Why Electronics and Technology Are Important

People today live in a world that relies greatly on electronics and gadgets to make our everyday activities easier and faster. Most of us could not fathom what life we be like without computers, cell phones, iPods, televisions, or electronic toys. Over the years, technology has continued to advance, improving the quality of life for people who use electronics and gadgets to make their lives more convenient.

When we wake up in the morning, we are often greeted by our alarm clocks. How many people would be late for work if they had to rely on their internal body clocks to wake them up at the same exact time every weekday morning? Once up and out of our bed some people may enjoy a cup of coffee or espresso from the convenience of their own kitchen coffee making appliance. Others may head to the bathroom to start getting ready for the day. This may include using a hair dryer or curlers to style their hair, or maybe an iron to de-wrinkle their clothes. All the while, people may be catching up on the day’s news by watching their local news station on television. All this use of technology and electronics and they haven’t even left for work yet!

The list goes on and on. The advancement of technology has allowed us to enjoy our favorite music while we exercise via the use of an MP3 player, warm our food in seconds with the convenience of microwaves, and even read our emails from anywhere in the world with the use of smart phones and laptops. This is just the tip of the iceberg. While most people understand that electronics and gadgets are important, they don’t take the time to really comprehend just how much we use this type of technology in all aspects of life. Certain electronics and equipment have made medical procedures easier, not to mention just plain possible. Life expectancies have increased with the advancement in technology and suffering has lessened due to the invention of medical equipment and technologies.

Whether it’s the coolest new GPS gadget to help you located and get to your favorite vacation destination along with every restaurant, store, and gas station in the area, or the newest sonar machine that can allow a doctor to see any possible development issues with a mother’s unborn baby, technology and electronics means more to us than we can realize. New products are developed every single day and the more people shop for fun gadgets and electronics, the easier and more fun life will become!…

Knife Safety in the Kitchen

Most people do not know the proper way to handle a knife, whether it be in the kitchen or some other everyday use.

I have worked in a kitchen as a chef for 25 years now and it never ceases to amaze me how carelessly people handle a knife; one of the most used and dangerous tools in the kitchen. A knife is not a toy and it should not be used as one. Always respect a knife. It is also not a can, bottle or jar opener. It is also not a screwdriver, as this can cause damage to the tip of the blade and possibly slip and injure the user.

Always hold a knife in your dominant hand. If you are right-handed, hold the knife in your right hand. Likewise, if you are left-handed you would hold the knife in your left hand. You should always have the angle of the blade away from you. Never slice anything in the direction of your body, as you have a better chance of cutting yourself.

Never cut anything while holding it in your hand. Always use a cutting board with a damp cloth underneath it whenever you are slicing, chopping, or dicing. This will stop the board from slipping or moving on the counter top.

Also remember to keep your knives sharp at all times, as a dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp knife. A dull knife will jump or slip off the item your are cutting and possibly cause serious injury to the user. That is why it is a important to own a honing stone or a knife sharpener.

Most people do not know the proper way to pass a knife to someone else. Some people will hold the knife by the blade while others will hold it by the handle. Each of these methods is incorrect. What if someone was to bump into the person receiving or passing the knife, this is an accident waiting to happen. The only proper way to pass a knife to someone else, is to lie it flat on a table with the edge of the blade facing away from the other person so they can pick it up themselves.

When walking through the kitchen, you never carry a knife loosely in front of you. The only way to carry a knife in the kitchen if you must, is by the handle, at the side of your leg with the sharp edge facing the back.

You should always hand wash your knives yourself after each use. Never put a knife in the dishwasher or sink with sudsy water as someone may reach in and cut themselves not knowing a knife was there.

Make sure you always use the proper knife for whatever job you are doing. Paring knives for coring or cleaning products, a chef knife for chopping or dicing and a slicing knife for slicing. Serrated knives are only to be used for slicing bread or sandwiches.

Always store …

Mulching & Dethatching – The Keys To A Low Maintenance Lawn And Garden

Taking care of a lawn and garden is not an easy thing because there are plenty of important considerations. Of course, be sure to water it properly, give everything it needs and consider getting expert needs whenever necessary. Some of the keys to a low maintenance lawn and garden, lawn care maintenance experts say, are mulching and dethatching.

Mulching Tips

Mulch will help conserve moisture, cut down on weeds, fertilize the soil and assist with visual appeal. A beautiful front yard landscaping can certainly be achieved with different mulch kinds. You can actually use pretty much everything as mulch – provided though that it is not toxic and is biodegradable.

You can use rocks as mulch. In fact, this has a very surprising effect. It will make the growing season last a bit longer. When rocks are exposed to the sun, they absorb heat and put it in the soil. In turn, this gives plants more incentive to grow.

Apart from rocks, you can make your own mulch. There is no secret to making such. It is just shredded leaves, barks and other materials that is placed around your plants to serve a purpose. The leave you rake up, along with the grass you mow, can serve as mulch.

If you want to kill weeds, you can use newspapers and mulch. Use the newspaper to cover weed, and put some mulch on top of it. If you block out the sum, the weeds will certainly die. Also, you don’t have to remove the newspaper because the ink is not toxic and the paper is biodegradable.

Furthermore, you can turn your Christmas tree into mulch so your garden can get through hard winters. Instead of throwing it, you can actually make use of its branches to help protect your plants.

Dethatching Tips

If you have an established, healthy lawn, you may have thatch. Lush lawns getting a lot of attention are prone to thatch – you just do not see it.

Thatch will develop after you have been tending the lawn for several years. It is a light brown lawn that often builds up between the soil and the green grass. It is made up of living, decaying and dead organic matter such as roots, runners and stems. Be aware that grass clippings do not cause thatch because they are mostly water; hence, they decay fast.

At some point, thatch is a very good thing. It will make the turf a bit springy and very comfortable to walk on. It conserves water, protects the soil, and helps the lawn hold up better. But when the organic matter between the soil and grass build up faster than it decays, it becomes a problem. Though this may seem harmless, it can actually make it harder for the grass roots to take hold in the soil. Excessive that can become a breeding ground for diseases and pests.

If you need to dethatch, be sure to do it right.…

Advantages Of West Facing House Plans

West facing house plans are ideal for people who like enjoying the setting sun. If you are wondering what a west facing house is, this is a house that is located on a plot with a road on the west side. One of the main advantages of the design is that it allows you to enjoy the warm evening sun. It’s believed that houses that face west bring more wealth and prosperity and the owners of these houses don’t have enemies.

In addition to people living in west facing houses being prosperous in life, they are also said to be extroverts and are loved by many people. They also make friends easily which helps them in their businesses and careers.

How to Design a West Facing House

As an architect you need to consider a number of factors when designing a west facing house. For ideal results you should avoid planning the house to be built on a T-shaped plot. This is because a house constructed on such a plot doesn’t look elegant. According to Vastu, a house built on a T-shaped plot diverts the positive energy in the house causing conflict in couples.

For the owner of the house to enjoy the benefits that come with this design, it’s recommended that you design the house such that the master bedroom is located on the south-west side. Vastu also recommends that the master bedroom should be located on the south-west side as the direction promotes better understanding among partners. You should build the children bedroom on the west side of the house while the guest room should be in the North West direction.

To ensure that enough sunlight gets into your house, you should eliminate any clutter that might be in the western side. You should also ensure that all tall trees are in the backside.

You should ensure that there’s less open space at the front of a west facing plot. When designing the house you should ensure that the main gate is located at the mid-west or northern half of the plot.

Experts recommend that the eastern and northern directions of the plot are the best for water storage; therefore, these are the best places to place the water storage tank.

Conclusion

As mentioned before, a west facing house is ideal for people who like enjoying the evening sun. While the evening sun is great to look it, it can sometimes be annoying especially when it slips into your house making it hard for you to watch television or work on your computer. To prevent this you should install blinds on your doors and windows.…

Kitchen Design Ideas

Kitchens have so many design options that they are literally never ending. Kitchen design ideas include features such as cabinetry, tiles, counter tops, appliances, hardware and fixtures. Each feature on its own has a multitude of design options and the possible combinations are endless. Two identical kitchens with only one different feature can look like very different kitchens when finished. Because of the vast number of design options, thoroughly research what products are available on the market and get a fairly good idea what it is you are looking for.

The main feature in any kitchen is the cabinetry. It is more often than not the first thing that people notice in a kitchen. The layout of the cabinetry is unique to each kitchen. Measure the size of your kitchen and determine the types of cabinets and where you would like them placed. If you have a solid wall with no windows, doors or appliances opt for floor to ceiling cabinets full of drawers for storage. Include a broom or cleaning closet in these cupboards. Glass fronts in corner cabinets are a popular design feature. Cabinets have a wide variety of door styles. There are recessed, flat paneled and raised cabinet doors. Each of these options comes with several design choices. Once you have picked the design of your cabinets you need to decide on the stain that suits your kitchen space. Opt for lighter colored stains for smaller kitchens to keep them feeling open and spacious.

Counter tops are also an important feature in a kitchen. They too are highly visible. Counter tops should be chosen for durability as well as looks. Granite counter tops are the most popular choice today. You may also choose from engineered stone, ceramic tile, laminates, wood and stainless steel. The material and colour of your counter tops should compliment your cabinetry, backslash and tiles. If your kitchen is a large room but does not have a lot of counter space you might want to consider adding an island for additional space. Not only does an island adds counter space but also storage space.

Flooring is an integral kitchen feature. Most kitchens are done with ceramic tile flooring but wood floors and laminates are growing in popularity. Many kitchens have tiled backslashes. Be sure that the tiles used in your backslash compliment the flooring. Besides the type of flooring you use, you must also pick a color of tile, wood or laminate as well as texture. Quite often a kitchen with light coloured cabinetry will look best with a slightly darker floor and vice-versa. Contrast between the cabinetry and the flooring, no matter how small, creates the illusion of depth.

The kitchen design ideas listed above are just the tip of the iceberg. We haven’t even touched on cabinet hardware, lighting fixtures, sinks and taps, paint colors or appliances. Matching appliances are ideal in any kitchen. Stainless steel appliances are a favorite because they match just about any kitchen design. Families with small children …

Indication of Early Death of the Father in Astrology

Some children grow up with fathers who are actively and positively involved in their lives. These fathers love their children, protect them, praise them, spend quality time with them, play with them, teach them, and help them in dealing the life struggles.

On the other hand, some unfortunate children grow up without the compassionate love and care of their father because of their early and untimely death.

Significator of father in astrology

· Sun significator of father

· 9th house/lord stands for father

· 4th/10th house/lord indicates longevity of father.

· Saturn is a natural significator of death

Sun

· Sun is badly afflicted /debilited /hammed by malefic, indicates severe setback or early death of the father.

· Sun is posited in 5th /9th in a cruel sign indicates early death of the father.

· Sun and Saturn placed in 12th and Weak/waning Moon posited in 7th; early death of the father is indicated.

· Mars and Sun placed together and aspected by Saturn indicates father will expire within one year of native’s birth.

· Sun and Rahu posited eighth from the lord of 9th house without having associated/aspected by a benefice indicates early loss of the father.

· Sun in 7th, Mars in 10th and Rahu in 12th longevity of father remain in doubt.

· Malefic planets placed in 4th/ 6th/8th house from the ascendant/Sun indicate early loss of the father.

· 10th house from the Ascendant /Sun is heavily afflicted indicates early death of the father.

· Weak Sun in 5th indicates severe problems faced by father.

· Sun is placed in 9th along with a malefic planet and the birth of the native is in the opening Mahadasa [major period] of the Sun, the father will die early.

9th house /lord

· Rahu placed in 9th, aspected by Sun/Mars/Saturn father will die within few weeks of native’s birth.

· Ketu placed in 4th/5th/9th house, indicated death of father from an incurable disease.

· Rahu is posited in 9th house, associated with an exalted planet, and the native born in the Mahadasa [major period] of that exalted planet, the early death of the father is possible.

· Placement of lord of 9th and Rahu is 6th/8th from each other, and the native born in the opening Mahadasa of Rahu/lord of 9th indicates early death of the father.

· Rahu/Ketu placed in 9th house and the native was born in the opening Mahadasa of Rahu/Ketu, early loss of father is possible.

· Lord of 9th is posited in 9th along with Rahu and the native was born in the opening Mahadasa of Rahu, father will expire early.

4th/10th house

· 10th house from the Ascendant /Sun is heavily afflicted indicates early death of father

· Malefic planets placed in 4th/10th/12th indicated early death of both parent.

· Mars placed in 10th in an inimical sign, early loss of father is possible.

Saturn

· Saturn and Rahu placed in 12th and weak/waning Moon posited in 7th without having the aspect …

10 Secrets to Get a $30,000 Kitchen For Under $3,000

You see it all the time on TV. People spend outrageous amounts of money to get new kitchens. You can get a new kitchen for a lot less money than your TV would lead you to believe.

I once owned a lovely Cape Cod house with an 80’s style melamine and oak strip kitchen. When we decided to sell to start a new business, potential buyers all hated that kitchen. We didn’t get a single offer. We had no choice but to take the house off the market and fix the kitchen. If you think you might need to resell an attractive kitchen is important. But more importantly it’s nice for any homeowner to have a kitchen they love.

We asked the pros what it would cost to reface our kitchen. They estimated it would cost $20,000 to $30,000. And hiring “pros is not without risk. They may or may not do an adequate job. We did our first DIY attempts because of bad experiences with “experts” who didn’t deliver.

So we decided to do it ourselves…again.

We did it for $1,200.

Yes we saved at least $18,800 bucks, maybe more.

You can do it, too. Here’s how.

Do it one step at a time.

1. Your first step involves making decisions about the layout of your kitchen. If it is reasonably functional keep the sinks and appliances in their current positions. We did not move anything in our kitchen and saved lots of money.

2. Next keep your cabinet boxes if possible. This is a “green” issue as well as a price issue. Cabinets cost a lot of money and should never end up in a landfill. If you do not plan to reuse your cabinets at least donate them to a local charity like Habitat for Humanity or Good Will.

3. Check out home stores for good buys in cabinetry or rejects from manufacturers and cabinetmakers.

4. You can keep the boxes and just get new doors for a new look without some of the cost. I had a cabinetmaker make me paneled doors out of MDF and spray painted them cream. They did wonders for my kitchen and made my house sellable at the same time.

5. Make sure the style of your kitchen matches the exterior style of your house. This is important. My house did not sell because the house was very traditional and the kitchen was 80’s modern. People who liked the house hated that kitchen. The house did not sell because of it.

6. Check out appliances that have a few dents or are lightly used. You can find good serviceable things if you can’t afford new and perfect. Also look for in stock appliances that are on sale. Stores that keep inventory sometimes have sales. Paying cash might give you an edge for bargaining for better prices, too. Sometimes the only barrier between you and a better price is just asking. Have the gall to ask.

7. Consider using lower cost options …

How to Protect an Interior Wood Threshold

Thresholds are sometimes unnoticeable. Not every doorway has them and those that do don’t always stand out. However, thresholds can be a nice addition to a doorway, especially if the floor at both sides is distinctively different from its neighbor and needs a separation barrier instead of abruptly meeting each other.

They can also be good for stopping drafts or preventing air, either warm or cool, from escaping or entering.

But what kind of maintenance do indoor thresholds need?

There are several things to consider such as staining, sealing with urethane, or painting. Each is a possibility but the final decision depends on you. The truth is a threshold needs some kind of coating to protect it from getting dirty, being marked up, or damaged.

If you have hard wood floors you could stain the threshold:

1. Lightly sand the threshold leveling it out on all sides.

2. Prepare stain.

3. If you want to match the color of the hard wood floor apply stain slowly in coats.

4. Once you’ve finished apply a sealer giving it several coats for extra protection.

If you want to paint the threshold:

1. Lightly sand the threshold leveling it out on all sides.

2. Prepare paint. It should be oil-based for the best shine and to be longer lasting.

3. Apply at least two coats letting it dry in between.

4. Once you’ve finished apply a sealer giving it several coats for extra protection.

If you like the wood color of the threshold you may want to leave it in its natural state. In that case you should still give it a varnish to protect from foot traffic.

1. Lightly sand the threshold leveling it out on all sides.

2. Prepare oil-based varnish.

3. Apply at least two coats letting it dry in between.

Finally add some caulking around the edges of the threshold to prevent dirt from getting caught in any open spaces. After all, the threshold will be crossed by many feet carrying all kinds of gook that may just stick around if given the chance.…

Mortar and Pestle Can Benefit Your Health

There is a good reason that people have been using a mortar and pestle for generations. Back in the days before everything under the sun arrived in a can, box or tube due to mass production, people actually needed to grind up herbs and spices themselves. This is yet another way that people were literally closer to the food that they consumed. Today a mortar and pestle might not be as common as it once was, but there can be little doubt that the mortar and pestle most definitely still have a place in any home.

Sometimes it is the small touches that can have a huge impact on one’s overall health. Take, for example, the mortar and pestle’s ability to impact health. Considering how inexpensive this tool is the fact is that it only makes sense to add one to your kitchen.

The Taste Benefits of a Mortar and Pestle

Having a mortar and pestle in your kitchen will definitely encourage you to grind up more fresh spices. If you have ever cooked with freshly ground spices, then you know just how much better food can taste when freshly ground spices have been added in. Moreover, spices have a tendency to naturally lose some of their taste when they have been processed. Yet, when you ground them freshly yourself, this is simply not an issue. If you like the way your food tastes then you are more likely to cook more nutritious food on a consistent basis.

Having a mortar and pestle in your home will encourage you to get more spices in your diet. In general, spices are good for your overall health and are full of nutrition, including vitamins and minerals. Thus having a mortar and pestle in your home may improve the quality of your diet.

A Mortar and Pestle Will Improve Your Recipes

Just the smell of herbs and spices might very well be enough to motivate you to get in the kitchen and cook more and experiment more. When you have a mortar and pestle around your kitchen, your friends will see it on your counter and undoubtedly gain new respect for your cooking skills.

Cooking should be fun. Having a mortar and pestle on hand will not only let you work out some of your aggression, but it will also allow you to experience cooking from a somewhat different perspective. If you have never experienced the taste sensation of fresh herbs and spices, then you are in for a real treat.

The Little Touches Add Up

The quality of one’s health can sometimes be a cumulative affair. What may seem like small touches can add up to be rather significant over the long term. In this way a mortar and pestle’s ability to encourage you to use more herbs and spices is a small change that can have a substantial long term impact. Just think of all the flavorful meals that you will make as well once you’ve started grinding up your own …

Organic Interior Designs

Organic design of interiors uses natural elements for creating those designs by minimal usage of synthetic materials. An organic decorator should be aware of the type of natural elements available in the market and in nature which can be used to replace those synthetic decorators. It will be quite challenging for usual indoor decorators to turn to eco-friendly interior decorators.

Now a days green or organic interior decoration is not very much accepted by the people around the world. But more than 70% of the people around the world would like to live a life which is close to nature. The reason i am telling is because, when looking the travel statistics around the world people are choosing destinations which are close to nature for their holidays. People love nature and likes to have fresh intake of oxygen. Fresh air is not available in big cities and in artificially ventilated interiors. So people are traveling to those ecological and nature friendly places spend at least some days in a year. Which type of room would you love to live in through out your lifespan whether it is an artificially created room or in a room which is filled with natural light and with a breeze of natural air.

Many people think that green interior decorating is being utilized by those who don’t want to spend much money on their interiors. People who are willing to spend much money on their interiors think that their interior will feel unusual if their turn to organic interior decorating. It is a fact that people used to return to those indoors which are organically designed than those with synthetically designed indoors. Moreover people living inside organic designed interiors have got less friction and differences among them when compared to people living in synthetically designed interiors. Organic interior design can create that ambience inside a room which can create a sense of tranquility and serenity inside the rooms.With some simple measures and changes synthetically designed rooms can be changed to organic. Organically designed interiors are decorated in such a way that it should provide that much need calm and rejuvenation for mind and soul. After all what we need for our homes or office interiors is peace of mind.

Organic interior design has become relevant in today’s world because of the amount of pollution happening in our cities. Every day people are adding more air conditioners to their rooms. Many research have proved that emissions from these air conditioners is one of the reason for climate change. Organic interior decorators around the world are having the opinion that people are gradually thinking about organic interior designs for their rooms.

Inviting Mother Nature into the home through home design is an exceptional way to get back to basics while infusing a house with warmth, color, purpose and practicality. We were originally organic to begin with, so why not keep up the tradition of peace, harmony and health.

Allure the pacifying Mother Nature into your indoors through …