How to Build a Landing Page

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You started your own company. Good for you! Time to create a website that reflects your mission and offerings, be it goods or services. Terrifying as the thought may seem, you CAN create a terrific website for your business without having to hire a company to do it for you. Build your own website that is professionally laid out and functional by visiting a web building site like Wix.com, there you can easily learn how to create a website in no-time.

The good news is that you don’t need to know how to code in order to create a website anymore. Using a web building and hosting site with lots of templates makes the entire process user-friendly and simple. There are a few things you need to do before creating your website.  This is where you set up your game plan. Decide what the goal of creating the website is going to be. Next, determine who your target audience is based on your site goal. Now that you know who you want to draw to your site and what you want to tell or sell them, it’s time to create that website.l

Make a list of keywords that are important to your business and keep it handy when creating the website. These keywords will help in your site’s ranking on search engines, leading to greater visibility and more site visits. Create your site map. Having the site map done will lead to a more organized and fluid experience for visitors.

Now, you are ready to create the actual content of the website. Your business is important to you. Now, make it important to the site visitor. Draw them in with a well laid-out format that flows seamlessly from one area to the next with minimal confusion. Images can make the pages more pleasing, but must support your main focus, making a sale.  Here is a great video that walks you through the process of creating a website:

Do some research on what a great website looks like. Visit lots of sites to see what flows well in format and design. Find the layouts you are most comfortable navigating and seem most applicable to the website you are planning. These will give you ideas to implement when working on your website. Next, think about the color scheme and font. Colors should complement each other without straining the eye. Font can be unique, but should not be difficult to read or too small to easily scan. Also, become familiar with the most important parts of the web page. The eye flows from top to bottom and left to right. That makes the top left corner of your page a hot spot. If you want more clicks through your site, this is the place to get them. Cram too much info here, though, and the visitor may get confused.

Are you creating an online store? It may seem overwhelming, but it can be simple with the tools available on Wix.com. You can sell goods, communicate with customers, track orders and get paid all within your site. It’s easy to connect with Facebook too for all your social media advertising needs.

Today, millions of people do instant website searches on their mobile devices. Think about your website on a cellphone. Size matters here, right? Wix.com has this awesome intuitive mobile editor that you can use to create a mobile friendly version of your website. Now, you can get customers on the go too!

Are you having a big sale? Create a landing page for your website. A landing page is a website page you direct a specific audience to, that gathers a visitor’s information through a form. It is usually a simple page designed to collect contact information that can easily be turned into a sale. Landing page links are great for e-mail campaigns. It takes the reader directly to the advertised page listing the sale information. By sending the reader directly to the sale page, you avoid losing them if they land on the main website page and have to try to find the sale information on their own.  To see some more great tips on how to create a landing page for free, check out this post.

Wix.com is the perfect website builder to use for creating your landing pages. They have lots of experience in helping you get the message across quickly and easily, turning visits into sales. The wix.com site is very user friendly, and they are ready to support your website design and maintenance. They also provide hosting services that keep your site visible and accessible.

 

Hannibal – Rome’s Worst Nightmare

This is a great doc-drama with historical re-enactments describing in great detail Hannibal’s challenge to conquer Rome.

Born to Vengeance.
Raised to Conquer.
Destined to become a Legend :
Hannibal – Rome’s Worst Nightmare.

It is 200 years before the birth of Christ and Rome is the burgeoning superpower of the ancient world. With each conquest her empire grows. No one can stand in her way. But one man is destined to challenge it all. A man bound by oath to avenge the wrongs inflicted on his home, Carthage in North Africa – the empire that ruled the Mediterranean before Rome stole its crown. 26-year-old Hannibal Barca was the mastermind behind what is arguably the most audacious military move in history – destroying the Roman myth of invincibility by defeating the great nation and army not once, but three times.

Public and private, awesome and gritty – this is the story of one of the most brilliant military strategist that ever lived.

Review of the Movavi Mac Cleaner App

Most of people loved to use computer or desktop device. There is also some merits of using desktop device. For an example, by using computers we can store thousands of data or files than the smartphone device. But after some time, there are some problems that can occur in your PC. Due to some problems, your computer slows down and it will never work fast.

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There are many of reasons, by which your computer goes slow down. But, the main and first reason of your problem is unnecessary files and data. This kind of useless data will make your Mac’s performance slow step by step. If you want to improve the performance of your Mac device, then you must have to remove or delete that unneeded files and data, which have been stored in your Mac. But as we know that, all the Mac users have one question that how can they find that unnecessary files? There are many kinds of cleaner apps are available in the world of computer and internet as well. By using that app, you can easily search and remove that useless or unneeded file from Mac device. That apps will also help you to improve your Mac’s performance.

So, here we are coming with also that kind of app, which will make your Mac’s performance fast. The app is called as Movavi Mac Cleaner. It is the app, which automatically find securely delete that unneeded files or data from your Mac device and also boost the performance of it. This app will also help you to speed up your device and also make your drive space free, by finding out that unwanted files and data. This Mac Cleaner app is easily compatible with the any Apple desktop device such as iMac, Mac mini and MacBook Pro. So, here we have mentioned that How to install the Movavi Mac Cleaner, with easy step by step information.

Step by Step Information about How to install and Run the Movavi Mac Cleaner :

  • First of all, open the file of Movavi Mac Cleaner which is with extension file and make installation of it by using instructions.
  • After the installation process, open the app. When you have open the app, the Mac cleaner will automatically starts searching of unneeded files. This app will also shows you the current status of your device and also shows the space covered by that unneeded files.
  • If you want to clean your Mac device rapidly, then choose the first option. It will automatically find out the junk files and remove it. It will also allows you to remove files in other languages, by clicking at the Gearwheel button. Then, choose your specific language in which you want to remove the data. Then hit the start cleaning.
  • If you want to remove files by manually selection, then you can do it by using the menus are located at the left side of app.

Here, we have also listed the functions of the menus, which you have seen in the app.

  1. System Cleanup – To remove different log files
  2. Detailed Results – To select between certain files
  3. Trash Cleanup – To remove the trash files
  4. Uninstaller – To remove completely files and make performance faster.

The Uninstaller menu also gives option of User apps, OS X apps and Leftovers. By which, you can delete the files.

After doing all the process which mentioned above, your Mac device will boost up and speed up and also it works faster.

Features of the Movavi Mac Cleaner App :

  • Remove unneeded files and data
  • Securely uninstall apps
  • To make your drive free from unwanted files
  • Boost up the device
  • Give protection from virus

Here we have wrote about how to make your Mac run faster, if you have any other process to speed up your mac, feel free to share it with us.

 

Geeky Gadgets to Put Your Card Counting Skills to the Test

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For the geeks out there, there is a great way to enjoy games of skill on the go. I started plying skill-based card games at an early age, and my passion for these games continued throughout my college years. But it wasn’t until a chance encounter with a mathematics major that I decided to seriously look at one game in particular: blackjack. Most of my buddies were Texas Hold’em players, and while I enjoy that game tremendously, blackjack is really a game that I feel complements my personality and playing style a lot more. For starters, blackjack is not about you and the guy or gal next to you and everyone else sitting around the table; it’s about a rapid-fire battle of attrition between you and the dealer. Now, don’t get me wrong – Texas Hold’em is definitely a game that geeks enjoy – just look at the winners of the WSOP (World Series of Poker) and most of those fellows are as geeky as my crew. Just goes to show that brains and not brawn wins the big-money pots in casino card games!

So, back to my story – how did I develop an affinity for blackjack? Let me put it this way: With no strategy in mind, your blackjack games are like coin tosses. You win some, you lose some. I’m not happy with 50-50 odds because a blackjack player who has no strategic mindset is never going to enjoy 50-50 odds anyway – he or she is going to lose big time. So, I decided to geek up my game with a hot new mobile gaming app from my favorite online casino, and saturate my brain with as much blackjack gobbledygook as I could absorb. Now it’s not all malarkey – a lot of it makes perfect sense and when you crunch the numbers, these tactics and strategies certainly pay dividends. Fortunately, my girlfriend is equally passionate about blackjack and we bounce playing strategies off one another all the time. If you enjoyed the movie 21, then you know exactly why blackjack is such an enticing and immersive experience for players. Anything that I perceive as giving me a slight advantage or edge as they say in gambling parlance, is perfect for me. When I played games of poker, I found strategy to be my most lethal weapon against casual players and intermediate-level players. With that in mind, I took to blackjack strategy like a duck to water. I’d like to share a few of the most geekylicious strategic tips with you about how to get the most leverage out of blackjack strategy. Bear with me a couple moments and I’m telling you you will learn something useful from this little blackjack expose!

Before we continue, there are a couple things you should know about blackjack strategy:

  • Card counting is an effective formula for ascertaining the likelihood of certain cards coming up in a game of blackjack.
  • Anyone can learn blackjack strategy – you don’t need to be as smart as a whip, as cool as a cucumber, or as geeky as me!
  • You can practice blackjack strategy online for free before you play for real with the skills that you have acquired.
  • Did I mention that blackjack strategy really works?

Now that you know a few irrefutable facts, let’s see how blackjack strategy can be put to good use!

Let us consider all the possible playing cards in any individual suit: Ace, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, Jack, Queen and King. Jokers don’t count, unless you’re talking about the guy or gal sitting next to you!

Now to understand card counting and count values you need to separate cards into different groups: +1 value cards, 0 value cards, and -1 value cards. For the purposes of convenience, card counting experts have already invented this wheel so we don’t have to. Cards valued at 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are valued at a count of +1. Cards that are valued at 7, 8 and 9 are valued at 0, and cards from 10 through Ace are valued at -1. But what do these numbers mean? And how do you keep a running count with each of these values in mind? Well, for every low-value card that is dealt you add a count value of +1 to the tally, and for every high-value card that is dealt you subtract a value of -1 from the tally. Are you starting to get the picture yet? Let’s assume that the running count is +4. What does this tell you? Does it tell you that the likelihood of another low-value card is high or low? Or conversely, does it tell you that the likelihood of a high-value card coming up next is high or low?

The concept of a running count is so important in blackjack that it is almost the holy writ among blackjack players. The greater the positive value, the less likely a low value card is to come up because there simply are less of them in the deck! By contrast the more negative the running count, the less likely a high-value card is to come up because there are simply less of them in the deck. By using a positive or negative count, you can make smart estimations about the likelihood of certain numbers coming up. But don’t forget that Blackjack is all about fun too – if you fudge a few numbers in the count, that’s totally okay. Hopefully you’ve got a taste of how much fun Blackjack really is. Now, if you’ll excuse me I’ll go and power up my iPhone 6 and get back to some hardcore strategizing!

IBM Creates a Molecule That Could Destroy all Viruses

Wow, this is huge news with a lot of potential if scientists can deliver. One micromolecule to destroy everything from Ebola to Zika to Flu.

Via Popular Science:

Finding a cure for viruses like Ebola, Zika, or even the flu is a challenging task. Viruses are vastly different from one another, and even the same strain of a virus can mutate and change–that’s why doctors give out a different flu vaccine each year. But a group of researchers at IBM and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore sought to understand what makes all viruses alike. Using that knowledge, they’ve come up with a macromolecule that may have the potential to treat multiple types of viruses and prevent them from infecting us. The work was published recently in the journal Macromolecules.

Familiarize Your Persona with NEWOLDSTAMP’s Email Signatures

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Communication is one of the basic constituents of our life. Therefore, we should pay a special attention to how we interact with others, especially if you are an entrepreneur or a businessperson. Aside from your language, special non-verbal cues, and overall representation, we also recommend considering your online communication. For sure, you are polite and know everything about proper writing. However, most people miss out such an important element as an email signature.

How do you sign your email? Best regards? Look forward? Your name and job title? All of those sound extremely archaic. The new era of online communication has adapted the concept of a template online email signature to improve your commercial image. Basically, it is your online autograph, something unique and special that allures everyone’s attention.

Newoldstamp, of course, is not the only company providing template email signatures. Nevertheless, we have several reasons to recommend this team:

  1. Newoldstamp is an experienced company; the guys have been providing customers with their services since 2014. Newoldstamp says that the development should never be stopped – every day is a new chance to implement fresh improvements.
  2. Newoldstamp provides its customers with an opportunity to create a free trial signature that will be available for 3 days. After the trial period, you will be offered to choose an appropriate plan for you or/and your company.
  3. Newoldstamp’s signature creating tool is simple and user-friendly. It includes all useful information, addible social networks’ links, illustrations, images, logos, and much more.
  4. Newoldstamp works with popular web-based email clients (Gmail, Yahoo, AOL etc.) and is adapted to various desktop email clients, including Outlook, Windows Live Mail, Apple Mail, Thunderbird, Airmail etc.
  5. Newoldstamp offers convenient terms of cooperation for big companies. Unlimited signature installations, social media icons package, image hosting – and it is only a small part of advantages!
  6. Newoldstamp created several template email signatures – minimalistic, up-to-date, and just beautiful. The team also offers to customize an email signature to fit your tastes and requirements.

All of these benefits are accomplished by 24/7 support and rational pricing. Try it out right now!

Using linear actuators at human-interactive robotic lab

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During the posture phase of walk, the instrumented vibrating platform applies pseudo-random rotation perturbation to the ankle using 12 volt actuators. Dorsiflexion, plantar flexion and inversion-eversion movement recorded by a camera are some of the resulting movement of the ankle. A major importance of the platform is its ability to estimate the mechanical impedance of the ankle. The power is transferred from the actuators module using a Bowden cable to the footplate module. This is done while providing the system with a low profile. The robotic ankle foot is favorable for an agile walker since it is capable of various movements. The ankle foot is tailored to meet the users’ needs. Bowden cables are used to connect the actuation system to the prosthesis and the actuation system can be mounted or dismounted easily based on the users’ activities.

Research is still being conducted to find a platform that has a circular treadmill and a gait emulator. The platform allows for repeatable experiment on the prototypes steerable prosthesis. The prototype is expected to accommodate diverse surface profiles and diverse radiuses of turn thus enhancing maneuverability for navigating slopes. This research is expected to have tremendous impacts and the prototype is intended to imitator the mechanical functionality of a human ankle in all movements. The prototype is designed to be practical, light weight and tendon driven thus enhancing agility during turning. It will also have the ability to accommodate changes in the ground’s profile and slope.

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The mechanical impedance of the human ankle is responsible for locomotion and thus very important. Studies are being conducted to estimate the impedence of the ankle in various periods of the walk. The results of this study will be used to develop an assistive robotic ankle foot that will imitate the time changing mechanism of a human ankle during different circumstances of gait.

Why Straight Men Should Care About Gay Superheroes

You should check out the Medium post by Bryan Pierce about gay superheroes and why straight men should care.

In the post, Bryan recounts his experiences as a gay kid and how that helped lead him towards developing his own Sci-Fi graphical novel Indigo Dax and future board game, whose main character is a gay superhero. The character’s experiences sound like they may help straight men and women have more empathy for life as a gay person today.

In my opinion, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you’re straight, bi, gay, TS, whatever…it’s about the impact you have on society and the people around you. From the trailer for the novel it looks like it sends that message, and the fact the main character is gay is not the main point, but rather his efforts to combat evil and deal with the emotions of being separated from his loved ones far in the future.

I’m sure we will be seeing more stories with gay superheroes.

Here’s the trailer for Indigo Dax – the graphic novel…

 

Recent SEC Rules Pave the Way for New Kinds of Crowdfunding Sites

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Recent SEC Rules Pave the Way for New Kinds of Crowdfunding Sites

In the past 5 years there’s been an explosion in the number of startups being funded through popular crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter. In response to this relatively new form of funding, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released a document of more than 600 pages containing rules and regulations that will govern how the industry operates in certain regards. One of the most important changes introduced has been the provision that allows non-accredited investors to begin holding equity in the startups they’re investing in through crowdfunding.

SEC Giving Investors Incentive to Start Crowdfunding

Previously, investors could only stand to gain a reward or prize in exchange for their donation, which typically included a copy of the startup’s product or a free trial of their service. Now investors can look forward to owning equity in the companies they’re investing in, and they don’t even have to be accredited investors. This allows virtually anyone to get involved in business investing with the prospect of a reasonable return, rather than from the perspective of an occasional hobby or passion, as has often been the case in the existing crowdfunding landscape.

Billionaire Software Developer to Launch Next Generation Crowdfunding 

In 2004 IBM bought the software company Candle for more than $600 million. The founder, Aubrey Chernick, was able to grow those funds into a current fortune of more than $1.2 billion and has since used a large portion of his funds for philanthropic endeavors. He’s even been honored with a Lifetime Legacy Award from the Children Uniting Nations (CUN) organization. As part of an effort to give back to the tech community that gave him the opportunity to succeed, Chernick will be launching a new service called Next Generation Crowdfunding, which will be among the first to operate based on the new SEC rules.

Attracting a New Kind of Investor and Higher Donations

In the past, crowdfunding has always been about investors putting money into things they’re passionate about or interested in. From that standpoint, it has been more of a hobby or passion that lets people pour a little extra money into upcoming products and startups they believe in. There has never been much of a guaranteed return for the investors or “donors.” That is set to change, however, as Next Generation Crowdfunding will give serious non-accredited investors the opportunity to begin holding equity in the startups they’re investing in. Of course, this will undoubtedly attract a larger number of serious investors who are willing to contribute more on a per-donation basis. Chernick has also been helping fund other crowdfunding endeavors such as StartEngine.

Stimulating Technological Advancement Through Crowdfunding

One could say that promoting the practice of crowdfunding in itself could be considered a philanthropic act, being that you’re furthering a type of funding that is pushing technological innovation forward. Chernick’s ambition to bring more investors into crowdfunding could be a major step towards convincing investors that crowdfunding is worth their time and money.

The Top Tips and Tricks for Picking a Strong Password 

Hacking and compromised online data is on the rise — a record-breaking 47% of U.S. adults were the victims of hacking in 2014 alone. A recent study reported that nearly 75% of consumers use duplicate passwords, many of which haven’t been updated in more than five years. About 40% of those surveyed have experienced a security incident, be it an account hacked or password stolen, in the past year.

How Do Passwords Get Stolen?

Passwords to online accounts serve as one of the last lines of defense against hackers. There are three main ways your password could be compromised.

  1. Someone you know wants to uncover your personal information. They may attempt to guess your password to gain access.
  2. A hacker is attempting to access a group of user accounts. Hackers systematically check possible pass phrases until they discover the right one.
  3. A company with which you have an account experiences a data breach and your information, along with millions of others, is hacked.

While some hacking incidents are nearly impossible to prevent, such as a company-wide data breach, you can make your accounts less susceptible by creating a secure password and following password safety best practices.

How Can I Pick a Strong Password?

A hard-to-guess password doesn’t have to be hard to create. Follow these seven tips for password creation.

  1. Avoid the most commonly used passwords. For 2015, the list of worst passwords included “123456,” “password,” “qwerty,” “football,” “welcome,” and “starwars.”
  2. Use at least 12 characters. While there isn’t one agreed-upon rule for password length, aim to use between 12 and 16 characters. Long passwords are harder to guess, but you don’t want them so long you can’t remember them.
  3. Use a mix of multiple types of characters, including numbers, capital and lowercase letters, and symbols.
  4. Stay away from dictionary words and phrases, as they are easier to guess than gibberish. If you have a phrase in mind, such as “love to learn,” consider a phonetic variation, like “<32lurn” — and add a few more characters for good measure.
  5. Don’t include personal information in your password. This includes your birth date, name, address, phone number, or social security number.
  6. Skip any repeating numbers or letters. The more characters that repeat, such as “55” or “WWW,” the more vulnerable the password.
  7. Steer clear of keyboard patterns. From “qwerty” to “123456,” there’s a reason the worst passwords list included many of these variations — they’re easy to guess.

Once you develop your password, test its strength by using a password checker, such as The Password Meter.

Password Security Best Practices

Creating a strong password is the first step in protecting your online identity. The next step is safeguarding your password by following these five cybersecurity best practices.

  1. Don’t save passwords in your browser — that may sound like common sense, but 59% of millennials regularly saves their passwords in their browsers. If your computer is stolen or hacked, someone could gain immediate access to your
  2. Use a different password for every account. If a company experiences a data breach or one of your accounts is compromised, your other accounts will still be secure. If you have trouble remembering and organizing your passwords, use a secure password manager, such as LastPass.
  3. Don’t share your password. Other than using a password manager, you shouldn’t tell anyone your password, write it down on paper, or store it in an unsecured document or computer program, such as Microsoft Word.
  4. Regularly update your passwords. Security experts and computer professionals recommend changing your online passwords every three months, but this may be extreme for some Internet users. While it depends on your Internet usage and preferences, aim to update your passwords at least once a year.
  5. Enable two-step verification when possible. While not all websites and programs offer it, many popular services, including Facebook, PayPal, Dropbox, and Gmail, offer two-step verification. This means that if you — or a hacker — is attempting to log in to an account on an unverified or guest device, you’ll also be required to enter a code that is sent as a text message to your phone.

Password protection is an essential component of safe Internet usage, helping you keep your personal information safe from prying eyes. If you can’t remember the last time you changed your passwords, set aside some time in your day to update them.

Get your geek on with trendy but geeky furniture and showcase it with the community

 

I’m a geek through and through like most readers of this blog. As I was browsing geeky news today I came across an interesting bit of news about a geeky coffee table. It got me thinking about decorating my home (assuming my wife approves!), and how one would go about showcasing this on the internet.

Let’s start with the geeky furniture…

It’s a Star Trek coffee table that also doubles as a pinball machine! What self-respecting geek wouldn’t want this?! J

Found via Nerdist:

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This beauty is handmade and will cost you roughly 7800 / US$8800. It took almost 400 hours to build and its creator says it contains the Star Trek pinball machine by Data East in 1991. Of course it comes with Dilithium crystals to fuel it which are really hard to come by (recall that it’s a mineral that occurs naturally on only some planets).

Ok, ok, maybe Star Trek isn’t your thing, but if you are really looking to outfit your living room with a geeky table then how about these options?

An iPhone Table!

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The iPhone table on the left is for the hardcore iPhone geek with the full homescreen look and feel including the hom button. But it’s a little boxy and bulky, like the iPhone 3. If you’re looking for something that may be more esthetically pleasing but still geeky, how about the table on the right inspired by the modern iPhones.

This iPhone Table on the right is a unique table inspired and crafted on the elegant, advanced design and iconic form of the iPhone. Perfect for contemporary design spaces.

Alright, maybe you want more hardcore geeky furniture. After all, everybody and their grandmother has a smartphone so maybe that one’s not geeky enough for you…

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How about retro gaming furniture like Space Invaders?

The Space Invaders couch is one of the highest quality retro video game couches ever made. Its sleek design and memory foam cushioning makes the Space Invaders couch not only incredibly nostalgic, but comfortable too.

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The Pacman ottoman! This would be perfect for any arcade room or to sit while playing your XBOX or PS, right?

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If you’re not into the retro gaming style but maybe you’re a fan of Game of Thrones? Then how about this beautiful Game of Thrones Iron Throne Bean Bag chair, with complete instructions to make your own!

Skip on over to Freshome for the instructions and more detailed pics of this bad boy. Any self-respecting obsessive GoT fan would love to watch the show from their own throne.

Showcasing your new geeky furniture

Now that you’ve got your geek on and decorating your home with trendy furniture like this, you might should also consider showcasing how you decorate your home with geeky style. You can easily do this in a few easy steps.

  1. Start by choosing from website hosting services. You want to consider price, bandwidth, disk space. Since I’ve been using Geeknews for many years, I know that another important point to consider is ease of use of the control panel. This is because you’ll spend a lot of time here configuring the site at the beginning or when making big changes.
  2. Configure WordPress as your blogging platform. It’s free with tens of thousands of great themes and plugins. If you want to just show off your pics, choose a photo gallery theme. Most hosting services can install WP for you with a single click!
  3. Sign up for and implement Google Analytics on your site. This will allow you to gain insights, data, into who is landing at your site, where they’re from, what they do on the site. It’ll help you optimize the site
  4. If you want to earn a little pocket money from your new site, consider being an advertising affiliate for a business such as Amazon Affiliate Program, Google AdSense, etc…

There you have it, when you decorate with geeky furniture or setup your own blog to showcase it, please share with me and I’ll profile here J

How To look Like A High Roller At A Casino

If you happen to be visiting a casino for the first time and wondering what to wear then you are in luck. One thing that is not true that is often said is that men don’t care about the way they look. On a night out just like most, men will be cautious about what they are wearing and attending a casino, for fun, for a celebration or even a work party is no different. When at casino the majority of men assume they should be dressed in a black tuxedo like James Bond, but in order to gain the high roller look at a casino that is not the case. By all means if you want to dress to impress to perform your card tricks and even make a few winnings you are more than entitled to dress up to the nines, but if you want a more relaxed high roller look without the tux that is just as acceptable.

Dress To Impress

When it comes to an online casino you can literally where whatever you like as there are no restrictions, but when going to an actual casino the majority of both men and women think about popular TV and films like Casino Royale. In the James Bond film Casino Royale all characters wear black tie tuxedos and expensive dresses and suits, this gives a false impression that most casinos require this kind of outfit. Majority of casinos have a far less restrictive dress code, but if you are planning a big night out then there is no reason why you can’t dust off your tuxedo. If you do aim to dress to impress, most high roller players at casinos will go for a well fitted slim cut suit in mostly neutral colours like black, grey, navy and even a brighter blue. It is best to stick to neutral colours as clothes should never overshadow the wearer and their personality.

Jackets Required

The dress code will vary from casino to casino, as well as depending on which country you will be going to gamble. The general rule for most casinos isn’t a formal black tie look but more of a casual look and the casinos will require you to have jacket. Not just any old denim jacket but more of a smart fitted blazer. If you’re more of a classical gentleman opt for a plain neutral coloured blazer that has a darker hue. If you’re the type of man who likes to keep up with modern trends then choose an on trend in season blazer. In winter the most popular blazers are dark checked prints or wool blazers in hues of grey. If you’re attending a casino in the summer then choose lighter shades such as sand, camel, and even khaki, if you’re really brave opt for a linen based blazer which will keep you feeling and looking like a high roller.

Smart Casual

Casinos don’t require you to pull out all the stops with a suit, but keep in mind that you should be opting for a smart casual look. There are many different trends that you can draw on that enable you to look smart without wearing a suit, this may include smart fitted chinos or even dark coloured jeans which to complete a high roller look team with a simple plain or patterned shirt and a blazer. Another look is a neutral coloured roll neck paired with slim fitted trousers which will create a much sleeker and sophisticated silhouette. No matter what smart casual look you opt for, remember to finish with either tan, brown or black brogues or loafers as all casinos have one rule, definitely no trainers allowed.

 

 

Why Freddie Mercury’s Voice Was So Great, As Explained By Science

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Via NPR-

Freddie Mercury, the late frontman for the legendary band Queen, died almost 25 years ago. But he’s still regarded as one of the best rock singers ever.

What, exactly, made him so great? A research team in Europe wanted to answer that question, so it looked into the science behind his voice. Professor Christian Herbst was part of that team, which just released its study on Mercury; as a singing teacher and a biophysicist, Herbst says he was intrigued by Mercury’s technique. According to his research, the key lies in Mercury’s vibrato, which differs slightly from those of other classically trained singers.

How Technology Has Changed the Way We Gamble

Since the dawn of the internet, societies across the world have been impacted in many ways – both positive and negative. The ability to communicate, purchase and learn from virtually anywhere in the world has completely revolutionised how we go about daily life. From desktops and laptops to mobile phones and tablets, it seems that everyone these days has at least one device that technology only recently made possible. Every industry has been impacted by this, and the gambling industry is no different. How has technology changed the way we gamble? We’ll discuss the shifts below and explain the implications.

An Explosion of New Gambling Companies

Without a doubt, technology’s biggest influence on the gambling industry has to be the explosion of availability that now exists online and via mobile apps. Prior to the development of the internet, personal computers and mobile devices, people who wished to gamble were forced to trek long distances to the nearest casino. With technological developments, even small casino establishments are now able to build low-cost, high-profit business models that serve people from all around the world. What once would have cost millions or even hundreds of millions of pounds can now be built for a fraction of the price, allowing casino companies to save money on overhead and physical infrastructure that wouldn’t have been possible in the past.

Remote Gambling Opportunities

While the development of the internet certainly made it possible to enjoy gambling online, the development of mobile apps made it possible to do so from literally anywhere. Companies like mFortune, who developed the first mobile casino app in the world, saw opportunity early on when it came to serving their clients. Anyone who wishes to enjoy mobile casino games only needs to open their mobile phone’s app store in order to find a slew of possible contenders. This has made remote gambling a reality; you no longer need to visit a physical establishment or even be tied to a standard computer in order to play slots, blackjack or countless other casino games.

Increased Scrutiny and Awareness

From the perspective of the casino industry, technology hasn’t been exclusively a blessing. While it is much easier to reach people who are ready to head to the casino thanks to technology, many patrons are more conscious of their choices and the fine-print involved. In past decades, gamblers weren’t necessarily aware of others’ experiences at casinos, what the odds of winning were and how standard payouts were handled prior to visiting the casino in person. Today, however, gamblers can find all of this information and more online in the form of reviews and critiques of each establishment. Because of this, casino companies must strive to be more competitive in offering better payouts, odds and amenities to their patrons.

The influence of technology on virtually every facet of our lives continues unabated. For the casino industry and in terms of how we gamble, there are now many advantages for both the businesses and the gamblers. From increased awareness of options to the ability to play from anywhere in the world, many gamblers have fundamentally altered their behaviour in recent years due to the effects of technology on the industry.

Vegetables irrigated with treated wastewater expose consumers to drugs

Green

Society focuses so much on reducing its footprint in waste that we’re constantly looking to new ways to do more with less, and recycling just about everything from atomic bombs to plastic shopping bags and roadkill on the side of the road.

One popular recycling technique is to reuse wastewater from treatment plants, factories, “green office buildings” and more. So it’s no surprise to hear of this new study that finds maybe we’re going a little too far in the wastewater recycling…

Via ScienceBlog:

A new study by a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Hadassah Medical Center shows that eating vegetables and fruits grown in soils irrigated with reclaimed wastewater exposes consumers to minute quantities of carbamazepine, an anti-epileptic drug commonly detected in wastewater effluents.

Fresh water scarcity worldwide has led to increased use of reclaimed wastewater, as an alternative source for crop irrigation. But the ubiquity of pharmaceuticals in treated effluents has raised concerns over the potential exposure for consumers to drug contaminants via treated wastewater.