Dating Advice – 15 Signs She Might Be A Player

As guys, we know that women can be complicated and tricky. Keep in mind that most women aren’t out to play games, and are just good, well-intentioned girls. However, many guys know all too well that player girls are out there.  Let’s say you’ve meet someone new and things seem to be going well. She’s smart, funny, sexy and seems like a great catch. However, there’s a strange nagging feeling that you can’t quite put your finger on it. Something just doesn’t seem right. Perhaps some of her stories don’t seem to add up, or there’s been a bit of suspicious behavior. In relationships, it’s always a good idea to trust your instincts, but conversely it’s important to have facts before you take any drastic actions. Could you just be reading into things too much, or could it be that the girl you’re dating might be a player? Here we’ll help you find out if she’s legit, or if she’s not all that she seems.

What Is A Player?

Before we can figure out if she’s a player, we first have to define exactly what a player is. This could mean a couple different things, but really a player is a girl who plays games with your emotions and is always on the look out to “trade up”. The games she plays may vary, but it really just comes down to keeping you around to entertain her until she meets someone that she likes more. Some women are good at using lots of tricks to get us men wrapped around their finger, and then drop us like a dead fish as soon as they find someone else.  Player girls are often very smart and adapt at manipulating you or pretend to care about you to get what they want. She could even be secretly seeing other people while making you think that you’re the only one.  Seeing several people at once doesn’t automatically make her a player, just so she isn’t hiding that fact. It’s more about the honestly and intent.

What Makes Player Girls Tick?

A player girl’s biggest motivation is that she doesn’t want to be alone even for a few brief moments. Also, there’s her irrational need to have lots of male attention at all times. Typically they will have several interested guys “orbiting” around trying to win her over. She plays along just enough to keep them around, but also acts aloof as if they’re “just buddies”.

Now that we know what a player girl is, let’s take a look at some tell-tale signs to be on the look out for.

1- She flirts with other guys in front of you

This should be like a warning siren on a nuclear submarine. Try not over-react and give her some benefit of the doubt. You might be over analyzing the situation and seeing something that’s not really there.  Maybe she’s just being nice.  But if you’re certain that she really is flirting with another guy, here’s what to do. Don’t be jerk, act rude or make a scene. Even if she is a player, word can get around if you react badly. Above all keep your cool.  Just grab your cell phone, your keys and your dignity, stand up and leave. Play it cool and just make up some excuse that you forgot there’s somewhere you’ve got to be. Try to leave gracefully and not make a scene. But let’s be honest, if a girl would blatantly do this in front of you, then you two don’t really have much of a future together.

2- She’s often late and has a lot of weak excuses

Many girls are just constantly late or flaky. After all, looking amazing takes time, right. However, if she’s constantly really late, doesn’t show up at all or is always rescheduling at the last minute with really weak excuses, that’s a bad sign. If her excuses just don’t add up or make scene, it might be because they’re not true.

3- She’ll ditch you for her friends at the drop of a hat

You may have made plans with well in advance, but then she cancels the day of your big date. Unless she has a really good excuse, then I’d take this as a bad sign. Maybe another guy asked her out at the last minute so she ditched you. This is a common theme of player girls. They are often very insecure and can’t stand the idea of being alone. Even if they don’t really like a guy, they will keep him around as sort of a “hold over boyfriend” until they meet someone they like more.  So if she’ll break plans with you at the last minute to see her friends, then she probably isn’t that into you. In this situation, it’s best to move on.

4- She introduces you as a friend

If you’ve only been dating someone a short time, it could be normal for her to tell people that you’re friends. However, she won’t say things to people like “no, we’re just friends”. That’s the kiss of death. Despite what movies and other pop-culture have lead you to believe, there’s no escaping the friend-zone. Think of this, as a social black hole from which there is very little hope of returning. If you find yourself firmly stuck in friend-zone, it’s best to just cut your losses and meet someone new. Keep in mind that a true player girl would always have at least a couple of “friend-zone” men around to keep her company at all times.

5- Her friends suddenly appear on your date

If you’re out on what you understood to be a date, it’s possible that you could happen to run into a few of her friends. In this situation, it’s best to just be friendly and go with the flow. After all, if you can win over her friends then it can increase your chances of winning her over as well. On the other hand, if it seems that this happens every time you guys are together it could be by her design. She may have planned this as a way to avoid you two having to spend time along together. This could be a big sign that she just wants to be friends, but you’ll need more information to make that call.

There’s another popular variation of this that some girls often use. If at the last minute they ask if they can bring a friend, or just show up with one that could be a bad sign. If the friend is another guy, then it’s pretty much over between the two of you. She is either just completely clueless or is actually playing games with you.

6- Talk a lot about other guys or ex-boyfriends

This is another warning flag to look-out for. It’s obvious that if girl constantly talks about her ex, that she might not be over him. But what if a girl constantly talks about other guys? I used to be friends with this girl who we’ll call Shaunda. All she ever talked about was all the guys she’s dated, and every one of her stories started with “this guy I used to date… “. It seemed that she had dated a ton of guys, but never seemed to have a boyfriend. She was very attractive, so easily could have if she wanted to. Over time it became apparent that Shaunda was little bit of a player. She always needed to have lots of guys around her and always seemed to be looking for the next “trade-up”.

7- She frequently lots needs alone time

This usually only applies if you’ve already been out with a girl a few times.  Whenever you have plans (or try to make plans) does she says something like she’s too busy and just needs a little time for herself? Then she assures you that she really does want to see you again soon. It could be that she really does needs some down time, but it could be a game she’s playing. Perhaps she doesn’t want to loose you completely, because she likes having guys around to pay attention to her. However, she doesn’t want to actually be in a relationship with you and is just biding her time until she meets someone else.

8- Always seems “overly busy”, flakey or won’t commit to plans

This is another common girl trick. You want to make plans with her but she always act as if she is just supper busy in very non-specific, seemingly unimportant ways. It’s possible that she has a very demanding job or really does have some legitimate reasons. However, this is the very nature of the types of tricks which players girls use.  They have excuses that could be legitimate, and it’s very hard to have a specific instance that you can call them out on.

9-“Call me to confirm”

In my opinion, this may be the smartest, most cunning and diabolical trick that player girls use. It’s so ingenious that you have to almost admire it for its creativeness. “What’s that… you want to see me on Thursday? I’m pretty sure I can make it, but just call me to confirm”. If a girl ever said to you when you asked her out, then you’ve either just been massively blown off or are being placed in a “holding pattern” as a backup up in case nothing better comes along. What makes this so creative is that if something better does come up, she has an easy out. However, she still has the option to see you if nothing else materialize. In any situation like this, it’s important to try and take the high road. Don’t be rude or act like a jerk. Instead, play it cool.  Maybe just say, “Sure, that sounds good”. Then the next day text her to say that YOU had something come up and won’t be able to see her as planed.

10- Breaks off dates at the last minute

Similar to number 3, if she will break plans with you at the last minute (and with a very flimsy excuse) that could indicate that she’s a player. It could be that she just has no interested in dating you at all. However, if she does tell you that she really does want to go out with you sometime, then it’s likely that she’s just playing games.

11-Never initiates contact or dates

If you have to do all the work to initiate contact or arrange dates, then it’s not a good sign for that relationship. Imagine if one of your guy friends acted like that. You always had to call them, otherwise you never heard from them. That friendship probably wouldn’t last too long, and the same thing applies here.  Granted that some girls have more old-fashioned ideas about the guy taking the lead. But this usually only applies in the beginning of the relationship. Once you’ve gone out a few times, it’s reasonable to expect her to take some initiative in calling, texting or wanting to see you.

12- Cheesy Excuses

If you constantly hear any of the following from a girl you’ve been seeing then be wary.  “My phone died”, “sorry, I forgot about our plans”, “I got… busy”, “maybe next time”, “sorry you feel that way”. She could just be trying to give you the hint that she’s not into you, or she could be playing games.

13- Doesn’t Show Affection

If you keep going out with a girl it’s only naturally that you two would be affectionate. However, if it always seems like you have to initiate everything it could be a bad sign.

14- Only talks about herself

This one really gets to the heart of what motivates a girl who enjoys playing games. It’s really all about selfishness. She really doesn’t care about the guys she’s leading on, and is really just interested in what’s in it for her. If she constantly talks about herself and generally seems self-absorbed, that could be a bad sign for things to come.

15- Doesn’t bring you around her friends

This is a classic sign that you’re being lead-on. It’s a bad sign if you’ve been seeing a girl for a while, but have never meet any of her friends. Does she ever bring you around her friends, or invites you to any social events with her friends? If the answer is no, it’s because she doesn’t want you to meet them. It’s likely that she just sees you as “hold-over” material until someone better comes along. Similarly, it’s a bad sign if she doesn’t want to go anywhere in public with you where she might encounter people she knows.

The Wrap-Up

Us guys have to put up with a lot in our search for love. Even when we have the best intentions, it’s possible the girl may not be on the up-and-up. As I mentioned before, don’t be paranoid and just assume that all girls are like this. The majority of women out there are just decent people who do want to meet someone. But be on the look out for player girls. They can be rude, heartless and would probably ditch you in a second if something better came along. Player girls usually act this way out of a deep insecurity and shallowness. However, the real reason a girl treats you like this is that you let her. My personally dating philosophy which I try to stress is simple. No matter what happens, play it cool. Don’t be a hot-headed jerk. Instead, if a girl treats you like this, just stop calling her. You can’t save that relationship, but you can save your dignity. I know I’ve said this before. There are over 6 billion people on the planet. That means your odds on meeting someone new are pretty good.

Options Trading – Advantages and Disadvantages

What is Options Trading?

An option is simply granting someone the right to buy or sell something in the future. In the case of Dow index futures options, when someone buys a Dow call option they are buying the right to purchase that underlying Dow future at a specific price, known as the “strike price,” at a future point in time, known as the “expiration date.” When an investor buys a put, they are essentially selling the market; a call essentially buys the market. Likewise, selling a put essentially buys the market; selling a call essentially sells the market.

In order to receive the opportunity to buy an option on this future, investors pay a “premium.” If the market does not reach the strike price of the option, then that option will expire worthless on the expiration date. If the market does reach the strike price of the option on the expiration date, then the investor will be assigned the underlying future at that strike price.

Advantages of Options Trading

Flexibility. Options can be used in a wide variety of strategies, from conservative to high-risk, and can be tailored to more expectations than simply “the stock will go up” or “the stock will go down.”

Leverage. An investor can gain leverage in a stock without committing to a trade.

Limited Risk. Risk is limited to the option premium (except when writing options for a security that is not already owned).

Hedging. Options allow investors to protect their positions against price fluctuations when it is not desirable to alter the underlying positon.

Disadvantages of Options Trading

Costs. The costs of trading options (including both commissions and the bid/ask spread) is significantly higher on a percentage basis than trading the underlying stock, and these costs can drastically eat into any profits.

Liquidity. With the vast array of different strike prices available, some will suffer from very low liquidity making trading difficult.

Complexity. Options are very complex and require a great deal of observation and maintenance.

Time decay. The time-sensitive nature of options leads to the result that most options expire worthless. This only applies to those traders that purchase options – those selling collect the premium but with:

Unlimited Risk. Some option positions, such as writing uncovered options, are accompanied by unlimited risk.

Overall Options present a good opportunity to formulate plans which can take advantage of volatility in underlying markets as well as price direction. However for most traders the disadvantages are significant and online futures trading is usually a better option.

10 Going Green Tips to Protect Our Environment – It's Easy to Go Green

Whether we mean to do damage or not, it is a fact that many of the things we do and the products we use affect the environment. But it's not only possible, in fact it is quite easy to make simple small changes that will go a long way towards reducing the damage that is being done to the environment. Here are 10 going green tips you can use right now to help protect our environment.

1. Stop buying disposable cloths for cleaning. Instead get some soft cotton cloths. These can be easily washed and then re-used over and over again.

2. Refill plastic spray pump bottles as you run out instead of buying a new one. If you purchase cleaning products in bulk whenever possible, you can easily refill the smaller spray bottle.

3. Avoid products with excess packaging. Instead buy everything from spices to rice at bulk food stores.

4. You do not have to use those aerosol sprays to keep your home odor free. You can make your own room deodorizer by combining lemon juice with water in a spray bottle. You can also put a container of baking soda in your kitchen garbage container and your refrigerator to cut down on odors.

5. Use products that are plant based instead of chemical based whenever possible to limit the impact on our environment.

6. Install a programmable thermostat and set it at a lower temperature during sleeping hours or whenever you are away from the house. You'll save both money and energy.

7. And speaking of lower temperatures, there is another way to reduce energy usage while saving a few bucks. Try adding extra layers of clothing before you crank up the heat. Instead of t-shirts and bare feet in winter, opt for a cozy sweatshirt and socks.

8. Unplug your cell phone charger when you're not actually charging your phone. As much as 95% of the energy used by cell phone chargers is wasted when it's left plugged in.

9. Install a timer that will automatically turn lights off and on when you are not home. These can be used both indoors and outside. It saves energy and makes it look like someone is home even when you're not.

10. Do not put hot foods into a fridge. It uses a lot of energy bringing the food down to the right temperature. Instead, let food cool naturally to room temperature before putting it into your fridge.

These 10 going green tips can go a long way toward protecting our environment. And it will not cost much to implement any of them. In fact you'll end up saving far more than you spend.

Bearings in Everyday Items

The mere mention of bearings may put a great many into a panic state, convinced they know nothing of this high-tech, mechanical device that is instrumental in the functioning of many pieces of equipment and machinery.

These same people may also be surprised to learn that while bearings do play a pivotal role in the functioning of large pieces of equipment that they are relatively simply designed. They are also found in a great deal of ordinary everyday items.

Bearings are not nearly the scary creatures many believe them. They actually serve very useful functions in everyday life as they are essential parts in a great many thing that’s used daily with very little thought being given to the mechanics of the item.

Bearings also boast a strength that greatly surpasses most anything like them in the industry today, making them a vital necessity in a great deal of machines and devices.

Bearings come in a variety of types for a range of uses. For example, many automobiles have wheel bearings, which nearly everyone is familiar with. However they also have a great deal of other types of bearings that are vital in the smooth operation of the vehicle. From the transmission, steering and even the air conditioning a vehicle relies on bearings for a great deal of its operations.

There are also a great deal of household items that also contain bearings. Items such as blenders, ceiling fans and skateboards all use different types of bearings to make sure they run smoothly and the proper bearing used for the type of operation they are responsible for.

Other items in the home, such as bar stools and drawer slides also use a bearing type mechanism to run as that’s intended. These bearing may not seem as advanced as those used in a car but they are bearings, the same. Any type of household item that features a pivotal point or rotates most likely has some sort of bearing.

Toys are another item that could not get the full use from if it were not for bearings. Children thoroughly enjoy toys with moving parts as the toy version of an item often mimics the live version.

Toy trains, trucks and almost anything with a mechanically moving part as operated with the use of a bearing. These bearing need very little in the way of upkeep to appeal to the use of them in items typically used by children.

Electronics also have a use for bearings. DVD players, CD players and computers, basically anything that spins a disk, uses a bearing to rotate the disk.

Household appliances such as the washer and dryer, air conditioner and even fans are all driven by bearing that keep them operating smoothly as they carry out their daily jobs and tasks.

Nearly anything that has moving parts has some type of bearing in it. The sheer number of bearing that a person could meet in their daily life is a true testament to the importance they plays operation of a number of items or devices.

They are critical for nearly every company or business that relies on anything from a computer to heavy equipment to carry out their business practices.

Many do not even give a second thought as the how bearings affect their lives. From the cars that are driven to the seats being sat at and now even vital household chores all rely on the power of a bearing.

Available in a wide variety from wheel bearings to roller bearings of cylinder bearings all types get used for a variety of applications. These bearings are vital as they carry out some of the most necessary functions of the equipment or devices. Without them the world would certainly be a different place.

Pro Tools Optimization Guide For Audio Mixing and Mastering

In this optimization guide we will focus on optimizing for mixing and mastering, so sit back, relax and learn!

Optimizing for Mixing and Mastering: If you recall in my previous article, the H/W buffer settings and everything under the “Settings” frame in your Pro Tools “Playback Engine” options, you remember that you wanted the lowest possible size for recording, now can you guess what you want for mixing and mastering? Did you guess high? If you did, give yourself a pat on the shoulder!

When you’re getting ready to mix a song or an entire album, go ahead and set the H/W Buffer Size to 2048. Recording latency is not our focus with mixing– plug-in latency is. So we need to make sure your Pro Tools system won’t buckle if you happen to use a lot of plug ins when mixing. Otherwise, leave the other two options as they were set from the first part of this optimization guide.

The brunt of the settings you will be adjusting will be under the “DAE Playback Buffer” pane in your Playback Engine window.

You will want to change your size to level 1 or level 2 this time, no more, no less, either of those options will keep the streaming and playback of audio and processing from doing anything weird and crashing. For the Cache Size, leave this on “Normal” or “Large” (Large will typically allow you to use more plug-ins on an LE system).

Now we get to a section called the “Plug-In Streaming Buffer” and the last of the options in this screen. What this setting does, is allow for even time between using Audiosuite plug-ins to make a change to one specific point in any particular track as opposed to using a send to add an effect. There is a small latency from when you click the “Preview” button on an Audiosuite plug-in to hear what the effect settings will sound like before you commit to the decision of adding it on in that particular section.

I included mastering in this section as well because plug-ins are still used on mastering sessions in Pro Tools, usually multiple EQs and compressors and a limiter, possibly a master reverb as well. However more people are beginning to use Izotope Ozone or T-racks for their mastering purposes which are an all-in-one plug-in that does all your EQ, limiting, multi-band compression and other fun functions, they add more latency but allow for one to use more inserts if necessary.

This concludes “Optimizing Your PTHD/LE System for Mixing and Mastering”! I hope you have learned a lot and have had your questions answered!

Famous Magicians and Escape Artists

While the art of magic and the conjuring arts has existed since pagan times through priests, witches, etc., it is the ones who dare – the magicians who defy death and show acts that we ourselves wouldn’t even dare think of – that have gained the most following and become the most remembered. Here are a few whom we believe rank among the best and most popular of all time.

Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (1805-1871). Jean Robert-Houdin was the son of a French clockmaker, whose interest in magic began when he received from a bookseller – erroneously – a two-volume set of books on conjuring called Scientific Amusements instead of the books on clock making that he had reserved. He went on to study magic and opened the first magic theatre in France. Houdin is considered the Father of Modern Magic and it is from him that Harry Houdini took his stage name. Among his most popular acts were Second Sight, a two-person mind reading act where his blindfolded assistant (played by his son) described whatever it was that Houdin was holding or doing at the other side of the room; and Ethereal Suspension, where he suspended his son in mid-air, balanced only by his right elbow.

Alexander Herrmann (1844-1896). Born to a family that was known as “the first family of magic,” Alexander Herrmann’s father was a physician who also performed conjuring acts. His elder brother Carl was a medical student who became a professional magician. When Alexander was eight years old, Carl kidnapped him from the family home after seeing his interest in magic and took him to Russia to teach him the art. The two brothers performed together until 1885, when they decided to go their separate ways. Dubbed “Herrmann the Great” by Russian society after his show stopping tour in Russia, Alexander eventually became an American citizen. He died in 1896 while on board a train on his way to a performance. Among his most popular acts are the Card Throwing act, where he would land a card on the lap of a spectator at the back of the theatre by throwing it through the air. Another is the Bullet Catch, an extremely dangerous trick, where spectators would fire loaded pistols at him and he would catch the bullets and remain unhurt.

Harry Houdini (1874-1926). Born in Hungary as Ehrich Weiss, Harry Houdini emigrated to America with his family when he was four years old. At age nine, he became a trapeze artist. He changed his name to Harry Houdini when he became a professional magician. The first name was chosen in homage to Harry Keller and his last name to Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, both magicians who heavily influenced his art. Houdini specialized in escapism, of which his most famous act is called the Chinese Water Torture Cell, where he was hung upside-down with his ankles locked in stock, lowered into a glass tank filled with water, and the restraints locked to the top of the cell. In his later years Houdini set about exposing the frauds of self-proclaimed psychologists and mediums. He died at age 52 of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix after collapsing onstage during a performance in Michigan.

Harry Blackstone (1885-1965). Born as Harry Boughton, Harry Blackstone Sr. was one of the most famous stage magicians during the early 1900s, frequently appearing in the vaudeville circuits. His stage career started via a comedy act he did with his brother Peter Bouton. He was extremely popular during World War II through shows he did for the troops and was called The Great Blackstone. While he was considered an “elegant” magician with his white tie and tails, some of his acts, particularly his “Sawing a woman in half”, could be quite imaginatively gory. This illusion is performed using a circular saw. Blackstone would demonstrate how it would be used by sawing a piece of lumber. Then an assistant would be placed on the table and sawn in half, with the saw seen to be going through her body. The woman’s body particles are scattered by the blade, she shrieks, the blade stops, and of course her body is unharmed. Another famous illusion is the Vanishing Bird Cage where Blackstone invites children onstage and asks them to touch a cage with a canary inside. Blackstone then lowers the cage, throws it, and both cage and canary disappear in front of the children. In his later years Blackstone performed at The Magic Castle, a nightclub for magicians and magic fans. He died in 1965. His son, Harry Blackstone, Jr., followed his steps and is himself now a famous magician.

David Copperfield (1956-present). Described by Forbes Magazine as the most commercially successful magician in history, David Copperfield began practicing magic at age ten, and at twelve was admitted to the Society of American Magicians. Copperfield likes to work with large-scale illusions and huge magical feats. Among his famous acts are the laser illusion and flying illusion. In the laser illusion, Copperfield’s body is sliced into two or more parts by his assistants using a laser beam. While his upper body sits down on a chair, the lower half continues walking. The flying illusion is a levitation trick where he flies around the stage, seemingly unsupported by any wires. Copperfield then invites a member of the audience, usually female, to join him and they both fly around ala Superman. Copperfield clinched his claim to fame when he made – in separate instances – a full size Learjet, and the Statue of Liberty, disappear into thin air before the eyes of the public.

David Blaine (1997-present). Of Puerto Rican and Russian Jewish descent, David Blaine White was four years old when his interest in magic began after seeing a magician perform tricks in a subway. Filming his own act and sending the tape to the ABC broadcast network led to his first television special, where he performed tricks for strangers, up close, as cameras filmed live. Blaine has since progressed to large-scale physical stunts such as Buried Alive, where he was buried in a transparent plastic box for seven days, underneath a tank filled with 3.5 tons of water. Blaine survived on two to three tablespoons of water daily for the entire week, and his only means of communication with the outside world was via a hand buzzer. In 2000, Blaine did another endurance test called Frozen In Time, where he was encased inside a huge block of ice for 62 hours with only air and water for sustenance. Two years later he defied vertigo by standing at the top of a 100-foot high, 22-inch wide pillar for 35 hours, enduring the high winds and cold weather with no food. His tour de force is the Self-levitation illusion, where he lifts himself up two feet above the ground. Blaine has been called the next Harry Houdini.

This list is by no means comprehensive. There are many, many more magicians – some from centuries ago, others in recent years – who have been famous and are probably some of the best. Magic continues to draw interest – in good times, in bad times – and has spawned a billion dollar industry of magic tricks, accessories, tools, books, kits.

A Lotto Myth Decoded: "All the Lotto Numbers Have the Same Chance To Be Drawn"

This myth must be destroyed immediately, removed and forgotten. This is taken seriously by millions of people who still do not know that winning lotto numbers for the next time, can be seen before they will be drawn. Together with this myth, there are other myths. I promise you to continue to discover them one by one and bring you the real facts.All these myths are the product of who wants to maintain the public in obscurity.

Lotto officials want to illustrate and deepen the mystery around lotto system. What is sad is the fact that naive people believe them without to try verify it. People think that it is unnecessary to ascertain the truth once the lotto officials said it. But this is a statement not based on facts and it is designed to extinguish the desire of people to seek the truth. All those millions of people deal now with the idea that lotto can be won merely by chance.

Lotto is not a play by chance. Lotto is a very logical play having precise rules of functionality. And not all the numbers have the same chance to be drawn next draw. Next draw will be drawn only those numbers that form a group with high potentiality to be drawn. And this group has specific signs that indicate it. Those numbers will be drawn that are both urgent and important for the maintenance and continuation of the order and balance of the system.

The numbers in this special group, may have different characteristics, but if they progress rapidly, from one column of frequency to another more advanced, this rapid motion of them indicates their chance to be drawn next time. Let us to take an example.Two numbers that have the same similarity in space, but not in time, if they progress rapidly in front, they will be drawn together next time. In this case the accuracy is 97 %–98 %. This is an indicator factor you can control. An indicator factor has three different aspects

1}— The numbers with high potential to be drawn next draw, are numbers in motion, therefore they are very active numbers.

2}— The direction of their movement is always from back to front, with a short stationary break.

3}— The numbers that have a high potential to be drawn next time, are moving one after another, leaping from one column of frequency to another, in the same order.

Lotto is a very logical system and ready for use by anyone interested to know the truth. It is not a play by chance and luck. The myth that all the numbers have the same chance to be drawn next time is merely a detestable falsity.

Art Portfolio Case – Make Your Case!

Art work comes in various types – drawings, paintings, pictures, sketches and graphics, sculptures, legal documents, etc. Concerned with damaging art work and supplies while transporting to various locations or an acceptable display format for finished products, many artists store or carry their portfolio in suitable casing. Portfolio cases are traditional carrying cases for artwork and they usually come in assorted sizes, some oversized and hard to find. A typical art portfolio case is made from lightweight, high quality water-resistant nylon.

Owing to the nature of your art work, finding a custom-made portfolio that is functional can be a challenge. If you get to find a suitable one, it might be out if your budget range. Being an artist involves creation of complex art, sometimes from scratch. Finding a casing for your priced creation should be the least of your worries. Instead of being stuck with unavailability of/or inappropriate casing, push your creativity a bit further and create your own custom-made art portfolio case and put your signature indelibly on your finished work. It is not a difficult task at all. Like your art, you can create it even out of scrap materials. You just need to have a basic knowledge of sewing to add to that. If you don’t, finding someone who does is very common place.

To make your casing, you will need a sewing machine (hand stitches adds even more class to your case!), an Iron, some fabric, sewing thread, and sheets of either cardboard, strawboard or mat board – any one you could lay your hands on.

Making an art portfolio case is akin to making two big pillowcases, measuring and inserting the cardboard, strawboard or mat board and pushing it inside the fabric through each open end, and sewing the two pillowcases close leaving one common end open. Next step is to attach a suitable and a latch or zipper to secure the potential contents.

This is a basic method of creating your custom-made art portfolio case. With your creativity and research, you can design it to fit your diverse requirements, and it is very simple and feasible.

Top Ten Bathroom Staging Tips – How to Stage It to Sell It

Bathrooms are one of the key rooms to focus on when staging for the selling market. Like bedrooms, they've become more than their names suggest, just places to bathe or sleep, they're seen as pamper rooms & havens of relaxation that mimic the hotel luxury chic many have come to enjoy.

However like kitchens, they are seen as expensive rooms to refit or redecorate. If buyers do not see a bathroom that appeal they will estimate it will cost thousands to refurbish and that will come off their offer price or else put the buyers off putting in an offer! For these reasons it is vitally important to pay attention to your bathroom when your home is for sale.

Here are my 'Top Tips' on staging your bathroom for the market.

1. Clean, Clean then Clean again!

No one likes the idea of ​​someone else's dirt. The bathroom is a place where we remove all of our protective layers. When staging your home roll up your sleeves, get out the gloves and clean every surface from top to bottom. Scrub down those tiles, wash or change the blind, shower curtains. once you've finished cleaning … clean again and keep it clean.

2. Carpets, Toilet Mats & Loo Seat Cosys!

Carpets may be soft under foot but they hold onto moisture and odors. I really encourage everyone selling to remove them and replace with tiles, bathroom grade wood laminate or a good quality lino. Those mats that fit around the pedestal of toilets and sinks look old fashioned plus just imagine what may have splashed there over the years … I know that your viewers will be thinking this!

Loo Seat Cosys, those loopy covers that fit over the lid – Do not!

3. Let The Light Flood In

If you have a window to your bathroom, clean it thoroughly, remove the nets (so long as it's not clear glass) and raise the blind fully or pull back the curtains to let as much natural daylight in as possible. If privacy is a consideration then consider using a frosting film or paint to obscure the glass but allow maximum light in.

4. Clear The Clutter

Bathrooms can be like curiosity shops with all the personal care products we use these days. When selling clear every surface of all your day to day care products. Leaving stuff on show distract buyers as they start to see your lifestyle and not the room. Just remember 'Too Much Information' is not a good thing.

5. Tile & Grout

If the tiles are in good condition and the color works then give them a thorough scrub, to remove built up grease and grime. If the grout is in good condition but discolored then use good old bleach & a tooth brush to bring the whiteness back (wear protective goggles & gloves) or use a grout pen to restore the whiteness. If the grout has cracked and fallen out, pay for a tiler to regrout, it will make the tiles look good as new.

If your tiles are old fashioned in color or style then consider either painting over them with a special tile paint or consider tiling over them (sound tiles make a perfect surface to re-tile onto).

6. Mold, Mildew & Mustiness

There is positively nothing more unpleasing than walking into a bathroom that has any of the three in it. One whiff of mustiness, a patch of ceiling mold or a mildew bathmat or shower curtain and you will kiss the house sale good buy. If you've got mold, get to the root of the cause – check the vent is clear, repair the extractor fan or fix the leak causing it then repair and paint (use a mold inhibiting paint).

Mildew items like bathmats, old flannels, stained shower curtains & face cloths or damp mops and cleaning items should be tossed in the bin and replaced. Mustiness must be banned. Air your bathroom and do not dry damp towels, or other items, on the radiators.

7. Taps, Shower Heads & Hoses

These are prior to scale up and look unpleasant. Use a quality descaler and bring the shine back to those chrome or metal finishes. Shower heads and hoses can also look unappealing and collect grime over the years so remove them from their fittings and descale and clean them. Use an old toothbrush to really get into the nooks & crannies. If fittings are beyond cleaning, sometimes the metal has worn away, then consider replacing with fresh new fittings.

8. Other DIY Jobs.

As always finish off any maintenance that you have left such as refitting the broken shower curtain, light fitting, towel rail, shelves etc. Buyers will see unfinished DIY and knock hundreds of off the asking price as a result.

9. Attractive Accessories & Smells

Appeal to your buyers aspirations. After you have put away all of those everyday care products, invest in some attractive bath oils, scented soaps, natural candles that will gently infuse the air with a clean but not clinical smell. Purchase a set of matching towels that work with your color scheme. These towels are for show only, keep everyday towels to hand but only display the show towels during the viewing.

Plants add a freshness & softness to bathrooms. Buy healthy bathroom loving plants that are appropriate to the space you have. In larger bathrooms palms can work well, in smaller bathrooms 'Ivys' and 'Peace In The Home' may work better. What ever the plant they must remain in tip top condition.

10. Keep It Clean & Tidy

As with every room when selling your home, once it's presented then you need to keep it that way. This can be hard when you are living in the property, especially in the bathroom.

My advice is to invest in some simple wicker baskets, one for every member of the household. Keep the daily toilets in these baskets and only take them into the bathroom when using it. Stowe them away in a bedroom cupboard. Like wise with every day towels.

Final Thoughts

Be firm with everyone in the house and ensure that all take responsibility to keep the bathroom clean and ready for a viewing. Buyers love the idea of ​​a brand new bathroom that no one else has ever used. If you do not have a brand new bathroom do all in your power to present the one you have 'As Good As New'.

Strange Days – The World’s Top 75 Silly Holidays and Commemoration Days

As I am wont to do on a Tuesday morning in July, I was daydreaming about International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which I make a point of honoring every year. And, in true Carrie Bradshaw style, I “couldn’t help but wonder” how many other silly holidays and commemoration days there are in the world.

A quick trawl round the ‘Net revealed that there are in fact hundreds of weird and wonderful holidays and commemoration days celebrated around the world. Far too many to list here, so here are my top 75. They’re all real – Google them if you don’t believe me!

16 January – Appreciate a Dragon Day

22 January – Answer your Cat’s Questions Day (‘When’s dinner?’ ‘What’s for dinner?’ ‘Dinner?’)

26 January – Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

31 January – National Gorilla Suit Day

7 February – Wave all your Fingers at your Neighbours Day

8 February – Laugh and Get Rich Day

13 February – Blame Someone Else Day

21 February – Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

3 March – What if Cats and Dogs had Opposable Thumbs Day

14 March – International Fanny Pack Day (possibly only funny in the UK)

20 March – Snowman Burning Day (how does that work?)

31 March – National “She’s Funny That Way” Day

11 April – International “Louie Louie” Day

15 April – Take a Wild Guess Day

23 April – Talk like Shakespeare Day

24 April – National Hairball Awareness Day

26 April – Hug an Australian Day

1 May – No Pants Day

3 May – Lumpy Rug Day

3 May – National Two Different Coloured Shoes Day

4 May – Respect for Chickens Day

9 May- Stay up All Night Day

13 May – Root Canal Appreciation Day

14 May – National Chicken Dance Day

20 May – International Day of Dishwashing Liquids

22 May – National Wig Out Day

28 May – Slugs Return from Capistrano Day

2 June – Yell “Fudge” at the Cobras in North America Day

6 June – Doo-dah Day

8 June – Upsy Daisy Day

19 June – World Sauntering Day

22 June – Stupid Guy Thing Day

26 June – Ugly Dog Day

29 June – Please Take my Children to Work Day (…because they are driving me bloomin’ mad)

1 July – Second Half of the Year Day

2 July – I Forget Day

3 July – Compliment your Mirror Day (oh baby, you’re soooo good at reflections…)

6 July – Take your Webmaster to Lunch Day

10 July – Don’t Step on a Bee Day

13 July – Embrace your Geekness Day

22 July – Spoonerism Day

25 July – Cow Appreciation Day (oh Daisy, you’re really moo-tiful)

7 August – Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day

8 August – Sneak Some Zucchini onto your Neighbour’s Porch Night (could this be any more random?)

12 August – Sewing Machine Day

17 August – Meaning of “is” Day (go on then – what does “is” mean?)

22 August – Southern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day

28 August – Race your Mouse Around the Icons Day

28 August – Crackers Over the Keyboard Day

5 September – Be Late for Something Day

19 September – International Talk Like a Pirate Day

19 September – Wife Appreciation Day

19 September – Big Whopper Liar Day (I’m sure there’s a way to combine all three of 19 September’s silly holidays…)

26 September – Fish Amnesty Day (don’t worry, Codfather – you’re safe, for one day only)

12 October – International Moment of Frustration Scream Day

12 October – National Kick Butt Day

14 October – Be Bald and Be Free Day

17 October – World Toy Camera Day

22 October – Caps Lock Day (or is that CAPS LOCK DAY?)

27 October – Cranky Co-Workers Day

30 October – Create a Great Funeral Day (like you’re going to be around to enjoy it…)

30 October – Haunted Refrigerator Night

8 November – Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day (my husband’s socks ought to do the trick)

18 November – Married to a Scorpio Support Day

19 November – World Toilet Day

19 November – Have a Bad Day Day

20 November – Name your PC Day (I typed this list on Beryl, my trusty laptop)

25 November – Tie One On Day

30 November – Stay at Home because you’re Well Day

1 December – Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day (totally baffled by this one… anyone?)

5 December – Ninja Day

5 December – Bathtub Party Day (those bathtubs really know how to celebrate)

15 December – Cat Herders Day

16 December – Barbie and Barney Backlash Day

And if none of those tickle your fancy, there’s always 26 March – Make up your Own Holiday Day.

Sound Absorption

Have you ever walked into any empty room and noticed how bad the echo was? Maybe it was an apartment or a house that you were looking at for rent or purchase. Typically, when a room is empty there is nothing to absorb excess sound waves. An empty room with no carpet or drapes is even worse.

After furniture, carpet and drapes were put in your room you may have noticed a dramatic difference in the acoustics of that room.

The reason for this dramatic change is simple. Most items such as furniture, drapes and carpet absorb sound waves. The items that do not absorb sound waves will deflect them. Materials such as fabric and carpet will absorb sound waves resulting in a more pleasing environment while materials such as vinyl and leather will reflect sound waves resulting in excess noise commonly known as slap and flutter echo.

Many times the existing furnishings and decor in a room is not sufficient to absorb the excess sound waves. Sound absorption panels, also known as acoustic panels are commonly used to absorb excessive high and mid level frequencies. There are many manufacturers that offer a wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes. While most sound panel manufacturers offer a limited fabric style and color selection, there are some that offer a larger variety. Sound panels can be arranged in a variety of ways often making them a conversation centerpiece. Many manufacturers use foam or fiberglass insulation inside of their sound panels as the core. In recent years, it has been shown that foam and traditional fiberglass insulation contain chemicals that can he harsh to extremely dangerous to our health such as formaldehyde. As our world has become more environmentally aware, some manufacturers have started using environmentally friendly cotton fiber as the core of their sound panels. The sound absorption properties of cotton fiber is second to none making them, in many peoples opinion, the best choice.

How To Deal With Water Logging Issues in Your Home

You have bought a beautiful house and everything’s working perfectly. But lo, it rains and your house is flooded with water! Yes, waterlogging issues can be an unforeseen problem that can arise after you have moved into your new apartment. Most common during seasonal rains, waterlogging can leave you stranded when you get out of your house. It’s true that most of us are still in the dark when it comes to dealing with this issue. Keep reading to find out some of the most effective techniques that you can use!

Understanding The Issue

Waterlogging in your house can be caused due to many reasons such as storm runoff, sullage, or damaged drain sewers. Apart from the short-term effects like hampering your daily routine, it also causes other serious damages like weakening the foundation of the entire house. When water mixes with other garbage and wastes, this can pose a great threat to your health. So, it is always important to understand these risks and deal strategically with water logging issues.

Effective Precautions And Strategic Troubleshooting

Once you know what the problem is, it becomes easier to take steps to troubleshoot. Some effective solutions to prevent water logging in your home are given below. Depending on the reach of the issue, you can employ any or all of the following solutions.

Solution 1: Rainwater Harvesting To Cope With Flood

It may be impossible to prevent the huge amount of water entering the premises during heavy monsoon rain or flood. But, it is possible to direct the flow of the water and treat the problem of waterlogging judiciously. Rainwater harvesting is the most effective way to cope with the issue of rainwater flooding your house.

Solution 2: Downspout Extensions For Basement Flooding

Installing downspout extensions is an effective solution to keep your basement dry. This helps in redirecting the water flow from the rooftops as well as basements to a safer location, such as a dry well or any other rainwater harvesting system.

Solution 3: Dry Well For Cheap Water Logging Solution

If you are looking for an economical way for solving water logging issues, nothing works better than a dry well. Standing water can be directed to the dry well using downspout extensions. The dry well is usually filled with stones, gravels, and pebbles so that water does not seep back into your lawn.

Solution 4: Installing A Sump Pump

Foreseeing the issue of waterlogging, you can install a sump pump that can pump out the standing water from your basement. This is a simple solution that can help you tackle waterlogging issues effectively.

Solution 5: Rain Gardens For Rain Runoff

Rain gardens are an ideal solution for apartments, schools, and other residential premises where run-off rainwater poses a major issue. Creating rain gardens in well-drained/sandy soils can be perfect for capturing storm water.

Solution 6: French Drains For Plain Surfaces

When you cannot judge the slope of your lawn to construct a dry well, a French drain, also known as the weeping tile is an effective alternative. A French drain is nothing but a trench filled with sand and gravel. It has pipes that drain the stagnant water and direct it away from the area.

Plotters and Their Types

Types of a Plotters

There are three types of Plotters. They are the Drum Plotter, The Flat bed plotter and also the Inkjet Plotter. All of the three types are explained explicitly in the below mentioned lines. In the past a plotter was widely used in application such as the CAD, though it doesn’t happen that way anymore.

The Drum Plotter

Have you ever sat and spent time to ponder over what a plotter ever did? Apparently, the Drum Plotter happens to be an output device. In case of the Drum Plotters the pen is motioned on a single axis track while the paper itself moves on a cylindrical drum in a perfect bid to add another axis to the same. That’s the reason why the size of the graph is limited only by the width of the drum and can be of any length.

The Flat bed Plotter

This is yet another output device associated with a plotter for it is one of the three types of a plotter. Now in case of the Flat bed Plotter, the paper is fixed on a flat surface while the pens are motioned to draw the image. This is the plotter type which can successfully use several colored pens for the purpose so that the effect is different from the regular.

Here the size of the plot is limited only by the size of the flat bed.

The Inkjet Plotter

This is the third kind of Plotter which is called as the Inkjet plotter. It effectively pushes beads of ink directly onto the medium. In Today’s world, virtually all inkjets create color. Low-end inkjets make the most of the three ink colors (cyan, magenta and yellow), but finally create a complex black that is often mud-spattered. Four-color inkjets make use of the black ink created for pure black printing alone.

The Bowline Knot – History, Tying, And Uses For the King of Knots

The Bowline is a knot that creates a fixed loop at the end of a rope. It is one of the most well known and important knots used in boating and sailing and is often called the King of Knots due to its versatility, strength, and stability. It is easy to learn, quickly made, and easy to untie after being placed under heavy strain. In fact, the ability to untie the knot after being under high strain and subjected to harsh conditions is what makes it a fantastic knot for running rigging.

History: The Bowline was used on tall ships during the “Age of Sail” to attach a square sail to the yardarm. Another spelling for the Bowline is “Bow Line” because it may have been used to hold the windward, bow facing, side of the sail. The Bowline was first mentioned in 1627 by John Smith in A Seaman’s Grammar under the name “Boling Knot”. The Bowline may have been around much longer than the Age of Sail and even existed in ancient Egypt. A knot similar to the Bowline was found when Egyptian ships were excavated and the rigging was examined.

How to Make a Bowline: The method for making a Bowline is easy to remember by using the mnemonic “A rabbit comes out of the hole, around the tree, and back into the hole”.

1- Create an underhand bight in the line leaving a generous amount for the working end

2- Bring the end up through the loop created by the bight

3- Behind and around the standing part of the line

4- Then back down through the loop

5- Tighten the knot by pulling on the end, standing part, and loop

Uses: The Bowline is a versatile knot and can be used for a number of tasks including:

1- Attaching a jib sheet at the clew. (This is the place you will usually find a Bowline on a sailboat.)

2- As the knot on the end of a halyard to hoist an object or sail as needed.

3- Creatively as a slip knot; since the loop at the end of the line is fixed.

4- As a Bend to tie two lines together with each line using a Bowline at the end. 5- To create a loop at the end of a docking line.

Bowline Variations: The Bowline has a number of variations that work well in different scenarios, but maintain the original Bowline structure. One variation is the Running Bowline, which is basically a slip knot created by passing the standing part of the rope through the fixed Bowline loop. The result is a slip knot that can be used to retrieve items when they fall overboard, hold items tightly together, or used in running rigging. A second variation is a Bowline on Bight, which creates two fixed loops at the end of the rope. The two knots can be separated and used to lift people out of the water by placing a leg in each loop.

If you only want to learn a few knots, then the Bowline is one that should make your short list. Its versatility, dependability, and the fact it is easy to make (and untie) demonstrates why it has earned the title “King of Knots”.