein just on front of the renal vein.

The pancreas is finely lobulated and is of solid consistency. It is made up of 80% exocrine acini with scattered 'islets of Langerhans' making up the 2% endocrine portion. The other 18% is made up of ducts and vessels. The islets are mostly located at the tail of the pancreas. The pancreatic duct goes from the tail to the head and grows as more tribulations join it. It then joins the bile duct forming the hepatopancreatic ampulla which empties through the major papilla into the proximal duodenum at the junction of the foregut and midgut. The lower part of the head and uncinate process are drained by the accessory pancreatic duct which drains through the minor papilla, located 2cm superior to the major papilla. The hepatopancreatic ampulla is surrounded by sphincteric muscle, the ampullary sphincter of Oddi is the control mechanism of the flow in the ducts. It often has a portion located on the inferior portion that points up and to the left called the uncinate process.

Blood Supply
The blood supply of the pancreas mostly comes from branches of the splenic artery which supplement the neck, body and tail. The branches include the dorsal pancreatic artery, the inferior and greater pancreatic arteries. The head is supplied by the superior and inferior pancreaticoduodenal arteries which original from the coeliac and mesenteric artery, respectively. The veins that drain the pancreas drain into the splenic vein, superior and inferior pancreaticduodenal veins. The latter two which drain into the mesenteric veins.

Lymph Drainage
In the head of the pancreas, lymph drainage follows the pancreaticoduodenal arteries and eventually drain into the coeliac and mesenteric lymph nodes. The body drains into the pancreaticoplenic nodes, eventually ending up in the coeliac nodes.

Nerve Supply
Branches of the vagus reach the pancreas through the posterior vagal trunk and coeliac plexus, which stimulate exocrine function. Sympathetic vasoconstrictor fibers originate at T6-T10 and pass via the coeliac plexus.

Latest Dental Implants To Be Used

Dental implants continue to change the dental industry at an alarming rate. It is now considered as a mainstream option by many dental professionals and patients. The digital workflows can guarantee proper placement and patient acceptance. Let us now check on the latest dental implant technology.

OsseoSpeed ​​Profile EV

It is a crestal bone resorbs after tooth extraction or tooth loss in a sloped direction. This happens as soon as the implant is immediately placed. OsseoSpeed ​​Profile EV provides 360 bone preservation in a sloped ridge situation. This also reduces the need for bone enhancement and uses self-guiding impression components for accurate workflow.

Hahn Implant Bundle

World's most prescribed zirconia is now packed with Hah tapered implant to restore edentulous space. Bruxzir or Hahn implant bundle is the solution to maximize efficiency providing the function and esthetics and patients demand.

Hi-Tec Implants

Hi-Tec implants seek to develop products that offer long-term compatibility with implant dentistry. It provides most advanced products to help dentists develop their practice and provide patients with dental care.

AnyRidge Implant System

This implant system provides superior surgical performance, primary stability and loads of esthetic outcomes. This also gives the opportunity for a single prosthetic platform and provides platform switching. Users select thread diameter to match bone density for maximum implant stability- the softer the bone, the wider the thread.

Legacy System

This system offers industry compatibility as well as versatility and design advantages. This feature increases stability and double threads for faster insertion. The implants differ in thread design, self-tapping features, available options.

C1 Implants

It features conical connection, conical shape, micro-rings, platform switching design and color-coded platforms. These implants are packaged with a cover screw and sterile drill. The surface is particle blasted and acid-etched for optimal osseointegration. C1 is available in 3,3.5mm diameters and 8-16 mm lengths.

NobelParallel Conical Connection

It combines Branemark and NobelSpeedy Groovy parallel walled implant systems with an advanced internal connection. These are designed for universal use in bone qualities for a wide range of indications. This implant can be used in both interior and posterior which sizes range from 3.75mm to 5.5mm wide.

MOR Mini Dental Implant

It is used for denture connection or crown and bridge fixing. It is a self-tapping, small diameter, a one-piece implant with 1.8 mm attached with intended for transitional applications in the bone. Manufacturing of the MOR produces highest quality implants and prosthetic components at excellent value to the clinician.

Thommen Medical Implant Options

It is a dental implant system with a reputation for incredible precision and impactful design. Strives to give effective products that allow the clinician to care for their patient without compromise.

I hope you get an idea regarding the latest dental implant technology.

What Does Lumber Really Mean To Us?

Lumber, which is also often called timber in the USA, is a selection of wood in any of its pre and post processing stages. It includes all wood from the moment of falling to the time it is ready for use in whatever industry it needs (mainly the building, furniture and paper manufacturing industry). Lumber is not limited to a single type or species of wood, but most hardwoods are preferred over the softwood from coniferous species such as pine, fir and spruce. However, some softwood's are used to manufacturer and build high-grade flooring.

Regional uses of the word lumber

In most Commonwealth Countries such as the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa the term Lumber is used to refer to processed (sawn) wood products such as floor boards and counter tops.

In both the United States of America and Canada lumber has a North American connotation and is used to refer to filled trees that are milled into boards. The word timber is also used in America, but more often than not reflect only to sawn wooden boards with the smallest dimension of no less than 127mm.

Hardwood Lumber Specs in the Americas

In North America the sizes used for hardwood lumber can vary from those used for softwoods. The hardwood boards used in both the USA and Canada can be of various widths and lengths, but do need to be of a specified uniform thickness.

Hardwoods that are used for furniture manufacturing are lined during the months of autumn and winter. This is because the sap stops running in the trees and allows for a better quality of lumber.

Did you know? Natural sap ruins the natural color of timber and decreases the value of the furniture or flooring made out of it. This is why hardwoods are generally filled in the colder months of the year.

Known Lumber Defects

There are 5 types of lumber defects with specific causes:

Conversion Related Defects
These defects are caused during the mining or milling process and include chip marks from handling and diagonal grain issues due to incorrect cutting.

Fungal Related Defects
These defects are caused by the fungal infections of the wood and include (but are not limited to brown rot, dry rot, sap stain, wet rot and heart rot.

Insect Related Defects
This type of defect is caused by insects such as marine borers, carpenter ants and termites to name but a few.

Seasoning Related Defects
These types of defects are due to seasoning issues with the wood. This is the number one cause for splinters and sliver damage in all types of lumber.

Educational Board Games For One and All

Board games have been in existence since many centuries ago. However, today they are no longer just entertainment tools to defeat rivals / opponents. They have developed a lot from the most traditional dice boards to educational board games that blend fun and learn.

These can be fun and useful tools both in the classroom and in a playschool setting. Family board games are great for family evening reunion! Some of the 'must haves' that teach and also provide fun are:

Scrabble: This is one of the old favorites, which lets players rearrange their chosen letters to find new words that can connect with letters of already played words. It is indeed an exciting and challenging game where 'every word counts'. This is in fact, the only game where you can actually play with words.

Pictionary: In this game the players convey the meaning of a word without using letters but instead by drawing pictures. Geography Pictionary is one good example in this category.

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader: This game has been taken from a popular television show. This game tests your knowledge of trivia based on a 5th grade level. This is also a great option for adults.

History Games: These are exclusively designed for history buffs or for those who are weak in the subject. Some of the popular games in this category are Civil War Game, the Lewis and Clark Adventure Game, Trail Blazer Game, and Professor Noggins Famous Inventions Game etc.

For Preschoolers: Kids in this age group love the Goodnight Moon Game and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Game. These games prepare them for school.

For elementary aged kids: Money Bags and Great States are some of the popular games for this age group.

Preteens and teens: This group love the games Totally Gross and Perplexcity. These are great for kids who become quite restless at this age.

The list is unlimited, the trick is to try new options and learn. For instance, if your child needs specific help in certain subjects, look for games that focus on math, language, spelling, etc. So, the next time your kids start complaining about school work, maybe it's time to take a break and have some fun together. They will still be learning, but will be too busy to notice!

And last but not the least; try online shopping for educational board games, to get the best deal in terms of quality and value for money.

How to Find Kitchen Remodeling Ideas Online

The Internet is a great place to find design ideas – you can browse manufacturer's web sites, check product catalogs, plan out your budget, read customer reviews and, most importantly, seek out design inspiration.

Keep reading to discover the best places to look for kitchen redesign inspiration online.

1. Retailer web sites

Most large-scale home hardware retailers have extensive web sites that not only let you purchase materials, but also surf through project scrapbooks, project tutorials and models of perfect kitchens. You can often find helpful tools like wallpaper calculators and guides to specific products.

2. Manufacturers' web sites

Manufacturers of items like flooring, specialty countertops, custom ranges and sinkware typically have extensive web sites with full product catalogs available online. You can browse for kitchen ideas in their virtual showrooms or pinpoint exact items, their SKUs and their price points for future orders. At most of these sites you can also order a print copy of their catalog.

3. Home design magazines' web sites

Many magazine publishers post partial or bonus content online, giving you access to hundreds of ports, how-to tutorials, design ideas and inspiration walls that will motivate you. Look for sites with active web communities (see tip 6).

4. Contractors' web sites

Search for contractors with online publications to see before and after pictures of beautiful kitchens. You'll get a feel for what's possible while simultaneously researching potential contractors for your next big job.

5. Broadcasters' web sites

With so many home improvement television shows on the air today, most of them have web sites with detailed tutorials, additional info on product suppliers and photo galleries that are sure to inspire you. If you see something on TV that catches your eye, check back on the show's web site to get a detailed list of suppliers and manufacturers featured on the program.

6. Public forums

Public forums or message boards are a great place to bounce ideas off other do-it-yourself designers. You can post photos of your kitchen along with links to design ideas while other users provide you with feedback and suggestions. The interactive nature of forums and online communities allows you to not only find ideas, but also flesh them out with real people.

7. Photography sites

Try browsing photography sites like Google Image or Flickr and searching for images with the keywords "designer kitchen" or "kitchen remodel." You'll be surprised at how many unique images pop up that are chalk full of unedited, raw design ideas.