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Avoiding Illness During the Holiday Season

Unfortunately, the holiday season can bring lots of stress with it.   Combine this with travel, holiday parties and the flu season, and you have a recipe for getting sick!   So what can you do to prevent or minimize your chances of illness over the holiday season?   Here are are some steps you can take to help prevent illness:
Wash your handsThe importance of this simple step cannot be overstated.  Prevention is the best cure and unless someone coughs or sneezes directly in your face you acquire bacterial and viral illnesses through your hands!  Use hand sanitizer whenever you cannot wash your hands.  Bacteria and Viruses do not jump on you they must be transported to a place of entry (eyes, nose, or mouth).   During air, train or bus travel it is worth considering having anti-bacterial wipes to wipe down surfaces on and around your seat as well.
Exercise.   Who knew right?   Moderate exercise boost immune function through several well-established mechanisms so do NOT skip your workouts during the holidays!
Get your sleep. If you have not figured this out already let me clue you in – lack of sleep prevents recovery and wears your entire system down so make sure you allow time for adequate sleep.
Multi-Vitamin and Mineral Supplement.  This is not the season to be deficient in key vitamins in minerals – several of which will directly submarine your immune system.     There are many examples such as lack of adequate zinc and vitamin c.  Enough said – take a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement daily!
Limit Intake of Refined Carbohydrates.    Refined carbohydrates such as cake, cookies, candy, donuts, pie, juices (that’s right fruit juices are not the way to do – way to much sugar!), pasta, bread, rice, potatoes, cereal, etc.    All this sugar directly blunts immune response!
Avoid Trans Fats aka “Partially Hydronated Fats” prevalent in junk foods and fast foods.  These fats also blunt immune response.
Most respiratory and gastrointestinal illness are viral not bacterial.   Colds and Flu are viral infections and will not be helped by medication other than symptom relief.     So knocking down some of that leftover antibiotic in your medicine cabinet is a bad idea!   That being said, there are always exception so consult with a physician whenever you are in doubt!   If you are given an antibiotic for bacterial infection it is CRUCIAL you finish the entire prescription even if you feel better before you are done!
You can also add some of the supplements described below to help shorten the duration of your illness.    However, keep in mind that some antibiotics are effected by foods, vitamins, and minerals so make sure you read the instructions and ask the pharmacist.  For example, several antibiotics need to be taken on an empty stomach while others need to be taken with food and others can bind and become inactivated if taken at the same time as a vitamin or mineral supplement.

Antibiotics.   If you are prescribed an antibiotic one side effect is that it can kill the beneficial bacteria which are supposed to be in your intestines.  To prevent diarrhea and/or fungal infections which come as a result of killing the good bacteria take a probiotic supplement (beneficial bacteria) to replenish the bacteria during and for at least two weeks after using any antibiotic. 
Good brands include: Culterelle (available in many pharmacies and health food stores), enzymatic therapy acidophilus pearls, and best of all is Jarrow (Jarrow Dophilus).  Shelf stable brands such as these are BETTER then refrigerated products because the products requiring refrigeration WILL NOT be refrigerated during transport to the store.  Expiration dates are VERY important with these products.  They are safe for everyone and follow label directions for dosage
Do not take at the same time as you take the antibiotic because the antibiotic will kill the bacteria.  By the way eating yogurt to replace the bacteria is like throwing a brick in the Grand Canyon to fill it – way too little to be effective.   Probiotic supplements are inexpensive and worth every nickel if you are taking antibiotics – particularly for females who want to avoid yeast infections due to antibiotic use.
Specific Immune Enhancing Supplements
Alkyglycerolsfrom shark liver oil.  The body uses alkyglycerols to create immune cells.   They are found in high concentrations in two places: mothers milk and shark liver oil.   Numerous controlled, peer-reviewed studies have established that supplemental intake increase can safely and significantly improve immune response by increasing the number of immune cells.  In fact, this supplement has been shown to prevent the immune suppression associated with chemotherapy and radiation.
This supplement can be very helpful for certain people because its method of action is to rejuvenate the immune system  by providing the raw material for creation of immune cells rather than merely stimulate the immune response like other supplements like Echinacea.  If the immune system is stressed immune stimulants like Echinacea may not work without the use of Alkylglycerols to build it up.
The most widely researched variety of this supplement is called Ecomer.  This particular brand was used in all the research studies.   A company called Scandinavian Naturals sells it under their label. Since shark liver oil can contain impurities such as PCB’s and other contaminents it is important that you buy a product using the Ecomer variety because it is molecularly distilled and free of all contaminants. 
The only people who cannot safely take this product are organ transplant patients since it could in theory counteract the immune suppressing drugs they take to prevent their body from rejecting the organ.   Even people with auto-immune disorders tend to benefit because this supplement tends to balance an overactive immune system as well.  This product can be taken during the entire cold and flu season and is very effective at reducing the incidence of cold and flues.  Dosage is 1 to 2 capsules per day with meals.  This product is moderately priced but very effective – particularly if you know that you have a tendency to catch more colds and flues then other people.
Astragalus Astragalus is a tonic adaptogenic herb used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine.   Tonic adaptogenic herbs are herbs that can be used for long periods of time and normalize the body’s response to stressors.  Astragalus acts as a deep immune stimulant.   It has been extensively researched and documented to improve immune response.  It is best taken for the entire season.  It comes as drops (called a tincture) or in capsules.   For tinctures excellent brands include: Herb Pharm, Gaia, and Natural Factors.  For capsules excellent brands include: Nature’s Plus, Enzymatic Therapy, Twin Lab, and Solgar.  The only known contraindication is for organ transplant patients.   Dosage: follow label recommendations.  Astragalus is very inexpensive and an excellent preventive measure that many people swear by.
Echinacea – is an extremely potent immune stimulant.  However there have been several studies showing little to no effect in human trials.  This occurred because an inferior product or insufficient dose was used in these studies.  Using the right product is VERY important.  The finest brand is unquestionably Natural Factors.  They control and test their product from seed to plant to end product.  They are one of two companies to insure standardization for the three key active chemicals. 
The controlled, peer reviewed research on their Echinacea known as Echinamide shows outstanding effectiveness for viral and bacterial infections.  Their products are made in tincture and gelcaps.   They also make a mixed product that includes astragalus, lomatium, and mushroom extract which is outstanding for preventing or mitigating viral infections (the vast majority of illnesses are NOT bacterial they are viral). Always see a physician to make sure you do not need another medication. 
Another outstanding product is called Quick Defense by Gaia Herbs which comes in a liquid or liquid cap.
Another excellent brand is Nature’s Way Echinacea in tincture form – it has also been used in several successful research studies. 
Another excellent product is Esberitox sold under the Enzymatic Therapy label.  It combines Echinacea, Thuja, and Blue Flag in chewable tablet form that tastes good (the tinctures mentioned DO NOT taste good, but they work).    Esberitox has also been proven effective in excellent research studies. 
It is VERY important to take an adequate dose of Echinacea to produce results.   Preventively you can take a much smaller dose, but to affect an illness that has started you really need to increase dose significantly so follow the label directions which provide for different dosing for prevention and use during illness. 
Probiotic Supplements– as mentioned above these supplements are key when taking antibiotics.  Good bacteria serve vital roles in human physiology and due to poor diet, toxin and drug intake many people lack the ideal levels of these helpful bacteria.  They directly stimulate immune response and can help prevent many of the causes of digestive illnesses such as food poisoning, yeast infections, etc.   The brands listed above are excellent.  
Vitamin C and Zinc.  Short term increased intake of vitamin C and Zinc can boost immunity during illness.  Be careful with Zinc because too much for extended periods of time can cause problems.   Properly manufactured Zinc lozenges such as Cold-Eeze are extremely effective if used as directed for SHORT term use only.  Your multivitamin will provide plenty for regular daily use. 
Vitamin C is extremely safe because it is never truly toxic.  If you take too much vitamin C your bowels will become loose. During illness you can usually tolerate much higher doses of Vitamin C (up to 20 grams per day in divided doses) without having loose bowels.  During illness start with 2 grams (2,000 milligrams) every 2 hours until you notice any bowel symptoms.  If you do back off the dosage slightly until the bowel symptoms go away.  If you do not have any bowel systems increase the dose. 
You will be amazed how much Vitamin C you can tolerate IF you are really sick, and it takes high doses to be effective when ill.  The best type of Vitamin C is a buffered time released for of Vitamin C.  Buffered C is easier on the stomach and boosts plasma levels of C more efficiently than regular C.  If you want vitamin C to help you have to take several grams at a time as indicated above.    All the studies with Vitamin showing lack of results used inadequate dosing.  If you use enough it is an amazingly effective and inexpensive strategy for colds and flu.  
Oscillocoxinum or Oscillo for short.  This is a homeopathic remedy specific and useful for one thing: the flu.  It MUST be used IMMEDIATELY upon symptom onset or it WILL NOT be effective.  Like all homeopathic remedies it is an FDA approved over the counter remedy that has NEVER produced side effects and is safe for anyone to use.  Several well designed clinical trials have proven the effectiveness of this product for the flu.  Simply follow label directions.    It costs about $15 for a complete supply that will get you through a bout of the flu.  When it works it is so effective that sometimes people think they did not have the flu which is very nice compared to getting the flu.
Combining supplements:  all of these supplements can be taken together without fear of interactions.  My suggestion is that in addition to the multiple vitamin you focus on the Alkylglycerols and a good probiotic supplement throughout the cold and flu season then have some of these products on hand in case you do get sick.  It is worth having a few of these products on hand (such as Esberitox Mentioned above) because they can shorten the duration and intensity of viral and bacterial infections but are only effective if started at the first onset of symptoms.

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MMI Grad builds motorcycle shop from ground up

When Bret Sealy set off from his small Central Texas hometown for Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) Orlando, he had little more than his Harley, a toolbox and the goal of owning a motorcycle business. Since then, Bret has worked hard as a student struggling to make ends meet, a machinist serving the U.S. Army and National Guard, and a one-man construction company to earn his most prized possession – his own motorcycle repair shop.

Today, he’s back in Richland Springs, Texas, pursuing his passion for motorcycles as president and owner of San Saba Ironhorse, Inc. But achieving this childhood dream hasn’t come easy.

“From the time I watched a friend ride his dirt bike around our neighborhood, I knew I wanted to be in this industry,” explained Bret. “Whether I was working odd jobs or serving on Army convoy missions, I never lost sight of that goal.”

Though his jobs have varied along the long road to entrepreneurship, Bret’s work ethic has remained strong. While studying at MMI, he earned $100 a day tiling pools. After graduating in 2007, he briefly worked as a technician for a Harley-Davidson dealership, but he couldn’t ignore the desire to be his own boss. To help save enough for startup costs, he joined the Army and trained to be a machinist.

“Besides the chance to serve my country in Iraq and Kuwait, the Army prepared me for the motorcycle business,” said Bret. “When I got back to Texas, I expanded my skills by making wheels and axles for rail cars at machine shops, and fitting pipes for oil and natural gas drilling. Between working as a machinist and my training at MMI and in the military, I feel like I can make just about anything.”

Despite his growing mechanical expertise, Bret still needed to boost his savings to start the business. He joined the National Guard for the weekend drill pay and slowly began laying the foundation for his new motorcycle repair shop … literally. He dug trenches for plumbing, poured the building’s concrete foundation, erected its steel structure, wired electrical systems and painted it inside and out. Until the shop really got off the ground in 2012, his do-it-yourself approach raised more than a few eyebrows around Richland Springs.

“It’s a small town – there were just 16 in my graduating class,” said Bret. “I’ve known lots of people who talk about their dreams, but never do anything about them. I knew I wanted to be different.”

At 27, Bret has developed San Saba Ironhorse into a burgeoning business. Specializing in Harley-Davidson and Yamaha motorcycles, the shop also services other bike brands and ATVs used by hunters who visit the area. He’s boosted profits by fixing wrecked motorcycles he buys from insurance companies and selling them online. MMI’s entrepreneurial training has come in handy as the business has evolved, too.

“Right now, I’m still just a one-man show. But Ironhorse is growing and I hope to hire a team someday,” he said. “If you want to build your own business, you have to understand it’s not going to happen overnight.” Brett would like to express a http://www.sansabanews.com/news/110717/special thanks to his friends and family who helped along the way to make everything possible.

“People had all kinds of negative things to say when I told them about my goal for this shop,” he added. “But if people tell you that you’re just dreaming or being unrealistic, they’re wrong. Don’t let other people’s opinions get in the way of what you want to achieve. It’s all up to you.”

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Source: San Saba News (AP, 9/7)

5 Rational Ways to Lower Your Motorcycle Insurance Premiums

Motorcycle insurance premiums are normally higher than insurance for automobile drivers because motorcycle drivers are more vulnerable to accidents and mishaps. If you are a high-risk motorcyclist, such as one who has had a DUI or has frequent accidents, rates could go even higher. These are the top five rational ways to lower your motorcycle insurance premiums.

Way #1: Join a Club

Many riders’ clubs have advanced riding skills training aimed at improving your riding skills on the road. The membership and skills training can help reduce the cost of insurance or even get a flat out discount from some insurance carriers. Some of the major worldwide motorcycling clubs you may consider are: BMW motorcycle club and Harley owners association.

Way #2: Be Completely Honest With Insurance Agents

When buying a policy, be completely honest about your riding habits. Many insurance companies have lower premiums for lower mileage riders. Bear this in mind when you are purchasing your motorbike’s policy and be completely honest when you declare your intended riding mileage. If you don’t use your bike often–for example, if it’s just a weekend toy–see if it’s possible to cap the mileage limit.

Your riding experience, riding history and length of ownership for your bike are also factors that might affect your insurance rate. Generally more experienced riders with incident-free records are given lower premiums than young thrill seekers with a record of regular accidents or traffic violations. It’s best to be honest about your record, as most insurance companies will do a background check and find out about accidents or other incidents anyway.

Way #3: Choose The Level of Coverage That Saves You The Most

By and large, your level of coverage is the main factor in determining the price of your premium. Comprehensive insurance that includes cover for your bike in case it is damaged is generally more expensive; however, it gives a lot of extra protection when needed. These extra benefits include coverage for breakdowns and legal expenses as well as other options that will lower your out-of-pocket expenses if an incident occurs. Third party coverage, on the other hand, has a lower premium and offers great savings but does not cover any damage claims.

There is also such a thing as being over insured. If you have medical coverage via another type of insurance, that policy will most likely include accident coverage. In this case, getting medical coverage on your motorbike insurance is redundant and costly.

Way #4: Include Security and Safety Gear in Your Motorcycle Purchase

A majority of motorcycle related claims are theft related. Thus, installing a security system such as an immobilizer will definitely shave money off your premium. Keeping your bike in a garage or a secure parking structure also contributes a lot to reducing your premium.

Proper riding gear such as helmets and padding will keep you safe in the event of an accident and reduce risk of grievous injury, thus lowering your medical expenses. Riding without such safety gear may result in your premium being invalidated.

Way #5: Pay a Monthly Premium

It can be difficult to pay a year’s worth of insurance for your bike, especially in tough economic times. It is more pragmatic to break down the insurance to manageable installments. Setting up an installment plan via your insurer can sometimes be more expensive. Consider paying the entire premium on a zero rate or low interest credit card and then paying the credit card balance over a period of months.

Picking the right insurance company for you can ultimately save you a lot of money and grief when it comes to making claims for damages. The tips above should help you find the policy that’s right for you and your budget so that you can enjoy riding your bike.

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Source: Carlton Wright Insurance Agency (10/15)

BEST SALAD INGREDIENTS FOR WEIGHT LOSS

BEST SALAD INGREDIENTS FOR WEIGHT LOSSBy Dana Leigh Smith


salad with chickpeas and avocado

Sure, every body and everybody’s diet is different. But if you’re a time-strapped dieter trying to lose weight, you’re bound to eat a lot of salad.
And as long as you stay away from fatty add-ons like bacon bits and crispy noodles, your strategy is sure to pay off–eventually. The road to weight loss success can be slow going, but by throwing ingredients in your bowl that scientists say rev metabolism, bust hunger or burn belly fat, your daily bowl of greens can become an effective vehicle in helping you reach your goals even faster—without sacrificing flavor. Whether you’re whipping something up at home or grabbing a make-your-own variety from the corner deli, our delicious topping picks will deliver the results you’re looking for at lighting-speed. Plus, they’re super tasty, too—especially when eaten with the suggested salad pairing we’ve provided for each.

1 SWEET PEPPERS

red bell peppers
You may already know that hot peppers can rev your metabolism, but did you know that their sweet-tasting, bell-shaped cousins have similar effects? It’s all thanks to their metabolism-boosting compound called dihydrocapsiate. In one study, participants who consumed dihydrocapsiate experienced a metabolic boost that was nearly double that of the placebo group! But that’s not all: Sweet red and green bell peppers are also rich in vitamin C—a nutrient that fights back against stress hormones that trigger fat storage in the stomach.
Pair it with: Romaine + avocado + onion + black beans + tomato + balsamic vinegar + fresh pepper
2 EGGS

eggs
Want to save cash, improve your health and lose weight in one fell swoop? Add eggs to your greens in lieu of more expensive protein sources like chicken. In addition to the hunger-quelling effects of the whites, the yellow center is an abundant source of a fat-fighting nutrient called choline. It works by suppressing levels of the hunger-stoking hormone leptin, which fuels between-meal cravings. Yolks also increase your body’s absorption of heart-protecting, cancer-fighting antioxidants called carotenoids, found in popular salad veggies like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, carrots and sweet potato.
Pair it with: Kale + sautéed Brussels sprouts + carrots + mushroom + red wine vinegar + extra-virgin olive oil + fresh pepper
3 BERRIES

berries

We’ve got some berry good news: According to two recent animal studies, consuming a diet rich in polyphenols–a naturally occurring chemical found abundantly in strawberries, blueberries and raspberries–can decrease the formation of fat cells by up to 73 percent! While we can’t be certain the same will hold true in humans, the sweet fruits are also filled with water and fiber—two nutrients that help ward off hunger—so there are proven benefits to adding them to your plate of greens.
Pair it with: Mixed greens + Gorgonzola + pecans + onions + grilled chicken + balsamic vinaigrette

4 PEACHES


sliced peaches
Trying to lose the last few pounds before hitting the beach this season? Throw slices of a delicious, juicy peach into your greens. According to Texas A&M University researchers, the stone fruit contains phenolic compounds that modulate different expressions of genes to ward off obesity, high cholesterol, inflammation and diabetes—now that’s something to feel just peachy about!
Pair it with: Arugula + red onion + tomatoes + feta + grilled shrimp + poppy seed dressing

5 LEGUMES


salad with chickpeas
From time to time it’s beneficial to replace animal proteins with plant-based sources of the nutrient in your diet—doing so can reduce your risk of chronic conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. In one Spanish study, study participants who ate a calorie-restricted diet that included four weekly servings of legumes lost more weight than those on a calorie-equivalent diet that didn’t include beans—likely due to their belly-filling fiber content. A study published in the journal Obesity backs that assumption: The researchers found that eating 160 grams—or a little more than a half cup—of legumes led people to feel 31% fuller. It doesn’t matter what types of beans you eat (so long as they aren’t re-fried), just be sure to work them into your diet to reap the benefits.
Pair it with: Romaine + radish + orange + scallions + feta + citrus dressing

6 ONIONS


sliced onions
Pick up a pack of breath mints and ask the deli clerk to pile on the onions. The flavorful, low-cal veggie (a quarter-cup has just 16 calories) breathes new life into bland beds of lettuce, while simultaneously boosting endurance (which can help you burn extra calories at the gym) and torching body fat. The onion’s diverse skill set comes from a powerful flavonoid called quercetin that increases blood flow and mimics the effects of exercise by enhancing the production the energy-producing units in our cells.
Pair it with: Romaine + cucumber + tomato + carrots + chickpeas + red wine vinegar
7 CANNED TUNA
canned tuna
Sick of grilled chicken? Add some chicken of the sea to your greens. Sure, ounce-for-ounce it has two fewer grams of protein than the classic bird, but its nutritional profile more than makes it for it. Tuna is a primo source of docosahexaenoic acid, a powerful omega-3 fat that can shrink—and eventually kill off—young fat cells in the belly, according to Journal of Nutrition research. Worried about the mercury? Canned tuna is considered a “low mercury fish” and can safely be enjoyed two to three times a week, according to the FDA’s most recent guidelines.
Pair it with: Spinach + tomato + green pepper + cucumber + onion + feta + Greek dressing
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Game Tip – Minecraft: Seed with Village at Spawn II

Just a quick tip for Minecraft I’ve found: another seed that generated a helpful Village near the Spawn Point! I think I typed in “bobvilla” lol but I’m not 100% sure so here is the seed number: 1643249337 and it is in the screenshot below. Beware, as (perhaps fittingly) it is a ‘fixer-upper’… Also, for those that don’t know yet, you can’t quickly see the Seed for games by just hitting F3 anymore, you need to hit / and type seed, to make it say /seed and then hit Enter
Have fun and See You In The Games!

This view is from just above the Spawn Point. The Village/Town can be seen poking out from behind the trees on the right side of the screen. Beware, it’s a ‘fixer-upper’… Enjoy! Click to see Full Size

The Incredible Avocado

Avocado are actually a large berry that grows on a tree that can reach 6 feet tall. Just like a banana, the avocado ripens 1-2 weeks after being picked.
Avocados are often referred to as the healthiest food due to their impressive nutritional content.
An avocado contains these vitamins and minerals:
Vitamin B1
Vitamin B2
Vitamin B3
Vitamin B5
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B9
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Vitamin K
Calcium
Iron
Magnesium
Manganese
Phosphorus
Sodium
Zinc
•An avocado contains more potassium than a banana. Avocados have 14% and a banana contains 10% potassium.
•Avocados have high levels of folic acid which lowers incidences of heart disease. Folate is also essential in the prevention of birth defects such as spina bifida and neural tube defect.
*They also contain high levels Vitamin E and glutathione which are potent antioxidants.
•Eating avocados greatly increase absorption of carotenoids (lycopene and beta carotene) which are anti-oxidants that promote healthy eyes and heart.
•Avocados contain significant amounts of the carotenoid lutein which is strongly protective against macular degeneration and cataracts.
•Avocados can lower (LDL) bad cholesterol by up to 22% while increasing (HDL) good cholesterol by 11% and also can lower triglycerides by up to 20%.
•Avocados contain high oleic acid which helps prevent breast cancer, inhibits tumor growth in prostate cancer and seeks out precancerous and oral cancer cells and destroys them.
•Avocados are high in fiber.  Fiber helps improve digestive health, improves glycemic control, and increase satiety (feeling full!).
•Avocado extract paired with a carrier oil can reduce the symptoms of arthritis.
•Avocados can help clean the intestines, and thereby helps eliminate bad breath.

Avocado Baked Egg Recipe
Prep time:   25 minutes 355 calories
Ingredients:
                1 Avocado, halved and pitted
                2 Eggs
                ¼ cup crumbled bacon
Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Place each avocado half in small oven safe container like this https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ac/Two_ramekins.jpgor similar
Crack 1 egg into each avocado half, season with salt and black pepper and place containers on baking sheet.
Bake in the preheated oven until entire egg is cooked through – about 15 minutes.  Spring each acocade with Bacon and Chives.

Overwhelmed, you say? How to Cope

Despite being on the planet for 30+ years, I still don’t seem to have the concept of time worked out. I came to this realization last night as I compared my summer to do list against my calendar. Yikes! Honestly, the number of lesson plans I’d intended to write, TpT products I’d hoped to create, and professional books I planned to read were more than I could probably accomplish in a year much less a summer break.

Here are some tips I try to remind myself when I get into these stressful predicaments.

1. Delegate and negotiate 
There are some things that I have to do because no one else can do them for me (e.g., write my blog, research for my doctoral program, etc.), but there are plenty of items on my perpetual to do list that could be delegated or outsourced. For example, my husband and I hate to do yard work — especially during the hot and humid Georgia summers. We could suck it up and commit the time, or we could pay someone to do it for us. We opt for the latter because the free time we gain is more valuable than the money we spend. When I get going with my doctoral program this fall, we’ll likely hire a maid service for the same reason. The trick is to go through the to do list and determine how much of it has to be done by me and how much of the list could be done — even partially — by others. Using TpT for lesson plan assistance is another great example of delegating.

I also negotiate for free time on the weekends. I have an amazing daughter who’s almost 2. I love hanging out and playing with her, but she’s also at an age where she’s a lot of work. When I have an overwhelming to do list, I try to negotiate free time with my husband where he’ll take Syd for a couple of hours so I can work distraction-free, and then I’ll reciprocate later in the day. Often he’ll take her out of the house to run errands or get groceries so I can really get a lot done. It’s been incredibly helpful to chunk out time like that and know that I’ll have it.

2. Consider worst-case scenarios
Often the stress we feel is self-imposed, and it helps to gain a bit of perspective. What’s the worst-case scenario if I don’t finish making all of the TpT items I want to create this summer? Certainly nothing catastrophic. Often it’s the same case with the stack of papers waiting to be graded during the school year. Looking at my to do list through this lens helps me see what’s really important. It’s not a blank check to delay work indefinitely, but it’s helpful when there’s a lot going on and too many balls to juggle at once.

3. Prioritize and minimize
Sometimes the sheer sight of my to do list can cause me to tense up and feel overwhelmed. One strategy I use to combat that is to rate the items on my list using a scale that reflects the urgency and the importance. Then I make smaller to do lists with the 3-5 items I want to accomplish in a day. This helps me stay calm and feel productive while avoiding the pressure of my long-term, substantially larger to do list.

Another helpful tip that I picked up somewhere was the two-minute rule. If something comes to me that I can take care of in 2 minutes or less (e.g., an email), I try to do it right then and not put it off. Otherwise, my inbox becomes cluttered and that’s one more thing stressing me out. Filing or scanning papers is a similar example.

4. Focus on one thing at a time
One of the biggest time sucks that happens to me is that I try to do too many things at once, and I forget that “multi-tasking” isn’t always more efficient. It helps me if I chunk like activities together and really get focused. For example, I try to spend a lot of time working on my blog on Mondays so that I can get posts written and scheduled for the rest of the week. I rarely finish all of my posts, but I’ll at least know what I’m going to write about and have a skeleton draft done so that it will take less time the rest of the week. I dedicate another day to all of my cleaning and errand-running, a day to focus on reading/lesson planning, etc. I also try to have a day with nothing scheduled so I can relax and hang out with my family. During the school year, that’s usually a Saturday or Sunday, and even if I can’t clear out the whole day, I’ll set a rule that I’ll stop working by noon or only work after my daughter has gone to bed. It helps.

5. Shut down the distractions
This is the hardest thing for me because I often have email, Facebook, and Twitter open while I work, and then there’s Feedly and Pinterest which can become huge time sucks, too. Lately, I’ve found it helpful to close out of those tabs and use a timer app. For example, I’ll work on something for an hour, and then as my reward for being productive, I’ll allow myself 15 minutes on Pinterest. The timer helps me avoid slipping down the rabbit hole of lost time.

What are some strategies you use to help you when you’re feeling overwhelmed or overcommitted? I’d love to hear more ideas in the comments. 

And as a side note, have you checked out the Teacher Toolbox Trio lately? The giveaway is over, but I decided to keep the linky going for a while because there were still teachers who wanted to share. And honestly, how I could possibly resist the opportunity to see what other teachers love and add to my own wish list? If you haven’t linked up yet, I’d love to have you join the fun!


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12 Graphs That Show Why People Get Fat

12 Graphs That Show Why People Get Fat

By Kris Gunnars
People are fatter and sicker than ever before.
Obesity rates have tripled since 1980 and have increased particularly fast in children.
The reason why this has happened is still debated among scientists, but it must be due to changes in the environment because our genes don’t change this quickly.
Obese Woman Eating Junk Food
This article contains graphs with historical trends and results from obesity studies, showing some of the main reasons why obesity has become such a massive problem.
Here are 12 graphs that show why people get fat.

1. People Are Eating More Junk Food Than Ever

Food Spending, Smaller
Source: Dr. Stephan Guyenet. Fast Food, Weight Gain and Insulin Resistance.Whole Health Source.
People are eating more calories than before… but pretty much all of the increase has come from processed foods.
In the graph above, you see how the population changed its eating habits in the past 120-130 years.
At the turn of the 20th century, people were eating mostly simple, home-cooked meals. Around 2009, about half of what people ate was fast food, or other foods away from home.
This graph actually underestimate the true change, because what people are eating at home these days is also largely based on processed foods.

2. Sugar Consumption Has Skyrocketed

Sugar Consumption in the UK and USA
Source: Johnson RJ, et al. Potential role of sugar (fructose) in the epidemic of hypertension, obesity and the metabolic syndrome, diabetes, kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2007.
Added sugar is the single worst ingredient in the modern diet.
Numerous studies show that eating excess amounts of added sugar can have harmful effects on metabolism, leading to insulin resistance, belly fat gain, high triglycerides and small, dense LDL cholesterol… to name a few (1, 2).
There is also a plethora of observational studies showing that the people who eat the most sugar are at a much greater risk of getting type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even cancer (3, 4, 5).
Sugar is also fattening, partly because it doesn’t get registered in the same way as other calories by the brain, making us eat more. It also has adverse effects on hormones related to obesity (6, 7, 8, 9).
Not surprisingly, studies show that people who eat the most sugar are at a high risk of future weight gain and obesity (10).

3. People Gain Lots of Weight During The Holidays, Which They Never Get Rid Of

Holiday Weight Gain in the US
Source: Dr. Stephan Guyenet. Why do we Overeat? A Neurobiological Perspective.2014.
Most people don’t gain weight overnight… it happens slowly, over years and decades.
But the rate is uneven throughout the year and spikes dramatically during the holidays, a time when people tend to binge on all sorts of delicious holiday foods and eat much more than their bodies need.
The problem is that sometimes people don’t lose all the weight back. They might gain 3 pounds, but only lose 2 after the holidays are over, leading to slow and steady weight gain over time (11).
In fact, a large percentage of people’s lifetime weight gain can be explained just by the 6 week holiday period.

4. The Obesity Epidemic Started When The Low-Fat Guidelines Were Published

Low Fat Guidelines and Obesity Epidemic
Source: National Center for Health Statistics (US). Health, United States, 2008: With Special Feature on the Health of Young Adults. 2009 Mar. Chartbook.
There was an epidemic of heart disease running rampant in the U.S. in the 20th century.
A lot of scientists believed fat, especially saturated fat, to be the main dietary cause of heart disease (although this has since been disproven).
This led to the birth of the low-fat diet, which aims to restrict saturated fat. Interestingly, the obesity epidemic started at almost the exact same time the low-fat guidelines first came out.
Of course, this doesn’t prove anything, because correlation doesn’t equal causation.
But it does seem likely that putting the emphasis on saturated fat, while giving processed low-fat foods high in sugar a free pass, may have contributed to negative changes in the population’s diet.
There are also massive long-term studies showing that the low-fat diet does NOT cause weight loss, and does not prevent heart disease or cancer (12, 13, 14, 15).

5. Food is Cheaper Than Ever Before

Food Price Trends as Percentage of Disposable Income
Source: Dr. Stephan Guyenet. Why do we Overeat? A Neurobiological Perspective.2014.
One factor that has most likely contributed to increased consumption is a lower price of food.
From the graph above, you see that food prices have dropped from 25% of disposable income to about 10% of disposable income in the past 80 years.
This seems like a good thing, but it’s important to keep in mind that real food isn’t cheap… it’s processed food.
In fact, real foods are so expensive that a lot of people can’t even afford them. In many poor neighborhoods, they don’t even offer anything but junk food, which is often subsidized by the government.
How are poor people supposed to stand a chance if the only food they can afford (and access) is highly processed junk high in sugar, refined grains and added oils?

6. People Are Drinking More Sugary Soda and Fruit Juices

Caloric Beverage Consumption in USA
The brain is the main organ in charge of regulating our energy balance… making sure that we don’t starve and don’t accumulate excess fat.
Well, it turns out that the brain doesn’t “register” liquid sugar calories in the same way as it does solid calories (16).
So if you consume a certain number of calories from a sugary drink, then your brain doesn’t automatically make you eat fewer calories of something else instead (17).
That’s why liquid sugar calories are usually added on top of the daily calorie intake. Unfortunately, most fruit juices are no better and have similar amounts of sugar as soft drinks (18).
Studies have shown that a single daily serving of a sugar-sweetened beverage is linked to a 60.1% increased risk of obesity in children (19).
Sugar is bad… but sugar in liquid form is even worse.

7. Increased Food Variety Contributes to Overeating and Weight Gain

Food Variety and Weight Gain
Source: Dr. Stephan Guyenet. Why do we Overeat? A Neurobiological Perspective.2014.
One factor that contributes to overeating is food variety.
The graph above shows a study where rats were split in 3 groups… one group got regular healthy chow, the second group got one type of junk food, but the third got multiple types of junk food at the same time (20).
As you can see, the rats eating one type of junk food gained more than the ones eating rat chow, but the rats eating multiple types of junk food gained the most… by far.
There is some evidence that this is true in humans as well. When we have more types of foods available, we eat more… and sometimes more than our bodies need (21).

8. People Don’t Burn as Many Calories When Working

Trends in Occupation-Related Physical Activity
Source: Church TS, et al. Trends over 5 Decades in U.S. Occupation-Related Physical Activity and Their Associations with Obesity. PLoS One, 2011.
A lot of people blame obesity on decreases in physical activity, that we’re just burning fewer calories than we used to.
Although leisure time physical activity (exercise) has increased, it is also true that people now have jobs that are less physically demanding.
The graph above shows how people are now burning around 100 fewer calories per day in their jobs, which may contribute to weight gain over time.

9. People Are Eating More Vegetable Oils, Mostly From Processed Foods

Fat Consumption in USA
The fats we are eating have changed dramatically in the past 100 years or so.
At the beginning of the 20th century, we were eating mostly natural fats like butterand lard… but then they were replaced with margarine and vegetable oils.
Most people aren’t frying real food in vegetable oil, they are getting it from processed food. Adding these oils to the foods increases the reward and caloric value, contributing to overconsumption.

10. The Social Environment Can Strongly Affect Calorie Intake

The Social Environment and Food Intake
Source: Dr. Stephan Guyenet. Why do we Overeat? A Neurobiological Perspective.2014.
The social environment is another factor that determines calorie intake. For example, eating in a group can dramatically increase the number of calories consumed.
According to one paper, eating a meal with several people can increase calorie intake by up to 72%, or 310 calories in a single meal (22).
There are also studies showing that people tend to eat more during weekends (23).

11. People Are Sleeping Less

Historical Sleep Trends in Hours Per Night
Source: Cauter EV, et al. The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Hormones and Metabolism. Medscape, 2005.
Sleep is often overlooked when it comes to weight gain and obesity.
It is known that poor sleep has negative effects on various hormones that are related to weight gain, and can contribute to increased hunger and cravings (24, 25, 26).
In recent decades, average sleep duration has decreased by 1-2 hours per night. The reasons for this are numerous, but increased artificial lighting and electronics are likely contributors.
As it turns out, short sleep duration is one of the strongest individual risk factors for obesity. It is linked to an 89% increased risk in children, and a 55% increased risk in adults (27).

12. Increased Calorie Intake

Obesity and Calorie Consumption
Source: Dr. Stephan Guyenet. Why Do We Overeat? A Neurobiological Perspective.2014. (Data from CDC NHANES surveys and USDA food disappearance data)
People may argue about the causes of obesity… whether it is sugar, carbs, fat, or something else.
But one indisputable fact is that calorie consumption has increased dramatically over the past few decades (28, 29).
According to studies, this increased calorie intake is more than sufficient to explain the increases in obesity (30).
But it’s important to keep in mind that it is not some collective moral failure that drives the increased calorie intake.
All behavior is driven by the underlying biology… and the way the diet and environment have changed has altered the way our brains and hormones work.
In other words, these changes have caused malfunctions in the biological systems that are supposed to prevent us from getting fat.
This is the underlying reason for the increased calorie intake and weight gain, NOT a lack of willpower, as some people would have you believe.
Source

Quick Tip: Team Fortress 2 – What To Do With Those Naughty and Nice Winter Crates (Winter 2013)

By now, most of you have seen these Random Drops, Crates that are either “Nice” or “Naughty” – but, “How do you open them..”, you may have asked? Well, this post is just a quick note to answer this question I have already started seeing on game forums and Question/Answer websites. Answer: You Can’t Open Them (Yet)…

Soon hopefully, keys should be available for purchase at the Mann Company Store (Steam/Valve/TF2), most likely for $2.49 USD, if keys and dropped crates combinations of the past are anything to go by [I assume they are dropping them now, to allow people to collect some before the keys go on sale – to sell more keys]. So, if you get these [I have already started getting them when playing, hence the screencaps], just wait a little bit longer, until the keys themselves go on sale. Then, if you want to open them, just purchase keys and unlock them! Soon™… (Remember, you will need one key for each crate)

See You In The Games!

Food Repair Guide: Baking Part 1

Bread

Bread, being about the first thing that man made, is also about the easiest. Ordinary bread is only flour, salt, liquid and yeast, well kneaded to mix, and baked. The modern cook with a food processor need not even bother about the kneading (which is only done to spread the yeast really thoroughly through the bread) as the food processor does it all for her. Unless, of course, she enjoys doing battle with balls of dough!

Ingredients/yeast

Flours differ but, as long as the flour is of good quality and dry, the differences are a matter of personal taste. Water is the normal mixing liquid and sea salt has a better flavour than table salt.

If the yeast is fresh and alive, when put in a damp, warm atmosphere, it will rise and grow whether it is incorporated in a dough or alone. Old age kills both compressed and dried yeast, as do extremes of temperature: anything over 110°F/50°C or below standard refrigerator temperature.

Once the yeast has been creamed by mixing it with sugar and a little warm liquid, it needs only to be thoroughly amalgamated into the dough, by hand or machine.

Diet Start

Rising, etc.

After the yeast has been mixed in, the dough must be left to rise, and in some cases prove. This will happen more or less quickly depending on the ambient temperature, but the longer it takes, the better the bread will be. Elizabeth David, among others, maintains that bread that has been left for 24 hours in a moderately warm kitchen will taste far better than bread that has been ‘hurried’ in a warming oven. However, an hour should be the minimum time — unless you are using a food processor and extra vitamin C to assist the raising.

If the dough does not rise, it means that the yeast is dead — whether through old age or overheating — and there is nothing you can do about it. Dead yeast has a smell and flavour not unlike dead cats and is totally unrevivable. Throw it out and start again.

Once you have mastered the basic techniques of bread making, all fancy breads are merely an elaboration on them. Most bakery books are extremely explicit in their instructions.

Cakes

Raising agents

Most cakes use eggs or chemical raising agents rather than yeast. The lighter sponges use whisked egg white; heavier sponges or fruit cakes use whole eggs or a combination of whole eggs and baking powder or bicarbonate of soda. These work by giving off gases when heated, thereby raising the mixture. The more chemical raising agent one uses, the lighter, dryer and less keeping the cake will be. Thus, fresh light sponges or angel cakes should be eaten within 24 hours to be at their best; a rich Madeira cake will keep several weeks; a fruit cake several months.

Mixing

The early mixing processes in all cake making are important, be it beating eggs and sugar to a ribbon or creaming butter and sugar for Victoria sponges. In both cases, early and thorough beating ensures that the cake will remain moist. Beating later in the process when the flour has been added will make the cake tough, heavy and elastic. Obviously, beating a light sponge after the egg white has been folded in would defeat the purpose of the operation.

For cakes that need to hold a filling in place — such as a cherry Madeira where you are attempting to keep the cherries in suspension — do not add all the liquid until you are sure that the full amount will not make the mixture too liquid to support the fruit.

Packet mixtures

If you feel that you cannot face the traumas of total cake making, there are a great number of excellent packet cake mixes on the market and you might be well advised to give up the whole business of being a home baker and use one of them.

Cooking

Follow the instructions in the recipe (or on the packet) for baking times and temperatures but do check yourself, as your oven may not behave exactly as the instructions say it should. Do not, however, continually open and shut the oven, as you will kill whatever chance the poor thing had of rising evenly in a constant heat. Similarly, when you test it, do not be too vigorous. If a light sponge gets a fat skewer stuck in it, it will break the crust and release half the air being carefully husbanded inside. Press the sponge very gently with your finger and, if it resists, it will be done. A more robust cake will stand the skewer treatment but, even then, do not do it more than you must.

Turning out

Whether the mixture is from a packet or home-made, it is most important that you are able to get it out of the tin when it is cooked. Greasing and flouring tins should work but has been known, only too often, not to — especially if the butter was salty! Invest in one, or several, loose-bottomed cake tins, which guarantee complete success — not only for cakes but for pâtés, mousses, jellies or anything else that you fear may lurk shyly in its container and refuse to emerge in public. If the mixture is very liquid, as in a very light sponge, line the tin with greaseproof paper to prevent it leaking out the bottom.

And More: justin.tv Is Now Shut Down [Note]

justin.tv’s final message to everyone
Just a quick note and Moment Of Silence for justin.tv – for those of you who were streaming your gameplay, personal life and/or finger puppet theatre there – it has now shut down forever…. If you were utilizing justin.tv, there is a lot that is unfortunately not being carried over automagically, such as Followers, Facebook Accounts and more. You can still request to have your account transferred to Twitch until September 5th, 2014 though. For more information, visit the justin.tv and twitch.tv websites. If you wish to continue to share your gameplay/life experiences with the world, don’t worry, there are still many websites out there that offer Live Streaming and Video Hosting, such as [Justin’s Bigger Brother] Twitch, Livestream, Vaughnlive (gamers are directed to Instagib.tv)YouTube and many more.
RIP justin.tv

Fla. motorcycle racer dies after hitting 285 mph

LIMESTONE, Maine — A motorcycle racer trying to top 300 mph died Sunday after losing control and zooming off a runway at a former air base in northern Maine.

Bill Warner, 44, of Wimauma, Fla., was clocked at 285 mph before he lost control but it was unclear how fast the motorcycle was traveling when it veered off the paved runway and crashed, said Tim Kelly, race director the Loring Timing Association, which hosted “The Maine Event” at Loring Air Force Base.

Warner was conscious and talking after the crash just before 10 a.m., Kelly said, but he died about an hour and 15 minutes later at a hospital in Caribou.

“No one will touch Bill’s achievements or be the type of racer he was. He was a personal friend and the land-racing community is less for his loss,” Kelly said.

Riding his modified turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa, Warner previously hit 311 mph on the same course in 2011, using 1.5 miles of pavement. That’s considered to be the world land speed record for a conventional motorcycle, Kelly said.

This time he was trying to hit 300 mph using just a mile of pavement, and he’d made several passes before the one in which he crashed, Kelly said.

The Maine Event is an annual timed speed event that utilizes the 14,200-foot-long runway at the former Strategic Air Command base that closed in 1994. The Loring Timing Association uses 2.5 miles of the runway for its events, and there’s an additional buffer of 2,000 feet, Kelly said.

On Sunday, about 400 spectators watched as Warner began veering right after passing the 1-mile mark, traveling upright for another 2,000 feet before exiting the runway and crashing, Kelly said.

The remainder of Sunday’s event was canceled. The Limestone Police Department and Maine State Police were investigating the crash.

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SOurce: Yahoo News (AP, 7/15)

Cut your Risk for Catching a Viral Illness by 9 times!

That is NOT a typo – research has revealed a nutrition supplement that can cut your risk of acquiring a viral illness such as a cold or the flu by 9 times!  That supplement is Quercetin.   Quercetin is a phytochemical (plant chemical) found in many plants including apples, plums, red grapes, green tea, and onions to name a few.
Quercetin has been show to inhibit several different strains of influenza (the flu) along with hepatitis B and C along with other viruses.   Quercetin also reduces inflammation and works as an antihistamine and is frequently used to reduce seasonal allergy symptoms.   Quercetin has also been proven to boost mental and physical performance when under extreme physical stress.
The three key ways that Quercetin inhibits viruses are:
Inhibiting a virus’s ability to infect other cells (viruses literally infect your cells then take control of them and make them produce more virus!)
Inhibiting replication of already infected cells
Reducing infected cell’s resistance to treatment with anti-viral medication
Research on Quercetin
In a 2007 study from Appalachian State University researchers did a study funded by the Department of  Defense.   The study used had 40 cyclists divided into two groups with one group receiving 1,000mg per day along with vitamin C and niacin while the other group got a placebo.
They had the athletes ride a bicycle for three hours per day, three days in a row.    45 percent of the placebo group contracted a viral illness after the physical stress compared to just 5 percent of the quercetin supplement group.
In a 1985 Study, researchers found that quercetin reduces the infectivity and replication of Herpes Simplex Type 1, Polio-Virus Type 1, and parainfluenza type 3 along with respiratory syncytial virus.
A 2016 Study found that quercetin inhibited a wide range of influenza strains including H1N1, H3N2, and H5N1.   
Quercetin Supplements
In collaboration with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) a supplement called “Q-Force” was developed that is proven to:
Increase Mental Alertness
Strengthen the Immune System
Provide Sustained Energy
Reduce Oxidative Stress and Muscle Soreness Post Exercise
Q-force is available at www.qforce.comand Quercetin Supplements combined with Vitamin C are available at all health food stores.     

S-Drive/Crank Cycle Tabata Workout

The S-Drive and Crank Cycle can be used together for a fantastic HIIT Training Workout that is very simple to execute and appropriate for all ability levels!
For the S-Drive portion the exercise is sled pushes so take the belt system off and let it hang from the front of the S-Drive.   Use the sled resistance on the left side of the S-Drive to select and control resistance levels.    You can also use the parachute resistance on the right side to fine to the level of resistance.   
You will be doing a total of 8 sets of sled pushes for 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest, and ideally you choose 4 different hand positions for two sets each at low to high levels so that you change the angle of load/push to create a complete lower body workout!
Sled push exercise video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wupkFtT69C0
For the upper body portion you will do 8 total sets of Crank Cycle all done standing as follows:
Single Arm Left Cranking – done standing in straddle stance with left leg forward and right leg back with right foot on ball of foot on sloped surface of rear portion of Crank Cycle.
Single Arm Right Cranking – reverse of above
Double Arm Forward Together – standing feet parallel
Left and right crank arms 180 offset – standing feet parallel
Then you flip the locking mechanism to turn the crank tower 180 and lock it down. 
    
Repeat all four of the above in the opposite direction.
For a tutorial on how to use the Crank Cycle see:  http://www.matrixlearningcenter.com/how-to-use-krankcycle/
Workout
Set up a timer for two rounds of Tabata – 20 seconds work and 10 seconds rest for 8 repetitions with a one minute break and repeat.
Start on s-drive doing a set of sled pushes
Then immediately go to Crank Cycle for set of single arm cranking as per above.
Repeat this cycle 4 times changing hand position for each set on S-Drive and changing exercise each set on Crank Cycle.
After 8 total intervals (4 on S-Drive and 4 on Crank Cycle) take a one-minute break.    During the break turn the Crank Cycle Tower 180 degrees as per above.
Repeat another 8 total intervals (4 on S-Drive and 4 on Crank Cycle).  

This workout will take 9 total minutes plus a 5-minute warm-up and cool-down for a total of 19 minutes!   You will not believe the results – perform 1 – 3 times per week with your best effort!

Paint It Black: CB 750 x Corpses from Hell

Honda CB 750 custom painted by Maxwell Paternoster, AKA Corpses from Hell.

Done right, hand-drawn illustrations on custom motorcycles can be seriously cool. And Maxwell Paternoster (AKA Corpses from Hell) sure knows how to do it right.
So when we saw a fuel tank adorned with Maxwell’s artwork pop up on his Instagram account, we were immediately curious. And it turns out that the rest of the bike is just as cool.
Honda CB 750 custom painted by Maxwell Paternoster, AKA Corpses from Hell.
It’s based on a 95-model Honda CB 750, and it’s been put together by Robinson’s Speed Shop of Leigh on Sea in England. Proprietor Luke Robinson met Maxwell at The Bike Shed event, and they hit it off.

“I’m a massive fan of his work,” says Luke, “so it was brilliant to meet him in person.” Luke commissioned Maxwell to paint a leather jacket for his wife, and the idea of collaborating on a motorcycle followed soon after. The CB 750 was the perfect candidate.
Honda CB 750 custom painted by Maxwell Paternoster, AKA Corpses from Hell.
Work began with the subframe: Luke fabricated a new one with a tighter angle and made up a new seat unit designed to also accommodate the electronics. The fuel tank’s from a Honda CB500T—it’s had a new tunnel welded in, so it fits on the wide CB 750 backbone.

But as the bike started coming together, it didn’t feel quite right. “The first dry build looked out of proportion, and like a drag bike,” says Luke. “So I ended up shortening the swingarm by 60mm.”
Honda CB 750 custom painted by Maxwell Paternoster, AKA Corpses from Hell.
Luke also dropped the front suspension by 40mm to improve the stance. He’s used a custom-made top yoke, machined to fit a Motogadget Motoscope Mini instrument. (Which unfortunately didn’t arrive in time for the photo shoot.)

“Being a racer myself, I still wanted the bike to be used on track—with another tank though,” says Luke. “Handling is top of the list and still a work-in-progress. It’ll probably result in a front end swap later.”
Honda CB 750 custom painted by Maxwell Paternoster, AKA Corpses from Hell.
Luke rebuilt the CB’s engine with new rings and bearings, and had the heads gas-flowed. The bike’s been thoroughly rewired too, and now runs off a small Lithium-ion battery, hidden under the swingarm.

For the exhaust, Luke’s fitted a Danmoto muffler to headers that he hand-made. They’ve been designed to hug the engine a little more, to cater for the drop in ride height.
Honda CB 750 custom painted by Maxwell Paternoster, AKA Corpses from Hell.
To replace the air box, a set of air filters were made by bonding filter foam to aluminum housings. “I spent a long time getting the correct length on these—the Venturi effect sure helps iron out the flat spots you get from foam or cone filters.”

Danmoto also supplied the rear-set pegs, and Luke’s fitted clip-ons, adjustable levers and Biltwell Kung-Fu grips. The only switches left on the bars are the kill switch and start buttons. Everything else has been relocated to under the seat.
Honda CB 750 custom painted by Maxwell Paternoster, AKA Corpses from Hell.
When all was said and done, the CB was wrapped in black and sent to Maxwell to apply his art—his only brief being to include the shop’s name. “I’m a strong believer that if you’re a fan of someone’s work, then let them do their thing,” says Luke.

Maxwell’s executed his typically kooky artwork beautifully, using a gold leaf technique. And even to our jaded eyes, this CB 750 wears it well.
Robinson’s Speed Shop website | Maxwell Paternoster Instagram | Photos by Aaron Jones
Honda CB 750 custom painted by Maxwell Paternoster, AKA Corpses from Hell.

By Wesley Reyneke | Rather Be Riding
 
First published on www.bikeexif.com

Lola GT

Avocado Fruit Benefits For Health

AVOCADO FRUIT BENEFITS FOR HEALTH

Avocado Fruit Benefits For Health – The fruit is sometimes known by the name of fruit avocado or if in the Great Dictionary of Indonesian fruit is called by “Avokat”, and in Latin avocado was named Persea american, it is because of this one fruit is the fruit originating from the American continent, more precisely from Mexico and Central America and is now widely cultivated in South America and Central America as a crop monoculture and as garden plants in areas where other tropical world, including Indonesia which is now a lot of the cultivated fruit this one, this is certainly due to the potential that owned an avocado that is timeless, always got the high market demand especially for a restaurant or at home eating an avocado is usually always need this.
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myself included people who like fruit of this one, but if this one fruit juice made in, yup avocado juice is always to make people want to continue drinking until exhausted, are you with me in terms of consuming avocado juice? of course you can answer that yourself, hehe
if we had lengthy talks about the avocado, then it is not complete if we do not discuss the properties of avocado fruit is, of course still a few people who wondered what the hell the benefits of the fruit of this one, all right we’ll discuss it here, please just see benefits below.
Maintain and Improve the Health of the Heart Organ
This is because, avocado contains a source of monounsaturated oleic acid, vitamin E, folate, potassium, phytosterols as well as an important source of fiber. All these nutrients play a major role on cardiovascular health are increasing.
Complete Nutrition to the Skin
This is because, avocados contain monounsaturated fats, omega-9 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamin E, vitamin C and collagen. All of these nutrients help nourish your skin from time to time.
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Weight Control Service
By eating an avocado will make the stomach is in a state of satiety is longer. Will also automatically suppress excessive appetite you have.
Preventing Diabetes
content of monounsaturated fats and potassium in avocados can improve the function of insulin and glucose levels in the blood neutralize you.
Reduce Inflammation in Your Joints
avocado contains monounsaturated fat, vitamin E, vitamin C and phytosterols that help reduce various types of inflammation in your body.
Enhance Immune Function Or Immunity On Body
This is because, the avocado is a source of vitamin C. Vitamin C will make one’s body is not susceptible to disease seasonal or unpredictable weather changes.
Abatement Stroke Effective Enough
This is because, avocado contains vitamin E which serves to lower the oxidation of cholesterol that will prevent someone exposed to the deadly stroke.

Who would have thought behind it tastes good turns avocado also contains highly beneficial for the health of our bodies, now matter how beneficial fruits that are all around us, it would be useless if we can not utilize it as much as you, therefore make use of what is there around you as best as possible, hopefully article Avocado Fruit Benefits for Health can we share today, can be beneficial for you. Thank You.

Solving the Weight Loss Puzzle – Part 4

If you have not read parts 1 – 3 do so now.  Now we know that the three keys to losing bodyfat are: Regular Resistance Training; High Intensity Interval Training, and managing food and beverage intake.  Let’s talk about how you get a handle on doing all three!    

First, you need to establish a baseline to measure progress against which means assessing your current weight and percentage of body fat.  There are many effective ways to assess body composition (how much of you is fat and how much is lean tissue), but the preferred method is the use of Styku Body Scan.   Styku technology (www.styku.com ) provides a completely accurate 3 dimensional body scan that takes just 40 seconds and give you completely accurate circumference measurements at every point on your body and uses this information to calculate your percentage of bodyfat.   

Complimentary Styku Scans are available at many Workout Anytime locations, but if you do not have access to one you can use a do it yourself method although it is not as accurate.    

To get an estimate of your current starting point take photos of yourself in form fitting clothing or underwear from the front, side and rear AND do circumference measurements with a basic tape measure in the following areas:
Around your neck
Around your shoulders at the widest point
Chest at largest point
Abdomen at largest point
Abdomen at smallest point
Hips at largest point
Thigh at largest point
Calf at largest point
Bicep (arm flexed but not pumped at largest point)
Forearm at largest point
You should redo photos and measurements monthly to see if you are making progress.  You know where your body stores fat and several of the measurements are key for judging if you are losing fat depending on your individual pattern of fat storage (males tend to store more in abdomen and woman in hips but it is pretty obvious if you just look at your pictures!).
The next key is adopting some method to get a handle on your food and beverage intake and there are several free apps that can help you track food intake including MyFitnessPal.
Third you need to be able to measure your progress on the activity side of the equation by using a device to monitor exercise intensity and calorie expenditure and there are several good options.   The best devices include heart rate monitoring and not just movement tracking because during your workouts your heart rate response tells the whole story!     During your HIIT training sessions you want to elevate your heart rate between 85 – 100% of your maximum heart rate for 10 – 15 minutes of a half hour sessions.   You can estimate your maximum heart rate by subtracting your age from 220, but stay tuned for another blog article describing how to perform an easy test to get a really accurate estimate of your maximum heart rate.
Fourth you need to keep a record of your resistance training exercises so that you can see whether you are making progress.   If you are not familiar with proper resistance training technique and exercises we highly suggest you find a trainer and invest in some personal training to learn proper form and resistance levels so you get the most from your resistance training. If you follow these guidelines and record your exercise sessions and food and beverage intake you will find that becoming a lean, mean fighting machine is not as hard as you thought!

Slaves to Speed


We are fetishists. We worship speed. We adore motorcycles.
We like fashion and style. And of course, we love women.


Just like with our clothing, our motorcycle design was inspired by the feeling of the 60s’ and 70s. The technology used at the time is beautiful, but sadly will not satisfy our craving for one hell of a ride. So we decided to keep the best styles decisions from the past and add some cutting edge modern technology. We chose the frame, engine, wheels and brakes from Triumph Speed Triple R as the perfect foundation. Then we found a chunk of aluminum for the tank, undersaddle and mudguards. We custom made the exhaust system and advanced electronic control unit. The LED lights system are just cherry on top.
Kalup means speed. We are .







The Kalup Slaves After years of riding and testing different bikes we realized what is the right thing for us. Three cylinders. That meant only one option – Triumph. After new, slightly modded Street Triples (called for their good service Slave One and Two), we fell for the culture of coffee racing. We like to ride fast and sometimes venture to a racetrack, so we wanted machines that respect the 60’s and 70’s style, but respect our racing fancy. And look good. Because nobody could offer us that, we started to build our own bikes and at the same time created a new brand of bike fashion called Kalup. So we decided to build real top end custom bikes, that will also communicate the values of our new brand. We already had our sights set on Triumph, so the only question was which model to use as a base. We chose the best that Triumph offers in naked bikes – Triumph Speed Triple R. We took off everything unnecessary, sharpened our pencils and started to sketch our new bikes. Thanks to a friendship with a Triumph garage called DK Moto Company, we knew where to start. The owner at first was a bit apprehensive, but when he saw our passion for the project, he put together a group of people who dived right in with us.



We started with a great base of a bike, we kept the best things – the Öhlins suspension, chassis with the PVM aluminium wheels, the Brembo brakes and the engine. To reach our desired design and to lower the weight, we decided to make everything else out of aluminum. One of the top Czech aluminum specialists created the shape of the tank and the seat base. In two months the prototype was born. First we reupholstered the seating to accommodate the new fuel tank and seat base. Next, we created a brand new exhaust system from stainless steel. We got rid of the superfluous electronics like ABS. The biggest problem was to stove the cables, electronics and new racing gel battery under the seat. After another month of designing holders, switches and other gismos we reached Apple-like perfection. We then created a new triple clamps on CNC mill, moved the starter box to the side, ordered the LED head/front lights and turn signals from Revival Cycles, racing handlebars, Posh grips and Rizoma mirrors. We took the air box out of the engine, put in K&N open filters and added the power commander. The last quest was to sync the electronics with the new multifunction Trans Logic display.















The final long awaited sound of starting bike followed after another two months. Sadly, the fuel level indicator is still sketchy to this day. So the Slave Three and Four were born.
The only final touch was the new coat. Actually, six layers of it. We took the untested machines to Wheels and Waves meet and rode about 120 miles through the Pyrenees. We looked a bit exotic next to the old machines, but the bikes rode the way we like it. Behind the Alps, the season is over, and so we focus on our Kalup apparel. If you want to check it out, go to kalup.com and ride with us!

first appeared in http://rocket-garage.blogspot.co.uk

Preparing for a Paperless Year!

I am in full-blown pre-planning mode. We officially reported back to school on Thursday, and I’ll have 27 fourth grade students in my classroom on August 1. It’s crazy to think about how fast this summer has gone and how much work is still ahead.

This will be the first year that I will attempt to go paperless from day 1. Last year, we only had 1:1 iPads for the last 6 weeks of school, so it was after we had established many of our routines and procedures for the year. As I prepare for this shift, I’m linking up with the Tune into Technology linky to share my plans for management and organization.

Managing the Students

1. Number the technology
I assign students numbers 1-27 on the first day of school. We use these numbers for everything — mailboxes, book bins, lining up, etc. We’ll also use them for the iPads. Each student will be assigned the iPad corresponding with their number, so they’ll always know which one to use and which slot to put it back in when we clean up.

2. Build Classroom Norms and Routines
We’ll develop some essential agreements about the iPads before we even get them out. I’ll let the students decide on the rules, with a little extra guidance as necessary. The items that we’ll need to touch on will include:

  • how to get the iPad out of the cart
  • moving around the classroom with the iPad
  • using the iPad appropriately (following directions, etc.)
  • putting the iPad away
You can read my previous posts on this here and here.

3. Develop a common vocabulary for the buttons and gestures, and teach some basic actions.

We’ll talk about the different buttons on the iPad and their functions. We’ll also talk about how they can be used together to take screenshots and quickly navigate from one app to the next. For more information about how I do this, check out my TpT freebie (the very first thing I ever made for TpT!).

4. Give time to explore
The first writing assignment my students will have this year will be to write an informational piece (either descriptive or how-to) about an app of their choosing. By giving them this assignment, I’m giving them time to play around with the iPad and explore the available apps while also getting a baseline writing sample. This has the added benefit of cultivating “experts” about the different apps among the students.

We actually start school on a Thursday this year, and I intend to get all of this started during those first two days.

Organizing Myself

As I prepare for my paperless year, there are a few items I’m working on before the students even arrive. This will help me be ready to go on day #1.

1. Create a stack of Evernote notebooks for all of my students.

I’m planning to keep all of my conferring notes, work samples, and other relevant data in Evernote this year. To prepare for that, I’ve created an Evernote notebook for each student, and I have them clustered together in a “stack” so that all of my homeroom students are together.
Since I anticipate using this system for many years, I’m formatting the notebook names as “2013 – Last name, First name.” That way, I won’t get confused when I’m quickly looking for the notebooks for this year’s students as opposed to last year’s. I’ve also created one additional notebook called “2013-2014 Overview.” Listing both years ensures that the notebook will be on top of my stack when they’re sorted alphabetically, and I’ll use this notebook to keep track of notes and documents that pertain to the whole class. 
You can read more about setting up Evernote notebooks in my paperless series.
2. Create a checklist template for my class.

This will also be done in Evernote.

I like to have a checklist of my class roster available whenever I’m collecting forms or tracking important information. I’ll make a blank checklist now, and then I can copy and paste it into future notes as needed. This is a huge time-saver down the road for me.

3. Make sure that my Dropbox folders are set up for distributing student work.


Although there are plenty of learning management systems available, I strongly prefer Dropbox for distributing assignments to students just because it’s so easy on my end. All I had to do was create a folder titled “Student Assignments.”

Once the daily folders are set up within the Student Assignments folder, I can share all of the folders through a link on my class website, and students can easily access everything they’ll need for daily assignments. To read a complete step-by-step tutorial for how to do this, check out my previous post.

Since I set this up at the end of last year, all I needed to do was empty out the assignments I gave to last year’s class so that I can start fresh this year.

4. Create a class on Class Dojo.


Class Dojo is an excellent online classroom management app that I’ll be utilizing more this year. I’ll tell you more about how I’m integrating it with my classroom economy in a future post, but for now, all I need to do is input my student roster and print out home access codes for my students and their parents. Then it will be all set to go.

5. Create a new group on Edmodo and prepare a welcome message.

(Edmodo has totally changed its app icon, btw. Check it out!)

I’ll be using Edmodo to collect student assignments, give quizzes, conduct class discussions, and take polls. I’ll need to have a group code ready to give students for the first day so they can sign up, and I’ll want them to have something to see and do immediately when they log in for the first time.

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Once I finish these 5 steps, I think I’ll be ready to start the year. I have to admit, I find prepping for a paperless classroom far easier than what I experienced in the past. I’m looking forward to going on this journey with my students this year, and I can’t wait to share all of the learning we’ll have in store for us. It’s going to be a fantastic school year!

Can’t wait to read about how others are organizing and managing technology in their classrooms. Be sure to check out the other posts in the Tune into Technology linky, and have a great week!

Hitman: Absolution – First Impressions and Screenshots

I finally picked up the latest iteration of the Hitman Series, Hitman: Absolution, starring Agent 47 as the main anti-hero, id est killing the bad guys but never quite [arguably] becoming one of them. Differing from the last couple of Hitman publications, Absolution has an overarching story, connections being made in a chronological manner throughout the various stages and settings. Characters are introduced and developed via cutscenes, as the plot is pushed further by your completing the next mission for a feeling of engagement in the storyline.

I personally liked this approach, as opposed to the last couple of Hitman games, which seemed like mostly ‘replays’ of old missions from previous games (which in and of itself, isn’t a bad thing). While there were similar settings, such as a Chinese Market Square, they were sufficiently changed enough – especially with the graphical improvements and new gameplay interface – to seem varied enough to be enjoyable. There were even updated versions of [personal] ‘old favorites’ that I waited excitedly for (such as a ‘Hotel’ stage). Slightly more varied than the old versions, if you include the new “Instinct” game mechanic, these levels felt ‘fresh’, even if they weren’t new.

The “Instinct” game mechanic seems like an effort to simplify the game, making it easier for newcomers and those who had trouble with the complexity and scope of the previous Hitman games. Indeed, I remember reading a lot over the years of people saying the Hitman games were “too big” or “too complex” and that it didn’t help the player much at all, as far as where to go and what to do. It “plopped you down in a large area with just a map”, they felt. Of course, that was the draw for all of the other people, the complexity and seeming openness of the game was enjoyed, where you had to figure out everything yourself. You could decide what to skip and what to do and could decide for yourself how to do it. The new “Instinct” mechanic of Absolution doesn’t take too much away from this (you can turn it ‘off’ if desired) and it actually adds to the cinematic feel of the game by taking the ‘player out of playing’, so to speak, which results in more of a feeling that you are ‘playing Agent 47’, guiding him (and using his innate abilities) through the game, as opposed to ‘actually being Agent 47’ and figuring everything out yourself heavy-handedly. I suspect this more objective approach has already been a point of contention since the game was released.

An example of Hitman: Absolution’s new ‘Hitman Instinct’ game mechanic, showing how Agent47 can ‘sense’ enemies in and around the nearby area and estimates where they may be heading.

When utilizing Agent 47’s ‘Instinct’, the game shows where 47 ‘senses’ there are enemies and where they are and shows you on the screen with outlined shapes. It even shows where 47 ‘calculates’ enemies will be moving to, showing you their intended path with a line of flame and where they will stand still with a larger lick of fire. This is where the adrenalin-dipped decision making and primal ‘danger’ awareness kicks in during the game, as a player can choose to set up an engagement with an enemy, or stealthily avoid these paths and points.

For those who do not like or want the new game mechanic at all, it can be turned off, mainly by choosing a higher difficulty level. There are five to choose from and higher difficulties result in more ‘sensitive’ or ‘aware’ enemies, tougher enemies (wearing more body armor one assumes) and more of them. For those who are new to the game or having trouble with it, the difficulty can be lowered as well, with less enemies, enemies with less skill (not as good at aiming) and less awareness (having a bit more ‘tunnel-vision’) allowing you to sneak around them easier. The option to have this game mechanic off or on, at the players choice, is nice and was no doubt included to appease those who would not like it’s hints and guidance. New players (those talking about the games’ difficulty in the past) can have it on and still enjoy the action and storyline as well. It feels like an ‘attempt to please everybody’ – and I assume it will work well in that regard. (I haven’t read any Reviews of the game (to avoid exposure to the material within) before I purchased it, but I assume that once I indulge in others’ opinions, I will see much disagreement on that last sentence).

View of a hotel cleaning supply room from an air ventilation shaft. Click to see Full Size

The game itself felt atmospheric and cinematic. The music changed as action waxed and waned. Enemies ignored or chased you around winding levels that you had to discover and remember. The graphics were spectacular, with detailed textures, dark and gritty lighting and shading. The core Hitman gameplay was there – even if it wasn’t there for very long. This game felt very short to me. Perhaps it was the somewhat simple Television Movie Special plot, perhaps it was the number of missions (although they were split up into sections). Perhaps it was merely enjoying it so much that I wanted more, but just during the course of writing this article off and on, I have completed the game in it’s storyline entirety (not counting Challenges and Item Collection) in just over 20 hours. That doesn’t seem very long, but I suppose it is to be expected in a game that is more like “Max Payne” and less like “Skyrim” (more Action and less RPG). You could keep playing after finishing the main story, select past levels and retry them, doing them ‘cleaner’ for a better score or achievement, or look around and discover new weapons and pathways, or just redo any level you wanted to for fun.

An example of how the levels are split up into sections and how you can select past levels to replay them.
An example of the updated game engine, with higher-detailed character models, textures and environments.
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Other than the copy-pasted ‘general population’ mannequin-people utilized in larger crowds (used understandably to keep memory/resource usage of the game down of course – all of the ‘main’ NPCs have good detail to them), I personally liked the attention  paid to smaller details, such as the amount of debris scattered around the levels – things like cups, papers and garbage, all part of the gritty ‘lived-in-ness’ of the environment, adding to the realism. It’s nice to see games that pay more attention to the surroundings/settings these days, as opposed to the stark, clean-floor environments in games of yesteryear.

Overall, Hitman: Absolution was very enjoyable. It was great fun to figure out steps and schemes for the various areas and carry them out with cold calculation. I laughed out loud a few times and grit my teeth in anger at the more difficult parts, playing them over and over again, trying to figure out new ways to accomplish the objectives and complete the contracts. Despite feeling shorter (perhaps just because it was so enjoyable) and despite some changes that others might not entirely like, I still suggest trying it (especially if you are a fan of the previous games in the Hitman series). I personally had a lot of fun with the game – and isn’t that the most important thing?

Have fun with Absolution and See You In The Games!

And More: Revue – Fantastic Four (2015) [Spoiler-Free Review, Text-Only]

I love movies – who doesn’t? I like reading Reviews of them sometimes (not all of the time) – who doesn’t (sometimes)? Now, while this is more of a game-centered blog [well, supposed to be haha] I wanted to start sharing some Reviews of movies I write, here. Not often maybe – and don’t worry, they won’t be ‘long’ [my personal illness along with ADHD takes care of that]. Maybe I’ll call them a movie ‘revue’ – borrowing from the term for ‘review’ in the sense of smaller summaries, jokes and plays that were based on larger works. Yeah, that’s it: The Game Tips And More Blog Presents… fadeawayto…REVUE…fadeawayto…insert-movie-name-here… [Heh. Hmm, kind of cheesy, but not too bad..].

Note: 
All “Revue” articles will be SPOILER FREE (and to help with that, also image-free, other than a Title Screen / Header image) and Safe-To-Read even before viewing [I personally don’t like to read Reviews before movies, but I know many do – please let me know if any of my Revues are ‘too spoiler-y’ and I will adjust them]. Enjoy!



Revue #1 – Fantastic Four (2015)

What an oddly finished product to make an opinion on… I just watched this on Netflix, and while it’s not just that the movie feels disappointing, it also left me feeling ’empty’ or even ‘sad’ somehow. Like the movie was a small animal that someone found, took in to care for, then forgot it out on the street again later on… That odd mixture of disappointment and sadness is what I came away from this movie with. 
Without getting into the ‘technical’ or ‘background’ details of it (how they handled the Origin Story is what most people did not like, for example), the first two-thirds of the movie is actually not bad, if a little slow-paced. It develops their backgrounds slightly and places them together, trying to get you to have empathy for the characters somewhat. It does in fact feel like a caring hand was hanging over it all, keeping it ‘realistic’ and the work put into that made me ignore the slow pace of the development. The cast themselves by the way, seem like they could become decent actors, but they all feel ‘held back’ and are almost stoic here. 
Then, after about three-quarters of the movie has gone by, they throw everything out the window and ‘chop together’ a 1980’s-quality “battle-with-the-bad-guy” that has none of the feeling of care and pace of the first majority of the movie. Now, I know production houses, crews and casts all have time limitations that put chains on a movie – turning into whips at times, urging completion; but this last section of movie feels like someone forgot about the animal they found out in the wild that they cared for so well up to now and left it out in the elements again… In my opinion, they could have even eliminated the ‘final battle’ and just finalized the development of the Origin of the characters – maybe with some ‘competition’ or other plot point, to end on; at least then, this could be an Origin Only movie and you would be left with some feelings for them after it was all over, not minding ‘the wait’ until the expected Sequel with ‘real action’ could come along. 
While the 2005 Fantastic Four is a bit ‘campier’, it still is in my opinion a better movie than this, because of its’ overall polish and the mistakes of this one. In the end, I gave this movie, not a Zero like many, but a 2 out of 5 because of the effort that was put in ..at times

Review submitted and published on Netflix

[Personal Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Netflix in any way, pay my own account with them, and have not received any compensation, in any form, for mentioning them here. I am merely an enthusiastic user of their service; but have also utilized other, similar services as well, such as Amazon’s PrimeVideo and Sony’s Crackle and other online streaming services. All opinions herein are my own personal opinions and do not reflect in any way, any opinions or influences of the companies, production houses, peoples or persons involved with the projects mentioned (movies). These articles which are “Revue” posts are my own personal ideas/opinions/predictions and are not open to 100% re-posting or re-distribution (please try to stay ~50% re-posting of the text involved). Some Rights Reserved.]

reACT Trainer Total Body Circuit Workout

One of the best tools we have at our disposal at Workout Anytime is the reACT Trainer.  Staff who know how to use the product properly and teach others to use it can make a great impression on any member or guest and help to differentiate their club from competitors.

Although the reACT Trainer is a lower body and core trainer it is easy to create full body circuits using the reACT Trainer along with the key upper body movements including:

Horizontal Press (chest press of some type)

Horizontal Pull (Row of some type)

Overhead Press

Vertical Pull – (some type of vertical pulling movement)

Here is a sample reACT Trainer Total Body Circuit:

Ever hear of the one year only 1970 foam grip on a Hurst shifter?

http://www.dragracingonline.com/archive/features/featurecar/vii_9-superbird-1.html

And I can’t find anything online about it. 

MODERN ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

Here is a mesmerizing seeks two-bedroom apartment with contemporary charm of events celebrating the beautiful Scandinavian style. The trough has two bedrooms and a kitchen year covers an area of ​​74 square meters. According Alvhem open plan living, social nucleus in apartments with high ceilings, walls painted in immaculate white, the beautiful oak floors and large windows. Splashes of color brighten the interior and seats with the elements that seem inviting visitors screaming. The kitchen island of brass with a thick sandstone table creates a social atmosphere that is sure to make any cook happy. The table has a sink sub-pasted from Blanco, who is both stylish and practical. From the terrace one has a spectacular view of the beautiful area and a perfect place for relaxation. What an inspiring use of space for a modern two-bedroom apartment!

MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

MODERN TWO-ROOM DESIGN APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF STOCKHOLM

INTERIOR DESIGNERS NEW YORK CITY

INTERIOR DESIGNERS NEW YORK CITY

INTERIOR DESIGNERS NEW YORK CITY

Are you planning an interior designers in New York City? Looking for the lights of New York City? A field of interior design flourishes at New York Medical Interior Design. This is a niche area of ​​design. The focus is that of furnishing medical care institutions must be given to patients not only the service friendly, but friendly design as well. The reason is that hospitals will not only try to repair the physical ailments of patients, but the psychological and spiritual well-being of the patient as well. The population is aging and the need for sensitivity to the design, construction and installation is becoming an important part of the management of age. responsive design provides some relief therapy and improved quality of life for retirees.

Interior design students and professionals are increasingly aware of the medical concept of interiors in New York and other large cities. “Health professionals and designers believe that the concept of environment helps patients physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. What exactly does New York medical interior design involves what are the therapeutic and economic benefits? If medical services who wish to provide a therapeutic context, then what should be the development architecture? INTERIOR DESIGNERS NEW YORK CITY are important points interior designer must consider when creating a design for a medical center. If the installation activity promotion and creativity, so that should be incorporated into the design.

The space must be organized so that patients have the privacy of your health care environment. Planting, lighting and colors have been used effectively to create a pleasant environment must not disrupt or interfere with the routine of the patient. Factors such as codes, regulations, and the money available for the design of medical affairs in New York interior designer, is responsible for knowing and following. There are several quality books on the interior of the doctor. If a medical institution on patients’ and Senior Care then they should definitely consult an interior designer experience in this field. If the search for textbooks in the field not to look over the books written by Jain Malkin. His research on the subject has led to a series of excellent books. Interior designers new york city research has resulted in more and better places for patients and those who work to change the appearance of buildings and health facilities.

BEDROOM DESIGNERS NEW YORK CITY

BEDROOM DESIGNERS NEW YORK CITY

KITCHEN INTERIOR DESIGNERS NEW YORK CITY

KITCHEN INTERIOR DESIGNERS NEW YORK CITY

Led Zeppelin had a fireplace in their private jet ‘The Starship’, a former United Airlines Boeing 720 passenger jet, leased to touring musical artists in the mid-1970s

It has a functional fireplace in-built in it. 1975.

http://expressdrycleaning.tumblr.com/
http://www.1970smusicindustrymemories.com/led-zeppelin-having-fun.html
https://dangerousminds.net/comments/night_flight_inside_led_zeppelins_private_jet_1973

The Starship was used throughout Led Zeppelin’s 1975 US concert tour, and is included at the end of “Stairway to Heaven” on disc 2 of the Led Zeppelin DVD with both its 1973 and 1975 paint schemes.

English rock band Deep Purple hired The Starship for their 1974 U.S. tours.  In an interview with Circus magazine in 1974, Deep Purple’s Jon Lord explained: “It’s a 707 put together by a firm in L.A. that Sinatra, Dylan and The Band just used and Elton John uses. It has a lounge, a bedroom, a shower and a study. It’s supposed to look as little as a plane as possible.”

The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers Band and Alice Cooper were Starship clients. Peter Frampton was the last to charter The Starship in 1976. As early as Alice Cooper’s 1974 tour the aircraft was beginning to show signs of engine difficulties and by the time of Led Zeppelin’s 1977 US Tour it was permanently grounded at Long Beach Airport.

When the Allman Brothers chartered the plane, they found “Welcome Allman Brothers” written on the plane’s bar in lines of cocaine once they boarded.

The Starship went through several ownership changes from 1977 through 1979 until it went into storage at Luton Airport. It was dismantled for parts starting in July 1982.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Starship

Musician John Paul Jones of English rock band Led Zeppelin aboard ‘The Starship’, a private Boeing 720B passenger jet, during their North America tour, 30th July 1973. With him is his wife Mo.

https://flashbak.com/led-zeppelins-mile-high-party-aboard-the-starship-1973-34616/

Fallout 1 – Get It For Free… Happy 20th Birthday! [Notification]

Just a quick notification that, in celebration of the Fallout’s series debut, exactly 20 years ago to this very day, it is Totally Free on Steam, right now, from Bethesda – but only for today… Grab it before the end of the day and play one of the most RPG-Genre-Expanding, Post-Apocalyptic-Exploring Classics of PC gaming. Have fun (and thank you, Beth)!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/38400/Fallout_A_Post_Nuclear_Role_Playing_Game/


Addendum:
After trying the game out (not playing it since I had the CD version way back when!), at first, all I got was a Black Screen, but I could hear the audio of the game playing in the background… After doing some light troubleshooting, including re-installing DirectX and other steps, the easiest ‘solution’ that I eventually found was to simply choose the “Classic Version” from the Steam Launch Options. Here is what that looks like, below (these options did not show up if I used the Desktop Shortcut or clicked on the .EXE file to start the game, but they appeared consistently if I used the PLAY button in the Steam Client):
Tutorial Screenshot of simply choosing the alternate version of the game to run, if you encounter a ‘black screen’, where you can hear the audio of the game, but not see anything else concerned with the game
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After choosing that version, above, the game repeatedly ran fine with audio and video together in harmony, on my system (currently an AMD FX-8350 CPU and NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU running Windows 10). I hope it works for you dear reader, as it did for me, if you run into that little initial problem… Enjoy!

[Note: It is unclear at the time of this posting, if the game it completely free ‘forever’, or if it is just ‘free to play’ for the day – UPDATE, it indeed seems to be permanently part of my Steam account – a nice ‘gift’ from Bethesda!]

The Auto Fabrica Type 6: Reduced to perfection

An extraordinary custom Yamaha XS650 built by the English workshop Auto Fabrica.

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In Japan, there is a design theory called Kanso (簡素)—meaning simplicity, or the elimination of clutter. And every time I see an Auto Fabrica bike, I’m reminded of that fine principle. The machines that roll out of the English workshop are reduced to the bare minimum, but beautifully finished. And this extraordinary build, called simply Type 6, is Auto Fabrica’s best work yet.

An extraordinary custom Yamaha XS650 built by the English workshop Auto Fabrica.

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Most shops have a bike that’s been kicking around since the beginnings of time, and that’s the story with this Yamaha. “It’s one of four XS650s we rescued from a farm in the depths of rural Cornwall,” says shop owner Bujar Muharremi. “A lucky find that effectively kickstarted our company.” We’ve come to expect stellar levels of craft and finish from Auto Fabrica, but the Type 6 adds impeccable industrial design to the mix.

An extraordinary custom Yamaha XS650 built by the English workshop Auto Fabrica.

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“We strived to achieve a bike which was executed perfectly and epitomizes what we see as a ‘real’ custom motorcycle—simplicity in form, complexity in detail.” Bujar and his crew spend a huge amount of time on preliminary design before they pick up the grinders. Starting with hand sketching and moving on to Photoshop renderings, they create the bike in the virtual world before turning the vision into metal.

An extraordinary custom Yamaha XS650 built by the English workshop Auto Fabrica.

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This time, the objective was to push the physical limits with panel beating. “We spent a lot of time trying to balance clean graphics with highly complex and organic surfacing, to achieve a clean yet interesting design.” Much of that cleanliness comes from the tank and seat base, a single elegant unit formed from 2.5-millimeter aluminum. The XS650 frame has been modified by lowering the headstock two inches and moving it back slightly, creating the strong top line that flows from the headlight to the rear cowl.

An extraordinary custom Yamaha XS650 built by the English workshop Auto Fabrica.

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The forks look especially sleek: they’ve been overhauled and fitted with stainless steel covers that conceal the bottom yoke and add a touch of Art Deco style. The engine of the XS650 was pretty handsome straight from the factory, but it’s been elevated to a whole new level here.

An extraordinary custom Yamaha XS650 built by the English workshop Auto Fabrica.

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“Inspired by some other great builds, we took time to design a single carb conversion. We continued the line of the exhausts all the way through to the filter,” says Bujar. “You can trick the eye by placing the single inlet on the opposite side to the exhaust outlet positions, to create an asymmetric balance.” It might be a trick, but it works well.

An extraordinary custom Yamaha XS650 built by the English workshop Auto Fabrica.

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The engine has been fully rebuilt with 0.5-oversize pistons. It looks just as good on the outside as in, with a textured paint finish for the top and raw metal lower down. Auto Fabrica love the matte finish that aqua blasting gives to bare metal, so the engine casings and aluminum parts all went into the blast cabinet.

An extraordinary custom Yamaha XS650 built by the English workshop Auto Fabrica.

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The exhaust pipes are handmade in stainless steel, and bent into perfect curves. They look like unmuffled pipes, but have custom baffles hidden inside. “We could have kept them straight through and raw, but with the refinement of the bike as a whole, we needed a more refined exhaust note—as well as the correct back pressure.”

An extraordinary custom Yamaha XS650 built by the English workshop Auto Fabrica.

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The rear wheel is built on the standard hub, but it’s now laced to an 18-inch alloy rim with stainless spokes. Up front is a beautiful Laverda SF750 twin leading shoe hub laced to a 19-inch alloy rim, with a custom brake switch located on the TLS arms. The bodywork is almost impossibly sleek, so it’d be a shame to have clunky bars up front. To maintain the theme, Auto Fabrica fitted slim clip-ons and then created a custom wrap that forms a smooth loop. It’s a neat solution that matches the inverted stainless steel brake and clutch levers.

An extraordinary custom Yamaha XS650 built by the English workshop Auto Fabrica.

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We’ve only the skimmed the surface of this build, because it’s often the ‘simple’-looking bikes that involve the most work. (As Mark Twain famously said, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”) The Type 6 is for sale. If you’d like to examine it at your leisure in your own garage, contact Auto Fabrica via their website.
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An extraordinary custom Yamaha XS650 built by the English workshop Auto Fabrica.

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Ten new motorcycles we are dying to ride 2013!

Large press conferences from Honda and Ducati held right before EICMA 2012 may have stolen a bit of the thunder from Milan’s annual motorcycle show, but we still came away impressed with the variety of significant new bikes on display. Although finding the 10 motorcycles that we’d most like to ride in 2013 certainly qualifies as a tough task.

1. Aprilia Caponord 1200 This adventurer-tourer, developed from the supermoto-inspired Dorsoduro 1200, is a versatile machine, fun in the city yet big enough for a two-up ride into the country, aided by good wind protection and that large, 1197cc V-Twin. In addition to a ride-by-wire system with three maps (Sport, Touring, Rain), the Caponord 1200 boasts ABS and traction control, both of which can be defeated. The available Travel Pack offers active suspension damping, cruise control and color-matched panniers.

2. Bimota BB2 Bimota already has an abundance of Ducati-powered offerings, so it was refreshing to see this BMW S1000RR-engined bike on display, although situated behind glass. Designed by the folks at sak_art design, the BB2 uses an aluminum chassis and bodywork that recalls some of the Bimota shapes from the ’90s. With its 193-horsepower, BMW-sourced powerplant, however, the BB2 will undoubtedly possess hyperbike performance more fitting for 2013 and beyond.

3. BMW F800GT This full-dress version of the F series parallel-Twin replaces the F800ST. Although it’s fitted with a sporty, new fairing, it does retain the ST’s 4.0-gallon tank and stepped seat. Most important, the dohc, 798cc engine generates a claimed 90 hp at 8000 rpm and 63.4 foot-pounds of peak torque at 5800 rpm, which is said to accelerate the bike to 60 mph in 4 seconds and to speeds in excess of 120 mph. Taller riders will appreciate the higher handlebar and the protection offered by the fairing.

4. Ducati Hypermotard 821 Offered in two versions, Base and SP, the latest Hypermotard is powered by a superb engine: the brand-new 821cc Testastretta V-Twin with 110 hp at 9250 rpm and 65.8 ft.-lb. of torque at 7750 rpm. Not only that, but the 821 has the most advanced ride-by-wire electronics, with three selectable power maps, traction control and Brembo brakes with Bosch ABS that offers three selectable levels of intervention. Perhaps what we like most of all: a valve-adjustment interval of 18,600 miles.

5. Honda CBR500R The emphasis is on sporty affordability with the all-new Honda CBR500R, a fully faired sportbike with a strong resemblance to the rest of the CBR family. Powered by a liquid-cooled, 500cc parallel-Twin with a counter-balanced 180-degree crank, the 500R is perfectly positioned to introduce a new crop of young buyers to the sportbike world, aided by a rigid steel frame that has been tuned for excellent handling response. Perhaps most important is an entry price of only $5999, with ABS likely costing an extra $500.

6. KTM 1290 Super Duke R The good news first: Although the 1290 Super Duke R is just a prototype, KTM says it will build a production version, with first test rides taking place sometime in 2013. We can’t wait to ride this latest naked KTM, which is fitted with a bored-out, liquid-cooled, RC8 R V-Twin engine, chrome-moly steel chassis, single-sided swingarm and WP suspension. KTM hasn’t shared many details about this bike, but the Austrians have told us it will have ride-by-wire throttle with ABS and traction control, both of which will be made “disengageable” to allow for stoppies and wheelies. Very thoughtful.

7. Moto Guzzi California 1400 This large bike, available in Touring and Custom versions, traces its lineage to 1970, when the LAPD chose the Moto Guzzi V7 Police over Harley and the Japanese to be the agency’s patrol bike. Now, more than 40 years later, we get the California 1400, considered by many to be the star of EICMA. Taking center stage is its air-cooled, 1380cc V-Twin, which features a Y-shaped manifold with long runners that help it produce 96 hp and 88.5 ft.-lb. of torque at only 2750 rpm—quite helpful in an 743-pound machine. Officers Malloy and Reed of Adam 12 fame would approve.

8. MV Agusta Rivale 800 With engine and rolling gear from the F3 and Brutale 800, the aggressive new Rivale 800 is impossible not to like. The Triple, one of the best in production, puts out 125 hp, backed by 60 ft.-lb. of torque at 8600 rpm and managed by a ride-by-wire throttle that offers traction control and selectable power mapping. Although some say the Rivale 800 is a tad too aggressively styled, it benefits from beautiful detail work in areas such as the tank, seat, lights and mirrors. With a claimed dry weight of only 375 lb., this thing should fly.

9. Triumph Daytona 675R With a larger bore and shorter stroke, the high-revving Triple in the 675R now spins to 14,400 rpm. Horsepower is up by only 2, but Triumph has produced a cylinder block that’s now separate from the upper crankcase and lined with ceramic-coated aluminum bores. The most obvious change on this significantly updated bike is a low-mount exhaust that centralizes mass and shifts weight forward for sportier handling. Replete with new slipper clutch, the 675R will set you back $11,599.

10. Vespa 946 Okay, we know, we said this was a list of 10 motorcycles, and this Vespa clearly is a scooter. But we can’t keep our eyes off the 946; it’s the best-looking scoot we’ve seen in who knows how long, its 946 name a reference to the first Vespa of 1946. Based on the Quarantasei concept unveiled at EICMA 2011, the handsomely curvaceous 946 is available initially in classic 125cc form, although a 150cc model (and others) will follow soon. The frame is made of steel, but for the first time in Vespa’s history, it incorporates some aluminum alloy sections.

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Source: Cycle World (Bornhop, 11/20)

Do you have Food Cravings? Food Cravings Test

  • Do you frequently eat until your stomach is uncomfortably full?
  • When you get hungry, does it make you feel tense, weak, or irritable?
  • When you get hungry, do you sometimes focus on one or two specific foods?
  • Do you snack often, usually eating the same snacks?
  • Have you ever had other addictive habits, such as smoking or drinking too much alcohol or overconsuming caffeine?
  • Diet Start
  • Are you often hungry after a meal and stay that way until you’ve eaten one of your favourite foods?
  • Do you usually need dessert after dinner to feel satisfied?
  • Do you tend to eat a relatively narrow range of foods?
  • When you eat your favourite foods, do you often intend to eat only a moderate amount, but end up eating a larger amount?
  • Do you sometimes feel as if you lack control over what you eat?
  • If you snack on foods other than your favourite foods, do you tend to feel unsatisfied?
  • Do you binge on food more than once per week?
  • Even if you know a food doesn’t agree with you, do you eat it anyway?
  • When you eat your favourite foods, do you frequently drift into an almost trancelike state of relaxation?
  • When you eat one of your favourite foods, does it generally improve your mood?

If you answered yes to six or more questions, you are probably overweight. If you’re not, you must have a tremendous degree of willpower or an exceptional metabolism.

When this happens, you will stop eating as much as you now eat, and your metabolism will heal. You will then begin to lose adipose tissue gradually, painlessly — and permanently.

Eating Clean 12 Days of Christmas — Fudge

My hubby loves fudge, so I always include it in my Christmas cookie baking especially since I’ve found this amazingly simple and easy recipe. Remember, I’m a lazy baker? 🙂 I love this recipe because you can add just about anything you want…marshmallows, extra chocolate chips, nuts, fruit, etc.

Easy Fudge
From Busy Cooks

1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon cream
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, if desired


Place chips and milk in microwave safe bowl. (You can use just the one package of semisweet chocolate chips, or add the milk chocolate chips for a fudge that is slightly sweeter and creamier.)

Microwave on medium power for 2-3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Microwave, stirring at 1 minutes intervals, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth and thick. Stir in butter and cream until combined.

Pour into greased 8″ square pan and cool. You can also melt the chips and milk in a heavy saucepan over low heat.

You can add just about anything to this easy recipe. Stir in a cup of chopped nuts, add a cup of marshmallows after the cooking time is done, stir in chopped dried fruit or some white chocolate chips. Have fun with the recipe!

Paperless Mission #6: Setting Up GoodReader (iPad)

This is the sixth post in my Go Paperless! Challenge Series. If you haven’t completed the previous missions, be sure to complete those first.

  • Mission #1: Gather Your Tools
  • Mission #2: Build Evernote Notebooks
  • Mission #3: Email Notes to Notebooks
  • Mission #4: Create Checklists in Evernote
  • Mission #5: Organize Your Files in DropBox

Also be sure to link up at the Go Paperless! Linky. 

Mission #6: Setting Up GoodReader (iPad)

As I’ve mentioned before, I work off a lot of devices. I’m in a 1:1 iPad classroom, but even before my students had access, I had an iPad of my own that I used constantly. I liked having it handy for anything that I was working on, and once I learned about GoodReader, my love for the iPad grew tremendously. I’ve shared some love for GoodReader before, but GoodReader is the ultimate document reader for the iPad. It allows you to read any type of document and annotate over .pdf files. It also syncs with a variety of other apps, allowing you to pull and read all of your important documents into one place.

Once you have your important documents organized on Dropbox, open up the GoodReader app on your iPad. Here, you’ll be able to connect GoodReader to your Dropbox account. To do this,

My documents list already has some items and folders listed, but yours will likely be empty. The left column shows all of the folders and documents you have saved in GoodReader (and could therefore access without an internet connection). The right column has all of the utilities for GoodReader. Today, we’re going to focus on the one towards the bottom — “Connect to Servers.” 
When you click on the “Add” button, you’ll be able to see the many, many connections GoodReader can make. Here are a few highlights:
  • Popular Mail Servers (GMail, Hotmail, etc.) – this connection doesn’t grab all of your emails, but it will allow you to see any messages that have an attachment. This is great for when you’re at a meeting and somebody sends out some documents you need.
  • Dropbox – you can read all of the files that you’ve saved there.
  • Google Drive – view any type of Google Drive file that you have — from spreadsheets to presentations to documents.
The connection set-ups are fairly intuitive. You will need to name each set up (On some screens that shows up as “Readable Title;” I named mine based on what I was connecting to), but then you simply enter your username. You can also enter your password, in which case it will be saved to the device and you won’t have to enter it again, or you can log-in each time you want to access a document.
As you can see from my left column, there are a few folders that I’ve downloaded straight to GoodReader so they’ll always be available to me. These are folders that I’m constantly using and want easy access to. I also have it set up so that they’ll automatically download updates to those folders whenever I add more documents to my Dropbox account. 
Once the folders are set up in GoodReader, you can read the documents, but you can also annotate over .pdf files. I use that feature a lot on my curriculum documents, and I’ve also started doing all of my running records and reading assessments on my iPad. Here’s an example that shows you the annotation tools in the document viewing pane:
I keep my annotating toolbar pinned on the right side, and there you can see a variety of annotation options that are available — typewriting text, creating “sticky notes,” highlighting, underlining, drawing boxes, arrows, etc., and the last option is the freehand tool. I use this for running records with a stylus.
One of the best things about GoodReader is that it works well with other apps. Once I finish annotating a document, I can send it to other apps such as Evernote or Dropbox  from the original “My Documents” screen.

How I Use It

This is one of my must-have apps because of the broad range of ways it can be used:

  • Turn your iPad into a second computer monitor — When I’m using lots of curriculum documents to write unit plans, I can leave it open in GoodReader with all of my notes and highlights while I work on my laptop or computer. No more switching between screens on my computer. (Am I the only one who finds that annoying sometimes???)
  • Highlight standards that you’re focusing on each term without having to print out (or lose) new documents all the time.
  • Annotate rubrics, running records, and other types of student work
  • Use with students to create paperless assignments

I’ll be posting more in-depth tutorials about how to do all of these in future installations of this series, but for now, your challenge is to begin exploring GoodReader. Then, in the comment section, share a bit about how you think this app could be useful.

Spring break starts next week for me, and I can’t wait! I will try to get another installment posted this week, but I make no promises. It’s the end of the term, and that’s always a super-busy time with report cards and grading. I must say, however, that I’m more organized than ever going into this given how much less paper I’m using!

Have a great week!

Workout Fuel

WORKOUT ANYTIME “Workout Fuel” Contest on Facebook

We are currently running a contest on our National Facebook page. We are asking fans to share your favorite pre-workout and post-workout snack that “Fuels” you either before or after your workout. Each week we will be allowing fans to comment on a photo, and the comment with the most likes wins a $50 Visa Gift Card! After three weeks we will be putting up all the winners snacks to go head-to-head for a chance to win a $250 Visa Gift Card! 
Make sure to submit your snacks for your chance to win! You can enter this weeks voting here. 

Astaxanthin – Anti-Oxidant Superstar

While many antioxidants can be obtained by eating organic fruits and vegetables, astaxanthin is derived only from a specific microalgae called Haematococcus pluvialis.  The algae uses astaxanthin to protect itself from intense sunlight, ultraviolet radiation and low nutrition.

There are two natural astaxanthin sources: the microalgae that produce it and the salmon and krill which consume the algae directly. The best resources for these foods are wild-caught Alaskan Salmon and Krill Oil Supplement, which offer many other nutritional benefits.

Research indicates astaxanthin may benefit those suffering from inflammatory conditions including arthritis, rheumatoid disorders, metabolic disease, as well as cardiovascular, neurological and liver diseases.

Astaxanthin can also help to increase your muscle capacity and stamina, decrease workout recovery time, and decrease muscle pain.  Other proven benefits include:

Reduction of Inflammation
Protects Vision
Enhances Heart Health
Decreases Oxidative Stress
Protects Against Sunburn
Boost Your Immune System
Helps Prevent and Fight Cancer

Astaxanthin and Eye Health

Astaxanthin is an extremely powerful anti-oxidant:  65 times more powerful than vitamin C, 54 times more powerful than Beta-Carotene and 14 times more powerful than Vitamin E.
Astaxanthin crosses the blood-brain barrier AND the blood-retinal barrier which is a huge deal for your brain AND your eyes!

Astaxanthin is a member of the carotenoid family of anti-oxidants that include beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin.   Of all the carotenoids, only zeaxanthin and lutein are found in the retinas of your eyes.  This is because your eye is a highly light and oxygen rich environment, and it needs a large amount of free radical scavengers to prevent damage. 
Scientists have specifically studied astaxanthin for its effects on the eyes and discovered that it is completely safe, and much more potent than all the other carotenoids.   Specifically it has been shown that astaxanthin supplementation can be effective in preventing a whole list of eye diseases including:

Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Diabetic Neuropathy
Cystoid Macular Edema
Central Retinal Arterial and Venous Occlusion
Glaucoma
Inflammatory Eye Diseases including retinitis, iritis, keratitis, and scleritis

Astaxanthin is one of the few anti-oxidants that you should consider supplementing because you cannot obtain the recommended dosage from your diet alone.      The good news is that there are excellent Astaxanthin Supplements available from companies like Jarrow, Doctors Best, and Swanson to name a few.   It should be taken with a meal with fat because it is fat soluble with dosage from 4mg – 12mg per day although there are no harmful effects from higher dosages.

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Fallout 4 – “Starting Out: On Settlements, Building, Crafting, Materials And More” – A Beginner’s Guide of Tips and Concepts to Settlement Building and Development [UNDER CONSTRUCTION]

Update: Added images for Main Concepts sections (Food, Defense, etc)
Update: Added steps for How To Assign a Settler to a Work Station/Shop/etc
Update: Added how to Give Yourself Any Building Components, or Food, with Commands (Cheats Section)
Update: Added how to Build past the Size Limit in Settlements (Not a Cheat, Doable on Console as well as PC)

[Note.: This post is ‘LIVE’ and ‘UNDER CONSTRUCTION’, as I continue to add more data and Tips and Example Screenshots to it… I decided to make it available now however, to assist those playing Fallout 4; especially those just starting out – seeing as there is a Steam Sale on now (go get it! heh). I will be adding more Text and Tips and Screenshots and More and this post cannot be considered ‘finalized’ until after I add a ‘Final Footer Image’ to the posting (see some of my other posts for examples of this type of ‘end image’ I put in my posts). Please excuse changes as they occur and temporary mistakes and spelling errors, which may show up should you return to this article while it is under development. Enjoy, however – I hope you find something helpful to you – and have fun in Fallout 4!]




I have been having a ton of fun playing Fallout 4 lately… and while I am taking forever to finish up a ‘First Impressions’ of the game [I keep playing and building up my Settlements instead of writing!], I wanted to share some Tips on handling Settlements; some concepts and ideas that might help new users to the game, players that may not have developed their Settlements very much yet, or players that are looking for ways to possibly improve or increase their Settlements and their Production and associated benefits (Bottlecaps income from Stores, Settlers roaming around and finding/providing you with Supplies, Clinics for healing and removing Radiation, and more).

Screenshot showing the Workshop Area of The Sunshine Tidings Cooperative, Decorated (Work In Progress).
(High Resolution Texture Pack enabled [not 100% sure, sorry, but I think it was at this time]
The Automatron DLC Robot Workbench can be seen, center background. Minuteman Flag seen, left wall, foreground)
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[Settlements and their development and growth is one of my favourite aspects of the game, not only because it supplies you with Junk/Scrap/Materials to build with and Money as well, but also because of the ‘life it breathes into the game’… every Settlement becomes ‘alive’ with people coming and going, working and resting, asking for help or talking amongst themselves around you. After getting a few Settlements set up and running smoothly, they become a place to restock, sell and collect, modify and improve gear, rest and maybe enjoy some scenery, taking a break from the action by building and re-working, improving and creating a place of solitude and pride, in each little ‘town’ in The Commonwealth…]

Example of the Workshop Mode interface bar, normally seen at the top of the screen in Workshop Mode (Building mode)
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Here then, are some main ideas to start off with or to keep in mind  – hopefully helpful to fellow gamers who are either starting out in Fallout 4 [from the latest Steam Sale], or are looking for ways to improve their currently-undeveloped Settlements (colour-coded somewhat-by-importance to help separate them for easier reference):

1.  In the very beginning, build Food and Water and Beds, as much as you can.  

These three things (Beds, Water, Food) are the main limiting factors to how many people will come to live in a Settlement. 

 [The maximum amount of people that can ‘live in your town’ is supposed to be your Charisma+10 (so if you have 5 Charisma, that would be 15 people); Provisioners who run Supply Lines (more on them later on down further) don’t seem to count towards this calcuated total (by my experience so far). Also, this limitation is stated in many places online – however, I have Settlements that are much higher than this number (over 30!) so I have not finalized the concept of Settlement Limitation Amount, at this time] 

Don’t worry about Guard Posts and Turrets, at least, as much as you might think at the start – because although they do help with the overall safety of your Settlement; reducing the amount of Raids that occur, reducing the amount of Damage that will be sustained in the Raids, and setting a higher Security rating (which seems to affect Happiness, but not Immigration rate – more on Happiness later on…) – you can actually put the responsibility on yourself to take care of Raids at first [and get the bonus experience and loot that comes with it!] by Fast Travelling to the Settlements as soon as you see the ‘Help Defend’ tasks come up – or making ’rounds’ between your Settlements as they are starting up, as Raiders sometimes attack while you are there and you can then help clear them out – and get all the Loot they drop, too! 

[The game leads you towards building Turrets at your Settlements near the beginning, too – in the form of a ‘tutorial’ of sorts, somewhat-early on]


2.  Plant any Food (Corn, Tatos, Mutfruit, Gourds, Watermelon and Razorgrain) you find, at first.

Starting out, you want to maximize your growth, so re-planting food you pick up not only increases how much food a Settlement can produce/feed for the Settlers, it also multiplies how much you can harvest!

You can harvest any plants by ‘picking them’ (hitting the Action key while close to them). You can then immediately re-plant the food you just picked, by entering Workshop Mode and going to the Resources>Food section.

A while later, you can start to Cook with your Food – not only do the meals you prepare have special bonuses (they are all different!) but boiling up some VEGETABLE STARCH, made from all materials that you can gather at any Settlement, is a great way to create your own Adhesive building material. Used for almost everything, Adhesive is a very important material to have!



Vegetable Starch, a source of Adhesive, you can create yourself by cooking together Corn (3), Mutfruit (3), Tatos (3) and using Purified Water (1). Purified Water, you can either find as you travel, cook yourself [3 Dirty Water can be boiled up to make 1 Purified Water], or use Water leftover from your Water Sources in your Settlement – as any extra Water that is not used by your Settlers will be ‘kept by the Settlers in the Workshop inventory’ [in the Workshop Bench]. You need Adhesive for Modifications to Weapons and Armor and even for Building – it is used for almost everything and is therefore very important to keep stocked!




3. Tied for the third most important thing/things to start thinking about, are these two concepts:

    • As you can, increase your Turrets and Guard Posts, to increase the Security of the Settlements, and as stated above, reducing the amount of Raids that occur, reducing the amount of Damage that will be sustained in Raids, and keeping your Settlers ‘feeling secure and more relaxed’ (Happier), too. 

    Although the Security Rating of a Settlement (“Defense”) does not effect the speed at which Settlers will immigrate to your little town, the Defense Rating of a Settlement affects the Happiness Rating – which affects how ‘Productive’ the Settlers are in that Settlement (speed of gathering resources, amount of Caps earned, etc) – more on Happiness later on…

    If you have more Guard Posts than you have assigned Guards, they will ‘patrol’ around the Settlement, going between them, back and forth. If you have the same amount of Guard Posts to Guards, they will each stay at one, standing ‘on guard’, most of the time.

    [I personally like to have a couple extra Guard Posts created in my Settlements just to have the Guards move around more… It creates more movement in the Settlements overall and makes them ‘feel more alive’ – something I really like in my Settlements!]

    • Build extra Scavenging Stations as your Settlement grows, as your Junk/Materials allow you to, so as the Settlers keep flowing in, you can assign them to the empty Stations – concentrating more on Scavenging over time will get your Settlers working and searching around, bringing you any Junk Items they find, “automatically” for you to then use!

    Scavenging Stations are assigned to Settlers, who then start wandering the Settlement randomly, picking up Scrap and Junk items they find and placing them in the Workshop over time – they will even ‘break down’ the items at the Scavenging Station – and you can watch them do it! 

    [If you have the Automatron DLC/Expansion, you will find that robots Assigned to Scavenging Stations will simply stand next to the Station with no animations occurring (sadly)]

    ‘How do you Assign Settlers to Scavenging Stations?’
    Further down, there are Steps with Screenshots for each,
    in the Section “How To Assign Settlers To Work Stations”


    After a while, with more Settlers coming in (sometimes they will migrate to your Settlements quite fast, seeing a solid place to find food, water, beds and have some security/safety), you’ll start to see Junk/Scrap/Materials pile up slowly, even Bottlecaps flowing in, sitting there waiting for you in the Workshops of your Settlements. 

     [If you have extra Food/Plants/farming and Guarding that needs to be done, Settlers seem to assign themselves to those first, if you haven’t been by to visit in a while to ‘tell people what to do’ – I have returned to Settlements to find New Immigrants that have started Farming or standing at Guard Posts on their own – but I have yet to see Settlers that Assign themselves to Scavenging Stations]

    Don’t forget to ‘make your rounds’ and periodically travel around to check all of the Workshops, grabbing these extra ‘Caps and ‘Mats, snatching-up the extra Purified Water you’ll see in them, to sell for even more Bottlecaps (especially if you are more desperate for money sometime). Purified Water is created by extra Water production of the Settlement; water that the Settlers aren’t using from the Sources you have set up. This extra Water gets placed in the Workshop for general use and Supply Line provisioning to other Settlements – but since it sells for a decent price and ‘piles up for free’, grab it and Sell it, if you really need ‘Caps!



    4.  As you find more Settlements, start up Supply Lines between them all…

    Supply Lines are ways to ‘share’ the resources of the Workshops between Settlements. You assign a Settler to create a Supply Line between two Settlements, and they then become a “Provisioner”, leading a Caravan between the two Settlements, taking supplies between them so that you can effectively ‘use the Junk/Scrap/Materials/Components of both of them’, no matter which one you are in!

    Supply Lines are started by entering Workshop Mode, then going up to a Settler (one that is Unassigned with no ‘job to do’, or one that you want to make run a Supply Line instead of the job they are currently assigned to) and choosing Supply Line from the bottom menu bar.

    That townsperson will then become a Provisioner, leading a caravan and a wacky Brahmin through the wilds of The Commonwealth… between the Settlement that they originated in and the one that you assigned them to make a Supply Line to.
    Between these two Settlements then, you can utilize any* Junk/Scrap/Components between them, in their Workshops.

    *Note that it appears you cannot share any Weapons or Apparel that you put in [I have not tested Miscellaneous items yet]; you can only share Junk [as of the time of this posting, this may change in a future Update/Patch in the game, of course].

    Requirement: Supply Lines require the Local Leader Perk to be able to ‘organize the people’, which requires a Charisma of 6 – but it has no Level requirement, so you can get it at the start of the game if your Character has a Charisma of 6. If your Character does not have a Charisma of 6, you can also put Perk Points into Charisma as you Level – you get one Perk Point every time you gain a Level – thereby slowly increasing your Charisma to 6, eventually. You can also put on Gear and Clothes that ‘accentuate your Charisma rating’ [eg. Apparel that says “CHR 1”], to get your Charisma up to 6 ‘instantly’!

    [With places like Tenpines Bluff, a Settlement you find somewhat-early on, that has barely any resources at all and barely anything to Scrap for Building Materials – the game seems to even be encouraging you to think about Supply Lines… at least, this is my interpretation..]

    Pick Up Everything! Loot Every Body And Clear Out Every Location You Find!


    Workshops will create Scrap building materials (Components) for you ‘automatically’ from any Junk Items you store in them – just ‘keep building’ and if you have the Junk that can be broken down into the Components you need, it will do it for you!



    What I mean by the above Tip is, if you put in a bunch of Forks and Knives you have found (for example), and you want to build something in your Settlement that requires Steel to build with, just go ahead and start Building – your Workshop will ‘smelt/breakdown the Junk items (in this example, the Forks and Knives) into Steel’ automatically, so you can essentially ‘use the Fork and Knife to build with’ – you do not need to “drop the items on the ground and then go into Workshop Mode and Scrap the items one by one” to get the Materials from your Junk items to Build; just select your part to Build and it will let you build it – if there is enough “components from junk parts” to do so!

    [I’m not sure if this changed from an early Patch or something, but I see a bunch of people asking in forums, even recently, if there is an easier way to get Scrap (building materials) from Junk items besides manually ‘Scrapping them one-by-one on the ground in Workshop Mode’ – there should have been a better Tutorial for this, in a way, in the game itself; but I hope this information above clears it up and helps people out]

    Remember: 
    Junk Items = Scrap Components = 
    Building Materials!


    Pick Up Everything! Loot Every Body And Clear Out Every Location You Find!
    • Repeated, Scavenging Station concept from above, as a Reminder:

      Build extra Scavenging Stations as your Settlement grows, as your Junk/Materials allow you to, so as the Settlers keep flowing in, you can assign them to the empty Stations – concentrating more on Scavenging over time will get your Settlers working and searching around, bringing you any Junk Items they find, ‘automatically’ for you!

    Scavenging Stations are assigned to Settlers, who then start wandering the Settlement randomly, picking up Scrap and Junk items they find and placing them in the Workshop over time.

     [If you have extra Food/Plants/farming and Guarding that needs to be done, Settlers seem to assign themselves to those first, if you haven’t been by to visit in a while to ‘tell people what to do’ – I have returned to Settlements to find New Immigrants that have started Farming or standing at Guard Posts on their own – but I have yet to see Settlers that Assign themselves to Scavenging Stations]

    [If you have the Automatron DLC/Expansion, you will find that robots assigned to Scavenging Stations will simply stand next to the Station with no animations occurring (sadly)]

    How To Assign Settlers To Work Stations (To Get Them To Perform Jobs In Your Settlement, Such As Running Shops/Stores Or Gathering Items For You To Use)

    Below, are the five simple steps to Assigning a Settler to any Work Station, getting them to utilize it and start contributing to the income of Supplies/Income of the Settlement. In this example, we are going to Assign a Settler to a Scavenging Station:

    1. When you first build/place a Station or Store/Shop or other useable buildings in your Settlement, it will show up as “Unassigned”, in the Workshop Mode interface. All buildings that are Assignable in a Settlement will show a ‘person icon’, in Red, to show that the building has a Requirement that needs to be fulfilled, for it to begin functioning.

    2. Find a Settler that you want to Assign to the Station. This can be a Settler that is already “Assigned” to something (so you can change their Job they are Performing in your Settlement), or a Settler who is “Unassigned” (doing nothing specific). Highlight the Settler by looking directly at them, then press the ACTION button to begin to ‘COMMAND them to do something’…

    Settlers who are Unassigned still gather Junk Items they find while walking around and put them in the Workshop Inventory for use by everyone. However, this happens slower than if they were Assigned to a Scavenging Station (which gives them ‘access to tools’). “Unassigned Settlers” contribute to ‘making people feel uneasy’ in the Settlement – which negatively affects the overall Happiness of that Settlement (resulting in lowered Production for that Settlement). Assign all Settlers to Tasks, or Relocate them to another Settlement (“Move” them), if there are no Jobs/Tasks for them to do.

    3. Go back to the Station/Shop/Building that you want to Assign the Settler to, and highlight it by looking directly at it. Then click the ACTION button to ASSIGN the Settler you just started COMMANDing, to ‘utilize this Station’ (in this example, the Scavenging Station, shown below).

    4. After clicking ASSIGN on a Station/Shop/Building, the ‘person icon’ should change from Red to Green, to show that a person is now assigned to the Station/Shop/Building (for example, the ‘Requirement for the Station to function’ is fulfilled). You should also see a message in the upper-left saying, “This resource is now assigned.” – that’s it! In this example, you have now Assigned a Settler to the Scavenging Station.

    5. If you go back to the Settler, you can check to make sure they are properly Assigned, by looking at them directly in Workshop Mode. They should now show the Task they are Assigned to (in this example, the Settler now shows a “Scavenging Station Icon” (a Buzzard, ‘the scavenger bird’)).

    Perform the above steps whenever you want to Assign a Settler to any Work Station, Guard Post, Shop or Store – the steps are the same, no matter what you need to have Assigned.

    Pick Up Everything! Loot Every Body And Clear Out Every Location You Find!

    Example of a Crafting Station, which allows you to create or modify items in the game. This is a Weapons Workbench (from Sanctuary), used to Modify found Weapons, adding higher capacity, faster firing rates, more powerful scopes, and more.
    (Click to see Full Size)


    Starting out with Weapons (Similar Concept to Armor, Below)

    In the beginning, other than the best Weapons you can save for yourself to use (or share with your Companion), SCRAP the rest for Materials…

    Don’t worry about building up a ‘Collection to Sell’ [at the start], you will run into so many enemies that you will have lots of spare Weapons to Sell for Caps later on. Scrapping for Materials not only lets you have Mats to Modify other Weapons you find and improve them as you Unlock Perks with your Points (using the Blacksmith skill) – it will also let you find other parts/materials as you ‘break down’ the Weapons you find into typical weapon-type-materials like Steel, Wood, Plastic and Screws – sadly, you cannot break down Weapons to gain the ever-important Adhesive, it seems [it is ‘already used’, I guess!].

    Example of a Crafting Station, that allows you to create or modify items in the game. This is an Armor Workbench (from Sanctuary, seen in the rain), used to Modify found Armor, adding bonuses like more defense (adding more material to armor), or putting pockets in it (to allow you carry more weight), and more.
    (Click to see Full Size)




    Starting out with Armor (Similar Concept to Weapons, Above)

    In the beginning, other than the best Armor you can save for yourself to use, (or share with your Companion), SCRAP the rest for Materials…

    Don’t worry about building up a ‘Collection to Sell’ [at the start], you will run into so many enemies that you will have lots of spare Armor to Sell for Caps later on. Scrapping for Materials not only lets you have Mats to Modify other Armor you find and improve them as you Unlock Perks with your Points (using the Armorer skill) – it will also let you find other parts/materials, as you ‘break down’ the Armor you find into typical armor-type-materials like Rubber, Cloth, Leather and Steel – sadly, you cannot break down Weapons to gain the ever-important Adhesive, it seems [it is ‘already used’, I guess!].

    Short Story/Example About Armor: Because I could Modify and Customize Raider Arm armor near the beginning, I gave up the higher-protection “DC Guard Left/Right Arm” armor pieces that I picked off of a poor dead DC Guard, [because it does not seem to Modify-able in the game and] because I ‘knew how to Modify’ the Raider Armor to be POCKETED for higher Inventory/Carry space [you need to ‘learn how’, by putting Perk Points (‘skill points earned every Level’) into Armorer, a Strength 3 skill]. I put the DC Guard Armor in a Dresser at the beginning for the time being, using the ‘Pocketed Raider Arms’ I could Modify, then – a higher Carry Weight Limit is a valuable commodity – especially at the beginning!


    Pick Up Everything! Loot Every Body And Clear Out Every Location You Find!

    Did someone say CHEATS?

    Sick of trudging around The Commonwealth like a Brahmin with two heads cut off, looking for junk to break down into materials to ‘just build’ with? Tired of picking up every piece of Junk you find, trekking in and out of town constantly and thinking “I just want to build up my base…” or “can’t there be an easy way of getting junk” or “there’s gotta be a faster way to get junk”..?


    Then wonder/wander no more – there is a way to instantly get all the materials you want!

    In Fallout 4 [and most Bethesda games], you can type the item you want and how many you want, of any item in the game, into the Command Console. However, you need to know the item’s Unique Identification Number, first (known as the “Base ID” of the item, in Bethesda games). 

    One way to find the Base ID of any item or object in Fallout 4, is to open the Console (by hitting the Tilde key, “~”, usually found next to the Number 1, in the line of numbers across the top of QWERTY keyboards), and clicking on the item or object in the game. It will then show the BaseID of the object at the top/center of the Command Console area.
    For an example; if you wanted to find out the Base ID of that Deathclaw running at you (and since we are in the ‘Cheat Section’ of this article, say… you want to kill it instantly), then you would find out the ID for it by opening the Console (“~”) and clicking once on the Deathclaw (it should be ‘frozen’ by opening the Console), which would show the BaseID of it just below, at the top of the Console area. Now, for this example of ‘killing it instantly’; you just have to type in “kill”, then a space, then type in the BaseID you see on the screen, and hit Enter. BOOM. That Deathclaw that was running at you (and you were unprepared for, full of inventory and unable to run, no doubt)? It’s dead. “First Crack At The Gear!” 

    [Note1: If you try ‘clicking on the enemy, then typing KILL, then just hitting ENTER’ right away; it may not work as desired. You may end up killing yourself… Although those steps do work, they do not seem to work 100% of the time [in my testing], therefore, the Suggestion of doing the steps from just a bit above (“clicking to get the ID, but typing in KILL and the ID number”), is recommended – to save from accidentally killing yourself and having to LOAD…]

    [Note2: The BaseID seems to change [in my testing], as in, when a Deathclaw (from our example above) ‘spawns’ (comes out of the ground), it will have one ID (and it seems to be ‘unkillable’ for a short time), and then when it starts to come at you and attack, it will change to another ID – which can then be used in the Command Console to ‘kill’ it. Also, Base Identifiers may be ‘Procedurally Generated’, which is, automatically and repeatedly created and changed, as a game goes on. Although this does not seem to happen for items like Food and Materials, it does seem to happen with Enemies and Gear (Weapons/Armor) – so be sure to take the steps above when trying to manipulate objects around you (eg. ‘kill’-ing an enemy), finding the BaseID each time, to be sure that there will not be a mistake or missed opportunity, to utilize the BaseID in the Console.]

    Want nearly-infinite food?
    Want nearly-infinite materials to build with?
    Want to ‘just build and not worry about going around collecting Junk (to build with)’? 

    Then wonder/wander no more – here is a way to instantly get all the building materials you want!


    [WARNING/Suggestion: Although getting all of the items you could ever want, whenever you want, to ‘Just Build’ – effectively turning the game into “Fallout 4: The Sims Apocalypse” where you just Build and Decorate and work on keeping your Settlers at bases Happy (not that that’s a bad thing) – it can potentially contribute to making the game ‘less exciting’, as it takes away much of the need to go anywhere or do anything (other than keep your Settlers’ Happiness maintained). This isn’t a bad thing necessarily (I have one Character I created just to play around and learn the Build Mechanics with and have fun just building and decorating..). I only mention this because I would like to Suggest to create a separate Character to do this with, or remember that when the game ‘gets kind of boring’, to create a Character where you ‘don’t cheat at all’, to create suspense/tension within the game. No matter how you prefer to play though, I hope you enjoy Fallout 4 as much as I have – and still do… Have fun!]

    I have some Batch Files for Fallout 4 below, which will allow you to ‘type in to the Console what you want’ [Materials to build with, or Food (so you won’t have to worry about Farming or feeding your Settlers)] and you will instantly have a ton of those items on your character.
    With the Items in them listed in Alphabetical Order, I have one file that is for getting Materials (Scrap/Junk to Build with), one file that is for getting Food (to Eat/Cook with) and one that is for getting huge amounts of both in one shot…

    To use these Batch Files in Fallout 4, simply download the Text file(s) and place them into the Fallout 4 game directory/folder, where the game data/files are.
    [Don’t worry, they are just Text Files, but I give directions on how to make your own further down, if you ‘don’t like to download things unknown very much’.]


    To quickly find the Fallout 4 game files location [in Steam, on PC]:

    Go to the Library section in Steam and Right-Click on the “Fallout 4” listing, choosing ‘Properties’.

    In the Properties window that comes up, click on the ‘Local Files’ tab.

    It shows you what Drive the game is on; but to quickly get to the game files themselves, click on the ‘Browse Local Files’ button, which will open a new File Explorer window (Windows).

    This location is where you want to Save the Text Files to (the ‘Batch Files for Fallout 4’), usually it will have a Path like “SteamLibrarysteamappscommonFallout 4” on whatever Drive/Partition you installed the game to.

    In that folder, Download/Save (or ‘Paste’, if you ‘Copied’ the files from another location) the .TXT files, to be able to call them up from the Command Console in-game. 

    Example of how the ‘Batch Files’ (Text Files) look, after being placed in the Fallout 4 Game Folder
    (Click to see Full Size)
    Here are the steps to use the .TXT-format ‘Batch Files’ once they are in the game directory (shown for the file for getting Food, the file for getting Building Materials, and then the file for getting Huge Amounts Of Everything To ‘Just Build’ if you want...):

    1A. To use the file that gives you 1000 of all types of Food (so you don’t have to worry about Farming or Feeding your Settlers for a long time); type in

     bat allbasefood

     in the Command Console and hit Enter. That’s it!  

    1B. You can now close the Console and you’ll find you have 1000 of every type of Food in the game, on your person.

    1C. Go to a Workshop to Store the Food there (otherwise you will be ‘overburdened’ with all of that Food in your pockets) – you will find the Food items under the AID section in your Pip-Boy, as shown below:

    2A. To use the file that gives you 1000 of all types of Materials to build with (all of the Crafting Components, so you don’t have to worry about going out and looking for and collecting Junk items to Scrap for a long time and can ‘Just Build’, if you want to play that way for a while); type in

    bat allbasematerials

     in the Command Console and hit Enter. That’s it! 

    2B. You can now close the Console and you’ll find you have 1000 of every type of Building and Crafting Material in the game, on your person.

    2C. Go to a Workshop to Store the Materials in the Workshop Inventory (otherwise you will be ‘overburdened’ with all of those Crafting Components in your pockets) – you can just hit the STORE ALL JUNK button, to do it in one step.

    For the last one, which gives 9001 of every single type of Food AND Crafting Component in the game [maybe I should have named it “IJUSTWANTTOBUILD.txt”], use the steps below:

    3A. To use the file that gives you 9001 Of All Types Of Everything To ‘Just Build’ With (all of the Crafting Components in the game, so you don’t have to worry about going out and looking for and collecting Food OR Junk items to Scrap, for a long time and can ‘Just Build’); type in

     bat allyourbase9k

    in the Command Console and hit Enter. That’s it! 

    3B. You can now close the Console and you’ll find you have 9001 of every type of Building and Crafting Material in the game, on your person.

    3C. Go to a Workshop to Store the Junk Items (Materials) and the Food (from the AID section in the Pip-Boy), in the Workshop Inventory (otherwise you will be ‘overburdened’ with all of those Every Frelling Thing In The Game For Settlement Building in your pockets).  

    Here is where to Download the Text Files to place into the Fallout 4 directory/folder (the ‘Batch Files’ to use), from the GoogleDrive for The Blog:

    allbasefood.txt file
    allbasematerials.txt file
    allyourbase9k.txt file

    If you don’t like to normally Download things ‘from unknown places/people’ [aren’t we just ‘Friends That Haven’t Met Yet, though, my dear reader?], here is what the Google Drive link looks like when you click on it:

    Still, feel free to Scan the files with your installed Anti-Virus Program(s), or online through something like Virustotal.com (this is actually a good idea to do with anything Downloaded..).

    If you you rather create your own Text Files, to place into your Fallout 4 directory/folder, to run as ‘Batch Files’, to give yourself an amount of these items, instead of fully Downloading the Text Files offered above – then here are the steps to create your own files:

    Is There A Way To Build More, Past The Limit?

    Sadly, there is a limit to how much you can Build in a Settlement – indicated by the SIZE bar in the Upper-Right corner of the screen in Workshop Mode. While this limitation is there to stop us from building so much that it makes the game go down to 1fps in that area, the SIZE limit is pretty conservative [in my opinion] and I found out that there is an easy way to ‘Build More’ – getting past that Build Size Limitation….

    When you see the message, “Nothing More Can Be Built.”, you can just press your lips together and blow, making that weird trumpet sound, after reading the steps below. No Limitations for you! Just follow these steps and you can continue to Build in that Settlement:

    (Note that this is not a Cheat, it does not affect Achievements and it is doable on Console as well as PC)

    • Get some Weapons together on your Character (specifically Guns, as this specific technique does not appear to work with Melee or Thrown in my testing). Apparel and Junk does not work for this either.
    • Bring up the Pip-Boy and Drop the Guns on the ground
    • Close the Pip-Boy and enter Workshop Mode (by Activating the Workshop Bench or holding ‘V’ (on PC) to open Workshop Mode)
    • Look down at the Guns on the ground and STORE them in the Workshop Inventory (careful not to SCRAP them, that is not what we are doing here at the moment!)
    • You should now see your SIZE bar going in reverse and it will even change from Red to Yellow to Green. BOOM. More Room To Bloom. 

    That’s it! You can now build more in that Settlement. Enjoy! If you want to retrieve your Weapons, you can just go into the Workshop Inventory (“Transfer”) and get them back – which means you can repeat these steps over and over, as needed! (Don’t forget to Share your Screenshots on Steam or elsewhere – other people want to see what you can do – and it gives them new ideas, too)

    Although it is possible to get past the Build Limit by simply dropping ‘any item’ and Scrapping it [I recently learned this on the Steam Forum for Fallout 4], this is still not what I was trying to do, with the Steps above. My intention was to STORE the Guns, so that they can still be utilized later – selling them for Bottlecaps, or ‘Breaking Them Down’ and taking their Modifications off to use on other Weapons, or just using them as Weapons in the game on the Character (or given to Settlers to help them fight off Raids/Attackers) –  that is why the Steps above utilize my method. Storing the Guns allows you to continue to use them (as opposed to Scrapping them into Components to Build/Craft with).



    [……I am going to add to this post, as I remember things that I already have forgotten and can’t seem to bring back up at the moment to throw in here; but I still hope someone finds these concepts and Tips helpful, for either starting out in the game or improving your Settlements (there are more advanced concepts to come….. Have fun with Fallout 4!]

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    Coaching Proper Running form and Mechanics

    Many people chose running as their favorite or only form of conditioning, and 85% of runners say they have been injured while running. Running injuries can be prevented, and “barefoot” running is often presented as a solution to running injuires.  The fact is that proper running is first and foremost NOT just about wearing shoes or not wearing shoes, and simply changing shoes will not correct running mechanics!  
    The good news is that there is a highly evolved, easy to understand, and comprehensive approach to understanding, analyzing and coaching proper running that anyone can learn known as the Pose Method.    This system is based on the scientific inquiries of Dr. Nicholas Romanov.   Interestingly despite being the person who developed this approach, which was the impetus for the entire “barefoot running movement”, Dr. Romanov and the Pose Method are not as well-known as some of his followers such as Chris McDougal who wrote the incredibly popular “Born to Run”.  
    Dr. Romanov developed the Pose Method based on the painstaking frame by frame video analysis of thousands of runners, and from this analysis he was able to separate running mechanics into two discrete elements:  variable and non-variable.    Non-variable elements are elements that we see EVERY runner use, and in fact there is no running without these elements!   Variable elements are seen in many runners that are not necessary.
    Variable elements are not only unnecessary they are the root of the three challenges all runners seek to overcome:   injury, inefficiency (lack of running endurance), and slow running speed (inability to run as fast as you would like).      So one of the keys to proper running is eliminating all the variable elements and improving perception and control of each of the three non-variable elements of running!
    The three non-variable elements of running are:  Pose, Fall, and Pull.   When done properly they will prevent injury, helpf people run longer, and help them run faster!  


    Pose refers to the stance that occurs while you are supporting yourself on one leg right before you fall from support as your center of gravity moves forward ahead of your base of support.      As stated EVERYONE moves through the Pose stance when they run – the only real question is how they get there?

    Heel strikers (about 75 percent of all runners!) land on the heel which is ahead of the center of gravity of the body then have to roll forward to get to the ball of the foot to get to the Pose stance.   This creates several issues including the fact that the natural muscle-tendon elasticity cannot be used to absorb forces so there are 3 times the impact forces travelling through the ankle, knee, hip and back and this is the key reason for the vast majority of running injures!    In addition, heel striking involves braking with every step taken so you are literally fighting your momentum and slowing yourself down with each step by having to overcome this braking action!  
    “Fall” is exactly what it sounds like falling forward by shifting your center of gravity forward ahead of your stance leg to the point that you fall forward and must catch yourself by dropping the other foot to the ground.      Falling properly is the basis of all human movement including running, and the angle of your fall is the accelerator and brake for running speed!   The fastest athletes in the world are capable of maintaining the highest fall angle of up to 21.5 degrees for runners like Usain Bolt.
    Proper falling is a full-body lean.  Many runners reach/bend their upper body forward ahead of their waist – which is unproductive because it forces the legs to play “catch-up” instead of being synchronized with their Center of Mass/Gravity Movement.   Learning to precisely feel and control body lean is the definitive skill in refining running technique! 
    “Pull” refers to pulling your foot from the ground by pulling your heel directly under your hips as you fall forward and let the other foot drop to support.
    The timing of this motion within the running cycle is crucial – too late and you postpone your next “fall” from support.   The goal is to minimize the amount of time the foot stays in contact with the ground.   This view of running clarifies two common concerns in running: stride length and cadence.   Both of these concepts are rooted in the notion that running is a leg driven activity involving “pushing” into the ground.  But, in fact, neither determines how fast you run – cadence and stride length are both by-products of how fast you are going which is controlled by your fall angle!

    One of the keys to coaching running is to understand that the focus should not be on the act of landing, but on the act of removing the foot from the ground.   Landing is going to happen automatically requiring no focus – you just let the foot drop to the ground after the pull.   The pull is a very simple movement – the hamstrings contract and pulls the foot straight up under the hips, positioning it to drop directly under the center of mass/gravity.  There is no forward movement, no reaching, no driving into the ground.   Done properly there is almost zero vertical oscillation – the head, shoulders and waist should be travelling in a straight line parallel to the ground, not bobbing up and down!
     
    Although having an understanding of the mechanics of running is helpful – it will do little to improve actual running.   The key to improving running form is increasing perception of the Pose, Fall, and Pull, and perception is heightened by doing specific drills for each element.      Also the coach and runner need to have an objective system for evaluating each element over time to insure and document progress.
    This is where the Pose Method can be so powerful because it provides a complete system for ongoing evaluation along with drills to refine perception and performance of each phase of running to insure success!  In addition there is a body of research supporting the fact that the Pose Method can and does improve running by increasing running speed, running efficiency, running endurance and most importantly preventing injuries!
    Using treadmill can actually exacerbate running problems.   If you take the time to watch people run on treadmills you will find that treadmill runners almost always do three things:   stand fully upright with zero forward lean; land on the heel; land with the heel in front of the body rather than under the hips.    This occurs because the belt moves at the person so to avoid having their feet swept from under them they stand upright and land on heel in front of the body to slow down the movement of the belt.  So we are teaching people to run with improper mechanics proven to create injuries and decrease running performance!
    Bottom line: find a Pose Certified Coach to work with you on your running form and spend time focusing on form which is NOT the same thing as just running!   Also an occasional treadmill run is no big deal, but if you want to learn to run you have to run outside or in a space large enough to allow you to Pose, Fall, and Pull!
      

    Foam Rolling aka Self Myo-Fascial Release

    Using a tubular foam roller to literally roll over tight areas of muscles and tendons is known as “Myo-Fascial Release”.    While it seems counter-intuitive applying steady pressure to muscles and tendons with an emphasis on trigger points (areas of tightness and soreness) has been proven to be a highly effective method for improving mobility.    
    Since you are in complete control of the amount of pressure applied and how long it is applied you can customize the experience based on your level of sensitivity.   Key areas to focus on include the hamstrings, calves, gluteal muscles, latissimus dorsi muscle, and even low back and hip flexors if done with caution.
    You can use a tubular foam roller, and they are made in varying levels of firmness from soft to very firm.   In addition, there are variations that include a textured surface of varying levels from small to large finger like projections.  You can also use balls such as a lacrosse ball, baseball, or tennis ball in a similar fashion.     NOTE:  the smaller and firmer the object the more pressure it will tend to apply so proceed cautiously.
    The technique is to position the foam roller on the floor (on a firm but not hard surface is best).  Then position the muscle/s you are targeting on top of the foam roller.     For example, for the calf sit on the floor with your target leg extended so that it is on top of the foam roller with the lowest portion of the calf on top of the roller.    
    Use your hands to lift your butt slightly off the floor to allow you to apply pressure down onto the foam roller.    Then literally roll forward slowly over the foam roller paying attention to any trigger points where you notice sensitivity or tightness.   
    When you find a sensitive area slowly roll back and forth on the spot until you feel it release.   With a little experimentation you will learn how much pressure and speed work best for your physiology. 
    Self Myo-Fascial Release/Foam Rolling is a great way to start a workout and does a great job of safely improving mobility before a workout and is also great to do between workouts.
    Contraindications to Foam Rolling
    Pregnancy – during pregnancy ligaments become lax and pressure anywhere on or near the abdomen is to be avoided at all costs so best to skip foam rolling when pregnant.
    Osteoporosis – soft bones and additional pressure are not a good combination so best to avoid foam rolling without a physician’s permission if you have moderate to severe osteoporosis.
    Intervertebral Disc Issues – anyone with disc problems in their spine should be cautious with foam rolling because pressure in the wrong areas can create problems so again get guidance from a medical professional if you have an disc issues in your spine.
    Inability to support bodyweight on arms or legs – foam rolling cannot be done safely if a person lacks the strength to support their bodyweight on their arms and/or legs.
    For a pictorial guide of various foam rolling exercises to target specific body parts click here:   https://www.pinterest.com/explore/foam-rolling/  

    Health Benefits of Papaya

    HEALTH BENEFITS OF PAPAYA

    Health Benefits of Papaya – Papaya has the scientific name is, Carica papaya. Type genus of plants that can thrive in tropical areas. An estimated papayas come from southern Mexico and the United States in the north, the spread has covered all over the world.
    Papaya fruit can be consumed in the stomach or treatment because papaya has a lot of good content in protecting the body from disease threats. The flesh is soft much to help launch his BAB previously stalled, because the fruit can indeed be easily digested.
    Health Benefits of Papaya - 1
    The Content of Papaya
    People who eat fruits like papaya lot to make life would be much more healthy. This is because the nutrient content in papaya fruit.
    Here is a nutrient that may be found on any sized chunk of papaya fruit.
    • Contains Vitamin A (Retinol)
    • Contains Vitamin B complex
    • Contains Vitamin C
    • Contain Niacin
    • Containing Calcium
    • Contain Riboflavin
    • Contain Calories
    • Contain Iron
    • Containing Phosphorus
    • Contains Potassium
    • Contain Carbohydrates
    • Containing Fat, and
    • Containing Protein
    Benefits of Papaya
    Nearly 50% of vitamin stored in papaya fruit, papaya so impossible to correct if not play an important role in controlling health condition of a person’s body. To be informed, you can get to know the benefits of papaya for health and traditional medicine from the following explanation.
    1. Maintaining Healthy Skin
    Papaya has an active role in the field of beauty or health, one of which is to the surface of the skin on it moisturizes and refreshes and brightens dull skin. This is because the content of vitamin A, C and E in fruit papaya.
    2. Can Optimizing Digestive Function
    Had been described that papaya can aid constipation, it is because the high fiber content in papaya fruit is able to be absorbed by the digestive system of the body perfectly. While the antioxidant content is able to clean up the remaining food in the gut and throw it through the sewer.
    3. Minimize the Risk of Eye Damage
    If you people continue to stare at the screen in every day, fill the eye needs vitamin A in order to remain healthy and fresh. The trick is to regular meat consumption in the hours papaya certain hours, such that after a meal or rest period. Thus the risk for eye damage will be smaller.
    Health Benefits of Papaya - 2
    4. Can Counteract Free Radicals
    When the body undergoes free radicals, which will cover a variety of skin problems wrinkles as ever. Therefore, if you do not want to look old at a young age, diligent to eat the papaya fruit because antioxidants are able to ward off free radicals.
    5. Drugs Used Bite Serpent
    Need treatment as soon as possible if you are bitten by a poisonous snake. Prepare five knuckle roots of papaya fruit, wipe with water, puree with ground, this drug was smeared on the skin of a snake bitten. After that wrapped with a cloth rag, replace every 2 times a day.
    6. Drug Skin the Blisters
    Can be burnt or exposed to exhaust the heat, immediately treat with using this herb. Take papaya fruit peel, squeeze and capacity sap. Apply the one in the area with uneven, set aside a day. if blisters too wide, use meat that has pounded papaya fruit to treat it.
    7. Fever and Malaria Drug     
    Take a piece of papaya leaves, 1/2 cup mashed until it meets. Pour out the water as much as 3/4 cup, and add salt. Wring papaya leaves, strain the water and then drink three times a day. This treatment you can do at least 5 days in a rowin a week.
    8. Drugs to Increase Appetite
    You and your child is no appetite to eat? Try to take the medication to stimulate the appetite of this. The trick is to pluck a piece of papaya leaves, wash and mash by hand. Add salt and a little water as much as 1/4 cup, squeeze the leaves. The water then drink until exhausted.
    9. as Flu Drugs
    Pluck the strings skillfully two young papaya leaves, then mash, pour water, after it squeezed. Add salt and drink the juice of papaya leaves it at a dose 2 times a day for children, as well as four times a day for an adult dose.
    10. Toothache Medication
    Quite simply by dripping sap of young leaves of the papaya fruit on a sore tooth wear cotton. Do it until all the killed bacteria and tooth pain subsided.

    Thus a brief explanation about the benefits of papaya for health and traditional medicine. You need to remember that this material is written here only additional information is not meant to be the main reference, nor a substitute for medical treatment and medical expert advice. Hopefully this article on Health Benefits of Papaya that I can share this day can be beneficial for you. Thank You.

    Why Beans Make a Big Difference in Weight Loss

    Why Beans Make a Big Difference in Weight Lossby Jenny Sugar



    Beans may be known mostly for their unpleasant odiferous side effect when eaten, but beans are actually nutritious little gems. If you follow these tips, you can eat beans without the bloat, which means you can reap these weight-loss benefits. Here are three reasons to plate-up with beans.

    Hello, Fiber!

    While the fiber content of beans helps keep things moving, it also gives you that “I’m full” feeling. Satiating your hunger is the key to preventing overeating and consuming too many calories for the day. But you don’t just need to eat a plate of plain beans; in fact, you canadd beans to smoothies — you won’t be able to taste them at all. Or throw them in your scrambled eggs, add them to soups, pasta dishes, or as a topping on homemade pizza.

    Protein Punch

    Beans aren’t just for vegetarians. Omnivores can soak up bean protein as well. High-protein beans help keep energy and blood-sugar levels stable, which helps prevent cravings for sugary pick-me-ups that tend to be high in calories and void of nutrition. Since a couple hours between meals tends to be common crash times, including beans for breakfast and lunch will keep you peppy until your next meal. Whip up a sweet potato, chickpea, and quinoa veggie burger, a plate of polenta with beans, or a satisfying bowl ofslow cooker chickpea coconut curry.

    Smart Snacking

    When trying to beat the scale, you need to make sure that you’re eating quality foods low in calories and high in nutrition. Beans make perfect snacks too, so look beyond the typical carrot sticks and hummus pick-me-up and try pairing your fruit with this chocolate hummus. You can snack on honey-roasted cinnamon chickpeas, veggies with creamy white-bean dip, or these delicious edamame pear crostinis. You can also enjoy a low-cal dessert with fortified with beans, like these peanut butter oatmeal raisin cookies or black bean brownies.

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    Paperless Mission #9: Setting Up Your Class with Evernote

    This is the ninth installment in my Go Paperless! Challenge Series. You can check out the other entries in the series here. Also be sure to link up with my Paperless Challenge Linky!

    Mission #9: Set Up Your Class with Evernote

    Today’s mission assumes that your class has easy access to technology. I teach in a 1:1 iPad setting, but I realize how blessed I am to have this and how few people — especially at the elementary level — get to do this. For those of you who have less access to classroom technology, I’m including modifications that you’ll be able to use at the end of the article.

    It’s been a couple months since I started drinking the Evernote Kool-Aid, and I’m still loving it. I don’t have to worry about losing papers or information, and it has become my repository for just about everything. For the first time in my professional live, I feel like I’m getting a handle on organization. But then I see this:

    And I’m reminded that just because I’m organized, doesn’t mean that my students are. In fact, all year long my fourth graders have been struggling with keeping track of class notes, transporting work between home and school, and remembering what materials to use to study for tests and quizzes. Part of that unquestionably comes with the age and maturity levels of 10-year-olds, but given how awesome technology has become, I knew there had to be a better way.

    Enter student Evernote accounts. My students used Evernote on their iPads for the last 6 weeks of school, and I’ve been very pleased with the results. Here’s how we set it up.

    Step #1: Register for new Evernote accounts.

    This step can be done on either a computer or an iPad. (My pics will show the iPad view.) Students will need to have an email address in order to complete registration, but this can be tricky with students who are under the age of 13 since many of the students don’t have email yet. One work around that we found was to set up a class email address on Gmail (ex: [email protected]). Then, you can add the “+”symbol to the end of the username along with a string of letters and/or numbers before the “@gmail.com” ending. Evernote thinks all of these are different addresses, but Gmail doesn’t pay attention to anything after the “+” symbol, so everything will go back to the “fakeeberopolis” account. This lets students register without ever giving them an email address.

    I had students put their lunch account numbers after the plus symbol, but names or other number combinations would work too. You just have to have the info after the “+” symbol be unique to each student so Evernote doesn’t think they’ve already registered. 

    I let the students choose their own usernames and passwords, and I had them record those in a safe place so they could share them with parents. Next year, I’m likely to collect the information as well so I can easily help the students recover it. They don’t sign in and out of Evernote usually — they just stay logged in, so many of them forget.

    Step #2: Build Notebooks for the Subject Areas

    My students created notebooks for Reading, Writing, Word Study, Math, Science, and Social Studies. They later added notebooks for their Spanish and Music classes. During the set-up phase, we talked about the differences between notebooks and notes and how to move notes from one notebook to another. Next year, when I start this from the beginning of the year, we’ll also talk a lot about tagging notes to make them easier to find.
     

    Why Student Evernote Notebooks Rock

    1. More instructional time because transitions are so easy. Transitions between subjects used to take us forever because students would forget to grab a notebook or not have all the materials ready on time. Now transitions are just a quick stretch or brain break. They have all of their notes right in front of them already. We’re abandoning the cluttered bins and drawers.

    2. Students are more accountable and prepared. We don’t have to worry about forgetting work at home or getting lost between home and school. It’s all in one place. In addition, students are able to create more comprehensive class notes. If we read an article using GoodReader, students can save it to their Evernote notebook. If we develop an anchor chart as a class, students can take a picture of it and add it to their notes to refer back to long after it’s gone from the classroom display. If they make a model of different types of triangles using toothpicks, they can photograph their work and add in captions later. More learning gets archived than we’d ever accomplish with a paper model.

    3. Everything is portable between home and school. Students don’t get to take their iPads home, but as long as they save their work in Evernote, they can access it from any computer or mobile device. It also means that students aren’t leaving important readings or materials at school when they need to study for a test. I’ve had many frustrated parents complain that their child wasn’t bringing home the right materials to review for tests this year — especially because we don’t use traditional textbooks at my school — and this remedies all of that.

    Another portability example is that I’ve also had students use Evernote as a word processor when they’re working on longer writing assignments because they can pick up their work between home and school. (In the future, I’d like to use Google Drive as their word processor, but until we get there as a school, this is an acceptable alternative.) Once students are ready to turn in a finished piece of writing, they copy and paste it into Pages, clean up the formatting, and turn it in through Edmodo. It has worked brilliantly this term, and I’m seeing much longer, more developed pieces of writing at all stages of the writing process now. I really think the ease of this process has played a role.

    Now that we’re using Evernote regularly in the classroom, I can’t imagine ever going back. While I will miss the massive influx of office supplies (composition books, notebooks, etc) at the start of the next school year, I’m falling in love with the fact that the only things I take home with me each night are my laptop and iPad. Going paperless has been a glorious thing.

    What are some ways you could use Evernote with your students? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section!

    Le French Atelier R80

    Atelier FBeing British is great, we have an awful lot going for us. As a nation our legacy of engineering prowess is perhaps unmatched and we can proudly hold our heads high as having played a pivotal role in spawning two wheeled transportation and driving it’s development through the decades. But, one thing we are not renowned for is style. Smart maybe, but stylish, no.
    Being an island we don’t benefit from the style nutrient that runs down from glacial meltwaters of The Alps and into the rivers of mainland Europe. OK, so in some countries these appear to be mere tributaries (and certainly in certain regions dams ensure thirst isn’t quenched at all) but in France for instance an entire population drinks water packed full of style minerals. Clever biochemistry then causes the molecules within to proliferate to create the Cool Gene. This is scientific fact, we carried out a proper experimentilisation called Bike Shed Paris 2015. The results were conclusive – French dudes are more stylish and cooler than British ones. 

    Atelier BVincent Amar, Thomas & Anthony Letourneur and Denis Pereira from Le French Atelier quietly turned up at said Parisenne experiment with 3 stunning bikes, luckily the cleaners at Le Carreau du Temple were on hand with spill-kits to soak up the style that kept falling off the plinths and dribbling all over the expensive parquet floor. Alright, enough lyrical waxing already, you get the picture, I’m rather partial to this motorcycle. Fellow purveyors of achingly handsome customs, Blitz Motorcycles inspired the LFA guys with their rather splendid Black Pearl, which was built by Blitz co-founder Hugo as his personal city steed.
    Atelier ELFA’s Anthony wanted to create a bike with near drag strip proportions and stance so set wheels in motion with a less structurally fussy mono-levered R80RT from 1987. Having been an ex-Gendarme bike it was in pretty good condition, probably having only been put into service on occasion to apprehend fashion criminals around the capital. The subframe was re-fabricated and kept as svelte and low profile as possible, so much so that the Alcantara seat pad sits within the frame rails. The single shock on these later R80s allows for an acute mounting angle and creates a super-clean rear end. To mirror the single sided swing arm the opposing disc on the front wheel and caliper mount were removed providing a considered visual balance.

    Atelier C
    The narrow fuel tank was liberated from a seventies Yamaha DTE125 and modified to fit the Beemer’s spine before receiving copious coats of gun metal grey metallic paint. We’ve meddled with these photos a bit for your viewing pleasure, but trust me, if you like a mean looking bike then this grey is for you.
    Atelier GThe scoop and the front of the tank previously allowed movement of the clumsy yoke clamp on the Yamaha but on this application the void offered the perfect hiding place for the all-in-one speedo, idiot lights and of course the power button. Who doesn’t like a back-lit button to get the party started, especially when mounted in a machined aluminium housing.
    Atelier A thumbWith the subframe out of bounds for electricity storage the original airbox was utilised for housing the tiny lithium battery, ignition coil and regulator. An airscoop reminiscent of that on a 1970s F1 car was rolled from stainless and powder coated, providing a cooling flow to the tightly packed electrics.
    Atelier HMinimalism of near Nordic standards continues throughout the rest of the build with only the business critical items being refitted after the painter and powder coated had played their part. Rizoma’s thick catalogue was thumbed to find lighting solutions and the fellow stylistas from the Italian side of The Alps we’re only too happy too help out. And yes, the headlight looks like the perfect tool for illuminating bridges but note the refraction, some lumens do in fact make it down onto the road ahead.
    Atelier D
    I’m sure the keyboard jockeys on social media will have a field day with their proclamations about practicality, and although everyone is entitled to their own opinion, on this occasion that right is rescinded. Coolmax lined Rohan zip-off trousers with 17 pockets, ripstop knees and an integrated Leatherman pouch are unquestionably functional, but crimes to style are taken seriously across the water and such sartorial abominations are banned within the Périphérique.
    Atelier I
    Sadly good things must come to an end, although whoever made up that rule is a bit of a prick, and after six months of thorough enjoyment this R80 is being sold to fund future projects. We had a jolly good poke around this bike and can attest to the more than decent fit and finish but unfortunately the contents of my pockets and the key to my Cagiva didn’t convert very well into Euros so it’s still up for grabs. Probably for the best, as a stylistically deficient Brit I simply wouldn’t do such a bike justice.

    Watch out for LFA’s next moves on
    First published by thebikeshed

    Basil Magical Benefits For Health Body

    BASIL MAGICAL BENEFITS FOR HEALTH BODY

    Basil Magical Benefits For Health Body miraculous benefits for body health basil, Basil has a Latin name Ocimum basilicum which means scented plants. It refers to a distinctive aroma that comes out of the basil leaves. In Indonesia alone basil is more often used as
    complement different types of cuisines to add aroma appetizing. One of them is steamed.
    However, apart from being used as seasoning basil leaves is also beneficial to health. This is not out of the compounds contained therein.
    Basil Magical Benefits For Health Body
    Health Benefits of Basil’s
    Well, below are some health benefits of basil leaves for both men and women.
    1. Relieve fever and colds
    Basil leaves can relieve fever and colds suffered by a toddler. The trick Take a few leaves of basil, then kneaded together with the onion and coconut oil, then applied to the abdomen, chest, and back toddlers.
    2. Healthy eyes and mouth
    Vitamin A in the basil leaves have the ability to treat eye infections, relieve eye stress, and prevent interference with the other eye. Not only that, in addition to mint, basil also has a refreshing effect of bad breath if consumed.
    3. Smooth Breast Milk
    Fresh basil leaves is believed to prevent body odor and bad breath, as well as facilitate breastfeeding. You can use as a salad friend to eat rice and sauce.
    4. Anti-inflammatory
    Basil is an anti-inflammatory agent to treat an effective swelling and relieve arthritis. Basil also include good sources of calcium necessary bones to prevent osteoporosis.
    5. Menopause
    Basil delay menopause because it contains tryptophan substance on basil leaves can delay menopause. Therefore, multiply the consumption was basil if you want to postpone the mass of menopause.
    6. Preventing a cough
    In Thailand, basil is used as seasoning. In India and parts of Africa, basil leaves brewed into tea. Basil tea served at the turn of the season, when local people susceptible to coughs, colds, or fevers.
    7. Overcoming Whitish
    The content of the compound eugenol in basil can kill the fungi that cause vaginal discharge. So, when you experience vaginal discharge, diligent consuming basil leaves. can be as a salad or mixed with other foods, such as steamed.
    8. Stimulate Egg
    Basil leaves can help the process of maturation of the egg (ovulation) for substances stigmaasterol in the basil stimulates the maturation of the egg (ovulation).
    9. The anti-inflammatory
    Substances cineole, myrcene and eugenol contained in basil leaves function as a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory.
    10. Heart Health
    Based on several studies, basil role in maintaining heart health because it contains beta-carotene, and magnesium. Both are important mineral that serves to keep and maintain a healthy heart.
    11. Overcoming Stroke
    Improves the function of blood vessel artery (artery) in patients with stroke due to the isoflavone content basil and also found in nuts such as soy, beans, peas, can improve blood vessel function artery (artery) in stroke patients.
    12. Other benefits
    The smoker can chew basil leaves whenever they want to smoke. Thus, the antioxidant power is able to fix a broken system from the effects of nicotine. Basil is also effective to relieve stress, prevent diabetes, and cope with kidney stones.
    Basil Magical Benefits For Health Body
    The content of Basil
    Basil leaves contain nutritional components and non-nutrient components that are beneficial for the body.
    Nutritional Components Basil :
    Basil leaves contain beta-carotene (pro vitamin A) and vitamin C. Beta-carotene act to support visual function, improve antibody responses (affect immune function), protein synthesis to support the growth process, and as an antioxidant.
    Vitamin C, among others, are useful for the formation of collagen for wound healing and maintain skin elasticity, helps absorption of calcium and iron, antioxidants, preventing the formation of nitrosamines which are carcinogenic (cancer causing).
    Collagen is a protein compound that affects the integrity of the cell structure in all connective tissues, such as cartilage, bone matrix, tooth dentin, capillary membranes, skin, and tendons (tendons). Basil leaves are rich in macro minerals, namely calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Calcium is important for the formation and growth of bone, nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction helps, and helps activate the enzyme reaction.
    Phosphorus plays a role in bone growth, helps the absorption and transport of nutrients, regulate the balance of acids and bases. Magnesium helps relax the heart and blood vessels, thus improving blood flow.
    Components Non Nutrition Basil :
    Basil leaves also contain components nongizi include flavonoids and eugenol, arginine, anetol, boron, and essential oil. And eugenol flavonoids act as antioxidants, which can neutralize free radicals, neutralize cholesterol and are anticancer.
    The compounds may also be antimicrobial that prevents the entry of bacteria, viruses, or fungi that harm the body. Very nice basil leaf consumed by women because eugenolnya can kill the fungi that cause vaginal discharge.
    The content of arginine can only strengthen the endurance of sperm and prevent infertility. Anetol and boron compounds are also very instrumental in keeping the male and female reproductive health.
    Anetol and boron can stimulate the hormones estrogen and androgen, and prevent bone loss. Estrogen and androgen hormones play a role in the female reproductive system.
    Essential oils are volatile and have biological activity as antimicrobial. Essential oils are divided into two components, namely the component hydrocarbons and oxygenated hydrocarbons or phenol component. Phenol has a very strong antimicrobial properties.
    Essential oils can prevent the growth of disease-causing microbes, such as Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enteritidis, and Escherichia coli. Essential oils can also ward off infections caused by viruses Basillus subtilis, Salmonella paratyphi, and Proteus vulgaris.

    Eugenolnya can kill the fungi that cause vaginal discharge. And stigmasterol can stimulate ovulation (egg maturation). Tannin and tin components can reduce the secretion of vaginal fluid, while the amino acid tryptophan can delay menopause. Flavonoid components such as orientin and vicenin on basil leaves can protect cell structures. Meanwhile, the flavonoid components such as cineole, myrcene and eugenol useful as a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory.

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    Does Weighing Yourself Help You to Lose Weight?

    Do weight changes translate into fat loss?
    On a day to day basis a scale is an extremely poor tool for giving you information on changes in bodyfat levels which are very small.  Daily weight changes are mostly accounted for by four factors:  bowel movements, urination, starch and sugar intake, and blood volume.    Since your blood volume typically does NOT vary that much the other factors are more relevant.
    Bowel Movements and Urination vary a lot between different people anywhere from 1.3lbs to 5.7lbs in a single day.    This is one of the reasons to consistently weight yourself after you wake up and go to the bathroom and before you eat or drink much.
    However, the biggee when it comes to daily weight fluctuation, is usually glycogen storage levels.    Glycogen is just the storage form of glucose aka blood sugar.    All starch and sugar ultimately end up as glucose, glycogen or fat.     
    For example, on the front end of a low carb diet you will show big weight loss which is almost all water because you store glucose/glycogen with water – hence the term carbo “Hydrate”.  Muscle and organs contain the highest levels of water, and this is significant because most of your bodyweight comes from muscles and organs. 
      
    So daily changes in weight are NOT a good reflection in changes in bodyfat levels!
    Can daily weighing help with long-term weight loss and fat loss?

    In order to answer this question let’s review the scientific studies that have looked at this issue.     The recent advent of WIFI scales is allowing much more accurate weight records because prior to that people had to take the time to write down their weight each day.
    In a recent WIFI scale study called the Weight Trial here were the results:
    Over a six-month period, those who weighed daily lost about 13 lbs more than the control group.
    Even those who weighed themselves up to five times each week lost less weight than the daily weighers.
    Daily Weighers were more likely to do things like eating less food and watching less television so clearly the weighing helped by changing behaviors!
    Although this study did not measure body fat, it is quite likely that the body weight loss did translate into significant fat loss.
    For certain groups, daily weighing is a bad idea such as people with eating disorders and other psychological disorders including extremely low self-esteem.     In addition, daily weighing does not work for everyone.   For some people the inevitable plateaus or variations in weight loss can very frustrated and quit the whole process!

    So daily weighing may be helpful for you, but it is not perfect and it does not accurately measure changes in bodyfat levels so it is important to do use some method of body composition testing to measure these changes which should be your ultimate goal!

    And More: How To Pronounce “ASUS” (Text-Only Version)

    This is a subject that is only lightly debated on the odd game or tech forum, and like the ‘how to pronounce GIF’ argument/discussions, I almost don’t want to clear things up… but as with my earlier article on ‘How To Pronounce “GIF”‘ [found here: http://gametipsandmore.blogspot.ca/2013/05/and-more-gif-is-pronounced-jiff-like.html ], I suppose with only this little post on this lowly blog that is mostly about games (with the odd article on editing), I won’t really change things.. so here’goes:

    The reason this came up at all, was that I am increasingly hearing people say their differing versions of how to pronounce the word in videos. Although most people seem to utilize either (i)“ay-zeus” (which sounds like saying, “Hey, Zeus [the Greek ruler-god of the sky], how are ya?”), or they say (ii)“ay-suss” (which sounds like a way of saying, “hey, sis, how are yah?”), some even say (iii)“ass-uhs” (which sounds like “Ask us a question” (with a silent k) or almost like “Asses” but with an ‘ugh’ at the end) [although I think that last version is just an excuse for some to say “ass” while at work, haha]. While I myself was mainly using the second version since I started working as a Computer Service Technician, there have been a couple of “Official” sources published on the intertubes since then.

    Wikipedia, [arguably] a source of good information [I say arguable because ‘anyone’ can edit it to say almost anything, many people with their own agendas; but mainly it remains a source of ‘good’ info], lists phonetics for the word’s pronunciation in their article as: (/ˈss/), which is closer to the first form (i) from above, than the others (but with a softer ‘s’ sound than a ‘z’ sound)..

    Engadget, a technology and-related-science information site, posted a video in 2010 [found here: http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/17/how-to-pronounce-asus-video/ ] which gives a “from now on”/Official way of pronouncing the company’s name, from the company itself: “ay-suss”, which is closer to the second form (ii) from above, than the others.

    Prior to this, around the turn of the millennium, I myself was searching for some ‘official’ form of how to say the word, and the only source at that time was the ASUS website, which stated that the name came from the concept of the Greek mythological creature, Pegasus. This suggested to me (there was no ‘official statement’ on the website itself of pronunciation) to say, “ah-sus” (the second half of the name Pegasus), which is actually closer to the third form (iii) from above, which sort of sounds like “asses” but with more of an ‘uh’ sound near the end instead of an ‘eh’. This is how I would type it: “ah-sus”.

    So where does that leave things today and how is ASUS actually pronounced, then?

    Since there has been an ‘Official” statement, with example, we have no choice but to go with Endgadget’s exposé on the issue, which gives the pronunciation of “ay-suss” (ii).
    What is important to note here though, is that it is not just said the way it is typed here. In the video at Engadget’s site, the woman demonstrating the Official way to say the word purses her lips when she says, “suss”. Therefore, it is not just a plain “suss”, it is more akin to “soos”, which sounds almost like the Dr.Seuss name that is on all those kids’ reading books.
    If you ask me, this makes things a little more confused than it should be, because the sound [I don’t know the phonetic symbol for it offhand but it is present in how French-speakers say the letter “Y” in their alphabet, with pursed or puckered lips] is almost exactly between “suss” and “soos”, and yet it is neither of those.
    At least the video does clear up one thing: the beginning of the word ASUS. It is not “ah” (short form of the letter A) it is more like “ay” (long form of the letter A). So then, the officially-demonstrated way of saying the company name is:

    “ay” (almost, but not quite, the long form of the letter A) and then a sound that is exactly between “suss” and “soos” (with pursed/puckered lips)


    That ended more complicated than I thought…

    Personal Note/Opinion:

    While that issue is now solved and ‘written in stone’, as it comes from ASUS itself (thanks mainly to Engadget), I have to end this post saying that I am left wondering why they changed the pronunciation from [what appeared to be] their etymological starting point. What I mean is: their website states the name came from the name “Pegasus”, but [in English anyway] we do not say “peg-ay-suss”, we say “peg-ah-suss”.
    Nevermind, I think I just figured out my own query, just by typing that in and saying it out loud: I believe that they changed the pronunciation from [how we say the mythological creature’s name in English] “ah-suss” to something more akin to “ay-suss” to distance themselves from the sound of, well, “asses”. I guess I can’t say I blame them. 

    I hope this article has helped, even if it only made things more complicated. That’s helping, isn’t it?

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    Nuts – Ideal Health Food compatible with any Dietary Approach

    While there are many areas of nutrition and diet rife with controversy there are certain foods that just about any dietary approach agrees are highly beneficial.   One of these foods is nuts!
    Nuts come in many varieties and if properly prepared are a good fit for any dietary approach regardless if it is low carb, high carb, or any other variation.    Of course nuts are NOT a good idea for those with food allergies to nuts!

    In a review of 29 published studies, scientists recently revealed that, in comparison with people who don’t eat many nuts, those who eat just 20 grams — as little as a handful a day — lower their risk of several serious conditions by astounding percentages:
    Heart Disease – 29%
    Cardiovascular Disease – 21%
    Cancer – 15%
    Respiratory Disease – 52%
    Diabetes – 39%
    Infectious Disease – 75%

    The ideal amount to eat is an average of about two dozen almonds or 15 pecan halves per day; and there was not any increased benefit from eating more than that.

    What is a nut anyway?

    As per Spice Inc.:

    “A true nut, botanically speaking, is a hard-shelled pod that contains both the fruit and seed of the plant, where the fruit does not open to release the seed to the world. Some examples of botanical nuts are chestnuts, hazelnuts and acorns.”

    Peanuts are actually a legume. Drupes are a type of fruit with an outer part and a single seed inside, like a peach or cherry, but almonds, pecans and walnuts also drupes. The difference is, the seed is eaten rather than the outside.

    Culinary nuts can be fruits, seeds or actual botanical nuts, used as a stand-alone snack or in a recipe. 
    Gymnosperm and angiosperm seeds are also nuts.  Gymnosperm seeds are unprotected by an outer shell — such as ginkgo and pine nuts. Examples of an angiosperm are Brazil and Macadamia nuts.

    The Research is Clear:  Nut Consumption can Increase Lifespan

    In a study looking at 819,000 participants from different regions, sexes and backgrounds, and with different risk factors, nut consumption proved to reduce their disease risk in most cases.   The researchers concluded:

    “In 2013, an estimated 4.4 million deaths may be attributable to a nut intake below 20 grams per day in North and South America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Western Pacific. These findings support dietary recommendations to increase nut consumption to reduce chronic disease risk and mortality.”

    Nuts – High in Beneficial Fats and Fiber

    Although there is still disagreement about whether certain fats are “good” or “bad” there is a high consensus that the fats is nuts may improve overall health.  

    The exact nutrients in nuts vary considerably. An ounce of almonds contains 3.4 grams of fiber, while cashews have only 0.9 grams. Almonds have the most protein with 6 grams, while macadamias have 2.2 grams.

    Cashews contain 157 calories and 8.6 grams of carbohydrates, while the same amount of macadamia nuts have 204 calories and 3.9 grams of carbs; Brazil nuts have the least number of carbs at 3.5 grams.

    Most of the fat in nuts is monounsaturated fat, including omega-6s and omega-3s. Macadamia nuts have the highest amount of monounsaturated fats — 16.7 grams — compared to 2.5 grams in walnuts, and Brazil nuts contain the most saturated fat with 4.3 grams.

    For the record the myth that eating saturated fats is bad for you and will cause heart problems, as so many health professionals keep saying, is not true and has been soundly disproven.

    More Benefits of Nut Consumption

    People who eat a lot of nuts don’t tend to experience significant weight gain, or weight loss, either, according to another meta-analysis of 33 studies done in 2013.

    Other studies show that eating more nuts may decrease your risk of other chronic conditions and diseases including high blood sugar, colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer and pancreatic cancer.
    Micronutrient Content of Nuts

    Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E as well as riboflavin, magnesium and manganese, and are high in fiber.

    Eating a handful a day may help to improve your health; help people who are overweight achieve their weight loss goals and lower blood pressure; and can help people with Diabetes.

    Pistachios also contain high amounts of fiber (3 grams per ounce), and they are also a good source of vitamin E and magnesium. Besides helping to optimize your cholesterol, they can help improve several aspects of heart health.

    Brazil nuts are a fantastic source of selenium which is critical for the production of key anti-oxidants and supports detoxification and is directly linked with 24% reduction in cancers of all types with even more potent protection for certain cancers including breast, colon, prostate, and thyroid cancer.  In addition, as many as 1 billion people worldwide may be deficient.

    •  Walnuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, making them beneficial for the prevention of coronary heart disease. They help improve blood flow, and are also linked to increased deductive reasoning.

    Peanuts, being a legume, may come with large amounts of extra oils that are not good for you. This is particularly true in peanut butter, with the unnecessary addition of sugar or worse, so always make sure your nuts and nut butters are free of these.

    How to Prepare and Eat Nuts

    While nuts can help improve your health the key is not to overeat them – you only need a small amount — say one-third cup per day.    Also, it is important to see what is added to nuts and how they are prepared.   

    Try to avoid added oils which is often the case with nuts – in most cases these decrease the benefits of the naturally occurring fats in nuts.   Added sugars such as honey (honey roasted) also decrease the benefits. 

    If you like roasted vs raw the best option is to roast them yourself, but if that is out of the question stick with “dry-roasted” to avoid those extra added fats.   To roast your own pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and place the nuts on a sheet and bake for 5 – 10 minutes then allow them to cool.
    As with ALL foods organic is always the best choice to minimize your exposure to pesticides, chemicals and other toxins.

    Benefits of Cayenne pepper Leaf For Health

    BENEFITS OF CAYENNE PEPPER LEAF FOR HEALTH

    Benefits of Cayenne pepper Leaf For Health – As we discussed in the previous post. We’ve explores in detail about the efficacy of chili for Health (Read First to read thoroughly). But this time we will try again to distribute information about the chili leaves that you may not know.
    Just as the fruit produced. Cayenne pepper leaf also has the ability as an herbal remedy that you can be one alternative medicine traditional medicine. Therefore, man can maximize the function of the leaf chili that will be a need for this everyday.
    Benefits of Cayenne pepper Leaf For Health
    Benefits of Cayenne pepper Leaf For Health:
    1) Can Accelerate aging to a boil in a way that leaves wither chili with a stove and an oil lamp and then attached to a boil.
    2) Can Reduce abdominal bloating and colds (The trick is to puree the leaves and mixed with whiting, dab and then stay in the stomach area and vicinity).
    3) Can Reduce urticaria and itching of insect bites (warm impression produced chili leaves is exactly what will help prevent itching. It is very easy, which is crushed and mixed with whiting and smeared throughout the body).
    4) Can Cure stomach cramps and can solve problems with digestion (Brewed leaves chili by adding a little salt, then drink while warm).
    5) Can Reduce fever and heat on the body (The trick is to attach the leaves cayenne pepper which has been smoothed on the forehead or around the body, do not forget lettuce mixed with oil).
    6) Can also as a natural mouthwash (brewed some chili leaves and wear to rinse).
    7) etc.
    Benefits of Cayenne pepper Leaf For Health
    benefits and efficacy of cayenne pepper leaves for beauty :
    • As a natural remedy to get rid of acne in a way be used as a mask.
    • Can Knocked out of the hair in the armpit (First Shave first and then rub the leaves are still fresh chilies are also mashed, Mix by whiting)
    • Can also scrubs As the material that can be rubbed directly on the skin area.
    • Can also As the material for the mask (mixed materials needed are rice, chili leaves, and little yam bean. Blend all ingredients and can be directly applied to the face area).
    • etc.

    Well if we have read the article above, of course, my friend was not shy and wearing chili leaves as an alternative to obtain a healthy and beautiful in a natural way.

    Le Caffage”: Ducati 848 by Apogee Motoworks

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    There’s a definite formula when it comes to customizing motorcycles. After all, there are only so many ways you can change the look of a bike without resorting to extreme (and expensive) fabrication. But there are a few builders who throw the rulebook out of the window, freely experimenting with new shapes and styles. In Europe, Fred Krugger and El Solitario spring to mind; in the US, Revival Cycles and Max Hazan frequently push the limits.

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    Gustavo Pena of Apogee Motoworks is another one of those pioneers. The LA-based cinematographer builds extraordinary Ducatis that look like nothing else on earth. This is his latest creation, “Le Caffage”—a 2009-spec Ducati 848 worthy of a starring role in Tron.Gustavo set out to design a bike that looks futuristic, but has elements of neo-classic style too. “As if Ducati produced a bike in 2050 paying homage to a bike from 2030,” he says.

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    The design elements are very deliberate, dominated by an oversized gas tank with vintage café proportions. Gustavo has also modified the trellis frame to edge it closer to traditional lines, flowing into an minimalist but comfortable saddle.
    The twin exhausts—handcrafted in stainless steel—mirror the voluptuous curves of the upper bodywork. But the most attention-grabbing aspect is the headlight, an aggressively lidded design that also houses the speedo and adds an air of menace to the machine.

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    “A normal round drum headlight from eBay would just not cut it!” says Gustavo. Guided by the volume and silhouette of the fuel tank, he’s shaped the carbon fiber headlight to accentuate the 848’s predatory stance—”Like that of a lion, a bull, or a shark.”
    Gustavo also found inspiration from his Russian girlfriend: her cheekbones suggested the delicate lines and chiseled side profile of the headlight. Eagle-eyed petrolheads will spot that the LED light unit itself is lifted from a BMW i8.

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    The 848 engine has been heavily upgraded with NCR parts, including titanium valves, a slipper clutch, and a full set of titanium bolts and fasteners. The pistons are from Ferracci and the titanium connecting rods are from Pankl.
    Rather than hide the typical superbike radiator, Gustavo has designed carbon fiber structural intakes with the help of a composite specialist from F1. They neatly blend with the 848’s immense radiator and the imposing gas tank.

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    South of the radiator is more carbon fiber, this time a belly pan that shrouds the oil cooler and lower part of the engine.
    Then the entire front and rear suspension was disassembled. Every single aluminum part has been polished to a jewel-quality finish, and then sprayed with a 3M sealant to keep it maintenance free.

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    Many other parts have been powder coated and then treated to a ceramic coating on top—including the entire trellis frame, the swingarm, rear sets and the forged Marchesini racing wheels. Both wheels are shrouded with custom carbon huggers.
    And the name “Le Caffage”? It’s a neologism, a made-up word alluding to the café style, and came out of a conversation between Gustavo and a French friend.

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    If your appetite is whetted, you’ll be glad to know that a limited run of Apogee Ducatis has just started. The donor bikes are not only the Ducati 848, but also 1098s and Streetfighters. And each will have its own distinctive characteristics.
    To put a true original in your garage, drop Gustavo a line via his website.
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    First published in bikeexif.com

    Extreme Machine: custom Ducati 848 by Apogee Motoworks.


    It’s A Busy Day For Battle.net! (Can’t Login To Battlenet Authentication Application Launcher …Thingy) [Workaround]

    Estimated Queue Time: Almost 10 Hours. Hey, I could go to sleep! It’s not such a bad thing after all

    Just a quick post to let you know, if you are experiencing this right now, that you are not alone. Not by a long shot. Some even have a theory. Even though I am sure this issue will spark another set of debates in forums about ‘Always Online Games Versus Offline Games’, try not to fret “too much”, as Blizzard knows about it and is hard at work on the Blizzard Servers as we speak.

    Proof*:

    [I can’t stop laughing at the jacket ahaha it turned out great]

    Hopefully they will fix it Soon™…

    Meanwhile, this is a good time to empty out your bathroom bottles at your desk, take the dog for a walk or feed it, take a shower, do some laundry, and many more things that may have been neglected lately due to heavy gaming. In a way, whatever is the cause of this, it is doing us a ‘helpful distraction’ public service! Sort of. Don’t worry, you’ll be back Online and Gaming again in no time.

    A couple of things you can try for now as Workarounds are: don’t use the Battle.Net Launcher/App to Login to your game’s account, use the .EXE file that launches the game directly. Then, when it opens up, simply log in there in the game’s Main Menu. This seems to work fine.
    You can also try going Offline in the Battle.Net Launcher and still be able to hit Play for the game you want to launch, then log in at the game’s Main Menu [which is essentially the same as the first Workaround, but saves you the trouble of taking the time to go and locate and execute the game’s startup file] – this second way of doing the above was found at the Battle.Net forums, shared by Telkari, here.
    If neither of these work for you right now, I just got in to the Battle.Net Launcher, far under the estimated time of queue. Hopefully this will happen to you, too.

    See You In The Games!

    [UPDATE»»» I was playing D3 using my above method (the first one) to log in… but I tried switching to Hearthstone just now – and it did not work for it…]

    *Image Disclaimer: The picture used above was created for parody/satire and is only presented for [very] slight comedic effect. No copyright infringement or defamatory inclination in any form was intended and cannot be inferred. I personally support Blizzard Entertainment Inc. financially as a customer and have done so for many years through my past game purchases/licenses and have been a loyal subscriber for many years intermittently for their always exceptional products and support. This image was merely an attempt at humor and no ill will was meant to Blizzard Entertainment, it’s employees, affiliates or partners, in any degrees of association. The picture is not to be utilized as a substitute for medical attention.

    Workout Anytime in the Moultrie News

    WORKOUT ANYTIME in the Moultrie News in an article titled, “Fitness center aims to expand in Mount Pleasant.” The article includes details about WORKOUT ANYTIME and their expansion plans for Mount Pleasant.  Click here for the entire article or begin below.

    Fitness center aims to expand in Mount Pleasant

    WORKOUT ANYTIME is looking to expand in the Mount Pleasant area. WORKOUT ANYTIME, a fitness club that is open 24 hours a day, recently opened up locations in Easley, Sumter and Anderson. They are currently scouting for locations for clubs and seeking prospective franchisees to open four clubs in Mount Pleasant over the next two years. 

    “Mount Pleasant is the perfect fit for our unique 24-hour fitness model,” said Vice-President of Development Randy Trotter. “We’re excited about the opportunities to expand our presence in the area and bring the Mount Pleasant community an affordable club where they can work out on their schedule.”

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    My Trip to Dhaka Bangladesh

    I arrived in Dhaka, Bangladesh on the 24th of March for my next assignment on Financial Management Systems. The organization contracting me has some issues with its financial management system and has received recommendation from the auditors to fix these issues. Further they want to conform to the South Asian Federation of Accountants Standards. So my task is simple. Document the existing practices at the organization and get agreement on the current practices and then recommend changes and improvements to the system.

    Well even though it is simple there can be quite a few things that can pose a challenge to this type of assignment. I already encountered one on the first day of my assignment (25th); which is, in a group of around 20 finance staff it was quite difficult to plot the current financial practices using flow chart symbols as non of them knew the current system in its entirety. It is still work in progress and I hope to have it pinned down during the next working day which is Saturday (Bangladesh uses the Islamic calendar); where the staff have agreed to come to work.

    The last time I was in Bangladesh was way back in January of 2008; so it was good to come back to Bangladesh and to see how things are. I must say that the only thing that looked to have changed is in fact the increase in motor traffic. It takes for ever to commute on Dhaka roads. I am staying at the Ambrosia guest house in Dhanmondi where I stayed during my earlier visits to Dhaka. It felt good to be here where the staff recognize and remember you after a long absence; it really does feel like home when you are greeted by familiar faces.

    Looking forward to the next few days of the assignment; it is scheduled to end in early April and then I have another assignment lined up in the Philippines.

    WORKOUT ANYTIME on Entrepreneur.com

    Bill Aicklen, owner of four WORKOUT ANYTIME locations in Georgia, was recently featured in Franchise Players, Entrepreneur.com’s Q&A interview column! Bill discusses his background as a franchisee, challenges he’s faced and why he chose WORKOUT ANYTIME as the business model to get behind. Read the full interview here!

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    Venier’s ‘Tractor 03′: a Moto Guzzi V7 Scrambler

    Venier Customs' Moto Guzzi 'Tractor 03'
    We wonder if Stefano Venier knew what a hit his ‘Tractor V75‘ would be when he created it. Based on a 90s-model NTX 750, it struck a balance between looks and usability—and has since kicked off a series of builds.

    This is ‘Tractor 03,’ and it’s been built using a more modern donor—the 2011 Moto Guzzi V7. Just like its predecessors, it’s been given a hefty dose of scrambler style. And, in typical Venier Customs fashion, it looks absolutely factory fresh.

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    Part of the Guzzi’s charm is a subtle aesthetic that Stefano prides himself on. “I have a few extreme builds I’m currently working on,” he says, “but most of my builds have to look like motorcycles—not customs.”
    Stefano’s Italian—but he lives in New York. On this project, he roped in local builder Lou Neziri to handle some of the fabrication, assembly and paint duties.
    The first part to get swapped out was the V7’s tank—in its place is Venier Customs’ signature aluminum scrambler unit. Lou then hand-made a set of aluminum side panels and fenders (to Stefano’s spec) to complete the bodywork.

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    Unlike most customs, the seat’s been designed for two people—and the subframe’s gone untouched. “We’re trying to keep the two-seater setup,” says Stefano, “and all the comforts that an everyday motorcycle should have.”
    In keeping with that philosophy, the V7’s also retained its original switchgear—but the handlebars have been swapped out for a set of Renthals. The lights and turn signals have also given way to more svelte items.

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    The cockpit’s been cleaned up further with a neat GPS speedo. (Look closely, and you’ll spot the Venier Customs logo on its face.)
    Since Stefano was working on a modern, reliable motorcycle, he left the engine alone—save for a set of vintage-looking “small block” cylinder head covers. A new set of mufflers were supplied by partners Mass Moto, developed especially for the ‘Tractor’ series.
    Suspension specialists Ikon also came on-board, hooking Stefano up with a new set of shocks. The wheels are stock, but they’ve been stripped, powder-coated and reassembled. Continental’s popular TKC80 tires round off the package.

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    The V7’s new livery is as sublime as we’ve come to expect from the Venier stable. A dark matte green dominates the bike—broken by a black stripe, with a gold logo and pinstripes.
    Venier Customs’ Tractor series is good enough to make you wish that Moto Guzzi would start taking notice. Customers certainly are: 04 and 05 are already in the queue.
    Venier Customs website | Photos by Alex Logiaski

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    The South Texas Motorcycle Museum

    The South Texas Motorcycle Museum was opened in 2008, after being inspired by one of the most breath taking Exhibitions, the “Moving Metal Motorcycle Exhibit” at the International Museum of Art and Science that was opened from 2006 through 2007.

    During this expedition 40 rare motorcycles designed by circa 1913-2007, represented a part of a diverse private collection of world-class motorbikes.

    Some of the bikes that were displayed were the classic replica of the 1969 Captain America Chopper by Panhead and the 1917 Harley Davidson J, a signature model for Harley. It is easy to see how someone would get inspired after seeing some motorcycles that contributed to the American culture.

    The “Moving Metal Motorcycle Exhibit” represented the beauty of a growing culture. This attracted more than antique motorcycle collectors. It got the attention of Educated students, adults, and seniors from all around the world were attracted to the culture, engineering, the art, and history of motorcycles.

    The Exhibition’s success inspired a private collector and community philanthropist to endow the South Texas Motorcycle Museum with a lifetime collection of motorcycles in order to preserve and celebrate the rich heritage that motorbikes have become. In 2009 the South Texas Motorcycle Museum achieved its nonprofit status.

    To this day the general public has the opportunity to view the full collection through the South Texas Motorcycle Museum. Throughout the year different models are displayed. Even though the motorcycles are very old, every motorcycle displayed is kept in running order, and maintained by Dirty Dave’s Cycles and can be viewed in and out of the museum.

    The South Texas Motorcycle Museum is located in Edinburg, Texas just 2 miles East of HWY 281. From McAllen, take 281 North to the Schunior Rd. / Richardson Rd. / Chapin Rd. Exit and turn right at the light onto Richardson Rd. Go 2 miles and you’ll see us on the left hand side of the road. The museum is open on weekends: Saturdays 12-6 and Sundays 12-5. For more information call 956.292.0770.

    15 Things Nobody Tells You About Losing Weight

    15 Things Nobody Tells You About Losing Weight


    All the weird, wonderful, and sometimes frustrating ways that dropping pounds changes your life.
    by Amanda MacMillan

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    Unexpected effects of weight loss

    Losing weight does more than give you an excuse to buy new clothes. Dropping just 5 to 10% of your body weight can improve your overall health and reduce your risk for chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. But shedding unwanted pounds can also have less-obvious effects, and not always for the better, says Adam Tsai, MD, a physician at Kaiser Permanente Colorado and a spokesperson for the Obesity Society. Here are the good things—and the bad—that you don’t normally hear about losing weight.

    Your energy levels will skyrocket

    A big energy boost is often the first thing people notice when they start dropping weight. Why? When you’re carrying around fewer pounds, you use less energy to simply go about your day, says Dr. Tsai. Weight loss also improves oxygen efficiency, so you won’t find yourself out of breath so easily when climbing stairs or hustling to catch the bus.

    Your memory may improve


    In a 2013 Swedish study, older women scored better on memory tests after six months of following a weight-loss plan. Brain scans showed more activity during the encoding process (when memories are formed) and less activity during memory retrieval, suggesting greater recall efficiency. “The altered brain activity after weight loss suggests that the brain becomes more active while storing new memories and therefore needs fewer brain resources to recollect stored information,” said study author Andreas Pettersson, MD, in a press release. Previous research has also linked obesity to poor memory, especially in pear-shaped women who carry extra pounds around their hips.

    Your relationship will be tested


    Losing weight can make you feel sexier, but your slimmed-down body—and that newfound confidence—won’t necessarily strengthen your bond with your spouse. In a 2013 study from North Carolina State University, researchers found that although dropping 60 pounds or more in two years or less usually improved couples’ relationships, occasionally a dieter’s partner felt jealous or threatened. Why? Your body transformation may force your significant other to consider his or her own health choices, says Gail Saltz, MD, Health‘s contributing psychology editor. Another problem: Your partner may worry about how your personality might change. “You feeling great, sexy, or confident could shift the balance of the relationship,” Dr. Saltz says. “They fear losing the identity of the more confident one or losing the upper hand.” Many of these challenges could apply to friendships, too.

    Your risk of cancer will be lower


    You know that smoking, sun exposure, and radiation can cause cancer, but obesity has been linked to several types of cancers as well, says Dr. Tsai. Being overweight causes inflammation that triggers cell changes within the body. Dangerous levels of inflammation can be lowered, however, by losing just 5% of your body weight, according to a 2012 study on post-menopausal women published in the journal Cancer Research. And a 2014 study published in Obesity Research found that morbidly obese men who underwent bariatric surgery reduced their cancer risk over the following years to roughly that of normal-weight people.

    If you were depressed before, that may not change


    Does being overweight make you depressed—or does being depressed lead to weight gain? It’s not always possible to tell what comes first, says Dr. Tsai. And while most people feel happier after they’ve lost weight, it’s not a cure-all. “For a smaller percentage of people, mood will not improve even after they lose 100 pounds,” he says. That may be because weight loss doesn’t address any underlying problems you may have, says Dr. Saltz.

    Foods may taste different


    Losing a lot of weight in a small amount of time may alter your taste buds. A recent Stanford University study revealed that after bariatric surgery, 87% of patients reported a change in their sense of taste. About half said food tasted sharper, while the other half said food tasted duller. The upshot: those who tasted food less intensely after surgery lost 20% more weight over three months than those who said foods tasted stronger. The study authors say more research is needed to determine why the change in taste occurs, but another recent study did have similar findings. The study, from Leicester Royal Infirmary in the United Kingdom, found that three quarters of weight loss surgery patients developed a dislike for certain foods after their operations, most often meat and dairy products.

    Working out will be more fun


    When you’re carrying around extra pounds, exercising can make your joints hurt and lungs burn more than someone who’s at a normal weight, says Dr. Tsai. Once you start to slim down, exercise will start to feel less like a chore and more like the fun, energizing experience that it should be. Plus, being lighter can also make you faster and stronger. Take running, for example: It’s generally believed that for every pound lost, an athlete can shave two seconds off the time it takes to run a mile.

    Your bones may change


    Ever heard that losing weight weakens your bones? While it’s true that weight loss is associated with bone loss, it’s only a big concern if you become underweight or follow an unhealthy diet, and the National Osteoporosis Foundation says that the benefits of weight loss usually outweigh the risks. Extra weight can make your bones stronger (they have to be, to carry the extra pounds) but it also damages joints. And new research suggests that visceral fat around the belly is particularly bad for bones, for both men and women. Losing weight can help, as well as reduce arthritis symptoms, according to a 2013 review published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

    You’ll probably spend less on health care


    Normal-weight people spend less money on medical bills and expenses than their overweight peers, according to a 2009 study published in the journal Health Affairs. Specifically, researchers found obese people spent $1,429 more—that’s 42% higher—than their normal-weight peers, most of which went toward prescription medications needed to manage chronic conditions. And a 2014 report on Michigan residents found that annual health care costs for people who were extremely obese were a whopping 90% higher than those of normal-weight individuals.

    In related sad-but-true news, you might notice something else when you lose weight, as well: Doctors (whose bias against obese patients has been well documented) may treat you better, too.

    You may get a raise


    It’s not just doctors who may treat you better after losing weight; your employer might, too. Studies have shown that obese people make less money than normal-weight workers, especially among women. In fact, a 2004 study published in Health Economics found that the average paycheck for an obese worker was about 2.5% lower than that of a thinner employee. Dropping down to a healthy weight may also get you more job offers, according to a 2014 British study.

    You may get a raise


    It’s not just doctors who may treat you better after losing weight; your employer might, too. Studies have shown that obese people make less money than normal-weight workers, especially among women. In fact, a 2004 study published in Health Economics found that the average paycheck for an obese worker was about 2.5% lower than that of a thinner employee. Dropping down to a healthy weight may also get you more job offers, according to a 2014 British study.

    Your skin may sag


    One thing many people aren’t prepared for after a dramatic weight loss is the loose, sagging skin. It won’t go away overnight—or perhaps ever—and it may leave you feeling disappointed with your new body. Some opt for body contouring procedures like a facelift, breast lift, or tummy tuck, but any surgery carries risks, and in most cases insurance will not cover these cosmetic surgeries.

    You’ll catch more zzz’s


    People who lost at least 5% of their body weight over a six-month period slept an average of 22 minutes longer than they had previously in a 2014 University of Pennsylvania study. And earlier in the year, Finnish researchers reported that modest weight loss significantly improved symptoms of sleep apnea.

    “Losing weight usually means there’s less there to physically constrict your breathing and less soft tissue to block the upper airways,” says Dr. Tsai. Better sleep also helps your body burn fat more efficiently, so getting a good night’s sleep means you’ll be more likely to keep those pounds off.

    You could boost your chances of having a baby


    If you’ve been trying to get pregnant, losing a few pounds may help. A 2009 study published in Fertility and Sterility found that obesity in women is associated with infertility and polycystic ovary syndrome, and that the younger a woman is when she becomes obese, the harder it could be for her to get pregnant.

    Slimming down can also help ensure that you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, since a mom’s weight during (and even before) has been linked to all sorts of health outcomes for her kids.

    Your eye health will improve


    Matthew McConaughey told interviewers that his rapid weight-loss in preparation for his role as an AIDS victim in Dallas Buyers Club caused him to start losing his eyesight. That may be the result of extreme calorie restriction or nutritional deficiencies—but for most people, weight loss can actually protect their vision from obesity-related conditions like type 2 diabetes.

    A 2013 University of Georgia study, for example, found that higher body fat percentage was associated with lower levels of the antioxidants lutien and zeaxanthin in retinal tissue. “The results indicate that adiposity may affect the nutritional state of the retina,” the authors wrote. “Such links may be one of the reasons that obesity promotes age-related degenerative conditions.”

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    Health Benefits of Wheatgrass Juice

    HEALTH BENEFITS OF WHEATGRASS JUICE

    Health Benefits of Wheatgrass JuiceDiscover the healing power of plants and use wheatgrass juice to keep your body well supplied with a unique package of vitamins and minerals!
    Eating healthy is the key to staying healthy, especially if you know how to keep your table full of nutritious and fresh foods. One of the best kept secrets of nature is wheatgrass juice, a simply prepared drink that can strengthen the natural defenses of your body and help you develop resistance to illness. Here is a brief overview of this amazing beverage and its most important contributions to your health:

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    What is Wheatgrass Juice?
    Like its name implies, this natural food is prepared from parts of the common wheat plant (Triticum Aestivum), finely ground into powder and mixed with liquids. The result is a greencolored drink that is exceedingly rich in valuable biochemical markers, including chlorophyll, amino acids and enzymes. Completely natural and typically consumed without any additives or preservatives, wheatgrass juice can be a powerful source of healthy nutrients that can be used continuously because it has no negative side effects. It has a characteristic, grassy taste and is completely glutenfree.
    History of The Health Benefits of Wheat Grass Juice
    If history is any indication, wheatgrass can be a big difference maker for health protection. It has been used for thousands of years to complement regular diet and keep the internal systems of the organism in balance, originating from ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt. Wheatgrass first gained prominence in the West in the 1930’s, when it was actively promoted as food supplement that contributes to overall health and sold as canned powder in the United States.
    While there is no scientific evidence that wheatgrass juice can be a standalone therapy for serious conditions, it is beyond dispute that it contributes to maintenance of the body in a big way. This fantastic plant contains a lot of potassium, as well as vitamins A, C, E and K, with significant amounts of iron, copper, zinc, manganese and selenium. Protein content of wheatgrass juice is minimal, which means this healthy drink won’t induce weight gain even if it’s used regularly alongside every meal.
    Wheatgrass juice can be used for detoxification purposes, since it stimulates creation of hemoglobin and improves the blood composition while helping to remove toxic matters and heavy metals from the liver. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects are also a part of the picture, which is why the plant is frequently used to combat swelling and stop bacterial infections. It is also considered to bring relief to the urinary tract and can be used in treatment of kidneys, urethra, prostate and bladder.
    Some people believe that wheatgrass juice can be helpful against cancer as well, and use it as a form of auxiliary therapy. Arthritis, ulcerative colitis and chronic skin problems are also on the list of conditions where this plant could provide some positive impact, along with respiratory infections and joint pain. Despite such a wide range of medical applications, wheatgrass juice should only be considered a food supplement and should never be mistaken for a replacement for mainstream medicaments prescribed by certified doctors.

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    How to Make Wheatgrass Juice?
    You can buy wheatgrass in many different forms – as raw product, powder, or frozen juice. The method of preparation will depend on the available form, but general rule is that nutrients from the plant should be consumed as soon after extraction as possible. That’s why the best results can be achieved if fresh wheatgrass is squeezed with the best wheatgrass juicer, producing homemade drink with guaranteed freshness. However commercially prepared products may be used when this method is unavailable.

    Hopefully article Health Benefits of Wheatgrass Juice can we share today can be beneficial for you. Do not forget to always visit the website abouthealthbenefits.xyz to seek other health articles. Thank You

    Deals And Sales: GOG.com’s 2017 Summer Sale Is On Now [Notification]

    Just a notification that GOG.com (formerly Good Old Games) has started their Summer Sale for the year, offering up to a crazy 90% OFF some games from their sizeable DRM-free collection [install on as many machines as there are in your household]. Here are a few Deals that I personally am thinking of getting:

    Also, with any purchase this during this Summer Sale, you will get the game “Rebel Galaxy” for FREE, as in FREE. Note that you may have to wait a little bit to get it though, due to the popularity of the Sale… I personally did not receive it right away and I emailed GOG.com Support [a great bunch of people] and they had to send me a Code to Redeem for it – apparently there is an error occurring where some people are not receiving their Free Game with their purchase – if this happens, just shoot their Support a query about it and they’ll look into it. It might require, like me, that they simply e-mail you a Code/Link to use to get it. It’s all good!

    Below is an example of their Summer Sale front page (US Prices [via Proxy because I live in Canada, eh]):

    An Example of GOG.com’s Summer Sale 2017 Prices (USD)

    Go and get some games at GOG.com before it’s over and have some fun! GOGOGO


    [Note: I am not affiliated with GOG.com or Good Old Games, and have not and will not receive any compensation for mentioning them here. I am merely an enthusiastic gamer and fellow customer at GOG and wanted to share Deals that I find with other gamers like me.]

    How to Get More from Lunges!

    Lunges are a staple exercise for most gym-goers, and there are many different varieties of lunges.    Most of us have been taught to keep the torso upright when we lunge.  While this is not wrong per say – there is another way to perform the lunge that can place more emphasis on the glutes and hamstrings.
    When you keep your torso fully upright you tend to place more load on the knees and quads – particularly if you allow your front knee to track forward over your toes.   Instead try hip hinging slightly as you lunge allowing the torso to angle forward over the front thigh.  
    Keep the shoulders back and down.   Your upper body should not slump – we want to hinge from the hip.    When using dumbbells allow them to come forward ahead of the knees more.    By keep hips and knees back while moving weight forward more of the load is placed directly on the glutes, and at the same time you are putting the glutes in a stretched position.    Done properly there is more emphasis on the glutes and they go through a great range of motion without stressing the knees. 
    It is important to keep a straight line from your tailbone through the top of your head – hip hinge but do not let the spine flex or bend.

    To get a good feel for the form check out this video:  https://youtu.be/cEOoPcniNn4

    Coolest story you’ll read all week… a hard working guy, and single parent, was gifted a car after his co-workers discovered he’d been walking 11 miles to work each day.

    the co-workers at a UPS facility in Little Rock, Arkansas, found out the secret of this single dad. And they decided to make things right.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/13/health/iyw-single-dad-car-surprise-trnd/index.html

    via http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com

    The Saint Kawasaki W800


    Deus Ex Machina are continuing to expand their footprint by opening flagship stores around the globe. Since their first store appeared in Camperdown, Sydney in 2006 they’ve opened 6 other international locations and although apparel may have become the biggest sector of the Deus business they’ve never lost sight of their beginnings as a custom workshop. Each store has its own team of talented builders who continue to produce great looking custom motorcycles while still retaining that unmistakable Deus style. Out of the Dues Milan premises, otherwise known as “The Portal of Possibilities” comes this latest custom build they’ve coined ‘The Saint’.


    The Kawasaki W series is an old favourite of Deus ex Machina. The 650 version of Kawasaki’s ultra reliable, parallel twin was the subject of many of their first builds and they’ve done everything with it from hardtailed Bobbers to Cafe Racers. When the W800 was released a few years ago I felt that some of the W soul had been lost with the move to Efi and the removal of the kickstarter, but despite this The Saint has a timeless appeal to it. Looking like a bike that would have been at home in Bruce Brown’s original ‘On Any Sunday’ the team at the Milan based Deus have put together a custom that any classic bike lover could appreciate.


    The Saint was built for one of the heads of the Deus Milan store, Santiago, who despite being a long time bike lover and rider was yet to own a custom. Looking back over the Deus portfolio it was the blacked out,  “Le Gicleur Noire” that appealed to him the most so it was decided this would be the template for the build, however it would need modifications to suit Santiago’s personal style.


    The build began with the customary removal of superfluous parts to start the custom work on a blank canvas. Next step was to slim the bike down by adapting an original Yamaha SR tank, positioning it on the backbone of the frame to follow the curve of the cylinder heads and fuel pump was integrated to work with the bikes fuel system. To keep the handlebars looking clean a Daytona Velona speedometer was then mounted where the SR oil filler would usually sit at the top of the tank tunnel. A set of clubman style bars came next with with classic Beston style grips and a single low slung clubman mirror.


    With the factory 2-into-2, chrome exhaust system gone a new, blacked out, 2-into-1 unit from SC-Project was added along with a set of new black rims wrapped in chunky rubber. To continue the  Tracker styling the bulbous airbox covers were replaced by hand shaped alloy plates with indents to allow the fitment of K&N pod filters. High mount fenders were also added to clear the rubber and all new lighting added to the front and rear.


    The Saint was finished with the addition of a custom made seat and a slick paintjob by Kaos Design in Milan. If you happen to pass by ‘The Portal of Possibilities” chances are you’ll spot it parked out the front where Santiago admires it from his desk.

    DEUS ‘PORTAL OF POSSIBILITIES’


    First published by returnofthecaferacers.com/

    Know the Right Portions of Your Favorite Healthy Foods

    Know the Right Portions of Your Favorite Healthy Foods

    by Laura Marie Meyers
    Some of the healthiest foods are high in calories, so it’s important to learn the correct serving sizes before you go overboard. Can’t resist extra guacamole? Love to munch on spoonfuls of nut butter? Check out the recommended portions and try to tweak your habits accordingly:
    • Avocado: Sure, avocado is full of good-for-you fats, but you should stick to eating just half of the fruit (114 calories) to avoid overload. Quick tip: cut avocados width-wise (pictured here) so that when you store the second half, there’s less surface area exposed that might brown.
    • Whole-grain pasta: When it comes to carbohydrates, complex is certainly the way to go. With extra fiber, protein, and vitamins, they’re a crucial part of any diet. But a full plate of whole-grain pasta? Not your best bet. Learn what serving sizes look like so that you can eyeball it on your own, and keep in mind that a half cup of dry whole-grain pasta is around 200 calories.
    • Energy bars: Although they shouldn’t replace meals too often, that’s what most energy bars are meant to do — a single bar can contain up to 300 calories, after all. They’re convenient and usually healthy, but it’s smart to study labels and scrutinize ingredients. That way, you’ll recognize which bars are healthy snacks vs. those that should be eaten as meal replacements.
    • Yogurt: Creamy yogurt packs a great protein punch, plus a healthy serving of calcium. Not so nutritious? The ones with lots of added sugars. Stick to one cup of yogurt to keep sugar intake in check and calories right around 150.
    • Wine: Yes, red wine has health benefits, but that doesn’t mean you should empty an entire bottle; one glass of the heart-healthy drink will set you back about 123 calories. To reap the benefits without hurting your health, pour carefully and steer clear of giant goblets.
    • Nut butters: Packed with protein and healthy fats, nut butters are a great topping for fruits or sandwiches, but a little goes a long way — just two tablespoons equals200 calories! Can’t resist that extra spoonful? Buy individual servings, like Barney Butter Almond Butter Squeeze Packs to control your portions.
    • Spreads: It’s easy to overdo it with tasty spreads like hummus, pesto, or cream cheese, and even though they can be a great source of protein and healthy fats, they can run upwards of 100 calories. Be sure to check labels and measure portion sizes.
    • Eggs: If vitamin-rich eggs are your main dish, two will provide plenty of protein and only set you back about 160 calories. Adding them as a salad topper? Chop just one to keep the calories to a minimum.
    • Cereal: A morning bowl of cereal is the perfect way to get your whole grains, but stand by the two-cup serving size (on average, 200 calories) so that you don’t consume too much sugar. Round out your bowl with milk and fresh fruit.
    • All-fruit smoothie: A smoothie is a vitamin-packed way to sneak in extra nutrients, but the high sugar content means they shouldn’t be part of every meal. Drink one for breakfast or as an afternoon snack to keep your servings in check, and be sure to add greens and protein to make it more of a complete meal.
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    And More: In Search Of The Long Exposure Shot (Simulated From Game Material) – Part I [Personal Project]


    [Short Disclaimer/Note: These posts (“Personal Projects”) contain some ‘Editorial’ material; that is, some wording and subject matter that is more personal in nature and may contain viewpoints of The Editor/Author, which does not reflect the opinions or viewpoints of this blog in its entirety, the hosting site (Blogspot), its affiliates (Google), or any other associated entity or product mentioned or utilized herein. These “Personal Project” postings will be of a ‘personal journal’ or ‘diary’ nature and approach. While they still contain many helpful tips and edifying experiences, avoid these postings if this approach does not appeal to you]



    This little ‘Personal Project’ is one that I only recently started working on, in earnest, anyway. Starting a few years ago, I began recording what I called “Envirogamescapes” [my coin, a working title], where I record a nice long period of time of something naturally beautiful or remarkable in a game, a serene scene or a well-constructed area of a city, et cetera – to use for relaxing or working on something – and to share with others to enjoy, of course!

    While experimenting with an efficient way to do this (resolution, codec, etc) I began experimenting with “Time Lapse” recording, as well. This was, where I would record one constant session of one scene/area for literally, hours on end (8+ hours) and then speed-up the material, playing it back at anywhere from 400% up to 2000%, for a nice ‘montage’ showing the passage of time and how it is displayed/handled by a specific game/engine.

    GIF conversion of a Time Lapse recording I did last year in the game Planetside 2 (“Dome at Day and Night”)
    [Logos added and GIF resized from original recording resolution for smaller upload]

    I thought this would be a great thing to share for others to enjoy too – and I have collected many, many recordings (Terabytes of them!) – but as always, I am far better at ‘Collecting’ than I am at ‘Organizing’, so these little Projects have been amassing virtual dust on my hard drive(s) for the past number of years… until now.

    Just last week, I began to attempt to focus on these Projects, ‘processing’ and ‘finalizing’ them, creating logos and experimenting with effects and various software (graphic editing and video editing applications), to try and bring these years-old aspirations to some kind of fruition.

    [/Begin Personal Drama Rant]

    Hopefully, within a reasonable period of time, I can ‘finish’ some of these videos – if my own personal tendencies don’t get in the way – “thanks, A.D.D. for not letting me focus on one thing too long!”, “thanks, ongoing illness, for making me too tired to work on one thing too long!”, “thanks, O.C.D for making me feel guilty about ‘dropping’ projects!”… great stuff, all around, way to go brain and body!

    I also tend to have Perfectionistic tendencies – which, while it sounds ‘like a good thing’ or even perhaps that I am ‘bragging’, it is not really ‘a good thing’ – it often leads to never finishing many personal projects or never reaching many goals that I set for myself – as somewhere along the way, I feel that “if it isn’t Done Really Really Well, then there is no point (on going further, or submitting it, etc)” – I cannot count the number of times I didn’t hand in Homework on time, or at all, in the past because of this – thanks again, brain!

    So, as part of my own Personal Psychotherapy perhaps – and as part of a personal yearning to share some great gaming material/scenes/beauty with others, I am going to try to ‘focus’ and ‘buckle down’ and other phrases that only make half-sense to me, to Finally Finish some of these – and I will not only share them here (and on YouTube/etc), I will attempt to journal some of that …journey, here as well.

    I am not sure how long it will take, as I know every video, every graphic, will feel [because it has in the past] “never quite finished”; but I gain some strength in beginning this endeavour from a quote I recently came across, by a fellow perfectionist, the great Leonardo Da Vinci, who stated: “To an Artist, a Work is never Finished, it is only Abandoned..”.

    [/End Personal Drama Rant]

    The Long Exposure Shot

    While I will still be working on those other Projects that I began years ago (Time Lapse videos and “Envirogamescapes”), I want to focus here [in these articles, for now] on the journey for what I am calling a ‘Simulated Long Exposure Shot’ – that is, a game capture (screenshots/video) that looks as though it was taken In Real Life as a Long Exposure photographic image.

    Even if you are not a Photographer, I’m sure you have come across such photos before – created In Real Life simply by setting any camera to a longer/slower shutter speed, exposing the film (or the detectors/sensors in digital cameras) to the material/medium/scene for a much longer time, allowing the incoming Light to develop/collect the image over time, creating the effect of the moving parts/areas of the photo being Blurred, but the static or lesser-moving parts/areas of the photo to remain more clear/crisp (hence the phrase I am using, ‘Long Exposure’). Here is a Stock Photo example of this effect:

    In beginning this journey, I played with some effects that were ‘built-in’ to a few graphic editing programs I like to use [this is just a short list of the ‘main’ ones that I use]:

    • The GIMP
      The Graphic Image Manipulation Program (now called simply GIMP), a powerful Open Source image editor with an interface loosely based on Photoshop
    • Corel’s Paint Shop Pro
      Formerly JASC’s Paint Shop, a full-featured graphic editing program
    • Inkscape
      A great Open Source image editing program, geared mainly towards editing Vector-based material

    Not really finding what I was attempting to accomplish via the Automated Tools of these programs – that is, the ‘trails’ of lights in traffic being the first effect I was going for – I quickly shifted to looking up some Videos on the subject and querying some Experts in the field [of Photography]. I quickly found two sources of information, among many; a video (that seemed to produce the effect I was looking for, but with clouds) and a helpful forum (with experienced Photographers and Editors). Here is one of the many Videos I found on the subject, the first one I came across showing an example of the effect I am trying to achieve [although he performs it with ‘clouds’ versus my ‘traffic lights’ goal]:

    Video was found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqqI32Aw1J0 , created by DDPPhotoTips

    Along with many other videos and examples of potential ways to approach this – although they all dealt with Real Life photography, as opposed to my Video Game Capture approach – I also found in my searching, a very helpful group of people in the Corel User Support Forums, where I received many ideas about how to ‘blend’ or ‘blur’ the images in a way that could potentially emulate the effect [of ‘lines of light, coming from the traffic’] – and again, although they were experienced and giving possible approaches to the emulation of the effect from the realm of Real Life photography sources, the concepts could [I felt] carry over into my goal, simulating the effect using purely Digital Material (ie. game captures). To read that Discussion Thread, it is located at the Corel Forums, here.

    To start off, I tested out some of the ideas that these knowledgeable helpers were positing, using PaintShop Pro. Each contributor had their own ‘off the top of their head’ approach, this effect or that one, layering it this way, using these filters – I thought it was great to hear it all! I did a few quick compilations of the tests – and here’s what came of them:

    Various effects and filters quickly tested, most from PaintShop Pro
    (This example compilation will be repeated in the following four paragraphs)
    Click to see Full Size

    There was quite a difference in some of the effects and approaches, as shown above. In the first one, a user suggested to try the built-in Photo Blend, an automated utility that would essentially take a number of photos and ‘blend’ them together, amassing all the differences between them, into one image. You can also tweak what ‘you want to keep’ and what ‘you want to get rid of’, as well, in the process. As seen, the Photo Blend utility worked well with combining the differences between the images – but it did not add a ‘streak of light’ effect at all. Still, a useful utility that I will have to remember to return to, someday.

    As seen above, in the second section, a ‘layering’ approach by another helpful user actually produced a result very similar to the Photo Blend utility, as ‘ghost images’ of cars from one image blended into another image where there were no cars in those places.  While I don’t fully understand how the ‘Lighten’ layering setting works (technically/mathematically), it appears to simply keep the lighter-coloured areas of the images, as it blends them together; the lighter a pixel is, the more it is ‘kept’, it seems.

    In the third section above, the result can be seen of a suggestion from another knowledgeable user, which was to add a Motion Blur to the images (Motion Blur is essentially a ‘blur that has a direction’), blending the layers together in the end with the Screen setting. The little of what I know about the Screen layer blending effect, is that it accentuates the lighter areas between the images, where middle-of-the-road tones get some blending as well, while darker areas are not carried through very much at all (ignored). The result is an overall brightened image, where the lightest areas are maintained well. While this layering approach wonderfully gave the ‘streaks of light’ effect I was looking for, it also ‘blurred’ the entire image – whereas the end goal I am searching to emulate has the more ‘static areas’ of the image (ie. non-moving) maintained crisp and clear – seen more in the first two sections of the Example Compilation above.

    The fourth and last section of the Example Compilation is actually the result of a quick test in VideoStudio Pro, a video editing application also from Corel. In it, I tried the NewBlue Motion Blur effect, with the ‘angle of blurring’ set to match the direction of the roadway. The result seems promising – the light sources are ‘stretched’ and the buildings are left crisp and would perhaps would more detailed if I played with the Blending settings more (I also had to Blend each image as Overlays in the Overlay Tracks of the Timeline (as this is a video editing application)). For a quick test though, I think it showed potential for emulating this effect.

    [Note From The Editor/Author: I am not affiliated in any way, nor do I receive anything, from Corel (or any other of these companies in this post) for mentioning their products, in any form – I am merely an enthusiastic user of these products and I use other, similar editors just as much (such as CyberLink’s PowerDirector, Sony’s Vegas Movie Studio (now belonging to MAGIX), Open Source programs, such as GIMP and Inkscape, and many more). I switch often between them, using each for their offerings and capabilities and switching back again when one offers features that another does not. I state this so that you, dear reader, know that I am not influenced by these companies to write or say what I express in these posts]

    The next thing I did [on my own now] was play around a bit with PaintShop Pro’s Push and Smudge Tools, dragging a point from the car lights outward in a line:

    Testing out the Push and Smudge Tools, to emulate a Long Exposure effect (the goal of this Personal Project)

    As seen above, it gave me a nice ‘light line’, similar to what I am aiming for – but it was hard to make a straight line (holding SHIFT, normally used to make straight lines, did not seem to work with these Tools) – and I’m not quite sure yet if I want to do this potentially many, many times when blending together multiple traffic shots to compile a finished Simulated Long Exposure Image – but I do think these Tools showed potential, especially after using a concept suggested from a Corel Forum User (known as “Flagpole”) to combine the edited layers with a ‘Lighten’ filter [I assume, to keep the darker areas dark and ‘carry over’ the lighter pixels from one layer to the next]. While this overall did create the ‘streaks of light’ I desired, it does not seem viable (at this point) as the main approach I would take for simulating the effect.

    [For now, I’m getting tired and must stop here…]

    Coming in Part II

    Simulating the desired “Long Exposure” effect completely within a Video Editing Program – more automated perhaps – but will it work better than a true Image Editing Application..?

    The Answer to that question – and more steps taken towards progress in this Personal Project – next time! When? I have no idea! “Soon™”….

    See You Then!

    How to Eat Healthy While Travelling Over the Holidays

    ‘Tis the season again – we are entering that infamous Thanksgiving through New Years stretch where the average American will gain 8 – 12lbs!    One of the main reasons for this is that we get out of our normal routines for both exercise and diet.   It is even more challenging if you are travelling during this season because you are out of your home and have less control over your exercise and eating habits.

    However, where there is a will there is a way!  Here are some key tips to prevent weight gain during travel:
    1       Plan your meals and your exercise.    This is probably the most important tip because with a little planning you CAN eat healthy and get in your exercise.
    2      Start by looking at your travel schedule and planning your meals during travel.   We all know how lousy the food is on an airline so instead of being subjected to the lousy and unhealthy food bring your own.    
          In many airports today, there are plenty of healthy options that you can purchase and carry on the plane.     Great options include:
    a.       Nuts – see below
    b.       Ready to drink shakes like Muscle Milk (even starting to see this in an organic option in airports!).
    c.       Nutrition bars – see below
    d.       Hard boiled eggs
    e.       Salads with chicken
    3      Even better buy non-perishable food before you leave home.      Excellent choices for meals and snacks that are easy to travel with include:
    a.       Nuts – come in cans and pouches with smaller packages being ideal because while nuts are healthy they are high in fats and even healthy fats have lots of calories!    No honey glazed and if you need to be concerned about salt stick with unsalted, roasted nuts.    Best choices include pecans and walnuts and brazil nuts followed by almonds, then peanuts and cashews in terms of sugar content.
    b.      Nutrition bars – there are a ton of healthier bar choices now, and they have actually figured out how to make a healthy bar that tastes pretty darned good without a ton of sugar that have high levels of fiber, healthy fats, and protein.      Several variety of Kind Bars fit this bill including Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt; Caramel Almond and Sea Salt; and Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan.    These bars taste great and will satisfy you and travel well.
    c.      Ready to mix shakes – there are many great options for shakes that are low in sugar and high in protein that taste great and come in packets that are easy to mix in a plastic shake bottle after you add water.   Gone are the days where these options must be blended in a blender.   Experiment a bit and you can find shakes that come in single serve packets that mix quite well in a plastic shaker bottle.
    d.      If you are driving, consider bringing some pre-made meals in a cooler that are either ready to eat cold or can easily be microwave or baked when you arrive.   When you bring some of your own food and healthy desserts you know you will have good options!
    4      Focus on a great breakfast because you can get eggs in every town in America both at restaurants and in people’s homes.   Eggs are fantastic nutrition that really satisfies, and they can be prepared in many different ways.  Starting the day off with 2 – 3 whole eggs along with some sautéed vegetables, some cheese and some berries will keep your hunger at bay and provide a healthy meal that is easy to come by!
    5    Get your exercise in!  Plan before you leave – worst case you can use resistance bands and get a great workout in a very small physical space such as a hotel room.  You can also do highly effective body weight workouts while on the go and another fantastic choice for travel exercise is a suspension trainer like TRX or Core Flytes –  https://www.amazon.com/Core-Flyte-Pro-Performance-Rock-Solid/dp/B00K6MKM00  For resistance bands and workouts with them check out www.resistancebandtraining.comFor a great bodyweight workout try this one: https://workoutanytime.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-three-best-bodyweight-exercise.html
    6    Go for a walk and check out the neighborhood or go see some nearby sites.   Sitting on your butt all day while food is being prepared all around you is asking for trouble!   Get up and get out and active for part of the day or offer to do some shopping for the group or pitch in with some of the physical chores if you are staying at someone’s home.
          So while it is easy to gain weight during travel over the holidays – with a little planning you can come through with little to no weight gain or even lose a pounds or two over the holidays!

    Kaempferia Galanga Plant Benefits For Health

    KAEMPFERIA GALANGA PLANT BENEFITS FOR HEALTH

    Kaempferia GalangaPlant Benefits For Health – Coughing often makes your activities disrupted, but it also would make other people around us will also feel comfortable around us. There are several types of cough, which most often is a dry cough and cough with phlegm. Coughing up phlegm is sometimes more torturous than dry cough, throat full of mucus because who wants removed.
    Now this many drug manufacturers are already providing various types of cough medicines, ranging from syrup to tablet. Besides the chemical drugs, you can also wear traditional homemade cough medicine with natural ingredients that are easily found on the kitchen, which is Kaempferia Galanga and salt.
    Kaempferia Galanga Plant Benefits For Health - 1
    Prescription cough simple and traditional ingredients that have long proven to thin the mucus, making breathing until you feel more relieved and able to relieve cough with phlegm. At the moment we are taking this medicine traditional productive cough, a sense of warmth will make the body as well as the respiratory tract would be more relieved.
    ·      Powder, How to make it quite easy. Take Kaempferia Galanga, wash clean, and peeled and grated Kaempferia Galanga and squeeze and take the water, add a little water, put a little salt and stir well, Drink the potion after breakfast and before bedtime.
    Kaempferia Galanga Plant Benefits For Health - 2
    ·      Ginger can also warm the body and treat cough with phlegm. You are experiencing a productive cough is highly recommended to drink warm ginger juice in at least once a day. How to make even very easily by slicing ginger and Kaempferia Galanga, then boiled and taken water juice. Water juice that will be taken.
    ·      Orange juice, have been many people who have felt that Lime is already mixed with soy sauce efficacious to treat cough with phlegm. If you do not like soy sauce, can mix with Honey Lime. Drink Lemon juice with soy sauce and honey as much as 2 to 3 times a day
    Easy is not it? good luck and hopefully this traditional herb cough you get well soon. Hopefully article about Kaempferia Galanga Plant Benefits For Health we share this day can be beneficial to readers. Thank You.

    BEDROOM INSPIRATION DESIGN STYLE AWUTAN

    Bedroom Inspiration Design

    Bedroom Inspiration series today, I decided to post some new designs that room I found in my daily online surfing. Here are the last 5 new chamber design that come in our bedroom inspiration series, now at number 7 If you want more inspiration room, you can start from here and keep the links in these posts.

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    Charge

    For over a hundred years, riders throughout the world have ridden Man TT’s hills and curves with high speed and glory. Our recent global awareness has pushed society to new dreams and challenges in perfecting an Eco friendly way to live, including our motorcycles.

    In June 12, 2009 to what some considered blasphemy, others consider it history as the first ever zero emission grand Prix roamed free in Man TT.

    The new documentary, “Charge,” which recently released, captures the dreams and visions of obsessed riders, engineers, and businessmen, as each set a high speed record in the electric motorcycle world.

    In our previous blogs, Brandon Miller(a.k.a Electric Cowboy) attempted to set an electric Motorcycle speed of 100 mph.

    Miller actually ended up with the record of 101.652 mph.

    The highest speed record is recently held by Lightning Motorcycles at 215 mph.

    At the fast rate technology is improving we wouldn’t be surprised for a higher speed record to be set anytime soon.

    “Charge captures a pivotal moment in motor sport history: the dawn of the zero-emissions racing era. It came on June 12th 2009, the day of the world’s first zero-emissions motorcycle grand prix. The race took place on the Isle of Man TT course, the most demanding and deadly circuit on the planet. The film begins in early 2009 amid the hectic preparations for the race and concludes over a year later at the 2010 TT Zero. The second race sees a huge leap in performance – proof that racing really does improve the breed and that maniacs on motorcycles can be a force for global good. We follow the fortunes of several teams in the run-up to the 2009 race and on their return in 2010, from swaggering US hotshots MotoCzysz to shoestring Anglo-Indian contenders Team Agni and local heroes ManTTx Racing. Charge is the dramatic and highly entertaining inside story of an unlikely group of pioneers – obsessed visionaries, ambitious businessmen, new-tech eccentrics, government ministers and hardcore racers – from as far afield as India, the USA, Germany and Britain. It’s a human story as well as a technological one: the teams’ hopes for personal glory and commercial success ride on their green machines. It’s about the dream of a clean, green world. It’s about the dream of winning.”

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    Source: DocuramaFest (AP, 5/21)

    MODERN LIVING ROOM LAYOUTZ FROM HÜLSTA

    Hülsta German Furniture Maker showed some really incredible ideas of life that may be adopted by the style-conscious people who want to give their house a futuristic look and ergonomic. The perfect blend of stylish design with bright pink and black give the whole to create a very refreshing, but a look of the space age. The leather was added to an authentic touch and royal with a minimalist effect adding to the “cool factor”. You can either go all black look metallic or deliberately throwing red and white, while maintaining the class and elegance.

    LIVING ROOM LAYOUTZ FROM HÜLSTA

    LIVING ROOM LAYOUTZ FROM HÜLSTA

    MODERN LIVING ROOM LAYOUTZ FROM HÜLSTA

    MODERN LIVING ROOM LAYOUTZ FROM HÜLSTA

    LIVING ROOM STYLE LAYOUTZ FROM HÜLSTA

    LIVING ROOM STYLE LAYOUTZ FROM HÜLSTA

    LIVING ROOM LAYOUTs DESIGN FROM HÜLSTA

    LIVING ROOM LAYOUTs DESIGN FROM HÜLSTA

    How to Enjoy Alcoholic Beverages Without Getting Fat During the Holidays!

    The holidays are a time of celebration, and assuming you do NOT have a problem with alcohol and can drink responsibly, it is okay to imbibe!    The key to not getting fat from alcohol is to understand the calorie and carb content of alcoholic beverages and plan your intake ahead of time in terms of exactly what you chose to drink and how much you have.   

    All alcoholic beverages tend to drive insulin production so they are a big no, no for diabetics and other people taking certain medications.   ALWAYS check for drug and alcohol interactions before drinking any alcoholic beverage.
    It is also important to understand that in addition to the alcohol content itself alcoholic beverages are often full of sugar which further drives insulin and fat production.    The good news is that there ARE alcoholic beverages that are much lower in sugar/carb and calories.
    Champagne
    One of the best deals for a low carb holiday beverage is champagne!   Champagnes have the lowest carb and calorie content of any wine so are a great choice – particularly dryer champagnes.   A 4-ounce serving contains just 1.6 grams of carb and only 84 calories making Champagne the best choice for holiday cheer!
    Common White Wines
    After Champagnes the next best choice is white wines (NOT including ANY dessert wines!)
    Per 5 Ounce Serving Size:
    Chardonnay –   120 calories and 3.43 grams of carb
    Sauvignon Blanc – 120 calories and 3 grams of carb
    Reisling – 120 calories and 5.54 grams of carb
    Pinot Grigio – 122 calories and 3 grams of carb
    Common Red Wines
    Merlot – 118 calories and   grams of carb
    Cabernet Sauvignon – 130 calories and 3.82 grams of carb
    Burgundy – 122 calories and 5.46 grams of carb
    Pinot Noir – 116 calories and 4 grams of carb
    Shiraz – 116 calories and 3.79 grams of carb
     Low Carb Beers
    Bud Select 55 – 55 calories with only 1.9 grams of carb
    Miller64 – 64 calories with 2.4 grams of carb
    Michelob Ultra – 95 calories with 2.62 grams of carb
    Becks Premier Light – 64 Calories with 3.2 grams of carb
    Miller Light – 96 calories with 3.2 grams of carb
    Amstel Light – 95 calories with 5 grams of carb
    Coors Light – 102 calories with 5 grams of carb
    Bud Light – 110 calories with 6.6 grams of carb
    Mixed Drinks
    Liquor such as gin, vodka, scotch and rum, but are full of calories and to some extent act as a “super” carb driving insulin and hunger.    That being said they do not contain any carb whatsoever so as long as you mix them with no sugar/calorie mixers you can keep your carb and calorie intake somewhat under control.
    One of the best choices is Vodka and Soda Water with Lime or Lemon coming in with zero carbs and about 100 calories!   Other examples are whiskey and diet coke, Seagrams 7 and Diet 7-up, Rum and diet cola, or Spiced Rum and Diet Ginger Ale.
    What to avoid!
    Watch those mixers when it comes to mixed drinks – most standard mixers such as all sodas, fruit juices, and tonic are full of sugar unless you use the diet versions.    All your Caribbean and Tropical drinks such as Pina Coladas, Daquireis, Mai Tai’s, and Margaritas, etc are chock full of sugar and calories.
    Set a Budget for Your Intake!
    Set a budget on your intake of alcoholic beverages and actually keep track as you drink them making a point of knowing how much you have had each hour.     Remember each beer, glass of wine, and mixed drink takes one hour to process for the average male (and longer for females) so anything above 1 per hour is getting you inebriated at some level.   
    In addition to budgeting your intake drink a glass of non-alcoholic, no calorie beverage such as water or club soda for each drink/beer/glass of wine you have to slow yourself down and stay hydrated.
    If you want to catch a buzz drink your limit and switch to all non-alcoholic beverages for 2 – 4 hours before driving.     

    Even better – get a designated driver or use Uber or Lyft for travel to and from Holiday Parties!

    15 Painless Ways to Crush Sugar Cravings

    15 Painless Ways to Crush Sugar Cravings

    By Debra Goldstein
    Tips to cure your sugar addiction
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    These research-backed tips will suppress your sweet tooth for good

    A mouth full of fudgy frosting on your birthday, a fork full of toasty pecan pie at Thanksgiving, a cold bowl full of cookies ‘n cream on a hot August afternoon: These time-honored treats are among life’s sweetest pleasures, meant to be savored and enjoyed.
    Problem is, for many of us, sugar has become an overwhelming daily temptation that we feel powerless to resist. Instead of occasionally indulging in special-occasion desserts, many of us are straight up hooked on sweets, needing a daily (sometimes hourly!) fix to satisfy our sugar addiction. If you’ve ever found yourself in a sugar-trance, locked onto a doughnut like a heat-seeking missile, you know how potent sugar cravings can be.
    But no matter how severely you’re strung out on the sweet stuff, there’s hope! In her new book The Sugar Smart DietPrevention Editor-in-Chief Anne Alexander argues that the key to reclaiming sugar’s simple, sweet pleasure is to take back control by first breaking the powerful hold it has on your body and mind. Breaking your addiction leads to what Alexander calls “sugar freedom,” a state in which you call the shots—not your cravings. Not Krispy Kreme. You.
    Ready to adopt a take-it-or-leave-it attitude toward the cookie tray? Try these Sugar Smart tips to crush your sugar cravings faster than you can scarf down a Snickers:
    1. Eat a protein-packed breakfast. Research shows that protein in the a.m. makes it difficult for sugar cravings to take hold later on. Lean protein options like Greek yogurt, peanut butter, eggs, and low-fat cheese produce less of the hunger-stimulating hormone ghrelin and more PPY, a hormone that signals fullness. MRI scans of high-protein breakfast eaters in a University of Missouri study showed reduced activity in areas of the brain associated with cravings. Can’t stomach food too early in the morning? No problem. Eat it by 10 a.m. and you’ll still help quell that late-day sugar yen.
    2. Never go hungry. Meal skipping is a guaranteed way to fire up sugar cravings. Skipping meals lowers blood sugar levels and causes you to overeat the rest of the day to make up for missed calories. Keep things steady by eating five times a day – three meals and two snacks of nourishing and delicious whole foods such as whole grains, beans, lean meats/poultry/fish, nuts, unsweetened low-fat dairy, eggs, and veggies. They’ll fill you up and give you the ideal balance of lean protein, energizing carbohydrates, and healthy fats to steady your blood sugar and insulin levels and extinguish cravings for sugar.
    3. Suss out secret sugars. True to their name, secret sugars lurk in foods you don’t even think of as sweet: Everything from ketchup to crackers, salad dressings to pasta sauce. The problem with these secret sugars isn’t just that they put you on sugar overload (which they do; the average American takes in a whopping 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day—the ideal is 6). It’s that added sugars stoke appetite and beget more cravings, trapping you in a vicious cycle of wanting more, more, more. Search your fridge and pantry and read every label. Find the foods with sugar listed in the first few ingredients and seek out low-sugar alternatives to dial down your sugar intake.
    4. Pump up the flavor. Sugar may be sweet, but there are plenty of other fabulous tastes out there that you may be missing out on. If you’ve ever seeded a fragrant vanilla bean for a special dish or topped a sliced tomato with fresh basil leaves, you know how much flavor herbs and spices can add. Experiment liberally with spices of all kinds (added bonus: warm spices like cinnamon and ginger can quell a sweet tooth). And don’t forget other flavor boosters like balsamic vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, lemon and orange zest, and hot sauce to perk up your taste buds. Stir your coffee with a stick of cinnamon…toss plain, air-popped popcorn with smoked paprika…the more adventuresome you are, the more you’ll grow to appreciate flavor, and put sugar in its rightful place in the process.
    5. Sleep more, crave less. The key to stopping sugar cravings in their tracks is balancing the hormones ghrelin (an appetite trigger) and leptin (which signals satiety), along with insulin. Get these hormones working in harmony and you’ll experience fewer cravings—and less fat storage. But if you get less than the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sack time, you may be undercutting this goal. In a University of Chicago study, a few sleepless nights were enough to drop levels of leptin by 18 percent and boost levels of ghrelin by about 30 percent. Those two changes alone caused cravings for sugary foods to jump 45 percent. Sleep deprivation not only makes sugary foods more appealing, it may also lower your ability to resist them. The parts of your brain that usually put the brakes on cravings aren’t as active when you’re tired, research conducted at the University of California, Berkley found. The upshot? Get your zzz’s to strike the all-important hormonal balance and boost your craving-crushing stamina.
    6. Rev up your movement to dial down your cravings. If you’re plagued by strong sugar cravings, getting your body moving may help deactivate them. According to a study published in Applied Psychology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, the more you sit, the greater your appetite – even if your body doesn’t need the calories. Moderate exercise also helps keep muscle cells sensitive to insulin. Strength training builds stronger muscles, which in turn use up more glucose. Any physical activity that you enjoy will help get sugar off your brain—and belly.
    7. Soothe what’s really bothering you. The link between emotional comfort and sweets is primal – and persistent. Rewarded with candy when growing up? You may still treat yourself to dessert for a job well done. Did you push back the confusion and loneliness of adolescence with candy bars? You may still be doing that as an adult. To break the cycle of reaching for sugar when you are emotionally cued to, you have to have something that will short-circuit your reflex response. The first step toward breaking the emotional connection between emotions and food is to become aware of the feelings that drive you to crave sweets. Not after the fact – the very moment you reach for sugar. To get a split second of clarity as your fingers close in on your co-worker’s candy dish: Why am I reaching for this? In those moments, remember this simple but powerful catchphrase: “Stop. Slow down. Think.” That will enable you to determine whether you really want the sweet or whether you are just feeding your emotions.
    8. Pinpoint your sugar pitfalls. Do the doughnuts in the coffee room at work every morning call out to you? Think through your day and identify where and when you are most susceptible to sugar’s lure, and ask yourself why you “need” sugar in those moments. Is it because you’re starving when you get to work and the doughnuts are just too tempting to resist? Empower yourself with new, positive alternatives you can use to meet that need. Perhaps it’s making sure you eat a healthy breakfast and bypassing the doughnuts on your way to your desk. Fill your need in healthier ways and sugar loses its power over you.
    9. Find healthier rewards. Instead of treating yourself to sweets, treat yourself to pleasure! Often we reach for sugar when we’re stressed, lonely, or bored. But there are far better ways to turn around a bad mood or energy lull. Make your own personal “rewards card”—a list of nourishing activities that you can whip out any time you find yourself reaching for sweets. Your rewards should be things that elicit the same pleasure you feel when you indulge in a favorite dessert. Think of things you can do instantly and that last for the 15 to 20 minutes you otherwise might spend lost in a sugar episode. For instance: listen to music, dance like crazy, call a friend, paint your toenails, go for a bike ride, pet the cat, watch junky TV, plan a dream vacation, or just lay down and look at the sky. This strategy of pleasure-focused redirection will work like a charm to keep you focused on nonfood sources of happiness.
    10. Supplement with calcium and vitamin D. Are you taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement? Good! Several studies suggest that multivitamins that contain vitamin D and calcium can potentially lower cravings and promote weight loss. Extra body fat holds on to vitamin D so that the body can’t use it, and this perceived deficiency interferes with the action of leptin (the hormone that signals your brain that you’re full). If you’re deficient in calcium, your body can experience up to a fivefold increase in the fatty acid synthase, an enzyme that converts calories into fat. While a multivitamin can’t replace a healthy diet, this bit of extra nutrition “insurance” can’t hurt—and you might just find your cravings lessen while your weight loss speeds up.
    11. Snap out of temptation with a photo. Research shows that people who keep a food diary lose more weight. But that doesn’t have to be limited to just writing down what you eat. In a study published in theInternational Journal of Consumer Studies, volunteers recorded what they ate on paper and in photos. They all reported that the act of taking the photos—and the photos themselves—raised their awareness of what they were eating. By taking pictures of your food before you eat it, you give yourself that crucial split-second pause that enables you to reconsider your selection. Seeing that softball-ball size cinnamon bun in a photo before you down it may jolt you into making a healthier choice.
    12. Relax with a cup of tea and a novel. We all know that stress powers sugar cravings. And there’s nothing new about advice to carve out “me time” to combat stress. What is new is a study from England’s University of Sussex that found reading can slash stress by a stunning 68 percent! Other methods the study tested that also work are listening to music (61 percent) or sipping a cup of tea (54 percent). It’s a great way to divert yourself when you get that urge to munch. Pick a quiet spot where you won’t be interrupted and brew a cup of calming tea, such as chamomile, to sip while you turn the pages.
    13. Stay hydrated. If your sweet tooth is on overdrive, turn on the tap and drink up. Dehydration can spike cravings for sugar and junk food dramatically – and may take a toll on your mood. Recent studies have linked mild dehydration to fatigue, anxiety, poor concentration, and even your cranky midday slump that can send you lunging for the vending machine. The latest guidelines from the Institute of Medicine recommend that women get 91 ounces of water a day, but you’ll be happy to know that not all of it has to come from the tap. At least 20 percent can come from food. So eat lots of fruits and veggies to make a hefty dent in your water needs.
    14. Soothe with scent. Self-soothing techniques help you tolerate strong or overwhelming emotions, so you can manage them in a positive way, rather than reflexively reaching for a sugary treat. Inhaling a pleasant scent is a helpful reminder to enter the present and literally bring you to your senses when you’re in a cravings spiral. Try this exercise: Add 2 drops of eucalyptus oil to 1 cup of water in a bowl and stir. Soak a washcloth in the scented water. Squeeze out the excess water, then roll it up neatly and place it in a plastic bag in your fridge. The next time a craving hits, retrieve your scented washcloth and drape it gently over your face. Focus your full attention on the sensations—the texture of the cloth, its coolness, its scent—as you inhale the calm, and exhale the powerful emotions.
    15. Savor life as much as sugar. Take a moment to think about your schedule. Does include an activity that really does it for you? That puts a curl in your toes, a little flutter of anticipation in your gut? We’re not talking downtime in front of the tube. We’re talking pleasure. The more you indulge in it in healthy ways, the less you’ll look for it in sugar. And the more pleasure, joy, and laughter you add to your life, the less you feel the need to derive pleasure from food. Savoring an experience—whether it’s a walk in the woods or a movie marathon with your best friend—means to enjoy it thoroughly, wringing every drop of pleasure from it. And while cookies may taste momentarily sweet, they can’t provide true and lasting satisfaction.
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    Strawberry Fruit Benefits For Body Health

    STRAWBERRY FRUIT BENEFITS FOR BODY HEALTH

    Strawberry Fruit Benefits For Body Health – Strawberry is the type of fruits sound very good to eat for a variety of health benefits for the body. Strawberry has the seeds to 200 seeds in the fruit, and also has no less than 700 species in the entire world. One species of Strawberry Fragaria chiloensis L which is said to live and grow in America, Europe and Asia. The other is a species of F. vesca L, it was hailed as the most growing strawberries and also spread throughout the world. F. vesca L, too, who first entered Indonesia and cultivated in many places in Indonesia.
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    The benefits of strawberries for health can not be separated from the red color also means plenty of anthocyanin pigments and contain high antioxidants. Anti-oxidants are important substances on various health matters. In addition, strawberries contain lots of vitamin C, fiber, folate, and potassium, and ellagic acid.
    Benefits and Benefits for Health Strawberry
    1. Can Eliminate cholesterol
    Cholesterol is one of the enemy’s body, which also causes a lot of diseases are infected and infected. Now you can change your diet often to consume this strawberry fruit. With the nutrients and minerals in the red fruit, then the body’s cholesterol can depreciable bit by bit.
    2. Can Reduce the risk of cancer
    Cancer is a deadly and dangerous disease in human history. Until now the disease is still very scary, even though there is no cure, but the price of the treatment of this disease is also not cheap amount. Ellagic acid content in strawberries make this fruit active to degrade the performance of the cancer, so the risk for cancer can be ignored.
    3. Can Reduce the symptoms of a stroke
    Strawberry fruit is also helpful in reducing the symptoms of stroke appear. Stroke arise because blood flow to the brain is not smooth or due to blockage of blood vessels to the brain. The anti-oxidants in red strawberry fruit can overcome the problems associated also with stroke, so that the development of stroke can be stopped.
    4. Strawberry contains anti allergic and anti-inflammatory
    5. Anti-oxidants are also stronger
    Concentration of seven antioxidant substances present in strawberry is higher than the fruits and other vegetables, then fruit strawberry fruit is very effective in preventing the oxidation process in the body, the process of destruction of tissue in the body due to free radicals, and also includes the processes responsible for aging.
    6. Fruit Strawberry is rich in vitamin C is very useful for growing children.
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    7. Fruit is good for Diet
    For the dieter is advised to consume fruits that contain no sugar or low sugar. Because sugar is suspect for fat storage as well as a variety of diseases associated with obesity problems. Consuming strawberries nice and also healthy for women who are doing for the dieter program, because in this little fruit sugar content.
    8. Can Brighten skin
    At Strawberry Fruit also be fruit for good health in addressing wrinkles and dull skin. Consuming strawberries with routine will make your skin more bright, shiny and beautiful.
    9. Can Whiten teeth
    Health benefits of strawberries for further which can maintain the health of the teeth. Often consume strawberries proven to whiten teeth and also clean the mouth. For yellow teeth are advised to consume and also chew fruit strawberry as simple steps to whiten teeth.
    10. Strawberry potent against rheumatism and arthritis.
    11. Nourishing Body
    Health benefits of strawberries for the next step was to feed the body and provide adequacy on the body’s needs for vitamin C. The vitamin C requirement for an adult per day can be satisfied by consuming eight strawberries (98 mg). The need for fiber also can be fulfilled at the same time.

    Here are some health benefits of fruit Strawberry for the body that can not be ignored. The benefits will be visible if you consume it regularly on a daily basis, you simply consume 7-10 strawberries in every day to meet your body’s needs for vitamin C fiber, as well as other benefits.

    Hopefully article Strawberry Fruit Benefits For Body Health can we share today can be beneficial for you. Do not forget to always visit the website abouthealthbenefits.xyz to seek other health articles. Thank You.

    ‘Snipe’ Yamaha SR400 – Old Empire Motorcycles


    The Snipe. A well camouflaged but otherwise nondescript bird that is native to the old world. But for such a seemingly average little fellow, it has sure inspired a hell of a lot of things to be named in its honour. The dictionary defines a ‘snipe’ as the act of ‘making a sly or petty verbal attack.’ That act is named after the military tactic of ‘sniping’, or shooting at the enemy over a long distance. This in turn took its name from the difficulties involved in hunting the bird with a rifle as its flight patterns are erratic, making it almost impossible to hit ‘on the wing’. But most importantly to this story, the bird also gave its name to the Sopwith Snipe, the replacement aircraft to the now famous Camel. And while it’s service began only a few short weeks before the end of WWI, it was renown for its rate of climb and manoeuvrability. Now fast forward to South Eastern England in 2016, where to likely lads with a fascination for old British aircraft have decided to build themselves a custom motorcycle…


    “Our last thumper was the ‘Osprey’ which was based on a Suzuki GN400,” says Old Empire’s Alec. It proved quite the hit with the British public and off the back of that particular build, the boys had an enquiry about building something similar but unique in its own right. They decided, as they have done with other builds, to start with a new donor motorcycle so they could focus on improving the aesthetics and upgrading the components rather than restoring worn, broken or just plain skanky bits. Nowadays, the SRs are the only real big, air-cooled singles that builders can get new. And with the experience the boys had working with older SRs, they knew their way around it.


    To get all important ‘stance’ sorted, the forks were shaved and lowered by an aggressive 3 inches – an act which also necessitated modding the yokes. “They were our first set of 3D-machined upper and lower yokes, and they were created specifically for this project with a 1″ offset to keep the fork travel sensible and to help us get that line.” After looking around for suitable bars and coming up unimpressed, they sketched up some custom examples. The final product is made in three parts; they are fully adjustable and are screwed into position then locked off; an idea intended to imitate the ‘sleeved and brazed’ bars of old.

    “To set them off we couldn’t just use any old switch gear, and again after looking around and seeing some really nice, functional and aesthetically pleasing pieces of engineering, none would really suit. The idea behind these mark 1 versions is a blend of the shapely old Japanese switch gear with newer push-button functionality. “I’m all for minimalism,’ says Alec. “If we can get away with no switches at all, then that is probably the best option. However, if the bike is intended to be a daily rider, then we’ve learnt to make them as useful and usable as we can.”


    With help from their mate Willy, some foam models were shaped for the front cowling, rear section, and tank. It was soon realised that the new tank’s design almost exactly replicated the profile of the original tank, just shifted forward and lower. “So we took the original tank, scalloped it and moved it to suit the lines, and then a new aluminium version was slowly wheeled, hammered and welded into shape.”


    The front cowling took inspiration from classic aviation and automobile designs that recessed a vinyl-covered dash above a smoked visor. The dash houses all the warning lights, a mini speedo and a tacho. The headlight is a simple Bates unit, while the rear cowling is made to be removed, revealing a small pillion seat. “The seat’s design came from the idea that we wanted something slim, but with a gap down the middle under which we’d mount the electrics.” The fuel tank also benefited from all the internals being moved, as it was a lot easier to fit it properly. Then one of Old Empire’s custom-made fuel caps was added into the mix. Nearby, a simple aluminium cover hides the injection unsightlies and the ignition switch has been relocated in another vinyl-covered panel under the airbox.


    The only work done on the frame was to carefully remove the rear rails at a specific point. Then aluminium extensions that integrate the rear LED lights were machined and slotted into place.“The effect is really minimal, but you can see the lights a mile off!” Road-worthy legalities were taken care of in the form of small Motogadget indicators mounted front and back alongside a rolled black and silver tin number plate mounted low and tight. The Tyres were changed to a more aggressive (but still quite classic) pair of Dunlop K70s. “At the back-end we run a smart-looking set of Ketch Bullet shocks. Usually reserved for bigger twins, a little tinkering and tweaking got them working for the lighter SR and allowed a visual match with the front forks, too.


    A simple stainless exhaust was order of the day. “It’s short, it’s loud and it took quite some work to get the bike to perform properly and sound decent – but with the right baffles, we got there in the end.” Then all the unnecessary intake and exhaust gizmos and gadgets were duly removed and the ignition was upgraded with a Power Commander unit. The airbox was then drilled and the intake ducting was removed to free up space and improve airflow.


    The air box and electrical covers were ditched and then machined wooden formers were used to press and mould the satchel’s leather side panels. “We are well-known for our leather work, and the Snipe deserved some nice touches; so our machined and laser cut leather grips, pegs, kick starter and foam-moulded knee pads all got some attention, as did the seat which is specially prepared and hand-dyed to get just the right colour.”


    The final piece of the puzzle was the coatings. A lovely drop of Jaguar E-type grey was gilded with gold pinstriping and some airbrushed shading ties everything together perfectly. Other neat little details include machined and finned brake calipers, a custom Harrison floating brake disc, upgraded rear sprockets and chain, an oil temperature filler cap and some very nice K-tech brake and clutch levers. All up, you’d have to admit it’s one very original Snipe. We can only hope that this particular example chooses to migrate close-by us this summer. Anyone got some bird seed?


    Chinese Cabbage Benefits For Health

    CHINESE CABBAGE BENEFITS FOR HEALTH BODY

    Chinese Cabbage Benefits For Health – Benefits in a little chinese cabbage may not have already known. As well as This can be seen by the increasing demand of consumers on the market in order to meet the needs of customers’ orders. While in everyday life, chinese cabbage is also widely consumed as a diet which benefits can be felt quickly in order to lose weight. Therefore, a lot of the women who routinely cooking of vegetables this one as a complementary ingredient to food as a sauce or sauteed vegetables.
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    According to various studies, vegetables and fruits that have bright colors, the benefits are also stored on them could be larger than the fruits and vegetables that have exceptional color. But when viewed from the nutritional content, Chinese cabbage is not inferior to other types of vegetables. Nutrition can be the Folic Acid (Vit.B9), Magnesium, Potassium, and Vitamin K, E, Iron, as well as Vitamin C. From a natural compound that, then organs will also be working with the maximum.
    Chinese Cabbage Benefits For Health :
    1) As an antioxidant that can counteract free radicals.
    2) Can Reduce the risk of heart attack.
    3) Can Smooth digestive system.
    4) Can Prevent bone and tooth loss (osteoporosis).
    5) Can Reduce the risk of defects for pregnant women (folic acid).
    6) Can Prevent anemia (anemia)
    7) Can Returns eye health and sharpness of sight.
    8) Can Prevent cancer cells and tumors.
    9) Can Prevent Goiter (mumps).
    10) Can Maintain skin health (delay premature aging).
    11) Characteristically as antibacterial or antimicrobial.
    12) Can Reduce high blood pressure (hypertension).
    13) Treatment of ulcer disease.
    14) Lowers blood cholesterol levels.
    15) etc.
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    Although it is helpful to pregnant women because it contains folic acid in it. But for women who are pregnant so young that there is also forbidden to do not consume them. Because Chinese cabbage is also believed to be able to trigger menstruation is also feared would result in miscarriage of pregnancy.
    Why c Chinese cabbage used for the diet? It is no wonder that one type of vegetable is used for menu for weight loss therapy. As well as a number are also consumed in its raw state and is still fresh. It is also intended to restrain and delay hunger for it is the content that makes your stomach feel kept full. The advantage is that can be utilized so that food consumption can be minimized.

    That’s all I can tell you about the Chinese Cabbage Benefits For Health. Hopefully this article can be useful and can add insight to the benefits of vegetables.

    Hidden Benefits of Mineral Water for Beauty

    HIDDEN BENEFITS OF MINERAL WATER FOR BEAUTY

    Hidden Benefits of Mineral Water for Beauty – Water is so large role in the life, because certainly as a human being could never survive without water. Water is the most important element as the effective function in the body, because almost 70% of our body fluids. One effect of the lack of drinking is dehydration.
    Dehydration or lack of fluid can adversely affect the health of the body and skin. Body when dehydrated then the metabolic system may be inhibited resulting in a buildup of fat and calories in the body. Whereas for dehydrated skin can cause dry skin, dull due to loss of natural moisture.
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    Lack of fluid in the body can damage or inhibit the function of organs. Another function of water is to remove toxins and wastes that are in the body. Water plays an important role as a means to process all the nutrients derived from food consumption by carrying nutrients throughout the cells through the lymphatic system.
    Now for more details, let us see the benefits of water for life (skin and hair)
    1. The Benefits of Water to the Skin
    As we explained above that the water has a very important role for healthy skin, what are they?
    2. Maintain Skin Moisture
    Skin moisture will always awake naturally when skin is adequate nutrients from within. Skin that locks moisture will provide essential nutrients to the cells and tissues while increasing skin elasticity. So that it is able to prevent the signs of aging (dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines).
    3. as Natural AntiAging
    We often forget the functions of water and had to use expensive anti-aging treatments for the skin. In fact the water contains active compounds that play an important role in treatment as anti-aging. The water can prevent dehydration which can cause problems on the skin, so the skin is always sunny all day.
    4. Skin problems (psoriasis, wrinkles and eczema)
    Water works to smooth and increase metabolism and digestion to get rid of toxins, so that it impacts the skin healthy and glowing throughout the day.
    5. Reduce Stress
    Try to soak in cold water for long enough it goes without time 2 to 3 minutes, it is useful as a skin rejuvenation. In addition, cold water bath can soothe nerve cells and reduce stress. But remember spending long hours in the water is also not good, because it can damage or eliminate moisture.
    6. Skin Care
    Overcoming skin redness, impurities or residual make-up (first use warm water and repeat the washing with cold water). Warm water serves to open the pores of the skin, while cold water serves to close the pores. Water is able to provide firmer skin texture and refreshing, put a face on the water vapor and then splash cold water on the face about 15 times.
    Use cold water to rinse or clean the hair and scalp. Cold temperatures serve to constrict the hair cuticle, so as to make hair smoother and stronger. Water serves also as a support vitamin absorption that will be helping with healthy hair growth. Always keep the hair moisture will contribute to healthy skin and hair, because the hair will be spared from the name of dehydration.
    Water plays an important role in providing energy to the nerve endings that serves to enhance the skin’s natural vitality and hair roots. Now therefore, highly recommended to always meet the needs of water at least 2 liters or 8 glasses per day.

    Thus a simple article that discussed the benefits of water for skin care and hair. Hopefully the article Hidden Benefits of Mineral Water for Beauty we share today can be beneficial for you. Thank You.

    Teacher Toolbox Trio Linky Celebration!

    Since the advent of Teachers Pay Teachers, my teaching toolbox has changed quite a bit. There are so many things that I’ve made or bought for my classroom, and there are many others that are on my wishlist. To recognize that, I’m hosting a Teacher Toolbox Trio linky party.

    Here are the rules of the trio:
    1. Share a product that you’ve made that you couldn’t live without.
    2. Share a product that you’ve purchased that you love.
    3. Share something from your wish list that you’re hoping to get for next year.

    If you’re not a seller on TpT, no worries — just share two products you’ve purchased that you love!

    1. Something I’ve Made

    The Classroom Economy Megapack was my first major project for TpT, and without question, it was the one that I used all the time last year. It has everything I needed for setting up my classroom jobs, monitoring daily behaviors on a clip chart, running my classroom economy, and giving students free/very low-cost rewards. Unlike my units that were used here and there, this was on display in my classroom all 180 days, and my kids loved it. This is the one thing that I could not live without.

    2. Something I Purchased

    Erin’s “A Roller Coaster Day” sub plans were amazing! I had to go to an all day district committee meeting on a Friday in May when the kids were already getting a little crazy, but they LOVED this. The sub said it kept them engaged all day, and given that I was already at the stage of the year when all of our required curriculum had been taught, it was perfect. It will be a permanent addition to my sub folder, and she’s also made one for grades 5-6. You can follow Erin’s blog: I’m Lovin Lit. 

    3. Something on My Wish List

    I’m really planning to focus on math facts and mental math skills early in the school year, and Laura Candler’s Mastering Math Facts has been on my radar screen for a while. I’m hoping to snag a copy before I go back in July. (Yes, July!)  Laura’s blog is Corkboard Connections.

    The Linky Celebration

    This is more than just a party — it’s a celebration! I’ve been meaning to do something to celebrate hitting 100 followers for a while now, and as I near the 150 mark, it’s definitely time! If you link up through the tool below, you’ll be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate from Teachers Pay Teachers — enough to possibly clear off some items from your own wish list!

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    I’ll be using a random number generator to select the winner from those who link up. The linky celebration will end next Friday, June 14 at 11:59pm EDT and the winner will be announced on my blog on Saturday.
    Can’t wait to discover some new products and see some of your favorites! Be sure to link up below, and please include the Teacher Toolbox Trio icon and/or another link to Eberopolis in your post.

    Happy linking!
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    Indian Motorcycle reveals new line-up in Sturgis, SD

    STURGIS, SD— Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced the highly anticipated details for the all-new 2014 Indian Chief family of motorcycles. Before thousands of motorcycling fans at the site of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame in downtown Sturgis at 9 p.m. Mountain Time on Saturday, August 3, Indian Motorcycle unveiled the three models that comprise the Indian Chief line up. The reveal ceremony and party signaled an inflection point in motorcycling history with the renewal of America’s oldest and most legendary brand.

    The new Indian Chief Classic is a pure, powerful cruiser forged from key heritage design elements yet wrapped in advanced design, engineering and technology. It features iconic styling like valanced fenders, rich genuine leather saddle, classic tank-mounted instrumentation, tear-drop fuel tank design, and sculpted and lighted front fender war bonnet. The 2014 Indian Chief Classic comes standard with a host of premium features including endless chrome, keyless ignition, ABS, cruise control, throttle-by-wire, true dual exhaust, high quality chrome laced spoke wheels, brake caliper covers, cast aluminum frame with integrated air intake, and much more.

    The Indian Chief Classic, like all 2014 Indian Chief models, is powered by the all-new, clean sheet design Thunder Stroke™ 111 engine. Offering 111 cubic inches of pavement pounding power and 119 ft-lbs of torque, this class-leading power plant draws powerful design cues from heritage Indian Motorcycle engines merged with brilliant engineering and advanced technologies. The Thunder Stroke 111 is a 49-degree, air-cooled V-twin with 6-speed overdrive transmission, and features unmatched premium exterior finishes and touches. It offers owners the peace-of-mind that comes from over two million miles of on-road and test-lab verification and Polaris Industries’ 60 years of engineering prowess.

    The new Indian Chief Vintage is a soft bagger that takes iconic Indian Motorcycle styling to a whole new level with handcrafted detail and a signature heritage aesthetic. The Indian Chief Vintage offers top-quality quick-release soft-sided leather bags, leather fringe, chrome fender tips, vintage chrome badging on the front fender and a quick-release windshield for easy installation or removal. It includes the same premium standard features as the Indian Chief Classic, and sports the same iconic design elements like valanced fenders, laced wheels, whitewall tires, tank-mounted instrument cluster and extensive chrome finishes throughout. It is also powered by the new Thunder Stroke 111 engine.

    The first Indian Motorcycle of its kind, the 2014 Indian Chieftain maintains the legendary Indian Chief styling, while taking this progressive machine to new heights with advanced features and premium comfort. Unlike any Indian Motorcycle ever made, the Chieftain features a fairing with integrated driving lights, and its power windshield is an industry-first for a fork-mounted fairing. Standard features include hard saddlebags featuring remote locks and quick-release anchors, a high-output audio system featuring integrated Bluetooth® smartphone connectivity, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

    “When we acquired Indian Motorcycle two and a half years ago we set out to capture the heart, soul and legendary heritage of this iconic American brand and then infuse it with unparalleled design, engineering and state-of-the-art technology,” said Scott Wine, CEO of Indian Motorcycle parent company Polaris Industries Inc. “On Saturday night we revealed three stunning new Indian Chief models that represent the results of our journey and the future of this brand. It was a triumphant day for all of us, and I know motorcycling fans around the world proudly join us in celebrating Indian Motorcycle and the realization that choice in American motorcycles is here to stay.”

    The First 1901

    To pay tribute to Indian Motorcycle’s past, the first 1901 Indian Chiefs to roll off of Indian’s assembly line in Spirit Lake, IA will be identified with a limited-edition badge. Numbered between one and 1901, these rare bikes will reflect the year of Indian’s inception by Oscar Hedstrom and George Hendee in Springfield, MA. “We have been very conscientious about honoring Indian Motorcycle’s storied history while establishing a foundation for what’s yet to come,” said Polaris Vice President of Motorcycles, Steve Menneto. “The lucky few who purchase these limited number bikes will truly own a piece of history, concurrently representing Indian’s rich past and its limitless future.” More information is available at Indian Motorcycle dealers across the country.

    Availability

     Indian Motorcycle is adding dealerships across the US and globally, and is on plan to have 125-140 North American and 70 international dealers by year end. The full line of 2014 Indian Chief models are available for order now and will arrive in dealerships in September, along with an extensive array of apparel, parts and accessories. Indian Motorcycle demo rides will be available at dealer events across the country starting later in August.

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    Source: AMA (AP, 8/05)

    Inspirational motorcycle trip stretched from Alaska through South America

    For over a year Texas Rider News has followed the remarkable journey of a Texan man, Alex Chacon who just completed a 503 day motorcycle ride from Alaska to the southern tip South America this spring – and met several inspiring people along the way. (Modern Motorcycle Diaries: Man captures his 500 day trip across the Americas)

    The 26-year-old completed his 82,459-mile journey in April, which he documented in a film “The Modern Motorcycle Diaries.”

    The El Paso Texas resident told the Daily News he planned the trip for years before deciding to sell everything he owned – except for his Xbox — and hopped on his Kawasaki KLR650 motorcycle and traveled down to South America.

    “This had been a lifelong dream for years,” he said. “Enough dreaming can get you to a lot of places in life.”

    Chacon started his journey from El Paso to South America and blogged along the way. But he said he ran out of money by the time he reached Peru. But then sponsors and people who were following his progress began making contributions so he could continue.

    “I did a lot of couch surfing and I would sleep in peoples’ yards,” he said. “People would find me online and tell me to stay with them.”

    He eventually rode back to North America and made it all the way to Alaska before turning around and heading back home to Texas.

    The movie shows clips on his journey through various roadways including dirt, meadows, cliffs, water, sand, bridges populated with people and one very narrow rock wall.

    He also shows some local communities he encountered in Latin America.

    There were some cultural differences that struck Chacon — such as the treatment of the mentally ill. Chacon said in many communities people who had mental illnesses were shunned from their towns.

    “A lot of them were scapegoated,” he said. “The people there just didn’t understand mental illness.”

    The motorcycle enthusiast also began using his newfound fame to raise awareness for charities that helped impoverished children in the region. Chacon did not accept the donations himself so he doesn’t know how much he raised in total but said it should easily be thousands of dollars.

    Chacon took his trip after graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in BioMedical Sciences. He plans to pursue a doctorate, but right now his dreams may be taking him to new places — he has plans for similar motorcycle trips in Africa and Asia.

    The major things Chacon said he’ll remember is the people — especially the generosity of the children he met in Latin America.

    “They were so happy and giving and generous,” he said. “Some of the poorest people I encountered were also the most generous.”

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    Source: Daily News (Landau, 11/20)

    Leaf Lettuce Benefits For Body Health

    LEAF LETTUCE BENEFITS FOR BODY HEALTH

    Leaf Lettuce Benefits For Body Health – Lettuce Benefits For Health, Lettuce is a vegetable that is consumed in salads. which are still included in the classification Kingdom Plantae, lettuce itself has a Latin or scientific name Lactuca sativa. Vegetable kind of like this very well grow in temperate zones as well as for planting, you can use the system with the help of hydroponics and pots and pans you also can cultivate. Lettuce is thought to originate from the Middle East countries precisely in the State Egypt and is now spreading to the larger world, one of which is Indonesia.
    Leaf Lettuce Benefits For Body Health
    The hallmark of lettuce is also very commonly recognized, but in most, there are thorns smoother stems and foliage. And according to its kind, Lettuce also divided into several types, one of which is: crisp head lettuce, cos lettuce and loose leaf lettuce and head lettuce butter. And some types of that type has a different way in growing and how to develop it. So the question here is: What are the nutrient content and the nutrients in lettuce ?. As well as Any Benefits and Benefits Lettuce for health ?. General once appeared a question like this, and here we will try to discuss as short as possible so that it is easier to understand and to be understood by you.
    Nutritional content and nutrients in the lettuce so numerous, some of which are as follows: Iodine, Phosphorus, Iron, Copper and Cobalt, Zinc, Calcium, Manganese and Potassium. Some minerals and vitamins are profoundly good at all to maintain the balance of metabolism in our body. and between usability lettuce for health.
    Below are brief details!
    Leaf Lettuce Benefits For Body Health
    Lettuce Benefits For Health :
    1) To strengthen the bones and joints and teeth.
    2) Can Smooth digestive system and metabolism.
    3) Can Overcome Insomnia or sleeplessness disease.
    4) Can Smooth circulation and blood circulation in the body.
    5) Can Prevent tired, lethargic and tired too fast.
    6) etc.
    Lettuce is indeed the most good to eat in the fresh and raw state. Surely it as fresh vegetables, accompanied with spicy sauce paste. As well as to treat insomnia, you also have to cook first lettuce for about 15 minutes by steaming or boiling.

    Well that’s it from us about Leaf Lettuce Benefit For Body Health. Hopefully by reading this article you can maximize your consumption of lettuce for material every day.

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    14 Ways to Cut Portions Without Feeling Hungry

    14 Ways to Cut Portions Without Feeling Hungry
    The best portion control tips for easy and fast weight loss.

    by Diana Kelly

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    Portion control tips

    To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume, which inevitably means one thing: portion control. But you’re not necessarily doomed to a growling stomach until you reach your goal. “Portion control doesn’t mean you have to eat tiny portions of everything,” says Lisa Young, PhD, RD, author of The Portion Teller Plan: The No-Diet Reality Guide to Eating, Cheating, and Losing Weight Permanently. “You don’t want to feel like you’re on a diet, but you have to eat fewer calories.”

    Here are 14 easy ways to cut portions, trim calories, and lose fat without counting the minutes until your next meal.

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    Start with a glass of H2O

    Drink 16 ounces (a big glass) of water before you eat, suggests Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, author of The Flexitarian Diet. Filling your belly with water will naturally make you less likely to overeat, she says. Plus, some symptoms of dehydration may actually be what’s causing your rumbling belly, so sipping some water before you eat may eliminate your “hunger” altogether.

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    Wear form-fitting clothes
    We’re not suggesting you squeeze into pants that are too tight. However, wearing an outfit with a waistband or perhaps a jacket with buttons can serve as a tool to prompt you to slow down and assess how you feel during your meal, says Young. As your clothing begins to feel a little snugger, it may keep you from going back for seconds.

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    Add veggie fillers

    Bulking up your meals with veggies is one easy way to cut calories while filling you up fast. Spinach, for example, can be used as a sandwich-topper or can add fiberand nutrients to pasta and stir-fries, says Blatner. Other ideas to eat more veggies: swap in mushrooms for half the ground meat in most recipes, make oatmeal more filling with diced apples, and use a whole-wheat pita in place of bread so you can stuff it with more veggies.

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    Dine on dinnerware that helps you lose
    The color of your plate may influence how much you eat, according to a 2012 Cornell University study. The researchers discovered that when a plate and the food on it had a low color-contrast (like pasta with Alfredo sauce on a white plate), people at a buffet served themselves 22% more than when there was a higher color-contrast (like pasta with red sauce on a white plate or pasta with Alfredo sauce on a red plate). The study conclusions suggest that if you want to eat less, select plates that have a color-contrast to the food you’re eating for dinner. Or if you want to eat more healthy foods, like a bigger salad, eat greens from a large green plate or bowl!

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    Make carbs the topper instead of the base

    Rethink the way you use grains and starches. Take a breakfast parfait, for instance: instead of starting with a granola base, fill your cup with yogurt and then sprinkle just a tiny amount of granola on top for the crunch you crave. Making a stir-fry? Load up your plate with veggies and a serving of lean protein, then add a quarter cup of brown rice.

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    Set the scene for slower eating

    Dim lights and listen to relaxing music to set the tone for a more leisurely meal, suggests Blatner. “Taking your time while eating increases enjoyment and decreases portions,” she says. Remember to chew slowly, put down your fork between bites, and sip water to make your meal last longer.

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    Work for your food

    Here’s another way to slow down your eating: munch on foods that require shelling, peeling, or individual unwrapping, suggests Blatner. Oranges, edamame, and pistachios in their shells are healthy options.

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    Don’t eat from the bag or box

    When you sit down with a bag of chips, do you really know how many you’re eating? Researchers from Cornell University sought to answer this question in a study and found that people ate 50% more chipswhen they were given no visual cues as to how large a portion should be. So if you buy a bag of pretzels or tin of nuts that contains 10 servings, divide the contents of the container into 10 smaller baggies ahead of time.

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    Slurp your appetizer

    Before you dive into your entrée, have some soup. Though it may seem counterintuitive to add more to your meal, research shows that starting a meal with soup may help you reduce your overall calorie intake. In a 2007 study, people whoate soup before their lunch entrée reduced their total calorie intake by 20%. Your best bet: a broth-based soup, preferably with veggies to help you feel full from the natural fiber, says Young. Here are a fewhealthy soup recipes to get you started.

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    Take a lap before serving yourself

    In a Cornell University study published in PLoS One, researchers observed people at two separate breakfast buffet lines that featured the same seven items: cheesy eggs, potatoes, bacon, cinnamon rolls, low-fat granola, low-fat yogurt, and fruit. One line presented the foods from healthiest to least-healthy, while the other line had the order reversed. Regardless of which line they passed through, more than 75% of diners put the first food they saw on their plates; the first three foods they encountered in the buffet made up two-thirds of all the foods they added to their plate. So take a stroll around the buffet or dinner table before you serve yourself, suggests Young.

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    Drink from a tall glass

    It’s okay to have a cocktail with your meal if that’s what you really want, but keep it to one glass and enjoy it slowly, suggests Young. To trick yourself into believing you’re having more, pour your drink into a tall, thin glass. A 2005 study published in the journal BMJ revealed that practiced bartenders who poured what they thought was a shot of alcohol (1.5 ounces) into a short, wide glass poured 20% more than when the glass was tall and thin. Add extra ice to your drink to make it look like even more!

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    Limit mealtime distractions

    Turn off the TV and put your smartphone away while you eat. A recent review of studies found that people who watched television during meals tended to consume more than those who ate without any distractions. And for you office dwellers? Consider taking your lunch break away from your desk—in an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study, people who played computer solitaire while having lunch felt less full at the end, and went on to eat more food later in the day than those who didn’t play the game.

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    Use smaller serveware and dishes

    Turns out that even food experts aren’t so savvy about eyeballing portion sizes. In a Cornell University study, 85 nutrition experts gathered for an ice cream social to celebrate the success of a colleague. They were randomly given either a small or large bowl, or a small serving scoop or large serving scoop. Then, the nutritionists were asked to complete a brief survey while the study researchers secretly weighed their bowls. Those given the larger bowls served themselves 31% more without realizing it, while those who used the larger scoop unknowingly served themselves 14.5% more. Moral of the story? Dish up your own food with a small utensil onto a small bowl or plate, and chances are you’ll eat less.

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    End your meal with a new kind of sweet treat

    Many people have trained themselves to expect a sweet treat at the end of a meal, says Blatner. Swap in a new, healthier ritual after meals to signal that you’re done eating. She recommends brewing a flavorful decaf tea like peppermint, cinnamon, chocolate, or one of your favorite fruity varieties for low-or-no-calorie sweet-tooth satisfier.

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    Deals And Sales – ‘Things Goin’ On This Weekend’ (Weekend of August 11th, 2017) [Notification]

    Just a quick Notification of some things going on… Once in a while, I try to post about Sales going on somewhere – especially the ‘big’ ones, like Summer’s End or Christmas Sales. This weekend, there are a few ‘Free Weekends’ and Sales going on (that I saw so far) and thought I wanted to share them, just in case there were others interested in these games, heh. Here’s what I saw is Goin’ On This Weekend:


    Guild Wars 2 Expansion (Path Of Fire) is Free To Try all weekend:

    https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/get-ready-for-the-guild-wars-2-path-of-fire-preview-weekend/

    GOG.com (formerly Good Old Games) is having a couple of Sales on games which include series like Master Of Orion, Warhammer 40K, Painkiller, Delta Force, Red Faction and at the same time having a sale on Strategy Games like Codename Panzers, Men of War, Hybrid Wars, Total Annihilation, Empire Earth, and more:

    https://www.gog.com/promo/20170807_weekly_sale
    and
    https://www.gog.com/promo/20170811_special_promo_strategy_sale

    Some other games, which are Free To Try all weekend via Steam, are:

    For Honor, the medieval swordplay/battle game is Free To Try all weekend and selling for half-price
    (for those that remember Die By The Sword, it looks like it may be similar to that, but in an ‘arena’ setting [sorry, but I haven’t been able to try it yet]):

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/304390/FOR_HONOR/

    Saints Row IV, from the crazy “each game is increasingly like GTA-on-drugs” open-world/action
    series, is Free To Try all weekend and selling at a reduced price
    [I haven’t tried it yet, but I am still playing the wacky Saints Row III once in a while and still getting a kick out of it]:

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/206420/Saints_Row_IV/

    Sorry I didn’t get to finishing this sooner, but the weekend isn’t over yet! Get out there and try these games out or grab something you want on sale – and maybe See You In The Game!

    Edit:

    I completely forgot one more I was going to post in here! 

    GamersGate also has some games on Sale right now, including Borderlands (for five bucks!), the Mafia series, Bioshock series, Xcom series, and more:

    https://www.gamersgate.com/offers

    [Note: I am not affiliated with these game sites, nor do I receive any compensation for mentioning them here (the Links do not have any ‘affiliate tags’ or similar additions to them) – I am merely an enthusiastic gamer and like to share deals and other goings-on with other gamers like me. Enjoy!]

    Single Shot: Kruz Company’s SR500 hits the bullseye

    Single Shot: A custom Yamaha SR500 by Kruz Company of Belgium.

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    If there’s a bike deserving of ‘legend’ status, it’s the Yamaha SR series: the air-cooled single has been in production since 1978, with just a two-year hiatus. That’s 35 years on the market, and an incredible run for a motorcycle. The SR400 has always been the volume seller, but we’d take the SR500 instead: it’s essentially the same bike, but with a different crank and a longer piston stroke.

    Single Shot: A custom Yamaha SR500 by Kruz Company of Belgium.

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    It takes a lot to impress us with an SR these days, but we love this SR500 from Kruz Company, a small but perfectly formed workshop in Belgium run by friends Brice and Olivier.

    Single Shot: A custom Yamaha SR500 by Kruz Company of Belgium.

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    Belgium is a somewhat quirky country, and there’s an appealingly offbeat nature to this build. “The customer was really open minded,” the Kruz boys tell us. “He came to the workshop with pictures of Japanese SR builds, so we studied that sub-culture for two weeks before making the first sketches.”

    Single Shot: A custom Yamaha SR500 by Kruz Company of Belgium.

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    There’s a hint of chopper influence in the frame. Cut right behind the fuel tank, it’s been completely rebuilt in ‘sneaky snake’ style with chromoly tubes. For extra reinforcement, there’s a pair of bracing plates beautifully drilled to mimic bubbles.

    Single Shot: A custom Yamaha SR500 by Kruz Company of Belgium.

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    The fuel tank comes from a Yamaha RS 125, heavily modified to fit on the larger frame tubes of the SR500. Even more heavily modified is the rear fender, from an early Harley Sportster. A taillight and plate mount projects outwards: “Because we hate side mounts!”

    Single Shot: A custom Yamaha SR500 by Kruz Company of Belgium.

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    There are plenty of quirks elsewhere. The tiny front fairing is fashioned from an old Honda CB750 tank, and the hand-made seat—neatly bedded into the curved subframe—is finished with ‘upside down’ leather.

    Single Shot: A custom Yamaha SR500 by Kruz Company of Belgium.

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    The SR500 engine is strong, but occasionally prone to overheating if heavily tuned. So Kruz have limited the mods to a bigger Mikuni carb and a custom exhaust pipe terminated with a classic SuperTrapp Megaphone muffler. A discreet oil cooler sits to the side of the engine, providing a little extra insurance and peace of mind. Look closely, and you’ll spot an oil temperature gauge just ahead of the tank.

    Single Shot: A custom Yamaha SR500 by Kruz Company of Belgium.

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    The Kruz Company philosophy is to build “efficient and fun machines to ride.” Although Olivier learnt his trade on the European superbike race circuit, he values reliability as much as performance when building customs. The goal is to build “bikes that start in a flash every morning, and transport the rider with a certain class,” he says.
    “A subtle balance between the modern and the old…”
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    first published by bikeexif.com

    Single Shot: A custom Yamaha SR500 by Kruz Company of Belgium.

    Wheel Jockey® a Handy Tool for Safer Motorcycle Rides

    The anticipation of a well planned ride almost always makes the ride more enjoyable. The riding season arrived early in the Carolinas and I looked forward to getting my gear on and heading out into the chilly morning air—away from the traffic for some fun in the “twistys” just outside our little town. Tank is full of gas… tire pressure checked…heart racing just a bit… all is good! While rounding the first left hand bend, the rear end of my old BMW suddenly wants to be in front! The dreaded “tank-slapper” makes my heart rate jump instantly. Thanks to no cars coming from the opposite direction, we stay upright and head for the shoulder. A sheet metal screw buried in the tread close to the tire’s edge is found to be the culprit.

    Virtually every motorcycle rider has had a close call—a close call that might have put them on the pavement with little or no warning. With motorcycles having only two wheels, both of them need to be in proper working order if the bike is to maintain an upright position on the road. A flat tire leaves only half of your wheels functioning properly and decreases the odds of keeping control, avoiding disaster. Suddenly, the riding gear you (and your passenger) are wearing may be the only thing to prevent an ugly injury…or worse.

    Flat tires on motorcycles usually come from road debris—nails, glass, screws, staples etc. This is the same kind of debris that flattens car tires. An underinflated tire can also cause an unanticipated loss of control. Every motorcycle manufacturer recommends that the tire pressure be checked before each ride. When the air pressure is checked, it does give the rider a quick look at the tire while getting the valve stem in place. However, unless the bike has a center stand that elevates a wheel so it can be rotated, it is extremely difficult to do a full tire inspection. To make matters worse, the fenders on many bikes can cover up to 75% of the tire. That means having to stand up and roll the bike slightly forward 6 or 7 times to expose another small section of the tire. Needless to say, this is a hassle and keeps most people from doing a proper inspection very often—if ever.

    Wheel Jockey is a compact portable tool that many riders carry with them when traveling. It allows them to easily get the wheels slightly off the ground on ball bearing rollers so that the wheel can be turned for checking air pressure, cleaning, and maybe most important of all, inspecting the tire for hazardous debris; debris that could be forced into the tire while leaning into a curve, puncturing the tire and leaving the rider in a serious bike control situation.

    Cleaning the chain, inspecting the tires, and even checking the air pressure is, to many riders, like cleaning toilets or windows. You do it when you have to—not one minute sooner. Whether a bike is brand new or ten years old, if it does not have a factory installed center stand, (the vast majority don’t), the compact, patented design of Wheel Jockey Sport and Big Boy models take a painstaking, but risk reducing, job and make it easy for men and women riders of all ages and experience.

    Wheel Jockey’s owner, Bill Kniegge, shares that while leading a private tour of German enthusiasts for (www.bluestradatours.com ), a casual look at the rear tire of a guest’s bike while lubing the chain revealed that a large staple had pushed its way almost clear through the tire. “I was just spinning the wheel around several times, checking both sides and the middle, when it jumped right out at me. A freshly installed Stop & Go (www.stopngo.com ) plug and an occasional check of the air pressure turned what may have been a bad day into a great day. Several of our Wheel Jockey customers have shared similar instances that also, turned out fine.”

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    Source: Motorcycling (AP, 1/10)

    Effective Ways to Grow Hair Naturally

    EFFECTIVE WAYS TO GROW HAIR NATURALLY

    Effective Ways to Grow Hair NaturallyHair is a very important part of the body to look beautiful and charming. The existence of a crown hair is very true, especially for women. For without a healthy hair surely someone would be considered incomplete or bad in terms of appearance. So it is a lot of women who are trying in various ways to have a fuller head of hair and a lot.
    Effective Ways to Grow Hair Naturally - 1
    Tips to grow hair is a keyword that many people search on search engines. This indicates that it is important for most women. Hair growth can be carried out from within by consuming some foods and can also be done from outside with special care using natural materials. Therefore, for those of you who are trying to get thick hair and bushy do not underestimate high protein foods, because protein is an important part of the hair element. Here are some tips to grow hair naturally is easy to apply.
    1. Olive Oil
    One way to grow hair naturally is by way of stimulating hair growth by using olive oil. Olive oil is no doubt the benefits and usefulness for health and beauty. For health is usually used in the olive oil nourish the skin and the hair.
    To nourish and stimulate hair growth faster and dense use only olive oil evenly on your scalp. The best time to use olive oil is the night when you go to sleep. Rub the scalp with oil until evenly and cover with head cover, then the next morning wet hair with shampoo and rinse as usual.
    2. Coconut Milk
    How and tips further grow hair naturally is to use coconut milk. Coconut milk is known as fluorescent brightening agents and blackening the hair, the ancient times many people are using natural products for black hair. Other benefits of growing hair and increase hair growth head.
    How easy, more or less the same as how the use of olive oil. Take coconut milk and apply evenly to the skin, hair or scalp. Allow a few hours while in wrap hair with a hair wrap or a clean towel.
    3. Pure Coconut Oil
    Coconut oil is more or less the same benefits with coconut milk, because coconut oil is derived from coconut milk. To grow hair with coconut oil, use coconut oil on the entire scalp and let stand several hours. Rinse with clean or shampoo. For maximum results use once a day. Coconut oil is not only beneficial to grow hair naturally, but also beneficial to repel and eliminate dandruff.
    4. Using Egg Yolk
    The yolk is not only useful as a source of vitamins and minerals for the body, but also beneficial for health care for the hair. Here the role of the yolk is to grow hair naturally.
    How to use it is to take out the yolk and moisten the hair, especially the hair roots evenly from the tip to the root of the hair. Egg yolks will provide nutrients for the hair and provide protein, thus stimulating hair growth better and healthier.
    Here are some ways to grow hair easily that you can try to do at home. Without using chemicals, you can grow hair easily, anyway the way we provide are safe to use because everything is naturally based.

    Hopefully this article Effective Ways to Grow Hair Naturally we can share this day can be beneficial for you. Do not forget to always visit the website abouthealthbenefits.xyz to seek other health articles. Thank You.

    How to park your bike securely

    Because having your motorcycle nicked is about twice as likely as your car being half-inched – and such thefts often occur in temporary parking locations. Of course there’s no guarantee that your bike won’t be stolen – if a professional thief wants your bike he’ll probably get it. But combining as many security measures as reasonably and practically possible can prevent your bike being targeted.

    What do I need?

    An assortment of measures that collectively secure your bike effectively. It’s easy to recommend using 15 locks but its neither realistic nor going to guarantee security. But a disc lock, U-lock in situ at your regular parking place, a well-chosen parking spot, some security marking and some labels/stickers which make it obvious how your bike has been secured should do the trick.

    What about alarms?

    Some like ’em, some don’t but every little helps. We’ve not gone into them in depth here as there are so many different types and should be fitted by experts rather than DIY. If you’ve got one, use it and ensure that it’s obvious that an alarm is fitted – this may deter any opportunist thieves from having a go.

    Anything else?

    You’d be amazed how many bikers neglect to use the main security device – the steering lock – most bikes come with. Do it. Just make sure you don’t leave it in ‘park’ mode (activating the parking light) by accident and drain the battery.

    1. U-lock carrier – Safety first! Whichever type of lock you go for make sure you carry them on your bike correctly and safely. Many modern machines have U-lock compartments under the seat. If not, special carriers can be fitted, sometimes behind the number plate, as above.

    2. Disc lock bag – Ditto chains and disc locks. Don’t put them in a rucksack. They should either be packed carefully into a pannier (ensuring you balance the weight on the other side) or in special bags which attach to the pillion seat.

    3. Motorcycle parking bay – Picking your parking spot is one of the biggest factors in whether your bike becomes another crime statistic. The best places are where it’s busy and with secure poles or railings to lock your bike to. Council bike parks can be located via local council websites. By varying your spot, you’ll prevent thieves ‘casing’ your bike.

    4. Lock around a post – Lock your machine to something solid – like a lamp post – as tightly as possible to make it harder for a thief to insert a scaffold pole or similar to lever off the lock. If you regularly park in the same place, leave your lock attached to a post. But remember, parking on a pavement is likely to land you a parking fine.

    5. Park it somewhere visible – Parking in winter or at night requires extra vigilance so make sure your machine is left in a well-lit area where it is busy and/or overlooked. If your bike is in constant view and visible it’s much more likely to be left alone. If it’s hidden in the dark it can be tampered with.

    6. Disc lock snug to caliper – Fit the lock through the disc snug to the caliper (so that if you forget to remove it before trying to wheel the bike forward it won’t move). Other tips to avoid riding off with the disc lock in place include using a disc lock warning cable and putting a reminder sticker on your top yoke.

    7. Chains, it’s preferable to use the lock to secure your machine to an immoveable object. In addition they should be used to make the bike immobile in its own right. Fitting snugly through the rear wheel and swingarm is ideal. Team it up with a disc lock at the front.
    8. Brake lever lock – One type of lock often overlooked, but which is almost as portable as a disc lock and can be a good supplement to other security devices, is the brake lever lock, which clamps the front brake lever fully on. Just try riding off with that on…

    9. Smartwater – A security marking system based on what they call a ‘forensic fingerprint’ – basically a solution containing minute particles marked with a unique code. The solution, while being virtually invisible to the naked eye, glows under UV light and is practically impossible to remove. A handy way to prove a bike is yours.

    10. Ultraviolet pen – Another cheap and quick way of protecting your bike is to mark all the main body panels, commonly with the bike’s registration number or your postcode, with ink only visible under ultraviolet light – although this is only a deterrent if your bike is labelled as being security marked.

    11. Datatag – The most commonly used and respected electronic security marking system. Involves both security etching components and inserting scannable microchips into your bike, whose details are then logged on to a central database. Reckon on around £60 for a kit.

    12. Security stickers – It sounds obvious but the biggest deterrent is making it obvious to potential thieves that your bike is fitted with various security devices – stickers saying ‘Warning – alarmed’ are a good thing, even if an alarm or suchlike isn’t actually fitted.

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    Source: Motorcycle News (11/30, AP)

    Best Auto Insurance Companies-How To Choose The Best Auto Insurance Company

    Choosing the best auto insurance companies from hundreds of available auto insurance companies is really tough, because when you are searching you will find that all auto insurance companies claim they are the best auto insurance companies in the market.

    You will easily get confused if you go to their website because every car insurance company claims that they have the best quality customer services, the cheapest auto insurance rates, the highest discount programs and the best auto insurance policy which will be fit within your budget.

    Customers fall into the trap of numerous glamorous advertisement of auto insurance companies which often leads them to the wrong auto insurance companies. If you face these problems then how can you choose the best autoinsurance companies within your budget?

    To find the best auto insurance companies you have to compare car insurance companies, consider some facts about them and follow few simple tips.

    The best auto insurance company is an approximate term because it can be either cheap auto insurance or the right auto insurance within your budget. Some drivers think cheap car insurance companies are the best car insurance companies, but cheap car insurance policy can be a frustrating if your claims do not get approved. Also auto insurance with high premiums cannot be always the best because you may pay for unnecessary coverage.

    The best auto insurance companies could be such companies which provide cheap car insurance within your budget without any hassle, have quality customer service and have a strong financial position. These are the main criteria to choose the best auto insurance companies.

    Compare Auto Insurance Quotes Online
    It is the best and easiest way to check which auto insurance companies are best. Go to individual auto insurance companies websites and collect the quotes by giving your personal information, driving records and vehicle information. Compare car insurance quotes and choose which insurance company offers cheaper auto insurance rates than others.

    Which Auto Insurance Companies Have High Quality Services And Greater Customer Satisfaction
    Though every auto insurance advertises that their services are high quality, you have to check by following these steps.

    Step 1. Review Customers Testimonial Page: every auto insurance company has a testimonial page where customers write reviews about the services of this company and how satisfy they are. Search as many companies testimonial page as you can and you will get the basic idea about service quality and how is the customer satisfaction.

    Step 2. Ask, Ask and Ask: ask people around you who have insurance policy already from different auto insurance companies and you will get the real situation about the service quality. Insurance companies may publish only positive reviews because of reputation, but getting information by asking car drivers cannot be deceptive.

    Step 3. Get Information From Forums And Community Blog: in a forum you can ask question about which is the best auto insurance companies in your state or country and the forum members will answer and discuss the question. You will get more information from the real insurance policy holders.

    No matter how cheap the auto insurance are and how much discount you get from, you will recognize the auto insurance companies as the best which stand beside you when the accident happens and if you feel there is someone on the other side to support you and process your claim as soon as possible.

    Battlefield Hardline: A Double XP Boost is on, starting July 27th! [Notification]

    Just a quick notification to those interested in Hardline that a Double XP Boost currently on, as of July 27th!

    http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bfh/

    GOGOGO

    Also, note that these smaller, frequent updates from these games (“Double XP Boost Events”) will be listed in the future at The Game Tips And More Blog’s Twitter, @GameTipsAndMore (https://twitter.com/GameTipsAndMore) and at The Blog’s “New” Facebook Page, here:
    https://www.facebook.com/The-Game-Tips-And-More-Blog-1646033402352335/

    See You In The Game!

    Franchisee Profile: Marc Flame

    Franchisee Profile: Marc Flame

    Marc Flame is originally from the Bronx in New York, specifically Riverdale. Growing up, Marc spent every summer on Long Island at his grandmother’s beach house and loves the outdoors. After graduating from JFK Highschool, Marc’s parents moved to South America where Marc learned to speak basic Portuguese. After living in Brazil for a while, Marc moved back to New York where he attended New York University. He graduated in 1981 with a degree in Economics and International Business. Upon graduation, Marc spent much of his time on Wall Street starting his career Bankers Trust Company. Marc eventually became Chief Financial Officer at the banks Technology subsidiary. During Marcs’ tenure he established a successful record of improving operational efficiency and profitability. After fourteen years at BTCo, Marc left and joined Citigroup. Marc spent ten years within the Finance Organization of Citigroup. He then joined the CBS Corporation where he served as CFO of the CBS Technology organization.

    After doing some traveling, Marc decided to relocate from Chicago to Atlanta where he began researching franchises to invest in. After much research Marc decided that Workout Anytime was where he wanted to be. Not even three weeks after watching the Workout Anytime franchise video, Marc signed for his first franchise. He now owns the first Workout Anytime located on the South side of Atlanta.
    How did you learn about the brand? 
    I was researching different franchises and was heavily focused on the fast-food industry when I came across Workout Anytime. I watched the franchise video and was immediately hooked. I knew right then that was what I wanted to invest in. Not even three weeks after seeing the video I met with Randy the entire senior WOAT team. It felt like a family and I signed with Workout Anytime after that meeting.
    Why did you choose an opportunity with Workout Anytime? 
    I’ve always wanted to own my own business. I worked at a Baskin Robbins in high school and it was some of the best times I’ve ever had. I have always enjoyed doing my own thing which is why I started looking into franchises. I chose Workout Anytime because I am very interested in the Workout Anytime model and I really wanted to do a franchise in a market that really needed it. 
    Do you have any development/extension plans? Add units? Timeframe? 
    I would like to eventually expand. I do not have a multi-unit sign at the moment, but the goal is to have 3-4 locations within 4-5 years. I am trying to open one every year and a half. Currently, I am working to be the most successful location rather than building out more units. When you talk about franchises people have glass ceiling expectations with what you can achieve with any one location. The Workout Anytime model allows me to push the boundaries, and ensure the opportunity for many members to enjoy all the advantages provided to Workout Anytime members.
    Are you involved in any charities or involved in the community in any way? 
    I am learning more about the Riverdale area each day and would love to work with charities and get involved with the community once I get to know it better.
    Do you have any other interesting hobbies or passions?
    I love spending time outdoors. Anything outdoors such as going to the horse stables with my daughter, 
    watch my son dirt bike on the trails, and go to the beach as often as possible.

    And More: Corel’s VideoStudio – Crashing When Using ‘Open With’ To Import Clips Into VideoStudio [Fix/Workaround]

    Just last Month, I picked up version 20 of Corel’s recently-updated video editing suite “VideoStudio” (nomenclature “X10”) and am having a lot of fun learning what it can do and how to do it all (coming from mainly editing videos with Sony’s Vegas ‘Movie Studio’ line of products [now taken over by MAGIX]). However, I quickly ran into a little issue with importing clips using the “Open With” option in Windows and wanted to share what I found…

    Normally, in Windows you can ‘right-click’ a video file and mouse-over the menu option “Open With..”, which brings up a sub-menu of known applications, to ‘send’ the file to (‘opening the file with the chosen application’). Doing this, whichever application you select will startup and the file will be sent to it to work with.

    However, doing this with a video clip and VideoStudio x10 I found, every time the program would open up, it would immediately ‘crash’ (close/stop/etc). Hmm… time for some Troubleshooting! I double-checked that the file in question was not corrupted excessively by playing it, testing it in a couple of video/media players, and even tried a few other clips that were ‘known good’ (that VS worked with before). Each time, using “Open With…”, the Splash Screen for VSx10 would show up and then just as the program itself looked like it was opening, the entire thing would crash and show this message:

    Example of the “Corel VideoStudio has stopped working” Error Window Pop-Up
    when trying to import a clip into VideoStudio X10 utilizing the “Open With” shortcut in Windows

    I then went to the Corel ‘Official’ Fora [Forii?] and did some searching to see if anyone ran into this same issue. Unfortunately, all I could find were people experiencing ‘general crashes’, that is, crashing and non-starts without it being specifically associated with utilizing “Open With..”.

    I then decided to try these same ‘testing files’ on some other video editing programs I have installed, such as Sony’s Vegas Movie Studio (now owned by MAGIX, the same company that makes the Movie Edit Pro product line, which I have no experience with yet, at this time). Using the “Open With..” command, Movie Studio was able to open and import all of the video clips without issue – so then, what’s up Corel? /tilthead

    I thought of trying VideoStudio ‘on it’s own’, not importing or ‘sending’ anything to it – just opening the program and seeing if it works… Everything opened fine! I was just playing with the program the other day in fact, learning some of the features it offers [I’ll have to write a short ‘Review’ or at least a ‘First Impressions’ sometime of it]. So why was it being ‘fussy’ (to use the highly technical term)? I tried opening and closing the program a few times thinking about it, when I noticed that when I opened VideoStudio X10, I was being greeted by a nice-and-helpful “Welcome” StartUp Page…

    The “Welcome” Section of VideoStudio
    (Click to see Full Size)

    Indeed, ‘The “Welcome” Startup Page’ offers a lot of helpful information on opening VideoStudio. There are Tutorial videos on some of the New Features for that version and even Basic Tutorials and Help File links. But wait – no editing interface! No Timeline, no Media Library to add clips – that’s it! That’s the problem! I went into the Settings to see if there was a Preferences option where I could set the Section to open VideoStudio to be – not the “Welcome” section, but the “Edit” section – the tab/area where all of the editing/mixing and importing takes place. There it was: Default Startup Page – and it was set to “Welcome Book”…

    The Corel VideoStudio X10 Preferences Window
    showing the Default Startup Area/Section which is shown when the program starts
    (Click to see Full Size)

    A simple pull-down menu change to “Edit” and that was it! Now, VideoStudio is opening to the “Edit” section/area every time. So, I tested it out: right-clicking on my video clip and mousing-over “Open With..” and then clicking on “Corel VideoStudio” – it worked! VS opened up and in a few seconds more, my little video clip was right there on the Timeline, waiting patiently to be edited. Woohoo!

    Example of Corel VideoStudio x10 Starting Up In The EDIT Section
    (Click to see Full Size)

    Here is a video version of the steps above, made showing the error when trying to use “Open With..”, what happens and how to change it, as well as the final ‘working’ result of changing the option (after I finally figured out what it was):


    [VIDEO NOT YET COMPLETE, IT WILL APPEAR HERE ONCE FINALIZED AND UPLOADED TO YOUTUBE]

    Hopefully this will help any of you dear readers, who use VideoStudio and were running into this error/crash/issue when opening clips with VS (trying to use “Open With..”).. Enjoy and Have Fun editing your gameplay clips once again!

    ~Troy from The Game Tips And More Blog


    [I’m calling this a Workaround, since this is more of that than a true ‘Fix’… It does not solve the base issue of VS not being able to import a clip using “Open With” without taking taking these steps (whether this is more Microsoft’s fault or Corel’s fault is beyond the scope of this post …and being more experienced in computer hardware than computer software (programming, etc), I would not have completely isolated the very base cause of the issue anyway – or at least, could not offer a 100% explanation of what is occurring)]


    Note: I am not affiliated in any way with Corel and I have not, and I will not, be compensated for mentioning VideoStudio or any other of the products herein, in any way.  I have used other video editing products than these in the past, and will do so in the future, including free editing applications, such as VirtualDub, AviDemux, DVDVideoSoft products and more… I am merely an enthusiastic gamer-and-sometime-editor and wanted to share information that I discover about these products to help other gamers record-and-edit and have fun doing it, if I can do so.

    Mt Trip to Manila, Philippines cont……..

    I returned to Colombo on the 19th morning without any delays. On the way I met one of my colleagues at Bangkok airport and that helped pass the time as well as chat on the plane.

    I found an interesting article on the web regarding “don’t know that you don’t know” I found the article to be spot on and very helpful in understanding this phenomenon. http://www.doceo.co.uk/tools/knowing.htm Now I can start to develop some strategy to work around this problem so that I am better prepared to face such an issue the next time around.

    I finished documenting the results of the workshop in Manila and sent the results for comments from the client. I am still waiting for the results. Hope I am able to finish this assignment this week as it has the potential to get delayed and get ugly.

    In terms of my future travel plans there are no assignments where I need to travel overseas at present. The assignments I have lined up are in Colombo. However things can change very quickly.

    Ducati 900SS by Old Empire Motorcycles

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    The Ducati 900SS is a motorcycle that’s rapidly becoming a bit of a modern classic, custom bike builders have been discovering the raw mechanical beauty that lies just beneath the original fairings but no one has quite showcased the 900SS as well as Old Empire Motorcycles with the example you see pictured here.
    The bike started life as a 1995 900SS with its iconic Pantah-based 904cc air-cooled L-twin, each cylinder is fed by two Desmodue valves and the crankcase was a modified version of the one used on the Ducati 851. This engine has long been a favourite amongst the Ducatista and from a purely aesthetic standpoint it looks like it belongs in a modern art museum in between a Series I E-Type Jaguar and a Riva.
    Ducati had introduced the 900SS in 1989 and although it was beautiful and highly capable, it frequently suffered from cracked swing-arms – so in 1991 Ducati introduced an upgraded model with a chrome-molybdenum steel trellis frame and bearings rather than bushings where the previously problematic swing-arm attached to the frame.
    This new version was a revelation, it offered impressive reliability with tire melting performance and looks that would go on to influence motorcycle designers around the world. By the late ’90s the Ducati Monster had begun to steal some of the limelight from the 900SS due to its lower cost and more beginner-friendly handling, by 1998 a redesigned version was released with somewhat controversial styling – this has led to the popularity now seen around the 900SS from the model years 1991 to 1998.
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    As you can clearly tell, the Ducati you see here has undergone an intensive custom rebuild and many parts from the original bike are now in the parts bin. Looking at the design closely it gives an impression of what Ducati would have built if they were competing with Indian, Harley-Davidson and Cyclone on the board track circuits of the United States throughout the 1910s and 1920s.
    Any regular visitor to Silodrome will be well aware that we have a significant soft spot for anything board track related and I have vague memories of writing an article a few years ago demanding that the frequently lethal sport be brought back with immediate effect. I’m reasonably sure I even offered to bring my own hammer to help build the wooden tracks.
    With this in mind you can imagine how interested we were to receive a folder of images from the team at Old Empire Motorcycles containing the Ducati pictured here. The build project took them almost 2 years and unlike the other customs they build, this one wasn’t built for a client. It was a personal project for the team and the freedom afforded them by not having to keep a client happy allowed them to throw out the rule book and fire up the acetylene torch.
    Perhaps the most immediately eye-catching element on the build is that Girder fork front end and brass headlight, when combined with the 21″ front wheel and quad leading shoe drum brake you’d never know that the bike was less than 20 years old. A single leading shoe drum is installed inside the 21″ rear wheel and the swing-arm has been entirely removed in favour of a solid rear – far more fitting on a motorcycle designed to race on a circuit made of two-by-fours.
    The copper tubing and braided wiring around the engine are tasteful touches, as is the extensive use of brass and leather. The fuel tank is a hand-fabricated twin-tank with copper plugs and the seat is a similarly handmade unit – the guys at Old Empire tell me that the seat is perfect for blasting around British B-roads but is probably not entirely suitable for long distance motorcycle touring.
    If you’d like to read more about this Ducati or see some of the other custom motorcycles to roll out of the Old Empire garage you can click here to visit their official website.

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    Photography by Onno Wieringa.

    First read on http://silodrome.com

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    Fixing Common Diet Mistakes

    Fixing Common Diet Mistakes

    by Jeff Angus

    Fix These Common Dieting Mistakes To Hit Your Goals Without Ruining Your Health

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    As a species, humans have evolved largely through successfully finding the path of least resistance. Physiologically, the human body also operates this way. This is why a marathon runner can cover 20 miles without breaking a sweat, while a rugby forward would have significant difficulties doing the same thing. The body likes to do what it is good at doing.

    However, when it comes to diets and nutrition, the path of least resistance is rarely the recommended route to take. Doing what is easy involves quick meals, short-term solutions, and processed and packaged foods that take little to no time to prepare. It is very difficult to create effective and impactful health changes in a few days or weeks, which is exactly what many miracle diets promise to deliver. Looking good and feeling good over the long term requires discipline, but the process of getting there should — and can — be an enjoyable one.
    I don’t particularly like the word diet, more for how it is used than for what it actually means. Simply put, your diet is the food you consume. Here are three very practical and simple fixes you can utilise to correct your past (or current) diet mistakes.
    1) Cleanses are bad (very, very bad) 
    At the very least, juice/health/detoxification cleanses (whatever you want to call them) are very expensive. And they are also ineffective and potentially very bad for your body, too. Sounds like a lose-lose situation, right? So why do so many people continue on with them? The reason for the popularity of cleanses is threefold — effective marketing and celebrity endorsements, a short-time duration before promised success, and ease-of-use. How hard can it be to only drink juice or a specific concoction of bizarre ingredients for a few days to rid your body of all unwanted toxins?
    Cleanses are a great example of the dangers of human psychology and the “more is better” principle. If something (in this case, fruits and/or vegetables) is good for you, why shouldn’t you exclusively consume them? Cleanses “work” in the sense that you will lose weight not because of what you are consuming, but because of what you are not consuming. That is, food and nutrients required to function as a human being. Quick science lesson: most of the weight lost during short-term cleanses or calorically-restricted diets is simply water that your body has stored up. You will gain this weight right back (and often at an increased rate) when you go back to eating regularly. This, in a nutshell, is why crash diets and cleanses don’t work and end up doing more damage than good in the long term.
    You don’t need an expensive collection of unnamed liquids to detoxify — our bodies and internal organs have been doing this task quite well for a long time. Andy Bellatti, a doctor and the author of Small Bites, has this to say about short-term diet fixes:
    “Nutrition and health is about the big picture. What you do for five or seven days out of the year is pretty inconsequential.
    Rather than worry about ‘detoxing,’ people would be better off thinking about eating nutritious, health-promoting foods on a daily basis. Think leafy greens, beans, whole fruit, nuts, and seeds. The idea that six months of unhealthy eating can somehow be remedied by drinking nothing but green juice for 72 hours is erroneous.”
    Erroneous is a fancy word for stupid. Your body needs fat, fibre and protein to function, regardless of whether you are a professional athlete or someone who never steps foot in the gym. Without protein, your muscle tissue begins to break down after a few days. That sure sounds fun, doesn’t it?
    Quick fix: avoid cleanses. Eat real food. Think long term. 
    2) You don’t need to skip meals 
    While there are many potential health benefits to fasting, developing a habit of skipping meals in order to lose weight or hit a short-term health goal is not an advisable strategy. A recent study from Finland has linked skipping meals with childhood obesity, and nearly one in 10 people skip breakfast each day. I’m not advising eating a big breakfast or emphasising that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (it isn’t). But if you are eating the right foods, you shouldn’t have to skip meals or create a love-hate relationship with food through a very rigid punishment-reward cycle. The aforementioned “more is better” mentality is so pervasive in our culture and it is to blame for many of the health problems nowadays. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you can’t make up for a lifetime of bad eating habits by “forgetting” to eat.
    Quick fix: if you are hungry, eat (preferably healthy and whole foods). Skipping meals is a band-aid solution.
    3) Counting calories is a lot of work 

    What is the real problem behind the obesity epidemic? Is it the amount of fat we are consuming? Maybe. How about the amount of sugar in the average diet? Very likely. The 21st century North American is, on average, incredibly resistant to insulin, and that is largely because of the amount of sugar and highly-processed carbohydrates available to consume. Can counting calories fix these issues? Should we, as a society, be acutely aware of the exact amount of calories we put into our bodies every day?

    I think it is a good practice for people to spend a few days counting calories if they have never done so before. The only real goal with this exercise is to gain an awareness of what you are actually eating on a daily basis (and I guarantee that the results will surprise you). However, people that focus their diets completely around hitting certain caloric goals are, once again, attempting to find a short-term fix to a long-term issue.
    At their very core, no two calories are the same. Nutrition-dense foods (fruits, vegetables) compared to foods that are largely processed (packaged goods) will impact your health in different ways beyond just the amount of calories they contain. Counting calories can increase awareness, but beyond that, it opens up the door to a bevy of potential issues — information overload (which can lead to stress and burnout), an obsession with reduced fat or fat-free products (which are generally unhealthier than their full-fat alternatives), and a general lack of enjoyment related to foods and eating.
    And beyond being extremely tedious, calorie counting may not even be very accurate.
    Because of incorrect labelling, laboratory errors, and differences in food quality and preparation, calorie counts recorded on food labels and websites — even those within the USDA’s nutrient databases — can be off by as much as 25%.
    Let’s take a brief step back and think about health philosophically . The real reason that many of us strive to live a healthy and active lifestyle is to look good and to feel good. Feeling good and looking good often support each other. And so much of feeling good (and, naturally, looking good) relates to minimising stress. Counting calories is stressful. So by taking a long-term view of your health, you can see that what seems like an effective solution with counting calories could actually be contributing to your unhealthiness in the first place.
    Here is some sage wisdom on health and nutrition from Dr David Ludwig, a professor at Harvard Medical School.
    “Very few people can lose weight over the long term with low-calorie diets. And those who can’t are blamed for lack of discipline and willpower. So, according to an alternative view, weight is controlled like body temperature and a range of other biological functions. Eating too much refined carbohydrate has, by this theory, raised insulin levels and programmed our fat cells to suck in and store too many calories. When this happens, there are too few calories for the rest of the body. So the brain recognises this and triggers the starvation response. We experience that as becoming excessively hungry and our metabolism slows down. … Eventually we succumb to hunger and overeat.”
    So a better approach, if this theory is correct, is to address the problem at its source by cutting back on the foods that are over-stimulating our fat cells: the refined carbohydrates like grains, potato products and concentrated sugars — especially the refined grains. And by eating this way, we can basically ignore calories and let our body-weight control systems do the work.
    Don’t take a hard line approach to anything related to diet or nutrition. What works for other people may not work for you, and vice versa. Always be thinking long term. Short term solutions often lead to problems down the road. Unlike cleanses or quick fix diets, none of the above tips will help you in the short term. But, also unlike cleanses or quick fix diets, all three of them will work.
    Source

    Quick Tip: Guild Wars 2 – How To Split Stacks Of Items

    Just a quick tip for GW2 and those of us who were tying to split stacks of things, only to link them into Chat and ‘shout’ the item’s link to people around us, the entire Map, etc. The way to actually sort things in a more private manner, is to hold down the ALT key and then drag the stack of items to an open slot. A dialog box should come up asking you how you want to split the stack of items (as seen in the example below):

    Pressing the Shift key, as most know, will link the item in the chat box, and pressing Control, will link it and shout it out in Chat automagically – which is nice and embarrassing. I’ve seen some random linkages in the Chat Box [of things that aren’t of any interest] so I know it isn’t just me! I hope that this helps someone out and saves them from this atrocious “Faux Pas”…

    See You In The Games!

    TestRun, Video Edition: Recording Gameplay – Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 (Video Samples with Brief Tutorial Video)

    This is a more informal TestRun, where I was merely testing out the perceived quality of some recording codecs while attempting to get gameplay recording of Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 going. As most of you know, recording this game is not just a point-and-shoot affair. Heck, most game recording applications won’t even detect the way it is buffering and utilizing video memory, resulting in a black screen, flashing or very laggy output. After trying years ago and abandoning it temporarily, I was recently searching websites with information on trying it again. With no luck finding a starting point of information, I decided to figure it out on my own – and of course share my findings should anything turn out fruitful…

    First, simply trying to record RCT2 with FRAPS and then Bandicam, turned up nothing as a result. Either it would not detect the screen (it is not using 2D/3D rendering/buffering on the videocard in a standard manner) or it would capture blackness (when trying Bandicam’s ‘Record The Screen’, for instance). Since these are two well-made recording products, I assumed other products would result in the same …result. I also seem to remember trying applications like Camtasia, back in the day..

    So next, I tried good’ol ‘Virtualbox’. A staple Virtual Machine emulator (think of a little computer-running-inside-a-computer), I installed an old version of WindowsXP that I had into the GuestVM. Installing my DRM-free purchase of RCT2 from Good Old Games, I tried recording the screen. No luck, since it wasn’t using Direct3D in a way that I could record (after I finally got Direct3D working in it). I tried playing it in a Windowed VM and recording that. It wouldn’t even run for some reason. It kept trying to ‘take over’ the VM and resizing it. I tried setting my Host Computer desktop resolution to 1280×720 and getting the game to detect that and run it at that resolution, ‘Full Screen’ and ‘Seamless’. Nope. For one thing, the game kept detecting and making available only the most basic of 4:3 aspect resolutions (CRT monitor type sizes), no matter what driver/settings I used for the virtual machine (I of course wanted the more modern widescreen 16:9 ratio, as YouTube uses).

    Third, I tried VMware’s ‘VMware Player’. A free virtual machine app, where the business version (VMware Workstation) is the go-to prog for business virtualization. Installing my XP and then RCT2 into the VM, I got it going in 720p rez and prepared Bandicam to record a “Rectangle On A Screen”. It worked wonderfully. So, with the odd stutter (very few and far between), I can now record RCT2 gameplay and wanted to share my findings of the ability with everyone.

    I was also messing around with different recording codecs, to see what they looked like at different settings with this game at 720p. I quickly threw together this little video showing some settings and results (Sample Video). A summary of what I have set up to record Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 gameplay is just below a short analysis of the video/recordings. Again. this isn’t a ‘full/technical’ TestRun, it is just me sharing some tests I did and showing that one can indeed record RCT2. Further down, there is a video that goes over the steps in summary, then in slightly more detail, showing the steps taken on the screen, a short ‘tutorial’ I suppose. For those who haven’t figured it out or got it working yet, perhaps this information will help you out, too. Enjoy!

    RCT2 testing (codecs/settings) with Bandicam (Samples)

    Recorded with: Bandicam, various quality settings, various codecs @ 1280×720 (720p HD)

    Recorded game: Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 (RCT2)

    Some recording data (per codec) for this test:

    MJPEG @ q80 = 45,000kbps data rate (~330MB per minute of gameplay recording)

    MPEG-1 @ q80 = 11,000kbps data rate (~80MB per minute of gameplay recording)

    MJPEG @ q60 = 34,000kbps data rate (~250MB per minute of gameplay recording)

    MPEG-1 @ q60 = 3,000kbps data rate (~22MB per minute of gameplay recording)

    *XviD and x264 are omitted as results for this test as editing/recompression resulted in corrupted video output (they will be included in a future TestRun with many codecs)

    Brief analysis of sample video:

    • All of the MPEG-1 settings are quite watchable, unless of course the temporal gibbs effects bothers you (the little ‘ghosty/glimmer’ effects that follow around the peeps). Perhaps if I didn’t mention it, you might not have noticed? As with all recording/editing, if it ‘looks fine to you’, then you can run with it if you want. Some people “need” the best quality possible, some can watch any quality and enjoy it. If the MPEG-1 setting at 80% Quality seemed fine to you, go ahead and use that (it is about 1/4 the size of the MJPEG recordings and I have found that editing MPEG-1 is bit slower but quite possible to do in editing applications such as Sony’s Vegas line of products).
    • The MJPEG at a Quality of 50 percent is watchable but messy looking, as expected since a JPG (MJPEG is a series of JPG frames) at only 50% quality would have tons of compression artifacts. 60% is just as bad, with ‘rough blocks’ everywhere (macroblock artifacting). MJPEG at Quality80 isn’t bad and very watchable, but it is much larger in bitrate usage/file size than say, MPEG-1 at the same quality setting (it is about four times larger in file size). It is the easiest codec to edit, however.
    • XviD, an MPEG-4 codec, can potientially looks a lot ‘cleaner’ as it can handle smaller macroblocks/divisions of the screen (inherent in the improvements in MPEG-4 over MPEG-1) – but the output seems to have strong corruption (it leaves ‘trails’ on the screen) when attempting to edit/recompress it into a final product (as seen in the video).
    • x264, a more recent ‘Advanced Video Codec’ version of MPEG-4, it records in wonderful quality and low file sizes – but all of that is hidden behind, again, corruption (‘trails’ left behind on the screen*) and slow editing.
      (The editing can be helped somewhat by specifying a smaller GroupOfPictures (frames inbetween keyframes/information frames, to help seeking through the video.)
      Keep in mind that for the MPEG-4 codecs, the corruption surfaces only when editing/recompressing the source video. The ‘original’ gameplay recording in MPEG-4 is quite clean and watchable, completely fine if you are just going to ‘record-and-upload’ to a video sharing site or personal website.
      *More on this issue and x264 recording in a future article
    • A full Codec Comparison TestRun is coming, where I test out a bunch of different codecs and see how they fare for general game recording, MPEG-1, MPEG-4, AVC/h264 (MPEG-4 Part-10), MJPEG, XviD, RGB24 and more…

      Some related articles:
      Game recording comparison with various codecs and settings (Minecraft)
      http://gametipsandmore.blogspot.ca/2012/10/testrun-video-edition-fraps-vs-dxtory.html
      The ghosting/blurring effect when rendering in Sony Vegas products
      http://gametipsandmore.blogspot.ca/2012/10/and-more-how-to-stop-ghosting-or.html

    There are a couple other ways to do it I think, but here is how I recorded Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 gameplay with Bandicam:

    • Install Windows into a VM Guest (for example, a VMware virtual machine within the VMware Player application)
    • Install RCT2 into that Virtual Machine, running the VM in a window (for example, 1280×720)
    • Set up Bandicam to record a ‘Rectangle On A Screen’ and set the Rectangle to be the same size as the Virtual Machine running in a window (in this case, 1280×720) and line them up. 

    That’s it!

    Tutorial Video on how to record Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 with Bandicam

    I had seen many people on many forums asking for years how to record RCT2 gamplay. I have seen a few videos online now and so some have it working, but if you haven’t been able to get it going or would like to try to make your own Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 videos, here’s how. Good luck with it and have fun!
    See you in the games!

    From Literature Circle to Student-Created Movie in 10 Steps

    I’m continuing my summer book study of When Writing with Technology Matters by Carol Bedard and Charles Fuhrken, and I was blown away by Part 1 of this book.

    Part 1 describes a project of reading and writing to launch moviemaking. It is a great example of incorporating authentic reading and writing tasks in the classroom, and it is definitely the type of project that is enhanced through technology integration. I’ve broken down the contents of this section into 10 steps for you to use in your own classroom projects.

    Step 1: Choose books for reading groups

    This project functionally starts with literature circles. Students are offered 4-6 book titles to choose from that reflect a variety of genres and themes. Bedard and Fuhrken point out a few considerations that are particularly insightful:
    – Fantasy promotes more creativity in the movie making
    – Realistic fiction will be more relatable
    – Historical fiction facilitates research skills
    – Protagonists should be similar in age to students
    – Open-ended texts can be adapted into sequels while interesting main characters support prequels 
    Action step:
    (  ) Create a WebQuest that includes author websites and book review sites about each of the candidate books. This will allow students to make a good decision about which book is the best fit. 

    Step 2: Set up Student Blogs for facilitating book discussions

    Blogs allow students to engage in deeper discussions about their books and practice writing about texts. As a teacher, you can facilitate this by offering open-ended questions to guide student responses. Later, as students become more comfortable with the platform, you can model appropriate blogging behavior by leaving comments on students’ posts. Eventually, as students become more versed with the logistics of blogging, you can take more of a hands-off approach with limited interventions so the students can discuss the books independently.
    Action step: 
    (  ) Choose a blogging platform to use with students. One I recommend is KidBlog, which I’ve written about in the past. 

    Step 3: Adapt the book into a screenplay.

    Once students have finished reading the book, they should consider ways to adapt the book into a screenplay. In order to make sure the writing engages the students creatively, they should modify the story in some way. This would be an example of the types of creative reading often associated with fan-fiction. A downloadable poster of possibilities is below.

    At this stage, students are working independently on their writing, taking the stories down different avenues according to their interests. It’s not necessary to complete the writing cycle at this stage—they merely need a workable rough draft.
    Action step:
    (   )  Give students time to write their story ideas for a screenplay. At this stage, it can remain a narrative and doesn’t need to be formatted into a script.

    Step 4: Develop the pitch.

    Screenwriters pitch their story ideas to studios all the time, making this an authentic part of the moviemaking process. Rather than simply reading their screenplay to the class, the authors describe 3 key components of a good pitch: 
    * It grabs the audience’s attention through a hook or a teaser.
    * It summarizes the story and identifies the genre without giving away everything.
    * It’s delivered with high energy and excitement.  
    A complete mini-lesson on giving a pitch is featured in the appendices of the book. 
    Once students have developed and practiced their pitches, they’ll want to deliver them to their classmates to determine which movies will be made. You could have the class vote on a pitch for each book that was read, or you could invite an impartial panel to come in and watch the pitches.
    Action steps:
    (   ) Teach students how to develop and deliver a pitch.
    (   ) Determine which story idea(s) will advance into the movie-making process. The number of winning pitches determines the number of movies your students will be making so consider what you can manage.

    Step 5: Collaboratively revise the story from the winning pitch

    Students can work together in their book club small groups to help revise the story from the winning pitch for their text. As they discuss, they may find that details from the other students’ stories could enhance the winning story in some way. The revised story becomes the property of the group, and it will benefit from opportunities for conferring just as any other writing would.
    Action step:
    (   ) Consider using outsiders for conferences to give a new sounding board to the young writers as they develop their ideas for their audience.

    Step 6: Storyboarding

    Students essentially take their stories and turn them into comic strips. This forces them to think about scenes, key events, and dialogue. Interestingly, the authors advise against using technology for this stage because the students can get too caught up in playing around with features, perfecting their storyboards, etc. 
    Here’s a great Prezi I found for introducing and explaining the purpose of storyboards:
    Action step:
    (   ) Create story board templates for students and support them as they develop their complete storyboards.

    Step 7: Write the script

    Scriptwriting is a great way to teach students how to show, not tell, how characters are feeling because they can’t rely on a narrator to describe feelings – actions and dialogue have to do the heavy lifting. Such a process will help students revise and tighten even more as they modify their stories to meet the conventions of an actual screenplay.
    Here is a workbook that I previously downloaded for free from the Young Writers Program Script Frenzy website, but it seems that Script Frenzy has since died, and they no longer offer this resource on their website (only stuff for NaNoWriMo).

    Action step: 
    (  ) Consider downloading scriptwriting software (e.g., www.scripped.com) to ease the process.

    Step 8: Learn about the jobs in a movie-making process

    Students will need to decide on roles such as actors, set designers, directors, and camera operators. The authors offer some mini-lessons for this in the appendix, and they recommend having the students apply for jobs. Given the size of some groups, it will likely be necessary for students to assume multiple roles or participate as actors in multiple films. 
    Action step:
    (   ) Use your blogging platform to have students apply for jobs. They should explain what skills they possess that make them best suited for that particular role.

    Step 9: Film the Movies

    Much like a Hollywood movie, students should be given a timeline for completing the filming process. They’ll need to plan locations, props, costuming, and any other special effects that need to be considered prior to the day of filming. They’ll also want to rehearse their lines and block scenes to enable the filming process to run smoothly. Given a tight schedule and limited resources for their no-budget films, they’ll realize the importance of collaborating to make the process work. 
    Action step: 
    (   ) Develop a timeline for filming. Communicate expectations for filming days so that students can plan in advance.

    Step 10: Edit the Final Films

    The authors discuss Windows Movie-Maker, but you could also use iMovie for this process. At this stage, students will work together to piece their scenes together and add special effects like slow motion, music, voice overs, green screen backgrounds, closing credits, etc. Some groups may also opt to include bloopers and outtakes in their final versions. This will be the culminating product of their weeks of hard work.
    Action steps:
    (   ) Determine the editing software students will use to edit their final films.
    (   ) Plan a film festival/viewing party to create a deadline for project completion. Consider inviting parents and/or other classes to diversify the audience.
    I really enjoyed reading this chapter, and I’m definitely looking forward to trying a project like this in my own classroom. If you haven’t already picked up a copy of the book When Writing with Technology Matters, I highly recommend it. They have student examples, handouts, and mini-lessons that enhance these steps even more. 

    What are some good books that you use in your classroom reading groups that you can envision as a screenplay? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments!

    I’m heading to ISTE here in Atlanta for the next few days, but I’ll be back next week with lots of ideas from all that I’ll learn at the conference! Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram @eberopolis if you want a sneak peek of all that I’m seeing and learning!

    Good vanity plate idea for a hybrid

    Game Recording with MPEG-4: using H.264/AVC in Programs such as Dxtory, Bandicam and MSI’s Afterburner (Text-Only, Long Version)


    This article is a Text-Only version, showing how to use a few programs (one of them completely free) to utilize this efficient codec in game recording, using steps and settings that I personally found optimized performance and showing which ones slowed things down when recording. 
    For a video example of how to set the x264/AVC codec recordings to be editable in
    Sony’s Vegas or Adobe’s Premiere video editing applications, see my post about it here:
    http://gametipsandmore.blogspot.ca/2013/06/and-more-how-to-record-with.html

    The MPEG-4 video codec has been around for over a decade now. I remember recording TV shows to watch later on, on a system with an ATI All-In-Wonder videocard (back when videocards had only 8MB of VRAM!) and the joy of the changes I was seeing, going from compressing the shows in MPEG-2 format to MPEG-4 using either Quicktime or DivX (or it’s open-source competitor, XviD). Smaller file sizes and still decent quality? Awesome. Those were MPEG-4 Part 2 or ASP (Advanced Simple Profile) iterations of MPEG-4. Today, we are up to MPEG-4 Part 10 or AVC (Advanced Video Coding) and great times are to be had by all who record their video game adventures, as modern hardware and capturing apps allow not only for h.264/AVC to be used for video compression and archiving – it can also be used for small filesize ‘live’ game recordings and great retainment of detail, if desired.

    Dxtory, Bandicam and MSI Afterburner all provide the ability to utilize the various codecs installed on your system to record with (others do as well, I am merely choosing these more popular game recording apps as examples). To record with MPEG-4/h.264/AVC, it is simply a matter of installing that codec on your computer [if it isn’t already], then choosing it inside of whichever game recording app you prefer. The codec’s interface (GUI, Graphical User Interface) will allow you to change whatever settings you wish – but these settings will be quite different from what you may be used to, if you have done any h.264/AVC video compression in the past. Why?

    Because we are going to be balancing the settings – not just for retaining quality at a small file size (as you would like to when archiving a movie to keep on your computer) – but now also for recording speed. For instance, if we try to set things for high compression and attempt to keep detail at the same time (as we would for archiving a movie), it simply takes too long to process and compress the changes between frames ‘on-the-fly’ and save them into a file, when attempting to record game output. This would result in the game ‘lagging’ and dropping frames to try and keep up, as it falls behind dealing with analyzing and compressing and then writing the data, resulting in a video with ‘choppy’ playback as well. So, when recording our gameplay ‘live’, we must now consider the various settings and their affect on how fast we can put through the processing of frames and writing it to a file at the same time.

    I will be addressing most of the settings in the h.264/AVC codec, but not all of them. I will be concerned mainly with the ones that will slow down processing, so that things do not take too long and fall behind and cause ‘lag’, both in the game and the resulting video file itself. This differs from compressing for archiving our own movies, because instead of being only concerned with Quality (setting everything on ‘high’ and letting it take as long as it needs), we must now balance Speed of the compression as well, being now more concerned with each of these settings and how they can possibly slow things down when recording the ‘live’ game rendering. As is the nature of live recording, we want it to easily and quickly process the frames and save them to a file. I will explain how to do all of this.

    Recording with H.264/AVC

    “x.264” is a free/open-source utilization of the h.264/AVC codec (the XiWave GNU GPL MPEG-4 Codec). It is normally a command-line driven executable [when you run it, you type things in, to get it to do things], so what we want for game recording with these programs, is a version with an ‘interface’ so that we can just tell our apps what to do with the mouse and buttons/sliders and it translates it into commands for the codec. All we would have to do is choose a few settings and checkboxes (what most people are used to – a nice, easy, graphical user interface).


    Doing a search for ‘x264+windows’, there are a few places you can get the installer/setup program for x264 and Windows, here are the main ones:

    This is the “Official” Open-Source Video For Windows version of the x264 codec (Red Logo) at the time of this writing:
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/x264vfw/

    This official codec is what is covered in the “Easymode” sections of this article


    This is an “Unofficial” x264 Video For Windows Codec (Black Logo), at the time of this post, that allows for far more settings to be edited via checkboxes and pulldown menubars, but is more difficult to use (these two links are both the same thing):
    http://www.digital-digest.com/software/x264_VFW_Codec.html
    http://komisar.gin.by/index.html

    This unofficial codec is what is covered in the “Hardmode” sections of this article


    Basically, you can see that what we want is a “Video For Windows” version, which (thanks to all those great people that have worked on it over time!) has a nice, easy-to-use interface for picking the settings you want to use, without typing in a long line of commands every time. After installing the codec/interface into Windows, it’s just a matter of opening whatever game recording program you prefer and selecting it to use it.

    Here’s how to select it for usage in these three game recording programs:

    Recording with x264 and Bandicam

    • Once the codec is installed, run Bandicam and go to the Video tab and click on the Settings button
    • In here, under the Video category, next to Codec, click on the pull-down menu bar (with a little triangle at the end) and choose External Codec, which allows you to use other codecs installed in your system
    • Then, click on the three ellipsis (““) button and it will let you “Select external video codec”
    • Select the “x264vfw” H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec from the list and click on the Configure button
    • This is the x264vfw configuration interface and in here are all the settings we will talk about next…

    Recording with x264 and Dxtory

    • Once everything is installed (Dxtory requires dotNET 4.0, a download link is on their main Download page), run Dxtory and click on the Movie settings button (which shows a little handy-cam with it’s lcd screen hanging out the side)
    • Under the Video Codec category, next to the word Codec, click the pull-down menu bar (with a little triangle at the end) and choose “x264vfw” H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Codec from the list and click on the little pen icon/button to the right, which opens the Configuration dialog box of the codec
    • This is the x264vfw configuration interface and in here are all the settings we will talk about next…

    Recording with x264 and MSI Afterburner

    • Once the codec is installed, run MSI Afterburner and click on the Settings button at the bottom 
    • In here, go to the Video Capture tab and under the Video Capture Properties category, click on the pull-down menu bar (with a little triangle at the end) and choose “VFW compression”, which allows you to use the other codecs installed in your system
    • Then, click on the three ellipsis (““) button and under Compressor, click on the pull-down menu bar (with the little black triangle at the end) and choose “x264vfw” H.264/AVC codec from the list and then click on the Configure button to the right
    • This is the x264vfw configuration interface and in here are all the settings we will talk about next…
    » Note:  To record with x264/h264/AVC and have it easily-importable and recognized properly in NLE’s (Non-Linear video Editing applications, such as Sony’s Vegas and Adobe’s Premiere lines of products [for example]) without having glitches or corruption or other problems, one setting for MPEG-4 codecs must be changed from the Default Setting right from the start. I created a video example of how to change this setting in Bandicam, Dxtory and MSI’s Afterburner and the post with that video can be found here at this blog:
    http://gametipsandmore.blogspot.ca/2013/06/and-more-how-to-record-with.html
    To understand some of the concepts and settings utilized by this codec (and helpful information to know for game recording and video compression in general), a quick word on Bitrate:

    [This section is highlighted in green headings for navigation, to assist you whether you are re-reading this article or you feel you know a lot about bitrate in video editing and wish to skip it]

    Bitrate (in Layman’s Terms)  /start

    When talking about game recording, bitrate is an expression of the amount of data we are using to create the recorded file [literally, how many bits of information we are using]. It is usually expressed as how much information per second we are telling the codec to use, to represent the frames that are getting pushed through, and save them to our output video file.
    The main thing to remember is that More Bitrate = Bigger Filesize

    For example, if we record using a 1MB per second (1MB/s) setting, then after 2 minutes of recording (120s), our recorded file size will be 120MB. At that bitrate, if we recorded for one hour straight (3600 seconds), our recorded file size will be 3600MB (3.6GB).
    If we record using a larger amount, let’s say 2MB per second (2MB/s), then after 2 minutes of recording (120s), our recorded file size will be 240MB. At that bitrate, if we recorded for one hour straight (3600 seconds), our recorded file size will be 7200MB (7.2GB).
    It’s that simple. The more bitrate we use, the bigger the recorded file will be. 

    For those used to video compression and editing, or even general users of multimedia, you may be more familiar with data rates in the realm of:

    MP3 (MPEG-3 audio) song bitrates such as: 128kbps, 192kbps, 320kbps
    PSP (PlayStation Portable) video bitrates such as: 768kbps, 1500kbps
    DVD (MPEG-2) bitrates such as: 8000kbps, 9800kbps
    Blu-Ray/HD bitrates such as: 16000kbps, 25000kbps, 50000kbps

    All of these are usually expressed as Megabits/Kilobits/bits over time (in seconds), hence the “ps” at the end.
    eg. 16 Mbps = 16,000 kbps = 16,000,000 bps (bits per second)

    ~bits (lower-case ‘b’) and Bytes (upper-case ‘B’) are different~

    There are 8 bits (lower-case ‘b’) in 1 Byte (upper-case ‘B’)
    8 bits in 1 Byte
    8000 bits = 8 kilobits (‘kilo’, which is 1000 Bytes) = 1 KiloByte
    8000 kilobits = 8 megabits (‘mega’, which is 1000 KiloBytes) = 1 MegaByte 

    For example, if you were rendering out a movie to upload to YouTube and you chose an output bitrate of “8000 kbps” in your editing/compression application, that is 8 Mbps (bits, lower-case ‘b’), which means 8 Megabits per second. Converting that into Bytes (upper-case ‘B’), means that video will be running at 1 MBps, which is 1 MegaByte per second (upper-case ‘b’). 

    At that bitrate (1MB/s), it is the same bitrate as our example above [just under where it says “More Bitrate = Bigger Filesize”] and it will take up roughly 60MB of space on your hard drive every minute of recording. Thus is the interaction between Bitrate and File Size and how to convert between the two. The higher the bitrate setting used, the bigger the output file size will be (the recording). 

    There is one other formula to remember: More Bitrate = Better Quality. This formula applies to almost everything digital: video (DVD/BluRay), audio (MP3/MP4), pictures (PNG/JPG), any multimedia that is digital. If you allow/use more bitrate, the picture/music/video is represented better [or to be more precise, closer to the original input] because there are literally more bits used to create the picture/sound/etc.

    Quick example – think of a square that is divided up into 9 sections. Now pretend it is trying to ‘represent’ a painting, any painting you can think of. With only 9 blocks of data available (each one can only be a certain color), then it would look like nothing but some colored blocks and barely look like the painting at all. Now, imagine a square divided up into 80 sections. Pretend it is trying to represent the same painting. Even though it will be ‘blocky’ still, if each section can be only one color, it will still look ‘more like the original’ than the 9-sectioned block, right? 

    That’s the interaction of bitrate and quality.

    Which means, for digital compression, it is essentially a ‘balancing act’ between Quality and File Size, with Bitrate being the tool to measure with. Do you want a high-quality output? Then turn up the bitrate and you’ll end up with a large file size. Do you want a small file size? Then lower the bitrate and you’ll get lower quality as well. That’s the essence of bitrate, in a nutshell.

    Bitrate (in Layman’s Terms)  /end



    The x264 Interface and Configuration in “Easymode”
    (The Official interface with red x264 logo)

    With the official version of the interface for using the x264 codec (“x264vfw”), there is only one screen, with pulldown bars to adjust most settings.
    The Basic Section

    To start with, under the Basic category, there is a Preset setting. This is a very handy setting, which makes many of the more obscure/hidden choices within this codec (there are dozens, behind the scenes) easy to configure. By clicking on the question mark near the bottom right corner (“?”), you can see the intimate details of the different Profiles and Presets that can be selected in these pull-down menu bars within this first “Basic” section of the interface.

    For game recording, we are more concerned with speed. We don’t want the codec to break out it’s magnifying glass and scrutinize each frame coming through in strict detail, because that would cause it to slow down, which will cause it to ‘lag’ behind, not only in the game, but in the recorded file itself as well (“choppy-ness”). 
    So, the first thing to do, when using this codec for ‘live’ game recording, is to change the Preset setting from it’s original default of Medium to “Ultrafast“. This is the fastest option for this setting.
    The other options, such as Superfast, can also be used, but be aware that the more you go down the selections available, the more options are being ‘turned on’ behind-the-scenes with this codec, and while some of them do help apparent quality of the video, they are geared more towards a slow, steady, long-term compression session (like when you might archive a video/movie) with high-quality settings and slow, scrutinizing analysis of the frames. While not a bad thing, for game recording, we don’t want that. We want it to save what we are seeing on the screen fast, to a file. We want speed. Feel free to take a look and learn about the various options the other Presets turn on [many of them are covered in this article further down], but for optimal speed, Ultrafast is the setting to use.
    The next pull-down set of options to choose from is Tuning. These are also a set of pre-selected options that, depending on which one you choose here, will enable or disable certain functions in the codec. These choices are helpful is easily fine-tuning the codec to compress a movie/video/clip of each certain type, as it enables options in the background that will help with efficient, detail-oriented compression of that certain type of material. 
    For game recording, again we are more concerned with speed. These options, while helpful in a slow, ‘leave-it-overnight’ compression session of clips or movies of ours we want to save; for live game recording we want to leave it at it’s default setting of “None“, so that the codec keeps it’s magnifying glass put away and doesn’t spend any extra time analyzing the frames coming through.
    There are two checkboxes below these first two pull-down menus and they are titled “Fast Decode” and “Zero Latency“:
    Fast Decode turns off a few options [behind the scenes] that help by reducing the processing ‘load’ of the video stream, such as CABAC and Deblocking [these are explained in more detail further within this article]. These are options that help keep some quality (especially at lower bitrates), but as the name proclaims [“Fast”], for optimal speed of recording we want this option “Checked“, to enable it (which will turn off these extra options for now).
    Zero Latency also turns off a few options behind the scenes, ones that increase compression time, such as B-frames [explained later in this post] and how far to ‘look ahead’ at frames coming in, for analysis. Since we want speed for recording our game footage and less analysis [remember, more analysis slows things down], we want this option “Checked” to turn off the extra options that are ‘behind-the-scenes’ with this setting.

    The rest of the settings in this Basic section of the interface need not be adjusted for game recording, but a good Wikipedia page, talking about the various Profiles and Levels and their capabilities can be found here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.264/MPEG-4_AVC

    The Rate Control Section

    All of the below paragraphs between these red lines of text is the same for both the Official and the Unofficial versions of the x264vfw interface and is only duplicated for ease of reading their respective sections

    The main thing in here (and really the only thing to adjust for game recording in this tab) is the longest bar right in the middle, the main datarate control and compression decision to make, is all in that one bar. I cannot even make a suggestion on what to use [ok, I can actually], since it will partially depend on what type of game you are recording, your hardware, what kind of compression you are looking for and many other factors. I will attempt to simplify it however and give a suggestion at the end. (More importantly for game recording, there is one choice that is slightly faster than all the others).

    To begin, since we are going to be using x264 for game recording, we cannot use the Leeloo Dallas Multipass Options. Multiple passes (usually 2 or 3) when compressing/archiving video can greatly increase quality, but that means 2-3 times the analysis, double-checking and then further compression by the codec. Literally processing every frame twice (for 2-passes for example). That’s great when we want to keep a movie in a small, ‘as-good/high-as-we-can-get’ quality, forever. When recording games however, we want [one guess] speed. We can only accept “Single pass” as our option, because we just want the codec to see what frames are coming in, take a quick glance, and compress them into our output video file. One pass.
    Starting with ABR (Average BitRate), the “bitrate-based” setting, this setting allows you to punch in the average bitrate you want to record at and it attempts to stick with it (it will go lower, but try to never go higher than what you set here). This setting basically tells the codec, “Keep within this bitrate, I don’t care if the quality goes down”, because as the bitrate ceiling is reached, it will quickly degrade in quality, as more/high movement occurs on the screen/frame. It is good for keeping within a certain file size, if that is your desire, but it also causes a bit of ‘lag’ and is not seemingly optimized for ‘live’ capturing.
    CQP (Constant Quantizer Parameter) is a setting where you are basically telling the codec, “Keep this level of Quality”, and it will do it’s best to keep that level of quality for all frames/scenes. However, it will spend more time (and bitrate) on fast-motion/high-action scenes. This is good if you want to keep a movie visible clearly when a lot of things are going on, but it will also result in the higher usage of bitrate, which means larger file sizes. This may sound like a good thing for game recording (and for quality, it is), but the time spent analyzing the faster-motion scenes means that it is actually slowing down (in terms of the codec breaking out it’s magnifying glass and scrutinizing the frames that are passing by), which results in ‘lag’, both in the game and in the recorded video file itself (“choppiness” on playback).
    Lossless should attempt to lose no quality, processing only very little and passing all of that nice detail directly to the recorded video output. While sounding good in theory, in practice the utilization of ‘lossless’ in x264 must be geared towards slow, analyzed video compression and not ‘as fast as we can get to avoid lag’ “live” game recording, because the result of this setting [at this time] is actually a lossy, compressed (it does not seem to go far beyond 100,000kbps), low bitrate (compared to ‘true loss-less compression’ which is much higher) capture. It does look decent, but it is also very demanding on the system and causes a large framerate drop for the level of detail that should be coming out of it [and doesn’t]. This codec does not seem to be optimized for lossless recording at this time and I do not suggest using the Lossless setting here.
    CRF (Constant Rate Factor) is sort of a combination of ABR and CQP. At any given rate factor, a certain bitrate is maintained, and when the motion on the screen goes very high and the bitrate gets too high to represent what is occurring in the frame (or hits the ‘ceiling’ bitrate that it is restricted to, which can be set), then the quality begins to suffer, as the codec ramps quality down and compresses the fast-moving (“not as easy for the human eye to see”) material, until things settle down on the screen and there is slower motion (such as a person walking). Then the quality ramps back up (the bitrate staying with the specified parameters) to keep the apparent quality high to the human eye. This is how CRF is supposed to work, and it seems to do a good job of that. 
    Game recording with CRF isn’t as cut-and-dry as slow, long-term video compression/archiving with CRF, where it has time to figure out how to compress the fast/blurry scenes and make the slower/clearer scenes look better and change the bitrate/quantization respectively. Quantization can be thought of as ‘apparent spoilage’ of the material, where a certain amount isn’t even noticeable to most humans, and in some fast-moving-high-action scenes, it is even preferable to some eyes. Low bitrate and/or high quantization would both result in loss of detail and ‘blurring’ or ‘smoothing’ of video most of the time and can result in compression artifacts such as Macroblocks and Gibbs Effects (“mosquito noise”), as the codec tries to decide ‘what to keep’ and ‘what to lose’ (lossy compression). With CRF, it usually will try to keep a slow-moving scene (someone walking, people talking) detailed, without much quantizing (‘spoilage’), so that it looks good. It will take high-motion (fast action, fast changing) scenes and quantize them more (smoothing, blurring, ‘spoiling’) since the human eye won’t notice it as much on fast-motion, already-slightly-blurred changes on the screen.
    To summarize the differences between the types of data rate controls (the choices in this pulldown bar):
    CQP is like stating, “Keep this quality, I don’t care how big the bitrate/file gets” and ABR is like stating, “Keep this bitrate/filesize, I don’t care how crappy you have to make the video look to stay within that”, CRF is more like stating, “Try to keep this bitrate, but change it a little as you need (within a certain amount) and make the video look slightly crappy if you need to as well, but don’t let either one get too out of wack”. As CRF seemed to also be the one with the least amount of effect of the system in the form of ‘lag’ [only slightly less than the other ones in testing], being so highly configurable (compared to the other choices, where you can state a bitrate to stay within and it adjusts itself), I suggest using CRF for your x264/AVC game capturing.

    Some Data / Bitrates seen with CRF

    Since it looks like we are going to be sticking with CRF as our main datarate control factor [it performs slightly better than the other choices in tests], here’s an example of some bitrates that can result from using it (in kilobits per second):

    Recorded game: Hitman: Absolution Benchmark [grainy, panning, high and low motion areas]
    Recorded codec: H.264/AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10) using the x264vfw interface
    Recorded settings [some]: No Deblocking, No Max Bitrate, No CABAC, adjusting only CRF

    CRF 51  ~1200 kbps (lowest possible quality setting for CRF)
    CRF 42  ~1600 kbps
    CRF 32  ~6000 kbps
    CRF 29  ~8500 kbps
    CRF 26  ~14000 kbps
    CRF 23  ~22000 kbps (codec default setting for CRF)
    CRF 22  ~23000 kbps
    CRF 21  ~32000 kbps
    CRF 18  ~45000 kbps
    CRF 15  ~64000 kbps
    CRF 13  ~79000 kbps
    CRF 10  ~101,000 kbps
    CRF 5    ~119,000 kbps
    CRF 1    ~119,000 kbps (highest possible quality setting for CRF)

    As you can see, the higher the CRF, the lower the bitrate, so the lower the recorded file size will be (but also the lower the apparent quality). If you desire a higher-quality recording, then a lower CRF is what you want (even with a very low CRF, the bitrate is nowhere near as high as say, a FRAPS or YV12 recording (which can both easily be over 500,000 kbps), but that is the nature of the codec as it tries to slightly compress everything that passes through it.

    It can also be seen, that is it is not a strict/hard-and-fast rule of evenly-spaced steps, when it comes to the CRF setting and Bitrate. It cannot be easily calculated that “two steps up in CRF equals this much more bitrate”. That is partially the nature of the compression and partially what occurs using CRF as a datarate control. When there is more motion on the screen and as it changes, the datarate will change as well, to try to keep within certain bitrate/quality boundaries and still accurately represent what is occurring on the screen/in the frames. With almost any form of compression/codec, only if the recording was using a completely fixed bitrate, or recording a static picture/view, would it be easy to calculate the adjustments required for a certain bitrate change. It is built into the codecs to adjust themselves as needed.

    What CRF setting to use

    So, what CRF setting to use? The general rule is: the lower the CRF number, the more bitrate/quality you are allowing it to use, but the bigger the recorded file size will be.

    The choice is somewhat objective, as CRF18 may look good to me to record a first-person-shooter game with (the default is CRF23), but you may not like how it looks and want to use CRF10 to keep more details that you want to see.
    Someone may not like the compression artifacts they can see when recording Minecraft using CRF18 and want to turn it up to CRF15 so that it is crisper, with less ‘mosquito noise’ around the edges or corruption that they can see; but you may think it looks good enough at the default of CRF23 and leave it there like someone else may do. You see?
    Those are two very different types of video/games mind you, one is dark and grainy and the other is smooth, with hard edges, like animation; but you get the point. It can vary, not only person to person, but also game to game. A few short tests is all it will take however, and you quickly will find a CRF setting that you are happy to record with. You’ll find your own balance between, what will essentially be, these considerations:

    The higher the bitrate (lower CRF number) the higher the quality and file size will be
    The lower the bitrate (higher CRF number) the lower the quality and file size will be

    You will eventually decide, with just a couple tests, what is ‘good enough’ quality for your eyes/uploading, and what CRF to use on that game (remember the ‘balancing act’ of bitrate vs quality mentioned at the beginning?). You will also find that the quality recorded isn’t even kept, after compressing the final/edited video to upload at a video sharing site somewhere.

    All of the above paragraphs between these red lines of text is the same for both the Official and the Unofficial versions of the x264vfw interface and is only duplicated for ease of reading their respective sections

    That’s about it for the nice-and-easy one-panel official graphical interface for the x264vfw H.264/AVC codec. Just a few small changes and a decision of what quality/bitrate you would like to use and it is all ready  for you to record with whatever game recording program you prefer. Have fun with it!

    What follows below, is the unofficial, more detailed, three-tabbed version of the x264vfw H.264/AVC codec interface. If this version is not installed on your system, or you do not care to use the more complicated version (you definitely don’t have to), then please skip down to the section called 
    “Slash-whew-sweating-emoticon”. No version is better than the other, by the way, they both utilize the same codec, one just gives you more options to set [and I happened to install it by accident when learning about recording with the x264 codec in the beginning], that’s all.

    The x264 Interface and Configuration in “Hardmode”
    (The Unofficial interface with black x264 logo)

    There are three main tabs in this version of the x264 Video For Windows interface: 
    Main
    Analysis and Encoding
    Rate Control and Other
    Each Tab has many different settings. We will talk about most of them – but not all of them – we are mainly concerned with the ones that will affect game capturing. I am going to be going through the Tabs in reverse order. This will help to explain the concepts in a more logical order [believe it or not].

    Rate Control & Other Tab

    In the ‘Rate Control and Other’ Tab, our main attention need only be on the VBV bitrate/buffer settings in the first Rate Control area. The other settings can be tweaked, but this need be the only one to change – when concerned only with game capturing – as it can dictate the final output filesize of our recording. 
    Why all that math and talk about bitrate above? Because of the very first setting we are going to cover, part of the Rate Control section:

    The very first setting in this third tab of the x264vfw interface is something called “VBV max bitrate” and it is expressed in “kbit/s”. Yay, we just learned about that! It means that the value typed in here will be accepted as “kilobits per second”.

    What does the “VBV” mean? It stands for “Video Buffering Verifier” and this setting will let us state the overall maximum bitrate we want to restrict the video recording to be, so that it does not go over it. 
    Why would we want to do that? Remember that the amount of bitrate (per second) that we are using to record with affects the output video file size. If it is a large amount, the file size will be bigger. If we wanted to restrict the recorded output file size and keep it smaller, we could put an amount in here and it will do it’s best to keep within that amount, allowing us to control how much bitrate it uses to record with (and thus control how big the game recording output will be).
    So, to use our example just above, if we wanted to restrict the bitrate of the game recording output to be only 1MB/s (1 MegaBytes per second), what do we do? 
    That’s right, we convert it to lower-case (small-‘b’) bits, first:
    We want 1 MegaByte per second of a bitrate
    1 MegaByte is 1000 KiloBytes
    since 1 Byte = 8 bits
    then 1000 KiloBytes = 8000 kilobits
    so to restrict the maximum bitrate allowed for our capture to 1MB/s (taking up 60MB of drive space per minute of recording) we would put “8000” in the ‘VBV max bitrate’ box.
    This box then, gives some control over how much diskspace you want to devote to the game recording file output. If you do not want to restrict the bitrate, do not put anything in these first two boxes on this third tab. 
    If you do want to set a restriction here on the bitrate, set a “buffer size” as well (the box just below the first one). This ‘buffer size’ gives a sliding-window-view of how much the codec will keep track of what is going through and ‘watch’ to make sure that it stays below the amount in the box above (the ‘max bitrate’ box). It is used more for compressing for portable devices (which have less RAM and are not able to buffer/keep track of a large amount at a time and therefore must have a restricted amount set here).  
    For our purposes – game recording – remember that we must be more concerned with speed (to reduce lag), so in this box, we cannot put a very large amount. Why? Because the larger the buffer, the more that the codec will try to ‘store up’ in RAM, in order to ‘watch it’ (process it) and keep track of how big the bitrate gets, in order to keep our restriction of the ‘max bitrate’ box on it. So, a smaller amount such as “2000” up to maybe “4000” in this ‘buffer size’ box is a good amount. The overall buffer size also allows room for the video to ‘go over slightly and come back down to within’ the amount we set, but the larger the amount is, the more data will be held behind for processing that will be done on the game recording and the slower everything will get – and we don’t want that – we want as close to ‘Lag Free’ recording as we can get. A “0” then, would be the optimal amount to put in here, when speed is a concern; but then we would not be able to set a maximum bitrate… more on this later in the article…
    That’s all we will adjust on the Rate Control & Other tab.
    Analysis & Encoding Tab
    Here’s where we will do the most adjusting, as these settings in here are the ones with the most impact on speed and game recording.
    In the Analysis section, the first few adjustments are checkboxes concerning Partitions. Partitions are exactly what they sound like: it is how much the codec will divide up the screen, into sections, so that it can analyze each section and look at what is changing, decide how to compress it, how much to compress it, and so on. For game recording, remember we are more concerned with speed, than messing with how the codec is going to scrutinize the screen, so we are going to uncheck everything in the Partitions sections. Really. We are also going to uncheck the Adaptive DCT setting (which will deselect/lock out/grey out some of the checkboxes for us).
    For game recording, we are going to leave a checkmark in the “Fast P-skip” setting.

    Frame Types (in Layman’s Terms)  /start

    There are three main types of frames in video encoding:
    I-type frames
    P-type frames
    B-type frames

    I-frames are ‘Intra-coded Frames’, sometimes called Information Frames, because they hold the most information in a ‘group of frames’ (which is what makes up a video) and therefore I-frames take up the most space (as far as the amount of space it will take up on your hard drive). They also look the best as well, as they usually use a higher bitrate (which is why they take up the more space). They are utilized by the codec to indicate a large change in what is going on in the video/on the screen, like a sort of ‘reset’. They can usually be identified by the screen being ‘cleared up’ of blocks/glitches from video compression, as the compressed video is played back. 

    For instance, if you are running down a dark hallway and turn a corner and there is an explosion, in order to more accurately represent that large change in color and motion in the game recording, the codec will most likely decide to insert at least one I-frame and use a larger amount of data to keep more detail as it tries to represent all of the huge changes going on, on the screen and in the frames.

    I-frames also serve some other purposes: the ‘intra-coded’ means that they are not dependent on other frames around it in the video  [which is a collection of frames], as they hold all the information needed to represent the frame all within itself [remember ‘inter-murals’ in school involved other schools and ‘intra-murals’ was contained all within your own school, this is the same thing]. 

    They also are usually used as Keyframes. Since I-frames contain all the data need to represent the entire frame, on it’s own, video applications can use it as a ‘starting point’ or ‘reference point’ (“keying off of it”) and allow for more compatible cutting/editing on them and use them to start ‘seeking’ from, when editing a video. The two main things to remember about I-frames/Keyframes [the same thing] is that (1) I-frames can stand alone all by themselves, as they have all the information needed to display an image/frame, and (2) I-frames allow video editing programs [like Sony’s VegasVideo/MovieStudio/Pro and Adobe’s Premiere/Pro] to ‘reset’ and show you where you are starting to edit from – if there are a large number of frames between these I-frames (“keyframes”), it will take longer for the program to read between all of them and then show/allow you to start editing from where you have selected in the video editing program (it will take longer overall to edit by hand as the program starts and stops and you have to wait while editing).  

    MJPEG game recordings are made up entirely of I-frames, as every frame in the captured video is it’s own JPEG compressed picture and it is the most editing-friendly and compatible codec to capture with, no matter what game capturing program you use. In fact, most video editors can read MJPEG without installing any other codecs on your system 

    P-frames are called ‘Predicted Frames’. They hold far less information in a group of frames (video) and take up far less space. They actually only hold the differences from the Previous I-frame, that is, they only keep track of the changes on the screen/what has changed on the screen since the last I-frame, which is why they are far smaller than I-frames. 

    For instance, if you are playing a character in a game and you are just standing at the mailbox reading an in-game message, there isn’t much changing on the screen at all. Perhaps on the side of the mail window, there is only someone running by and that is all that is happening on the screen, nothing else is moving at all. P-frames will only keep track of the movement that person running by and not keep track of the mail message or anything else going on in the frame (things that aren’t moving) and it will save only those changes to the game recorded file as P-frames. Hence, they can indeed take up a much smaller amount of space in a game recording, since they are only recording the things that are changing on the screen.

    B-frames are ‘Bi-directional Frames’ (called ‘Bi-Predictive Frames’). They hold even less information than P-frames, as they are only keeping track of the differences between any frame before or after itself (even using P-frames that are around it and not needing an entire I-frame to start from). This means they are only only keeping track of very small changes (only one frame ahead or behind) and can therefore be extremely small and take up very little space in a video file. B-frames are one of the reasons why we can archive/compress movies in such small file sizes – only the differences of what is going on, on the screen/in the frames, is being kept track of. Both P and B frames help to save a ton of space when it comes to video compression.

    Frame Types (in Layman’s Terms)  /end

    Why all that talk about the different types of frames in a group of frames (video)? Because now we can easily understand the next few settings in the configuration window. 
    Fast P-skip is a setting that allows the codec to look at P-frames and decide if there are enough changes to analyze it further, or ‘skip’ over them and just process them as they are. This is decided on by the codec when it looks at some other settings on this tab (such as the “ME” settings) but for the most part, it helps speed – our main concern with game recording – more than it helps things to ‘look good’, so we will leave a checkmark in it, as we briefly stated above.
    Max frame refs and Mixed refs are talking about Reference Frames and how many to use in a group of pictures/frames. When encoding, a codec can use frames in front (P-frames) or in front and behind (B-frames) of the current frame it is working with, to keep tracks of what has changed between frames. When encoding for movies, we want as many as possible (or as many as the codec decides to put in) in order have things keep a lot of detail wherever it is needed, especially for scene changes; but for game recording, we want things to run faster (so that the game capture does not lag the game or cause lag within the recorded file (“choppy-ness” in playback), so we actually want the codec to use as little number of Reference Frames as possible.
    Remember, every time the codec has to ‘think’ or analyze the frames more, it will slow down to break out it’s magnifying glass and scrutinize, so what we want for this setting is the lowest (one) Reference Frame (put a “1” in the Max frame refs box) so it doesn’t have to do much more work than just looking quickly one frame ahead or behind, when when figuring out what has changed. 
    Mixed reference frames allow the codec to compress frames based on changes in frames that are also being referenced by other frames [if you can follow that]. Again, the codec is going to have to slow down and take a look, and for game recording, we want things to stay lean and mean (fast), so uncheck this bad boy (if you make the Max frame refs a “1”, it will be disabled anyway, since it does not have enough frames to deal with to look around at them anyway).
    The next few settings down that all say “ME” refer to Motion Estimation. This is the process of keeping track of where things are moving on the screen and how to deal with compressing the changes it is keeping track of. For game recording, we want the codec to analyze as little as possible (so it doesn’t lag behind what is going on, on the screen) so we must choose the lowest settings for all of the “ME” options. 
    That means “Diamond” analysis as the ME algorithm (pulldown menu choice), an ME range of the smallest we can choose from (“4”) and the lowest amount of Subpixel ME refinement we can have (“0” or no subpixel refinement). Remember, we want the codec to just save what is happening on the screen and analyze as little as possible, so it doesn’t fall behind.
    With the choices above, Chroma ME and the Psycho-visual Rate Distortion Optimization strength will be locked out/not applicable, which is good for game capturing, as it scrutinizes the frames that are coming from the game even less.
    The next couple settings, in the middle column of the tab, that say GOP in them, are talking about the size of the Group Of Pictures we want in our capture. If you can recall the things we have already said about how a codec decides to compress frames, it looks to frames ahead and behind at times, looking at the differences between them, and then decides how to compress the frames based on what it finds (and the settings we set). For movie compression, we want a large number, so that the codec mainly keeps track of the differences only between frames, as much as it can, and a large GOP size allows it a lot of ‘room to move’ and look around. For game capturing, we don’t want it to be quite as big, as the more frames on it’s plate it has to deal with, the more it will slow down and take time to decide what to do with them. 

    There is also a chance that some video editing applications will not like the large (or any) Groups Of Pictures and may see the video stream as corrupted or give wierd artifacts/effects when it plays it back. This is one reason why using MJPEG as a game recording codec is suggested often, as it’s built-in GOP is “1”, as evey frame is it’s own self-contained ‘group’ and no editing app has to mess with it or over-analyze it. It is the most compatible, but you can use any codec you wish, but you may have to change the codec’s Keyframes or GOP to “1” for compatibility [more on this in future articles!]


    Hence, we will set a nice low number [I personally used “50” around the time of this post]. Be aware that if the number is a multiple of the framerate you are recording in, Videophiles may notice the screen ‘shifting’ or having other odd effects ‘in time with’ the framerate (eg. if recording at 60fps and the GOP size is 60, some people notice the screen ‘correcting’ or ‘shifting’ or ‘flickering’ every second, as it ends the group or frames and starts a new one every second).
    You can use “1”, which will make the codec act like MJPEG in a way, but then the codec will not have any room to analyze/compare/compress anything, and the resulting file will require much more bitrate to keep detail (to accurately represent what is going on in each frame)… more on that later in this article…
    Weighted P-frames and Max consecutive B-frames is yet more analysis for the codec to do (especially B-frames, which remember, is a frame that ‘looks both ways’ for changes to frames in front and behind it, therefore can slow down recording a lot). For game capturing, we gots’ta keep setting things for speed and not letting the codec analyze too much. Change the Weighted P-frames to “None” (via a pull down bar) and the B-frames to “0” if they aren’t already. This is effectively telling the codec “you ain’t got time fo’ B-framez” so the rest of the settings that say “B-frames” should be locked/greyed out after that.
    [In tests, enabling B-frames would actually crash the x264vfw app]
    Under the Encoding section, the last column of this tab, the first section has to do with Deblocking
    Deblocking is a way to try and ‘hide’ areas where the codec has cut out detail or ‘let go of data’ (lossy) in attempts to conform to the other settings in the codec and/or compress the frames highly. I’m sure almost everyone has seen Compression Artifacts like macroblocks or Gibbs Effects (mosquito noise) in high/over-compressed video and video streams. It’s not very pretty and turning on the Deblocking filter is one way of masking these artifacts, so that the video overall looks nicer to the human eye. 
    The problem with Deblocking is that the codec will smooth things out, when trying to hide artifacts (especially ones that occur with lower bitrates/quality). It can be forced to keep detail with negative values (useful for movies/games with film grain), but overall it still takes more compression time to use, as the codec stops and analyzes the frames, looking for what to Deblock. So, for game recording for the most part, for optimum speed, Deblocking should be disabled, that is, “No Checkmark” in the box for In-loop deblocking filter (which will disable the two Deblocking settings below it).

    [In my own trials/experiments, I found that a low amount of deblocking (as in “1”) for these two recording settings is acceptable and helps to hide some otherwise icky-looking compression effects that occur at lower bitrates (bitrate control is covered more in the next section), but for optimum speed (it is not needed at higher bitrates anyway) and especially for older/less powerful systems, turning deblocking off will always speed things up.]
    CABAC is extra analysis that can really make a difference in compressing video. Some mobile players cannot even use it though, as it requires more processing power. The optimal setting for this, as it is extra analysis/processing being done – for game recording – would be “Off” (unchecked).

     [I have successfully done many recordings with CABAC on, as it seems to have only a slight effect on recording ‘lag’ on my system; but for optimum speed/less lag when recording (and at a slight loss for keeping some quality), it should be disabled.. for speed. ]

    The only other thing to adjust in this tab, when game recording, is the Trellis setting. Trellis is a way of analyzing and attempting to keep certain detail when compressing, especially at lower bitrates, but as many times already mentioned, we want speed for game recording, so set the Trellis analysis to “Off” (via a pulldown bar). 

    Main Tab

    All of the below paragraphs between these red lines of text is the same for both the Official and the Unofficial versions of the x264vfw interface and is only duplicated for ease of reading their respective sections

    The main thing in here (and really the only thing to adjust for game recording in this tab) is the longest bar right in the middle, the main datarate control and compression decision make, is all in that one bar. I cannot even make a suggestion on what to use [ok, I can actually], since it will partially depend on what type of game you are recording, your hardware, what kind of compression you are looking for and many other factors. I will attempt to simplify it however and give a suggestion at the end. (More importantly for game recording, there is one choice that is slightly faster than all the others).

    To begin, since we are going to be using x264 for game recording, we cannot use the Leeloo Dallas Multipass Options. Multiple passes (usually 2 or 3) when compressing/archiving video can greatly increase quality, but that means twice the analysis, double-checking and then further compression by the codec. Literally processing every frame twice (for 2-passes). That’s great when we want to keep a movie in a small, ‘as-good/high-as-we-can-get’ quality, forever. When recording games however, we want [one guess] speed [I just realized this whole article can be it’s own drinking game]. We can only accept “Single pass” as our option, because we just want the codec to see what frames are coming in, take a quick glance, and compress them into our output video file. One pass.
    Starting with ABR (Average BitRate), the “bitrate-based” setting, this setting allows you to punch in the average bitrate you want to record at and it attempts to stick with it (it will go lower, but try to never go higher than what you set here). This setting basically tells the codec, “Keep within this bitrate, I don’t care if the quality goes down”, because as the bitrate ceiling is reached, it will quickly degrade in quality, as more/high movement occurs on the screen/frame. It is good for keeping within a certain file size, if that is your desire, but it also causes a bit of ‘lag’ and is not seemingly optimized for ‘live’ capturing.
    CQP (Constant Quantizer Parameter) is a setting where you are basically telling the codec, “Keep this level of Quality”, and it will do it’s best to keep that level of quality for all frames/scenes. However, it will spend more time (and bitrate) on fast-motion/high-action scenes. This is good if you want to keep a movie visible clearly when a lot of things are going on [I hate watching a low-quality video stream online and it goes absolutely-stupid blurry at high-motion scenes just because there are many things happening on the screen], but it will also result in the higher usage of bitrate, which means larger file sizes. This may sound like a good thing for game recording (and for quality, it is), but the time spend analyzing the faster-motion scenes means that it is actually slowing down (in terms of the codec breaking out it’s magnifying glass and scrutinizing the frames that are passing by), which results in ‘lag’, both in the game and in the recorded video file itself (“choppiness” on playback).
    Lossless should attempt to lose no quality, processing only very little and passing all of that nice detail directly to the recorded video output. While sounding good in theory, in practice the utilization of ‘lossless’ in x264 must be geared towards slow, analyzed video compression and not ‘as fast as we can get to avoid lag’ “live” game recording. The result is actually a lossy, compressed (it does not seem to go far beyond 100,000kbps), low bitrate (compared to ‘true loss-less compression’) capture. It does look decent, but it is also very demanding on the system and causes a large framerate drop for the level of detail that should be coming out of it (and doesn’t). This codec does not seem to be optimized for lossless recording at this time and I do not suggest using the Lossless setting here.
    CRF (Constant Rate Factor) is sort of a combination of ABR and CQP. At any given rate factor, a certain bitrate is maintained, and when the motion on the screen goes very high and the bitrate gets too high to represent what is occurring in the frame (or hits the ‘ceiling’ bitrate that it is restricted to, which can be set), then the quality begins to suffer, as the codec ramps it down and compresses the fast-moving (“not as easy for the human eye to see”) material, until things settle down on the screen and there is slower motion (such as a person walking). Then the quality ramps back up (the bitrate staying with the specified parameters) to keep the apparent quality high to the human eye. This is how CRF is supposed to work, and it seems to do a good job of that. 
    Game recording with CRF isn’t as cut-and-dry as slow, long-term video compression with CRF, where it has time to figure out how to compress the fast/blurry scenes and make the slower/clearer scenes look better and change the bitrate/quantization respectively. Quantization can be thought of as ‘apparent spoilage’ of the material, where a certain amount isn’t even noticeable to most humans, and in some fast-moving-high-action scenes, it is even preferable to some eyes. Low bitrate and/or high quantization would both result in loss of detail and ‘blurring’ or ‘smoothing’ of video most of the time and can result in compression artifacts such as Macroblocks and Gibbs Effects (“mosquito noise”), as the codec tries to decide ‘what to keep’ and ‘what to lose’ (lossy compression). With CRF, it usually will try to keep a slow-moving scene (someone walking, people talking) detailed, without much quantizing (‘spoilage’), so that it looks good. It will take high-motion (fast action, fast changing) scenes and quantize them more (smoothing, blurring, ‘spoiling’) since the human eye won’t notice it as much on fast-motion, already-slightly-blurred changes on the screen.
    To summarize the differences between the types of data rate controls (the choices in this pulldown bar):
    CQP is like stating, “Keep this quality, I don’t care how big the bitrate/file gets” and ABR is like stating, “Keep this bitrate/filesize, I don’t care how crappy you have to make the video look to stay within that”, CRF is more like stating, “Try to keep this bitrate, but change it a little as you need (within a certain amount) and make the video look slightly crappy if you need to as well, but don’t let either one get too out of wack”. As CRF seemed to also be the one with the least amount of effect of the system in the form of ‘lag’ [only slightly less than the other ones in testing], being so highly configurable (compared to the other choices, where you can state a bitrate to stay within and it adjusts itself), I suggest using CRF for your x264/AVC game capturing.

    Some Data / Bitrates seen with CRF

    Since it looks like we are going to be sticking with CRF as our main datarate control factor [it performs slightly better than the other choices in tests], here’s an example of some bitrates that can result from using it (in kilobits per second):

    Recorded game: Hitman: Absolution Benchmark [grainy, panning, high and low motion areas]
    Recorded codec: H.264/AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10) using the x264vfw interface
    Recorded settings [some]: No Deblocking, No Max Bitrate, No CABAC, adjusting only CRF

    CRF 51  ~1200 kbps (lowest possible quality setting for CRF)
    CRF 42  ~1600 kbps
    CRF 32  ~6000 kbps
    CRF 29  ~8500 kbps
    CRF 26  ~14000 kbps
    CRF 23  ~22000 kbps (codec default setting for CRF)
    CRF 22  ~23000 kbps
    CRF 21  ~32000 kbps
    CRF 18  ~45000 kbps
    CRF 15  ~64000 kbps
    CRF 13  ~79000 kbps
    CRF 10  ~101,000 kbps
    CRF 5    ~119,000 kbps
    CRF 1    ~119,000 kbps (highest possible quality setting for CRF)

    As you can see, the higher the CRF, the lower the bitrate, so the lower the recorded file size will be (but also the lower the apparent quality). If you desire a higher-quality recording, then a lower CRF is what you want (even with a very low CRF, the bitrate is nowhere near as high as say, a FRAPS or YV12 recording (which can both easily be over 500,000 kbps), but that is the nature of the codec as it tries to slightly compress everything that passes through it.

    It can also be seen, that is it is not a strict/hard-and-fast rule of evenly-spaced steps, when it comes to the CRF setting and Bitrate. It cannot be easily calculated that “two steps up in CRF equals this much more bitrate”. That is partially the nature of the compression and partially what occurs using CRF as a datarate control. When there is more motion on the screen and as it changes, the datarate will change as well, to try to keep within certain bitrate/quality boundaries and still accurately represent what is occurring on the screen/in the frames. With almost any form of compression/codec, only if the recording was using a completely fixed bitrate, or recording a static picture/view, would it be easy to calculate the adjustments required for a certain bitrate change. It is built into the codecs to adjust themselves as needed.

    What CRF setting to use

    So, what CRF setting to use? The general rule is: the lower the CRF number, the more bitrate/quality you are allowing it to use, but the bigger the recorded file size will be.

    The choice is somewhat objective, as CRF18 may look good to me to record a first-person-shooter game with (the default is CRF23), but you may not like how it looks and want to use CRF10 to keep more details that you want to see.
    Someone may not like the compression artifacts they can see when recording Minecraft using CRF18 and want to turn it up to CRF15 so that it is crisper, with less ‘mosquito noise’ around the edges or corruption that they can see; but you may think it looks good enough at the default of CRF23 and leave it there like someone else may do. You see?
    Those are two very different types of video/games mind you, one is dark and grainy and the other is smooth, with hard edges, like animation; but you get the point. It can vary, not only person to person, but also game to game. A few short tests is all it will take however, and you quickly will find a CRF setting that you are happy to record with. You’ll find your own balance between, what will essentially be, these considerations:

    The higher the bitrate (lower CRF number) the higher the quality and file size will be
    The lower the bitrate (higher CRF number) the lower the quality and file size will be

    You will eventually decide, with just a couple tests, what is ‘good enough’ quality for your eyes/uploading, and what CRF to use on that game (remember the ‘balancing act’ of bitrate vs quality mentioned at the beginning?). You will also find that the quality recorded isn’t even kept, after compressing the final/edited video to upload at a video sharing site somewhere.

    All of the above paragraphs between these red lines of text is the same for both the Official and the Unofficial versions of the x264vfw interface and is only duplicated for ease of reading their respective sections

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    That was a lot to take in at once – but you made it through – and now you are set to record using H.264/AVC, whether you prefer Dxtory, Bandicam or use the completely free-to-use Afterburner from MSI. You are also now knowledgeable in both the Official and an Unofficial version of the x264 Video For Windows graphical way of setting up the codec, to change the settings.

    Other than the Rate Control setting above (CRF) which you can adjust and set how you want it, the rest of the settings I have personally tested and found which ones allow for the faster recording performance and which ones negatively affect the speed of recording, utilizing the x264vfw interface (which these programs use to record in H.264/AVC). Turning off/down the ones I have stated throughout the article should give you the fastest/closest to ‘lag-free’ recording you can get with this codec, while still taking advantage of it’s compression capability. [My own Personal Notes/Opinions/Settings are below]

    Please note that if your system is older or not as capable (perhaps you have a notebook/laptop which has less capability than a full desktop system with it’s own dedicated videocard and soundcard), you may have to do things like lower the recording resolution (or the resolution you are playing at in the game), increase the CRF number (so that it uses slightly less system resources to process the recording and will then use less bitrate and less disk space).

    There are many things that can be done to help with speed, make for smoother recording, less lag, etc.
    Here is a link to an article I wrote earlier on this blog, with general Tips to help with game recording:
    http://gametipsandmore.blogspot.ca/2012/05/tips-for-game-recording-currently-text.html
    No matter what game you play or what program you are using to record, these Tips will help you overall, with trying to record your games.

    Lastly, please note dear reader, that I am not saying “This codec is the best one to record with” or “use this one only”. I am merely showing that it is possible or how to tweak it for quality or file size, as to your own personal tastes. There are many codecs out there to choose from when game recording and although some are more apt for certain types of games than others, overall it is your own choice to do with as you will. 

    As always, do some of your own testing, see what works the best for you on your system and get things looking exactly how you want them to look – and have fun with it!


    Personal Short Version/Opinion
    and 
    Settings I use:

    H.264/AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10), is not normally a recommended codec to record with, for most people. It does not have the capability of super-high-almost-what-you-see-is-what-you-get quality that other codecs like FRAPS1, YV12, Lagarith or RGB Raw would give you. 
    Heck, the highest bitrate possible (using the CRF setting, the fastest of the Rate Control settings in my tests) is only about 100,000kbps. That’s still about 2-4x the bitrate of the average BluRay movie mind you, and it seems fine to me, to look at the recorded videos of it.

    Even if I had Terabytes of hard drive space to record to, I would still like to record in as small a filesize as I can, attempting at the same time to keep ‘good enough’ quality. Gone for me, are the days of filling my drives with FRAPS recordings (which have very high quality though) when today, with the more powerful CPUs and GPUs, I can record in a high MJPEG setting (for compatibility with editing apps) or a high MPEG-1 setting (which saves a lot on diskspace as well and has decent compatibility with video editors) – and now I can save even more space and record with MPEG-4 AVC, if desired. 
    For instance, on my older system, a dual-core cpu with an NVIDIA GTS250, recording with x264/AVC brings my framerate down by about ten frames per second and sometimes more. On my newer system, a six-core cpu with an AMD HD 6870, recording with x264/AVC, with the same settings, brings my framerate down by only a couple of frames per second with my settings. Wonderful stuff.

    I did many, many tests to find out what specific settings made differences (especially with the Unofficial version of the interface) and for the most part, it turned out as intuitive as it seemed at the outset: any setting that increased analysis and processing of the frames slowed things down. 
    I had to test it all of course, and I found many settings that didn’t make a ‘huge’ impact on performance, and with more powerful hardware these are able to be used and enjoyed, helping to compress the frames even further, keeping decent detail and resulting in a very small recorded file size. As you can adjust/optimize settings far more in the Unofficial interface (at least a bit easier/graphically), I tend to use that one more than the Official version; but in essence, both are the same thing. Here’s some of my findings [my settings are in these square brackets]:

    For the Official (“Simple”, red x264 logo) interface:

    I found that, on a more modern desktop system, the Preset can be turned ‘down’ a bit (the amount of analysis going up a bit), to Superfast or even sometimes Veryfast, since many of the hard-cpu-hitting options like Trellis and larger Motion Estimations don’t kick in at these settings. Anything lower/slower than that makes it lag behind too much as it processes frames.
    [I usually use Superfast]

    While Zero Latency is pretty much required for live game recording, Fast Decode is not entirely needed, especially if you have a faster rig to power the game and record at the same time on. My computer isn’t even top of the line but it can handle NOT using Fast Decode (which disables CABAC, and a couple other things). CABAC can have quite a bit of an effect on quality, and since it doesn’t seem to have a huge performance hit, I use it. Fast Decode also disables Deblocking and that leads into my next setting…
    [I always use Zero Latency]
    [Even though it helps with speed, most of the time I don’t use Fast Decode]

    The only other thing I change in the interface is deciding on the main Rate Control type and Rate Factor. In my own tests, CRF seemed to have the least amount of effect on framerate out of them all, and I fluctuate on what CRF I use, depending on the game I’m recording and what the recording is for. If I’m recording a high-quality test, of course it will be a low CRF, but it need not be a 1 to look good. I am quite satisfied with a CRF of 15-18 for decent-quality captures. The bitrate of a 1080p capture at that CRF ran about 45,000kbps, which is a high-quality BluRay movie’s bitrate. For just average gameplay for fun, I usually run a CRF of 21 up to 23. The quality is ‘good enough’ then, especially with a low Deblocking setting helping out (the Preset of Superfast leaves Deblocking “On” at the default 0:0 setting). I don’t recommend going below CRF23, with deblocking or not, as it just becomes too ‘garble-y’, to use a more technical term… Web broswer/low-motion games or hard-edged/animated games that look like Minecraft also need a higher bitrate (lower CRF), so that the hard edges aren’t messed up and the smooth/flat areas aren’t too compressed and get ‘blocky’.
    [I use a CRF in the range of 18 for higher-quality capturing, going up to 23 if disk space is low, and don’t suggest higher than 23, so that quality doesn’t suffer too much] 

    Nothing else need be adjusted in the Official x264/red logo interface, but I sometimes add “–keyint 50” or “–keyint 20” into the area (no quotation marks) ‘for advanced users’ at the bottom. This is a command that will force a keyframe/I-frame after that many frames have gone by. This helps to keep the seeking time low when editing and allows for closer cuts when not recompressing the clip when editing. If you having a problem with editing MPEG-4/AVC files, try using a –keyint setting of “1”, so that every frame is an editable/seekable keyframe. A higher GOP is better for file size but can take longer to seek when editing and Vegas or Premiere might have ‘trails’ or ‘corruption’ so might need a GOP setting of 1, see here for more info). You may want to increase the bitrate to keep quality then though, as the codec can’t really compress/do much of it’s ‘magic’ then, without room to work between frames. As stated above, the optimal codec for editing is MJPEG, but many do not like the quality (try turning it up to 100%).
    Leaving it blank and not using any “–keyint” command will allow the codec to use many more frames (250 is the default I believe) for compression and the resulting recorded file size will be very small.

    For the Unofficial (“Complicated”, black x264 logo) interface:

    The first tab is just the Rate Control setting. CRF seemed to have the least effect on framerate.
    I also sometimes add the –keyint setting to the command box at the bottom, just like I talked about a couple paragraphs up.
    [I use a CRF in the range of 18 or less for higher-quality capturing, going up to 21 or if disk space is low, up to 23 at the most and don’t suggest higher than 23, so that quality doesn’t suffer too much]

    For the second tab, there is a lot to change, but I mainly talked about why up in the article, so I’ll just state what I like to use here, after this paragraph on Deblocking:

    Deblocking can be forced to ‘leave things in’/keep details, by using a negative value, especially when dealing with effects such as film grain and minute details and noise; but for the most part deblocking will ‘smooth things out’, especially trying to hide where a lot of detail has been lost, where compression artifacts like Macroblocks and Gibbs Effects (mosquito noise) around edges would show up. I don’t recommend putting deblocking up too high though, as it can really make things downright blurry. With deblocking completely off, all of the detail is kept, but many things can look like they have a ‘wood grain’ pattern on them. With a high bitrate/low CRF, there is no need for deblocking at all anyway, as there would be a lot less compression/artifacting. When recording a high-quality test or something like that, I leave it off. When just recording random gameplay or myself doing something, I turn it on at a low setting, to help with keeping things looking slightly more ‘clean’.
    [I use Deblocking at 1:0 (CUDA default) up to 3:0, when I use it, but any more and things start to look ‘too smoothed out’ to me]

    For this second tab then:
    [No Partitions (all unchecked, Fast P-skip checked, 1 Max reference frame, ME algorithm on Diamond, ME range of 4, Subpixel ME refinement of 0 or 1 (any higher causes more lag), GOP size of 20 or 50 (this is the –keyint setting from above, higher is better for file size but can take longer to seek when editing and Vegas or Premiere might have ‘trails’ or ‘corruption’ so might need a GOP setting of 1, see here for more info), No Weighted P-frames, Max consecutive B-frames to 0 (none), In-loop deblocking filter unchecked (off) or checked (on) with a 1:1 deblock, CABAC on (it’s slower for less-capable systems), DCT decimation checked (on), Trellis set to Off]

    In the third and last tab of the Unofficial (black x264 logo) interface, I sometimes set a VBV max bitrate of about 40000 (kbps) just to keep the filesize down, especially when I’m going to edit and recompress for uploading somewhere (which usually gets rendered out for upload at that bitrate or lower anyway), it looks ‘good enough’ for me (this also requires a buffer of some sort, to allow it to check the bitrate as it goes up and down, so I put in 4000 or 10000 if I set a VBV max bitrate)
    [No maxbitrate usually, unless you want to save some harddrive space (eg. 50000k)]

    That’s all I change for both of those interfaces, from their defaults, as of the time of this post. 
    Keep in mind that as games are updated and Re-Optimized, drivers are Updated, and new hardware is released/purchased, I may change these settings (and I advise you to try some tests too, if you wish, when things change). Also, I am not a stickler for the utmost quality and don’t mind things getting compressed a bit, so you might want tighter/higher settings. 
    Mainly, I hope that this info helps some of you to either record with less lag (many people report that with more optimized MPEG-4/AVC settings they have less apparent lag) or just learned some terms and concepts that may help when editing and compressing your own videos/shows/etc and overall just help you record better/smoother. I actually enjoyed testing all of these things out and learning about it and I hope it helps anyone that is recording their gameplay adventures.


    See you in the games!

    Types of Motorcycles

    Motorcycles have, in recent years, become more focused and specialized in their function. Here are definitions of a few key types of bikes.

    Adventure/Touring, Dual Sports

    The offspring of rugged dirtbikes and long-distance tourers, these bikes boast lots of suspension travel and upright postures that are comfortable for lengthy rides.

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    Choppers

    Epitomized by the Harley-Davidson Panhead in the film Captain America, choppers tend to have extremely raked forks, reclined seats, and lots of showy chrome.

    Cruisers

    Cruisers are like sedate choppers; their fork rake is less extreme, and they’re designed for laid-back riding.

    Dirt Bikes

    Dirt bikes generally refer to motorcyles designed for offroad riding, and typically feature knobby tires, long suspension travel, and minimalistic frames and bodywork. Variants of dirt bike designs compete in Enduro, Motocross, and Trials events, among others.

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    Enduro Bikes

    Designed for long distance offroad competitions, Enduro bikes are usually equipped with headlights and taillights for nighttime riding, and can be outfitted with timers and roll chart reading devices that aid riders with navigation and timekeeping.

    Naked Bikes

    Naked bikes recall British motorcycles of the sixties, and lack bodywork or a fairing that would normally hide their engines and inner-workings.

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    Power Scooters

    Power scooters are like scooters on steroids, and they share a similar step-through (or near step-through) design. But they also boast large engines (sometimes up to 650cc) rivaling the powerplants found in some motorcycles. Power scooters usually offer commuter-friendly creature comforts and numerous storage compartments.

    Scooters

    Typified by Italian-made Vespas, scooters are like small motorcycles with bodywork that allows the rider to “step through” and sit without getting his or her clothes stained by oil. Scooter engine sizes can be as little as 50cc.

    Sport Bikes

    Designed purely for performance, sport bikes tend to require arms-forward posture, powerful engines, and tight handling.

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    Supermoto Bikes

    Based on race machines that compete on a combination of road and dirt surfaces, Supermoto bikes combine offroad characteristics such as deep suspension travel with road tires and bodywork reminiscent of so-called “street fighter” bikes.

    Touring Bikes

    Created solely for long-distance comfort, touring bikes often feature backrests, large windscreens, and creature comforts such as radios and navigation systems.

    Trials Bikes

    These specialized competition bikes are tailor made for trials events, in which motorcycles are maneuvered around offroad or man-made obstacles, and riders are penalized if their feet touch the ground. Extremely lightweight, trials bikes lack seats and feature stiffer suspension than most dirtbikes.

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    Source: About: Motorcycles (Wasef)

    My trip to Australia, Adelaide & Melbourne

    The trip to Australia has many connotations, projects, jobs, fun etc. I started my journey (with my wife) without any expectations and reached my transit point of Singapore with relative comfort and uneventful. On the leg between Singapore and Adelaide we were unlucky to be seated next to a person who was clearly suffering from the flue, coughing and sneezing. When will the airlines seat such passengers in a different area of the flight? I wonder if I live to see such care by an airline; anyway reached Adelaide with the knowledge that, we have a high probability of getting the flue or at least a cold.

    Australians are very strict in terms of anything you bring into Australia so being my first trip down under I din not anticipate the ques, baggage scanning and physical inspection for any food items etc. Man it just not worth the hassle to take anything to Australia. We reached out hotel (Granada Motor Inn) in the morning and had to wait for a while till our room was ready. It was a comfortable hand had a decent air conditioner coz the outside temperature was around 42 C. In the evening we went for a quick tour of Adelaide and had dinner at an award winning Korean restaurant. Dining in Australia is also a big thing.

    The next day we went to an area north of Adelaide (Playford North) where a new federal government led development was being rolled out. Needless to say there are employment opportunities and project opportunities there. We met the people and had a look around to see if it was to our liking.

    Between the 31st of January and the 3rd of February we were in Adelaide and had a good look around Adelaide. We ventured out alone on several occasions and found the public transport (Busses) to be the most economical mode of transport. On the 4th of February we took a tiger airways flight to Avalon / Melbourne were a friend of my wife picked us up. We went straight to the Crown Casino to have lunch. You can be fooled when you are at Crown Casino thinking you are in Hong Kong or China as 90% of the punters are of Chinese origin.

    After Lunch we went to the river bank / pier where there was a street carnival on account of the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit. It was great to observe how clean the street carnival was. Guess the minute emigrants from this part of the world go to Australia they become model citizens. Wonder what makes them behave like animals (my apologies to all animals) when they are in their own country?

    In the evening we went to a nearby forest reserve to see some wild Kangaroos and were treated by some good sightings. On the way back to our friends place we went to a drive in liquor store which was unique for me. I hope that they would bring this concept to Colombo.

    We had a BBQ for dinner (yes I had Kangaroo stakes) and had a great time with our friends. The next day we had to head back to Adelaide so; In the Morning We went to our friend’s restaurant for breakfast ZEST 89 and drove to Avalon to get back to Adelaide. I recommend anyone who visits Melbourne to at least have one meal at the ZEST 89 restaurant it is a great place.

    We reached Adelaide by mid afternoon. We then took the Mount Lofty Scenic Route and went to Cleland Park for the afternoon to see the other wild life in a park environment. Cleland Park was an education. There I was able to see the famous “black swan” in real life. It is a truly remarkable astonishing site even though you have heard about it seeing one in real life was beautiful.

    We stayed in Adelaide until the 8th and took the flight back to Singapore. In Singapore we had arranged to meet some of our good friends for dinner. The immigration officers at Changi Air Port were a bit amused that we went out for 3 Hours. Anyway we returned to Colombo without incident and I am certain we will be going back to Australia in the near future.

    Given the position of all the Asian countries and their role in the post financial crisis global economy Australia is a very attractive prospect vis-à-vis US and Europe.

    1st I’ve seen or heard of a GM supercharger on a 1958 Corvette

    My Free Font, Just For You™: LED SCREEN GTAMBLOG CAPS+ 2.0 (with Download Links)

    An awkward name perhaps, for an odd little, simple version of an “LED Screen / Scoreboard Style Capitals Only” font (including Punctuation and Accents!) – but years ago, I contacted the author of a similar-styled font, to ask specifically for Commercial Use of his font, that looked somewhat like this one [I have been using it “Officially” here at The Blog since then – you can see Examples of it all over this site, on the images].

    Today, I found Fontstruct, an easy-to-use, free, online Font creation utility – and thought “why don’t I make my own version this font, not only for ‘The Blog’ to use, but for others to possibly use as well?”.
    And so, here is an ‘LED Screen’ or ‘Dot Matrix’ style font (also usable as a ‘Pixel font’) – with punctuation and a couple of ‘accents’ – but capitals only, as traditional LED Screens or Scoreboards (“Score Screens”) would have used; made by my hand, Just For You™…

    I am distributing it as “LED SCREEN GTAMBLOG CAPS+ 2.0” by ‘Troy from The Game Tips And More Blog’, at various Font sites, such as those below (for Downloading, Updates as I add more and/or am approved by them). [If you prefer, contact me via email and I can also send you the TTF or Zip of the Font, from me, directly]:

    • Fontstruct (where I created the font by hand): 
    • https://fontstruct.com/fontstructions/show/1459839/led-screen-gtamblog-caps-2-0

    • Fontspace: 
    • http://www.fontspace.com/thegametipsandmoreblog/led-screen-gtamblog-caps-20

    Feel free to Comment on those sites, or here (Suggestions, Questions, And More) or contact me via e-mail if you have any questions about the font, at:
    [email protected]

    Usage License: (Creative Commons, Attribution License, 4.0)
    You are free to utilize this font for ANY purpose whatsoever, including Commercial Use and Monetization of any kind, Royalty-Free; the only condition being that you mention my name somewhere, anywhere, during use of this font.
    If you would like to make a Donation, on behalf of using this font, you may do so via PayPal, using my email ([email protected]), but this is not required at all, to use this font for any purpose you desire.

    As some of you may know, I have been playing around with Fonts off and on, creating them for various images/headers/etc here at The Blog over the years, compiling at least 4-5 fonts or so from scratch, with varying levels of completion… I ‘m not sure when I’ll get around to finishing all of them – but for now, I hope this font can perhaps be useful for some quick images, videos, or whatever you may want it for – Enjoy!

    Edit:
     I may return and add some images and examples of the font… Soon™
    Also, although I have made this font by hand at the Fontstruct website, I always suggest that you Scan any files you download (just in case), with an Anti-Virus utility of some sort – whether it is Windows Defender (built-in to Windows 10, after downloading) or via an online scanner/website, such as VirusTotal.com or similar.

    Rick Fairless and Allstate launch motorcycle safety program

    It’s well-known that riders tend to listen more closely when it’s one of their own bringing the message. Who better to bring up the hot topic of motorcycle safety than a rider known worldwide for his custom motorcycles, television appearances and owner of Strokers Dallas, a little slice of motorcycle heaven in Texas.

    Clutch and Chrome caught up with custom bike builder and motorcycle celebrity Rick Fairless at Sturgis on Thursday to discuss his work with Allstate Insurance Company and their newest initiative under its Rider Protection Project portfolio, a series of programs all focused on making the roads a safer place to ride.

    The latest initiative is the Allstate Good Ride Grant contest which looks to the riding community for their ideas on advancing motorcycle safety and awareness. Good Ride Grants joins Rider Risk Map, Once is Never Enough (O.N.E.) and other rider advocacy initiatives, all part of Allstate’s commitment to protecting riders.

    Putting money where their heart is Allstate Insurance Company’s Good Ride Grants will award a combined total of $25,000 to contest winners with the best ideas. Now through Aug. 31, 2013, contest applicants may submit their Good Ride Grant submissions through the designated tab on Allstate Motorcycle’s Facebook page. Entries are welcome from anyone, including local governments, dealerships, rider clubs and individuals.

    “Riding a motorcycle presents a feeling of freedom, adventure and camaraderie with fellow riders, but we also know the risks that come along with it,” said Keith Rutman, vice president of Allstate’s Powersports unit. “The Good Ride Grant program allows Allstate to continue our mission of protecting riders while also keeping an open ear to the riding community and what they feel is important.”

    The first 1,000 contest entries to be submitted before Aug. 31 will be reviewed and finalists will be chosen by a six-person judging committee, comprising of representatives from Allstate and a diverse collection of motorcycle industry professionals, including custom motorcycle builder Rick Fairless.

    “I’m proud to partner with Allstate on an issue that has always been top of mind for me, and I think that the Good Ride Grant program is a great way to empower our riding community to help each other protect what is a lifestyle for so many of us by making it as safe as possible,” said Fairless.

    “There are lots of people out there that ride and lots of ideas,” Rick says,’ Give’em to me. What’s the ideas, we’re going to take the idea’s and whittle them down.”

    Joining Fairless on the judging committee is Keith Rutman, vice president of Allstate’s Powersports unit; Rusty Creed, Allstate agency owner; Rod Krois, Indian Motorcycle’s Marketing Director; Bryan Harley, Motorcycle USA Editor; and Don Becklin, Motorcycle Superstore / Motorcycle USA founder and Motorsport Aftermarket Group’s retail group president.

    Both Allstate Insurance Company and Rick obviously enjoy working together, the two are on their third year of bringing similar programs and initiatives to the riding community.

    In September, the judges will determine the top 15 finalists. The finalists will then be featured on the Allstate Motorcycle Facebook page, where fans can vote for their favorite ideas. The five finalists with the highest overall contest scores by Oct. 31 will each receive a $5,000 grant to help put their ideas into action.

    Complete details on the Allstate Good Ride Grant contest and details on how to submit an idea, visit Facebook.com/AllstateMotorcycle and click on the Good Ride Grant tab icon.

    During the interview, it’s clear that Rick is riding what he’s promoting, motorcycle safety and awareness.

    “It’s not only how I’m riding but how I’m trying to get my children to ride,” Rick explains, “My daughter Lena is up here with me and she rides with me. I’m staying out of the blind spots and when I’m turning the corner I’m looking to see if there’s gravel or oil along the road.”

    “When I’m going down the road I’m watching what’s going behind me as well as all around me,” he explains further.

    Motorcycle safety education is obviously key according to the current initiative as well as the legendary bike builder.

    “You have to teach the young people how to ride,” he explains “I had to teach my daughter to look behind her when she stops at a stop sign to make sure that jack behind you is putting on his brakes too!”

    “It’s awareness and education and that’s the kind of stuff we’re trying to do [with Allstate Insurance Company] and I’m doing more [of this] now than I did ten years ago,” he says.

    And Rick is a firm believer of motorcycle safety courses. He noted that in the state of Texas new riders are required to take a motorcycle safety course to qualify for a motorcycle endorsement on their license.

    “I was big behind that requirement,” Rick proudly says, “You’ve got to get an official trainer to show you those things.”

    Thursday was the first day of the Allstate Good Ride Grant contest and the reaction has been great according to Fairless.

    “Everybody that rides wants it to be safer. Now bikers who sit around and say those ‘sure wishes’ can take them and turn the ‘sure wishes’ into a reality with the Good Ride Grant program,” he says.

    “Just don’t sit around talking about it,” Rick continues taking on a slightly sterner tone, “let’s do something about it!”

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    Source: Clutch and Chrome (AP, 8/09)

    The Risk Factors That Cause Food Reactions (6-10)

    Risk Factor 6. We eat too much at once.

    Overeating causes food reactions by overwhelming the digestive system. Unfortunately, reactions also cause overeating by creating food cravings, and this destructive cycle ruins many lives. The problem gets even worse when people eat the exact foods that cause them to experience reactions. This often happens, however, because of the cravings caused by allergic addiction.

    Overeating also disrupts the immune response, which further heightens food reactions.

    Risk Factor 7. We’re under too much stress.

    Stress hurts digestion. When you’re under stress, your stresshormones — such as adrenaline and cortisol — take blood away from your organs of digestion and shift it to the fight-or-flight organs and systems, such as the muscles, eyes, and heart. Sometimes, when you’re nervous, you feel this loss of circulation in your digestive system as butterflies in the stomach.

    Diet Start

    Proper digestion is most likely to occur when we take timeto eat our meals in a relaxed atmosphere. However, the average worker sits down for lunch for only eleven minutes, and many for only five minutes, or eats a sandwich unconsciously while working.

    Risk Factor 8. We don’t chew our foods completely.

    This interferes significantly with digestion. Foods that remain in excessively large pieces can’t be broken down properly, even when enough digestive juices are available.

    Risk Factor 9. We drink too many liquids with our meals.

    This dilutes digestive juices and stomach acid, keeping them from fully digesting our foods.

    Risk Factor 10. We combine too many of these risk factors.

    If we regularly made just one of these mistakes, we might not have a problem. Most people, though, combine several of these risk factors, and soon they experience the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Doctors call this reaching the allergic threshold.

    All of these risk factors can cause your digestive system to dump large, unwieldy macromolecules of food into your bloodstream. When this happens, it generally triggers your immune response.

    If your immune system is already impaired, your immune reaction to these macromolecules of food will be even worse. You’ll get reactions to a wider variety of foods, and your symptoms will be more severe and more frequent. Many forces can impair immunity: poor nutrition, exposure to toxins, stress, and lack of sleep.

    Therefore, to avoid food reactions, you should not only minimize your risk factors, but should also try to optimize your immune strength, with a healthy lifestyle, ingestion of specific nutrients, and avoidance of toxins. I’ll soon tell you how to do this.

    In addition, a number of non-food factors can make food reactions worse by contributing to the allergic threshold. The body doesn’t care if an allergen is a food-borne allergen or an airborne allergen, such as pollen. To the body, an allergen is an allergen. Food reactions are worse in people who inhale airborne allergens, are exposed to toxic chemicals, or are under stress.

    Therefore, you are not just what you eat.

    Food reactions — and therefore fat — can be caused by many factors, and food is just the most obvious one.

    I know that this is a new, strange concept for many people. But I have tested this concept clinically and have seen it work wonders.

    Here’s an example: a patient of mine worked in a paint shop and regularly inhaled airborne toxins. This man was bloated, puffy, and red-eyed most of the time, and reacted strongly to a number of foods. He also got sick a lot because the toxins he breathed were stressing his immune system. When he switched jobs and escaped the constant assault of airborne pollutants, his sensitivity to foods decreased dramatically. His progress on the False Fat Diet accelerated tremendously when he quit his job, and he soon lost almost all of his false fat and most of his true fat. Simultaneously, he stopped having frequent minor illnesses.

    If any of these risk factors apply to you, you are vulnerable to food reactions.

    You are not just what you eat.
    Fat can be caused by many factors.
    Food is just the most obvious one.

    Now I’ll tell you how food reactions develop within your body, after you engage in these risk factors. Once you understand how food reactions work, you’ll be better able to stop them — forever.

    Spinach Benefits For Health

    SPINACH BENEFITS FOR HEALTH

    Spinach Benefits For Health Spinach is a super food with nutrition is a lot in it. So do not be surprised if the spinach into a source of strength Popeye (a cartoon character). After consuming spinach, Popeye became stronger and was able to defeat Brutus is a big man. It is not excessive because in reality too.
    Spinach has the Latin name Amaranthus spp. and included in the family Amaratohideae. Spinach is one vegetable that used the leaves for consumption. Ordinary spinach leaves cooked by used vegetable nodes. But now processed spinach increasingly diverse, there is even made into chips.
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    The content of nutrients contained in 100 grams of spinach leaves was 2.3 grams protein, 3.2 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams of iron and 81 grams of calcium. Spinach is also rich in various vitamins and minerals, namely vitamin A, vitamin C, niacin, thiamin, phosphorus, riboflavin, sodium, potassium and magnesium.
    Benefits of Spinach for Health
    The content of nutrients abundant in spinach leaves make it as vegetables that are beneficial to health. Well, here we will explain about what are the benefits of spinach to human health.
    1. Good for Diet
    If you’re on a diet, then the spinach is a vegetable that is necessary for your consumption. Spinach contains 20 percent dietary fiber both to aid digestion, prevent constipation, maintain a low blood sugar.
    2. Against Cancer
    In spinach leaves are flavonoids, which is a phytonutrient that has anticancer properties. A study has shown that flavonoids can prevent cell division in stomach cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer cells. The content of flavonoids in spinach was also shown to reduce cancer risk by 34%, especially in breast cancer, uterine cancer.
    3. Maintain Eye Health
    Consuming spinach can help the eye in order to avoid cataracts and macular degeneration. This is due to the carotenoid content, one form of antioxidants that are good for maintaining eye health.
    4. Maintaining Bone Health
    In addition to maintaining good eye health, spinach is also able to maintain bone health. Spinach contains vitamin K high, in half a cup alone meet the daily vitamin K requirement. Vitamin K is very important to prevent bone loss. In addition, there are other minerals such as magnesium, zinc, copper and phosphorus also helps strengthen bones.
    5. Maintain Healthy Skin
    A high vitamin content in spinach is able to maintain healthy skin and keep moisture in the epidermis, acne, wrinkles prosiasis up.
    6. Boost Immunity
    One cup of spinach has been able to meet the daily nutritional needs vitamin A. To protect and strengthen the “entry point” into the human body, such as mucous membranes, respiratory tract, urinary tract and intestines. Also a key component of lymphocytes or white blood cells that fight infection, so avoid various diseases.
    7. Anti-inflammatory
    Spinach has a high alkaline properties. These vegetables are a perfect choice for people with inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

    8. Prevent Cardiovascular disease
    These vegetables are a good source of folic acid, also contains choline and inositol. Folic acid works to reduce homocysteine, an amino acid found in the blood that is responsible for the high risk of heart disease. While choline and inositol help prevent hardening of the arteries.
    9. Lowering High Blood Pressure
    Spinach is a vegetable source of high potassium and low sodium content. The balance of the two minerals are very helpful in lowering high blood pressure patients blood pressure. Folic acid content in spinach also contribute to the elasticity of the blood vessels so that blood circulation becomes smooth.
    10. Lowers Diabetes Risk
    If you are among those with a high risk of developing diabetes, then consuming spinach are good. Consuming spinach regularly helps keep blood sugar levels to remain stable. The content of magnesium is needed by diabetics to prevent complications.
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    11. Prevent Anemia
    Spinach is a vegetable with a high iron content, so it is suitable for those who have a high risk for anemia. Iron helps the formation of red blood cells that transports oxygen throughout the body.
    12. Treat Bleeding Gums
    Bleeding of the gums can be caused by lack of vitamin C and too much intake of refined sugar in the body. To fix this you can consume spinach with carrots made juice.
    13. Source of Antioxidants
    Spinach contains vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc, and selenium which serves as a powerful antioxidant. Preventing the occurrence of osteoporosis, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.
    14. Preventing Calcification
    The content of vitamin K in spinach plays an important role in a process called carboxylation. This is a process that directly prevents calcium from limestone formation in the network. Consuming one cup of spinach regularly can prevent atherosclerosis, heart disease, and stroke.
    15. Neuroscience and Brain
    The content of vitamin K from spinach also plays an important role in maintaining a healthy nervous system and brain function for the synthesis of sphingolipids (essential fats that form the myelin sheath around the nerve).
    16. Digestive Health
    Digestive health can be maintained by regularly consume spinach. The content of vitamin A and vitamin C than spinach may protect against colon and digestive tract of free radicals that are harmful to the body. While the content of folic acid can prevent DNA damage and mutations in the cells of the intestine.
    17. Growth
    Iron is an important mineral for the growth of children and adolescents. In addition, also useful for pregnant women prone to anemia. Spinach contains more calories but remain low in fat and cholesterol-free.
    18. Prevent Fatigue

    In addition to boost immunity, spinach also can prevent the body’s fatigue due to overwork or after illness. Consuming spinach could increase the amount of energy, iron helps increase the production of oxygen in the body.

    Hopefully article Spinach Benefits For Health we share today can be beneficial for you. Do not forget to always been in abouthelathbenefits.xyz and find more health articles. Thank You.

    XLCR Reborn – Jamesville Shovelhead Cafe Racer



    Back in 1977 Harley Davidson unveiled their American cafe racer, the XLCR Sportster. On paper and in the flesh the bike was certainly appealing. It was draped in black, had a unique siamese exhaust system, was powered by a torquey 997cc v-twin and wore bodywork unlike any other Harley. Unfortunately the press slammed the bikes performance and poor sales resulted in it becoming a rather famous flop for the Milwaukee manufacturer. Despite all of these factors the XLCR has become an iconic model in HD history and today they fetch high prices at auction. Not having ever ventured in to cafe racer territory before James Roper-Caldbeck of ‘Jamesville Motorcycles’ in Copenhagen used the XLCR as his inspiration, but paid careful attention to not repeat Harleys mistakes.




    “Last year I received a rather sheepish email asking if there was any way I would ever build a café racer” recalls James. James’ portfolio is almost entirely made up of Harley Davidson builds with Chopper and Bobber styling being his usual forte. For an outsider it might seem that he is set in his ways, but when the opportunity presented itself, he was more than willing to take it on.

    “It can sometimes become a little monotonous always building bobbers and choppers so I gladly said yes. I have always loved the XLCR 1000 and that bike became my inspiration, right down to how we photographed it.”



    Rather than heading down the same route as the XLCR and using a Sportster as the starting point James opted to use a 1974 Harley Davidson FX Shovelhead. “I found a fairly stock FX that had an S&S 80 cubic inch motor and a 5 speed transmission, which is very nice.”

    With a powerful donor selected James started penning down some ideas. “To be honest I had no idea what I was doing when it came to building a Café Racer, but I knew I wanted it black with a fairing and for it to look F#CKING mean!”



    The build began with the bikes new bodywork. Influenced by the design of Super GP bikes James fabricated an entirely new seat pan and tail from scratch, integrating a Triumph tail light at the rear and mounting it as high as possible on the frame. Surprisingly his front fairing was an aftermarket unit sourced on Ebay. James purchased the unit unsure if it was going to fit his headlight, but much to his surprise it was the perfect fit. For the fuel tank he decided the stock unit looked right for the build and so he stuck with it. “Everyone always asks what it’s from and are shocked when I tell them!” jokes James.



    To get the bike sitting right James designed a Progressive shock and spring package that lowers the front end and raises the rear, creating a more aggressive riding position. Taking cues from his favourite Ducati exhaust set up he handbuilt a 2-into-1 system that runs high before exiting beside the tail. Two well placed heat shields sufficiently protect the rider from burns (tried and tested by the man himself) and the hotdog muffler lets everyone know to make plenty of room as the Shovelhead approaches.



    With loads of power on tap and a great suspension set up James knew he’d need to upgrade the bikes woeful stock brakes for it to be worthy of its cafe racer status. Using a configuration similar to the XLCR that inspired the build he mounted a set of twin drilled discs up front and a drilled disc with custom mounted, daisy chained twin calipers at the rear. Due to the Harley’s dimensions it still runs mid controls, but they are custom made units that keep the rider’s feet up high for improved cornering clearance.



    Taking a measly 5 weeks to complete James finished the bike using a paint scheme inspired by 80s and 90s GP Super Bikes. Touches of XLCR can also be seen on the engine where black has been liberally applied to those distinct Shovel shaped heads, the lower barrels, oil bag and various covers. Then to liven up the monotone theme touches of red were added to the seat and front fairing.

    Knowing full well that Harley’s aren’t often the first choice for cafe racer conversions,  James has done his best to create a bike with the right look and performance to be worthy of the title. “I’m not sure how the Café racer guys will like this” says James. “But I can tell you it’s awesome to RIDE!” 


    JAMESVILLE MOTORCYCLES

    Photography by Mark Dexter of THE LAB Copenhagen

    First published by returnofthecaferacers

    3 Favorite & Underappreciated Apps

    I recently stumbled on an adorable blog called “Thirsty Firsties,” and Kelly, the author, is hosting a linky party about iPad apps.

    The rules are to share three apps – one free for classroom use, one paid for classroom use and one favorite app for personal use. She’s also giving away an iTunes gift card as part of the linky, so be sure to check out her blog and join in the fun!

    I’ve already shared many of the apps that I love and use in the classroom. See, for example, my list of favorite paid apps and my list of favorite free apps. So today, I’m branching out to share some of the apps that I’ve used and enjoyed this year that I haven’t really talked about before.

    Favorite Free App – Spelling City

    Vocabulary Spelling City is a great app for teaching students vocabulary or spelling words. It has a variety of engaging games, and it can be used by students at all levels. The app itself is free and has a lot of functionality on its own. If you are a premium subscriber to Spelling City, however, it’s a great complement to the activities you assign your students each week. I had my students doing activities on this app almost daily, and our differentiated weekly spelling tests were done entirely through this app (with the teacher premium subscription).

    Favorite Paid App – Marble Math

    Marble Math is a fun and challenging math game that addresses a broad range of math computation skills. I’ll confess that I’ve even found myself playing it far longer than a typical “teacher test-drive” would require. The object is to navigate a marble through a maze by solving a variety of problems. It includes fractions, decimals, equations, and negative numbers, so this is probably best for grades 4 and higher. Of all of the apps on our iPads this year, this was the one that students seemed to gravitate toward most in their free time.

    Favorite Personal App – Feedly

    In the debate between Feedly and BlogLovin, I’m coming down on the side of Feedly for one major reason — I LOVE the iPad app. It’s really easy to flip through and navigate, it rotates, and it doesn’t seem to crash as much as BlogLovin did. In fact, I’ve never had a single problem with it. I don’t tend to comment on blogs as much from my iPad, so I can’t speak to that aspect of comparing the two. Usually if I’m browsing blogs on my iPad, I’ll mark the blogs that I want to comment on and comment through my computer later on. So for the sheer visual appeal of the app for reading blogs, I’m a big fan. This has become one of my favorite go-to apps on my iPad.

    Now it’s your turn. What are your three favorite apps? I’d love to hear about them, and be sure to link up with Kelly over at Thirsty Firsties if you get a chance. She’s running the contest for the iTunes gift card through Monday.

    And don’t forget to link up with my Teacher Toolbox Trio celebration as well! I can’t wait to discover more awesome classroom resources from TpT!

    The Elder Scrolls Online – How To Logout Of Your Game Account, When Using The Steam Version Of TESO [Tutorial]

    Recently, I was getting back into playing The Elder Scrolls Online a bit – which I haven’t really played at all since the Beta Testing Phase of the game. I was also popping in to the Steam Forum for the game, helping out a few people and I ran into someone asking about ‘how to logout of the game’ – that is, how to Logout of their Account but not actually exit/quit the game itself. While this may seem easy with the Standalone/Web Version of TESO (you just click the “Back” link at the Character Selection screen, which takes you to the Login screen, with the Account information fields to fill in); with the Steam Version of TESO – when you have associated your Steam Account with TESO – this is not quite as easy, as hitting “Back” at the Character Selection merely takes you back to a screen that just says LOGIN, with no fields to fill in. An example of how this looks is just below:

    Example of what the Login Screen looks like,
    when a Steam Account is directly associated with a TESO Account
    (Click to see Full Size)

    So, I tried to figure out how to ‘logout of the game’ but not ‘logout of Steam’, as it were; being able to log out of TESO so that one could change to a different account if they wanted to (say, to let a family member login/play with their own account), but keep Steam and the game running, similar to what one could do when running the Standalone/Web version of the game…

    Normally, this can be done with games that utilize Game Clients (“Launchers”) by not starting up the Game Client, but instead going to the executable file for the game directly, running it to start the game up (which usually opens the game to a Login screen of some sort). In the case of the Steam Version of TESO, here are the steps I found to do this:

    • Open Steam
    • Right-Click on TESO in the Library and choose Properties
    • Click on the Local Files tab
    • Click on the Browse Local Files button to show the directory/folder of the game
    • Navigate into THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE > GAME > CLIENT folder
    • Double-Click on “eso64.exe” to launch the game (or “eso.exe” if running 32-bit Windows/Game)

    That’s it! Now you should be at the Login area that everyone with the Standalone/Web-sourced version of The Elder Scrolls Online sees: a screen with Data Fields that can be filled in with Account Information, to Login. An example of what it looks like, is below:

    Example of what the Steam Version of TESO’s Login Screen looks like,
    when launched directly from the Executable file,
    even though a Steam Account is associated with TESO
    (Click to see Full Size)

    I wanted to share this here, to help others that might run into this ‘problem’; wanting to ‘logout of their TESO game account’ or ‘change TESO game accounts’, while using a Steam Version of the game. While associating your Steam Account with your Elder Scrolls Online Account is somewhat convenient (as you don’t have to type in your login information every time you start the game), hopefully this will assist with the issue that does arise then, when one wants to just Logout of the game and/or Login with a different TESO Account.

    I hope that helps – and See You In The Game!

    In One Sentence™ – Heroes Of The Storm – Hero Overviews [Very Short Reviews Of Each, Currently Text-Only]

    [In light of the recent ‘Heroes Of The Storm 2.0’ release – even though this was a ‘work in progress’ since I started playing ‘Heroes’ again a bit ago and it is not fully compiled yet – I wanted to get this hopefully-slightly-helpful information up right away for everyone… So here it is – being added to as I complete it but without any Screenshots yet – I am collecting some together and plan to place them in-line within …Soon™]


    Update: Last Added – Arthas on 2017.05.04



    In One Sentence™


    A Heroes Of The Storm

    Hero Thingy Overview  


    By: The Game Tips And More Blog


    Presented in Alphabetical Order, in a Document-sorta-but-not-really format



    [Initially, was invited to the Heroes Of The Storm Beta; but was not able to play much at the time and so I didn’t write about it much back then. I did work on a few articles, such as this one, adding to it the bit that I did play. Only recently (before I knew about “Heroes Of The Storm 2.0”) I got back into this fun game, tallying up my own opinions and favourites, of each and every hero in the game. Seeing “Version 2.0” come along, I felt that, even though I have not fully compiled every singly hero yet, I wanted to share what I did have done, so that everyone – and especially newcomers to the game – could get a quick idea of each Hero and how they played in the game, helping them make a choice as to which one to try. I will be returning to this post and adding more Heroes as I play them… I hope you enjoy these little snippets of info for each one – and See You In The Game!]




    Rating Key (if applicable to Hero, when used):

    * = Heroes I ‘Liked’ (fit my personal playstyle(s), or is unique in some way)

    ** = Heroes that are A Personal Favourite (I myself would play often or ‘mainly’ would use (may not match your individual preferences dear reader, this is just a Personal Rating of mine))






    Auriel = Finding myself playing more offensively than defensively with this Hero, I enjoyed her AOE and healing capabilities.
    Alarak = With skills focusing on mainly attacking Heroes, in the right hands this high-damage-potential Assassin could be quite deadly.

    Artanis * = Another Hero with skills focused on killing other Heroes, Artanis comes with high damage output potential – and although I was left feeling oddly ‘limited’ playing him, Artanis was fun to play overall.

    Arthas = A mobile tank – big, tough, but a little slow [in my opinion] – with some light healing (and the possibility to heal yourself) and some nice offensive moves as well, Arthas can become quite competent in The Nexus.

    Azmodan ** = This large and lumbering behemoth is capable of dealing out huge damage as a “Ranged Specialist” – just be careful as you have fun creating your own armies on the way to dish it out on the enemies’ base, as you are also a ‘heavy target’, so to speak. A Personal Favourite.

    Dehaka * = With deceptively simple gameplay [or is that ‘deceptively difficult’?], high damage output potential – and with the ability to ‘tunnel to any bushes on the map’ instead of a mount [with a cooldown], this Hero has some nice unique gameplay to fiddle around with in The Nexus.

    Diablo = Huge and tough – as he should be – with some care taken and strategy used, this “Melee Warrior” will be a force to be reckoned with.

    E.T.C. * = With strong yet simpler gameplay, ETC and his unique ‘rocker’ attitude is a fun handful of Tauren to Melee with.

    Gazlowe ** = With the ability to plop down temporary turrets and shoot what eventually becomes HUGE DETH LAZORZ – not to mention being able to recover Scrap Parts for mana – Gazlowe The Goblin Engineer, though more complicated than many Heroes, was a joy to play and kill with. A Personal Favourite.

    Jaina * = With straightforward damage and easy gameplay, Jaina The Mage is fun to use and fun to take out other Heroes with …if mages only had Unlimited Mana [in any game]…

    Johanna = Johanna The Paladin is a little more difficult than most melee Heroes – she is far more offensive than defensive as I first thought she might be – with many life-saving capabilities, in the right hands she could be quite a formidable Hero to run with.

    Leoric * = With the unique ability to ‘remain undead’ and re-spawn wherever you desire after a time, along with simple melee gameplay, this Hero was neat to play – in the right hands perhaps this one could do a lot of damage in The Nexus.

    Lunara = With mainly indirect damage (DOT or Damage Over Time), this Hero was difficult to gauge; with the ability to always move faster than most Heroes (not needing a Mount) and her ranged attacks, perhaps in the right hands she could be quite effective.

    Malfurion** = A multi-faceted Support Hero with both healing and offensive capabilities, if you like to play Support in other games (such as an Engineer, or Medic/Cleric), this ambidextrous Hero should be fun for you to play in The Nexus. A Personal Favourite.

    Probius * = If I had to sum up Probius I would say words like ‘difficulter’ (because I say that’s a real word now) …and ‘cool’ …and ‘overpowered’ …and ‘work’ …and ‘cute’ …and ‘fun’ …and…other words like that with ellipsis between them.

    Raynor = With simpler gameplay and the ability to buff any allies around you – along with the possibility of some light self-healing – Rayor the “Ranged Assassin” is a helpful addition to play in The Nexus.

    Rexxar ** = If you’ve ever wanted to handle two Heroes at once, now you can with this ‘hunter-pet’ combination which promises good damage output and a lot of fun – if at a slight cost of easier gameplay. A Personal Favourite.

    Samuro ** = If you like to be stealthy, confusing opponents and striking from the shadows, this is a fun Hero to do all that and more with. A Personal Favourite.

    Sgt. Hammer ** = This spunky Ranged Hero in a Siege Tank has huge long-range capability – if she can be handled with caring hands. A Personal Favourite.

    Sylvanas * = Capable of not only high damage but also ‘converting’ mercenary units to your side, this “Ranged Specialist” also has sleek gameplay and a powerful (translation: annoying to other people) Mind Control ability.

    Thrall ** = Fast melee and a bit of spellcasting – along with being easier to play – makes this Hero a fun brute to run with. A Personal Favourite.

    Tychus = With good offensive capability, this Hero is easy to learn and practice with.

    Valla ** = With fast and smooth gameplay that is fun and easy to get used to – especially if you have played The Demon Hunter in Diablo III as many of the Demon Hunter ‘basic moves’ come into play in The Arena. A Personal Favourite.

    Zul’jin ** = Focusing on Ranged damage and even doing more damage as his health lowers, this Assassin felt like it could take out both Heroes and swaths of mercenaries with ease, thanks to his light self-healing – just don’t get caught surrounded while trying to do the highest damage possible! A Personal Favourite.





    Repeat  of top comment: [In light of the recent ‘Heroes Of The Storm 2.0’ release – even though this was a ‘work in progress’ since I started playing ‘Heroes’ again a bit ago and it is not fully compiled yet – I wanted to get this hopefully-slightly-helpful information up right away for everyone… So here it is – being added to as I complete it but without any Screenshots yet – I am collecting some together and plan to place them in-line within …Soon™]

    Rodsmith Kawasaki KZ750 Cafe Racer

    Kawasaki KZ750 Cafe Racer
    The art of coachbuilding and metal shaping is a dying artform. Finding skilled individuals who can take a flat piece of metal and fashion it into a fuel tank or custom fender is getting more and more difficult. Thankfully the demand for such work is on the rise thanks to the popularity of the custom motorcycle scene and people like Craig Rodsmith are leading the way. Craig’s an Aussie living in Illinois and he’s been manipulating metal for hot rods and custom motorcycles for the past 25 years. One of his latest 2 wheeled creations is this ’79 KZ750 Kawasaki Cafe Racer and I had the opportunity to speak to Craig about its creation.



    “I was born and grew up in Melbourne, Australia.” Craig explained “I spent a lot of time amongst the Elizabeth Street motorcycle scene and was a member of the Hartwell Motorcycle Club. I did a lot of road racing, on TZs and RDs, at Winton Raceway, Calder, and other regional tracks.”



    “I bought this motorcycle as an almost stock Kawasaki KZ750 twin from a guy in Wisconsin and decided to turn a mundane bike into something interesting. When I took off the stock fuel tank I liked the shape of the top of the bikes frame so, going outside the box, I decided to make a tank that accentuated that line.”



    The KZ was a neglected relic that had been sitting unloved in a garage for over a decade. Thanks to Craig’s handy work it would soon have a new lease on life. “I like the challenge of giving a bike another chance by restyling it. Like most of my bikes, I like to bridge the gap between traditional styles and something unique and unusual. With this particular build I wanted the exhaust to be a part of the bike and not just an add-on, which is why I snuck it into the frame to hug the engine.”



    Every builder approaches their projects differently and Craig’s is defined by his skill set. “When I approach a build I plan the entire bike in my head straight away, then I build it accordingly. I make minimal changes to my idea along the way depending on what the bike requires. I do every aspect of each build myself from disassembly, to design, fabrication, engine building, electrical, metal forming, welding, polishing, painting and tuning. This means I don’t need to do sketches or delegate the build requirements. I can just get on with it.”



    “With the body work on the Kawasaki I used traditional tools (many of which I made), such as hammers and dollies and, obviously, an English wheel. I usually do a mockup with cardboard outlines before I form the metal. Every piece of aluminum on the KZ started as flat stock.  I like to make as many pieces myself as practical, on this bike that includes the rear sets, brackets, exhaust and air cleaners.  I designed and constructed the seat to have a simple, clean look and kept the sewing at a minimum (Yes, I can sew as well). The tailpiece houses an EarthX lithium battery and the electronics.

    I used an early model driving guide light and made the fairing screen to match. I like the contrast of the polished aluminum with the raw cast look so used a mix of these finishes on the bikes alloy parts. As with a lot of my builds, I like everything simple and clean so every piece of this bike has a purpose.I also have my own electroplating setup so I nickel plated the spokes and all of the bikes engine brackets.”

    When I asked Craig which part of the build was the most challenging he replied ” The fairing was a pain in the ass! I wanted it to look seamless, while flowing aesthetically with the rest of the bike.  The shape was a major challenge because I very rarely use forms or bucks to shape the metal.” Regardless of the stress it put him under the fairing remains Craig’s favourite part of the KZ. “I was struggling with whether or not I should even build it. I couldn’t imagine the bike without it and it ended up being the finishing touch.” and we’d have to agree.

    RODSMITH CUSTOMS

    Kawasaki KZ750 Cafe Racer

    First published by returnofthecaferacers.com

    LIVING ROOM DESIGN IDEAS GET COMFORT

    LIVING ROOM DESIGN IDEAS

    Living room is the most popular rentals for guests and where families come together to end their days of rest after a long week at work or enjoying a TV program together. In most cases, this room is on the floor of a house and is very active. It is therefore essential that this area is decorated in a pleasant environment to ensure the comfort of visitors. When planning a room design, the main and most important factor to decide is the purpose of the room. One thing to remember when designing your living space is that you should feel comfortable in the room and the style, since they will likely spend most of their time in the room. Finally, here are some design ideas that show really got in touch with the style you want.

    LIVING ROOM DESIGN IDEAS

    LIVING ROOM DESIGN IDEAS

    LIVING ROOM DESIGN IDEAS

    LIVING ROOM DESIGN IDEAS

    Grass-fed Butter is a Superfood For The Heart

    Grass-fed Butter is a Superfood For The Heart

    By Kris Gunnars
    The heart disease epidemic started around 1920-1930 and is currently the world’s leading cause of death.
    Somewhere along the way, nutrition professionals decided that foods like butter, meat and eggs were to blame.
    According to them, these foods caused heart disease because they were high in saturated fat and cholesterol.
    But we’ve been eating butter for thousands of years, since long before heart disease became a problem.
    Blaming new health problems on old foods doesn’t make sense.
    As consumption of traditional fatty foods like butter went down, diseases like heart disease, obesity and type II diabetes went up.
    The truth is, natural foods like butter have nothing to do with heart disease.
    In fact, real butter that comes from grass-fed cows is one of the most important foods you can eat for a healthy heart.

    Saturated Fat is Not The Devil It Was Made Out to be

    Butter
    The reason butter was demonized is because it is loaded with saturated fat.
    In fact, a very high proportion of dairy fat is saturated, whereas a large part of most other animal fats (like lard) is also mono- and polyunsaturated.
    Butter, being almost pure dairy fat, is therefore very high in saturated fat, the fatty acids in it being about 63% saturated (1).
    However, that really is not a cause for concern. The whole saturated fat, cholesterol and heart disease myth has been thoroughly debunked (2, 3, 4).
    In fact, saturated fats can actually improve the blood lipid profile:
    • They raise levels of HDL (the good) cholesterol, which is associated with a lower risk of heart disease (5, 6, 7).
    • They change the LDL from small, dense (bad) to Large LDL – which is benign and not associated with heart disease (8, 9).
    Therefore, saturated fat is not a valid reason to avoid butter. It is completely benign… a healthy source of energy for the human body.
    Bottom Line: The myth about saturated fat causing heart disease has been thoroughly debunked. The studies show that there is literally no association between the two.

    Grass-Fed Butter is Loaded With Vitamin-K2, The Missing Nutrient That De-Calcifies Your Arteries

    Most people have never heard of Vitamin K, but it is one of the most important nutrients for optimal heart health.
    There are several forms of the vitamin. We have K1 (phylloquinone), which is found in plant foods like leafy greens. Then we have Vitamin K2 (menaquinone), which is found in animal foods.
    Even though the two forms are structurally similar, they appear to have different effects on the body. While K1 is important in blood clotting, Vitamin K2 helps to keep calcium out of your arteries (10, 11).
    Butter in a Small Bowl
    High-fat dairy products from grass-fed cows are among the best sources of Vitamin K2 in the diet. Other good sources include egg yolks, goose liver and natto – a fermented soy-based dish (12, 13).
    Vitamin K works by modifying proteins, giving them the ability to bind calcium ions. For this reason, it affects all sorts of functions related to calcium metabolism.
    One problem with calcium, is that it tends to leach out of the bones (causing osteoporosis) and into the arteries (causing heart disease).
    By optimizing your intake of Vitamin K2, you can partly prevent this process from occurring. Studies consistently show that Vitamin K2 dramatically reduces the risk of both osteoporosis and heart disease (14, 15).
    In the Rotterdam study, which examined the effects of Vitamin K2 on heart disease, those who had the highest intake had a 57% lower risk of dying from heart disease and a 26% lower risk of death from all causes, over a 7-10 year period (16).
    Another study found that the risk of heart disease was 9% lower in women for every 10 micrograms of Vitamin K2 they consumed per day. Vitamin K1 (the plant form) had no effect (17).
    Given how incredibly protective Vitamin K2 is against heart disease, the advice to avoid butter and eggs may have actually fueled the heart disease epidemic.
    Bottom Line: Vitamin K2 is a nutrient that most people don’t know about, but it is one of the most important nutrients in the diet for heart and bone health.

    Butter is Loaded With an Anti-Inflammatory Fatty Acid Called Butyrate

    Butter Curls
    In the past few decades, heart disease has been believed to be primarily caused by elevated cholesterol.
    However, new studies are showing that there are a ton of other factors at play.
    One of the main ones is inflammation, which is now believed to be a leading driver of heart disease (18, 19,20).
    Of course, inflammation is important and helps protect our bodies from injury and infections. But when it is excessive or directed against the body’s own tissues, it can cause severe harm.
    It is now known that inflammation in the endothelium (lining of arteries) is a crucial part of the pathway that ultimately leads to plaque formation and heart attacks (21).
    One nutrient that appears to be able to fight inflammation is called butyrate (or butyric acid). This is a 4-carbon long, short-chain saturated fatty acid.
    Studies show that butyrate is potently anti-inflammatory (22, 23, 24).
    One of the reasons fiber reduces heart disease risk may be that the bacteria in the intestine digest some of the fiber and turn it into butyrate (25, 26, 27, 28).
    The name butyr-ate is actually derived from butter, which is the best source of byturate in the diet, by far.
    Bottom Line: Butter is a great source of a short-chain fatty acid called butyrate, which helps fight inflammation.

    In Countries Where Cows Are Grass-Fed, Butter Consumption is Associated With a Dramatic Reduction in Heart Disease Risk

    Cow
    The nutrient composition and the health effects of dairy products can vary greatly, depending on what the cows ate.
    In nature, cows used to roam free and eat grass, which is the “natural” source of food for cows.
    However, cattle today (especially in the U.S.) is primarily fed grain-based feeds with soy and corn.
    Grass-fed dairy is much higher in Vitamin K2 and Omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients that are incredibly important for the heart (29).
    Overall, there is no positive association between dairy fat and heart disease, although high-fat dairy products are associated with a reduced risk of obesity (30,31).
    But if you look at some countries where cows are generally fed grass, you see a completely different effect.
    According to one study from Australia, where cows are grass-fed, individuals who ate the most high-fat dairy products had a 69% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, compared to those who ate the least (32).
    Several other studies agree with this… in countries where cows are largely grass-fed (like many European countries), high-fat dairy products are associated with areduced risk of heart disease (33, 34, 35).
    Bottom Line: The health effects of butter vary greatly depending on what the cows ate. In countries where cows are mostly grass-fed, dairy fat is associated with a lower risk of heart disease.

    Recommending Margarine and Vegetable Oils Instead of Butter is a Crime Against Humanity

    Mainstream nutrition gets a lot of things wrong, but the insane advice to replace butter with trans-fat laden margarine and vegetable oils is among the worst.
    Margarine, not surprisingly, increases heart disease risk compared to butter (36). The same can be said for processed vegetable oils… several controlled trials show that they can cause heart disease and kill people (37, 38, 39).
    The studies say that these highly processed fats and oils increase heart disease risk, so it makes sense that we should avoid them if we don’t want to get heart disease.
    It’s a no-brainer, right?
    Well, apparently not… The mainstream nutrition organizations are still telling us to eat them, even though these studies have been out for many years.
    They just don’t get it. When we replace real, traditional foods like butter and meat with crappy, processed pseudo-foods, we get sick.
    How many doctors, nutritionists, PhDs and decades does it take to figure that out?
    Real food is the key to good health, processed junk food is not. Period.
    Source

    Cashew Nuts Benefits for Health

    CASHEW NUTS BENEFITS FOR HEALTH

    Cashew Nuts Benefits for Health – Cashew nuts are the type of food grains are very beneficial for the body. Cashew nuts contains two types of healthy fats that are beneficial to health. Ie monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. Both types of fat is included in healthy fats and fat is not harmful for the growth of body cells.
    Benefits and efficacy of cashews for health also could not be separated from the content of various substances that belongs to her as tryptophan, phosphorus, and magnesium, copper. And also coupled with various kinds of beneficial minerals such as vitamin B, potassium, and folic acid. While the content of calcium and iron also exist in cashews, only two substances was less than the other substances.
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    Cashew Nuts Health Benefits for the Body
    1. As food for dieting and weight loss
    Losing weight is too excessive due to accumulation of lipids in the body little by little it would damage the systems of the body. Therefore early obese people should be tried in order to lose weight. Cashew nuts are the food was good for this business. Cashew nuts also contain unsaturated fats are good in losing weight and scrape the fat on the body. In addition to the fiber content of these beans will make the body will take longer maintain a sense of satiety to the appetite will decrease by itself.
    2. Can be heart healthy
    Cashew nuts helpful in maintaining the health of the heart. The content of monounsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats in cashews will drive out the bad cholesterol that can impede blood circulation from the heart or the heart. and dispel the bad cholesterol in the body.
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    3. Can Strengthen your mind
    Taking note with cashew nuts also can strengthen the mind and way of thinking because the content of monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated cashews can be launched oxygen to the brain, as it also has a relationship with the development in other brain cells.
    4. Can Reduce the risk of cancer
    Cashew nuts also contain vitamin C which also serves as an anti-oxidant in the body, anti-oxidants would also reduce the development of cancer as found in citrus fruits.
    5. Can Strengthens bones
    The content of the cashew nut magnesium will make bones grow and develop properly, and helps the formation of the bone structure and bone density.
    Here’s a little on the benefits and efficacy of cashew nuts for a healthy body. But Thus, consuming cashews also be restricted. Eating something in the mid enough alone, and not too much and not too little.

    Hopefully this article I share today can provide knowledge to the readers and add your insight. And articles about the cashew nuts benefits for health, can provide knowledge about health by consuming cashews. Hopefully article Cashew Nuts Benefits for Health can we share today can be beneficial for you. Do not forget to always visit the website abouthealthbenefits.xyz to seek other health articles. Thank You.

    It’s Not Just You™: AMD’s Crimson Drivers, Radeon ReLive Not Working At First [Possible Fix]

    Just a quick post before I go to bed here, that I wanted to share about the AMD Crimson Drivers that I got notified about just a bit ago, which included AMD’s “ReLive”, their new Game [and Desktop] Recording utility – ‘built-in’ to their 16.12 Drivers… For those who couldn’t get it working right away (I see posts about it already in the Official AMD Forums), I couldn’t either… And although I eventually did, I wanted to let others know, if you are having issues with it: It’s Not Just You™

    I was already starting to get tired when I saw a notification of the Driver Update – and I had no idea there was a nifty Game Recording ‘app’ incoming with it [I haven’t been reading much lately, I have another Cold for pete’s sake!]. For AMD GPU owners, waiting patiently to see if AMD was going to come out with their own Game Recording utility – it’s here! The future is now!

    Check out AMD’s Video on their ReLive edition of Radeon here: 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRSm12lwRe4

    [I really wanted to start Testing it all out tonight, running Benchmarks and collecting Data for a TestRun or a Quality Test with it; but my sleepyness is actually building and getting the better of me, so I better go soon – I wanted to share what I did this evening though, to get it working (for me), before I go…]


    Without going over the few things I tried first that didn’t work (setting configuration, testing with different games, etc), here’s the steps to take that finally got it running, for me:

    • Download the Latest AMD Drivers via their main Website (http://support.amd.com/)
    • Uninstall the main AMD Drivers via the Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall/Change Program
    • Reboot
    • Install AMD Drivers via the Download from their Website
    • Reboot

    That’s it!

    After that, even though I have a 200 Series* AMD GPU at the time of this writing**, I was able to get ReLive up and running, even playing a little bit with the configuration and making a couple of short test recordings, before I came here to write this quick ‘tip’ of what might help get it going for others… It’s a larger ‘step’ (messing with Drivers, as opposed to just messing with Configuration/Settings); but I always like to Troubleshoot from the smallest steps first (eg. changing some settings) to larger steps (eg. re-installing software) to huge steps (eg. OS reinstallation, hardware changes). Thankfully, it started working just fine after only a bit of a ‘larger step’ taken.


    Although with the most recent versions of Windows you don’t always have to Reboot it when making changes, it helps to get everything ‘in order’ in the background, re-initializing all hardware and Drivers fully – which is why many installers/software still get you to do it through their installation programs.

    I plan on putting the Game Recorder through it’s paces, working on a TestRun and a QualityTest, to come in the future here at The Blog – for now though, hopefully ReLive can get up and working for you, too – good luck, and if you are having troubles with it, remember – It’s Not Just You™!

    * The AMD page on ReLive at their main website (http://www.amd.com/en-us/innovations/software-technologies/radeon-software/gaming/radeon-relive) shows only 400 Series GPUs as ‘Officially Compatible’. Although it does not state ‘it will not work with earlier Series’, it is unknown 100% at this time if it is possible, hence my mentioning it above

    ** Disclaimer and Personal Veracity Statement: Although I currently own an AMD GPU, I have owned NVIDIA GPUs in the past and will do so in the future. I have no personal preference between the two, purchasing one or the other as Upgrades depending on my needs at the time and my financial limitations at the time I choose to Upgrade. I have not and will not receive any compensation for mentioning or talking about either companies’ products. I am merely an enthusiastic user (of both).

    H Garage Honda Gold Wing


    In 2012 Scott Halbleid left his career as a graphic designer to focus his efforts on building custom motorcycles. As a trained, multidisciplinary artist his skills already included sculptural and fabrication techniques which when combined with a lifelong love of motorcycles had him positioned perfectly for the transition. Since he opened the doors of his ‘H Garage’ workshop he has amassed an impressive portfolio of custom builds, but this ’78 Honda Goldwing, his latest creation, is the icing on the H Garage cake.




    Scott acquired the Gold Wing when an acquaintance stumbled across it decaying in a barn and offered it up for sale. He had already been tempted by another Gold Wing he’d seen at a swap meet months before so convincing himself to lay down the cash was an easy task. After taking ownership of the ageing GL1000 it was decided the bike would be his next workshop project with an aim to transform it into a fully faired bagger. Thankfully after some deliberation while observing the stripped down Honda the bagger theme was ousted in favour of a Hot Rod/Mad Max themed bike, naked, raw and packing plenty of attitude.



    With the beast of a bike taking up a large chunk of real estate in Scott’s 2 bench workshop the Gold Wing build had to be prioritised and completed as soon as possible. Over the following 6 months he transformed the 1800cc behemoth into his minimalistic road warrior named No. 5 to commemorate his fifth H Garage workshop build.

    After the initial tear down the Gold Wing’s frame and its water cooled, flat 4 engine were cleaned and painted before being reunited once again. Hot Rod parts manufacturer Mooneyes supplied a set of solid alloy “moon discs” to conceal the bikes cast wheels and the stock Honda fenders were stripped to bare metal. In the rear he trimmed the fender and rolled it around to sit over the rubber at 5 minutes past twelve and tucked an integrated brake/signal LED strip beneath the lip of the fender.



    With the removal of the bikes faux fuel tank (on this model Gold Wing the real fuel tank lives under the seat) a new air filtering system was required, so Scott once again looked to an aftermarket manufacturer in the Hot Rod scene for a solution. Performance carburettor specialists Holley had the perfect solution in the form of a large billet filter that perfectly fit the top of the frame so he mounted it using a custom made inlet system, feeding all 4 of the bikes carbs.



    When it came to the bikes exhaust extra time was spent refining its design prior to fabrication. A pair rectangular tips were underslung on the frame to visually draw the bike lower to the ground. Shooting out horizontally from either side of the bike the mufflers were welded to the stock headers and produce an exhaust note that’d put most Harley Tourers to shame. With modifications to the flow of gases through the carbs and out of the engine some tricky tuning was required. For this Scott enlisted the help of Chad Francis of RetroWrench who solved the problem with careful synchronisation, jetting and a bit of needle drilling.


    The bikes factory controls were swapped out with MotoGadget switches, new cables and hand levers mounted to a set of drag style bars. To help keep cables to a minimum a GPS speedo with integrated tacho sits on the backbone of the frame. The headlight has been replaced by an alloy framed, mesh faceplate and a pair of high intensity LED Fog lights perched atop the engine guard rails provide enough light to illuminate a small stadium.   



    Suspension has been upgraded with Progressive rear shocks and rebuilt fork internals and all of the tired old brake lines have been replaced with braided ones. The seat pan was designed to wrap over the fuel tank which protrudes out from the top of the bikes frame. Using several welded sheets of steel it hugs both the frame and tank perfectly allowing easy access to the tanks filler cap.

    The final finish on the bike was achieved by applying a custom paint colour to the face plate and the fenders before laying down a satin clear coat which gives them the appearance of raw steel. The gas tank, radiator surrounds and various brackets were stripped bare before being clear coated in a heat proof clear coat while the frame, drivetrain and forks were finished in satin black.


    There are so many incredible details on this bike that I had to ask Scott what he likes most about the No. 5 Gold Wing to which he replied… “Riding it! It’s loud, obnoxious and fast. People seem to dig it too which is always a plus.” What’s your opinion?x

    (H) GARAGE     |     Photos by Craig Schneider


    first published by returnofthecaferacers

    Science: Grass-Fed Butter Eaters Have Fewer Heart Attacks

    Science: Grass-Fed Butter Eaters Have Fewer Heart Attacks

    By Kris Gunnars
    Butter is one of the healthiest fats on the planet.
    It’s not just a big pile of yellow-colored fat, there are many important nutrients in there, some of which have potent biological effects.
    However, this does depend on the type of butter, and the amounts of these nutrients vary greatly depending on what the cows ate.

    Butter From Grass-Fed Cows is a Major Source of Heart-Healthy Nutrients

    Smiling Brunette With Bread and Butter
    Butter is basically just milk fat, also known as butterfat.
    Butterfat is highly complex. It contains about 400 different fatty acids, and a decent amount of fat-soluble vitamins (1).
    Fatty acids are actually more than just energy sources, some of them have potent biological activity.
    As it turns out, many of the fatty acids in butter can affect our physiology and biochemistry in some way, leading to major health benefits.
    This includes the fatty acid CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). It is popular as a fat loss supplement, and studies show that it can have powerful effects on health (2, 3).
    Grass-fed butter contains 5 times more CLA than butter from grain-fed cows (4).
    Butter from grass-fed cows is also much higher in Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K2, compared to butter from grain-fed cows (5).
    As you can see, butter from grass-fed cows is a much healthier and more nutritious choice.

    Butter Contains Saturated Fat, But Who Cares?

    Butter used to be considered unhealthy, because it contains saturated fat.
    However, this is actually not a valid argument against butter, because the saturated fat myth has been thoroughly debunked in recent years.
    Two massive review studies were published recently, one in 2010 and the other in 2014. Both included hundreds of thousands of people.
    These studies clearly showed that there is no association between saturated fat consumption and heart disease (6, 7).

    Studies Show That People Who Eat Grass-Fed Butter Have a Lower Risk of Heart Disease

    Butter on a Wooden Plate
    The relationship between full-fat dairy consumption and heart disease seems to depend on the country in which the study is performed.
    In countries where cows are largely grass-fed, the people who eat the most butter seem to have a drastically reduced risk of heart disease.
    An impressive study on this was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, in the year 2010:
    Smit LA, et al. Conjugated linoleic acid in adipose tissue and risk of myocardial infarction. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2010.
    This study looked at the levels of CLA in the fat tissue of 1813 non-fatal heart attack patients, and compared them to 1813 similar subjects who had not gotten heart attacks.
    Levels of this fatty acid are a very reliable marker for the intake of fatty dairy products, and this study was done in Costa Rica, where cows are grass-fed.
    They split the subjects into 5 groups, from lowest to highest, depending on their levels of CLA. The results were fairly remarkable:
    Butter and Risk of Heart Attack
    As you can see, the more full-fat dairy (like butter) people ate, the lower their risk of heart attack.
    In fact, the people who ate the most were 49% less likely to experience a heart attack, compared to those who ate the least.
    However, keep in mind that this was a case-control study, a type of observational study. These types of studies can not prove causation.
    This study shows that people who eat more grass-fed dairy fat have a lower risk of heart disease, but it can not prove that dairy fat caused the reduction in risk.
    But, at the very least, this study is pretty good reassurance that butter is NOT the devil it was made out to be.

    Many Other Studies Have Shown Similar Results

    This is far from being the only study.
    Another study from Australia showed that people who ate the most full-fat dairy had a 69% lower risk of heart disease than people who ate the least (8).
    Several other studies in European countries, where cows are generally grass-fed, have shown that dairy fat is linked to reduced heart attacks and strokes (9, 10).

    Grass-Fed Butter is Super Healthy

    Despite having been demonized in the past, real grass-fed butter is one of the healthiest fats on the planet. Period.
    Source

    The Game Tips And More Blog Presents: The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Key Giveaway (Final Beta Weekend)

    This upcoming weekend is the last weekend for The Elder Scrolls Online Beta!
    To celebrate – and to allow one more TES fan get in on the action, I am giving away one fresh, crisp TESO Beta Key – completely free! All you have to do is send me an email (gametipsandmore_at_gmail_dot_com) or leave a comment below, telling me a favorite memory of yours from a previous Elder Scrolls game. If you haven’t played any of the previous TES series at all, just tell me something you are hoping to do in the new Elder Scrolls Online and I’ll randomly pick one lucky email out of the batch and send you your very own, unused and direct from Bethesda, Elder Scrolls Online Beta Key!

    The final weekend of the beta will run from Friday, March 14th at 12:00PM EDT until
    Sunday, March 16th at 11:59PM EDT. The winner will be notified via email before that time.
    Have fun reminiscing (or looking ahead), good luck to you… and See You In the Game!

    Top Ten Posts of 2013

    Happy New Year y’all! Before I look forward to 2014, I wanted to take a quick look back at 2013 and the top ten posts of the year. Will you take a stroll down memory lane with me? 🙂


    10. 100 Cleanest Packaged Foods Awards
    9. Santa Fe Chicken
    8. Banana Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie
    7. Girls Weekend
    6. Almost Guacamole and Cheese Queso
    5. Crock Pot Beef and Noodles
    4. Zucchini Pizza Crust
    3. Flat Belly Diet 4-Day Anti-Bloat Cleanse
    2. Texas Gold
    1. Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

    What was your favorite post of the year?

    QUICK TIPS: PRETEND YOU ARE INVISIBLE

    If you ride a motorcycle, you know that out on the road you might as well be transparent, because car drivers often look right past you. They might notice the car or truck behind you, but you, in all your “narrowness,” may not register in the visual cortex of even the most alert drivers.

    Sadly, drivers might behave this way even when they’re not distracted by their cell phone, GPS, satellite radio, or other form of in-car infotainment. So how do you compensate for being “invisible” to drivers?

    Be as conspicuous as possible. Wear bright clothing and a light-colored helmet. Always have your headlight on, and use your high beam or an aftermarket headlight modulator during the day (where allowed).

    Take an approved rider training course. Learn how to maneuver your motorcycle in normal and emergency situations, and practice braking and swerving maneuvers often. Also understand that safe riding depends as much on the mental skills of awareness and judgment as it does on the physical skill of maneuvering the machine; respond early to possible hazards instead of having to react instantly to an emergency.

    Take an approved rider training course. Learn how to maneuver your motorcycle in normal and emergency situations, and practice braking and swerving maneuvers often. Also understand that safe riding depends as much on the mental skills of awareness and judgment as it does on the physical skill of maneuvering the machine; respond early to possible hazards instead of having to react instantly to an emergency.

    CAR DRIVERS ONLY SEE WHAT THEY EXPECT TO SEE, AND MOST DON’T EXPECT YOU TO BE PART OF THE TRAFFIC MIX. RIDE WITH THE RIGHT SKILLS, STRATEGIES, AND ATTITUDE. BE SEEN – BE SAFE.

    That’s why an oncoming car driver might turn left in front of you at an intersection.
    That’s also why a driver in the next lane, even if they turn and look in your direction before changing lanes, might veer into your lane.

    Source: Motorcycle Safety Foundation

    8 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

    8 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

    By Joe Leech, Dietitian
    Aloe vera is a popular medicinal plant that has been used for thousands of years.
    Here are 8 health benefits of Aloe vera that are supported by science.
    It is best known for treating skin injuries, such as burns and sores, but may also have several other therapeutic properties.

    1. Aloe Vera Contains Bioactive Compounds That Can Improve Health

    Aloe vera is a thick, short-stemmed plant that stores water in its leaves.
    It is widely used in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industries, and has an estimated annual market value of $13 billion globally (1).
    Aloe vera is well recognized by its thick, pointed and fleshy green leaves, which can grow to about 12-19 inches (30-50 cm) in length.
    This is what the Aloe vera plant looks like:
    Aloe Vera Plant, Isolated on White
    Each leaf is full of a slimy tissue that stores water, which makes the leaves thick. This slimy, water-filled tissue is the “gel” we associate with Aloe vera products.
    The gel contains most of the bioactive compounds in the plant, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants.
    Bottom Line: Aloe vera is a popular medicinal plant that is used in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industries. Its leaves are full of a “gel” that contains numerous beneficial compounds.

    2. Aloe Vera Has Potent Antioxidant and Antibacterial Properties

    Antioxidants are important for health.
    Aloe vera gel contains powerful antioxidants, which belong to a large family of substances known as polyphenols (2).
    These polyphenols, along with several other compounds in Aloe vera, can help inhibit the growth of certain bacteria that can cause infections in humans (2).
    Bottom Line: Aloe vera contains various powerful antioxidant compounds. Some of these compounds can help inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.

    3. Aloe Vera Accelerates The Healing of Burns

    Single Aloe Vera Plant
    Aloe vera is most commonly used as a topical medication, rubbed onto the skin rather than eaten.
    It has long been known as a treatment for sores, particularly burns, including sunburns.
    In fact, the FDA first approved Aloe vera ointment as an over-the-counter medication for skin burns back in 1959.
    Studies suggest that it is an effective topical treatment for first- and second-degree burns.
    A review of 4 experimental studies found that Aloe vera could reduce the healing time of burns by around 9 days compared to conventional medication (3).
    The evidence for Aloe vera helping to heal other types of wounds is inconclusive (4).
    Bottom Line: Applying Aloe vera to burn wounds appears to accelerate the healing process. The evidence is inconclusive for other wound types.

    4. Pure Aloe Vera Juice Reduces Dental Plaque as Effectively as Mouthwash

    Green Aloe Vera Gel
    Tooth decay and diseases of the gum are very common health problems.
    One of the best ways to prevent this from happening is to reduce the buildup of plaque (bacterial biofilms) on the teeth.
    In a mouth rinse study of 300 healthy people, 100% pure Aloe vera juice was compared to the standard mouthwash ingredient chlorhexidine.
    After 4 days of use, the Aloe vera mouth rinse was found to be just as effective as chlorhexidine in reducing dental plaque (5).
    Another study found similar benefits of Aloe vera mouth rinse when used over a 15- to 30-day period (6).
    Aloe vera does this by killing the plaque-producing bacterium Streptococcus mutansin the mouth, as well as the yeast Candida albicans (7).
    Bottom Line: When used as a mouth rinse, pure Aloe vera juice is just as effective at reducing dental plaque buildup as regular mouthwash.

    5. Aloe Vera Can be Used to Treat Mouth Ulcers (Canker Sores)

    Brunette Holding an Aloe Vera Leaf
    Many people have experienced mouth ulcers, or canker sores, at some point in their lives.
    They usually form underneath the lip, inside the mouth, and last for about 7-10 days.
    Studies have convincingly shown that Aloe vera treatment can accelerate the healing of mouth ulcers.
    In a 7-day study of 180 people with recurrent mouth ulcers, an Aloe vera patch applied to the area was effective in reducing the size of the ulcers (8).
    However, it did not outperform the conventional ulcer treatment, which is corticosteroids.
    In another study, Aloe vera gel not only accelerated the healing of mouth ulcers, it also reduced the pain associated with them (9).
    Bottom Line: Application of Aloe vera, either as a patch or gel, has been shown to aid in the recovery of mouth ulcers (canker sores).

    6. Aloe Vera Can Help Treat Constipation

    Sliced Aloe Vera Leaves
    Aloe vera has often be used to treat constipation.
    This time it is not the gel, but the latex, that provides the benefits.
    The latex is a sticky yellow residue found just under the skin of the leaf.
    The key compound responsible for this effect is called aloin, or barbaloin, which has well-established laxative effects (10, 11, 12).
    However, some concerns have been raised about safety issues with frequent use. For this reason, Aloe latex has not been available in the US as an over-the-counter medication since 2002.
    Contrary to popular belief, Aloe vera does not appear to be effective against other digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) (13, 14, 15).
    Bottom Line: Aloe vera latex has strong laxative effects, making it useful to treat constipation. It does not appear to be beneficial for other diseases of the digestive tract.

    7. Aloe Vera May Improve Skin Elasticity and Help Prevent Wrinkles

    There is some preliminary evidence that topical Aloe vera gel can slow aging of the skin.
    Woman Holding an Aloe Vera Plant
    In one study of 30 women over the age of 45, topical application of the gel was shown to increase collagen production and improve skin elasticity over a 90-day period (16).
    Another study found that Aloe vera reduced erythema (redness of the skin), but was also found to dehydrate skin cells (17).
    There is very little evidence that Aloe vera can treat skin conditions like psoriasis and radiation dermatitis (18).
    Bottom Line: Early evidence suggests that Aloe vera may have anti-aging effects on the skin, but more research is needed.

    8. Aloe Vera May Lower Blood Sugar Levels in Diabetics

    Fresh Aloe Vera Leaves With Water Drops
    Aloe vera has sometimes been used as a traditional diabetes remedy (19, 20).
    It is said to enhance insulin sensitivity and help improve blood sugar management.
    Several animal and human studies in type 2 diabetics have actually found promising results from consuming Aloe vera extract (21, 22, 23).
    However, the quality of these studies was fairly poor, so it is definitely premature to recommend Aloe vera for this purpose.
    Additionally, there have been some cases of liver damage reported with long-term ingestion of Aloe vera supplements (24).

    9. Anything Else?

    Aloe vera definitely has some unique therapeutic properties, especially when applied as an ointment for the skin and gums.
    Source

    the new Jeep Wrangler has an interesting door lock, it’s a spinning cylinder

    The weight question continue…

    Take a health check .. .

    Before you begin a new dietary regime or exercise programme, check with your doctor that your health status allows you to do so. A health check is vital if:

    • You are suffering from any ongoing health problems
    • You take regular medication
    • You are under 20 or over 65, because children, teenagers and the elderly have specific nutritional needs.

    And a reality check …

    If you do have a problem with your weight, stop beating yourself up over it. Being fat is not a sin or a criminal offence. It is simply a consequence of careless eating and lifestyle.

    Diet Start

    Even if you have tried every diet going, this one does not have to be the same. You are going to change your lifestyle and give up a few bad dietary habits. So, unless you have a medical condition that prevents you from losing weight, this approach will help you become slimmer and, more importantly, fitter.

    Being overweight can undermine your self-esteem and the way you deal with situations. Losing weight won’t change the fact that you have money worries, an unsupportive partner or hate your job, but when the pounds start to fall away and you begin to feel better about yourself, you will deal with those issues very differently. Your confidence levels will rise and you will have lots more energy, which will help to make all of your problems seem more manageable.

    Don’t be negative even before you start. This is not the problem you think it is – it’s the solution.

    OBESITY AS A DISEASE – NOT A MORAL FAILING

    `Obesity is a heterogeneous disease in which genetic, environmental, psychological, and other factors are involved. It occurs when energy intake exceeds the amount of energy expended over time. Only in a small minority of cases is obesity caused by such illnesses as hypothyroidism or the result of taking medications, such as steroids, that can cause weight gain.’

    TAKING A HOLISTIC APPROACH

    • What you weigh is the result of several factors:
    • How much and what kinds of food you eat
    • Whether your lifestyle includes regular physical activity
    • Whether you use food to respond to stress and other situations
    • Your physiological and genetic make-up
    • Your age and health status.

    Successful weight management should address all of these factors. That’s the reason for ignoring products that promise quick and easy solutions, or permanent results without permanent changes in lifestyle. Any product that promises that you can lose weight without lowering your calorie intake and/or increasing your physical activity is trading on fantasy and false hope.

    Sprintbeemer by Lucky Cat Garage

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    The inspiration for a bike build can come from the most unlikely of sources. In the case of this most unusual BMW sprint bike, it was a vintage M&H Racemaster drag tire.

    The tire belonged to the amiable Séb Lorentz of the Lucky Cat Garage, a familiar face on the European custom show circuit. While Séb was figuring out what to do with the slick, his family provided the answer: they bought him an Airtech dustbin fairing as a present. All Séb needed now was a frame, two wheels and an engine.

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    Séb is not only an accomplished builder, but also works for BMW Motorrad France. And so the Sprintbeemer was born—a bike focused on speed and acceleration, with a hefty dash of style. “It has to look fast to frighten competitors,” he laughs. The goal was audacious: to win the Starr Wars sprint race at the huge Glemseck 101 festival in Germany.

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    Sprintbeemer is a cocktail of parts from the 50s to the 90s, with an S 1000 RR superbike battery hiding in there somewhere. The modified chassis was an R50/2 in a previous life, and the shortened fork and front stoppers have been swiped from a R75/5. Séb added an air scoop and vent holes to the drum brake, and machined the wheel hub to save weight.

    The swingarm is from a BMW R100/7 and the rear end is suspended by adjustable billet aluminum struts, hidden inside vintage shock covers. Power goes through a short-ratio R60/6 transmission. The drag slick that started it all has been mounted onto an 18” Morad wheel, with an Avon Speedmaster wrapped round the 19” Excel front rim.

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    Séb is not sure what the tank is, though. It’s an unbranded barn find, maybe from a 1950s French or Italian sport moped. It’s been treated to a high-flow petcock, an aluminum cap and an engine temperature meter.

    Just ahead are a Scitsu tachometer and Menani clip-ons—wearing black glitter Amal-style grips—and a Domino GP throttle. The aluminum seat pan is handmade, and the silver bottle just head of the rear wheel is an oil catch can—a modified emergency tank from Mooneyes in Japan.

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    The star of the show is the engine, though. It’s an R 100 RS motor treated to big valves, breathing through Dell’Orto PHM 40 carbs. A 336-spec cam and lightened flywheel help the motor spin up fast, and Vattier race headers hooked up to race megaphones complete the package. The clutch is essentially stock, but beefed up with an HPN ceramic plate, and the R 100 R gearbox has inverted gears for faster and easier shifting.

    But just as the bike was coming together, luck ran out: Séb broke his leg badly in a BMX crash and ended up in a wheelchair. Friends rallied round to help, and Sprintbeemer was finished—the night before the journey over the border to Glemseck.

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    Sylvain Berneron—aka Holographic Hammer—drove Séb and his bike to Glemseck in a truck. Sylvain then donned leathers and a helmet and sent Sprintbeemer screaming down the track to victory, adding to the trophy he won on his own Suzuki at Wheels & Waves.

    As winter approaches in France, Séb is rolling the BMW back into his workshop. But keep an eye out for it in the spring. With a new, shorter-ratio transmission due to be installed, Sprintbeemer promises to be even faster next year.
    Images by Daniel Beres. Follow the adventures of Séb via the Lucky Cat Garage website and Facebook.

    republished from bikeexif.com

    Harley-Davidson RR350

    Harley-Davidson RR350


    The Harley-Davidson RR350 is the enlarged version of the RR250, a motorcycle built from the ground up by the Italians that was essentially a Harley-Davidson in name only (Harley took a majority stake in the Italian manufacturer in 1974). The men from Milwaukee were facing increased competition from light, fast Japanese bikes and the first investment into Aermacchi in 1960 was designed to combat this and introduce some fresh engineering talent to the company.
    The success of the Aermacchi racing program reached its peak in the mid-1970s when the Harley-Davidson RR250 took the world championship for the ’74, ’75 and ’76 seasons with championship wins in 1976 in both the 250cc and 350cc classes thanks to the model you see pictured here.
    It’s unusual to think of Harley-Davidson dominating a road racing championship and we haven’t seen the marque seriously contend any major road-based Grand Prix championship since the sale of Aermacchi in 1978, which seems like a shame as it could have done the marque a world of good from an engineering perspective.
    The RR350 (and RR250) is widely considered one of the most beautiful racing motorcycle designs from the 1970s and I’d personally go so far as to say it’s one of the most stunning race bikes ever made. The Italian design cues are clearly apparent and it leaves you wondering what direction Harley-Davidson might have taken if they hadn’t sold Aermacchi on to Cagiva in 1978.
    The stunning, restored Harley-Davidson RR350 you see here is due to be sold at The Las Vegas Auction on the 8th of January 2015 by Bonhams, its estimated value is between $25,000 and $30,000 – which actually doesn’t seem like a whole lot considering the fact that only about 26 RR350s were ever made.
    If you’d like to bid or read more about this particular motorcycle’s history you can click here to visit Bonhams.
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    Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) continue…

    Adding a Label

    MPLS is a method that takes the best of both worlds and creates a concept that allows IP packets to travel through the network as if IP were a connection-oriented protocol (which it isn’t). Using special routers called Label Switching Routers (LSRs) does this. These routers connect a traditional IP network to an MPLS network. A packet enters the MPLS network through an ingress LSR, which attaches a label to the packet, and exits the MPLS switched network through an egress LSR. The ingress LSR is the router that performs the necessary processing to determine the path a packet will need to take through the switched network. This can be done using traditional routing protocols such as OSPF. The path is identified by the label that the ingress router attaches to the packet. As you can see, the ingress router must perform the traditional role that a router fills. It must perform a lookup in the routing table and decide to which network the packet needs to be sent for eventual delivery to the host computer.

    Internet 2010

    However, as the packet passes through the switched network, it is only necessary for the switch to take a quick look at the label to make a decision on which port to output the packet. A table called the Label Information Base (LIB) is used in a manner similar to a routing table to determine the correct port based on the packet’s label information. The switch doesn’t perform IP header processing, looking at the IP address, the TTL value, and so on. It just spends a small amount of time doing a lookup of the label in the table and outputting the packet on the correct port.

    When the packet reaches the egress LSR, the label is removed by the router, and then the IP packet is processed in the normal manner by traditional routers on the destination network.

    If this sounds like a simple concept, that’s because it is. MPLS still is in the development stages, so you’ll find that different vendors implement it in different ways. Several Internet draft documents attempt to create a standard for MPLS. Other features, such as Quality of Service (QoS) and traffic management techniques, are being developed to make MPLS a long-term solution.

    Using Frame Relay and ATM with MPLS

    One of the best features about the current design of MPLS is that it separates the label-switching concept from the underlying technology. That is, you don’t have to build special switches that are meant for just MPLS networks. MPLS doesn’t care what the underlying transport is. It is concerned only with setting up a path and reducing the amount of processing a packet takes as it travels through the circuit.

    Because of this, it’s a simple matter for an ATM or Frame Relay switch vendor to reprogram or upgrade its product line to use MPLS. For ATM switches, the VPI (virtual path identifier) and VCI (virtual channel identifier) fields in the ATM cell are used for the Label field. In Frame Relay switches, an extra field is added to the IP header to store the label. However, don’t get confused and think that an MPLS network is an ATM network or a Frame Relay network. These switches must be reprogrammed to understand the label concept. It’s even possible, for example, for an ATM switch to switch both ATM and MPLS traffic at the same time. By allowing for the continued use of existing equipment (and

    these switches are not inexpensive items), large ISPs or network providers can leverage their current investment, while preparing to install newer MPLS equipment when the standards evolve to a stage that makes it a good investment.

    For the long term it’s most likely that MPLS will be implemented using technology similar to Frame Relay instead of ATM. This is because of the small cell size of the ATM cell (53 bytes) combined with a high overhead (the 5-byte cell header). In a small network with little traffic, this 5-byte cell header seems insignificant. However, when you scale this to large bandwidth network pipes, this amount of overhead consumes a large amount of bandwidth given the small amount of data carried in the 53- byte cell. Thus, variable-length frames are most likely to become the basis for MPLS networks in the next few years.

    TestRun: Game Recording with Radeon ReLive, AMD’s Crimson Drivers Desktop and Game Recorder [Review with 12 Benchmarks/Tests and User Interface Overview]

    Update 1: Added that it is possible to disable the Indicator and how to do it (the “***”  herein)
    Update 2: Added that the Notification Pop-Up cannot be disabled and example of it
    Update 3: Added “Tip” of information on the ‘minimum requirements’ to run ReLive
    Update 4 (2016-12-22): I am currently testing Game Recording with ReLive on an AMD FX-6100 with 8GB RAM, to see the effects of Recording (‘vs Not’) on a slightly lower spec system. I will include those Results when completed
    Update 5 (2017-02-01): Half of the Benchmarking Tests have been repeated on a system with an AMD FX-6100 and 8GB of RAM, as stated above, to see the difference when recording with ReLive. Those Results are now included

    Over the last couple of days (since it was released publicly), I have been testing out AMD’s new, free Game Recorder, “ReLive”. ReLive [pronounced ‘ree-LIV’ as in ‘lived through an event’, not ‘ree-LYE-v’ as in ‘a live event that is live again’, which I thought at first, for some reason] is a free game recording ‘add-in’, that is included for free with the latest version of Crimson Radeon Drivers from AMD, for free (did I mention that it is free?).

    Now, NVIDIA videocard owners have been enjoying Shadowplay (NVIDIA’s ‘free-with-the-drivers’ game recording ‘add-in’) for a couple of years now; but currently owning an AMD GPU myself, since just before Shadowplay was released, it was nice to see AMD finally release their own ‘free-with-the-drivers’ game recorder and I was excited to see the Notification appear in the Radeon control panel. [At the time of this writing I currently own an AMD GPU, but I have no preference towards either manufacturer – I like them both! I have purchased from either ‘team’ in the past and will do so in the future as well..]

    The Notification for Upgrading the Radeon Crimson Drivers, seen in the Radeon Settings Control Panel.
    Don’t ignore this one! Go get it and try out the new Game Recorder that comes with it! Go now, gogogo!
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    For a quick overview of ReLive – before we get into the Overview, Tests and Results – here is AMD’s own blurb about it and its’ release:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRSm12lwRe4

    For this TestRun, I will be putting ReLive through some general paces, testing it out as a Game Recorder in various games, from slightly-older or less-demanding ones like World Of Warcraft to somewhat-newer games with higher resource demand, like Grand Theft Auto V. I am going to focus more on the relative Performance of ReLive in this post (comparing how games run with and without recording with it), where I will be talking more about the Quality of the output (with Screenshot and Video Still-Frame comparisons, etc) in a future QualityTest article.

    Getting It Going (A Problem Encountered)

    To begin, I have to say that at first, the Game Recording portion didn’t work at all. As in, at all (no error messages, no notifications why, nothing). I upgraded my Drivers to the 16.12 Crimson Edition, which looked like it Updated ok and installed ReLive; but I couldn’t get it to start recording, no matter what settings I configured. I tried older games, games with different versions of DirectX (running GTAV in DX10 and DX11, etc); but nothing worked. I talked about this very briefly in a quick posting I made here at The Blog the day the Update came out. I also shared what finally got it working for me. Although it is in that previous post, I will mention it quickly here…

    If the ReLive recorder, part of AMD’s 16.12 Crimson Radeon Drivers, is not working for you; try what eventually got it working for me:

    • Download your Latest AMD Drivers via their main Website (http://support.amd.com/)
    • Uninstall the main AMD Drivers via the Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall/Change Program
    • Reboot
    • Install AMD Drivers via the Download from their Website (the first step)
    • Reboot

    That’s it! 

    After those steps, even though I have a 200 Series AMD GPU at the time of this writing, I was able to get ReLive up and running.. [The AMD page on ReLive at their main website (http://www.amd.com/en-us/innovations/software-technologies/radeon-software/gaming/radeon-relive) shows only 400 Series GPUs as ‘Officially Compatible’, at the bottom in a chart, which is why I mention my card series here]. Here is what the ReLive section of the Radeon Control Panel in the Crimson ReLive Edition looks like (before and after Enabling it):

    The ReLive portion of the Radeon Settings Control Panel, I
    Although not an upsetting issue for me personally, I am sure there are some who are delighted that you have to Enable it to use it [that it does not come pre-enabled by Default, without User knowledge, affecting game performance, etc]
    (Click to see Full Size)

    The ReLive portion of the Radeon Settings Control Panel, II
    Screenshot showing the Default Settings that came up, after Enabling the ReLive recorder
    (Click to see Full Size)

    Each ‘button’ on the interface can be clicked on, to change that setting. [For example, one of the first things I changed, was the location of where ReLive was going to save Recordings and Screenshots (“Save Folder”)]. Simply click on the “Save Folder” ‘button’ and a browser window will open up, where you can choose the new location to save the output from ReLive.

    Keeping Control (ReLive Controls and Shortcut Keys)

    Hotkey Combinations can also be configured in this first panel (shown above, the “Global” panel). While the Default Hotkey combos were actually pretty intuitive (CTRL+SHIFT+R for togging Recording, for example), they require the use of one (or a combination of) CTRL, SHIFT and ALT. This means you can have a Screenshot combo be CTRL+S or CTRL+SHIFT+S or ALT+S – the problem is, many games use these supplementary keys for various actions, such as:

    CTRL is Sneak toggling (Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls Online, etc)
    SHIFT is Run toggling (various games)
    ALT is Secondary Attack (Fallout 4 and other various games)
    CTRL+S is Audio toggling (turning on and off sound in some games)
    … and so on.

    The required use of one of these keys means that somewhere along the line, hotkey combinations are going to have to be changed, most likely in the game itself, and then set again on any configurable mouse/keypad accessories one might be using (eg. a mouse with a small number pad on the side, or a gaming control pad that can have shortcuts assigned to various buttons on it). It would have been nice to have it not require one of SHIFT, CTRL and ALT keys, as then a User could assign a key that is not being used in their game(s), such as “P” or “;” (semi-colon) – configuring  keys that might not be used in any games that User plays – where they would then not have to worry about any configuration overlap.

    Also, while most of the key combinations do make sense and are easy to get used to as they are, some would not work [for me] at all. For example, SHIFT+Z did not seem to ‘take’ when trying to assign it to toggling the main Toolbar of ReLive, but CTRL+Z did. There was no explanation why (no error message, etc). Also, some combinations do not seem to work properly in some games. For example [in my case], CTRL+SHIFT combinations were not being recognized while GTAV was running – but it seemed to work fine in other games.

    Since I am talking about niggles with ReLive for a moment, I should mention the only other thing that, while not a huge deal, slightly bugged me [and may bug others]: the indicator for Recording (a small red circle with a Recording Timer on it, in the upper-left corner by Default) is always present throughout any recordings made*** – even when the “Show System Info” option in the Overlay section is left “OFF”. That option seems to only toggle a larger information box that gives a short summary of the CPU and GPU in the system that recorded the video. This information box does go away after a few seconds of the recording. Below is what both of these indicators look like as they appear at the beginning of a recorded video [containing System Information for my computer at this time]:

    Example of the indicators shown in the upper-left of recordings (by Default) when recording with ReLive. The smaller indicator is always present in recordings [no matter what, it seems***] while the larger box is the “System Info” that can be toggled on and off in the Overlay section of the ReLive opt