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Bird Feeding – A Big American Hobby

Did you know that there are millions of Americans that feed wild birds on a regular basis? According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, there are 83 million Americans that feed wild birds for a variety of reasons.

People feed wild birds to bring beauty to their outdoor spaces, for therapy or relaxation and for educational purposes for themselves or others. Some put bird feeders in their yards, hang them from trees, and put them on fences and in gardens or patios. Wild birds can be fed in your gardens or patios anytime of the year.

The Fish and Wildlife Service estimate in the spring there are approximately 10 billion wild birds in the United States and in the fall approximately 15 billion wild birds. This large increase in the fall is due to the fact that all the babies will have hatched.

Of those that feed birds, approximately $ 3 billion a year is spent on bird food by backyard hobbyists. They also spend $ 800 million a year on accessories for birds such as bird houses, bird baths, bird feeders, and other birding accessories.

There are all types of feeders. Here are just a few examples of the types of feeders that are available. There are also many more varieties of bird feeders constructed of many different materials.

  • Suet feeder
  • Open hopper
  • Single tube feeder
  • Twin tube feeder
  • Free standing feeder
  • Circular bird feeder
  • Liquid feeder
  • Fruit feeder
  • Platform feeder
  • Ground feeder

There are different types of feeders in relation to the types of birds you are trying to attract and the region of the country you are located in.

For example, the Blue Jay, can be found in almost every state in the country depending on the time of year. Blue Jays like a variety of feeders and a variety of bird food.

The types of bird feeders Blue Jays prefer vary in size and type. They like tube feeders, covered platform feeders, suet feeders, large open hoppers. They also like to eat on the ground to forage for whatever they can find.

Blue Jays like to eat seeds; safflower seeds, black oil sunflower seeds and hulled sunflower seeds. Here is a list of some of the other foods that Blue Jays enjoy to eat.

  • Cracked corn
  • Fruit
  • Mealworms
  • Milo
  • Millet
  • Peanuts
  • Peanut hearts
  • Suet

There are all types of bird seed and bird food available on the market today. It is best to know, as in our example, the Blue Jay, the types of environment for housing and the types of food they prefer. Most feed stores that also sell bird see will be able to help you with the types of food and feeders for the birds in your region of the county.

Source by Susanne Swann

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How to Use an Electric Razor

Electric razors have been the latest trend in men's grooming. Shaving facial hair has been a daily ritual for a lot of men and this ritual has been around for ages. In a fast paced world, having an electric razor cuts your shaving time so you can do more with the extra time you have in the mornings.

Electric razors have two types: the foil and rotary type. The foil razor has one to two heads that has oscillating blades underneath a perforated screen. This type is usually more effective on short and softer hair. The other type, the rotary razor, has three to four heads that have rotating blades under a screen. This type trims hairs that are course, thick and long. Getting the right type of shaver for your type of face and skin is essential for getting the right shave that you desire.

How to shave using an electric razor

• Bath or shower in warm water before shaving with an electric razor. Warm water makes your skin open up its pores and at the same time is also softens the face's hair follicles. Remember to dry off your skin completely before shaving. To speed up the drying process, use a bit of talcum powder on your face.

• Although you will not need shaving cream or shaving soap for shaving with an electric shaver, you will need an alcohol-based pre-shave lotion. This is optional but if you really want better results, then this you must have. This lotion removes excess oil in your face and makes you hair stand out for easier trimming.

• As compared to working with a normal disposable razor, using an electric shaver gives you the chance to shave against your hair grain. Just make sure to avoid going over the same spot again to avoid razor burn. Use one hand to stretch the skin smooth while the other hand shaves.

• After shaving, rinse your face will cool water to close up the open pores. You may also want to put on alcohol-based aftershave. If you have dry skin, you may use moisturizer instead. The skin needs about two to three weeks to adapt to the use of an electric razor. Since these gadgets remove hair differently from non-electric razors, give a little leeway before expecting great results.

• Maintaining your electric razor clean and I good shape will help extend its life and use. Most electric shavers have a removable head or screen that allows you to clean inside for trimmed hair. Some even have their own brush for cleaning. Make sure to read the manual before rinsing it in water. Regularly replacing the blades will also help you lengthen its service but will also assure a great shave after every use.

Source by Jeremy Toland

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Prediction of Sudden Gains and Unexpected Prosperity in Astrology

In today's world, most of the people wish to earn a lot of wealth and prosperity in their life, for fulfillment of their desires. Sometimes they choose risky steps to gain sudden benefits and prosperity.

Lottery, shares, gambling, speculation are risky methods employed for sudden gains.While hidden treasures and unexpected inheritances also accounts for sudden prosperity and richness of the native.

Factors responsible for sudden and expected gains in astrology

· 2nd house: income, inflow of finances, Self earned wealth, worldly holdings

· 4th house: comforts, parental inheritance, assets, land, vehicles

· 5th house: sudden gain, lottery, gambling, speculations etc.

· 7th house: business travels

· 8th house: shares, hidden transactions, other people's money, dowry of wife, gain from in laws, finances through unfair means, inheritance

· 9th house: easy gains, fate

· 11th house: accumulated wealth, fluctuating money gains

· Sun: sudden gains from royal or govt. sources.

· Moon: gains from liquid or glazy types of things, gains from abroad.

· Mars: Sudden prosperity from engineering, publications, police, landed properties agriculture, accounts, investment in medicines

· Mercury: sudden gains from intellects or creative nature of mankind

· Jupiter: gains from saints or bank men, rules banking shares, money, gold and other precious saleable items like diamonds and precious gems

· Venus: sudden gains from music, cinema, vehicles medicines, literary activities, photographed items

· Saturn: Sudden money

· Rahu: trigger the unexpected events in the life, sudden gains from evil sources, fluctuating gains

Different combinations for sudden prosperity

· Sudden and unexpected gains are not noticed whenever 2nd, 7th and 11th lords posited in ascendant and aspected by Jupiter.

· For gains in lotteries, speculations or for any sudden unexpected gains 2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th homes and their lords should be interrelated. Well-placed and well-aspected

· For financial status and gains, ascendant, 2nd, 9th and 11th houses and their lords should have considered.

· Strength of 5th house and 5th lord connected with the above is required for gains in gambling, speculation, races, lotteries, contracts, etc.

· Strength of 8th house and 8th lord connected with the above is required for gain in dowry, inheritance, wills, adoption, awards, prizes, secret wealth etc.

· Consideration of 4th, 7th and 10th houses is needed to judge the source and type of gains.

· Inauspicious homes and planets placed in them are consider for gains and accumulation in life (3/6/10 / 11th are inauspicious homes).

Different modes responsible for sudden gain in life:

Lottery and Gambling

· Strength of 5th house / lord is the important significator of gains in lotteries and gambling.

· The other significator houses for lottery gains and gambling are 2nd, 6th, 8th and 11th.

· Moon is posited in 5th house and expected by Venus, indicating sudden gain from lottery.

· The 6th house / lord has an important role in gambling. If the 6th and 11th lords are together occupying 11th house, the native wins in lottery and gambling. The combination of the strong 6th and 11th lords is always good for gambling and lottery.

· The 6th and 9th lords combine in 11th house, the native owners intense money through lottery or gambling.

· Favorite combination of Saturn and Rahu favors gambling especially in indoor games.

· The lords of 6th and 11th and Saturn are in the 11th house, the native wins in dice game or cards through underhand tricks and by puzzling or mesmerizing his opponents.

· Mercury being 5th lord occupying 6th house causes loss in speculations. If the 5th lord Venus is in the 12th house with 6th lord the native will lose in gambling being addicted to the same. If there are many malefic planets placed in 12th house the native should not invest money in gambling or lottery as he will always lose.

· The Lords of 5th and 2nd house exchange places.

· Mercury in 11th house in own sign conjoined with 6th lord.

· Mars, Venus, Saturn and Rahu conjoined in Virgo.

· All planets occupying 2th / 6th / 8th / 12th signs.

· The lord of 5th and 11th conjoined in 5th house with a node [Rahu / Ketu].

· 2nd and 11th lords conjoining in 5th with benefice aspects

· Jupiter alone in 5th or 8th in exaltation or own house is able to give sudden, unexpected gains.

· The Ascendant / 5th / 8th / 11th lords placed in the same houses.

· The 5th and 8th lords exchange signs, and the lord of ascendant is in good aspect with either of the two.

· 2nd lord in the 5th, 5th lord in 11th, 11th lord in 2nd house (or 2nd / 5th / 11th lords conjoined in 2nd).

· The lords of 5th and 11th houses exchange houses.

· The lords of ascendant, 2nd and 5th are related or conjoined.

· The lords of ascendant, 5th and 9th conjoined.

· The Ascendant is strong and 2/5/8 / 11th lords in exaltation.

· The benefices planets occupation 5th and 8th houses.

Underground or hidden treasures beneath or buried in the soil

· Lord of ascendant is placed in 2nd house, Lord of 2nd is placed in 11th house and lord of 11th is posed in ascendant, the native will get sudden mysterious hidden treasures in his life.

· Lords of 2nd and 4th are placed in 9th house, with a benefice.

· Lords of 11th and 2nd placed in 4th house, with a benefice.

· Lord of 11th is placed in 4th house, combines with a benefice.

Shares and speculations

· The Moon, Mercury and 6th lord in 11th house indicates money through share market.

· Lords of 6th and 11th combine in 12th house indicates loss in speculation.

· Ascendant's lord, Moon, Sun and are being in beneficial aspects

· The Moon-Mars combine in 2nd, 5th, 8th or 11th house.

· The Jupiter in 2nd, the Mercury in 5th and the Moon in 11th house respectively.

Unexpected inheritance

· The Moon, 4th / 2nd / 5th houses / lords are related, indicates sudden inheritance from mother.

· Lords of 2nd and 4th combine in ascendant indicators sudden gain from mother.

· The lords of 2nd and 8th lords are related, gives unexpected gains.

· Leo ascendant with 12th lord in 8th house gives the formation of Vipareeta Raja yoga which results in unexpected massive wealth gain.

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GEETA JHA [SPIRITUAL HEALER]

INDIA

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Front Packs vs. Baby Back Packs

For ages caring parents have transported their babies with them as they completed errands, chores and daily tasks. In case you have not heard, there are multiple benefits of carrying your baby with you for a good part of the day. Some of these benefits include:

  • Stimulating your baby's development.
  • Raising your baby's social awareness.
  • Reducing colic and stimulating quiet awareness.
  • Freeing your hands to take care of daily chores or tasks.
  • Simplifying shopping trips without having to worry about placing your child in an unsafe shopping cart.

You'll find often an infant carrier or baby back pack is much more convenient that a stroller or shopping cart to tote your child around in. Selecting a baby pack does not have to be a challenging task if you know what to look for. The first thing you will need to decide is whether you need a front pack or infant carrier or a baby back pack. Let's look at each of these choices in greater detail below.

Front Carriers
Front infant carriers, packs and baby slings are the only choice for babies under 5-6 months of age. Before this your baby simply will not have the head and neck strength to sit upright in a baby backpack. Front packs offer all the same advantages of a baby backpack. Most will hold your baby up to 25 to 35 pounds, so you can use them for an extended period of time. Still others convert from a front pack to a back pack, allowing extended use.

The biggest difference between a front carrier and a sling is that most carriers even distribute their baby's weight between both shoulders. This helps reduce strain and neck discomfort. However, many moms prefer the simplicity of a sling for the first few weeks of their baby's life. You'll find that everyone has their own opinion about carrying their baby around. You are certain to find a carrier that will work best for you. Most slings are relatively inexpensive. You might consider buying a sling for your babies first weeks and then an infant backpack when you baby is old enough to ride in one.

Baby Backpacks
Baby back packs are perhaps the most clever invention on the market today. What baby does not enjoy riding around with mom or dad on any given day? One of the best benefits of wearing a back pack is they leave your hands free to tend to any errands or chores you have to accomplish. Many absorb that baby backpacks are only suitable for camping.

This is simply not the case. You can use a baby backpack anywhere you would plan to take your stroller or carry your child.

It does take some time to get used to wearing a baby backpack. Once you figure it out though, chances are you will wonder how you ever got along without one before. Most back packs are the perfect accessory through the toddler years. Most will carry your toddler up to 40 pounds, though some will carry your child to 70 pounds. (That however, is a LOT of weight to carry on your back). This means you can probably carry your baby around the first few years of life with a back pack. So now that you are excited about a back pack, how do you know which one is best for you? Here are some considerations to think about before buying a backpack:

  • Think about what you plan to use your backpack for. If you plan to hike a lot, you'll need a more durable and expensive model than a casual backpack for just running errands. You may also need some added features like a rain hood or sunshade.
  • Consider your height and weight requirements. If you plan to use a pack and are reliably petite or very tall, make sure the straps are adequate enough to accommodate extreme sizes. This is also a consideration if you plan to share your pack with a large or small partner.
  • Decide what features you prefer on a pack. Some packs come with a variety of features including a detachable diaper bag, toy loops and holders, bottle holders and more. The more features the pricier the bag. If you are working on a budget, decide what must have features you should look for.

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Prediction of Sudden Gains and Unexpected Prosperity in Astrology

In today's world, most of the people wish to earn a lot of wealth and prosperity in their life, for fulfillment of their desires. Sometimes they choose risky steps to gain sudden benefits and prosperity.

Lottery, shares, gambling, speculation are risky methods employed for sudden gains.While hidden treasures and unexpected inheritances also accounts for sudden prosperity and richness of the native.

Factors responsible for sudden and expected gains in astrology

· 2nd house: income, inflow of finances, Self earned wealth, worldly holdings

· 4th house: comforts, parental inheritance, assets, land, vehicles

· 5th house: sudden gain, lottery, gambling, speculations etc.

· 7th house: business travels

· 8th house: shares, hidden transactions, other people's money, dowry of wife, gain from in laws, finances through unfair means, inheritance

· 9th house: easy gains, fate

· 11th house: accumulated wealth, fluctuating money gains

· Sun: sudden gains from royal or govt. sources.

· Moon: gains from liquid or glazy types of things, gains from abroad.

· Mars: Sudden prosperity from engineering, publications, police, landed properties agriculture, accounts, investment in medicines

· Mercury: sudden gains from intellects or creative nature of mankind

· Jupiter: gains from saints or bank men, rules banking shares, money, gold and other precious saleable items like diamonds and precious gems

· Venus: sudden gains from music, cinema, vehicles medicines, literary activities, photographed items

· Saturn: Sudden money

· Rahu: trigger the unexpected events in the life, sudden gains from evil sources, fluctuating gains

Different combinations for sudden prosperity

· Sudden and unexpected gains are not noticed whenever 2nd, 7th and 11th lords posited in ascendant and aspected by Jupiter.

· For gains in lotteries, speculations or for any sudden unexpected gains 2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th homes and their lords should be interrelated. Well-placed and well-aspected

· For financial status and gains, ascendant, 2nd, 9th and 11th houses and their lords should have considered.

· Strength of 5th house and 5th lord connected with the above is required for gains in gambling, speculation, races, lotteries, contracts, etc.

· Strength of 8th house and 8th lord connected with the above is required for gain in dowry, inheritance, wills, adoption, awards, prizes, secret wealth etc.

· Consideration of 4th, 7th and 10th houses is needed to judge the source and type of gains.

· Inauspicious homes and planets placed in them are consider for gains and accumulation in life (3/6/10 / 11th are inauspicious homes).

Different modes responsible for sudden gain in life:

Lottery and Gambling

· Strength of 5th house / lord is the important significator of gains in lotteries and gambling.

· The other significator houses for lottery gains and gambling are 2nd, 6th, 8th and 11th.

· Moon is posited in 5th house and expected by Venus, indicating sudden gain from lottery.

· The 6th house / lord has an important role in gambling. If the 6th and 11th lords are together occupying 11th house, the native wins in lottery and gambling. The combination of the strong 6th and 11th lords is always good for gambling and lottery.

· The 6th and 9th lords combine in 11th house, the native owners intense money through lottery or gambling.

· Favorite combination of Saturn and Rahu favors gambling especially in indoor games.

· The lords of 6th and 11th and Saturn are in the 11th house, the native wins in dice game or cards through underhand tricks and by puzzling or mesmerizing his opponents.

· Mercury being 5th lord occupying 6th house causes loss in speculations. If the 5th lord Venus is in the 12th house with 6th lord the native will lose in gambling being addicted to the same. If there are many malefic planets placed in 12th house the native should not invest money in gambling or lottery as he will always lose.

· The Lords of 5th and 2nd house exchange places.

· Mercury in 11th house in own sign conjoined with 6th lord.

· Mars, Venus, Saturn and Rahu conjoined in Virgo.

· All planets occupying 2th / 6th / 8th / 12th signs.

· The lord of 5th and 11th conjoined in 5th house with a node [Rahu / Ketu].

· 2nd and 11th lords conjoining in 5th with benefice aspects

· Jupiter alone in 5th or 8th in exaltation or own house is able to give sudden, unexpected gains.

· The Ascendant / 5th / 8th / 11th lords placed in the same houses.

· The 5th and 8th lords exchange signs, and the lord of ascendant is in good aspect with either of the two.

· 2nd lord in the 5th, 5th lord in 11th, 11th lord in 2nd house (or 2nd / 5th / 11th lords conjoined in 2nd).

· The lords of 5th and 11th houses exchange houses.

· The lords of ascendant, 2nd and 5th are related or conjoined.

· The lords of ascendant, 5th and 9th conjoined.

· The Ascendant is strong and 2/5/8 / 11th lords in exaltation.

· The benefices planets occupation 5th and 8th houses.

Underground or hidden treasures beneath or buried in the soil

· Lord of ascendant is placed in 2nd house, Lord of 2nd is placed in 11th house and lord of 11th is placed in ascendant, the native will get sudden mysterious hidden treasures in his life.

· Lords of 2nd and 4th are placed in 9th house, with a benefice.

· Lords of 11th and 2nd placed in 4th house, with a benefice.

· Lord of 11th is placed in 4th house, combines with a benefice.

Shares and speculations

· The Moon, Mercury and 6th lord in 11th house indicates money through share market.

· Lords of 6th and 11th combine in 12th house indicates loss in speculation.

· Ascendant's lord, Moon, Sun and are being in beneficial aspects

· The Moon-Mars combine in 2nd, 5th, 8th or 11th house.

· The Jupiter in 2nd, the Mercury in 5th and the Moon in 11th house respectively.

Unexpected inheritance

· The Moon, 4th / 2nd / 5th houses / lords are related, indicates sudden inheritance from mother.

· Lords of 2nd and 4th combine in ascendant indicators sudden gain from mother.

· The lords of 2nd and 8th lords are related, gives unexpected gains.

· Leo ascendant with 12th lord in 8th house gives the formation of Vipareeta Raja yoga which results in unexpected massive wealth gain.

BY

GEETA JHA [SPIRITUAL HEALER]

INDIA

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69 Dirty Talk Messages to Crank Up Your Texting Life

The ability to text message from ANYWHERE on the planet is something new, and gives relationships something they've never before … the ability to keep our relationships exciting, even if we are separated from our lovers.

Now the hard part is trying to be creative and erotic on your own. While sometimes it just rolls off the tongue, and thinking of what to say is quite easy. Other times, you may receive a sexy message and be dumbfounded on how to respond.

Below is a list of dirty talk messages that should be used when you can not see the person you want, and your goal is to make them think OBSESS about you and the fact they can not have you right now.

Some of these dirty talk messages are fun, some are serious, so use them wisely and do not randomly use them. Sometimes humor when you're having a really sexy chat can spoil the mood.

1. Hi. I'm horny.

2. I just thought about how awesome you are. And how awesome I am. Let's hook up!

3. If you were the new burger at McDonalds you would be the McSexy!

4. You're so f'n sexy !!

5. I want you right NOW.

6. The thought of you is turning me on!

7. Can you send me a picture so I can show Santa what I want for Christmas?

8. I can not wait to see you later

9. You are SO hot

10. I love your body

11. I've been thinking about you ALL day

12. You make me want to do BAD things to you … and myself;)

13. I'm so h * rd / w3t right now

14. I would give anything to be with you right now!

15. I'll be waiting for you later … naked;)

16. You can do whatever you want

17. The fact I can not have you right now makes me want you MORE

18. What would you do to ME?

19. I've never been so turned on by someone!

20. I've NEVER wanted someone like I want you

21. You're looking so hot going down on me 🙂

22. No one does me like you!

23. I want you so bad I do not notice anyone else

24. I've never met someone who turns me on like you!

25. You have the nicest a $$ on the planet, is it real?

26. Hey I just realized this, but you look a lot like my next girlfriend / boyfriend!

27. What are you wearing?

28. Your body makes me happy

29. I'm not wearing any underwear … maybe I can wear you later

30. Hello, I'm a thief, and I'm here to steal your heart.

31. Can I please be your slave tonight?

32. Do you know, your hair and my pillow are perfectly color coordinated?

33. God must have been in a very good mood the day we met.

34. I think I could fall madly in bed with you.

35. I want to melt in your mouth, not in your hand.

36. I wonder what our children will look like.

37. I'd like to name a multiple orgasm after you!

38. I'll cook you dinner if you cook me breakfast.

39. I've got a condom with your name on it.

40. Picture this, you, me, bubble baths, and a bottle of champagne.

41. What do you like for breakfast?

42. Why do not you surprise your roommate and not come home tonight ???

43. Will you marry me for just one night?

44. Can I buy you a drink, or do you just want the money ?;)

45. Do not be so picky … I was not! Just kidding, I love you

46. ​​You want me. I can smell it.

47. Damn ….. your ass is fine! Want to come see mine?

48. You're like pizza. Even when you're bad, you're good.

49. I would lose my wallet just to see you right now

50. I'm in one of those 'you could do whatever you want moods' too bad you're not here

51. Got any raisins? (No.) Then how about a date?

52. Milk does the body good, but damn how much did you drink?

53. Do you sleep on your stomach? (yes / no) Can I?

54. You so fine!

55. I say we Déjà vu last night all over again later?

56. Hi. My name is (name). I'll be your play toy tonight.

57. Are you a virgin? (No.) Prove it!

58. My bedroom has a very interesting ceiling …

59. So what did you think of me last night? Pretty fantastic eh?

60. You're on my list of things to do tonight.

61. OH GOD! OH GOD! Just practicing;)

62. Do you know how to use a whip? hehe

63. I'm drunk 🙂

64. Did not anyone tell you that you wanted to sleep with me ??? I thought you knew!

65. Hey babe, wanna get LUCKY !?

66. Your place or mine?

67. You * will * come home with me tonight (Jedi mind trick)

68. I'm gay, think you can convert me?

69. I'm just looking for a friend with benefits (Uhm?) No not sex. A car, nice stuff, etc. Get your mind out of the gutter.

As always we had a lot of fun putting together this list. We know that we've missed some GREAT dirty talk lines so please feel free to comment some of your favorite messages.

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Tips to Reduce Audio Noise

If you attempt for recording your own music of if you have audio recording which is full of distracting background noise, you need to reduce the unwanted noise by using recording software which is available on your computer. Whether you are going to work with a music recording, speech recording or the other type of recording, you should be able to remove the unwanted noise in a way to capture the cleanest audio recording possible. At this time, this article is going to give you several tips that will guide you to reduce audio noise.

Firstly, you should turn on your computer and then open the audio recording program which is capable of loading the software effects plug-ins. If you do not have the application of this type installed, you can search for it first. You can choose among popular programs that include GarageBand, ProTools, Logic, Cubase, Digital Performer, Nuendo, Sonar and Reason.

Secondly, you should load the audio file which contains the noise that you want to reduce. You can use the "Open" or the "Import" option from the recording program menu for locating and loading the audio file into your audio project. If there is no audio file in your computer, you can simply plug in musical instrument or microphone into your computer by using audio interface for reducing audio noise in the real time.

Thirdly, you need to apply noise gate effect and also a compressor effect to the audio track that containing the unwanted noise. The used noise gate plug-ins typically includes Floorish and GGate. The popular compressors are Waves SSl and Blockfish VST.

Fourthly, you need to adjust the level on the compressor and noise gate. The compressor can make the audio to sound more uniform and also will remove any "pops" or "cracks" that created by the volume peaks.

Lastly, you can replay the audio that you have applied noise reduction effects. You have to make sure that the audio does not sound chopped or overly effected in any way. You can try to make comparison of the new audio file to the original for ensuring that you have appropriately reduced the noise.

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February Fever

Welcome to the top 5 organizing projects for February. As of the 1st of the month there are only 48 days until Spring !!! I've got spring fever already. Did you know that a 2013 survey showed that over 72% of households in the US engage in some kind of spring cleaning? The trend seems to increase incrementally each year. See, you are not alone.

If you like me you are getting antsy to get your hands in the dirt and start growing those precious seedlings of flowers, fruits and / or veggies or maybe your dirt looks like getting a jump on cleaning the garage or attic or maybe you are ready to make your to-do list for all the exciting possibilities Spring has in store. Let's jump in here and get to our next top 5 organizing projects:

Our 1st item on the top 5 list is to focus on the rest of our closets from January and add cabinets.

"Originally, the cell served primarily as a coal store. Today it holds the boiler, idle suitcases, out-of-season sporting equipment, and many sealed cardboard boxes that are almost never opened but are always carefully transferred from house to house with every move in the belief that one day someone might want some baby clothes that have been kept in a box for twenty-five years. "
Bill Bryson, At Home: A Short History of Private Life

I read the above quote one day and had to share because OMG I actually do have those baby clothes boxes in my attic. Honestly, I saved them for when my children had children so they could share their baby clothes but now I just visit those boxes simply because I need to reminisce. Psst, I think it's time they go to a better home.Now, I do understand that cleaning out all of those closets and cabinets might be a daunting task though, imagine how surprised you are. and see all the space available and how neat everything is stacked, hung, boxed and / or stored. I try to just work on at least one cabinet and closet per day. That way I do not feel overwhelmed.

This seamlessly leads to the 2nd item on the organizing list: Pots, pans, brooms, sheets, towels, or boxed items found in the back of the closet that you have absolutely no idea as to what is in them. And let's not forget the kids' closets. Here is where the fun really begins because now we can separate it all into marked keep, discard, and donate. Keep a blank pad of paper near you at all times so that you can make your own list of what needs replacing or mending. Last year I found that there were a few mechanical items that needed to be donated like the Roomba we never used and the fish cage for the BBQ and I was able to repurpose old kids' t-shirts by collecting enough to have a comforter made from them. "Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes."
PJ O'Rourke, All the Trouble in the World

The 3rd item is to specifically organize your shoes. I'm talking ALL shoes. Girls, it's important to make room for the new sandals and flip flops so let's get excited !! I store my summer shoes in a large, rectangle wicker basket during the winter and I use an adjustable shoe rack on the floor of my closet for the current season of shoes. Rotating my seasons keeps me focused on the present and allows me to pay close attention to what shoes will need repair and what will need to go once that season is over. I have to admit that it is a very thrilling time for me when I rotate my shoes because it means I am always looking forward to the outfit possibilities. Lately I have been enjoying a song by Old Dominion called "Shoe Shopping". Check it out while you go through your shoes. It's quirky and fun.

"Above all, believe in true love and know that men are like shoes. A couple is like a left and a right foot, and out there is your perfect fit. have to break styles in, sometimes you feel like something that is unstylish but comfortable, and sometimes a style – as much as you like – just does not suit you and will never fit. "
Camilla Morton, How to Walk in High Heels: The Girl's Guide to Everything

The 4th item may not apply to everyone, especially if you filed your taxes in January but around my house most of the tax documents finish their trek to my mailbox by the end of January so my husband is ready to begin the process of sorting it all out and getting the information ready to be filed. If this is you then maybe this is the year to begin creating filing folders or bins specifically for tax prep. Creating a filtering system, clearly labeling files for collecting receipts through the year, scanning specific documents like pay stubs so that you will not have to save each and every one of them. Staying on top of this mound of paperwork from the beginning of the year will be a blessing come tax time next year. Print this document to help you know what to keep and for how long.

The invention of the teenager was a mistake. Once you identify a period of life in which people get to stay out late but do not have to pay taxes – naturally, no one wants to live any other way. "
Judith Martin

And just like that here we are at the 5th item on our organizing list for February. Item 5 is kind of a fun item and ties back to my own antsy disposition relating gardening. Sometime around the 15th of February, and in some locations even earlier, certain seedlings can be planed in a starter garden. If you have southern facing windows where sunlight comes in all day that is the ideal spot for your starter garden. If you like me and go crazy with seeds then you know that the indoor starter garden area runs out of usable space. In cases like these where you just do not have enough room for all the seeds you will be starting you can use special light kits that set up neatly and effectively to help those seedlings get the best possible care. The fun part of this project other than planting is going to the store or ordering from a favorite catalog all the precious flower seeds and food seeds you would like to have growing in your garden this year. This is a great project for the kids to help out. My kids used to love watching their seedlings grow. It's the next best thing to a pet.

I hope you enjoy the discoveries and space you will find this month.

See you in March!

"It was such a pleasure to sink one's hands into the warm earth, to feel at one's fingertips the possibilities of the new season."
Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden

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Teenagers – Inside the Teenage Brain

Recent research on the human brain provides parents with shocking new evidence to possibly explain the sometimes irrational, illogical and impulsive behavior of teenagers. Brain researchers can now scan the live teenage brain to observe and examine why these curious and perplexing creatures make so many impulsive and egocentric decisions, that may sometimes lead to risky behavior.

As it turns out, brain development during the teenage years is radically more active and dynamic than previously thought. During these years, the part of the brain that requires a person to make responsible decisions, understand consequences, and process problem-solving is under heavy construction, and much of the time dysfunctional. Even though the brain is almost physically mature, the gray matter in the thinking part of the brain (pre-frontal cortex) is still making connections . So teenagers are left with most of the information reaching their brains being processed in the emotional part (limbic system).

Information processed in the limbic system, without benefit of higher level processing in the pre-frontal cortex, may result in impulsive, egocentric, and possibly even risky, behavior. Because of this ongoing construction in the thinking part of the brain, a teenager is, many times, not capable of fully processing information that is necessary to make responsible decisions. Combine this brain challenge with a teen's temperament, maturity level, developmental stage and environmental impact, and it begins to become understandable because parents may find this time so exhausting and frustrating.

Realizing that major construction is going on inside the pre-frontal cortex of the teenage brain does not excuse inappropriate or irresponsible behavior from the teen. But understanding the teenage brain is crucial to figuring out how to interact with it. For the teenager, this time in his or her life can be a creative and emotional roller coaster ride with plenty of thrills and chills (and maybe some spills), but for parents it can be just nerve-wracking and terrifying. Healthy communication and effective discipline are what a teenager needs to help navigate this important time, especially since the brain is not yet necessarily ready or capable to face all of the inevitable challenges, without support.

Each interaction with a teenager will affect the development of his or her brain, helping the teen make connections in the pre-frontal cortex. During this time of heavy construction, the teenage brain needs focused and intentional support and teaching to help form and solidify these hopefully healthy connections. Parents can benefit from the understanding that there's much work that can be done while the teenage brain in still under construction and with proper perspective and effort, a teenager can learn to be less impulsive and egocentric, and make better and more responsible decisions.

As parents decide how to more effectively communicate with the developing teenage brain, it's vital to also consider who a child actually is, and what kind of parenting styles the child is exposed to. Most of us are the result of an even dose of nature and nurture, and understanding the nature of who a child is, and how his or her surroundings have affected that child, can help parents formulate more effective techniques when facing challenging situations during the teenage years.

The nature of a teenager is a complex and fascinating combination of temperament, stage of development, personality, maturity level, and social connection. In addition, parents need to consider the teenager's emotional health (self esteem) and relational health (to what degree have the teen's closest relationships positively affected his or her development).

And then there's parenting styles. Healthy and effective parenting (described as authoritative), can help the positive development of the teenage brain. Using healthy communication tools like active listening, reframing, timing of teaching moments, I-messages, etc. and effective discipline tools like healthy limit setting, consequences, picking and choosing battles, few rules, etc. can greatly help the teenager's pre-frontal cortex develop solid connections to enable responsible behavior.

For more information on understanding the complex nature of who a teenager is, how his or her brain developments and processes information, and to practice new and easy-to-learn healthy parenting tools, please visit: ResponsibleKids.net

© 2008 Marty Wolner, BA, CPE, ICF, PACA

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How To Stream Audio And Video From PC To PSP

The PSP or the PlayStation Portable is definitely a remarkable piece of work. Aside from being able to carry the usual games feature, it also boasts of music, photo, video, Internet and wireless connectivity applications. For most of you proud PSP owners, there are three ways to get to know your precious gadget. Either you take the time to read the manual, take the time to explore your PSP or browse around the net for the needed answer.

Well, the first thing you'll notice when you format your Memory Stick Duo or Pro Duo Stick is that there are only folders for "game," "music," "photos," and "savedata." According to Engadget, you would need to create another folder for your MPEG-4 video files in the main memory stick and not on the PSP directory. Label the new folder as MP_ROOT and create a sub-folder with the name 100MNV01.

Normally, this sort of procedure will cost you to shell out extra cash but Engadget showed us how to get around this little obstacle. First, you need to download a 3GP Converter and once you have finished downloading the program, right click on the file and press extract here. Click on the new folder that will appear and run the set up. A window with undeciperable characters will appear. Paid them no mind and just scroll down the window to set the language to English. Then, select Customized: MP4 for PSP (direct, renamed) and press apply. It is the second to the last option. The next step is to choose where you want your downloaded videos to be saved and what quality you would want your videos to appear. I recommend you to choose C: 3GP_Converter.

The next step requires you to choose what quality you want your video to appear-from QVGA / 15fps / 216kbps / Mono 48kpbs to AVC QVGA / 29.97fps / VBR QB25 Stereo / 128kpbs.

Does that seem a little intimidating? Well, these numbers are nothing to be afraid of. Think of it this way. FPS stands for frames per second. Between 15fps and 29.97 fps, the latter produces smoother quality. But keep on mind that the better the quality, the long it takes to be converted.

After deciding on what rate you want, all that is left for you to do is to drag your video of choice to the blank section of the window and wait as the program converts it into something your PSP will recognize. The last thing you have to do is connect your PSP to your PC via a USB cable and transfer the newly converted file.

Another way to go about this is by using the pimp streamer vO.5. This allows you to stream audio and video in any format from your PC to your PSP through a wireless connection. While there are probably a dozen other ways (legal or illegal) to stream audio and video from PC to PSP, I hope these two work for you guys!

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