Saturday, March 11, 2006

 

Bonds rejoins Giants, in lineup against Angels


Bonds rejoins Giants, in lineup against Angels
USA Today - Mar 09 9:13 AM
Barry Bonds rejoined the San Francisco Giants and was quickly put into the lineup to make his spring training debut Thursday, two days after details of his alleged extensive steroid program were released.Save to My Web

Events focus on suffrage, history
Scottsbluff Star-Herald - Mar 10 9:37 AM
"Nebraska Next," an original play by Carson Becker about the state's Suffrage Movement, will be on stage at the Midwest Theater Mach 23. The play, which will be at 7 p.m. and free to the public, is part of The Angels Theatre Company, Inc. DeVoted Women Project.Save to My Web

Angels shut down Sox
Telegraph - Mar 09 12:31 PM
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Ervin Santana pitched three hitless innings for the Los Angeles Angels in a 5-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. In two outings this spring, he has allowed one hit in five shutout innings.Save to My Web

Steps out of 'Shadows' and into glare
New York Daily News - Mar 10 1:34 AM
He has, once and for all, become the freak show in a baseball circus now. It started yesterday at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., for Barry Bonds in a spring training game against the Angels, started with him striking out and then getting a single, started with boos and cheers and an early exit after the fourth inning. The circus does not leave town for good until Bonds limps away from Save to My Web

Hells Angels Sue Disney on Planned Movie
New York Times - Mar 10 9:29 PM
Hells Angels has sued the Walt Disney Company, claiming that a planned movie about a group of motorcycle riders called "Wild Hogs" infringes on its trademark name and skull logo.Save to My Web

Angels soar in U10 soccer
Community Press & Recorder - Mar 08 3:33 AM
The Miami Township Soccer Club Blue Angels were the champions of the under 10 select division for the indoor soccer session one at the Cincinnati Sports Mall. Team members are, from left: First row, Olivia Sutton, Karlee Mason, Ellie Korengel; second row, Rachel Marraccini, Rannica Huon, Megan Eyre, Katelyn Lewis, Megan Stapleton; third row, Mallory Combs, Emily Hill, Britni Toms, Olivia Dunham, Save to My Web

Saturday, March 04, 2006

 

Find Cheap Gas In Your ZIP Code


Find Cheap Gas In Your ZIP Code
Click10.com, FL - Feb 22, 2006Tired of driving around town looking for the cheapest gas station to fill up your tanks? A new Web site offered by Microsoft is ...


Monday, February 27, 2006

 

Who's who of Google hires


Who's who of Google hires
CNET - 2 hours, 7 minutes ago
The search king lures doctors, Internet pioneers, renowned execs from Microsoft, and other rivals to its geek heaven.Save to My Web

Germans want to charge Google
theRegister via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News - 2 hours, 51 minutes ago
The boss of Deutsche Telekom is the latest to claim that companies like Google, which take advantage of high-speed networks, should help pay for them. ...Save to My Web

DOJ Rebukes Google Privacy Concerns
BetaNews - 2 hours, 19 minutes ago
The U.S. Department of Justice said in a court filing Friday that Google's privacy concerns are unwarranted, claiming its request to cull through search result queries would not be traceable to specific users.Save to My Web

Google is Searching for New Markets
RedNova - Feb 27 5:57 AM
By Campbell Maclachlan Since its flotation in August 2004, Google has captured the hearts of investors and internet users alike. Having initially floated at $85 per share, the shares peaked at $475 earlier this year, valuing the company at $128bn.Save to My Web

 

Kaiser Chiefs Have Triple Success at U.K. Brits Music Ceremony


Kaiser Chiefs Have Triple Success at U.K. Brits Music Ceremony
Bloomberg.com - Feb 15 2:56 PM
Feb. 15 (Bloomberg) -- The Kaiser Chiefs received three honors, including best British group, at the 2006 Brit Awards for music, the U.K.'s counterpart to the Grammy Awards in the U.S.Save to My Web

The ORANGE nightclub was packed to capacity last Friday, as the long awaited Blast Off! Grand Finals were underway.
Malay Mail - Feb 13 7:59 PM
With at close to 1000 fans crammed in front of the stage, and about 200 more outside the clubs main entrance, it showed that Malaysians are slowly beginning to understand that their support is crucial to the progression of our music industry.Save to My Web

Sound tracks
The Sunday Mail - Jan 30 10:14 PM
Seminal Australian head-banging band AC/DC emerged as the rock gods of the road with the most frequent nominations. Not too far behind were other Aussie standard-bearers Cold Chisel and Midnight Oil.Save to My Web

WHEN one of P.O.Ds founding members, Marcos, left the band shortly before the recording of their 2003 release, Payable
Malay Mail - Feb 22 7:59 PM
And when Payable On Death, the bands fourth studio album, didnt fair as well as their breakthrough album, 2001s Satellite, it seemed the rap-rock outfit was losing their shine.Save to My Web

Show Love in Val Thorens
Natives.co.uk - Feb 17 4:01 AM
The Show Love Tour went back to its roots for a traditional massive party night in Val Thorens. With Le Viking heaving as hundreds of pounds worth of prizes from our Show Love sponsors were spread around seasonal staff, Rick, Natives VT Resort Reporter, sent us the news from the night:Save to My Web

Top Albums of 2005
The Current Online - Jan 30 3:03 PM
In 2005, the music world threw far too many curve balls for fans to handle. Perhaps it was the fact that music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin peppered readers with guarantees of some of the greatest music since 1969. Or maybe it was all of the hype on Greendays American Idiot, which promised a revolutionary rock opera which, by definition, failed with flying colors.Save to My Web

Farewell to fallen firefighter
The Courier - Jan 30 5:57 AM
A RED Country Fire Authority captain's hat belonging to Trevor Day and a bunch of roses sat on top of the pale blue casket as the volunteer firefighter was laid to rest yesterday in central Victoria.Save to My Web

Friday, February 24, 2006

 

LANDSCAPE GARDENING.

Landscape gardening has often been likened to the painting of a picture. Your art-work teacher has doubtless told you that a good picture should have a point of chief interest, and the rest of the points simply go to make more beautiful the central idea, or to form a fine setting for it. So in landscape gardening there must be in the gardener's mind a picture of what he desires the whole to be when he completes his work.

From this study we shall be able to work out a little theory of landscape gardening.
Let us go to the lawn. A good extent of open lawn space is always beautiful. It is restful. It adds a feeling of space to even small grounds. So we might generalize and say that it is well to keep open lawn spaces. If one covers his lawn space with many trees, with little flower beds here and there, the general effect is choppy and fussy. It is a bit like an over-dressed person. One's grounds lose all individuality thus treated. A single tree or a small group is not a bad arrangement on the lawn. Do not centre the tree or trees. Let them drop a bit into the background. Make a pleasing side feature of them. In choosing trees one must keep in mind a number of things. You should not choose an overpowering tree; the tree should be one of good shape, with something interesting about its bark, leaves, flowers or fruit. While the poplar is a rapid grower, it sheds its leaves early and so is left standing, bare and ugly, before the fall is old. Mind you, there are places where a row or double row of Lombardy poplars is very effective. But I think you'll agree with me that one lone poplar is not. The catalpa is quite lovely by itself. Its leaves are broad, its flowers attractive, the seed pods which cling to the tree until away into the winter, add a bit of picture squeness. The bright berries of the ash, the brilliant foliage of the sugar maple, the blossoms of the tulip tree, the bark of the white birch, and the leaves of the copper beech all these are beauty points to consider.

Place makes a difference in the selection of a tree. Suppose the lower portion of the grounds is a bit low and moist, then the spot is ideal for a willow. Don't group trees together which look awkward. A long-looking poplar does not go with a nice rather rounded little tulip tree. A juniper, so neat and prim, would look silly beside a spreading chestnut. One must keep proportion and suitability in mind.

I'd never advise the planting of a group of evergreens close to a house, and in the front yard. The effect is very gloomy indeed. Houses thus surrounded are overcapped by such trees and are not only gloomy to live in, but truly unhealthful. The chief requisite inside a house is sunlight and plenty of it.

As trees are chosen because of certain good points, so shrubs should be. In a clump I should wish some which bloomed early, some which bloomed late, some for the beauty of their fall foliage, some for the colour of their bark and others for the fruit. Some spireas and the forsythia bloom early. The red bark of the dogwood makes a bit of colour all winter, and the red berries of the barberry cling to the shrub well into the winter.

Certain shrubs are good to use for hedge purposes. A hedge is rather prettier usually than a fence. The Californian privet is excellent for this purpose. Osage orange, Japan barberry, buckthorn, Japan quince, and Van Houtte's spirea are other shrubs which make good hedges.
I forgot to say that in tree and shrub selection it is usually better to choose those of the locality one lives in. Unusual and foreign plants do less well, and often harmonize but poorly with their new setting.

Landscape gardening may follow along very formal lines or along informal lines. The first would have straight paths, straight rows in stiff beds, everything, as the name tells, perfectly formal. The other method is, of course, the exact opposite. There are danger points in each.
The formal arrangement is likely to look too stiff; the informal, too fussy, too wiggly. As far as paths go, keep this in mind, that a path should always lead somewhere. That is its business to direct one to a definite place. Now, straight, even paths are not unpleasing if the effect is to be that of a formal garden. The danger in the curved path is an abrupt curve, a whirligig effect. It is far better for you to stick to straight paths unless you can make a really beautiful curve. No one can tell you how to do this.

Garden paths may be of gravel, of dirt, or of grass. One sees grass paths in some very lovely gardens. I doubt, however, if they would serve as well in your small gardens. Your garden areas are so limited that they should be re-spaded each season, and the grass paths are a great bother in this work. Of course, a gravel path makes a fine appearance, but again you may not have gravel at your command. It is possible for any of you to dig out the path for two feet. Then put in six inches of stone or clinker. Over this, pack in the dirt, rounding it slightly toward the centre of the path. There should never be depressions through the central part of paths, since these form convenient places for water to stand. The under layer of stone makes a natural drainage system.

A building often needs the help of vines or flowers or both to tie it to the grounds in such a way as to form a harmonious whole. Vines lend themselves well to this work. It is better to plant a perennial vine, and so let it form a permanent part of your landscape scheme. The Virginia creeper, wistaria, honeysuckle, a climbing rose, the clematis and trumpet vine are all most satisfactory.

close your eyes and picture a house of natural colour, that mellow gray of the weathered shingles. Now add to this old house a purple wistaria. Can you see the beauty of it? I shall not forget soon a rather ugly corner of my childhood home, where the dining room and kitchen met. Just there climbing over, and falling over a trellis was a trumpet vine. It made beautiful an awkward angle, an ugly bit of carpenter work.

Of course, the morning-glory is an annual vine, as is the moon-vine and wild cucumber. Now, these have their special function. For often, it is necessary to cover an ugly thing for just a time, until the better things and better times come. The annual is 'the chap' for this work.
Along an old fence a hop vine is a thing of beauty. One might try to rival the woods' landscape work. For often one sees festooned from one rotted tree to another the ampelopsis vine.
Flowers may well go along the side of the building, or bordering a walk. In general, though, keep the front lawn space open and unbroken by beds. What lovelier in early spring than a bed of daffodils close to the house? Hyacinths and tulips, too, form a blaze of glory. These are little or no bother, and start the spring aright. One may make of some bulbs an exception to the rule of unbroken front lawn. Snowdrops and crocuses planted through the lawn are beautiful. They do not disturb the general effect, but just blend with the whole. One expert bulb gardener says to take a basketful of bulbs in the fall, walk about your grounds, and just drop bulbs out here and there. Wherever the bulbs drop, plant them. Such small bulbs as those we plant in lawns should be in groups of four to six. Daffodils may be thus planted, too. You all remember the grape hyacinths that grow all through Katharine's side yard.

The place for a flower garden is generally at the side or rear of the house. The backyard garden is a lovely idea, is it not? Who wishes to leave a beautiful looking front yard, turn the corner of a house, and find a dump heap? Not I. The flower garden may be laid out formally in neat little beds, or it may be more of a careless, hit-or-miss sort. Both have their good points. Great masses of bloom are attractive.

You should have in mind some notion of the blending of colour. Nature appears not to consider this at all, and still gets wondrous effects. This is because of the tremendous amount of her perfect background of green, and the limitlessness of her space, while we are confined at the best to relatively small areas. So we should endeavour not to blind people's eyes with clashes of colours which do not at close range blend well. In order to break up extremes of colours you can always use masses of white flowers, or something like mignonette, which is in effect green.
Finally, let us sum up our landscape lesson. The grounds are a setting for the house or buildings. Open, free lawn spaces, a tree or a proper group well placed, flowers which do not clutter up the front yard, groups of shrubbery these are points to be remembered. The paths should lead somewhere, and be either straight or well curved. If one starts with a formal garden, one should not mix the informal with it before the work is done.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

 

Grown-ups Can Play with Mud Too: Three Basics to Know when Mudding Drywall

After installing and fastening your drywall, you need to move on to the taping and compound stage. This is an important stage because the final look of your walls will really be determined by how well you apply the mud or compound to your drywall.

Here are three of the most basic things you need to know about mudding drywall.

1. Know Your Compounds and Your Tools
Preparation is the key in anything, particularly in home improvement projects. Take the time to familiarize yourself with products and techniques before you begin a project will save time down the road and will also result in a better-finished project.

Jointing compound comes in both a powder and pre-mixed form. There are also different textures. Taping compound is coarse and should be used for the initial taping layer. Topping compound is much thinner and smoother than taping compound and should be used for finishing the surface. There is also all-purpose joint compound on the market, which is halfway between taping and topping compound in terms of both texture and thickness.

To apply the mud, you should be using taping knives. These tools come in different lengths and you should use one that is slightly longer than the previous one for each new layer.

At this stage, you also want to make sure that all of your nails and screws are properly sunk in and that none of them are sticking out. You check this by running a taping knife along the edges and seams. If you feel or hear anything against the metal, then you need to go back and sink the nail or screw further into the drywall.

2. Follow the Proper Steps
Mudding drywall is a four-step, four-day process. You need to make sure that you allow at least twenty-four hours of drying time between each application of compound.

You start with a taping layer. At this stage, you apply compound and then insert paper-jointing tape into the joins and then smooth with more compound. You also need to cover up all of the nail and screws with compound (ensuring first, of course, that they are properly sunk in). After completing the taping layer, your surfaces should be all filled and everything should be leveled.
The next step is to apply two layers of compound that will smooth out your surfaces. With each application you’ll want to use a taping knife that is one or two inches longer than the previous one. For the second and third coat, you’ll want to use a taping knife that is anywhere from seven inches to a foot long.

You want to try and apply the compound on the joint and then smooth it by stroking each side and then one last stroke right down the middle.

It can be tricky to apply this compound. You’ll need to apply the mud in different thicknesses and with different pressure in different spots. When doing the side strokes, you want to apply more pressure to the outside of the knife, whereas when you do the center stroke, you’ll want to keep the pressure evenly distributed. This will take a bit of practice and a lot of patience.
The final coat is a finishing coat. This is where you will have to be most fussy to ensure a smooth finished product. Start by scraping a wide taping knife over the joints to ensure that all ridges and bumps are removed.

You can thin out the compound for this last stage. Some people do and some people don’t – it is just a matter of personal preference.

3. Have a Little Patience
When mudding drywall, the key is patience and consistency. Though you may be eager to get through this stage and on to the priming and painting, this stage is crucial and will make all the difference in terms of the appearance of your finished walls. You need to make sure that you leave the proper amount of drying time between coats. You also want to take the time to check for bumps and ridges between coats and then sand the room after your final coat. This sanding will smooth out any remaining little ridges. This can be a messy process so make sure you lay down plastic to seal off the room and also wear protective gear to eliminate the threat of eye and respiratory irritation.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

 

Hijacked at Home - Five Steps to Protect Your Home PC

Before you open those email attachments from an unknown source, insert a disc into your hard drive, or download any software from a new website that you’ve only just discovered, stop! You could be inviting a virus into your computer. It may sound a bit paranoid, but wouldn’t it be better to be a little paranoid than careless? Everyday the threat of a new computer crippling virus becomes more real to people everyday as they become victims. According to the International Computer Security Association (ICSA), which is an organization that monitors computer virus activity, over 20,000 computer virus strains are currently in circulation. The ICSA also assesses that at least 10 to 25 new viruses are detected everyday.

Viruses are no longer the thing of the past where they can only be passed on through one floppy disk to another. In a day and age of email and the internet, viruses are circulating even faster. Now almost every program, document or file can carry a virus. The virus can come in the form of an email from an unknown source or from an unknowing friend or acquaintance. Not only can these viruses breech your security and make all your private information public, you can loose data and even crash your hard drive. This can cost you a small fortune to repair, or even replace your computer, and it could cost you valuable time.

Most computer owners have very important and sometimes even personal information stored on their computer and that would be a terrible thing to lose. Without the proper security, your computer is open to hackers and hijackers all over the world. Why take this risk when it can be easily avoided? Avoid being hijacked at home; follow these five steps to help protect your home PC:
1. Install a firewall. If you own and operate a computer, you need a firewall. This is one of the best methods to help protect your computer from intruders. Firewalls are used to help prevent unauthorized users from gaining access to your computer. They are very difficult for hackers to understand, thus a very good security measure. You can both purchase firewalls or find them for free through the internet. Regardless of whether you choose to purchase a firewall or obtain a free one, this is a very important security measure.

2. Download anti-virus software. This is definitely a must have. Anti-virus software is developed to scan your computer and search for viruses that can be infecting your computer. This software will find all of the viruses or infected files and permanently delete them from your computer to restore your computers vitality. There is a large variety of anti-virus software manufacturers available from which to pick and choose. It would be best to choose the more popular brands such as Norton Anti-Virus, McAfee Virus Scan, Symantec Anti-Virus, etc.

3. Install any and all security patches. When you receive an email from the vendor or merchant you had obtained your security software from, open it immediately. The email may contain vital information you need to help protect your computer. Once you receive an email stating you need to apply a security patch, you should do so immediately.

4. Update your software on a regular basis. Make sure you have the latest security software installed in your computer. Some software has weekly or monthly updates that should be done as they are offered. New viruses are detected every day and therefore you need to keep your security software updated on a regular basis in order to stay ahead of those threats.

5. Never open any emails from people or places you don’t know and never download any attachments. These emails can seem so innocent and friendly, but that’s exactly how they get you. A popular virus came from an email sent with the subject line “Someone wants to kiss you.” when an unsuspecting user opens this email thinking it’s coming from a companion, they become infected with a virus that begins circulating through their entire computer system. Never insert a disc into your hard drive if you don’t know what it is or who sent it. Last but not least, never download any software from a new website or any website that you don’t know.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

 

Five Important Things to Consider Before Tiling

Picking a new floor can be overwhelming. Even after you’ve narrowed it down to one particular type, it is still challenging to find the right tile because there are so many different varieties to choose from these days. And then once you’ve purchased your new tiles, there are still quite a few things to consider before you begin laying the tile. Here are the top five things you should know before you began tiling.
1. Is Ceramic Tile Suitable for Your Space?
There are many advantages to ceramic tile. It is really durable and easy to clean. It isn’t the best option in some spaces though. During the winter months, ceramic tiles can really hold the cold, so you might not want to use them in a basement space. Certain types can be slippery, so you if you are considering tile for an entryway, you should go with a more slip-resistant variety.
2. Select the right Size, Style and Texture
Ceramic tiles come in all sorts of shapes – anywhere from one inch to two feet. The most common size tiles are between one and one and a half feet in size. Choosing the right size is actually easier than you might think. Just figure out the size of your room and then choose a size that suits it. For example, if you have smaller room, a large tile would not be the best option because it would look like panels rather than tiles. A large tile is really best suited to larger spaces because they look less busy than smaller tiles do.
Currently, there are many styles of ceramic tiles to choose from. The easiest way to narrow down your options is decide on the type of look you are going for. It you want a rustic, natural look than you might want to consider a rugged, natural looking tile instead of a polished marble.
Choose a tile with the texture that will best suit your rooms theme. If you go for a rustic, natural looking tile, it will be rougher than a polished marble surface. When choosing a texture, you do need to take safety into consideration. The smoother that a surface is the more likely it is to be slippery when wet. If you have children or elderly people in your home, then a high-gloss tile is not the best option from a safety standpoint.
3. Choose an Appropriate Grout Color and Width
Grout is a cement mix that has color added to it to compliment your tile. Grout fills the space between tiles so you need to choose a grout width and a color that works in your space.
4. Installation Materials and Methods
There are different installation methods and a successful installation will really depend on the materials used and the energy and patience put into the project. You will want to make sure that you do the proper preparation and have all the materials you need at hand. You will need to make sure that you purchase a high quality bonding material, grout (as discussed above), a sealer and the right tools to get the project done.
Laying tile can be a bit tricky. You need to make sure that your cuts are correct and that the space around each tile is even. If you feel overwhelmed by the prospect of installing it yourself, then you might want to look at contracting the job out to a tiling professional.
5. Maintenance
Ceramic tile is one the easiest types of floors to clean and if you take care of them, they will maintain their shiny, new appearance for years to come. To clean tile, all you really need is water and any household cleaner product. You can start by removing any dirt and dust with a broom or vacuum and then using a sponge or mop you can apply the mixture of water and cleaner to your tiles. It’s as simple as that! You will need to be cautious about dropping heavy objects on tile. If tiles split, crack or chip, it is impossible to replace just one tile. Odds are you’ll have to live with any cracks or chips until you’re ready to re-do the entire floor.

 

Five Guidelines in Purchasing a Central Air Conditioning Unit

Summer is fast approaching and your air conditioner just does not work the way it used too. It barely cools, if it does anything at all. You have tried cleaning it. You have tried flushing it. You have tried everything including kick it and hit it with a mallet. The service man wants to charge you an arm and a leg, and probably a few other body parts to repair it. You are left with only one other choice. Spend all that money to repair a central air conditioning unit that is 20 years old, or spend about the same amount to buy a new, updated central air conditioning unit. If you are going to spend the money, why not get something under warranty that, theoretically, it should last 20 more years? Seems like an easy decision to me.

When purchasing a new central air conditioning unit there are five guidelines to keep in mind that will keep you on track and make sure you do not waste your hard earned money. These guidelines are just what they say they are: guidelines. They are not laws or rules you need to follow, but they are suggestions that are meant to guide you towards buying the right central air conditioner for you and your home.

WHAT TYPE OF AIR CONDITIONER DO YOU NEED?

There are many brands of central air conditioning units available to purchase from any hardware or appliance store. Some sales associates will try to sell you a window air conditioning unit. Do not let that sales associate talk you into wasting your money. These window air conditioners are a waste of money. They usually only cool one room and they suck a lot of power so you will be spending a lot more money each month on the utility bill. Remember that if you have multiple rooms or a house, you want a central air unit. Do not let the sales associate trick you into anything else.

INSTALLATION OF MY CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING UNIT:

One more detail to consider is installation. Most people do not want to crawl under, over, around, and through the walls of their house to install a new air conditioner. That is why most places that sell these units also install them for you. Some places install these free of charge with the purchase of a new unit. Even if they don’t do it free, you should get someone to professionally install your new unit. It will save you time, headaches, and sweat if you do. If they do not offer installation, you may want to look elsewhere to purchase your unit. It is much easier and cost efficient to get this all done in one step.
TEMPURATURE SETTINGS:

Most new units come with a new thermostat. You should make sure this thermostat can create the ideal temperature that suits you and your family. If you are comfortable in a room that is 60°, then make sure the unit will cool to that temperature. You also need to make sure you can increase and decrease the temperature in 1° or 2° increments just in case you are not comfortable.

FILTERS:

There are many filters out there today. The ones that are permanent are the best value. You simply take them out, hose them down, and stick them back in. They save you a lot of money every year, not to mention you don’t have to keep track of what size you need. Just remember to clean them once a month. Also, make sure your unit supports these filters.
ENERGY SAVER:

You should also look to see if your new unit has a sleep setting or an energy saving setting. This allows the unit to run when you are sleeping or not home and not run up your bill. It will keep the house a little warmer when you are not home, and then cool it before you come home. This saves hundreds of dollars a year.

Keeping these in mind, finding the perfect unit will be a snap and could turn out to be a fun shopping experience. Just ask the sales associate for more details if you need help. They can be most helpful if these guidelines still have you guessing.

 

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