Aluminium Radiators

Aluminium radiators are increasingly seen as an alternative to the steel and cast iron radiators we are more familiar with. However, as a relatively new offering in the UK, radiator retailers are often asked the following questions:

• What are the benefits of aluminium radiators?

• What is the difference between aluminium and steel or cast iron radiators?

• Is there anything I need to be aware of when buying aluminium radiators?

The benefits of using aluminium to make radiators

Aluminium’s physical properties make it a perfect material to construct a radiator from. It offers the following positive characteristics:

• Recyclable – as aluminium can easily be re-worked, recycled aluminium is widely used in every day products including radiators;

• Inexpensive – using recycled aluminium keeps production costs down;

• Light-weight – this makes transportation and installation easier and, consequently, cheaper;

• Long guarantee periods – aluminium radiators come with guarantees of up to 10 years as this material has a protective film of surface oxide making it naturally resistant to corrosion, although, other inputs can cause a risk of corrosion. See below for more information*;

• Quick to react or “thermally conductive” – aluminium ensures rapid heat transfer from the water within the radiator to the air in the room. In practical terms this means that the radiators only need to be switched on just before the room is needed. On the flip side, aluminium cools down equally quickly unlike cast iron which retains heat for hours.

• Variety of shapes and styles – aluminium is relatively soft, yet durable and has a high “ductile strength” meaning it can be stretched or “extruded” into long strips. Therefore aluminium is often used in vertical radiator models and is commonly used for contemporary style “feature radiators”; and

• “Sectional” options – the “extrusion” process means that uniformly shaped sections can be formed and radiators can be of “sectional” construction. A sectional aluminium radiator is assembled by joining any number of sections together to create the desired width; this allows for a vast selection of widths and means that radiators can be easily sized to fit onto existing pipework. The same sectional construction method is used for cast iron and some steel radiators. Scope for large radiators means that huge heat outputs can be achieved.

Comparing aluminium to steel and cast iron

There is not one material that is better than the other; there are pros and cons for each. Your choice will depend on your particular circumstances and specification.

• Price – there is a common misconception that the cost of a radiator is entirely dependent on the material it is made from but there are so many other factors at play.

• Weight – Aluminium is light-weight whereas cast iron is heavy and steel sits somewhere between the two.

• Guarantee periods – aluminium radiators usually come with 10 year manufacturer’s guarantee but so do cast iron radiators. Steel tend to come with less at 5 years as steel is more prone to corrosion, though if the radiator is installed and maintained properly, this should not be a problem.

• Speed of reaction – aluminium heats up quickly, but then cools down quickly whereas cast iron takes longer to heat up, and retains the heat for longer after switch off. Steel sits somewhere in the middle.

• Shapes and sizes – aluminium is relatively more ductile and malleable than steel and cast iron.

*Prevention against corrosion

In order to comply with your radiator guarantee, your radiator must be installed in accordance with BS5449, section five commissioning, which is a process your installer should be fully aware of. This means on completion of installation, the system should be properly flushed and filled to remove debris and minimize the presence of solid particles and chemical residue that may cause corrosion and damage within the system.

Any radiator (except those on a secondary hot water system) must be used in conjunction with a suitable corrosion inhibitor.

Corrosion inhibitor should be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations and should take into account the particular metals within the system. Corrosion inhibitors are available from most plumbers’ merchants and DIY stores.

For more information on aluminium radiators, contact a radiator specialist.

How To Record A Webinar

When you run a live webinar event – which means that you show your screen and speak out your voice – you can present anything you want. You can charge money for access to this webinar, you can give out a webinar for free, you can answer live questions on the call.

The great thing about a webinar is that you don’t have the ability to stop at any point because people are watching you present. It’s great to have this live event.

But what if you want to record it for later use? Do you want to make a DVD membership site, a YouTube video, or some other video presentation based on your webinar? How do you record it?

It’s very simple. Use a tool called Camtasia Recorder which will record your screen and record your voice at the same time your webinar software is broadcasting your message out.

I use GoToWebinar to broadcast the webinar, Camtasia Recorder to record it.

Recording in Camtasia is very simple. You say that you want to record in full screen, you choose which audio device to record as your voice – you can use your computer’s built-in microphone but I recommend you get a USB headset and record off of that.

You’re recording your webinar presentation in full screen such as a piece of software, a web page, or a PowerPoint slideshow. You’re recording your audio from your built-in microphone or headset. The only tricky part is recording other guests or other people on your webinar.

Now, here’s where it gets a little bit tricky, but it is pretty simple. Recording tools such as Camtasia have an option to record what’s called “system audio”. In the latest version of Camtasia, when you’re choosing if you want to record from your built-in microphone or your headset, there’s also a check box to record system audio. What this means is anything that comes out of your speakers will be added to the recording.

Normally, sounds coming out of your speakers might be music or sound from a video. But in the case of a webinar, if someone else is talking, this is sound coming out of your computer. Because you checked that Record System Audio check box, this will now be added to the recording. Now, the video contains the words you speak out, the audio from you, and the audio from the other end of the presentation.

This is great because you can even do things such as become a full-time webinar recorder, attend someone else’s webinar, record it for them, and now they can pay you money to have a recording that they can now use anywhere on the Internet that they choose.

To record a webinar, what you need to do is open up Camtasia Studio, record in full screen, and make sure to record your end of the audio. If there are any other presenters on this webinar, make sure to check Record System Audio, and now you’re recording your screen, your audio, and the audio of others.

Cover Letter Do’s & Don’ts

Most people are familiar with the importance of a well-constructed resume, and put a fair amount of time into creating one. But just as important is the cover letter that accompanies and introduces your resume.

In an extremely competitive job market, neglecting your cover letter is a big mistake. Why? A cover letter is your first opportunity to tell a prospective employer about yourself, and to do so in your own words. Like a written interview, a cover letter gives you the opportunity to point out applicable experience and qualities that make you right for the job. And just like any other important job searching tool, there are definite do’s and don’ts to follow to make sure your cover letter is an asset, not a hindrance.

Do personalize your letter.

Nobody likes to receive impersonal mail. Cover letters that begin with phrases like “To Whom This May Concern,” sound like random junk or bulk mail, rather than an important correspondence. You expect the company to take the time to read through your material, so you too need to take some time to research the correct addressee. Call the company, look on its Website or talk to others to find the correct contact.

Don’t send a generic cover letter to many different companies.

Hiring managers can spot a mass mailing a mile away. What gets their attention are letters that address the company-and its needs-specifically. Research the company prior to writing the letter. Check out recent news and read through the company’s Website, and then incorporate what you learned into your letter. Doing so will demonstrate to employers that you are informed, motivated and willing to go the extra mile.

Do address the specific position advertised.

Companies that post openings are making your life easier by telling you the qualities they are seeking. Show the company that you paid attention. If a company advertises that it is looking for sales experience, make sure you address your sales experience. One way to do this is by making a table for yourself before writing your letter. List the company’s stated needs in one column, and your corresponding experience and qualifications in another column. You can then use that information to write a letter that tells them exactly what they want to know.

Don’t make the reader work too hard to see that you are right for the position.

Include specific examples about your past successes and experience. If you are looking for a marketing position, give the reader detailed information about a marketing campaign you successfully executed. Don’t just tell the reader that you are motivated. Give an example that shows your motivation. You need to lay all of your pertinent information out in a way that lets the person making the hiring decision easily see how your experience and qualities fit the company’s needs.

Do get to the point.

Hiring managers receive letters and resumes from dozens and even hundreds of applicants, and often just don’t have the time to read lengthy, wordy letters. Be direct. In the first paragraph, include the title of the position you are interested in and then move on to your specific qualifications immediately.

Don’t end your letter passively.

Nobody gets a job by sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring. Similarly, not many people get a call once a resume or cover letter is sent. Since you are the one looking for work, you need to take the initiative and follow up. Instead of ending the letter with “I look forward to hearing from you,” close with “I will call you next week to discuss a time for us to meet.” Once you’ve included this call to action, however, make sure you follow your own promise.

Do write and edit your letter with great care.

Nothing says “I don’t really want this job” like a cover letter with typos, incorrect information, or spelling errors. Make sure the company’s name is spelled correctly. Check to see if the contact is a male or female. And, while it sounds almost too obvious to mention, be sure to sign your letter. Careless-and easily correctable-mistakes tell the company that you did not take this simple task seriously.

Cold Water Techniques For Winter Bass Fishing Success

Ask any bass fisherman which season requires the most unique approach to locating bass and invariably the answer will be winter. Winter bass fishing is challenging on many fronts. Anglers must deal with often bitter cold temperatures, frozen-over creeks and much lower fish metabolisms. So with all these obstacles, what can an angler do to improve their chances of hooking up in the winter?

Since largemouth bass are cold-blooded animals, their metabolism is much less in colder water. Metabolism is linked to digestion. This means bass eat less, so making the fishing more difficult. It is much easier to coax a hungry fish into biting lures.

The entire food chain is suffering from lethargy this time of year, due to depleted energy stores. Do not forget that many of the largemouth's essential forage is in hibernation, most notably, crawfish. Animal life is not moving very quickly this time of year, either. Both predator and prey succumb to their metabolism and anglers often forget that their lures and bait must match the general mood of their environment. Work your lures too quickly and you'll be setting off red flags.

Locating largemouth bass in the wintertime requires a good understanding of the seasonal migrations that take place during the year. Generally speaking, bass migrate from the creeks of lakes into the main body of water during the winter. They may be located just inside of tributary arms, but are usually closer to main lake structure.

The reason this migration takes place is well known among experienced anglers. The bass move to deeper water because the water temperatures are more stable. If the bass were to stay shallow, they would be subjecting them to much harsher temperature fluctuations which is difficult for a cold-blooded animal that is seeking a constant environment.

Shad, a main forage of largemouth bass, are very prone to dying in cold water. Schools of shad will make the same migrations during early winter, seeking those more stable water temperatures. Where the food goes, the bass will follow. Remember this simple rule and your fishing will improve dramatically.

We know bass are deeper in winter. What presentations are most effective to catch them?

Proven winter bass fishing techniques have one thing in common. They all require you to work your lure close to the bottom. Also, a large percentage of the known effective techniques require a very slow presentation.

If there was a lure that was synonymous with winter bass fishing, it would be the blade bait. There are just a few manufacturers of blade baits, with the two most notable being Bass Pro Shops and Silver Buddy. Silver Buddy is the original and probably most refined blade bait on the market. Essentially this lure is nothing more than a flattened silver piece of metal shaped like a baitfish. When rolled through the water, it has a very tight vibration that is noticeable through the rod. Simply let the Silver Buddy blade bait sink to the bottom and give short twitches back to the boat. The Silver Buddy should touch the bottom after each and every twitch. The goal is the make the lure vibrate during the twitch, but not raise it off the bottom more than a foot at a time.

Another common winter bass fishing tactic is fishing a hair jig. While there are countless styles of hair jigs and hair patterns to choose from, the most effective for winter is the common deertail (bucktail) pattern. Bucktail hair does not breathe in the water as much as other hairs. While most anglers see this as a disadvantage, it is the very reason deertail jigs work so well. Since it has a lifeless appeal, it fits in its surroundings well and is seen as more natural to its environment.

The key to catching bass on hair jigs is in the retrieve. A 1/4 oz. Egypt 3/8 oz. hair jig is best because it will let you keep the jig close to the bottom where the bass are in winter. Simply cast the hair jig out on 8 to 10 lb. test fluorocarbon and let it sink to the bottom. You will want to give the jig very small and slow hops back to the boat, never raising the jig off the bottom more than one foot.

Some top winter bass fishing locations to find fish are drop offs, ledges, points and inside channel bends. Locations to avoid are shallow and expansive flats, slowly sloping banks and current-laden areas. Holes are key spots and can often be loaded with hundreds of bass. While largemouth group up in large numbers in winter, very few will be willing to bite. You must cover lots of water until you find one willing to strike.

As you can see, winter bass fishing demands a much different game plan than the other seasons. There are numerous obstacles to contend with, and not all of them are under your control. While you may be able to psych yourself up to catch fish, it is not always possible to psych a winter bass into biting. Cover a lot of water looking for those transition areas where fish can hold in stable water temperatures and you should be able to catch a few during these tough times.

Bring Your Walls Alive With Modern Wall Decor

When you want to bring out the designer inside you then the best place to show your talent is the wall of your house. Bring out the artist inside you and show your style on the walls. Use them as your canvas and bring them alive by enchanting them with your style spell. Every year you get the walls of your house painted so that they appear more cheerful and bright. But after a few months your eyes get accustomed to those colors and they began to appear dull and lifeless. But with the modern wall decor products you can now design them in your style and you can change their decor whenever you want to.

The modern wall art and decor encloses a variety of products like wall hangings, murals, shelves, letters, decorative stickers and many more. With so many options in your hand you can decorate your walls in the most extravagant way. You can follow the trend of the modern art and decor design which uses a combination of all these products. You can create your own unique designs and can use these products in numerous ways to build beautiful patterns. You can select these products from a wide range of collections available in the home decor stores.

The modern wall art consists of some amazing ideas and by using these ideas you can bring your walls back to life. The wall murals are one such example which strongly reflect the concept of decorating your walls with specific art. These murals come in attractive pictures and truly amazing designs. You can use them to decorate your kids room. You can also design your kids room with specific themes by using these murals. Another good option for the walls are the decorative stickers. These stickers are made up of durable vinyl and can be applied easily to smooth surfaces. The good thing with these stickers is that you can pull them out whenever you want to. These stickers do not damage your walls.

If you want to add a touch of splendor to your walls then you must go for the wall shelves. These shelves present you with amazing and innovative ideas to customize the walls. These shelves can be combined with other art pieces to create a customized wall space. You can pair up the shelves with photo frames with your family photos. You can also put up your treasured souvenirs and books on these shelves. The modern wall decor spice up the interiors of your house and add versatility to your decorations. You can check out some cool collections of the wall art products from the online home decor stores.

8 Benefits of Using LED Panel Lights

Modernizing the home or office with LED panel lights in place of old fluorescent ceiling lights is an easy and fast way to save on energy. Plus, the larger panels will provide a brighter environment and cut back on the time needed for regular maintenance. Here are eight of the practical benefits of installing this light option:

Great flexibility in design

LED panels lights make it possible to benefit from a point-like light source. This makes it possible for designers to create a kitchen or office layout that takes full adventure of the effects and shapes produced by the lights.

High brightness

One of the major plus points of the LED panel lights is the sealed design and high-quality reflective panels which result in a high level of brightness. Plus, the panels made with aluminum materials and photoconductive plates are the preferred choice.

Less heat dissipation

LEDs are known for their ability to dissipate a lot less heat which means power consumption is at a much lower level. With proper heat-dissipation little heat is noticed by those standing in small rooms in the home or office.

Long life usability

In theory these lights have the potential to last up to 100,000 hours. This means these light fittings have the potential to last up to 27 years if the lights are switched on for 7-8 hours per day.

Light Adjustment

Most of the LED panel lights give the option to adjust the strength of the light which means it is possible to benefit from the soft, eye-friendly light and avoid the harsh, unpleasant light.

Shock-resistant

These ceiling lights are built to be shock-resistant and quite difficult to damage. Most of the lights are manufactured in a hard resin and not the less superior tungsten glass. Plus, this design also helps to control temperature issues.

Easy control

The ability to control the ceiling lights is possible using an external controller, which can accept multiple commands. Control options include changing the level of brightness and color temperature.

Eco friendly operation

The low consumption of the LED panel lights means they are an eco-friendly technology and can result in a significant saving in energy. This type of light causes minimal pollution throughout the manufacturing process. Also, there is no mercury contained in the product. A single panel is similar to having to use six fluorescent bulbs. A benefit of using fewer bulbs to light the home or office is the ability to lower the high-voltage requirements.

How to Design a Lapel Pin

Designing a lapel pin for your own needs and uses can be a very exciting project. Many people have a general idea of what they want their lapel pin for (fundraiser, social gathering, business meeting, conference or trade show) but they’re not exactly sure what they want the lapel pins to look like, or how to begin designing one for that matter.

If you don’t have the time or creative liberty to design your own lapel pin, don’t worry; many custom pin manufactures will actually design your pin for you (most of the time free of charge with an order). If you’re like me and like to have control over things, you prefer to design, or at least begin the design, of your lapel pins yourself.

Ok, let’s begin, shall we?

Assuming you already have a purpose for a lapel pin, we’ll begin by identifying key points in the design of your lapel pin. Let’s begin by determining the colors you’ll use. For a company/corporate or logo lapel pin, most of the time you’re going to want to stick to your company’s color scheme. If you can, make sure to look up the corresponding Pantone colors so that you can provide these to the design company. You’ll also want to choose your metal plating in this phase. Some options include 14K gold, Silver or Brass depending on your personal preference.

After your colors are selected, begin to outline a sketch of the composition of your pin design. Will the lapel pin be a circle, or, a square perhaps? Maybe you want your lapel pin shaped like your logo with no solid background – that’s entirely possible!

Figure out if you want to include other elements aside from just your corporate logo. Maybe a slogan or byline and something to signify your company’s direction or goals. A visual symbol that tells people what you’re about, or something that communicates a theme for an event or tradeshow. For example say your company is holding a conference in Las Vegas, maybe displaying the well-known “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign on your pin design would be an idea. Maybe an image of a full-house hand of cards, or a slot machine. Something that communicates your ideal or goals. Remember, lapel pins are a very powerful communication device, and even though they’re small they can speak your company’s ideals to people just walking by you who see the pin on your tie, shirt collar or lapel.

Creative Ideas to Communicate Your Company Message

Sometimes a simple logo pin will suffice, but what about if you want to get across a message without including a bunch of small wording on your pins that nobody will be able to read?

Time to be creative!

Let’s say your company builds boats. You have a logo and you know your company’s colors. You know you want to include your logo (maybe the logo has an image of a boat, maybe it does). This is the perfect way to show off your company’s image. Your lapel pin would ideally consist of your corporate logo, along with an image of an attractive boat that your company sells or makes. Possibly in the water, with the sun setting or rising in the background, perhaps some cat-tails or other aquatic vegetation at the edges of the design to show some detail. What about adding some seagulls in the horizon flying about? Think pale blue skies and deep blue water with wave detail etched in 14K gold. See where I’m going with this? Open your mind’s eye and let your creative imagination go to work.

The Office Supply Warehouse

So your company does something exciting… It sells office supplies. Ok, OK so it’s not that exciting, but that doesn’t mean the lapel pin you design to represent your company can’t make your company look exciting. You’ve included your logo, but your colors are kind of stale (maybe a bit boring?) and you need to spruce things up. What about adding an image of a stack of papers curling up at one end almost forming a C like they’re being blown in the wind from a desk top. Maybe a pen or pencil drawing out your company’s slogan. Oh! What about a stamp stamping on your company logo or the shape of the pin is actually a ring-bound binder and your logo is on the first sheet of paper? Maybe the theme could be a thumbtack stuck through a sticky note and your logo is displayed on the note with your slogan in a hand-written looking font.

Let’s Break it Down

Below I’ve listed the most important aspects to consider when designing your own lapel pins. If you have anything you’d like to add to the list, please let me know and we’ll get it put up here.

Colors (be consistent with your company’s colors or corporate branding guidelines)

Shape – Do you prefer a circular shape or square? Even in the shape of your logo.

Slogan or byline – What do you want to say to your potential customers?

Creative images – Think of ways you can visually communicate your company’s message without going overboard.

Plating (14K gold, Silver, Brass, Copper, etc)

Size (not too big for a lapel pin now, ya here?) About 3/4″ to 1″ seems to be the most widely accepted. Nobody wants to wear a dinner plate.

Type (Hard Enamel, Soft Enamel, Die Cast, etc)

So you’ve learned a little bit about designing your own lapel pin. Hopefully I’ve been able to lead you on the right path and maybe even save you a few bucks in design charges.

Designing your own pins is a great feeling and is rewarded when you hold the actual pin in your hand that you (yes YOU) designed and can be proud to wear.

The possibilities are near endless if you just put your creative mind into gear. Next time your company needs to customize lapel pins, try to take on the task yourself. There’s a little pride that comes with knowing that you designed your company’s pins, and people around the office will be giving you high-fives.

5 Quick Tips to Stage Your Historic Home

Home staging is an important process in every home selling goal. However, the things done might slightly differ from house to house especially if it is a historic home you are going to sell. The task might be difficult especially if you are clueless, so here are 5 quick tips to help you start up.

Clutter clear out

Historic as your house is, it doesn’t mean that it has to be a house of collections. There comes a point that collecting things will make your house crowded. As you stage your old house for an open house, you should clear it out with things that do not tune up with the home’s historic significance.

Highlight the home’s architectural style

One of your home’s defining characteristics is its architectural style. And you should highlight it for potential buyers to see. Make sure that colors and decor will harmonize with the style showcased by each room. Usually the architectural style of the house speaks more of its history than the design elements in it.

Keep the kitchen historically functional

The kitchen is one place in the house that is commonly examined by home buyers. This part of the house does not tell only about the home’s history. It also tells about what types of foods and drinks are usually prepared there. Additional storage is a modern necessity. You can provide this without sacrificing the kitchen’s older features. Home buyers would surely love to see the corner where your charcoal-driven stone stove or your earthen water keeper and other ceramic cook wares that were passed down to you by your parents from your grandparents from their ancestors.

Keep renovations to a minimum

It can’t be helped. Time is your home’s arch-enemy. There will be damages that will come along requiring fixes and repairs to be done. However, you must remember that your house is historic and there are some parts which should not be altered at all. There are specific guidelines issued by the government on how restorations should be carried out on different parts of a historic home.

Tell a little story through minimal decors

Home staging requires most home owners to depersonalize as much as possible. But this principle has a little twist when it comes to historic homes. Sometimes, the home’s history can be told through personal stuff such as heirloom pieces like wall arts, figurines, and even portraits of your ancestors. However, you should learn to achieve a balance in decorating such as it will not appear to be too personalizing.

Effective Ways In Installing Kitchen Countertops

First and foremost, you have to prepare every material presented below:

Pliers
Wrench
Putty knife
Power drill
Jigsaw
Combination square
Safety glasses
New Countertop (with already cut opening for sink)
Caulking gun and caulk
Amber or other sticky substance
Masking Tape

After you are done with the preparation of those things you proceed to the main course and that is how to put up kitchen countertops. The following are the steps you can follow:
Step One: Measure the distance of the new countertop from the tips of the countertops to the tips of the sink trim.

Step Two: Cut off the drain line under your sink. In case the faucet is affixed to the sink or counter, contrary to being wall – affixed, then you should turn off the water supply linings and cut off the water supply too.

Step Three: Get the putty knife and cut the fasten connection around the frames of the older countertops where it adjoins the wall and around the sink. Cut any sticky material, paint seal or caulk under the countertop. When the countertop can be taken off without removing the sink, then you can do it. In another way, cut off the sink clips located under the counter, bring up the sink and leave it behind somewhere safe.

Step Four: Ask for help from your friend to pull up the old countertop. If there are any debris, you can tear it off and clean the whole area and if needed pull the wall covering behind.

Step Five: Put a thick drop of caulk on the edges of the cabinets to put on the new countertops in place. Place the new countertops into the right setting and firmly press for a powerful seal. Affix again the screws which held the old counter to the cabinets to provide the new counter further durability.

Step Six: In case you did not get your sink opening cut in advance, shift the measurements you made a while ago to the new counter.

Step Seven: Make use of the marks to draw a line to the sink's retaining ring. After you make sure that the ring is in the right place, wrap it to the counter surface and drop around the interior of the ring.

Step Eight: Dig a hole with the use of the drill with the use of a jigsaw blade a little inch inside the lined place with the use of a spade bit. In order to prevent scratching the surface, with masking tape, cover the feet of the blade and wrap the masking tape around the area being cut out so that to avoid breaking the countertops into pieces.

Step Nine: Now, try to fit the sink in the hole. If the sink suits, put a bead of caulk around the opening and install the sink into its position. Affix again the drain and faucet hardware (if only needed), cut off the extra caulk as well as attach again the clips grasping the sink to the counter.

Lungfish – The Fish Time Forgot

Lungfish are ancient fish that can be found in Australia, South America and Africa. The group lungfish contains only a few species and no more than a total of six species are known. This six species can be divided into two different families. One family, Lepidosirenidae, contain five species found in South America and Africa. The other family is called Ceratodidae ad contains only one species, the Australian lungfish.

All lungfish share the one common organ that has given them their name. They have developed lungs which allows for them to survive in water with very low oxygen levels where other fish can’t survive. The lungs also allow them to survive out of the water. The lungs found in lungfish are very similar to the lungs found in primitive reptiles.

Lungfish has been present since the Lower Devonian area which means that they have been around for more than 100 million years. The number of species used to be much more numerous in the past but all but six species are now extinct.

Lungfish are easily recognized on how they look. They have primitive looking snakelike bodies. All lungfish species can grow very big and the African lungfish can grow to be more than 2m / 6 feet long.

They are highly predatory species that eats or try to eat everything that fits into their large mouths. (Including aquarium decoration and heaters) Their natural diet consists of fish,crabs, crayfish and anything else they might find.

The Lepidosirenidae family of lungfish can survive in very little water and the African lungfish can survive without water for up to two years. South American lungfish survives low water levels by digging a hole in the bottom mud where they build a nest. They then wait in the nest until the water returns. The African Lungfish is an even better survivor. They don’t settle for building a nest but also cover their bodies with a secretion. This secretion forms a leather like cocoon that helps keep the lungfish moist until the water returns. They hibernate during the time they wait for the water to return and can as earlier mentioned survive in tried out desert like areas for up to two years or perhaps longer.

The Australian lungfish doesn’t hibernate like some other lungfishes. This makes them dependent on water but can be found and survive in very small water bodies.

All Lepidosirenidae lungfish species builds some type of nest in which they deposit their eggs. The male guards the eggs until they hatch. The Australian lungfish doesn’t build any nest. They just deposit the eggs on the bottom within their habitats.

Landscape Lighting Increases Your Curb Appeal

High quality landscaping can add so much to a home or business, especially when the landscaping brings color and creativity to the forefront. When a homeowner or business owner takes the next step and adds landscape lighting, the result has the potential to be phenomenal.

Landscape lighting really enhances attractive landscaping, and can make ordinary landscaping stand out and turn into attractive landscaping. Adding landscaping isn’t necessarily all that difficult or even terribly costly, but the curb appeal which good landscape lighting adds is undeniable.

Adding landscape lighting can even enhance winter landscapes, accentuating trees, bushes, and even ornaments that really add to the visual affect that makes landscaping so appealing. Introducing landscape lighting to existing landscaping is a project that is definitely worth consulting with a professional. Having landscape lighting installed professionally can help you avoid some very common mistakes that detract from the landscape instead of enhancing it.

Having your landscape lighting professionally installed will open up your options for landscape lighting more than most people realize. Professionals have a very critical eye for landscape and landscape lighting and can easily pull forth the best qualities to highlight while introducing you to your best option for you landscape lighting.

The installation of landscape lighting can be done at the time of having landscaping completed or landscape lighting can be added to existing landscaping. Having the landscape lighting added to landscape as it is being completed allows the landscaper an extra margin of creativity, creating the landscape lighting as an original part of the overall landscaping. Adding landscape lighting to existing landscaping may sometimes require a few transplantations and perhaps the addition of a few extra plants, but most of the time landscape lighting can be added to existing landscaping without rearranging anything. However, if you’ve been considering making a few additions or changes to your existing landscaping, doing so while installing landscape lighting is the perfect opportunity.

Homes with landscape lighting attract more attention than homes without landscape lighting. The better the landscape lighting, obviously, the more attention the homes or business will attract. Accent lighting and landscape lighting can bring forth a very different night time beauty that was previously overlooked. During the darker winter months, landscape lighting can add a value of warmth to the look of the home or business, which will make it appealing and inviting. During the summer months when the landscaping is in full bloom, landscape lighting will accentuate the best and most appealing parts of your landscaping while creating a very attractive and even festive look to the home or business.

Businesses that take the time to install landscape lighting are much more appealing than businesses that don’t. This additional appeal attracts clients and customers, especially those businesses which are open after dark even if for only part of the year. When a business is exceptionally appealing to clients and customers, they tend to attract regular and repeat business. Landscape lighting can be part of that attraction. There is a visual sense of calm that people associate with landscape lighting. That visual sense of calm make clients and customers feel at ease about coming inside and spending some time or money.

Homes with landscape lighting are more appealing as well. Whether you are considering selling a home, having family and friends over, or simply want to make your home a nicer and more comfortable environment, landscape lighting can absolutely deliver what you’re looking for. Homes which are up for sale that have landscape lighting attract more potential buyers than homes without landscape lighting.

Professionally installed landscape lighting can offer a home or business owner variable options to enhance the qualities they believe are the most appealing while allowing a professional landscape lighting expert to make unbiased recommendations. This ensures that your landscape lighting will be more than adequate, it will be phenomenal. Don’t choose a landscape lighting professional carelessly. Often professional landscape lighting experts can offer you examples of their work, which in turn can give you confidence that you are hiring the very best in landscape lighting.

Having landscape lighting installed is a huge home or business improvement that will have noticeable effects right away. It is highly recommended to have your landscape lighting professionally installed and professionally maintained. Professional installation of landscape lighting is easy and adds value to a home or business without much effort and no inconvenience. Landscape lighting adds curb appeal faster than almost any other home or business improvement.

How to Remember How to Enjoy Your Creativity Again

Creativity is about an endless struggle of self-expression, about attaining perfection with each creation, and producing an endless amount of wonderful artwork. Is not it?

Well, if you want creativity to be a constant struggle, pressure and something that you rarely enjoy, then yes that's a good way to go about it.

What we so often forget in our creative lives is one little word that makes a world of difference to our experience as creative artists.

That word is fun.

Your first reaction might be: "Hang on there, you're saying as an artist, you mean I'm actually meant to ENJOY creating?"

This is simply evidence of the beliefs you already hold around what it means to create, and what an artist "should" be like it.

And these kind of beliefs mean that your creative life is one endless source of stress and pain, rather than the source of enjoyment and freedom it could be.

So how can you change this around?

There are different areas you can consider. One of the key ones that causes problems here is the whole idea that you need to have some kind of highly efficient production line, and that if you're not churning out amazing new artwork each and every day you have no right to call yourself an artist.

Be honest, what would you rather have? Art that naturally evolves, that you enjoy creating, that is fun at each stage and enriches your life? Or art that feels forever like a complicated and painful birth, that you can never really enjoy during the creative process, and that after, instead of being proud of what you've created, you simply disassociate yourself from, because of the difficult experience it's caused?

Put another way, it's the process versus product argument.

Do you want to have some kind of creative machine, a conveyor belt that churns out new art daily, or a real human artist, who's enjoying and learning from each stage of the creative process, and with each new piece of artwork you create?

The next time you create, put the production line mentally to one side. Just try it, just for one project. Make the sole aim of this new project to enjoy, to explore something new in creating, to experiment in a media or technique you've always wanted to try.

As soon as you detach yourself from the expectation of creating something perfect each time, and shift your focus back to enjoying the wonderful adventures your creativity can take you on, you'll realize that you've remembered how to enjoy your creativity again.

And that can only lead to one thing – a happy, creative artist.

2 Important Fat Loss Mistakes

To Tone your muscles you must weight train with light weights and high reps.

First off lets just clarify the word tone. Toning is nothing more than decreasing your body fat percentage. The word was made up as a marketing word to coax woman into gyms. Your muscles only have the ability to shrink or grow.

As a Personal Trainer that has helped thousands of female clients get into great shape, I do understand what you mean by the word tone. You want to be lean and slender and avoid looking like a Russian shot-putter at all cost. Think Jennifer Aniston opposed to Helga.

In order to get toned (drop your body fat percentage) you must choose exercises, reps and weights that boost your metabolism. By boosting your metabolism you will be able to burn large amounts of fat calories all day long.

Scientific research has shown lifting heavy weights recruit more muscle fibers and therefore stimulate and boost the metabolism.

I know it's a scary thought to lift heavy weights but that's your neuro association that lifting heavy weights will turn you into Helga the Russian shot-putter. That is really far from the truth.

Yes Helga does lift heavy weights but she eats a huge amount of carbohydrates in her diet slapping masses of fat on top of her muscles making her look bulky.

In order to drop fat you must be in a calorie deficiency

Calories are all alike, whether they come from beef or bourbon, from sugar or starch, or from cheese and crackers. Too many calories are just too many calories.
Fred Stare, founder and former chair of the Harvard University Nutritional Department

The above statement is just damn right stupid!

For example if we take two identical twins Jack and Bob, Now Jack and Bob weigh the same, they have the same activity levels and they have the same body composition. We give them both 2000 calories a day for 30 days. The only difference is that Jack will consume his 2000 calories in pure white table sugar and Bob will consume his 2000 calories in lean chicken breast.

Do you think after 30 days that they are going to weigh the same or even have the same body composition?

Of course not!

One reason for this is because we have different hormonal responses to different foods.

By eating foods we were designed to eat we ensure our hormones are happy.

Why is this important?

It is our hormones that dictate how well our bodies will function. In a nutshell if we eat good food, we sleep well and do not stress out too much; we will keep our hormones happy leading to homeostasis (the bodies ability to regulate hormones and bodily functions).

An interesting study by Kekwick and Pawan, compared three groups on a semi starvation diet:

Group 1 consumed – 1000 calories of which was 90% fat
Group 2 consumed – 1000 calories of which was 90% protein
Group 3 consumed 1000 calories of which was 90% carbohydrates

Interestingly the group consuming 90% fat lost the most weight 408g (0.9lbs) per day. The protein group lost 272g (0.6lbs) per day and the carbohydrates group actually gained 108g (0.24lbs) per day.

To conclude its not the amount of calories you consume but the type of calories that dictate weather you lose weight or gain weight.

Revealing the Truth About Book Signings

My Publicist arranged this event for me a month ago. I was supposed to get some promotional materials, posters and bookmarks, two weeks after my first order of books arrived, but they didn’t show up until two days before the event. I dropped a poster off at the venue on Thursday for a Saturday signing and was told that it would be displayed in the front window. When I arrived forty minutes early on Saturday morning I expected to see my poster hanging somewhere in the vast empty glass storefront window, it wasn’t there. I wasn’t surprised as I shook my head, mumbled something to myself and walked inside.

A friend of mine that was big in the music business told me, “Never start early, no matter what.” If you do then someone else has the reigns and they wind up thinking they’re in charge of you. I made my initial contact with the people at the store and go back outside to wait the clock out for the right time. In the beginning you get your hopes up, when I saw the parking lot was full I thought, “this could be good.” But when I went inside everyone was going about their business, ignoring me. Reality sets in quickly and keeps you in check, nails your feet to the ground.

I knew it wouldn’t take more than fifteen minutes to set up my table so I waited in the car until quarter to one, then got my stuff out of the car and set it up in the front part of the store next to some used book racks. I forgot to bring my chair, but they had one readily available for me to use. I sat down at my table precisely at one o’clock, “Be on time” my friend told me, “Above all else. You show respect to your audience that way.”

After sitting for only five minutes and watching the store patrons ignore me, I look at the clock, how much time is left? My publicist said he did a local press release to over a hundred locations and entities, I’m thinking that no one read it or maybe they just weren’t interested in a local nobody.

The venue that I’m at buys a lot of books and resells them. I’m sitting ten feet from the front door, watching person after person come in with armfuls of books to sell; it’s like having a wedding in a grave yard.

“It’s usually a lot busier than this” the store clerk says to me from across the counter.

“It’s all good” I replied to his attempt to justify the patron’s lack of interest.

As people come and go all I can think to do is look the part, but what’s that. I’m supposed to be an author and it’s hard to look like what people expect when they haven’t read the book yet. There aren’t any questions to answer about what’s on page fifty. Am I supposed to look worldly, sophisticated, and skilled? Or does it show that I’m actually some guy that has no idea what he’s doing. At my first two signings I had someone to talk to; here I’m falling asleep in my chair with an hour to go. The music they are playing doesn’t help; it’s soft and slow in the background. Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder interlaced with something that sounds like it should be reserved for elevators.

I watch everyone that comes through the front door. Most of them come in and make a beeline for exactly what they are looking for. That’s why they came in the first place and like a bloodhound on a scent they don’t deviate even a little. Readers like what they like and it appears that something new isn’t on the menu today.

I’ve been staring at the open beamed ceiling long enough to pick out a good place to hang myself, now I just have to decide if I should use my shoelaces or my belt. Then it occurred to me that my boots don’t have any laces, “Belt it is.” I stood up and reached to my waist as a woman with two young children in tow approached the table. She was an aspiring author who wanted to know how I got published. She had a dozen questions for me and I answered as best I could with my limited experience. She was ecstatic to hear what I had to say and bought the only copy I sold that day.

All it takes is one person to turn your whole day around, someone who has a genuine interest in you and your work. I know she’ll read it and probably enjoy it because I gave her a little insight into how I wrote it and what it was about. That’s why the Internet can’t even hold a candle to real life. As authors we try to put our energy into words so people can experience it over and over. A post or a message no matter how much energy the sender has will always fall short of what you get from the human face.

After she left I didn’t even care if I sold another book, hell I would have packed up then and there if it weren’t for Axle Rose walking off the stage before the show was over and basically telling all his fans to get bent. The rest of the time flew and I walked away with a great sense of personal satisfaction.

Build Safety Into Your Home

Many safety precautions take place due to concern for children. However, the parents have accidents almost as frequently as their children. To avoid accidents in the home, consider these simply safety features.

  • Scalding from hot water can be severe. Set your hot water heater to a temperature of 110 to 120 degrees.
  • Store your liquor, chemicals, cleaners, and medicines in cabinets (out of the sight of children) and put locks on the doors.
  • Also put locks on cabinets where you store plastic garbage bags.
  • Eliminate (or cover) sharp corners on countertops, tables, and hearths.
  • Put safety stops on your drawers.
  • All outlets within 6 feet of a sink should be a GFI (ground fault interrupted) outlet.
  • Put outlet covers in other outlets that small children can reach.
  • Have fire extinguishers fully charged and handy (especially near the kitchen).
  • Have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors installed.
  • Use night lights.
  • The range in the kitchen should have controls on top – not on the front.
  • Make sure the flooring near tubs, shower, and sinks is slip-resistant.
  • Select hardware for bathroom doors that can be opened from both sides. This applies to children's bedrooms as well.
  • Any glass at shower or tub enclosures should be safety glass, or acrylic.
  • Have grab bars in the tub and shower.
  • Soap dishes should be recessed so elbows or heads do not bump into them.
  • Post emergency numbers, including the National Poison Control Hotline (1-800-222-1222) by each phone.
  • Keep a stocked first aid kit near the kitchen and workbench areas.
  • When working outdoors, use the heavy duty, UL rated extension cords; make sure your ladder is stable before using it; and wear safety glasses when using weed- whackers, hedge clippers, or other tools which will throw debris in all directions.

There's a report that is issued every year called the State of Home Safety in America report. It stipulates that more than 300,000 emergency room admissions each year are the result of injuries at home. Be diligent about home safety, and protect your loved ones from serious injuries.