Teach Your Child to Write Thank You Notes

Receiving a present is a wonderful thing, especially when you are a child. The excitation of a wrapped gift is surpassed only by the excitation of opening the gift.

But opening the gift is only half of what you should be teaching your child about receiving a present. Sending a thank you note to the sender is just as important.

Start teaching your children early on to write a thank you for gifts. Even a very young child can understand why it is important to tell a giver thank you and help send them out.

Start by explaining to your child why it is important to say thank you for a gift. Talk about how the person cared enough for them to find the perfect item, buy it, wrap it and deliver it. Tell them how special it would be for them to get a note from your child saying how much he loved his present.

Take your child's age into consideration when choosing the thank you cards. A very young child can not write a note, but maybe they can draw a picture for the giver, and you can include a note saying how much your child enjoyed the present. A child learning to write would enjoy using a thank you card that has the fill in blanks. An older child who knows how to write should write a regular thank you note.

What should be included in a handwritten thank you? Try asking your child what they thought about the gift. You should encourage your child to say thank you, but also say why or how much they appreciated the present.

What should you tell your child if the gift was inappropriate or if it just was not liked by your child? Not every giver is going to find the perfect gift and when your child receives such an item it is a great opportunity to teach your child that it is the thought that counts. Even a gift that is not liked should have a thank you note sent. Explain to your child the present was purchased to celebrate their special day and that is what your child is thanking them for.

When should your child send out a thank you note? Every gift they receive that they are not able to thank the giver in person for describes a thank you card and they should be sent as soon as possible after it is given and opened. The evening the gift was opened is a good time to write their thank you notes. Your child is relaxing after an exciting day, and has had a chance to enjoy the present so the words should come faster for your child.

One way to instill writing thank you notes for gifts is for you to always send one out yourself. Children learn their manners from watching the people around them. In the same thought, they will learn to send out thank you notes from watching you send them out.

Raising a polite child is not difficult. Your child will learn by example how to write thank you cards. By doing, you will teach them the manners that will carry them into adulthood.

RC Helicopter Blade Balancing

RC helicopter blade balancing is considered by some to be an art all by itself and some people never really master it. Sure, there RC helicopter rotor balancing tools that you buy, but why spend that money if you do not need to? Or what if you need to balance your rotor blades and do not have that tool nearby? Is it possible to balance your rotor blades without a balancing tool?

Yes, it is!

This article will lay out a free and very effective way for you to be able to dynamically and statically balance your rotor blades. All you'll need to do is spend a little time and energy to do it right.

Some people have wondered why they're even balancing the rotor blades to begin with and the answer is very simple: to get rid of unwanted vibrations in the RC helicopter. It's kind of like driving a car with one wheel out of balance – it just throws the whole ride off. With RC helicopters, instead of throwing the flight off, it can seriously affect its flight performance and the vibrations that ensue can even tear your RC helicopter apart!

The core idea with rotor balancing is to get rid of as much of the unwanted vibration as possible. You may not be able to get rid of them all, so do not be upset if there is a little vibration leftover.

The method that we're going to use is effective and does not take long at all, but it's important that you do it with caution and accuracy. When it's all done, you'll have blades that are static and dynamically balanced.

This is what you'll need – your main rotor blades, a round shaft (market, main shaft etc.) of some kind, a sharp pencil, electrical or balancing tape, some thread, and a nut and bolt.

How To Balance Your Blades Dynamically

1. First, we want to determine that out center of gravity is the same for each blade. Here's how we do it:

2. Place your round shaft on a flat surface.

3. Place one rotor blade at the top edge of the round shaft, balancing it with your fingers Slide the blade back and forth until you find its balancing spot (also know as the center of gravity).

4. Now mark that spot with a pencil and do not move the blade as you mark it.

5. Do this with the second blade as well.

6. Now, match up the blades by laying them on top of each other.

7. Move the top blade enough to see where the balancing point is for it and compare the two points.

8. If they're more than 1mm apart, you need to change the balancing point on the blade that has it's center of gravity closest to the blade tip, by transferring the balancing point closer to the bolt hole. You can do this by adding small strips of tape near the bolt hole until the center of gravity points match on both blades

9. Repeat this until you have applied enough tape to make the necessary correction to match the center of gravity (balancing point) of both blades and you're done!

How To Balance Your Blades Static

This type of balance matches the weight of each blade to the other and here's how we do it:

1. Take a nut and bolt and attach the blades together and set them symmetrically apart like they would be in flight.

2. Hang the rotor blades from your thread. You can do this with a wing nut or simply put the thread between the top blade and the nut before you tighten them together. Just make sure that the thread is lined up with the center of the blades or you've just wasted your time. You can also center the ends of the bold between two objects of equal height (like a 2 by 4) to balance them.

3. Pick up the blades by the thread and let them hang naturally. Look at them at eye-level to see if they're level or if one rotor blade is lower than the other. If they're level, then job well done! If they're not level, then we need to fix it by adding small strips of tape to the blade that is higher (it means it's lighter).

The key is to add the strips near the balancing point, or center of gravity, so that you do not undo all the work you've already done. Just add the tape until they're both level and when they're level, you'll know that they're balanced! You're now an official RC helicopter blade balancing guru! Well done!

How Do You Like Your Eggs?

Fried? Poached? Scrambled?

Sorry. Fertile is not on the breakfast menu.

My married friend, Mary, is feeling clucky. So is my next door neighbor. My work colleagues. My high school friends. Even the cat next door. In fact, most women I know are starting to feel, or rather hear, the unmistakable sound of their biological clocks ticking as loud as the deafening sound of Krakatoa. It seems world’s not-old-not-young Gen-Xers in high heels (and trainers) are popping out Gen-C left, right and centre. And the rest who aren’t popping are clucky-ing.

And lining up on the IVF program.

You see, while eggs keep fresh in the fridge for a while, it seems Mary’s eggs had been fridged a little too long.

Mary’s clucky predicament started five years ago. She had just turned 35. I, on the other hand, was a spring chicken hatched from an egg. We were both single, sharing a cbd loft near the trendy bars we frequent in search of an alpha male. To fulfill an existential purpose. To remedy Mary’s clucky predicament; spawn her progeny. Before it’s too late.

Though time was on my side, I was in search of a similar thing. Minus the cluckiness.

A strong man.

Preferably six feet tall. No less.

With good genes.

Handsome, of course.

With a modest to high IQ.

With a wish list like mine and a severe case of the clucks like Mary’s, we’ll have better luck at the sperm bank. It’s as easy as ticking the box. Problem was, I wanted a beau, not a bambino. And Mary was a hopeless romantic.

Like two wayward heroines armed with heels that could kill, we braved the single jungle. We explored the depths of serial dating to mastery. We lived and ruled singletown. Wantonly. As the soles of our Jimmy Choos pared and thinned traipsing through countless bars only to exhaust our charms on heart-thieves, tricksters and disingenuous gentlemen, we oft but plodded home barefoot and depleted. Optimistic, nonetheless.

And, with a bagful of phone numbers we will never call!

We learnt a fact most enlightening. Today’s postmodern courtship dance (usually) starts with an alcohol-induced dalliance that ends all too abruptly as soon as one settles into the beat of the drum.

But I wonder.

Perhaps they hear the loud tick of Mary’s biological clock.

Or does the word “Commitment” slowly appear on my forehead on closer inspection?

Ah, whatever!

After much rumination, we came to a moment of illumination: if this be our lot, then our lot be full!

Faster than one can say please, the heavens opened. The universe listened. The world revealed its secret. Like sinners finding deliverance, Mary found an equally clucky prince.

I found my six-foot-two Strong Man.

With good genes and a high IQ.

Handsome, of course.

Our monomania cured. Almost. Five years on and with clucky prince in tow, Mary’s cluck has found no luck. And time is no friend to a woman clucking in her almost-40s. She has the prince alright – with an army of eager squirmy warriors. But damn those eggs!

So Mary ditched me for her new best friends: Ivy F. Ob Gyn. Weird names. Weird people. They fuss over her eggs!

Personally, I like mine sunny-side-up.

Robelen Bajar is a writer with a cluckaphobia.

The LED Home Lighting Revolution

The Las Vegas Strip may not be converting to them just yet, but LED lights have quickly become a popular home lighting method. These energy efficient light fixtures have been used for decades in a variety of applications, from alarm clock displays to Christmas tree ornaments; technology advances in recent years have enabled them to be used as regular light bulbs for domestic use, instead of incandescent or fluorescent lights. Home owners using LED lights can reduce their power consumption considerably, save big on electricity bills, and help protect natural resources.

The technology for LED, which stands for light emitting diode, was developed in the 1920s by the Russian scientist Oleg Vladimirovich Losev, and largely ignored for the next 30 years. American scientists began reporting on the technology in the mid 1950s, and by the 1960s LED lights were being refined for consumer electronics. This method of lighting was modified over the next few decades, and saw its largest breakthrough in recent years with the development of white LED, which enabled the technology to be used in home lighting.

LEDs work by carrying a charge across semi conducting material that has been impregnated with impurities. The impurities cause the charge to fall to a lower energy level as it travels, and emit light in the process. The color of LED light can be controlled by the materials used as impurities in the semi conducting material. The most common LED colors are red, blue, white, and yellow.

Beyond home use, LEDs have many applications, including exit signs, railroad and traffic lights, sensor lights, machine vision light sources, flashlights, and phototherapy for skin conditions. LED is so versatile partly because its spectrum of light can be controlled more accurately than other types of light.

The main disadvantage of LED lighting compared to other light sources is that it is hard to direct. While high directivity is not usually required for home use, it's often needed for industrial or commercial applications like laser technology.

The advantages of LED technology far outweigh the drawbacks, especially when energy efficiency is considered. For home owners, LED is too good an option to ignore.

Calling cards vs. Prepaid calling plans

Many communication providers offer inconvenience of prepaid calling plans. Let us attempt what way make phone calls better calling cards or prepaid calling plans better and what advantages and lacks at them is.

Prepaid calling plans

Prepaid calling plans may be international, domestic and combined. You self determine character of calls for right choose plan. Usually prepaid calling plans have a flat monthly payment and give fixed number of minutes for calls from regular phones, generally of 500 to 1000. It is a service without taxes & fees and charges per minute as well as dispense from commitments and or contracts. Prepaid plan allow do not switch a long distance carrier, receive the lowest rate especially comparing to the direct dial +1 service and even phone cards. So you can budget and cut your calling costs.

Phone cards

On my sites I use next definition of phone cards is a telecommunication credit card used for advance pay for calling service. This card may use from virtually any phone but in contrast to prepaid calling plan may contain additional fees and charges. Talk using calling cards usually cheaper than talk on public phones taxes. Also if you use not refillable calling cards you must enter a personal identification number (PIN) on every call. Most of calling cards have prepaid credit in which the calling cards is buying with a specific balance, from which the cost of calls made is deducted. International calling cards allow you make phone calls anytime practically from any place where the phone is established.

In summary may receive next conclusion: Prepaid calling plans more appropriate if you make many low cost calls from regular phone on home. You may choose international or domestic prepaid plans depend on you calls destinations. Telephone cards are more expensive than prepaid plans but using prepaid calling cards mobility and versatility – you may call from any phone anywhere – from home, office, street. It's cards also let make anonymous calls. Calling cards are rather useful for travelers, business mans, students and other people who goes much.

Is a Sump Pump Backup System Really Worth the Expense

OK. So, you have an adequate sump pump that does not have a backup system and everything seems to work just fine. In fact, in a recent heavy storm your sump pump handled the load as it was designed to do and there was no flooding at all. Why should you then go through the added expense and hassle of having a pump pump backup system installed?

Is it a Risk You Are Willing to Take

The truth is that that you really do not. It is all a matter of choice, and while some people get along just fine year after year with no sump pump backup system others thank their lucky stars time and again that they have one to pump their basement out when their main system fails on them.

If Your New to Your Home Check Your System Well

There are some factors that you have to consider though. One of these factors, for instance, is if the area that you live in is to power outages. If it is, then you can count on the power going out on you at some point during a storm. If you recently bought your home and the previous owners told you that the basement sump pump system works just fine, then you have to bear in mind that they may have different standards then you do.

Water Powered Sump Pumps

New technology in water powered pump systems have made it possible for people to install a pump pump in their basements that is completely imperfect to the effects of a power outage. Then with a battery powered backup system to assist it during high water output times, the complete system is about as close to fool proof as you can get in a pump pump system.

Can You Afford the Risk of Water Damage

Finally, it is important to take stock of the actual damages that will occur of your foundation floods. Foundation damage due to settling and mold damage in the home itself are just two of the problems that can arise out of a flooded basement. With the cost of a good quality sump pump backup system now more affordable than ever, one has to ask themselves if they can afford not to go without one.

Lean to Play the Native American Flute: Lesson Three

Playing the Native American Flute: Lesson Three

If you have gone through the first two lessons and have experienced the thrill of hearing real musical sounds come from your flute you will be more than ready to develop some new skills. In this lesson I will show you how to add variety and dynamics to your playing.

First, make the sound tah by touching the tip of your tongue to the top of the pallet of your mouth and blowing some air pressure against it as you suddenly let the tongue go slack. It's a tah like the beginning of the word table. Do you feel the air blow outward explosively? Try it again – make the sound tah, tah, tah out loud. Now, do it again silently. Put your flute to your mouth and with all holes closed. Make a silent tah into the flute as you sound the fundamental note. Now sound the fundamental by just blowing into the flute. Do you hear the difference between these two sounds? The one made with a tah is sharper and quicker than the plain blowing into the flute. This is called a different articulation of the note.

You have learned how to go up the scale by blowing into the flute as you sound each succeeding note. Now, go up the scale but make a silent tah each time you sound a new note. Remember the force of the breath comes from the solar plexus. One, two, three, four, five, six tah notes. Then, go back down the scale with the same articulation. Let's change it a little by doing a double tah with each note as you go up and down the scale of your Native American flute. You sound the note twice – tah, tah note one, note two, etc. And, back down the scale again.

Try the same double note with the breath only as you did with the first exercise. Is not it interesting how a simple change in the way the note is articulated could make such a difference? Now, alternate the two different ways of sounding notes as you go up the scale. Start by sounding the fundamental note with a tah articulation and then sound the second note with a simple breath articulation. Continue up and then down the scale using the two different ways of sounding the note alternatively. Play with this for a while. Use some tah notes and blowing note in random combinations and listen to what you are creating. You are adding variety to the sounds the flute is making.

Remember in lesson two when you held notes for different periods of time. Some long some short. Now play with elongating and shortening the length of time a note is held and the way the note is articulated. Let your fingers and breath play with the possibilities for a while. Throw in some short intervals of silence between some of the notes. The silent interval is called a rest. Hear how the notes start to find relationships between each other? Your playing is starting to become dynamic.

After this lesson you are equipped to really play with your flute. If you would like more information about playing and making flutes you may go to my website at http://atflutes.com for more information. Enjoy!

How To Choose The Canvas For Your Awning

The main factor for the canvas for your awning, it's to choose to do in PVC, because will be light and malleable.

Between their advantages we have the following ones:

  • It's resistant to the UV rays
  • Allows any color
  • They possess some protection coatings, as the following:
    • Not to allow the fire propagation
    • With blockade against UV rays (with great resistance against the effects of the ultraviolet rays that discolour along the time)
    • Fungicides (addictive that avoid the formation of mold and stains)
    • Non oxidizer, to avoid the appearance of iron stains
    • Addictive to avoid negative effects to the aesthetics and the brightness, that could damage the coating and to reduce the useful life of the canvas)
    • A varnish layer or lacquer in the coating (the varnish is not only designated for protection of the canvas from the UV rays, but also improves the self-cleaning characteristics; one of the used material for that is the Tedlar).

If you choose the canvas of your awning taking the above suggestions, surely you will have an awning with excellent useful life, allowing the change of the canvas to be in a much larger period than the standard one.

To improve the useful life of the canvas of your awning, we suggested that the canvas cleaning to be in every 3 or 4 weeks and using a neutral detergent.

Those two decisions

  • A good choice of the canvas type
  • Cleaning of the awning at each 3 or 4 weeks

will give you a very larger useful life for your awning.

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University of Pune

The University of Pune was founded on February 10, 1949 and is located in the state of Maharashtra in India. With a sprawling campus spread over 400 acres of land, there are 46 departments, 269 colleges and 118 research institutes affiliated to the university. Known by the epithet "Oxford of the East", the University of Pune has jurisdiction over five districts – Pune, Nasik, Ahmednagar, Dhule and Jalgaon.

An educational hub

The site at which the University of Pune is located is the place where some episodes of the Battle of Khadki took place. The city itself has a rich heritage and it is one of the fastest growing cities in India. With a population of over 4 million people, the city has grown to be a hub of education and career seekers.

The university offers a serene environment conducive to teaching / learning processes. There is a range of courses in various Science, Arts and Commerce disciplines.

Vital Information

The University of Pune is connected with all major cities of India via air, rail and road. The capital of Maharashtra Mumbai is at half an hour distance from Pune. Outstation students can avail of separate hostel facility for girls and boys which is based on merit. The hostel mess, which in turn is compulsory for all ladies seeking hostel facility, offers hygienic food to the students. The university also draws aspirants from all over the globe.

In recent times, there has been introduction of more inter-disciplinary and comparative courses at the University of Pune which has indeed helped in establishing the university as a modern gateway of knowledge.

Google AdSense A Win-Win For Advertisers and Webmasters

Google AdSense is a revenue generating program for webmasters and a marketing campaign for advertisers. Google serves as a bridge between the products and the customers. The business men who want to sell their products are searching for markets to advertise them. When their advertisements reach more people then they are likely to get more customers for their products. The webmasters who own websites are searching for opportunities to make money using their website. Google perfectly understands the need of both the ends and beautifully connotes them by means of AdSense.

The business owners or advertisers in Google's perspective register their ads with Google AdSense. Google does some research on the ads and if the ads are found legal, then they will be published by Google in the websites which owners are interested to place them. The advertisers pay Google for sending customers for their websites. Google pays a portion of this money to all the webmasters who send their visitors to the advertiser's websites.

The advertisers must register for advertiser's account with AdSense. After approving the target website and the ads you can place the bid for the main keywords of your ads. The highest bidder wins the keywords. The bid is specified as the amount paid per click. When you compete for a hot keyword, you have to bid more. But when you bid for a more targeted but less liked keyword, you can win the bid for a lower amount.

The webmasters must register for an account with Google AdSense. After approving your website, Google will then crawl your website to find the main keywords to place relevant ads on your website. Although you can assist Google to place relevant ads by specifications and blocking you can not decide exactly what ads will appear on your website. You will be paid when your visitor clicks on the ads and views the advertiser's website.

Google has strict privacy policy. The advertisers do not know on which websites their ads are placed and the vice versa is also true. Google decides everything. If any illegal activity is found with the webmaster or advertiser Google has the right to deactivate the account. All your contacts regarding AdSense must be only with Google. If you find anything suspicious about your ads or website, you must report only to Google.

To be a part of Google AdSense program you must be atleast 18 years of age. When you apply for the program you have to fill in the application from correctly otherwise you will be disapproved by Google. Once disapproved, you can never get approval for the same website from Google. Google adds disapproved websites in a black list and you will be denied forever. Google does not allow any communications directly between the advertiser and the webmaster. Any illegal transactions are not allowed. Google AdSense does not guarantee the number of customers to the advertisers and do not guarantee the revenue for webmasters. It all depends on your own ability and skills to attract visitors.

Fraudulent or computer generated clicks are not allowed by Google. Google AdSense collects a special team of members that watch all the websites registered with Google for any fraudulent activity. Google is very strict with its policies and you will be disapproved without any clarification if any illegal activity is found. Google never cheats the advertisers and you need to pay Google only if a valid click is generated out of your ads.

Google AdSense is a grate program that is beneficial to both advertisers and webmasters. If you are genuine and clean you will definitely love the Google AdSense program. It is always a Win -Win for both the ends. So if you have a running website then you can certainly monetize your website with AdSense to taste the passive income which does not require any extra effort.

Samsung Series 7 Chronos – Review Hardware

The Samsung Series 7 Chronos

For key workstation, it takes the same 2.2GHz Intel Core i-7 quad-core as the entry-level 15 inch Mac Book Pro, and equally adds the same A M D Ra d e o n H D 6750M on behalf of graphics. There’s more videotape recall now, 1GB anti Apple’s 512MB, and regularity recall and cargo space are similarly raised, to 8GB and 750GB in that order.

That hard disk cargo space carries solitary trick we’ve not seen on a laptop in the past an even more 8GB of gleam recall on the motherboard to accelerate performance. Akin to Intel’s Smart Response Technology (S R T), this Express Cache bring out is certified from Disk keeper and combines fast NA ND gleam with a big rigorously hard disk.

The plan now is to bring composed massive competence and closer transfers. The outcome is alleged to offer S SD – like performance on behalf of a relatively small value.

Participating in our tests, the Samsung Series 7 Chronos may perhaps cold moon boot Windows 7 in 30 seconds. That was with a clean install of Windows and refusal bloatware expect longer if you suffer anti-virus or Microsoft Office installed, on behalf of order.

Build and skin tone

Construction is very tidy, with a lesser amount of the clutter and flaps to adorn an ordinary Windows notebook. The back of the show is smart brushed, although formerly you feeling of excitement the lid you’ll achieve the corpus of the piece of equipment is entirely painted plastic.

The Series 7 has the same magnetic catch less lid original seen on the white Mac Book with a peculiar cutout in the body on behalf of hooking in a finger to feeling of excitement the lid, really identical to the have an effect on sculpted into the Mac Book Pro.

The underside is cleanly finished, not including even a battery give forth to spoil the defenses; fair enough, Samsung has copied the conception of the non- not fixed battery. And like a Mac Book, there’s a generous-sized lithium battery inside so you’re a lesser amount of likely to find frustrated next to being unable to swap on to a release while you run dry.

Really exploiting to massive 80 W competence, the Samsung lasted on 8 hours (492 minutes) in the Mobile Mark 2007 Productivity test.

That’s appreciably longer than the 311 minutes we measured on behalf of the top-spec 15 in M B P. It’s not an official comparison among models though, even if we had oblique the comparable models anti every one other with identical 2.2GHz Core i-7: While both bring out switching know-how to defer to low-power integrated Intel graphics while A M D’s horsepower is not required, Apples laptop does not switch under Windows 7 and the company’s Boot Camp drivers.

Participating in Windows, an Apple Mac Book has its full-power, battery-sapping graphics running next to all epoch. Such as a rough comparison, sticking to OS X, Apple lists 7 hours ‘wireless web’ run time.


Overall regularity performance of the Samsung Series 7 Chronos was in addition measurably superior, as recorded by our World Bench 6 point of reference, with the Samsung scoring 138 to the Apple’s 132 points.

And remember, that’s a 2.2GHz versus a 2.4GHz Core i-7, suggesting to the Express Cache was without a doubt nudging up regularity hustle.

Connectivity is well covered by the Series 7 Chronos. Most ports are ranged along the not here flank, leaving break on behalf of a slot-load DVD drive on the suitable la Apple. Two U S B 3.0, H D M I, a mini-VGA seaport (that interfaces with a supplied dongle) and a 3.5mm headset jack populate the upper hand.

Samsung wasn’t so victorious next to squeezing in LAN card to the plastic hulk, but present is a seaport now too with a dimly hinged flap to drops down to assume an R J 45 plug. On the front upper hand of the laptop is an S D/ S D X C tag slot.

Participating in the all-important areas of being interface, Samsung has laid something of a curate’s egg. The grand piano is Scrabble-style and comfortable to type ahead, with well-spaced keys having a reassuring accomplishment. These keys are in addition back list, albeit with a more distinctive edge-light effect as an alternative of glowing through the memo typeset to Apple pioneered.

And the greater track pad is one more Apple carryover, button less and with several basic touch capability, if sadly clunky now compared to the smooth act in Mac OS X. But it’s the screen to accurately fixed our eye.

This is a nicely glare-free panel, with realistically penetrating promise next to 1600 x 900 pixels. And to pixel count gives away the aspect ratio, a film-friendly 16:9 that’s rigorously to running away on slightly laptop immediately.

Color fidelity is a little poor and viewing angles worse, but it does stretch unfeasible cheerful while essential.

Things to Consider When Thinking of Home Theater Construction

Having your own home theater entertainment system installed in the home can certainly change the way you view movies, hear music as well as enjoy your favorite TV programs. You will be faced with a number of options when selecting your system including that of construction. You may want a wireless system, which are increasingly becoming more popular with each passing year since they benefit to you more style as well as compactness thereby freeing up more space in your home theater room.

Build Your Own Customized System

You may choose to go in for home theater construction while you can build your own customized system and this is an affordable as well as simple as also a cost effective solution. You can get information about these construction from websites as well as magazines devoted to customized home theater construction. Here, you will find practical instructions regarding the plans needed for it as well as get advice regarding its layout. You will also find plans for audio systems including surround sound, do-it-yourself wiring diagrams as well as how best to customize your home theater components. For expert advice on home theater construction you should visit websites that review as well as advice on the best available construction options.

The advantage to it is that it allows you to mix and match components so that you get whatever you wish for. It can often also be an enjoyable experience and it allows you to consider different factors before opting for the one special one. You may need to decide on whether to go in for a projector or TV system, and if you opt for projector you will need to decide on a particular type that suits your needs best. Also, you need to decide on the size of the room as well as decide on whether you intend on watching movies, listening to music, watching sports or all three. Home theater construction also means being free from the constraints of buying package deals, and it allows you to construct a full-scale state of the art system that has the works including projector, receiver and everything else. There is however, price variance to consider which can go from a few thousand dollars to even a hundred thousand depending on how extravagant and rich you are.

The bottom line is that home theater construction is about getting the best value for money without needing to break the bank doing so. You may even be able to get good prices because most companies are offering prices that bottom out due to changing technologies. So, do not worry if your system is not state-of-the-art. Just get a good deal!

Curt Schilling's Shoulder Injury and How You Can Avoid One

Curt Schilling's shoulder injury is a hot topic of debate in the sports arena right now. While doctors are keeping his diagnosis from public view, it is probable that he, at the very least, is suffering from biceps tendonitis. In fact, there is an extremely high likelihood that he also has a SLAP lesion, a superior labral tear anterior to posterior.

The labrum of the shoulder serves two primary functions:

1) Deepens the fossa (cavity) where the humerus (upper arm bone) meets the scapula (shoulder blade) to increase contact space for better joint movement.

2) Serves as a vacuum seal for the shoulder joint, meaning that it allows the rotator cuff to rest while helping to maintain upright posture.

The biceps tendon, contrary to the sound of it, has very little sensitivity with normal 'bicep-type' activities, such as bicep curls, hammer curls, reverse curls, etc. Conversely, the biceps tendon is most aggravated while lifting your arm straight out in front of you with your palm facing up, or during 'wind up' motions, as in baseball pitching.

Curt Schilling has demonstrated on many occasions that he has hyperflexibility in the shoulder girdle, allowing him to wind up and pitch the ball much faster. Unfortunately, with speed comes a tough price to pay. When too much pulling of the biceps tendon takes place through rapid movement from the 'cocking' phase of a baseball pitch to the 'follow through,' it is possible that the biceps tendon will pull forcefully up on the labrum, to which it is adhered . Under maximal loads and / or repetitive trauma, this many times results in SLAP lesions, as is discussed above.

In order to improve the stability of your shoulder complex and decrease the risk of needing surgery, it is important to work on shoulder blade stability first. In order to do so effectively, I recommend two exercises in particular:

1) Plank with theraband hold – push-up like position, on your forearms and elbows with a therapand wrapped around your wrists. Stretch the theraband until your arms are shoulder width apart, raise your knees off of the ground, squeeze your shoulder blades together, and hold for 30-60 seconds. Repeat 3x every day, especially if you are baseball pitcher.

2) Crossed extension – on all 4's, raise opponent arm and leg into the air while maintaining a 'neutral spine' position, or straight back. Avoid any twisting and turning movements as much as possible for the best result. Alternate between right arm with left leg and left arm with right leg until you have done ten repetitions with each side. Repeat for three sets or until fatigue. Pay special attention to the arm that stabilizes you against the ground. Be sure to keep your shoulder blades back and squeezed together to prevent abnormal movement while you are bearing weight on your arm.

With these simple two additions listed above, you can markedly increase the stability of your shoulder complex with very little effort. Who knows? This may help you avoid surgery one day!

Property Tax – Pros and Cons

Property tax can be the fairest and at the same time the not so fair tax collected by municipalities.

Two of the determining factors of how it can affect what an individual will pay for this type of tax are where you live and a person’s economic condition.

Even though we all can appreciate the good points of owning a home vs. renting, when it comes to property tax, renting is by far the better option. States will collect property tax on the following:

Any additions to the property such as improvements to the land

Land itself

Any structures that are not permanent to the property

The assessment is commonly made by an exclusive county tax collector in each state. An individual’s property and land will be appraised of its value and subsequently mailed as a tax payment notice. This usually is paid through a homeowner’s escrow amount stated on their mortgage.

Many times this can negatively affect a property or land owner as the taxes in a specific state can sometimes double or triple in amount and leave the homeowner unable to afford to pay their taxes, forcing them to sell their property or land.

People on a fixed income such as Senior citizens who have retired, can be greatly affected by the increase of property tax. The value of their homes increase, but at the same time they find themselves unable to pay their taxes because of their reduced income. Unfortunately, property tax doesn’t allow much wiggle room in the event of acts of nature or personal tragedy.

Although 2.3 seems to be the average percentage for property tax, it varies greatly from state to state, making it seem highly unfair for certain states such as New Hampshire, as it is a high 4.9 percent.

It also seem unfair when states like Alabama pay 1.3 percent and yet just a little distance away in neighboring Georgia would be required to pay 2.6 percent, then even more in Florida at a rate of 3.1 percent.

So who determines how the money generated from this income is spent or in some cases wasted? The state legislatures will determine this along with the decision to increase or decrease property tax and how frequent it is collected.

Even though property tax can absolutely help states with income,the amount of property tax to be paid can be a determining factor in one’s decision where to reside to achieve the American Dream of land or home ownership.

How Quickly Can You Get Fit After Years of Inactivity?

Have you been inactive for years? Are you wondering how long it will take you to get fit?

The short answer is “It depends!” How fast you get into shape is directly related to your present physical condition, and how fast your body reacts to physical conditioning. For example, someone 10 pounds overweight, with no physical limitations, will get into shape a lot faster than someone 50 pounds overweight with Type II diabetes and bad knees.

Not only will it take the second person longer to get in shape, but he or she will probably need to use a different strategy. The second person may never get to the fitness level of the first one. But remember that it is not a competition. It is individual and doing anything is better than doing nothing.

Getting fit after years of inactivity is like taking a car out for a drive after it has been sitting for ten years. If you are a car aficionado, you know you wouldn’t get in, and see how fast you could max out the r.p.ms in every gear. You would baby it along and gradually get it up to speed. The body after years of “non-use” is similar.

You want to start slow and gradually work your way up the fitness ladder. The American Heart Association recommends that a good place to start is to exercise three to four times per week, 30 to 60 minutes each time, with a target heart rate of 50% to 60% of your maximum heart rate. To calculate your maximum heart rate take 220 – your age (for men) or 226 – your age (for women).

For example, the maximum heart rate for a 50 year-old man would be 170. Sixty percent of that figure would be 102 beats per minute. Increase your level of activity over a 6-week period eventually getting your target heart rate up to 70 to 80% (80% would be 136).

A good place to start is with a mix of cardio and strength training. Walking, running, playing tennis, biking and swimming are all good cardio activities that will get your heart rate up to your target range. Of course before starting your exercise routine, (and after getting the okay from your doctor), be sure to warm-up with stretching.

If you have bad knees, then substitute an elliptical trainer for walking or running. And don’t even think of playing tennis. With either cardio or strength training, adjust time/intensity and weight/repetitions to keep your heart rate in the appropriate range. With strength training, start out light on weight and repetitions and work up.

The other half of getting fit is eating right. While you are at the doctor getting checked out to see if you are fit enough to start an exercise program, ask about a nutrition plan. It will be different for you if you have to lose a lot of weight than if you are already at the proper weight for your height and age.

Getting fit is about setting a goal and then gradually working up to reach that goal. Focusing only on reaching your goal as quickly as possible is just asking for a debilitating injury which could set you back months.