An Iron Addict’s Life (and Biz) Lessons

First, let me tell you – I’ve never been a powerlifter or an athletic person.

In fact, the first time a started lifting heavy weights like I’m doing it now is just a little more than 2 years ago.

I used to be that guy – checking myself out in the mirror, doing all those exercises that’ll grow my biceps and triceps so I can look like that pumped-up dude at the beach.

So why did I become “Iron-Happy”? Is this just my early mid-life crisis? I think it’s more than that…

3 years ago I got off the couch, decided I’m much too young to feel this damn old, and started reading and learning all I can about strength training.

Honestly – it’s like reading your body’s manual (like our car’s manual – we never took the time to stop on the sidelines and read how this magnificent machine works)

And once you start that motor… you feel the fire of life and youth roaring through your veins…

When you understand your body’s not much more than classic mechanical physics and some chemistry (nutrition), it all gets quite simple, because those are concepts strategies for treating it like nature intended.

But when guys just want to look good, they stick to the “pumped” tactics out there, trying to imitate some chronic steroid pumping guru online, and then…

They get hurt, broken up inside and out…

Then decide to “take it easy”, “act their age”, sit down on the inclined bench, telling tales of their glory days when they were big and strong, warning you from a similar fate.

The same applies to your business –

The one big connection between life in business and life in the gym is if you stick to your passions in both, deeply studying the proven concepts, strategies and objectives, those “common-knowledge” myths everybody around you is chanting don’t apply to you –

“What do you think you’re doing? Your gonna hurt yourself!”…

“You’re not 20 anymore, you shouldn’t be lifting that kind of weight!”…

“Look around you – is anybody else doing and thinking these crazy things?”…

“What kind of grown-up family man leaves his comfy little corporate job to start a business in a niche he knows nothing about?”…

“What’s wrong with you? You’re acting like a little kid”…

You know, that kind of stuff…

But we entrepreneurs don’t have any good answers, do we? We just know we don’t want to sit, calm down and fade away.

“Common-knowledge” is the language of beat-up, worn-out “never-was” people, looking back in fear and regret, thinking what might have been if they wouldn’t listen to all that “common knowledge” in the first place and just went after their heart.

Down the line, it’s better being a “has-been” than a “never-was”, or even worse – a “what-if..”

My iron-pumping hero is CT Fletcher

(don’t look him up on YouTube if you’re easily offended by some motivational profanity – he’s all “F-this” and “F-that”… )

This guy… man, talk about living obsessively –

Almost died 2-3 times under the knife because of his iron addiction.

His “magnificent obsession” he calls it… words of a truly passionate man.

But if you think about it, only exceptional people do exceptional stuff, and the only way to be exceptional is to be obsessed.

Steve Jobs… Elon Musk… Jimi Hendrix… Some exceptionally obsessed people I admire.

Obsession is a gift, and combined with knowledge – it’s divine, the stuff that legends are made of.

“Always shoot for the moon – it’s one of the few real thrills left today!” – Eugene Schwartz

4 Reasons to Buy a New Wood Stove

Newer does not automatically mean better, but when it comes to the tested technology of advanced wood stoves, the benefits are hard to argument with. Current wood stove models-anything made after the early 1990s and approved by the Environmental Protection Agency-are at least a third more economic than the traditional pot belly stove. That means 33 percent less cash spent on seasoned wood (or 33 percent less elbow grease if you harvest your own fuel). In addition, today's wood burning stoves are nearly smokeless, keeping polluting fumes to a minimum. Let's break down the benefits in a little more detail.

First, Efficient Technology

At the moment you sign the check or swipe your credit card, the economic technology of a contemporary stove will cost you about $ 200 dollars. However, as heating savings begin to accumulate, that investment will quickly pay dividends. After just a couple seasons of use, you can expect your stove to have paid for itself-and thereafter you're moving further and further into the black with every fire you build. It's not hard to see why many homeowners find this kind of math attractive.

Second, Green Safety

Modern stoves give off 90 percent fewer fumes than the traditional models, which amounts to fires that are often smokeless. Practically, this means no dark, heavy smoke, no stifling, harmful emissions, no bad odor. This kind of efficiency makes stoves an environmentally friendly alternative. On top of this, 90 percent less smoke means 90 percent less creosote – a flammable waste substance that accumulates in stove flues. That means you will not need to hire a chimney sweep to service your stove, and it reduces the risk of stovepipe fires to almost nil.

Third, Maximum Wood Economy

This may sound slightly redundant, but let me point it out anyway. Contemporary stoves produce very little smoke, as we saw above-but this is a result of their fuel efficiency. They burn hotter with less wood, and they burn wood completely, leaving very little ash. This results in a smaller environmental footprint, as less wood is consumed. Do you see a theme emerging? More heat, less expenditure. In addition, today's stoves are easy to operate, so you'll spend a minimum of time getting your fires lit. No tinkering with a quirky machine to get the air flow right and the fire started.

Fourth, Wood Stove Style

This may be the last thing you think about, but it needs to be said: Today's stoves are much better looking than their predecessors. Advanced modern designs give us a pay-off in aesthetic terms as well. Stoves you'll look at now showcase graceful lines, custom colors, and stone and enamel materials in addition to classic cast iron and welded steel models. Contemporary stoves feature self-cleaning glass windows, which allow you to keep an eye on fires and make adjustments if necessary. But probably better than that, it allows you to curl up and watch the flames dance.

Convinced yet? By going with a new stove, you'll gain a radiant heating source that pads your bank account while adding to the beauty of your home.

The Body Temperature During Your Exercise

Let's try to understand what happens to the heat released by the body during the physical activity. The reason why we should do this is because there are a lot of sportsmen out there who surprised what happens to their body while they exercise, so here it is.

Almost all the energy released by the metabolism of the body and which is taken from the nutritive substances we eat are finally converted into heat. This is also valid for the energy which produces the contract of the muscles and here is why. First of all, the maximum efficiency when it comes to transforming the energy you get from food into muscle work is approximately twenty – twenty-five per cent, the rest of the energy being converted into heat during the intracellular chemical reactions. Secondly, almost all the energy which is supposedly to produce this muscle work is also transformed into heat because it is almost entirely used for fighting against the resistance which appears when the muscles and the articulations move, for fighting against the friction forces of the blood running through the veins and for other similar effects. All these convert the energy of the muscles into heat.

If we take into consideration the potential of the consumption of oxygen increasing more than twenty times with a trained sportsman and the proportional increase of the consumption of oxygen and the heat released into the body, we can easily understand that there are great quantities of heat which are released into the internal tissues of the body during the physical activities. Moreover, if this large quantity of heat is produced during a hot and dry day, the sportsman not being able to remove the heat by sweating, the sportsman can suffer from a thermal shock.

Awning Maintenance: Extending the Natural Life of Your Awning

An awning is a beautiful addition to the exterior of a home, but it needs to be taken care of to keep up its appearance. Follow these simple cleaning instructions and your awnings will remain the talk of the neighborhood.

With summer fast approaching, the sun & rain will cause your awning to take a beating and age prematurely. It would be wise to give the awning’s a cleaning to help minimize the damage done each year and to maximize the lifespan of your awnings.

Remembering to clean your awning’s fabric regularly will preserve its life, delay the need for more thorough cleanings, and help keep your outdoor living space in pristine condition.

According to awning manufacturers, one of the best ways to keep your awning fabric looking good and to delay the need for deep or vigorous cleaning is to rinse fabrics off on a monthly basis with clear water-simple as that. This practice will help prevent dirt from becoming deeply embedded in the fabric and counteract the buildup of pollen, plant matter, and other debris. In most environments, a thorough cleaning will only be needed annually.

When the time comes for a thorough cleaning (recommended annually) you should definitely consider getting an expert to undertake that task for you. The benefits are obvious and the cost of effective awning cleaning is relatively cheap.

However if you are the DIY type, fabrics can easily be treated while still on the awning frame, and smaller units may be removed and cleaned in a washing machine.

When cleaning the fabric of your awning in the washing machine it is important to: Always use a natural soap (Never detergent), wash in cold to lukewarm water (never more than 100 degrees), and never apply heat when drying (air dry only).

To clean the fabric of your awning while still on the frame, follow these simple steps:

1) Brush off any loose dirt.

2) Hose down both sides of the fabric

3) Prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild soap such as Dawn (no detergents).

4) Use a soft bristle brush to clean.

5) Allow cleaning solution to soak into the fabric.

6) Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.

7) Air dry.

Whether cleaning in a washing machine or with the awning still attached to the frame, the fabric will naturally air dry very quickly. Never dry clean fabrics.

If, after completing the cleaning steps above, any stubborn stains persist, a diluted chlorine bleach/soap mixture can be used for spot cleaning of mildew, roof run off, or other similar stains.

When tough stains get set into your awning , however, it will require a thorough cleaning, using stronger chemicals than just bath soap. These chemicals will most likely damage the fabric’s protective finish and subsequently you should reapply the fabric’s protective finish.

This is obviously a more labor intensive and specialized process, and you will be better off letting a professional take care of it. But it can be prevented by remembering to clean your awning regularly.

So take the time to clean your awning today and save yourself the headache tomorrow!

Regular cleaning of awnings is quick and easy, keeps them looking good, and delays the necessity of more thorough cleanings.

Rhetorical Devices in the Inaugural Address of John F. Kennedy

It is according to Aristotle that a speaker or writer has three ways to persuade his audience: The first kind depends on the personal character of the speaker; the second is on putting the audience into a certain frame of mind; the third is on the proof, or apparent proof, provided by the words of the speech itself.

One of the most influential people who made a memorable speech for the past century is President John F. Kennedy, a famous public speaker who wrote an inaugural address that contains a power to persuade a lot of people.

His well-known speech shows how his method of using the art of persuasive written or spoken discourse (Rhetoric) that an author or speaker uses to convey a meaning to the listener or reader contributes to the purpose or theme of his message for his countrymen.

Definition of Terms:

1. Alliteration: Repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words that are close to one another.

2. Allusion: A brief or indirect reference to a person, place, event, or passage in a work of literature or the Bible assumed to be sufficiently well known to be recognized by the reader.

3. Amplification: An expansion of detail to clarify a point.

4. Analogy: A comparison between two things in which the more complex is explained in terms of the more simple.

5. Anaphora: Repetition of one or more words at the head of consecutive phrases, clauses, or sentences.

6. Anastrophe: Inversion of word order to mark emphasis.

7. Antimetabole: Reverasal or repeated words or phrases for effect.

8. Antithesis: Contrast within parallel phrases (not to be confused with the ordinary use of the word to mean “extreme opposite”).

9. Assonance: Repetition of vowel sounds between different consonants.

10. Asyndeton: Absence of conjunctions.

11. Chiasmus: The reversal of grammatical order from one phrase to the next.

12. Climax: Consists of arranging words, clauses, or sentences in the order of increasing importance, weight, or emphasis.

13. Conduplication: Resembles anadiplosis in the repetition of a preceding word, but it repeats a key word (not just the last word) from a preceding phrase, clause, or sentence, at the beginning of the next.

14. Consonance: Repetition of identical consonant sounds within two or more words in close proximity.

15. Ellipsis: Any omitted part of speech that is easily understood in context.

16. Ethos: Makes use of what an audience values and believes to be good or true.

17. Hyperbole: Deliberate exaggeration in order to create humor or emphasis.

18. Imagery: Lively descriptions which impress the images of things upon the mind using one or more of the five senses.

19. Logos: appealing to reason in a measured, logical way.

20. Metanoia: The qualification of a statement to either diminish or strengthen its tone.

21. Metaphor: Meaning or identity ascribed to one subject by way of another.

22. Oxymoron: Contraditory terms or ideas are combined.

23. Parallelism: The technique of arranging words, phrases, clauses, or larger structures by placing them side by side and making them similar in form.

24. Paradox: A statement that seems to contradict itself but that turns out to have a rational meaning.

25. Pathos: Appealing to the emotions.

26. Personification: The attribution of human qualities to a nonhuman or inanimate object.

27. Polysyndeton: Insertion of conjunctions before each word in a list.

28. Repetition: Word or phrase used two or more times in close proximity.

29. Rhetorical Question: A question asked for rhethorical effect to emphasize a point, no answer being expected.

30. Sententia: The punctuation of a point with an aphorism.

31. Syntax: The grammatical structure of a sentence; the arrangement of words in a sentence.

32. Tricolon: A series of parallel words, phrases, clauses, or statements.

33. Zeugma: Includes several similar rhetorical devices, all involving a grammatically correct linkage (or yoking together) of two or more parts of speech by another part of speech.

Rhetorical Devices That Are Present In The Inaugural Address of John F. Kennedy:


• “same solemn” (2nd sentence of the 2nd paragraph)

• “man holds in his mortal hands” (1st sentence of the 3rd paragraph)

• “for which our forebears fought” (2nd sentence of 3rd paragraph)

• “to friend and foe alike” (4th paragraph)

• “whether it wishes us well or ill” (5th paragraph)

• “Pay any price, bear any burden… ” (5th paragraph)

• “the survival and the success of liberty” (5th paragraph)

• “faithful friends” (1st sentence of the 7th paragraph)

• “colonial control” (1st sentence of the 8th paragraph)

• “strongly supporting” (2nd sentence of the 8th paragraph)

• “break the bonds of mass misery” (9th paragraph)

• “sovereign states” (11th paragraph)

• “its writ may run” (11th paragraph)

• “the dark powers of destruction” (12th paragraph)

• “steady spread” (14th paragraph)

• “sincerity is always subject” (15th paragraph)

• “peace preserved” (9th to the last paragraph)

• “bear the burden” (6th to the last paragraph)

• “a grand and global alliance” (5th to the last paragraph)

• “high standards of strength and sacrifice” (1st sentence of the last paragraph)

• “Let us go forth to lead the land we love… ” (2nd sentence of the last paragraph)


• “I have sworn before you and Almighty God.” (2nd sentence of the 2nd paragraph)

• “those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside” (last sentence of the 8th paragraph)


• “Let both sides… Let both sides… Let both sides… Let both sides (Paragraphs 16 to 19)


• “those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside” (3rd sentence of the 8th paragraph)


• “all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life” (1st sentence of the 3rd paragraph)

• “not because the communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right” (1st sentence of the 9th paragraph)

• “To those old allies… To those new states… To those people… To our sister… To that world… to those nations… ” (Paragraphs 7 to 12)

• “We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom” (2nd and 3rd sentences of the 8th paragraph)

• “both sides overburdened by the cost of modern weapons, both rightly alarmed by the steady spread of the deadly atom, yet both racing to alter that uncertain balance of terror that stays the hand of mankind’s final war” (14th paragraph)

• “Let both sides… Let both sides… Let both sides… Let both sides” (Paragraphs 16 to 19)

• “not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need–not as a call to battle, though embattled we are–but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out” (6th to the last paragraph)

• “the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet” (8th to the last paragraph)


• “Dare not” (1st sentence of the 4th paragraph and 13th paragraph & 3rd sentence of the 7th paragraph)

• “This much we pledge” (6th paragraph)

• “Ask not” (26th paragraph)


• “Ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.” (3rd to the last paragraph)

• “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.” (2nd sentence of the 15th paragraph)


• “We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom–symbolizing an end as well as a beginning signifying renewal as well as change. ” (1st sentence of the 2nd paragraph)

• “… not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.” (2nd sentence of the 3rd paragraph)

• “Support any friend, oppose any foe… ” (5th paragraph)

• “United there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided there is little we can do… ” (2nd sentence of the 7th paragraph)

• “Not because… not because… but because… ” (1st sentence of the 9th paragraph)

• “Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.” (2nd sentence of the 15th paragraph)

• “Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.” (16th paragraph)

• “not a new balance of power, but a new world of law” (20th paragraph)

• “Not as a call to bear arms… not as a call to battle.. but a call to bear the burden… ” (23rd paragraph)

• “I do not shrink from this responsibility–I welcome it.” (2nd sentence of the 25th paragraph)

• “… ask not what you country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” (26th paragraph)

• “ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man” (2nd to the last paragraph)


• “… the steady spread of the deadly atom.” (14th paragraph)


• “We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe… ” (5th paragraph)

• “explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths” (2nd sentence of the 18th paragraph)

• “The energy, the faith, the devotion” (4th to the last paragraph)


• “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.” (2nd sentence of the 15th paragraph)

• “ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country” (3rd to the last paragraph)


• “All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet.” (8th to the last paragraph)


• “to help them help themselves” (1st sentence of the 9th paragraph)

• “good words into good deeds” (1st sentence of the 10th paragraph)

• “free men and free governments” (1st sentence of the 10th paragraph)

• “the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace” (11th paragraph)

• “absolute power… absolute control… ” (17th paragraph)


• “Whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall… ” (5th paragraph)


• “This much we pledge–and more.” (6th paragraph)


• “Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, Reverend Clergy, fellow citizens: We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom–symbolizing an end as well as a beginning–signifying renewal as well as change.” (Paragraphs 1 & 2)

• “In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility–I welcome it.” (4th to the last paragraph)

• “With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.” (last sentence of the last paragraph)


• “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” (5th paragraph)


• “The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.” (4th paragraph)


• “old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share” (1st sentence of the 7th paragraph)

• “new states whom we welcome to the ranks of the free” (1st sentence of the 8th paragraph)

• “people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery” (1st sentence of the 9th paragraph)

• “that world assembly of sovereign states, the United Nations” (11th paragraph)

• “nations who would make themselves our adversary” (12th paragraph)


• “Now the trumpet summons us again–not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need–not as a call to battle, though embattled we are–but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation”–a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease and war itself.” (6th to the last paragraph)


• “We are the heirs of the first revolution.” (1st sentence of the 4th paragraph)

• “Let the word go forward from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans… ” (2nd sentence of the 4th paragraph)

• “riding the back of the tiger” (3rd sentence of the 8th paragraph)

• “the bonds of mass misery” (9th paragraph)

• “the chains of poverty” (1st sentence of the 10th paragraph)

• “evolution of hope” (2nd sentence of the 10th paragraph)

• “master of its own house” (last sentence of the 10th paragraph)

• “balance of terror” (14th paragraph)

• “And if a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion… ” (20th paragraph)

• “The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it–and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.” (4th to the last paragraph)


• “But this peaceful revolution.” (2nd sentence of the 10th paragraph)


• “We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom–symbolizing an end as well as a beginning signifying renewal as well as change.” (1st sentence of the 2nd paragraph)

• “born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage” (2nd sentence of the 4th paragraph)

• “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” (5th paragraph)

• “Let both sides explore what problems unite us… Let both sides, for the first time, formulate serious and precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms… Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science… Let both sides unite… ” (Paragraphs 6 to 9)

• “United there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided there is little we can do… ” (2nd and 3rd sentences of the 7th paragraph)

• “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” (2nd sentence of the 9th paragraph)

• “sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond” (2nd sentence of the 13th paragraph)


• “Only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.” (2nd sentence of the 13th paragraph)


• “To those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery… ” (1st sentence of the 9th paragraph)

• “he graves of young Americans who answered the call toservice surround the globe” (7th to the last paragraph)

• ” The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it–and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.” (4th to the last paragraph)


• “With history the final judge of our deeds” (2nd sentence of the last paragraph)


• “where the strong are just and the weak secure and the peace preserved” (9th to the last paragraph)


• “For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.” (1st sentence of the 3rd paragraph)

*Rhetorical Question

• “Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort?” (5th to the last paragraph)


• “undo the heavy burdens… (and) let the oppressed go free” (19th paragraph)


• “My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” (2nd to the last paragraph)


• “We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom–symbolizing an end as well as a beginning signifying renewal as well as change.” (1st sentence of the 2nd paragraph)

• “not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need–not as a call to battle, though embattled we are–but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out” (6th to the last paragraph)


• “Now the trumpet summons us again–not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need–not as a call to battle, though embattled we are–but a call to bear the burden… ” (6th to the last paragraph)

Encapsulation of Findings:

John F. Kennedy used 33 different types of rhetorical devices in his inaugural speech. The most dominant rhetorical device that he used was the usage of alliteration.


Through extensive analysis, it can be seen that it is evident that he has a goal of getting the audience’s attention to listen and to understand his points in a meaningful way in the fields of writing and speaking.

Pickled Pickles

The true history of the pickle is somewhat of a mystery. Although some believe it dates back to India 4030 years ago. The pickle has been mentioned in the Bible by Jesus and in the Old Testament books Numbers and Isaiah. Napoleon valued its health benefits for his army. George Washington had a collection of 476 different kinds of pickles. In 850 BC Aristotle praised the healing benefits of the pickle, and Thomas Jefferson wrote: “On a hot day in Virginia, I know nothing more comforting than a fine spiced pickle, brought up trout, like from the sparkling depths of the aromatic jar below the stairs of Aunt Sally’s cellar.”

So, what is all the fuss over a pickled cucumber you ask? Who knows…I do know that even today the popular pickle is everywhere. The crunchy tangy pickle is eaten out of jars, on our burgers, and served with our sandwiches. It is sliced, speared, whole, diced for relish, spicy, sour, and sweet. We just love the amazing, multi-talented pickle!

The health benefits of the pickle are incredible:

Raw, lacto-fermented vegetables (pickles) have good bacteria that inhibit the growth of harmful microbes in the intestines.

They have a higher concentration of vitamin C.

They help you absorb iron better.

Research shows that vinegar can help with weigh loss.


* Americans consume 26-billion pickles a year. That’s about nine pounds of pickles per person.

* More than half the cucumbers grown in the U.S. are made into pickles.

* Amerigo Vespucci, for whom America is named, was a pickle merchant before becoming an explorer.

* Pickling has been used to preserve food for almost 5,000 years.

* The pickle is both a fruit and a vegetable

No matter how you feel about pickles…they aren’t going anywhere. So, grab a dill, sit down, and get crunching.

Dill Pickles Recipe:

4 dozen fresh, crisp, pickling cucumbers – DO NOT use the commercial, waxed kind!

Fresh dill, to taste (approx. 1- bundle)

1 qt. Apple cider vinegar

8 c water

1 c salt

10 whole garlic cloves, peeled

2-4 garlic cloves, peeled, and crushed

Several Jars

Wash cukes and cover with cold water. Refrigerate overnight.

Pack cukes into jars, tightly. Stuff equal amounts of dill into each jar.

Meanwhile, bring remaining ingredients to a boil. Boil for 2 min.

Evenly divide whole garlic cloves into jars. Pour hot brine into the

jars. Seal. Makes 12 pints. After processing and cooling, jars should be

stored 4 to 5 weeks to develop ideal flavor.

Bread-and-Butter Pickles Recipe:

6 lbs of 4- to 5-inch pickling cucumbers

8 cups thinly sliced onions (about 3 pounds)

l/2 cup canning or pickling salt

4 cups vinegar (5 percent)

4-l/2 cups sugar

2 tbsp mustard seed

l-l/2 tbsp celery seed

l tbsp ground tumeric

Wash cucumbers. Cut l/l6-inch off blossom end and discard. Cut into 3/l6-inch slices. Combine cucumbers and onions in a large bowl. Add salt. Cover with 2 inches crushed or cubed ice. Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours, adding more ice as needed. Combine remaining ingredients in a large pot. Boil l0 minutes. Drain and add cucumbers and onions and slowly reheat to boiling. Fill jars with slices and cooking syrup, leaving l/2-inch headspace. Adjust lids and process pints or quarts l0 minutes in a boiling water canner. After processing and cooling, jars should be stored 4 to 5 weeks to develop ideal flavor.

Quick Sweet Pickles Recipe:

8 lbs of 3- to 4-inch pickling cucumbers (may be canned as strips or slices)

l/3 cup canning or pickling salt

4-l/2 cups sugar

3-l/2 cups vinegar (5 percent)

2 tsp celery seed

l tbsp whole allspice

2 tbsp mustard seed

Yield: About 7 to 9 pints

Wash cucumbers. Cut l/l6-inch off blossom end and discard, but leave l/4 inch of stem attached. Slice or cut in strips, if desired. Place in bowl and sprinkle with l/3 cup salt. Cover with 2 inches of crushed or cubed ice. Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours. Add more ice as needed. Drain well. Combine sugar, vinegar, celery seed, allspice, and mustard seed in 6-quart kettle. Heat to boiling. Hot Pack: Add cucumbers and heat slowly until vinegar solution returns to boil. Stir occasionally to make sure mixture heats evenly. Fill sterile jars, leaving l/2-inch headspace. Adjust lids. Process 5 minutes in a boiling water canner.

Raw Pack: Fill jars, leaving l/2-inch headspace. Add hot pickling syrup, leaving l/2-inch headspace. Adjust lids and process pints l0 minutes and quarts l5 minutes in boiling water canner or use the low temperature pasteurization treatment. After processing and cooling, jars should be stored 4 to 5 weeks to develop ideal flavor.

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Save Energy With LED Lighting

LED stands for light emitting diode and it is the most efficient lighting technology that is developing most rapidly in the world today. When you have the best quality LED, you will enjoy the greatest durability and better light as compared to other kinds of lighting. There are many things you may not know about this kind of lighting, but if you did, you would agree that it is the best kind of lighting as compared to others.

Saving on energy

This type of lighting is energy efficient to a very great extent and it comes with the potential of changing the whole lighting structure in the world. There are different kinds of LEDs and some are used for residential purposes. Some of those that are the best quality save around 75% of energy and they last around 25 times when compared to the incandescent lighting. This will translate to great savings, especially if more and more people decide to use this kind of lighting in the future.

Differences with other forms of lighting

There is a big difference between the LED kinds of lighting compared to others.

The light source: this is one of the differences. LEDs are of a fleck of paper size. They are also a mix of blue, green and red and therefore they emit white light.

The direction: LEDs usually emit their light in a very specific direction and therefore there is no need to use diffusers and reflectors to trap light. This makes them very efficient for a variety of uses. Other kinds of lighting require reflection and usually a lot of the light doesn’t get to areas targeted.

Heat: usually, there is very little heat emission. The incandescent bulbs release around 90 percent of energy in the form of heat while the CFLs stand at 80 percent.

Different uses of LED

Today, there are a wide variety of industrial and home products that offer LED lighting. The list keeps on growing. This rapid growth of the technology has led to more products as well as efficiency in manufacturing and that’s why consumers can enjoy even lower prices. Some of the most popular products include:

  • Commercial and industrial lighting: since LEDs are directional and efficient in nature, it has made them a great idea for lots of industrial uses. They are quite commonly used in parking garage, streets, walkways and all other sorts of outdoor areas that need light. Others include task lighting, modular lighting, as well as refrigerated case lighting.
  • Lighting in the kitchen: LEDs are directional and small and therefore they are best for countertop lighting used for reading recipes and cooking. The color appears blue or cooler than most would desire in a kitchen and shadowing can occur. It is therefore important to select the products carefully so as to find what is most ideal in your target space.
  • The recessed downlights: these are often used in bathrooms, hallways and residential kitchens as well as in different commercial and office settings. Many people are using the downlights and the LED has decreased wattage to a great extent.

What Is a Charpy Test?

It’s important to understand what a Charpy test is so that you can focus on structural integrity. Any time you use steel, you should be having this test conducted so that you know more about strain-rate.

Essentially, the test is going to show whether a metal should be classified as ductile or brittle. If you don’t take the time to understand how it is classified, you could end up using it in the wrong application.

How the Test is Conducted

The Charpy test is conducted in a relatively simple manner. However, you will generally use a third-party to conduct the test for you. It will provide you with all of the statistics needed so that you can learn more about the parent metal.

A standard notched specimen is struck with a controlled weight pendulum, which is one from a second site. There is an anvil and a pendulum in order to make sure that the specimen is struck in the right location. The amount of energy absorbed is recorded to identify how tough the test material is.

It’s also possible to have the tests carried out under different temperature settings. This will help to generate more information about the ductile to brittle transition curve.

Why Get it Done?

Even though you may have already done plenty of research to find out about the different alloys and their characteristics, you need to know as much as possible about how ductile or brittle a metal is. It will ensure you know more about how it is going to hold up in various situations.

A Charpy test will not take very long to conduct. The information can be extremely important to help you determine how easily the metal will break and under what situations. If you know that the metal is going to become more brittle after a certain temperature, you will know not to expose the metal to such a temperature – or choose a different alloy entirely.

The absorbed energy will always be reported when conducting the test. You will get these results on the report. There are a few other aspects that may or may not be reported, including crystallinity and lateral expansion. You want this data on the report, you will need to let the company who is conducting the test know this.

You will also need to remember that this information will not be used to calculate the toughness of a weld.

Now that you know what a Charpy test is, you can decide whether you need one or not. It may be beneficial for you to get the information so that you can learn more about the metal and whether it is capable of performing under the environment you plan on exposing it to.

Further, you want to make sure that you choose a company that will be able to carry out the test in the best conditions. It’s a good idea to discuss the test with several different third parties so that you can learn more about what kinds of information they can provide on the test. You want to work with someone who uses the highest quality standards and who has competitive prices. Further, you want someone who is going to build a long-lasting relationship with you as it is likely that you will need more Charpy tests in the future.

Learn How To String A Ukulele!

To string a ukulele can sometimes be tricky, but easy to learn! Usually there are two different bridge types that anchor the strings to the bridge of a ukulele.

A. You tie the string to the bridge.

B. Or you anchor the string to the bridge with a peg. On the head stock of the ukulele is where you anchor the other end of the string to the tuning peg.

The easiest method that I found was to…..

*For demonstration purposes, the ukulele (front) is facing you, with the headstock at the top*

1. Anchor one side of the string to the bridge of the body (tie or peg anchor)

2. Grab the other end of the string and measure it to the tuning peg that it goes to.

3. The G string (Top String or furthest left on the fretboard) goes to the bottom left peg. Measure the string to the above peg which is the C string peg. Now cut the string about 1″ past the peg with a scissors or wire cutter. Put the string in the tuning peg (about ¾” – 1″ sticking out) and turn the tuning peg to take out the slack in the string.

4. The C string (2nd string from the top string) goes to the top left peg. Measure the string to the top of the headstock. Now cut the string about 1″ past the headstock with a scissors or wire cutter. Put the string in the tuning peg (about ¾” – 1″ sticking out) and turn the tuning peg to take out the slack in the string.

5. The E string (3rd string from the top string) goes to the top right peg. Measure the string to the top of the headstock. Now cut the string about 1″ past the headstock with a scissors or wire cutter. Put the string in the tuning peg (about ¾” – 1″ sticking out) and turn the tuning peg to take out the slack in the string.

6. The A string (4th string from the top string or the bottom string) goes to the bottom right peg. Measure the string to the above peg which is the E string peg. Now cut the string about 1″ past the peg with a scissors or wire cutter. Put the string in the tuning peg (about ¾” – 1″ sticking out) and turn the tuning peg to take out the slack in the string.

7. Now tune all the strings to the right sound pitch….G, C, E, A, using a tuner. You may also go back to the ukulele tuning page!

8. The strings will stretch out over a week or so which is normal. When ever you play with new strings, you’ll be out of tune. Just re-tune it with a tuner!!

I found this method the fastest way to string a ukulele. There are also string winders that allow you to take the slack out of the string fast!! Use which ever method that you’re most comfortable with. You may also use these methods to string a guitar.

Happy Playing!

Think Tank Ponders Concept and Idea Assembly Line?

Running a Think Tank is fun and it is hard to keep up with all the new innovations, but it is possible and it is a thrill to discover all the latest stuff and then use the hypersonic mind to thrust those ideas and concepts into future applications. One member of our Think Tank; Joe, mentioned that we needed an assembly line for ideas that we generate.

This is interesting because, well because the other day I talked with a Retired Scientist from ID DOE Labs who was retired and sunning in Sun City and he said he use to walk around to the different departments of the lab to ask expertise to put together projects . He said he is the only person who knew everyone so he was able to do this. If you will recall IBM used this method to streamline paperwork flows and Deming wrote about this.

Bill Gates discussed the paperwork, forms and bureaucracy at Microsoft and reduced the number of forms down to 5 from well over 100, in his book about the Corporate Digital Nervous System. He and others warned the Government to do the same and they started with online IRS filing, E-Government Initiatives and Motor Vehicle paper work and yet they never completed the project. Even today the Environmentalists are complaining about all the trees being cut down causing climate change.

Is there a way to take all these concepts and mush them together for a better way to move ideas along to fruition? An assembly line; requests Joe? I think he is right and let me tell you why? Then the other day I read a paper by Professor Dean Simonton on Genius and another book on Creativity Flow and genius and how Universities often accidently made discoveries due to the fact the everyone ate in the same lunchroom and discussed different domains, collaboration while breaking bread if you will or CBB.

Then the other day I talked to another retired Satellite Guy in Tucson, who told me that one government advanced research project had his company and another company give proposals, but the real reason was so they could watch each other spiels and how they each solved problems that were holding back the other. So both getting missing components, which none of them could figure out, both then went on to do great things within months. Today we see collaboration in the satellite venues with Boeing and Lockheed working together to solve problems, therefore helping the world and bringing technology to application in record time.

An assembly line "idea chain" might be a good idea like a web ring? I had been thinking about that the other day and wrote about Blog Web Rings and concepts. Then I was thinking how Blogs and forums and Wikipedia model might simulate a directory that could be used for setting up a virtual idea assembly line process. I think Joe in our Online Think Tank is onto something here.

Now then what if an artificial intelligent machine, found all the components, players, materials and set up a Finite Capacity Scheduling model and assigned tasks based on the availability of all the scientists, thinkers and researchers in each domain; then shot them an email for verification this might be possible. If the worker likened the project he or she or their team would be put into that supply chain, if not and know the amount of funding available on the sunset and could speculate the rest if future applications were warranted or that they might come up with in the process. If the recipient of the proposal was busy or could not handle it, then the Computer would have picked the next closest match based on the criteria for the project if no reply was received?

An Online Think Tank would set up the outrageous dream technologies that they needed. As the project moved along others could discuss applications and a team could decide if relevant and launch another project all the same methodology. Sharing information and access to key people in various domains along the way, would increase the flow of future projects and really put human minds to work to solve all their own problems and use the technology to the best of its abilities? Well that is the idea we hatched today? What concepts do you have in 2007.

Make A Camping Tent Serve Longer

Sleeping bags are standard on campers. Almost no camper would leave without a tent.

Tents are movable shelters that are small enough to be folded, rolled up and carried by a person. The tents are made of a material of similar material, that is packed or attached to a post frame. Modern stores have durable waterproof fabrics and foldable aluminum bars.

Tents vary in size. There are those old enough to sleep, somebody. Others are quite long and can sleep a whole family. Modern tents can be started within five to ten minutes.

Although the tents are robust, durable and resistant to weather conditions, they are maintenance-free. The tents remain as long as their owners take care of them. The quality of the tents is important; A tent is usually the only thing that stands between a camper and survival.

Here are some tips for taking care of tents.

1) Tents must be watertight. Most tent manufacturers claim that their tents are waterproof and that all seams and joints are sealed. It is better to close them twice for safety reasons. Professionals in outdoor activities recommend contacting the manufacturer and using the sealant that seals the seams.

2) Bring extra coins for camping. Bring extra zippers, tape, fabrics and other materials for on-site repairs. Keep in mind that the longer it takes to repair the damage, the greater the damage.

3) Practice assembling the tent. When you train to install your tent, you are less likely to tear, bend or break parts of the store. You can also quickly set up a tent.

4) Apply the correct states and use them. The posts help to secure the tent on the ground. If you camp in good weather and on solid ground, regular betting is suitable. If you lay soft ground or if there is wind, stronger bets are required. Make sure that you apply the correct tension to the inserts.

5) Avoid placing tents in direct sunlight. Although tents are offered for any climate conditions, they are damaged by direct sunlight. Ultraviolet light from direct sunlight weakens and deteriorates the tissue of stores. That is why it is best to install tents in the shade.

6) Use the floor covering. Before placing a tent, it is recommended to place a tarpaulin on the floor where the tent rests. This protects the bottom of the camping tent against dirt, stones, twigs and other objects that can tear the bottom of the store. It also helps to keep the water on the floor outside the store.

7) Ventilate the tent in the right way. Moisture can accumulate in a tent. Opening a window or fin prevents the interior of the store from condensing.

8) Clean and dry the tent completely after each use. This extends the life of the store.

Do not forget that tents are like a good wine; With the right attention, they improve with age.

Before you start your fabulous family camping holiday, set up your tent! Make sure all cable lines are intact and have enough stakes to install your tent. Clean the inside and outside of your store according to the manufacturer’s instructions before repacking. You will be grateful when you arrive at the campsite!

Servent Leadership: Self-Discipline

The most basic defining moment demands that leaders resolve the issue of self-discipline, which has serious implications for their future. In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves. Self-discipline was their number one responsibility. "The higher leaders climb up the corporate ladder the greater their burden of responsibility and their need to reevaluate themselves and their whole self." 1 Once you have mastered self-discipline, there is plenty of guidance available on leading others. Leadership of others is the subject of hundreds of books and courses. Self-leadership, however, involves self-discipline, self-regulation, personal growth, and is vital for achievement of our goals, even if we never lead another person. "People have to know themselves and understand their environments in order to adapt and learn." 2

Leaders who do not understand themselves are unquestionably to have an accurate view of others or be sensitive to others' feelings, needs, and attitudes. "To be effective, leaders need insight into their skills and abilities and how others react to them." 3 Self-discipline – honesty, gentleness, blamelessness, temperance, and vigilance are all qualities that we can control. Self-discipline produces a specific character or pattern of behavior – moral, physical, or mental development in a particular direction. In organizations, just as in the Christian community, there are times when leaders fall away from these characteristics through personal loss or personal sin. Building and developing these characteristics is not something we just learn from a book or hear from a sermon. We must actively and continuously engage ourselves in order to focus on self-discipline. "It's after we have contemplated our own actions, measuring how they align with our values, intentions, and words, that we are most likely to make a contribution of integrity to the world." 4

How does a leader actively engage in self-discipline? Through godly living! Paul states "For Kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and honesty." (1 Timothy 2: 2). Godliness (or godly) is a key word in Paul's Pastoral letters which occurs eight times in 1 Timothy (2: 2, 3:16, 4: 7, 4: 8, 6: 3, 6: 5, 6: 6, and 6:11), once in 2 Timothy (3: 5), and once in Titus (1: 1). It entails a good and holy life, with special emphasis on a deep reverence for God. A true person of God has qualities of a spiritually mature person. This is not a façade to please or impress people but rather the Word of God. The godly person has not only learned doctrine academically, but he has also seen that word applied to his life over a period of years. Godliness does not come automatically, accidentally, or suddenly. It is a process that comes from living in it. It is a slow process that many fail to realize until others point it out. Effective leadership – godly leadership – requires our continual assessment and practice. Godly living affects our self-discipline as well as how we treat others in the leadership relationship.

Paul provides instructions for godly living by identifying the mystery of godliness. "… we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is savior of all men, specifically of those who believe." (1 Timothy 4:10). (1 Timothy 4:10) This is not meant that God saves everyone but that God is savior of all in that he offers salvation and saves all who come to him through Jesus Christ.

1. Gilbert W. Fairholm, Capturing the Heart of Leadership: Spirituality & Community in the New American Workplace, (Westport: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated, 1997), 6.

2. Manuel London, Leadership Development: Paths to Self-Insight and Professional Growth, (Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Incorporated, 2001), 27.

3. Manuel London, Leadership Development, 2001, 29.

4. Stratford Sherman, Rethinking Integrity, (Leader to Leader, No. 28, 2003), 7.

Depletion of Forest Resources


Echo systems around the world help sustain life for millions of species. Echo systems that are mainly forests provide a home for a large majority of the species alive. Therefore the trees in these forests are considered to be the most important species. Although it is true, that most species are not able to sustain without each other.

There are many benefits that we get from our forests. Some of these include cleaner drinking water, a home for plants and animals, economic growth, clean air, recreational opportunities, reassuring future. Another benefit we get from trees is called oxygen. If there were no trees to give us oxygen to breath, we would not be able to live. So if you need one good reason why a forest should exist, staying alive is a pretty good reason.


Forests have many resources that people can use to raise their living standards. One example is the wood for building houses. Certain wood materials last a long time, they keep the house warm and make it easy to manufacture homes. Unfortunately the world is overpopulating and the demand for a higher standard of living is constantly on the rise. Therefore the demand for more resources is growing to levels that cannot be sustained. Since forests provide a large portion of the world’s resources, many forests are cut down or burned.

The cause for cutting down forests is directly associated with the high demand for wood to manufacture paper products and lumber for other manufacturing. We practically use wood for everything. It is used in home building, marine products, furniture and the list seems like it’s endless. Just look around yourself right now and chances are you will find a product within your reach that is made of wood. Not only is wood a good building material, but it also has great aesthetic qualities. Most people appreciate a nice wooden dining table set or classic wooden rails on a staircase. Unfortunately we don’t always take in to account how many trees need to be cut down so we can have these luxuries in our lives.

Another major direct cause for forest depletion is simply burning forests for farmland. This is more common with countries that are undeveloped and have tropical rainforests. Many poor farmers in these countries burn or cut small portions of tropical forests so they can have room for farming and cattle. But the big scale problem is created when huge corporate farms burn thousands of square acres a year. They need this much room so they can provide farming on a much larger scale to compete in the world market for food. The reason forests are burned for the farmland is due to the rich minerals fertility of the soil.

Unfortunately even the large scale farmers in undeveloped countries are not educated on how they can maximize their results when reusing the soil. Therefore the soil is used up and left as a desert while the farmers burn more forest to make another farm. The Amazon rainforest which is the largest in the world has fallen victim to such deforestations. This forest is located in South America where countries are having tough financial times. Brazil’s market is a third of all the Latin countries included. Yet “Brazil’s foreign debt, except in the most implausible of positive economic circumstances, is simply unsustainable in the years ahead” ( 2002). Economical pressure on a country is another big cause that will force a country to deforestation such as the case in Brazil. Basic Science and Remote Sensing Initiative (BSRSI) show data that between 1978 to 1988 230,000 square miles, nearly the size of Texas was affected by deforestation ( That is 16.5% of the whole rainforest in the Amazon.

The next example shows the cause of deforestation for farming. According to The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), “Between 1990 and 2001 the percentage of Europe’s processed meat imports that came from Brazil rose from 40 to 74 percent” and by 2003 “For the first time ever, the growth in Brazilian cattle production-80 percent of which was in the Amazon-was largely export driven.” As more roads are built to provide access to forests in undeveloped countries more deforestation is evident.


As mentioned earlier, we get a large portion of our oxygen from vegetation such as trees. Since most trees live in forests it is important to realize the negative impact deforestation may have on our air quality. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a gas that has an impact on the greenhouse effect. There is a cycle between CO2 producers such as cars and CO2 consumers such as plants. Together they create the “Global Carbon Cycle”. The plants and soil of tropical forests hold 460-575 billion metric tons of carbon worldwide (McKane et al. 1995). From 1850 to 1990, deforestation worldwide released 122 billion metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere, with the current rate being between 1.6 billion metric tons per year (Skole et al. 1998). In comparison, all of the fossil fuels (coal, oil, and gas) burned during a year release about 6 billion tons per year. Therefore deforestation even when compared to all the other pollution plays a significant role in Global Warming and clean air.

Another extent of the problem with deforestation is a decrease in biodiversity. Biodiversity is important for Ecosystem sustainability, agriculture, medicine, recreation, aesthetic and commercial value. There are about 5 to 80 million species that live on this earth (Lawton and May 1995). Tropical rainforests cover about 7% of the world, but are home to more than half of the species living in the world. After a forest is cut down, many species cannot live without it and possibly go extinct. Since we depend on these species for many resources, their extension will rob us of their benefits. Perhaps we might destroy the next cure for AIDS by deforestation and not know it.


The negative impacts of deforestation are getting noticed internationally. Many countries are taking steps to reduce the problem for a more sustainable earth. Unfortunately financial gain and high competition still exists with deforestation, and for some it’s the only way of survival. Many people are not educated about the long term results their actions may cause. Because of these reasons deforestation is still a reality around the world in many countries.

With more international involvement, countries will take effective steps to bring deforestation to sustainable levels. But there is still a great deal of work to be done. For some forests it is still not too late to bring them back quicker. Other forests that have been clear-cut might take centuries to grow to the original state. Areas where pesticides were used it is possible that the echo system was damaged and may take a long time to grow again. Many forests were replaced by large banana plantations. These plantations use pesticides that kill many species that are vital for an echo system to sustain. Erosion caused by deforestation may bring more water pollution in the future and may affect agriculture in the area. Other reasons for deforestation are simply to provide room for paved roads, residential and commercial development that are caused by urban sprawl. These types of developments permanently destroy forests. Deforestation is a serious threat to life’s future on our planet. It has major effects on our global climate. It leads to the loss of millions of species that are important in sustaining a living earth.


As we discussed the causes for deforestation, we realize how these causes are very different. Because the causes are often controlled by a countries economy, overpopulation and many other social reasons, it is impossible to find one solution to deforestation. Although there are many solutions, it will take time and cooperation of many different groups of people and organizations to make the solutions work.

One popular solution that has been in effect for a few decades is forest conservation. We can work internationally, regionally, and locally with organizations to develop policy and influence industries to help ensure a sustainable future for forests. Conservation helps protect, manage, and restore the world’s most important forests by identifying threats and developing solutions to them.

Decrease the amount of products that are made as a result of deforestation. For example, using materials other than wood to build homes, furniture and other common products made of wood. Encourage recyclable materials so people don’t go back to wood again. Switching from wood to other materials will decrease the demand/supply for wood.

Implement more efficient farming methods to encourage the reuse of land.

Educate people around the world about the negative impacts of deforestation, and what can be done to prevent it. Help finance more educational programs. Help countries make the right economic decisions.

Sign international treaties and make laws/regulations to control annual deforestation.

Import meat and dairy products from markets that do not cause deforestation.

The solution that I believe will be very effective is the second one. As far as cutting down trees, this is a very workable solution. We have too many products that are made of wood today. As economies grow around the world, the middle class will also grow. This middle class will demand more and more products that are made of wood. The American middle class is obsessed with wood products and we don’t even realize it. A large portion of our homes are built from wood, and so is our furniture. Most cabinets alone require so much wood. If we like wood products so will the rest of the world.

The solution is to take the majority of the wood products and find alternative materials to them. This of course is not as easy as it sounds, but it is very doable. Once it is done, it will extremely decrease the demand for wood, therefore reducing deforestation. With such high advances in technology we can travel in space and replace hearts. Therefore it is possible to make materials that are safe for the environment and replace wood. Maybe even make materials that share most of the properties that wood has. We can even invent materials that imitate wood like the “burled wood” in our cars today. This “burled wood” in most cars isn’t even wood anymore, it is some kind of a plastic and a pattern to imitate the look of the wood. Speaking of the auto industry, I can’t believe how advanced our cars have become. These are cars that we drive everyday. Yet we live in new houses that were built with an ancient method of wood and nails. I think that is ridiculous. Perhaps the solution to replace wood with alternative materials will also lead to more efficient assembly methods and a safer environment. And most importantly the first solution is changing our attitude to help prevent deforestation.

The Depletion of Forest Resources is a huge problem with challenging solutions, let us work as a team around the world to help solve these issues.

Best Way To Clean Carpet

Regular vacuum cleaning is the best way to clean carpet and to keep it as new for a longer period of time. However, professional cleaning is required at least every year to prolong it’s life and to remove those tough oily stains which vacuuming alone cannot remove. It is important to clean your floor covering regularly to protect its beauty and to prolong its life. However, it is vital to employ the correct procedures and appropriate cleaning method that suits your carpet type and is the best way to clean carpet to avoid any damage to the individual fibers.

Cleaners all over the world recommend hot water extraction method as the best way to clean carpet. Cleaning solution along with very hot water is sprayed on the carpet with full force. This releases even the toughest stains stuck in the padding. Immediately a powerful vacuum sucks up the solution and the dirt, leaving the carpet only damp to touch.

You can also steam clean yourself by renting or purchasing steam cleaning machine. However this often results in a lot of problem. Such as:

  • Doing yourself can cause over wetting which may cause molds underneath the carpet padding and the carpet backing may separate.
  • Secondly, most of the home based detergents tend to leave a residue behind which re-attracts dirt faster.

A fiber protector is a must after you or the professional has cleaned your carpet. They don’t remove the stains but helps in removing them easily when there’s a stain or spill on your carpet, ultimately prolonging your carpet’s life.

Engine degreaser such as Castrol Super Clean is also an answer to cleaning heavily soiled carpets. If you plan to steam clean yourself, rent an industrial steam cleaner and add some degreaser along with water in the hopper. Try cleaning the hidden areas first to get the right amount of degreaser especially if it’s a colored carpet. Too much may leave a residue behind, where as too little will result in over diluted solution. If residue is left behind, you may apply vinegar in your last cleaning cycle. When cleaning dark colored carpets, it is advisable to apply the solution on an inconspicuous area first before cleaning the entire carpet so as to avoid discoloration.

Hence, steam cleaning is considered the best way to clean carpet. It not only effectively removes all the pet hair, germs and dirt embedded from everyday life but also revives your carpet’s look. A clean floor covering improves air quality and creates a hygienic environment. Frequent deep cleaning not only maintains a carpet’s colors and beauty but also prolongs its life.

Choosing the Right Replacement Canopy For Your Gazebo

There is a gazebo sitting out in the yard, with no canopy on it because the original one that came with the gazebo is ripped and torn after years of wear and tear, and the frame is still in excellent condition. What do you do? You can either throw the gazebo away and fork out $300 to $500, maybe even $1,000 or more for a new gazebo OR buy a replacement canopy top to fit your existing frame. Sure, buying a new gazebo may sound like a good idea, but throwing away the old metal frame of the old gazebo, which is probably not that old to begin with, is not environmentally friendly. Plus, that is a lot of money to pay every couple of years for a new frame. So, the only practical, environmentally friendly, and cost effective solution is to buy a replacement canopy. Not only will you have a new top for your gazebo frame, but added years of enjoyment and fun for you and your family.

There are a lot of replacement canopies to choose from, and it all depends on the type of frame you have. Today’s gazebos come in all shapes and sizes, and the trend seems to be that gazebos are getting bigger. It is very rare nowadays to find an 8 x 8 square gazebo. Today, gazebos come in all shapes and sizes, straying away from the traditional square shape, and offering rectangular, hexagon, and round shapes. With various gazebo shapes retail stores provide, the style is just as important. Detailed scrollwork on the canopy such as leaves, flowers, and lattice work give the gazebos a unique look, as if the gazebo itself is another room where you can relax or entertain guests. The ability to customize and add furniture and other decor creates an extension of the family living room, only it is outdoors.

Which canopy is right for me?

As every gazebo is different, so too, are the replacement canopies for it. All of our replacement canopies that we manufacture are made specific to that gazebo. The first step in determining which replacement canopy you need is with a model number (also known as style number, SKU number, etc.). This model number can either be the manufacturer’s model number or the model number the retail store assigned to the product. This is the gazebo’s identification number. The model number can be found on a tag on the underside of the original canopy or on the netting set. The instructions manual also include the model number. Most think the model number is etched on the frame of the gazebo. That is not the case, and should be a suggestion to manufacturers, as that would be the easiest place to find the model number.

If you do not know or have the model number, the store from where the gazebo was purchased narrows down the many different types of gazebos you will funnel through to determine which replacement canopy will fit your frame. We carry replacement canopy tops for gazebos that were sold at big box retail stores, such as Home Depot, Target, and Wal-Mart, to name a few.

What makes my gazebo different than the rest?

The store where the gazebo was purchased and the model number are the best chances of finding a replacement canopy. However, if those are not available, the unique characteristics of the frame itself are another tool in finding that specific canopy top. Ask yourself, “What makes my gazebo different?” Finials, or ornaments such as bulbs, arrows, and spears that are used to fasten the canopy onto the gazebo frame.

Gazebos are usually single tier or double-tiered. A single tier frame canopy looks like a pyramid. A double tiered frame has another top tier structure to accommodate another, smaller canopy top. Also, the way the canopy attaches to the frame is another difference to consider. Some canopies attach over the frame of the gazebo for a secure fit. Other canopies attach by a corner pocket design, where the canopy attaches to poles which extend past the frame of the gazebo. Some attach by hooks into holes on the frame. In addition, every gazebo is constructed differently. Some gazebos have panels that contain detailed scrollwork or shelves where you can display plants, vases, and other outdoor items. Strong, sturdy posts, or a fenced in look are also unique characteristics that vary with each gazebo.

Choosing the right replacement canopy

The best way to determine which canopy top you need for your frame is with a model number. The varying details of the gazebo frame can also help, but will not guarantee a fit. Although there is a universal that is available, choosing a custom fit will make your gazebo appear brand new again. The universal replacement canopy provides a generic fit and not a custom fit for most standard 10 x 10 square size gazebos. With a custom fit canopy, there is less likelihood of the canopy fabric deteriorating, as a replacement canopy that does not fit can shorten the lifespan of the canopy. In addition, the accumulation of water after a light or a heavy rainstorm creates a pool of water on the canopy, which results in mold forming, and tearing of the fabric.

If you want to make your gazebo look new again, a replacement canopy will definitely add more years of enjoyment for you and your family. Our replacement canopies are made out of a nylon material and weighs 200 grams per square meter, which is above the industry standard of 140 grams per square meter. The material may be 30% more durable than the canopy that came with your original gazebo. Our replacement canopy tops are lacquered to be water resistant, and is also UV treated.