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The Small Changes That Will Make Your Home Look Much Cleaner And Tidier

The Small Changes That Will Make Your Home Look Much Cleaner And Tidier

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When you look around a room and decide that it feels untidy or unclean, what is it that gives you that impression? This is more of a feeling you get usually rather than something you actually think about, so what is it that makes you instantly feel ill-at-ease in a room or vice versa?

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Well of course it’s not down to any one thing, but rather the overall ‘vibe’ that a room gives off, which is much more than the sum of its parts.

But that ‘vibe’ is made up of lots of much smaller details. And actually it’s sometimes the tiniest details that have the biggest overall impact on how clean your home feels. Read on to discover the tiny changes that make all the difference when it comes to making your home look clean and tidy.

The Doorknobs

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Many estate agents tell their clients that the first thing they should do to help their homes sell is to polish the doorknobs. This is a perfect example of something that we normally don’t give much thought to, but which will make all the difference to the overall vibe of the room. Most of us will look down when we open the door, and whether we see something shiny and clean or grubby and warn will greatly impact on our opinions of that space.

The Windows

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An even more important change to make is to clean your windows. Not only are your windows one of the only things that you see from both inside and outside a room, but they are also important of course because they let light in. If your windows are dirty, then you will make your rooms look dimmer which makes them feel smaller and less clean.

Likewise, you also need to ensure that there is less blocking the window. So take away any net curtains that might be blocking out light, and remove unnecessary decorations from your windowsills too.

The Wardrobes

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A mistake many of us make is to think that we have free reign to stash anything we want to on top of our wardrobe where it will be out of the way. Although it’s out of the way, those things are still visible in our peripheral vision and make a room feel unconsciously more closed in and more cluttered. Trust me on this: try removing the boxes from your wardrobes and then just see how much more ‘open’ the rooms feel. The same goes for shoving things under your bed: don’t do it!

The Rugs

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We all know by now what a huge difference carpet cleaning can make to a room, but what about using a rug cleaning company? Make sure you don’t forget to wash these too, particularly if they take up a lot of floor space. It will make the room feel brighter, more colourful and newer.

Likewise you should also consider washing other important upholstery such as your curtains and the covers on your furniture. And no, a vacuum does not do the same thing.

Today’s guest writer, Malcolm Hall, is an avid blogger who writes about topics related to home improvement and renovation online. He works for Sonic Care, a team of carpet cleaning experts based in Toronto. His hobbies include reading and woodworking.

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Tricks For Making Your Hands Look Better!

Tricks For Making Your Hands Look Better!

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It is often said that hands show age more than any other part of the body, and because they are almost always visible and tend to be busy, they are one part a lot of women feel self conscious about. There is also little you can do about the shape of your hands – while you may be able to wear heels to make yourself look taller and Spanx to make yourself slimmer, if you have chubby hands, stumpy fingers or large, mannish hands then you can’t really alter them. There are, however, easy ways to create optical illusions that can make hands look more elegant, as well as to take care of the skin so they stay looking young. Here are some tips:

Long Nails

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Having long nails manicured in an oval style can do a lot to make your fingers look longer and daintier. While square edged styles may be fashionable, if you want to adjust the way your hands look, an oval manicure is more advisable. Growing your nails can be hard, especially if you have brittle nails or find your nails break easily, but using a good vitamin supplement and painting on a strengthening serum can help a lot. Alternatively, acrylic or gel nail extensions can be a convenient way to get the look, as they tend to stay looking freshly manicured for a week or two (unlike natural nails which often need repainting), and you simply have to get them filled and filed every couple of weeks.

Exfoliate and Moisturize

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Hands can get a little rough and chapped, especially if you spend a lot of time working with them (for example doing dishes and other cleaning work), or with them exposed to the elements. A good gentle exfoliator will help keep the skin soft, and you’ll also want to use a hand cream every day to soften the skin and prevent premature aging. A good tip is that if you have any facial moisturizer you find is too rich for your skin or you just don’t like, to use this on your hands instead. Alternatively, inexpensive vitamin E creams are great for hands, so you don’t need to buy a specific hand cream unless you want to.

Jewelry

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Rings can make a big difference to how your fingers look. Some cuts of stone, like emerald cuts, will make fingers look longer and slimmer, whereas a good princess cut diamond ring can shorten a longer finger and make it look smaller and more elegant. Too many rings, for example more than one on a finger (with the exception of a wedding and engagement band) can make fingers look shorter, and in most cases it looks best just to have one or two rings per hand. Also pay attention to watches and bracelets – if they are tight looking they can ‘chop off’ a stumpy hand visually so you are better off with a looser style like a bangle or a charm bracelet that hangs off the wrist rather than creating a border between your arm and your hand that can make your arm look shorter and your hand thicker.

By employing some of these simple tricks it can be easy to make your hands look more elegant and attractive, as well as take good care of the skin.

This post has been contributed by Nolan Grey. He enjoys his work at Diamonds on Web, which encourages him to challenge himself. He is a huge movie buff and he hasn’t missed a single action flick!

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What to Look for When Choosing Bluetooth Headsets

What to Look for When Choosing Bluetooth Headsets

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Bluetooth headsets aren’t the best-looking fashion accessory around, but they give you enough benefits to counterbalance any issues you have in that department. Bluetooth headsets expand beyond just something to use for hands-free calling and end up more in the realm of great utility accessories. Not all Bluetooth headsets are the same, however. There is more that meets the eye when it comes to these small earpieces, from how they handle sound to whether they interact with apps. Here’s what to be mindful of regarding Bluetooth headsets.

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Bluetooth Benefits

The obvious benefit of a Bluetooth headset is the fact you don’t need to hold the phone while talking on it. Many states have legislation that make talking on the phone while driving not allowed. You have to use a hands-free option, such as an in-car system or a headset. In-car systems aren’t standard options on many vehicles, so a Bluetooth headset gives you the ability to have hands-free calling without plunking down hundreds of dollars for a car accessory. Some states are also pushing for insurance penalties to be added if you’re caught driving and calling without a hands-free unit, according to Handsfree.info. You can also use voice-activated features on your smartphone without having to bring it out of your pocket.

How to Select a Bluetooth Headset

Outside of establishing your price range, the most important consideration for selecting a headset is the call quality. This doesn’t just mean the quality that comes into the earpiece, either. If you can hear perfectly well, but the person you’re talking to can’t understand you at all, it’s not going to be all that useful. The noise-canceling features of the headset also play heavily into the outgoing voice quality.

Now choose your size. Some headsets are literally headsets, with a headband to keep everything in place. Others are compact, giving you a discrete earpiece that confuses people when you’re talking to thin air. There are plenty of options in-between as well, as this CNET guide displays.

Jawbone

Some headsets push their integration abilities with apps, whether that’s applications that use voice commands or those designed specifically for the headset. For example, the Jawbone headsets have companion applications that provide audio apps, phone apps, calendar notifications, and caller identification, Androinica reports.

Bluetooth headsets are range restricted due to the technology used, so you aren’t going to get a longer range than the standard 33 feet. However, most headsets don’t get anywhere close to this maximum range. If you need the largest possible range, ask retailers about headsets that get between 15-20 feet.

Multipoint

Multipoint is a relatively new Bluetooth technology that allows you to connect the headset to multiple devices without unpairing it. This is useful if you have laptops, tablets and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. You want to ensure compatibility with every device you want to use your headset on. Some devices, such as iOS products, only work with a limited range of third-party devices. You can purchase Bluetooth headsets directly from T-Mobile or another wireless provider, or from electronics stores.

Do you use a Bluetooth headset with your smartphone or mobile device? What brand do you like? Let us know in the comments.

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A Look At The Three Big Coffee Shops And Their Incentive Schemes

A Look At The Three Big Coffee Shops And Their Incentive Schemes

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In the world of comic shops there is undoubtedly a ‘big three’ major players. This is somewhat of a ‘holy trinity’ of coffee, that accounts for much of the industry’s business and where most of us will spend a lot of money. The brands in question of course are ‘Starbucks’, ‘Costa’ and ‘Café Nero’, each of which has a number of unique benefits of downsides that wins them their own fans and enemies.

One of the things that all three have in common is some form of rewards scheme to try and keep their customers loyal. These schemes are smart from a business perspective as a way to get repeat business from their customers but each works in a slightly different way and like the coffee itself, each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Here we will look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of each system and what you can learn from them as a business.

Café Nero

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Café Nero has perhaps the most simple of all three reward systems and is also the place where you will get the most free coffee. At Nero you can pick up a loyalty card at any of the stores when you buy coffee and then get a stamp or two each time you make a purchase. Once you’ve filled up the nine slots you can then get a free coffee of any kind.

The simplicity of this system is first and foremost a huge bonus. This means that anyone can pick up a loyalty card even if they’re in a rush and understand it in a moment. At the same time, these cards benefit from their disposable nature – if someone loses their loyalty card they can just pick up another one and not feel hard done by.

This disposable nature though also makes them very easy to forget about, while the fact that people won’t have a card after their ninth purchase means there’s a small point where that person will have no ‘commitment’ to Nero.

Costa

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Costa uses a slightly more conventional points rewards system that uses a card with a magnetic strip. Users can then have their card swiped every time they buy a coffee and get points added to their card that they can spend as they choose. Unfortunately this system is somewhat ‘stingy’ meaning you’ll probably have to drink about 20-30 beverages before you get anything for free – a fact that will cause many customers to become resentful.

While Costa’s system is relatively simple to understand, there is an online aspect for people who want to sign up, which creates new marketing opportunities for Costa and provides extra incentives to the customer.

Starbucks

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Starbucks have made something of a mess of their rewards scheme. Recently they had a system that requires users to ‘top up’ their loyalty card by paying money into it, which meant they had to be willing to pay $20 or more for their first coffee and often left them with money ‘stuck’ on their card (though it was useful for giving to people as a gift). This system wasn’t intuitive so Starbucks has since scrapped it but the confusion has led to few people adopting the new format.

So the winner is Nero! How can your business learn from this lesson?

Jack Voltz is a business analyst and an ardent coffee lover. While there are many successful business models, he has listed 3 top coffee chains in this post and their various incentives which has led to their success.

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Look at NPC Junior National Bodybuilding Championships

Look at NPC Junior National Bodybuilding Championships

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The NPC Junior Nationals Bodybuilding Championships presents bodybuilders from many US states competing against each other in categories like Bodybuilding, Fitness Figure, Men’s Physique, Women’s Physique or Bikini Championships. The top 5 athletes in each class and in overall men’s and women’s winner and the top 5 fitness, figure and bikini winners in each height class plus an overall fitness, figure and bikini winner get trophies. The The NPC Junior Nationals Bodybuilding Championships was held Charleston, SC at May 19 this year (2012). The following pictures are from the year 2005.

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Deep Look on the Bacillus Anthracis Bacteria

Deep Look on the Bacillus Anthracis Bacteria

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What actually this Bacillus anthracis bacteria is? The term “anthrax” is known but not everybody know that it is a bacteria. The basic symptoms which cause this bacteria are flu-like symptoms with fever greater than 100 F/38 C, cough, sore throat. The sore starts as a raised bump and develops into a painless ulcer with a black area in the center, usually on face or hands. The symptoms occur within 7 days of infection. The infection is treated with antibiotics and success depends on the type of anthrax bacteria and how soon treatment begins. Anthrax can be spread from infected animal products like wool or meat or as weapon. Transfer of infection from a infected person to another is not known.

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Photo Credit: CDC/ Amanda Moore, MT; Todd Parker, PhD; Audra Marsh; Megan Mathias; Laura Rose



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Closer Look in the WikiLeaks Data Centre

Closer Look in the WikiLeaks Data Centre

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Julian Assange is a software developer, Internet activist and the head of WikiLeaks project. Assange, at his teenager age, was a hacker with nick name Mendax. He started the WikiLeaks project in 2006.

WikiLeaks published documents about extrajudicial killings in Kenya, a report of toxic waste dumping on the coast of Côte d’Ivoire, Church of Scientology manuals, Guantanamo Bay procedures, the 12 July 2007 Baghdad airstrike video, and material involving large banks such as Kaupthing and Julius Baer.

The pictures below show the Pionen data centre where WikiLeaks stores their files. It is a 100ft below the ground  of a former Cold War nuclear bunker.

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