Head YouTek Prestige Midplus Tennis Racquet Review

Every major racquet company has a flagfish racquet that is synonymous with the brand. Wilson has the Pro Staff 6.1 95, Babolat has the extremely popular Pure Drive, and Head has the Prestige. Originally introduced in the mid 80's as the Prestige Pro, the Prestige family of racquets has become instantly recognizable in the hands of such greats as Goran Ivanisevic, Marat Safin, Gustavo Kuerten, and young guns Marin Cilic and Stanislas Wawrinka. Head's newest incarnation of the Prestige line is the Yutek Prestige infused with Head's patented d3O technology and a classy new cosmetic. For this particular play test, I took out a new Youtek Prestige Mid Plus strung with a Polyblend at 57 lbs.

Anyone who has played or demoed a Prestige in the past knows that this racquet is geared for control and more control. Everything about the frame from its moderately low stiffness rating (which is 62 by our RA), thin beam, and dense string pattern (18×20) are geared for pinpoint precision, and this racquet does not disappoint. Starting from the backcourt, I could instantly feel that this racquet has superior stability and plow through on the ground. My ground strokes were deeper and more penetrating than racquets with less weight, and I felt no vibration whatever when connecting with well stuck balls from my opponent.

Moving into the net is where I really started to enjoy the feel of the new Prestige. For anyone who has had some higher level player frames from Head in the past (ie Radical, Prestige), there is a tendency for the racquet to feel something dead near the top of the racquet. For this reason, I sometimes struggle with my feel at net with my current racquet (Microgel Radical MP). This was not the case with the new Prestige. I felt that all of my volleys were crisp and accurate, even when I did not connect right in the center of the sweet spot. This was a big bonus for me as I actually picked up some free points at net that I would not normally get.

While I certainly enjoyed the Prestige from the backcourt and at the net, the racquet really excels when you start to serve. From the service line, I was able to crack hard flat serves down the "T" and slice some great looking serves out wide. With other racquets, I sometimes have to hold back in order to gain my control within the box, but I was able to let loose with this racquet and gain some much needed free points.

From my review you might think that this racquet is magical and will instantly make you a better player. While I certainly approve of this new version of the Prestige, here are some things to consider. First, the racquet is heavy in comparison to most of your other racquets in the market, and will be best suited for strong players 4.0-4.5 and up. If you are not used to playing with a racquet this heavy you can really start to feel the weight, especially if you have to go a third set. Second, this racquet provides you with control for days, but that means that you must generate most of your power from your swing. Nothing short or compact will work here; it requires those long loopy strokes. If this sounds like your kind of racquet, feel free to use the coupon at the end of this newsletter for a free week long demo of the new prestige!

How to Build Lessons With a Project Learning Matrix Design

I suggest using diplomacy and patience to build your OAR. It is the matrix behind project learning and is the rudder to steer student participation, along with your active classroom management skills.

Objectives

These are taken from your school district curriculum standards. It's a good idea to post them on the board or location students can refer to them during class.

Teaching students responsibility begins with setting them up for success. I refer to the objective at beginning of class and as we go through the lesson. This supports the student in tying together what we are discovering.

Activities

Each lesson will have a minimum of two or three activities. Students have plenty of energy so a variety of work to do in class gives them a chance to use it in a positive way.

Assessments

Every lesson has two or three situations where a teacher can review student work to understand concept comprehension. Many are informal and you can always use formal (quiz, test, etc.) as a traditional class does.

Resources

Beside needing a rubric, other materials can be necessary to complete an activity. For example, here are some typical requirements for more common activities:

– white boards
– erasers, marker
– slides, LCD
– blank paper
– crayons
– calculators
– reading material
– note paper
– scissor
– timer

Here is a lesson designed with an OAR using Project Learning Matrix design in my science class:

Standard

Students will understand the cell types and their properties.

Bell Work

What are two similarities and two differences between prokaryotic cells and eukaryotic cells? (Discuss bell work answers and give student work) 5-10 minutes

Activity (Paired Work)

Explain the work: student pairs work on white boards to make Venn diagram of prokaryotic cells and eukaryotic cells. [5 minutes]

Student work (while students work I walk around and review boards which helps me prepare for remaining work in class) [10 minutes]

Students post boards around room (on shelf, chalk trays) [2 minutes]

Students take notes on papers using "T" chart of 10 similarities and 10 differences (building analytical skills here and I point that out while they are doing this) [5 minutes]

Randomly call on students to say one similarity or difference that has not been stated yet from comparing the boards. [8 minutes]

Summary (Class Discussion) [10 minutes]

Show a slide of pictures: water, rock, fire, plant, fish, and dog using LCD

Two minute discussion in group to answer:

What type of cells makes which and what is evidence?

Then I randomly call on groups for answers and to question evidence. My purpose is to solidify student understand of cell properties and who / what each type of cell.

Students put materials away [3 minutes]

A Project Learning Matrix Lesson is multidimensional

This lesson design uses reading, writing, listening, speaking, collaboration with peers, analyzing, investigating, and making an educated guess.

A must beginning to class is a "getting down to work" which is why I use bell work. This is a sure fire way to turn on student thinking. The bell work question either reviews class work from the end previous, or is something to determine prior knowledge of a concept we have not studied but will begin studying that day. My bell work question is placed on a separate white board in the front of the room and remains there the entire class. That board is located next to the learning objective (s) for that class.

Something at the end of class to tie everything together is a key strategy. The easiest way for me is using a class discussion to summarize what was discussed. I always call on students randomly. This lesson segment is not a teacher lecture. Instead, it's lead by the teacher asking questions ….

– what is one thing we covered today?
– who can tell me what ______ is in relation (compared) to ___________?
– how would you describe ______ as we use it today in our ________ (culture, food, clothes)?
– explain one reason that ________ is occurring or did occur? What is the evidence?

An even better summary activity …. Ann individual student reflection where students have a few minutes to jot down their thoughts from one or two prompts I give them (write on board).

Activity Ideas

There are a host of various activities that students can use as projects that foster collaboration.

Make poster Class write Write a story Teach a portion of lesson

Sampler stations Science lab Paired sharing White boarding

Build model Read with partner Do radio show Make or complete a puzzle

Design brochure Make and do survey Play learning game Use graphic organizer

Whatever the activity is, be sure it's interesting and challenging to student skills. Have your rubric done before the lesson so you can preview it with students. Set students up to win ….. keep them informed on how to do well and they will do well. Be sure during an activity that you are walking around and interacting with groups and individual students.

Do not sit at your desk and do teacher work or view your email. When students see you're interested they'll work harder.

Assessment Ideas

There are plenty of ways to use formal or informal assessments in this lesson design. As I walk around observing students and groups during activities, it becomes clear who knows the material (concepts) and who does not. I like to use "tickets out the door" to document where students are and help them drill down a bit. Basically, a "ticket out the door" is me handing the students a small piece of paper (not a full or half sheet) and giving them a verbal prompt or two. Then they write their answer on that paper and turn it in as they leave. I've used this as an assignment grade ….. but not always. Here are some prompt examples I've used …..

– what is the same (or different) about ______ and ______
– tell me three things you learned, two things you want more info about, and one question you have
– what did the ________ become _________? What is your evidence for you answer?
– explain in two sentences or more how __________________
– what is a good question for the quiz on Friday that other students should know?

Conclusion

A matrixed lesson educates the whole child. This means that there are academic skills building abilities, social skill building abilities, and students are given an opportunity to manage their own time and success.

The academic skill requirements are easy to guide using the objective. The skill potential building is endless, they are arise from students being able to collaborate to accomplish specific tasks. Arranging students in workable groups is always a challenge for me. Sometimes I have them count off and then all the one's work together and the two's work together and so forth. I stay away from people picking their own partners because there is too much comfort zone in that. I like students to have some comfort but I like it more when they are pushing their own envelope.

Students who are absent or just do not contribute to a group can be challenging to any lesson. When students are absent I put them in a new group and they start over on the work, except it's an excused absence. I tell them that when we cover the rubric, with the intent no one is absent.

Students who do not work, their partners complain about them, I have a two step program. The first step is I talk to the accused and tell him / her what group members are saying. I also tell 'em, after letting them explain their side of the story, that if complaints continue then they'll be working at Table 8.

Tale 8 is reserved for all the students who get bounced from other groups for not working. The key is giving the accused one or two opportunities to get on track and start working, take some responsibility, before I bounce 'em to table 8.

In summary, matrixed lessons produce amazing results and students have fun while they work hard. Teachers, the bright red flag is when we do too much lecturing – that kills this type of lesson. Teacher lecture / presentation must be limited to 15-18 minutes each day. The rest of the period must be used in students performing tasks for certain activities defined by a rubric that the class has gone over.

Have fun and when you stick to this lesson structure, student learning will go beyond your expectations.

Breast Reduction: Upper Back and Neck Pain Treatment

If your breasts are D-cups or larger, you have an increased risk of upper back and neck pain. The body's natural center of gravity is at the hips, and carrying a heavy weight above this center can stress the spine and tissues around it.

Large breasts can cause back and neck pain due to simple muscle strain. The muscles in the back, neck and shoulders must work to support the upper body, which is heavier than the muscles are built to support in large-breasted women. Postural changes occur as the body tries to compensate; the upper back and neck will often be dropped back, causing the lumbar spine to arch inward more. Occasionally, altered posture can cause abnormal curvature of the spell.

The spine naturally curves inward in the lumbar region of the lower back, out in the thoracic region connecting to the rib cage, and inward again in the cervical portion in the neck. Both women who adjust their posture in the forwarded way and those who simply stoop forward due to the weight of their breasts will eventually disrupt this natural curvature.

As the distance and angles between vertebrae change, increased pressure is placed on sections of spinal discs. These discs act as cushions between vertebrae, consisting of a gel center and a tough exterior. As pressure on the discs becomes consistently uneven, it is possible for them to bulge, the gel being pushed to one side and weakening the exterior ring.

Bulging discs can have no side effect at all. Some women with large breasts, however, may experience tingling, weakness and numbness in the arms and hands. This is especially typical of bulging disks between the 4th and 5th and 5th and 6th cervical vertebrae. Effects along this nerve pathway indicate that the bulging disc is impinging the nerves that exit the spine and travel to upper body parts. Nerve impingement can be a serious condition, and in order to avoid the risk of long-term nerve damage, treatment to restore normal disc shape should be thought.

For women with large breasts, a treatment plan for upper back and neck pain must include steps to dissect the weight of the chest. The best way to limit strain is to wear the appropriate bra size and find bras that support and distribute breast weight. Many women wear the wrong bra size, and for large-breasted women, that can be an expensive and painful mistake. It is a good idea to get fitted by professionals. Search your area for panty shops that do fittings, like the one found here: http://myintimacy.com/ . Although the cost of a good bra may seem prohibitive at first, it's much cheaper than surgery.

Postural retraining is another step along the recovery path. A physical therapist can help you build up supportive muscles in the back and shoulders, relieving pressure off the discs and better equipping your upper body to carry the weight of your chest. By assessing your post and movement, a physical therapist can help you to retrain your body to maintain a more natural curvature of the spell.

If physical therapy and special bras do not tie your neck and back pain, it is time to consider breast reduction surgery. This will immediately remove the burden of oversized breasts. The American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery rates the cost of breast reduction at $ 6,000 in the US, a number far lower than most surgeries for spinal discs. Insurance may cover a portion or the totality of the procedure if it is recommended by a doctor or orthopedic specialist.

It must be noted that having breast reduction surgery usually will not cure your upper back and neck pain overnight. The prolonged strain on your muscles and spine still needs undoing. Without retraining posture and relaxing chronically tense muscles, back pain will continue. If physical therapy was ineffective before surgery, it will likely work well as a supplement.

More information on breast reduction surgery can be found out http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/features/is-breast-reduction-right-for-you . Surgery is always a last resort; educate yourself on more conservative treatments before considering surgery.

How Chiropractic Can Help Kids Chronic Sprained Ankles and Pigeon Toes

Parents often become concerned when they notice their child running awkwardly, being “pigeon toed” (also known as in-toeing), or when they repeatedly sprain their ankles. Your child my trip or fall more often than seems normal, you may notice them rolling their ankles inward (AKA excessive pronation), or their foot may have a “hooked appearance”. There are three conditions which can cause these problems and depending on which condition and the age of your child they may require intervention to correct. The good news is that serious interventions such as wearing leg braces or surgery are not usually needed in these cases.

1. Tibial torsion – This is fairly common condition where the tibia or “shin bone” has not rotated into the position where it will be during adulthood. Tibial torsion is considered normal until the age of 7 years. However excessive toe-in between 2 and 7 years my warrant consultation with a doctor. Your child may have excessive pronation seen by weight bearing on the big toe side of the foot much more than the pinky toe side.

What your Chiropractor can do – Your Chiropractor can adjust a subluxated (misaligned) joints in the legs and show you how to stretch the proper muscles while strengthening others. Your Chiropractor may also be able to fit your child with custom shoe orthotics to help correct the excessive pronation.

What you can do – Buy shoes with flexible soles and good arch support such as athletic shoes. Also, getting your child involved in sports or activities which emphasize running such as soccer will help to strengthen the muscles of the legs and provide good muscle length.

2. Femoral torsion – This is similar to tibial torsion except in this case the femur or “thigh bone” is the one that is out of position. This is another common condition that usually resolves on its own by 8 years of age. Again excessive pronation may be seen as well as bowing back of the knees and an excessive curve in the low back.

What your Chiropractor can do – Chiropractic treatment will be similar to that of tibial torsion, adjustments/stretching/strengthening only focusing on the hip instead of the knee and lower leg.

What you can do – Again good shoes are in order. Sports in this case should include those that work out the hips such as bicycling, ballet, or gymnastics. Also, encouraging your child to sit cross legged will stretch the muscles holding the leg in a toe-in position.

3. Metatarsus adductus – This one is a little different than the other two in that it involves the feet instead of the legs. In this case the toe-in occurs in the foot itself. This condition is normal until 1 year of age is a common problem in school age children.

What your Chiropractor can do – Adjusting will focus on the bones of the feet and orthotics may be used if the problem persists beyond 7 years of age

What you can do – Gently stretching your child’s foot toward the pinky toe several times a day will help to loosen up the tight tissues.

In all cases, it is important to ensure your children’s shoes are well-fitting with plenty of room and no stress points. Also, having your child go barefoot more often encourages better motor control and position sense.

A note on Chiropractic adjustments: Many doctors, including those at Fletcher Hills Chiropractic use low-force techniques such as Activator technique that are much more gentle and less intimidating for children. Ask your Chiropractor what techniques he uses.

This article by a San Diego Chiropractor is a review of an article from the March 12th issue of Dynamic Chiropractor by Dr. Mark Charrette. Read the entire article here Dynamic Chiropractor

Questions You Should Ask Your Web Host Before Signing Up!

So, you're looking to build a web-site or so fed up with your current web host that you are eager to transfer your site somewhere? You may not even be aware of your current hosts vulnerabilities in an industry where each week there is news about a host going down for one reason or another.

Your first problem is narrowing the thousands of choices down to a few that you can research further. Seek friends or associates that have a web-site and ask for their advice. Visit one of the lots of forums about hosting, ask the members for advice or search threads from those that have asked before you.

Once you have located a few hosts to research, the ten questions below will take you a long way towards making an informed decision. You may be capable of finding lots of the answers to these questions on the hosts websites, but always feel free to call the host and quiz them about their operations. The quality of the answers and degree of professionalism you get from a possible host often transfers to the type of support you will get once you become a customer. Without further ado, the ten query to ask your web host:

1. How long has the net host been in business?

3. How lots of upstream web providers does the net host have?

2. Does the net host own its information middle?

5. Does the net host provide 24/7/365 phone and electronic mail support?

4. Does the net host monitor its customers sites twenty-four hours per day? How?

6. What levels of redundancy does the net hosts architecture provide?

7. Does the net host automatically backup customer websites in case of information loss? How often?

9. Does the net host provide the features that you require for your web-site?

8. What is the net hosts billing policy?

10. Does the net host have the products and services to handle your growth?

1. How long has the net host been in business?

The length of time that a host has been in business can be related to their ability to provide a quality, reliable product. If your host can satisfy its customers, then those customers are likely to stick with the hosts service. Therefore, stay in business. there's, coursework, situations where this is not applicable or becomes a bit hazy. Be positive to also inquire about whether a host has recently been involved in a merger, acquired what was once a widely known brand name, or launched a used brand. If any of these apply, then delve deer in to the story behind what has happened and determine whether quality resources are still with the company.

Complete a domain name whois lookup of the host: Type in the net hosts domain name and determine what year the domain was registered. If only registered in the recent past, ask the host about it. If the domain name was recently registered this is not necessarily a red flag. basically inquire with the host about it. they may have recently launched an affinity-based brand to cater to your market.

Type the hosts name in to a search-engine and check out the results that you get, other than those from the host itself. You may run across reviews, interviews, or industry articles about the host.

2. Does the net host own its information middle?

A information middle is the foundation from which all products and services are built on. If your host owns its own information middle, then they are likely entrenched in the hosting business. they also have an experienced staff and knowledge base from which to draw from when supporting your web-site and building new products. In other words, if a host owns its own facility, then it controls more of the variables that can make or break your web presence.

3. How lots of upstream web providers does the net host have?

Your web-site performance is not a measure of your web server's speed. The ability of your web host to route traffic through the cleanest web connections is also of great importance. It is critical that your provider has multiple connections to the net. Accidental fiber cuts in construction or telecom work and information middle equipment failure may cause your site to go offline for an extended amount of time.

This can be avoided if your web host has other connections to the net that will reroute traffic that would have normally been carried on the failed circuit. Yes, this means your host must also have additional capacity on hand to handle normal traffic levels when one connection is lost; which is another area where a host can try to cut cost. This is much like when driving your automobile, there's several streets that you can take to get to your desired location. sometimes you will encounter construction or an accident that will require you to take an alternative street. Well, the net works the same way. there's several routes that traffic can take to a location. Your hostought to be able to select the cleanest, or most efficient, route to your web-site visitor. In fact, your hostought to be able to continuously tune these routes to find the best path to your visitors.

Another way to accomplish this is by minimizing the number of different networks traffic will pass through before reaching its location. It is important for your host to have direct connections to networks that have lots of eyeballs. In other words, your web-site will be served better if your web host is using connections with networks that facilitate web access to large volumes of subscribers.

4. Does the net host monitor its customers' sites twenty-four hours per day? How?

There's a couple of factors that can influence the answer to this query. Does the host own its own information middle? If not, then they are physically removed from their servers and supposedly paying a co-location company to provide monitoring for them. When another company controls the environmental systems that provide the home for the host, one can appeal that you have created another potential point of failure; that being the communication of an issue from the information middle to the net host. That point of failure can increase the latency between an issue and its resolution, leading to increased downtime for your web-site. Second, if your web host has an issue with its own infrastructure, then there may be travel time associated with their engineers getting to the information middle to resolve it or, once again, increased latency by trying to remotely resolve an issue.

You might be surprised at how lots of web hosts do not provide 24/7/365 support. The industry's hosts run the gamut from only electronic mail support to providing phone and electronic mail support 24 hours per day and 365 days per year. The best way to eliminate not having support when you require it, is to select a host that can assist you whenever you require it. When an idea wakes you from a slumber at 3 AM, it is good to have your host on the other end of the phone to speak about it. When your site malfunctions due to a programming glitch the night before your store is to open, it is amazing to have your web host on the phone to decipher the issue with you. When your cat accidentally deletes some important files, know that your host is there to help recover them. Also make positive that your host is providing support over the major holidays. lots of web hosts will close their support middle, decrease their support to only electronic mail, or send their support team home with a pager to be called in case of emergency. All of these decreases can generate latency if your web-site goes offline. And, holidays are often days which persons will spend time on the net after they have done all of their social designs. Matter of fact, word-of-mouth business is one of the most effective means to customer acquisition. When people get together, they exchange ideas.

5. Does the net host provide 24/7/365 toll free phone and electronic mail support?

6. What levels of redundancy does the net host provide?

A web server is the hardware and application combination that serves requested web pages, files, or other information. Servers answer requests from web browsers to provide information from websites, electronic mail, and databases. they then send that information to the requesting browser. Load balancing divides the amount of work that a server has to do between multiple servers, which also adds redundancy, so that more work gets done in the same amount of time and, in general, all websites requests within the network get served quicker. The load balances stay in constant contact with the servers to determine how busy they are and / or if one of them has failed. It may sound like a no-brainer, but having your site connected to the net is the whole reason for having a web-site as well as a load-balanced, redundant network is vital to that endeavor.

Failures that cause your site to lose connection can happen. Therefore, it's crucial to discover a provider whose hosting architecture provides the least-risk of failure. Redundancy is necessary. Single points of failure are very bad, but lots of hosts try to cut costs by risking single points of failure. Ask your web host about their redundancy in server architecture (web, electronic mail, and DNS servers), load-balancing, and file storage.

Has your electronic mail server ever been down? Redundancy is also vital for electronic mail and DNS servers. A Domain Name System (DNS) server translates requests to locate a web-site. As you can imagine, keeping electronic mail and DNS servers online is a mission-critical task for a web host. For file storage, seek a host that makes use of a reliable storage solution with multiple auto-fail over and hot-swappable drives to make positive continuous delivery of your web-site.

7. Does the net host automatically backup customer websites in case of information loss? How often?

Backing up websites bought to be a scheme part of your web host's operation. Backup is the activity of copying files or databases so that they are going to be preserved in case of equipment failure or any other catastrophe.

Look for a web host that provides a money-back guarantee. This will let you try out the hosts service. You bought to find that the service is sub-par in site performance, reliability, or missing the features that you seek, the ability to request your cash back, within the parameters of the guarantee, is priceless and liable to save you from later trouble. It is always a good to idea to inquire about the net hosts cancellation procedures. there's lots of hosts out there who require you to send them an electronic mail or make a phone call to cancel, which can extend the timeframe to cancellation. A host who is confident in their service will have a cancellation form or online avenue within their control panel. Now, they will also also have a retention program, so dont be surprised when they call or electronic mail you to ask why you are leaving. After all, your feedback helps them to evaluate their service.

8. What is the net hosts billing policy?

9. Does the net host provide the features that you require for your web-site?

A domain name, but be positive to look for hidden registration fees or renewal fees sometimes people select a host because it has the exact feature set that they require, but later find that feature set means nothing when access to those features is unreliable. Make positive that a host has your desired features and is also reliable. To make positive that the host you are evaluating is everything you require, use the following list: An example amount of viral electronic mail accounts including web-based, POP3, and IMAP electronic mail spam filtering and virus protection are a must these days, unless you are providing this by yourself disk space to meet your sites needs every month bandwidth allotments that will cover your traffic and the ability to increase that allotment based on your sites success site building tools such as extensions for FrontPage or other online / downloadable site building programs Ease of upload to your site by FTP or other means Access to a sturdy traffic analysis program or the raw logs for you to scheme yourself Programming languages, including CGI, PHP, MIVA (if needed) Database capability, dependent on your application preference ecommerce shopping cart options.

10. Does the net host have the products and services to handle your growth?

You might be surprised how lots of sites that once started for fun or as a hobby have grown in to a number of the most popular sites on the net. Here, you never know when you will outgrow your current product or service and require to move up the ladder to the next rung. Make positive that your web host can meet your anticipated growth, not only within the product range of shared hosting, but bought to you ever require a dedicated server or co-location solution, your host is there to speak about and provide the best solution.

Do your home-work by using the above questions as a template and you will likely save yourself some major chairs down the road. If you have gathered information about multiple hosts, you can now compare apples to apples and select the best host for your needs. Hopefully, the work that you have done will avoid forcing you to make use of your gut, but make an informed decision based on the facts. sometimes, the best piece advice that you will find in any article or forum about choosing a host is, if something seems good to be true, then it probably is.

How Much Does a Timber Frame Home Cost?

One of the most common questions people have when researching timber frame homes is how much do they cost? Does this style home cost more than conventionally "stick built" homes? What is the price per square foot?

This is a difficult question to answer because it depends on the house design and what finish materials are chosen for the new home. The cost per square foot for a new timber frame home can be anywhere from an average of $ 200- $ 250 or as high as $ 400 + per square foot. The price per square foot estimate typically includes the exterior shell and finishing touches (does not include land or site work).

The timber frame exterior shell package usually costs more than the average stick built home package due to the high quality and energy efficient materials that go hand in hand with the building method. Most timber frame companies work with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) or a high r-value insulation system to create a thermal envelope. SIPS do cost more upfront the standard insurance used on a conventional home; although the energy efficient benefits outweigh the costs with the SIPS high r-values. Using a high r-value insulation for the thermal envelope will absolutely save you money on your heating and cooling costs and will exceedperfect a stick built home over time. The combination of timber framing, SIPS and energy efficient doors and windows make this style home one of the most energy efficient homes today.

While this type of home will typically cost more to build, it is not unheard of for conventional homes to surpass the cost of a timber frame home. Here is an example, there are two people building a custom 2,000 square foot home; both homes offer the same square footage but have different designs and use different finish materials. Let's say client 1 is building a conventional home. Client 1 has a more complicated design with more dormers and is choosing to add high-end finishing touches (custom kitchen cabinetry, expensive lighting, etc.). Client 2 is building a timber home and has a simple design with straight lines, no dormers and is choosing to use moderately priced finish materials. The example timber frame home's outer shell package may cost more, but the design and finishing touches of the example conventional home will most likely put the conventional home at a higher cost per square foot.

Overall, the cost to build any style home depends on the design of the home, shape, size, site work, building and interior finish materials used. It does not matter what method of construction you use to build your new home, if you choose high-end materials through your home and / or an elaborate home design, your price per square foot will be greater.

Basketball Shoes

Playing basketball requires compelling moves like running, jumping, side-to-side movements, blocking, and shooting. This involves a lot of wear and tear on shoes. In order to reduce wear and tear, basketball players need specially developed shoes, like basketball shoes.

Basketball shoes help in preventing lower body injuries by allowing the players to move quickly and by helping to transfer body weight. At the competitive, level you have to choose proper shoes.

Different players require different types of basketball shoes. Some players, especially power players, need shoes with high tops with maximum ankle support and comfort. Some others, like all-around players, need mid-sole shoes. Speedsters need lightweight, low-top shoes with no restriction of the ankles. Many players use tennis shoes for playing basketball, but there are risks in wearing these shoes, like the increased chance of sliding, becoming injured, and slowing down by weak grip.

Basketball shoes are made up of leather, synthetic leather, or canvas. The most frequently used material is synthetic leather, which is more durable and lightweight than natural leather. Some use only natural leather but these shoes have a tension to stretch. Many basketball shoes have combinations of synthetic leather and natural leather or textile.

Team shoes feature a highly durable sock liner. Today, there are different styles of basketball shoes on the market. When buying a basketball shoe, the most important things to be noted are durability, support, traction, comfort, and style. There are different shoes for men and women.

Basketball shoes are more advanced than running shoes. When playing on a hardwood floor, you need shoes that provide good traction, both for forefoot and heel. The basketball shoe size must be suitable for the toes, arch, and heel. Many of these shoes have pillow-like landing pads with elastic quality. Many have heel plates for increased support. Basketball shoes are available in different colors or as team colors, and the pricing changes accordingly. These shoes can be purchased directly or online. The price of leather shoes ranges from $ 35 to $ 190 for a pair, but canvas shoes are available from as low as $ 17.

3 Effective Ways to Fix PS3 Internet Connection Problems

I got problems connecting PS3 to Internet the other day. There is a popping up error message on my screen when connecting. However, my laptop can get access to internet very well through the same router. Fortunately, after some time-consuming research, I find the way to fix this PS3 internet connection problem. Here is what I did …

Firstly, update my wireless router. As you may know that router drivers software need to be upgraded periodically in order to function at their best. Make sure that it is updated to the pasted version to avoid any possible disturb.

Secondly, change the SSID and WEP password. SSID (Service Set Identifier) ​​is the name of your wireless network. You may discover different wireless network listed there, choose your own one. Remember to lower the security if you use WEP Encryption because high security may cause PS3 internet problem. And add your PS3 as an accepted device if you WAPs are set to filter MAC address.

Thirdly, go to Internet Connection Settings. PS3 internet connection problems are often solved by changing the network settings. Follow the steps listed below:

a) Change your DNS server address to the OpenDNS servers: 208.67.222.222, and make sure your PS3 settings are on automatic / easy.
b) Locate the IP address of your router.
c) Open a web browser (Firefox that is what I use) on a computer connected to your router (For the PS3's browser did not work you have to use a computer).
d) Manually type in the IP address of you router into the address bar.
e) Ensure to enter the correct username and password you ever set if asked. If you never set one, you need to enter the default username and password. You can find them on the manual of your router. Try username "admin" with no password in case you can not get any information there. But there is only a little chance you can get through.
f) Once you get in, enter manually "DNS Primary and Secondary". Enter DNS address 208.67.222.222 as primary and 208.67.220.220 as secondary.
g) Check and see if PS3 Internet connection problem still exist.

Hope they are helpful.

Siamese Cats – Do You Really Want One?

Are you ready and able to welcome Siamese cats into your heart and home?

Where should you start?

With personality plus. Siamese cats can be high maintenance, more so than most house cats. Don’t let this put you off, because when it comes to pure breeds, they are no higher maintenance. In fact, they are a lot less trouble than some of the long haired breeds like the Persian cat, which requires brushing and combing every day.

What does ‘high maintenance’ mean? Unlike the Persian cat, Siamese cats have a close short coat and although many like a brush they can look after their own coats. This also applies to the long-haired Siamese, called the Balinese or Javanese – they have an easy to manage longer silky coat.

Where they do require more attention is in the mental and psychological area. Without that attention, they will become unhappy, and an unhappy Siamese cat spells trouble. Picture this: shredded furniture and curtains, territory marking and self harming by pulling out their own fur, just for starters.

How does this affect your decision to buy that most tempting, cute and naughty Siamese kitten bundle?

If you are out of the house for hours on end, plan on either more than one Siamese or make real efforts to keep your cat entertained: that means special toys, treats hidden around the house, or special sleeping places by the window.

When you come home, plan on spending some quality time together. It will allow you to re-bond and your cat will forget your time apart.

Another option is a Balinese or Javanese, which also belong to the family of Siamese cats. Some breeders say that with a Balinese or Javanese, you get the character of a Siamese, but generally a more easy-going nature. If you plan on being at work all day, you might consider the longer-haired Balinese over the standard Siamese.

Take some time to think about what you want from your cat.

If the idea of a cat always hanging around, wanting attention, and mewling loudly with that piercing Siamese voice gets on your nerves even as you read this, then this truly might not be the best choice for you.

Do you have a hectic family life? Do you really have the time, energy and inclination to take care of the emotional needs of your Siamese? Remember, a lonely and ignored Siamese will be anti-social and get on your nerves even more – and that’s a cruel thing.

Finally all cats cost money, vet bills, food and boarding costs soon add up. It would be so sad to end up having to give your cat away because you could not afford to keep it. If your job takes you away all the time having a Siamese is probably not a good idea. Take some time to think this through, before you buy your Siamese cat!

If you still think you can care and provide for this most special and striking of cats, then read on – because Siamese cats are truly different.

Most owners agree that Siamese cats are special. They look different, with their darker paws and faces and blue eyes. And they have such a distinctive voice – even those who don’t love cats can recognize a Siamese.

Siamese cats are on average more clever than most cats, although you can get exceptions.

You will be enchanted with their antics. While elegant in appearance, they can often be quite clumsy. Take care to bolt down all ornaments! Who knows – they may choose to be clumsy just to get your attention. They feel warmer than other cats when you cuddle them, and they love the heat. Those radiator beds are very popular in colder climates. And if you can provide them with the entertainment of a safe outdoor run they will love you for it.

Siamese cats cannot see as well as other cats at night though so watch that they don’t come to any harm. Nor are all Siamese noisy, though some can howl the house down. Make sure you have easy-going neighbors who don’t wonder why you’re torturing your cat!

If you have more than one Siamese you will probably see that unlike the more independent breeds they will love to sleep in a great heap together, another good reason for having more than one. Occasionally, like any other cat, they’ll take a dislike to their house mates and will never sleep close together, but this is rare.

Still fascinated by Siamese cats? Still convinced this is the perfect match for you?

That is good news, because a Siamese is truly a special friend.

A word of caution before you buy though: it’s the same for all breeds, you should choose your kitten carefully. To avoid heartache, do your research properly and buy from a reputable breeder. After all, the last thing you want is a sick or weak kitten.

Still not put off? Then you will be rewarded with a wonderful special relationship this breed is rightly known for.

Mind Hypnosis – 3 Powerful Ways To Take Control Of Someone

In the field of hypnosis, there are three ways in which you can basically take control of someone's mind and get them to do whatever you want. So here they are …

Mind Control # 1: Dual Reality

This is a technique used in magic that can also be used very well in hypnosis, especially with stage hypnosis. Basically it describes a scenario where the performer presents his material in such a way that both the subject and the audience experience different things.

For example, suppose a volunteer is invited onto the stage to help with a trick. The performer meets the volunteer at the edge of the stage and, quietly so that the audience does not hear, saying: "What's your name?" "Jim" Replays the volunteer. "Okay Jim, do not worry everything will be fine." The performer now addresses the audience: "Now ladies and Gentlemen, I have never met this person before. Is not that right …" The volunteer sentences before the performer continues … "erm … Jim, is not it? " The volunteer has to agree again.

The audience thinks that the performer has just somehow guessed the volunteers name, and the volunteer thinks that he has just forgotten forgot it before recovering.

Mind Control # 2: Invisible Compromise

This is another magic technique that can be adapted to suit pseudo hypnotic or mind control performances. This is quite similar to dual reality, except that the volunteer actually knowingly helps to perform the trick – he is not a stooge in that he is not pre coached on how to react, he is skilfully used by the magician to actively participate, controlled by clever verbal commands that mean one thing to the audience, and something completely different to the volunteer. I will not go into this in more detail here.

Mind Control # 3: Pattern Interrupts

This is a hypnotic / NLP term used to describe a way in which a person's thought processes can be momentarily interrupted during that time which can be induced into a trance very quickly.

It is a technique devised by Milton Erickson, which involves interfering the normal, expected patterns of behavior that the subject expects to experience. At this point their brain pauses briefly to try to understand the unexpected activity that the subject has just experienced and a command to "sleep" is quickly given during this pause in the brain activity.

The command slips right past the critical censor and into the subconscious where it is acted upon immediately (assuming that the technique is taken out correctly, the subject is suitably receptive, and the performer is confident enough in their abilities).

Eldest Child Syndrome – Are You What Your Parents Have Made You?

Do you have a people pleaser personality? Have you ever been in a situation where you begin to wonder whether other people’s expectations of you exceed your ability or willingness to deliver? Of course you have! Silly question – unless you’re one of those super-humans who know how to say no without saying no.

BIRTH ORDER AND SELF

Thing is, there’s a limit to what you can do, isn’t there? I’m one of the sandwich generation so I have both young grandchildren for whom I care twice a week whilst my daughter teaches, and parents, with various health issues, who also require a degree of support. In addition, I job-share with my husband – that’s how we make our living – and I write.

When I went down with ‘Female Flu’ a couple of weeks ago (so much worse than the Man Flu variety, because you have to keep going) I managed to keep most of the balls in the air, but some simply had to be dropped. So when I found myself expected to take on a family commitment at the weekend when I might, otherwise, have given myself some me-time to recharge my batteries, I wasn’t exactly delighted. I know some people know how to say no without saying no. I’m simply not one of them. Besides, I’m in that unenviable position of being a firstborn child.

SIBLING POSITION

According to the Wikipedia website, one of the first people to suggest that birth order has an effect on personality was an Austrian psychiatrist, Alfred Adler. A contemporary of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, he argued that the way in which each of us tackles the major aspects of life – friendship, love and work – is greatly influenced by our birth order in the family.

Now I know there are those who passionately believe in first child syndrome and others who feel there’s nothing in it. Advocates identify the following traits in the eldest child in a family, by saying they are:

  1. High achievers
  2. Good leaders
  3. Conscientious
  4. Self-sufficient
  5. Perfectionists
  6. Eager to please
  7. Have high expectations of themselves
  8. Feel responsible for the welfare and harmony of the family
  9. Low self-esteem (because they can’t live up to expectations)
  10. Sensitive and in need of constant assurance

PEOPLE PLEASER?

Do you – if you are a firstborn child – adhere to those characteristics? Do you, for instance, have a people pleaser personality? Have you high expectations of yourself? Are you in constant need of assurance that you’re fulfilling what’s expected of you?

To my mind, there are arguments for and against. The gap between sibs must play a part, surely? If the eldest is at school, or has left home before the next one arrives, what then? The eldest would have been an only child prior to reaching school age and would, in effect, continue in that vein. And what if there’s a different combination of genders? Say a girl followed by several boys. Or vice versa: a couple of girls followed by a single boy? I can’t believe that the same principles hold for all scenarios.

ARE ALL ELDEST CHILDREN HIGH ACHIEVERS?

It seems to be widely accepted that the first baby to be born into a family will grow up with a tendency to be analytical, methodical and high achieving. Whether every firstborn adheres to these attributes is debatable, not least because as a firstborn, myself, I show none of these traits. Creative, naturally flexible and spontaneous (though I’ve disciplined myself to be orderly where to be otherwise causes me grief) my only achievement was a No. 4 bestseller – and that crept up on me unawares! The familyrappwebsite continues, with the following statement this child values control and once again this is the very opposite of my personality. Perhaps there’s something my parents aren’t telling me, and I’m not actually the eldest child in our family?

RESPONSIBLE I have certainly never had any desire to be a leader of anything whatever! As an author my interests and pursuits are those of an introvert. I could, however, be described as self-sufficient, am conscientious, a perfectionist and have high expectations of myself – especially when it comes to feeling responsible for the welfare and harmony of my family. The sticking plaster mentality is probably true of many women. For me it’s – well – sort of stuck into my personality. If someone’s hurt or in need, I suppose I see myself as the one who has to tend and cover the wound!

Which is why I find it so difficult to say no and mean no. It doesn’t live up to people’s expectations of me, you see. Nor, of course, my own.

UNDERSTANDING SIBLING RIVALRY

I suspect that the whole eldest child syndrome is, actually, the result of how firstborns in the family are treated, and what expectations are made of them. ‘Now you be a good boy/girl, and look after your little brother/sister’ is the usual mantra. My parents told me – on the one occasion I tried to stick out for something I believed in that went right against what they were asking of me – that my acquiescence had been taken as read. They simply never expected me to oppose them and were shocked and hurt that I should do so.

All of which leads me to believe that eldest child syndrome is less to do with the innate personality of a first born child, and more to do with conditioning by parents and other adults. Perhaps if we take a look at middle child syndrome next week that will reveal more?

Do Cross Skull Tattoos Symbolize Fear, Danger, and Death?

The real meaning of cross skull tattoos have been misunderstood for a long time. Depending on how these tattoos are used, they have a wide variety of symbolic meanings. Skull designs are a universal symbol and can mean anything from a religious, political, or simply just an artistic expression.

If you want to stand out then a skull tattoo is a design you should go for because it represents a certain degree of individuality. A skull tattoo which is highly decorated with an original blend of color are popular among women. These colorful tattoos are meant to honor someone who died and represent a celebration of that person’s life. This is one of the few instances that a skull tattoo is seen as a positive image.

Frequently skull tattoos are seen as dark and threatening tattoo images. To many people these images represent fear, death, and danger, but rarely do these people know the true meaning behind these tattoos. These tattoos were not originally designed to represent these negative things. Instead they were originally used to represent a symbol of change. Traditionally the skull tattoo was related to a great change but over time these tattoos were eventually used to express person’s dark side.

Either way, skull tattoos have become increasingly popular and none more popular than the cross skull tattoo design. These tattoos are also known as crossbones tattoos. These are one of the best known skull designs and its image usually has a black flag as the background. These tattoos can be modified to adapt many different characteristics. Other cross skull tattoos include the flaming skull or the skull with crossbones and a pirate’s flag.

The Many Benefits of a Retractable Cord Reel

If you’re tired of electrical power cords laying all over your home, garage, or office, it’s time you start shopping for a reliable, high-quality extension reel. While there are many types of extension reels available, among the most durable and convenient types to use are retractable reels. Outlined below are some of the most attractive benefits of retractable cord reels, and why these are highly useful for any home or office setting.

Organize electrical cords and extension wires

A retractable cords reel keeps electrical cords in place, especially when not in use. In general, it is used to wind cords, cables, and wires – especially electric cords and extension wires – in one place. There are several types of extension reels, including regular, hind wind, wall mounted, bucket, and retractable reels. There are other similar types as well. Since a retractable cord reel does the winding on its own, organizing all your cords and wires is almost effortless.

Self-stop or self lock features

Since retractable reels are self-winding it’s easy to assume that these are complicated to use. However there are features which keep the cords from winding themselves while you are using them. A self-stop mechanism automatically locks the cords in place so that you can use the wires conveniently and safely. After using the cord, one tug will send the cord winding on its own, keeping the electric wires in an easily accessible but organized place.

Ensure safety

Dangling or scattered electrical cords are a potential hazard, especially if you have small children in your home. Loose wires all over the floor may also cause stumbling accidents. A retractable electric reel that winds the cords and keeps them in place helps you ensure safety and orderliness around your home or office.

Versatile

Many retractable reels are designed to suit a variety of settings. These reels are always handy to have around the home and the office, but they may be useful in vehicles, boats, hospitals, and health care clinics as well. There are models specifically made for medical use, or those designed merely for use indoors. These retractable power cord reels may be mounted on different surfaces, from walls and floors to benches and ceilings.

Electrical cord reels can come in many different types but a retractable cord reel, such as the Coleman Cable Retractable Electrical Light/Power Cord Reel, makes keeping and winding your cords a simple and effortless task each and every time.

Brick Paver Patio Maintenance Tips

Brick paver walks and patios are becoming more and more popular each year. Our customers like the appearance, texture and charm of the many styles and colors offered in brick.

As with almost everything, brick pavers do require some maintenance to stay looking nice. Each year we suggest our customers sand the joints in their brick. Sanding the joints will help prevent erosion between bricks. Erosion between joints exposures the compacted base material and can lead to settling. Without sufficient joint sand, they can and will settle over time. The expansion of ice and snow as it freezes during a Michigan winter is enough to cause movement in brick pavers. Remember, moisture and water can be detrimental to a brick paver walk or patio. If you keep the joints surely sanded you can help prevent brick movement and settling.

If settling does occur in your brick pavers – do not get overly concerned. They are designed to be reset and re-leveled as necessary. This is why bricks were so popular in road building years ago. If you do not want to tackle a project like re-leveling, we suggest you get serviced by a professional.

There are a few different types of brick sand on the market. Standard sweep sand is the most popular. All you need to do is pour the dry sand over your pavers and sweep it in place. If you are going to seal the brick, be sure to sweep any remaining sand off the brick faces.

Another sand that was very popular for a few years is called polysand or polymeric sand. Polysand has a binding agent (polymer) in it that helps keep it in place and offers resistance to moisture. As a quality control manager for a landscaping company, polysand can be a great product if it is properly installed. If improperly installed, it can leave a haze or film on the pavers. Polysanded bricks must be gently flooded with water to thoroughly hydrate the joints and to rinse the fine powder off of the brick faces. It is very important to remove any hazing before the brick is sealed.

Brick paver sealer or joint stabilizing brick sealer is highly recommended on all brick paver applications. A quality brick sealer will protect the brick from weathering and help retain its color longer. Brick sealer comes in gloss and matte finishes. Joint stabilizing sealer will seal and protect the brick while hardening standard sweep sand between the joints, locking the bricks in place.

Rojenny, A Tourist Village In the Heart of Igboland

Still waters run deep. That adage aptly qualifies Rojenny Holiday Village, the single largest tourism resort in South-East Nigeria. Located in the serene town of Oba, Idemili South Local Government Area of ​​Anambra State, just on the outskirts of the commercial city of Onitsha, along Owerri-Onitsha Expressway, and occupying a long stretch of land estimated at 8 sq. km, it is unduly a dream destination for holiday-makers from across the world.

A stop at the gate gives you no idea of ​​the buzz of activities that go on inside the concessions. Even the ROJENNY HOLIDAY VILLAGE engraved boldly on the gate does not reveal much. But as you step into the compound, you are amazed. First, the gentle breeze caresses your face, as if to say 'welcome to our world'. This sure is the home of African hospitality. You look straight ahead of you and behould a massive expanse of land, long stretch of trees, beautiful lawns, and gigantic structures dotting the length compound. You are awe-stricken. Wow! you exclaim, and the person next to you says you is not seen nothing yet.

This is where your tour begins. A walk around is even more eye-opening. You discover immediately that a day is not enough to see everything that there is to see. Where do you start? The tourist attractions are too numerous: the lush-green fields; the zoo (which habours such wild life as baboon, python, the green monkey, tortoise, lion, etc; rare birds such as peacock, eagle, flamingo, ostrich, etc; aquatic animals like turtle, alligator, crocodile, etc); the Ozo Village and Museum; the Rojenny International Stadium, which was said to have hosted seven continental matches involving Nigeria, Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Morocco, and Cote d'Ivoire during the time of Jasper United and Udoji United Football Clubs, and also camped Nigeria's Golden Eaglets under Fani Amun for two years and three months during the time of Ibrahim Babangida as Nigeria's Military President; the over 1000-capacity conference hall; the amusement park for children; the joy rides; the lawn tennis court; the basketball court; the volleyball court; the Olympic-sized swimming pool with elaborate and fully developed poolside; the Paradise Nite Club; among others.

More interesting is the fact that you never perspire while you are walking around. Although a manmade tourist center, Rojenny has a natural feel, which makes an all-year-round tourist delight. Coconut and other trees line the two sides of the avenues and ensure a regular supply of cool and gentle breeze, giving the environment the feeling of a temperate climate.

In case you get hungry, there is the newly developed Angelic Garden and Restaurant (which has sprung on the ashes of the African Restaurant and Bar) for your quick relaxation and refreshment, and there is also the English Bar for assorted wines. If you decide to stay the night, which of course is the ideal thing in a place like Rojenny, there is the Nwaezeora Lodge which has the beautiful and tastefully-furnished rooms for all guests, plus the new guest house which is currently at the furnishing stage. Beside these, there are also vicinity hotels which work in partnership with Rojenny to accommodate any number of visitors.

Again, Rojenny is a tourist destination. Modeled closely after Disney World in the United States of America, it provides at once all the things necessary for a tourist to stay busy as long as his tour lasts. It is developed in such a way to serve as a base for tourists wishing to visit other tourist sites in South-East Nigeria, like the Ogbunike Cave, the Umuahia War Museum, the Agulu Lake, the Igboukwu archaeological sites, the Njaba River, and so on. The position of Oba is also an added advantage. It is said to be at the center of Igboland, whether from Agbor in Delta State, from Nsukka in Enugu State, from Ndoni / Ikwerre in Rivers State, or from Ozuitem Abriba in Abia State.

Rojenny is also a place for spiritual tourism, irrespective of one's religious conviction. The Blessed Michael Cyprian Tansi Memorial Chapel provides a place of worship for Catholics and Christians of other denominations. There is the African traditional shrine for adherents of African Traditional Religion; and there is the Mosque for the Muslim brethren.

The quiet atmosphere of Rojenny makes it conducive for writers and researchers from any part of the world. The tourist sites are enough inspiration to any writer and can eliminate the so-called writer's block. Sitting very close to Tansian University, Oba, and just a few kilometers away from Madonna University Okija, Rojenny is certainly the destination of many research students who may wish to use the library facilities of both universities. Moreover, research students working on Igbo culture may have no better place to go.

Conceived and developed by Chief Rommy Amandi Ezeonwuka, a native of Akpo in Aguata Local Government Area of ​​Anambra State, Rojenny is indeed a wonderland, a multipurpose center with a complex mix of African culture and western civilization. It is a choice destination for excursions, sports recreation, relaxation, picnics, conferences and seminars, research, cultural entertainment, and so on. This tourist haven, constructed between 1983 and 1986 and opened to the public in November 1986, will soon host a Diaspora Tour, which is aimed at giving African Americans, which ancestors were taken away from Nigeria as slaves, an opportunity to visit Nigeria and have a feel of the land of their ancestors.