Is My Roof Type a Candidate for Roof Coating?

A roof coating is the best way to add life, stop leaks, reinforce weak areas and add energy efficiency to a commercial roof. How do you tell if your building is a good candidate for coating? The best way is to get an inspection and evaluation from a reliable, experienced commercial roofer.

There are several types of coatings available including EPDM, which is a liquid rubber or elastomeric coating; and aluminum asphalt emulsion, which is a mixture of asphalt and tiny aluminum flakes that reflect sunlight and reduce damaging heat. Both of these products can qualify as tax deductible “cool roofs” that have the following benefits.

– Lowered air conditioning costs. Reflected sunlight keeps the surface cool and lowers the temperature within the building.

– Low installation costs with no disposal or “dump” charges.

– Low maintenance. Maintenance costs are tax deductible including the initial application of the cool products.

– Extended life expectancy of the existing underlayment. Cool installations do no suffer the breakdown of tar based gravel coated examples caused by excessive heat.

– Seamless installation makes the surface impervious to wind and driving rain, ice melt and standing water, as well as resistant to hail damage.

The principal behind a cool roof coating is the same as selecting a car in a hot climate. If you choose a black car, it is going to be much hotter on a sunny summer day that a white car. Your air conditioner is going to take a lot longer to cool down the interior of your black car. The same holds true with a building. A light-colored reflective surface will keep the interior of the building much cooler than a black tar surface.

Due to the savings on your cooling bill your project will make sense economically. Add to that the tax benefits and rebates in some states, and a cool coating is the only way to seal off your commercial building.

The CRRC rates cool roofs based on solar reflectivity and thermal emittance. The particular color does not have to be white for a high reflectivity rating. There are many very attractive colors to choose from that the CRRC rates high on the cool scale.

So what types of existing examples are good candidates for roof coating? The products can be applied to the following types of existing installations: Built up asphalt, metal, including steel, galvanized steel and aluminum; and single ply. Most commercial buildings fall into one of these three categories.

When selecting a roof coating contractor be sure to choose one that has a long history of cool roof installation and can provide references of other installation and long maintenance relationships with customers. That way you will be assured of a contractor that won’t coat and run back to another state. It is common for out of state roofing contractors to solicit in a state where there have been heavy rains, hail or wind damage and disappear after doing the work. Choose a local contractor with a great reputation and you will rest easy knowing your building is protected for years to come.

Motorcycle Care – From Cruisers to Crotch Rockets

Whether you’re somewhere on a desert highway driving a Harley-Davidson or flying around the back roads on a Honda CBR model, a little bit of zen and some motorcycle maintenance can often mean the difference between making the curb or not. You only have to land on your back in the middle of a grassy field once to appreciate just how important this difference can actually be.

Obviously, your cleaning requirements will vary depending on how many miles you log and what the road conditions are like when you’re racking them up. Regardless, it’s not a good idea to get your motorcycle washed and cleaned at a commercial car wash. So, unless you’re independently wealthy and can afford to have your bike hand-washed by a bunch of bikini-clad supermodels, you’re going to end up doing it yourself (probably just as well… supermodels aren’t really known for their attention to detail). Here are some recommendations for keeping your bike in top condition.

Before beginning, always consult your owner’s manual. If you don’t have it or bought the bike used, try to track one down on the internet (most manufacturers will offer them as a free PDF download via their respective websites). A motorcycle owner’s manual will contain specific instructions for washing, including cleaning tips and products recommended by the manufacturer.

Always make sure the engine has cooled before washing. Wash your bike in a shaded area as the sun can dry the soap solution before you can rinse it, leaving soap marks on the surface (which more or less defeats the point of washing it in the first place). When you’re scrubbing off the road grime, give all the parts a thorough check. Be on the lookout for leaks and loose hardware, making sure everything is snug and secure.

After thoroughly rinsing, dry your bike with a soft white cotton cloth or towel that doesn’t have loose fibers. Cheap towels leave behind loose fibers that show up like cat hair on a business suit. Also, avoid using a paper towel as it might scratch the painted surfaces. Taking a cue from the commercial car washes, compressed air is a great option for drying and works especially well in hard to reach places, like around the motorcycle license plate frame. If you don’t have an air compressor, you can use a vacuum in a similar way by attaching the hose to the exhaust port, although a modest investment in a motorcycle dryer will pay off with just a few uses. Follow the cleaning process with a good coating of car wax to protect the finish and block dirt from taking hold as easily.

For those who have a collectible model or just don’t have the time to get on the roads as often as they’d like, there are a number of handy accessories – like a motorbike cover or motorcycle loading ramp – that protect your bike and prevent you from having to wash it as often.

Motorcycle covers provide a high-quality way to shield your bike from the elements and other airborne corrosives like dust. Don’t use a plastic tarp. They trap moisture and don’t breathe, allowing mold and corrosion to take hold. Motorbike covers also protect against UV rays, rain, dirt and pollutants while the built-in air vents let moisture evaporate.

Another handy accessory, Motorcycle ramps, features a strong weight capacity, wheel-guider sides, and sure-grip ramp surfaces, providing traction, stability and safety when transporting your bike from one location to another or onto a raised or lowered platform.

Storing your bike requires a little extra care. First, bring the tire pressure for both the front and rear up to the recommended PSI. Next, find an out-of-the-way spot to store it, and put the bike up on its center-stand. Then, block it up just enough to raise the front wheel off the ground and either remove the battery or hook it up to a trickle charger, maintaining the charge and health of the battery while not in active use.

Paint by Emotion: Edvard Munch’s Struggle With Bipolar Disorder

He was a man surrounded by death, and grief – the blackest sort of emotions and deepest kinds of sadness. When he died in the winter of 1944, he left over 20,000 pieces of his work to the city of Oslo, the place where he was born. Best known for his hauntingly beautiful painting, “The Scream”, Edvard Munch was a man who likely had many things to scream about in his own life, not the least of which was his suspected bipolar disorder.

Once called “manic depression” (a term that is now seen as outdated), this brutal psychological condition manifests itself primarily through intense mood changes, severe depression, and swings in energy levels. These changes can disappear as quickly as they come, giving rise to the term “bipolar”, literally opposite poles on the emotional spectrum. An exact cause for why bipolarism occurs is thus far unknown, and even less was understood about it during Munch’s life. A person suffering from this condition often goes through cycles or periods where they experience abnormally large swings and changes in their moods, energy levels and depression. Some in the medical field feel that traumatic events and excess stress, especially during a patient’s youth can greatly increase the risk of developing bipolar disorder, either at the time of the trauma or in the years following it.

In the first few years of his life after he was born in 1863, Munch watched as both his parents, a sister and a brother all died. As the years went on other siblings and close relatives would pass away, and another sister was diagnosed as being mentally ill. With so much death and sickness circulating through his young mind, it is almost too easy to see how and why this Norwegian artist would go on to create pieces of art that dealt less with somewhat cheery impressionism of the time, and more with capturing the essence of emotions and moods. Fraught by anguish and perhaps a sense of loneliness, Edvard decided to enrol in art school in 1881. With his life in tow Munch began going between Paris and Norway (and later Germany), studying the great artists and art movements of the era.

While not entirely macabre for the most part, in general Munch’s work was far from the flower gardens and ballet dancers that top impressionist artists were painting by the cartful at the time. Instead, Munch wanted to convey more than just a scene; he wanted his paintings to be riddled with emotion, energy, deeper meaning and complexity. Yet even with that in mind his style of art would change several times (a theme that is also noted in other artists such as Picasso) as he dabbled in impressionism, synthetism, and other genres that were popular then. Borrowing techniques here and inventing others there, Edvard would go on to be a pillar in the creation of the German Expressionism movement. In Expressionism, Munch found a way to look beyond the perfectionism of realists and impressionists and starkly put forth emotion on canvas, wood or whichever of the many mediums he chose to work with. Just as Edvard Munch’s work would take on a more optimistic aura in his later years, this gifted artist’s moods and emotions changed sharply throughout his life, giving rise to the suspicion that he was afflicted with bipolar disorder.

Munch is not the only artist who is thought or known to have suffered from this condition; in fact some researchers tend to think that it can bring about deep forms of varied creativity. Famous names from Hans Christian Andersen to Virginia Woolf, Napoleon to Marilyn Monroe are but a few of the stars, icons and history makers who may have battled this psychological condition. Now, just as it was in Munch’s lifetime, no failsafe treatment exists for bipolar disorder. With his memories as inspiration, and his moods as his medium, there may have been little else to do but turn to art in order for Munch to use his internal earthquakes of feeling, energy and depression to help him cope with his own bipolar disorder. Indeed Edvard Munch turned melancholy and mania into timeless art, and gave the world an incredible collection of creative, poignant work.

Tips For Reading Faster From the Computer Screen

Many of us work with a computer all day long and it is usual that you read far more texts from the computer screen than from paper. Can you apply speed reading techniques for reading from computer? Yes, you can as on the general the speed reading techniques are applicable both reading from computer or book. However there exist some differences and you will benefit in case of reading from the computer screen if you will apply the following tips.

In case of reading from the computer then you may have an advantage of processing the text and making it easier to read. It means that you can change the way the text is shown on the screen. The first thing you should look for is adjusting the text in a way that there are two columns on a page. When the text is broken into two narrow columns then you can read it faster in comparison to an ordinary single broad-columned text. So, when it is possible then convert the text to a two column format.

Next, you could make changes is the font and its size. Many texts, especially MS Word documents are written in Times New Roman font, but this is not the best for speed reading. Test results have proved that texts in Arial font could be read at faster speed. Therefore if possible change the text to Arial font.

A typical 12 point text is not the best solution for fast reading. If your near vision is normal then you will benefit from decreasing the font size as in that way your field of vision will cover more text. Still, you should avoiding making the font size too small as if you read it then your eyes will get tired after some time and this will decrease your reading speed. 9pt Arial is the best font for speed reading from the computer screen.

The distance you sit from the computer also matters. If you are reading from the computer then your eyes should be bit more far from the text than in comparison to reading from paper. It should be 50 cm (20 inches) or more. In any case you have to feel comfortable when reading from that distance. If you want to read faster then you should rather read the text from a greater than a shorter distance to have more text in your field of vision.

Proper light conditions are also important. If you are reading from computer screen then there should be enough background light in your room. If you are sitting behind your computer in a dark room, then there is a big contrast between the screen and the background, which will cause your eyes to get tired fast and it will slow down your reading speed. In addition, you have to avoid direct sunlight on your computer screen as it will make reading difficult.

You may use the cursor for keeping track while reading from computer screen. Place it on the left edge of the text. Start reading and move the cursor down vertically so that it is always pointing to the line you read. By doing this it will be easier to keep track and if you move cursor with a smooth and steady pace then it enables you to keep a good rhythm for reading.

The bad thing about reading from computer is that you have to scroll the text, which wastes time and distracts your attention. For reducing the need for scrolling use full screen mode when reading documents. Getting a larger sized monitor will decrease the amount of scrolling you have to do. As continuous scrolling would make it difficult for your eyes to find the right line then you should scroll text in big portions. While scrolling follow the text with your eyes for being sure that you will not get lost in the text and you can resume reading without losing much time. Developing a good scrolling rhythm will help you to keep up your reading speed.

Ontario Licensed Real Estate Agents and Maternity Leave

Most Ontario real estate agents work solely on a commissions basis. These agents are generally on an independent contractor status making them self employed. The “employed” rules and regulations in the province of Ontario will for the most part, not apply to self employed real estate sales people who decide on taking a maternity leave.

When a real estate agent, Realtor, sales representative, or Broker, considers her maternity leave situation, she will be thinking about her loss of income, existing and continuing monthly expenses, and possibly the option of not returning to realty sales for a longer period of time.

Here is a typical scenario for an Ontario Realtor who is on maternity leave:

Most likely she was a registered real estate agent in Ontario with a franchise Brokerage. That Brokerage is a member of the Toronto real estate board or depending on their location in Ontario, their own local board. As a board member the Brokerage pays its dues including associations like O.R.E.A and C.R.E.A.. Therefore, all agents in that Brokerage will also be responsible for those dues whether active in sales or not. The agent on Maternity leave, then, will also be paying these dues so long as she remains registered with this Brokerage.

Not all franchise Brokerages are equal, but most of them will have certain common expenses or fees that their registered sales agents must pay as part of their agreement. These fees could be desk fees, advertising fees, franchise and transaction fees, fixed monthly office fees or administration costs etc., etc. Although the real estate boards fee and dues are mandatory whether you are on maternity leave or just not active in sales, some Brokerages may allow non payment or waive some of the listed expenses while the agent is on maternity leave.

An agent on maternity leave may have some legitimate concerns about having to pay for the same expenses she did while in the sales field. Another concern may be the loss of income due to her leave. Still another thought may be the eventual feeling, while taking care of her baby and family, that returning to real estate sales will not be something she wants to do sooner but rather, much later on.

There is a lot of flexibility in Ontario with real estate agents ready to take maternity leave. If expenses are going to be a problem, the licensed agent can opt to resign from her current Brokerage and register with a non board member realty Brokerage. She can park her license with a Brokerage that will not have any of the above mentioned fees and dues applicable. This alone will save the agent a lot of money especially if her maternity leave is extended for an uncertain period of time.

Income while on maternity leave is possible whether the realty agent remains registered with a board member Brokerage or non member Brokerage. She can refer business to a fellow real estate agent or Brokerage and agree to accept a referral fee. As long as her real estate license is registered with a Brokerage in good standing with R.E.C.O., she can continue to earn referral commissions paid to her through her Brokerage.

Although maternity leave is not an option for many agents, it’s good to know that in Ontario, real estate agents who elect to take maternity leave can do so with a little piece of mind. The reassurance that these agents can substantially reduce their expenses and still earn an income by referring sales to other licensed agents, surely becomes important considerations as they decide to become stay at home parents.

What is a Turnkey eCommerce Site?

The basic definition of “turnkey” itself is rooted in visual imagery; just picture getting a key to a car, inserting the key, and having it start without any problems. If a person makes use of the term “Turnkey”, what it is they are likely mentioning is a thing which is made for instant using (this term is mostly used for the sale or when one offers the supply of services and/or goods). Common examples include a “turnkey” home which is completely built and ready to be lived in (having everything from the construction to the carpeting and cabinets being finished), or another being a “turnkey” business where 3rd parties contracted are used to set up certain locations or needed equipment (ie the rail lines or a train) and putting them into operation, after which they turn it over to the one who hired them.

Using that line of reasoning, the definition of a turnkey eCommerce site would be when a brand new eCommerce site is completely created by a hired entity who will then turn the finished website over to the owner. In order for a website to be able to claim to be a real turnkey eCommerce site, it must have, from when it is turned over to the owner, a usable backend (the administration site) allowing important changes and updates (ie products, pictures, text, categories, subcategories, etc) to show up on the front end (the site a customer sees). In essence, the owner must have total control of the site from the get go in order to be defined as a turnkey eCommerce site.

So, for example, say have get the idea for creating a eCommerce site that imitates a more famous eCommerce website such as Amazon.com (not stealing the site’s layout or format naturally!). In this case, you could locate a turnkey eCommerce company, tell them as to what your needs are (with some helpful examples), have them set up the site to your specifications, pay them, and receive the proverbial keys for your set up eCommerce site that can sell your own niche products. You can even have them help you to set up a url and a domain hosting service for a small fee (when it is not included) if you need it.

Being as the eCommerce field is a savagely competitive one, it probably isn’t smart if you go for an open or closed source do-it-yourself eCommerce website design, even if it is said to be simple to set up. Finding and hiring a capable maker of turnkey sites is the easiest and fastest way for those interested in getting into eCommerce.

Make a Small Room Look Larger With Art Wall Decals

If you have a small place there is no reason to stare at plain white walls. Decorating the walls in a smaller living space is often challenging but makes all the difference when creating a cozy space. No matter how small the room is, if it is warm and inviting, it will make friends and family feel right at home. Here are a few tips to make a room look larger with art wall decals.

Choose the right pattern or theme to create the illusion of a bigger space. There are literally a multitude of themes and designs to choose from when decorating the walls in your place. Choose light-colored backgrounds that match with colors in your decals to coordinate the room colors. For example, nature designs with earth colors of green and brown would look good on a wall painted in tan or butterscotch. Match accessory colors to accent colors in the design to complete the look.

Keep the space open by careful furniture placement. Placing furniture in an open design makes a room look bigger. A simple couch and chair in a matching solid color with an accent rug or small table makes a cozy living area for sitting and relaxing with friends.

Choose a pattern or design of art wall decals to match the color and furnishings of the room. Some people like a nature theme with trees and or a modern Art Deco look with odd shapes or bold designs. Large patterns are fine with minimal furnishings and can become the focal point of the room. Place a couple of lovely decorative mirrors where they will reflect the wall scenes to make it appear as if the scene continues into another room adding to the illusion of more space.

Additional decorating tips:

Let functional spaces do double duty if possible. A bookshelf placed in a corner can double as a place to store small trinkets and knick-knacks without cluttering up the space. The right light fixtures can add depth to a room when placed close to a mirror or other reflective surface, the brighter the light the larger the room looks.

Reasons to decorate with decals:

· Decals are not only stylish and attractive, but create a look that is all your own.

· Economical way to decorate because the designs can be removed when you decide it’s time for a change.

· Create a focal point to draw attention away from problem areas such as uneven walls or oddly-shaped corners.

Wall decorations such as decals, stickers or stencils make a space unique and express the owner’s personal style. They are suitable for just about any room in your home, from bedroom to kitchen; decals are a great way to decorate the way you like. Even if your landlord will not let you paint, there is no reason to have boring white walls when art wall decals are so easy to use and remove when you move to a new place.

3 Reasons To Buy A Treadmill Mat For Under Your Treadmill

Why do you need a treadmill mat for your exercise equipment?

There are 3 reasons to buy a fitness equipment mat:

  1. Protect your equipment;
  2. Protect your floor; and
  3. Reduce the treadmill noise.

Mats are very inexpensive considering how much they protect both your fitness equipment and your floor.

1. Protect your exercise equipment?

Mats are made with PVC which is like a rubber mat. They are essentially a very sturdy exercise-type mat. This means they are spunge-like creating a softer surface than your concrete garage or basement, vinyl, laminate, or hardwood floors. Obviously using a treadmill requires you pounding away on the treadmill (or whatever fitness equipment item you have), which, if on a hard surface, the treadmill machine has no give (carpet is an exception, but what about protecting your carpet?).

The give a mat offers results in less jarring on the frame and components of your equipment which is beneficial in the long run.

2. Protect your floor

Unless you use your exercise equipment on concrete, long-term use could damage your floor. Treadmills (and all fitness equipment) are heavy. They can scratch, dent, and chip – depending on the surface. A mat is an inexpensive way to protect your floor and no inconvenience to placing it down.

Also, fitness equipment are machines with lubricants. In time, an exercise machine may leak lubricant onto your floor which may harm your floor.

3. Reduce noise

The spunge-like mat also helps muffle and cushions the noise an exercise machine makes. Any household appreciates reducing treadmill noise. Hard metal on a hard surface will likely be noisier than the hard metal of a treadmill on a sponge-like material.

Fortunately, quality treadmill mats are inexpensive and well worth the expense. It’s also very likely your online treadmill store sells treadmill mats. Don’t forget to check out the accessories of your fitness equipment store – it could save your floor and prolong your equipment.

7 Tips For Removing Skin Tags at Home

Tagged skin is a major source of annoyance and embarrassment for many who suffer from it. Sometimes, the skin tags make it embarrassing for you to wear summer outfits or go to the beach altogether. Skin tags are nothing but the loose skin that hangs out from the body. They are more than just a cosmetic problem and in extreme cases, they can lead to bleeding. When you visit a doctor, he will cut away the loose skin leaving behind scars. Moreover, it takes a lot of time and money in visiting a doctor.

7 Simple Tips

Instead of going around here and there, you can remove the tags at the comfort of your home. Here are some of the ways of doing so:

1) If you have the guts, you can cut off the tags on your own. If you are afraid to do that, you can make use of toenail clippers. You need to make sure that they are sterilized and you have sufficient bandage with you.

2) If you do not want to inflict upon yourself any pain, you can tie a bandage around the skin tag. This eventually cuts off the blood flow which kills the tag making the loose skin to fall off. Though not very painful, it can cause a lot of inconvenience. If you want, you can even wrap a dental gloss or a thread around the skin tag and keep it till the skin falls off.

3) Castor oil and baking soda are two substances that you can easily find in your kitchen cabinet. This method may involve a bit of mess, but it causes no pain at all. All you need to do is to mix the baking soda and castor oil together and form a paste. You must then apply this paste regularly in the infected area over a period of time. By doing so, you can get rid of skin tags within 2 weeks or so.

4) There is another product, DermaTrend, which kills and removes the tags within 3 days. You can watch your original and blemish less skin restore within days.

5) Application of apple cider vinegar on the infected area helps to deal with skin tags. You must rub this along the surface of the skin. This must be applied regularly for 3 weeks if you want to get best results.

Finger nail polish is also an effective remedy for removing skin tags. You must apply the nail polish on the affected area for about 3 weeks on a continuous basis. If you do this, you will notice that the skin gradually dies off and gets detached from the remaining skin.

6) When you apply Vaseline on the tagged skin, the skin tag gets suffocated and automatically the infected skin falls off.

7) You can also look for herbal remedies for home tags. One such herb is the Dermisil, a sort of topical treatment. It works in such a way that it attacks only the infected area and makes sure you get rid of the loose skin.

Candy Wrapper Software – Work at Home Business Ideas With Low Start Up Costs

The most appealing home based business ideas are those that do not require a lot of money and equipment up front. The candy wrapper business is a prime candidate for work at home moms and dads wanting to start a new business for just a few dollars.

All you need to get started is candy wrapper software, which costs around $38. You also need a printer, printer paper, scissors, adhesive, and your creativity.

A great way to get started is to start marketing to organizations and businesses in your local area. These include schools, churches, non-profit organizations, gift basket companies, florists, and any other business that will benefit from personalized promotional items.

Having a website is a good idea so you can sell your candy wrappers, promotional items, and party favors online. Make sure all your friends know you are in the business, especially those with young children and those that have their own businesses and can benefit from customized promotional products.

Those with young kids are prime potential candidates for birthday party favors. Candy wrappers are also great for company picnics, retirement parties, anniversary parties, graduations, bridal and baby showers, weddings, fundraising activities, hospitals, gift shops, business marketing, and the list goes on.

This business does not require any formal training. You do not need to attend any special courses to succeed in this business. The candy wrapper software you purchase should include plenty of templates and graphics.

The package you use should also allow you the flexibility to use your own graphics and images. Part of what makes this business so easy to promote is you have the ability to make wrappers that contain personalized images.

Imagine a child’s delight at his birthday party when he discovers the candy wrappers are decorated with his own picture.

Wrappers are not just for candy, either. You can make wrappers for just about anything you can imagine, including gallon or quart sized paint cans, candles, DVD’s and CD’s, wine bottles, water bottles, bubble containers, and more.

When you first get started, make some samples you can show potential customers. You can also photograph the samples and post the images on your website. Start out with some sample handouts, making sure you have your contact information on the wrappers.

Print up some business cards, brochures, and flyers you can hand out as well. Pretty soon, your business will promote itself by word of mouth once the news gets out about your new candy wrapper business.

For a very low investment, you can get your candy wrapper software and start your business right away. This is a great home business opportunity that allows you the flexibility to work easily during your chosen hours and have time for your family as well.

Making a Black Light Poster – Your Complete Guide

A black light poster is fashioned by fluorescent inks that respond to ‘black’ light or the ultraviolet rays. Under usual circumstances, it appears bright and vibrant, though when exposed to the ultraviolet rays, it astoundingly glows in the dark. Here is a simple guide in making one.

Fluorescent ink attracts ultraviolet light and discharges it as a visible and very vivid light. This makes the poster appear like glowing once the black light is switched on. You should make sure that you browse through the variety of craft paints that are fluorescent, thus you can create it with your favorite hues and shades.

You will need brushes, fluorescent poster paints, permanent marker (black), scissors, stencils, pictures, poster board, glue, pencil and tape. You can either purchase the stencils or you can make your own. If you want to design your stencil, you just have to tape or glue your preferred picture or photograph onto a piece of cardboard and just get the main shapes and images. Mark your stencils out onto a poster board. Make use of a standard graphite pencil, and trace the figure with sufficient force to create a light line.

Making black light poster will require you to use permanent marker to darken the lines. This will result to having bold border between your chosen images. Gather your poster paints. You should then turn the lights off, open the black light and assess the paints. Note that the colors they reflect under the black light are the colors that will appear on your poster.

After selecting the colors, paint the shapes on your poster. Don’t forget to apply a fairly dim colored paint in the background of the poster. If you want it with a wild effect and appeal, it’s best to make use of UV paint. Though it appears clear under normal light, it glows daringly when exposed.

How To Turn Women On Fast – Mental Trick That Automatically Creates Immediate Sexual Attraction!

It's extremely frustrating to see some random guy walk into a club, approach a girl and within a couple of minutes have her sitting on his lap, giggling while she's writing her phone number for him, while you keep hitting a brick wall when trying to attract women into your life.However, here is the good news. The only difference between you and someone who's got 'game' is that the other guy understands the psychology behind how women decide who they want to get romantically involved with.

Luckily, this is something that can be learned. This article will focus on one of the most powerful psychological techniques that will make you understand the attraction process better and what it takes to make not just any girl, but high-quality girls want to be in your company.

This technique is called 'active interest – active disinterest' technique, also known as push-pull method.It's effective because it's based on a simple psychological principle: people in general, not only women, will always value something very if it's not easily attainable . It works especially well during the seduction process because the more you show disinterest (push component), the more a woman tend to become attracted to you. It's counter-intuitive but it has been proven to work on a consistent basis.

However, disinterest must be balanced carefully and in equal measure with active interest (pull component). You need to avoid projecting too much of a nice guy image, while at the same time not acting like a jerk. Showing interest only or too soon will make a woman think of you as low-value because you are not making it challenging enough for her to vie for your attention.

A good example of 'push-pull' technique is saying something like: "We could never be together. You remind me too much of my loopy ex girlfriend." First statement indirectly implicates that you like her, followed by a statement that immediately erases what you just said. This kind of 'hot-cold' approach creates attraction fast because you are injecting intrigue, mystery and excitation into a conversation. She will not know for sure whether you like her or not.

Ideally you should use push-pull statements as often as possible during a conversation. It will make a woman go through a roller coaster of emotions during which she will experience positive emotions (feelings of acceptance and approval) followed immediately by negative emotions (feelings of rejection).

It essentially makes a game of tag between you and the woman you want to attract. A woman usually accepts the challenge and the game moves back and forth from her to you and vice versa, which causes sexual tension and levels of attraction to increase even more. This method allows you to reach a perfect balance between being a nice guy and a bad boy.

Apartment Building Investing – Find Motivated Sellers

As the creator of the “Buy Your First Apartment Building E-Course” I have many potential students and beginning investors ask me, “How do I find motivated apartment building sellers?”

There are many ways that investors use to find motivated sellers, however, what I see happening many times with beginners is that they start looking for properties to purchase before they thoroughly understand how to identify a truly profitable opportunity. Here are my recommendations for how to begin learning about multifamily investing and then how to find motivated sellers.

Begin by learning what makes mult-family property profitable by taking these steps:

  1. Study and learn about what makes an apartment building profitable.
  2. Read as many books about real estate investment and apartment building investment as possible. It is a lot easier to learn from other people’s mistakes. There is no need to reinvent to the wheel.
  3. Find a reputable real estate investment club in your geographic area and meet with the commercial investor members. These “old hands” are a valuable source of market information.

After the aspiring multi-family property buyer has received a thorough education by reading books, industry magazines and networking with other commercial real estate investors then he or she is ready to begin the process of searching for an actual property to purchase.

Contacting Commercial Realtors

A great reference source for finding well educated commercial real estate agents is the CCIM website. The CCIM is a professional designation that qualifies a commercial real estate professional as capable and knowledgeable in the field. You can also find commercial real estate agents using a simple search on the web.

When searching for a commercial real estate agent take these steps:

  1. Speak to a number of commercial realtors in the area and ask about “pocket listings”. Pockets listings are apartment building owners that the experienced realtor might know who are serious about selling their building but they have not listed the property yet.
  2. Find a commercial realtor who specializes in multi-family investments. A good commercial realtor who specializes in multifamily properties should have a great knowledge of what apartment buildings have sold for recently.

Alternative Strategies for Finding Apartment Building Deals:

  1. Place an ad on Craigslist stating what you are looking for:
  2. “Looking To Sell Your Apartment Building? I am a commercial real estate investor interested in buying multi-family property in Philadelphia between 5 and 100 units. I am looking for owner financing over five years with 5% down or will buy with a 20% down payment and a bank loan.”

    Or, here is an ad that I copied directly from Craigslist this morning:

    I BUY MULTI-FAMILY PROPERTIES W/SELLER FINANCING OR QUICK CASH. Need to sell?
    Moving? tax benefits run out? call me for a offer.

  3. You can also place the same ad in the commercial real estate section of your local newspaper but be prepared to pay a handsome sum for the ad and also be ready for unsolicited calls for real estate agents. Newspaper ads do work but you are better off using free or more direct methods like direct mail.
  4. Another strategy is to contact the owners of commercial real estate directly. This can be done in a number of ways. Multi-family owners can be located by researching the tax records of a metropolitan area. Usually, the owner of record will be listed along with his or her or contact information. The next step is to write a letter that explains who you are and what you are trying to accomplish. The purpose of letter to have many interested apartment building owners contact you. You should leave your phone number, mailing address and email address for sellers to contact you. You should make it very easy for the sellers to get a hold of you. Remember, you will need to look at dozens of deals and sellers before you find the one that fits your investment criteria. You can also contact owners directly by telephone. Keep in mind that multifamily property owners are usually very busy so you might want to write a script or have talking points written down so you are able to get right to the point and get your message across accurately.

Bedding Sizes – Mattress Size, Bed Sheet Size

Having the right type of bedding sizes will determine how the overall effect of your bedding ‘display’ looks (i.e. how good your bed looks). If you buy the wrong size of bedding, not only would you have wasted some time, effort and money but you’ll not get the right look for your bed. And if you buy the wrong size mattress for your bed, well, you can imagine the stress to follow.

So it is good practice that when you go shopping for bedding, you have an idea of the sizes you’ll need for your bed.

It is always good practice to measure your mattress and bed before you buy any type of bedding materials. This is to ensure that you buy the correct bedding sizes.

For example, you should measure the height width and length of your mattress and keep this information with you when you choose your bed linen.

Mattress Sizes:

Here are some sizes to keep in mind while shopping for mattresses. Please remember that these sizes may vary slightly by vendor:

King 76 x 80 inches

Queen 60 x 80 inches

Full 53 x 75 inches

Twin 38 x 75 inches

Bed Sheet Sizes:

Bed sheets come in standard sizes, although this may vary according to the manufacturer. For guidance, you can use the bed sheet sizes below:

Twin: flat (66 x 96 inches), fitted (39 x 75 inches)

Full: flat ( 81 x 96 to 100 inches), fitted (54 x 75 inches)

Queen: flat (90 x 102-106 inches), fitted (60 x 80 inches)

King: flat (109 x 102-106 inches), fitted (78 x 80 inches)

California King: flat (102 x 110), fitted (72 x 84)

Pillow Sizes

Another thing to consider when buying pillows is the sizes you’ll need. Below is a list of the standard sizes currently available. These are sized to go with the size of bed you have:

Standard 20 x 26 inches

Queen 20 x 30 inches

King 20 x 36 inches

Euro 26 x 26 inches

There are also travel size pillows which come in sizes of about 12 x 16 inches.

Blanket and Throw Sizes:

Most of these sizes should fit into the listed bed size. However, sizes may vary slightly from one manufacturer to another.

King 108 x 90 inches

Queen/Full 90 x 90 inches

Twin 66 x 90 inches

Throw 50 x 60 inches

Anything that is laid across the top of the bed does not come in California King or Twin Extra Long.

Diaspora Literature – A Testimony of Realism

Diaspora Literature involves an idea of a homeland, a place from where the displacement occurs and narratives of harsh journeys undertaken on account of economic compulsions. Basically Diaspora is a minority community living in exile. The Oxford English Dictionary 1989 Edition (second) traces the etymology of the word ‘Diaspora’ back to its Greek root and to its appearance in the Old Testament (Deut: 28:25) as such it references. God’s intentions for the people of Israel to be dispersed across the world. The Oxford English Dictionary here commences with the Judic History, mentioning only two types of dispersal: The “Jews living dispersed among the gentiles after the captivity” and The Jewish Christians residing outside the Palestine. The dispersal (initially) signifies the location of a fluid human autonomous space involving a complex set of negotiation and exchange between the nostalgia and desire for the Homeland and the making of a new home, adapting to the power, relationships between the minority and majority, being spokes persons for minority rights and their people back home and significantly transacting the Contact Zone – a space changed with the possibility of multiple challenges.

People migrating to another country in exile home

Living peacefully immaterially but losing home

Birth of Diaspora Literature

However, the 1993 Edition of Shorter Oxford’s definition of Diaspora can be found. While still insisting on capitalization of the first letter, ‘Diaspora’ now also refers to ‘anybody of people living outside their traditional homeland.

In the tradition of indo-Christian the fall of Satan from the heaven and humankind’s separation from the Garden of Eden, metaphorically the separation from God constitute diasporic situations. Etymologically, ‘Diaspora’ with its connotative political weight is drawn from Greek meaning to disperse and signifies a voluntary or forcible movement of the people from the homeland into new regions.” (Pp.68-69)

Under Colonialism, ‘Diaspora’ is a multifarious movement which involves-

oThe temporary of permanent movement of Europeans all over the world, leading to Colonial settlement. Consequen’s, consequently the ensuing economic exploitation of the settled areas necessitated large amount of labor that could not be fulfilled by local populace. This leads to:

oThe Diaspora resulting from the enslavement of Africans and their relocation to places like the British colonies. After slavery was out lawed the continued demand for workers created indenturement labor. This produces:

oLarge bodies of the people from poor areas of India, China and other to the West Indies, Malaya Fiji. Eastern and Southern Africa, etc. (see-http://www.postcolonialweb.com)

William Sarfan points out that the term Diaspora can be applied to expatriate minority communities whose members share some of the common characteristics given hereunder:

1.They or their ancestor have been dispersed from a special original ‘centre’ or two or more ‘peripheral’ of foreign regions;

2.They retain a collective memory, vision or myth about their original homeland-its physical location, history and achievements;

3.They believe they are not- and perhaps cannot be- fully accepted by their lost society and therefore feel partly alienated and insulted from it;

4.They regard their ancestral homeland as their, true, ideal home and as the place to which they or their descendents would (or should) eventually return- when conditions are appropriate;

5.They believe they should collectively, be committed to the maintenance or restoration of their homeland and its safety and prosperity; and

6.They continue to relate, personally and vicariously, to that homeland in one way or another, and their ethno- communal consciousness and solidarity are importantly defined by the existence of such a relationship ;( Safren Willam cited in Satendra Nandan: ‘Diasporic Consciousness’ Interrogative Post-Colonial: Column Theory, Text and Context, Editors: Harish Trivedi and Meenakshi Mukherjee; Indian Institute of Advanced Studies 1996, p.53)

There lies a difficulty in coming to terms with diaspora, and as such it introduces conceptual categories to display the variety of meanings the word invokes. Robin Cohen classifies Diaspora as:

1. Victim Diasporas

2. Labour Diasporas

3. Imperial Diasporas

4. Trade Diasporas

5. Homeland Diasporas

6. Cultural Diasporas

The author finds a common element in all forms of Diaspora; these are people who live outside their ‘natal (or imagined natal) territories’ (ix) and recognize that their traditional homelands are reflected deeply in the languages they speak, religion they adopt, and cultures they produce. Each of the categories of Diasporas underline a particular cause of migration usually associated with particular groups of people. So for example, the Africans through their experience of slavery have been noted to be victims of extremely aggressive transmigrational policies. (Cohen)

Though in the age of technological advancement which has made the traveling easier and the distance shorter so the term Diaspora has lost its original connotation, yet simultaneously it has also emerged in another form healthier than the former. At first, it is concerned with human beings attached to the homelands. Their sense of yearning for the homeland, a curious attachment to its traditions, religions and languages give birth to diasporic literature which is primarily concerned with the individual’s or community’s attachment to the homeland. The migrant arrives ‘unstuck from more than land’ (Rushdie). he runs from pillar to post crossing the boundries of time, memory and History carrying ‘bundles and boxes’ always with them with the vision and dreams of returning homeland as and when likes and finds fit to return. Although, it is an axiomatic truth that his dreams are futile and it wouldn’t be possible to return to the homeland is ‘metaphorical’ (Hall). the longing for the homeland is countered by the desire to belong to the new home, so the migrant remains a creature of the edge, ‘the peripheral man’ (Rushdie). According to Naipaul the Indians are well aware that their journey to Trinidad ‘had been final’ (Andse Dentseh,) but these tensions and throes remain a recurring theme in the Diasporic Literature.

Diaspora

1.Forced 2.Voluntary

Indian Diaspora can be classified into two kinds:

1. Forced Migration to Africa, Fiji or the Caribbean on account of slavery or indentured labour in the 18th or 19th century.

2.Voluntary Migration to U.S.A., U.K., Germany, France or other European countries for the sake of professional or academic purposes.

According to Amitava Ghose-‘the Indian Diaspora is one of the most important demographic dislocation of Modern Times'(Ghosh,) and each day is growing and assuming the form of representative of a significant force in global culture. If we take the Markand Paranjpe, we will find two distinct phases of Diaspora, these are called the visitor Diaspora and Settler Diaspora much similar to Maxwell’s ‘Invader’ and ‘Settler’ Colonialist.

The first Diaspora consisted of dispriveledged and subaltern classes forced alienation was a one way ticket to a distant diasporic settlement. As, in the days of yore, the return to Homeland was next to impossible due to lack of proper means of transportation, economic deficiency, and vast distances so the physical distance became a psychological alienation, and the homeland became the sacred icon in the diasporic imagination of the authors also.

But the second Diaspora was the result of man’s choice and inclination towards the material gains, professional and business interests. It is particularly the representation of privilege and access to contemporary advanced technology and communication. Here, no dearth of money or means is visible rather economic and life style advantages are facilitated by the multiple visas and frequent flyer utilities. Therefore, Vijay Mishra is correct when he finds V S Naipaul as the founding father of old diaspora but it is also not wrong to see Salman Rushdie as the representative of Modern (second) Diaspora V S Naipaul remarkably portrays the search for the roots in his ‘A House for Mr. Biswas:

“to have lived without even attempting to lay claim to one’s portion of the earth; to have lived and died as one has been born, unnecessary and accommodated.(Naipaul,14) similarly Mohan Biswas’s peregrination over the next 35 years, he was to be a wanderer with no place to call his own'(ibid. 40)

In the same manner, Rushdie’s Midnight Children and Shame are the novels of leave taking… from the country of his birth (India) and from that second country (Pakistan) where he tried, half-heartedly to settle and couldn’t.” (Aizaz Ahmad, 135)

Here the critique of Paranjape generates the debate of competing forms of writing: Diaspora or domiciled -those who stayed back home and importantly a competitive space for the right to construct the homeland, so he points out the possibility of harm by ‘usurping the space which native self- representations are striving to find in the International Literary Market place and that they may ‘contribute to the Colonization of the Indian psyche by pondering to Western tastes which prefer to see India in a negative light.’ The works of various authors like Kuketu Mehta, Amitava Ghosh, Tabish, Khair, Agha Shahid Ali, Sonali Bose, Salman Rushdie confirm a hybridity between diasporic and domiciled consciousness. They are National, not Nationalistic inclusive not parochial, respecting the local while being ecumenical, celebrating human values and Indian pluralism as a vital ‘worldliness’. (Ashcraft, 31-56)

The diasporian authors engage in cultural transmission that is equitably exchanged in the manner of translating a map of reality for multiple readerships. Besides, they are equipped with bundles of memories and articulate an amalgam of global and national strands that embody real and imagined experience. Suketu Mehta is advocate of idea of home is not a consumable entity. He says:

You cannot go home by eating certain foods, by replaying its films on your T.V. screens. At some point you have to live there again.”(Mehta, 13)

So his novel Maximum City is the delineation of real lives, habits, cares, customs, traditions, dreams and gloominess of Metro life on the edge, in an act of morphing Mumbai through the unmaking of Bombay. It is also true, therefore, that diasporic writing is full of feelings of alienation, loving for homeland dispersed and dejection, a double identification with original homeland and adopted country, crisis of identity, mythnic memory and the protest against discrimination is the adopted country. An Autonomous space becomes permanent which non- Diasporas fail to fill. M K Gandhi, the first one to realize the value of syncretic solutions’ hence he never asked for a pure homeland for Indians in South Socio-cultural space and so Sudhir Kumar confirms Gandhi as the first practitioner of diasporic hybridity. Gandhi considered all discriminations of high and low, small or great, Hindu or Muslim or Christian or Sikh but found them ‘All were alike the children of Mother India.’

Diasporic writings are to some extent about the business of finding new Angles to enter reality; the distance, geographical and cultural enables new structures of feeling. The hybridity is subversive. It resists cultural authoritarianism and challenges official truths.”(Ahmad Aizaz, In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literatures; OUP, 1992,p.126) one of the most relevant aspect of diasporic writing is that it forces, interrogates and challenges the authoritative voices of time (History). The Shadow Line of Amitav Ghosh has the impulse when the Indian States were complicit in the programmes after Indira Gandhi’s assassination. The author elaborates the truth in the book when he says:

“In India there is a drill associated with civil disturbances, a curfew is declared, paramilitary units are deployed; in extreme cares, the army monarchs to the stricken areas. No city in India is better equipped to perform this drill than New Delhi, with its high security apparatus.”(Amitava Ghosh, 51)

The writers of Diaspora are the global paradigm shift, since the challenges of Postmodernism to overreaching narratives of power relations to silence the voices of the dispossessed; these marginal voices have gained ascendance and even found a current status of privilege. These shifts suggest:

“That it is from those who have suffered the sentence of history-subjugation, domination, Diaspora, displacement- that we learn our most enduring lessons for living and thinking.”(Bhabha, 172)

The novels of Amitav Ghosh especially the hungry tide in which the character Kanai Dutt is cast together “with chance circumstance with a Cetologist from the US, Priya Roy studying fresh water Dalphines, The Oracaella Brebirostris. The multiple histories of the Sunderbans became alive when the diaries of Marxist school teacher Nirmal came to light. He withdraws from the romance of political activism and came to settle with his wife Nilima in Lucibari and the relation between them is exemplified in the pragmatism of Nilima:

“You live in a dream world- a haze of poetry

Such passages of the novel points towards the metaphorical distinctions between the centre and margins, made narrative and little histories the well knows gods and the gods of small things. In the novels of Ghosh an assault of unarmed settlers Morich Jhapi, in order to evict them forcively is carried out by gangsters hired by states. They had been “assembling around the island… they burnt the settlers, hearts, they sank their boats, they lay waste their fields.”(ibid)

Similarly there are a number of novels by South Asian and British Writers on the theme of partition a blatant reality in the global history. Partition was the most traumatic experience of division of hearts and communities. Similarly, Ice Candy Man comprises 32 chapters and provides a peep into the cataclysmic events in turmoil on the sub continent during partition, the spread of communal riots between the Hindu and Sikhs on the one side and the Muslim on the other. The Muslims were attached at a village Pirpindo and the Hindus were massacred at Lahore. It was partition only that became the cause of the biggest bloodshed and brutal holocaust in annals of mankind. Lenny on eight years child narrates the chain of events on the basis of her memory. How she learns from her elders and how she beholds the picture of divided India by her own eyes in the warp and woof of the novel. There is a fine blend of longing and belonging of multiplicity of perspectives and pointed nostalgia of mirth and sadness and of Sufism and Bhakti is epitomized in the work of Aga Shahid Ali. Similarly the novels of Rahi Masoom Raja (in Hindi) narrate woeful tale of partition, the foul play of politicians, the devastated form of the nation and its people after partition and longing for the home that has been:

“Jinse hum choot gaye Aab vo jahan kaise hai

Shakh-e-gulkaise hai, khushbu ke mahak kaise hai

Ay saba too to udhar hi se gujarti hai

Pattaron vale vo insane, vo behis dar-o-bam

Vo makee kaise hai, sheeshe ke makan kaise hai.

(Sheeshe Ke Maka Vale ,173)

(“To which we hav’een left adrift how are those worlds

How the branch of flower is, how the mansion of fragrance is.

O,wind! You do pass from there

How are my foot-prints in that lane

Those stony people, those tedious houses

How are those residents and how are those glass houses.)

Most of the major novels of South Asia are replete with the diasporic consciousness which is nothing but the witness of the all the happenings of social realities, longings and feeling of belonging. Train To Pakistan, The Dark Dancer, Azadi, Ice Candy Man, A Bend In The Ganges, Twice Born, Midnight’s Children, Sunlight on A Broken Column, Twice Dead, The Rope and Ashes and Petals all these novels abound in the same tragic tale of woe and strife from different angles. Most of the fictions of South Asian Countries are written in the background of post- colonial times and the same South Asian countries were under the colonial rules of the English. After a long battle of independence when those countries were liberated, other bolt from the blue of partition happened. This theme became whys and wherefores of the most of South Asian novels and the popularity of it will prognosticate its golden future.

References:

1.(Cohen Robin, Global Diasporas- An Introduction. London: UC L Press, 1997)

2.Rushdie: Picador, Rupa, 1983.

3.Safren Willam cited in Satendra Nandan: ‘Diasporic Consciousness’ Interrogative Post-Colonial: Column Theory, Text and Context, Editors: Harish Trivedi and Meenakshi Mukherjee; Indian Institute of Advanced Studies 1996, p.53)

4.Stuart Hall, ‘Cultural Identity and Diaspora in Patric White and Laura Christmas, eds, Colonial Discourses and Post-Colonial Theory: A Reader, New York: Columbia University Press, 1994,p.401)

5.(Rushdie: Shame Picader, Rupa, 1983, p.283).

6.(An Area of Darkness London: Andse Dentseh, 1964,p. 31)

7.(Ghosh, Amitava : ‘The Diaspora in Indian Culture’ in The Imam and The Indian Ravi Dayal and Permanent Books, Delhi : 2002,p.243)

8.(Naipaul, V S, A House for Mr. Biswas Penguin, 1969,p.14)

9.Aizaz Ahmad ‘In Theory: Classes Nations, Literatures, O.U.P.1992, and p.135)

10.(Ashcraft. Bill. And Pal Ahluwalia, Edward Said: The Paradox of Identity Routledge,London & New York 1999,p.31-56 )

11.(Mehta, Suketu, Maximum City Viking, Penguin, 2004, p. 13)

12.(Amitava Ghosh, The Ghost of Mrs. Gandhi in The Imam and The Indian , Ravi Dayal, New Delhi, 2002,p.51

13.(Bhabha, Homi, The Location of Culture, Lodon, 1994,)

14.(Ghosh, Amitav,The Hungry Tide Delhi:Ravi Dayal Pub.2004)

15.Dr. Rahi Masoom Raza, Sheeshe Ke Maka Vale. ed. Kunvar Pal Singh, Delhi: Vani Pub.2001,)