The Worlds Best Cat Toy Is? A Card Board Box

The day you bring a new cat in to you house is very exciting for all. Especially for the cat, as it will spend hours investigating its new surroundings. However, before the cat arrived at your house, you probably bought all the equipment you thought you would need, a cat bed, scratching post, bowls, food, litter tray and toys.

In general most cat toys you can purchase are simply not worth the money. You may spend quite a bit trying to keep your new cat entertained; usually however, the interest of the toy will fade with in a few weeks. If your cat does enjoy playing with toys, avoid buying ones that are noisy, these often look cats, and the last thing you want to be doing is hunting for your new cat when its gone in to hiding because it was scared by a cat toy . Cats do like toys on strings, if you are making your own, a conker on a shoe lace offers as much enjoyment for your cat as it does for most children.

Have you ever seen how much joy a young child gets out of a cardboard box? Cats are just the same. All cats have a very inquisitive nature, they like to explore and play. If you have an empty cardboard box in the middle of your room, watch and see what your cat does. You will find the cat will approach it from a distance, and walk around it a few times, then give it a sniff, just to make sure it is not alive or going to hurt it. Some cats may ignore the box when you are there and then when you return you will find them happily exploring the insider. However, most cats will jump in with no second thoughts find it quite fascinating.

After a while the box can get a little boring for your cat, what can do to make the box an interesting toy that will keep your cat entertained for months, is to seal the box up completely, then cut two large holes (big enough for the cat to fit through), put them at different ends of the box and at different heights, and then poke some small holes with a pencil, so the cat can see out and make some slightly larger holes that are just about cat paw sized. All you have to do is watch at your cats fascination with the new and improved box.

If you want to interact with your cat, an ideal thing to do is simply light tap the sides of the box, your cat will not be able to see where the noise is coming from, but it will attempt to attack your hand by putting its paws through the holes you made.

This is such a simple toy for a cat, it need not cost you any money, and it will keep even the most relevant adult cat amused for hours.

Source by Laura Marsh

Educational Board Games For One and All

Board games have been in existence since many centuries ago. However, today they are no longer just entertainment tools to defeat rivals / opponents. They have developed a lot from the most traditional dice boards to educational board games that blend fun and learn.

These can be fun and useful tools both in the classroom and in a playschool setting. Family board games are great for family evening reunion! Some of the 'must haves' that teach and also provide fun are:

Scrabble: This is one of the old favorites, which lets players rearrange their chosen letters to find new words that can connect with letters of already played words. It is indeed an exciting and challenging game where 'every word counts'. This is in fact, the only game where you can actually play with words.

Pictionary: In this game the players convey the meaning of a word without using letters but instead by drawing pictures. Geography Pictionary is one good example in this category.

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader: This game has been taken from a popular television show. This game tests your knowledge of trivia based on a 5th grade level. This is also a great option for adults.

History Games: These are exclusively designed for history buffs or for those who are weak in the subject. Some of the popular games in this category are Civil War Game, the Lewis and Clark Adventure Game, Trail Blazer Game, and Professor Noggins Famous Inventions Game etc.

For Preschoolers: Kids in this age group love the Goodnight Moon Game and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Game. These games prepare them for school.

For elementary aged kids: Money Bags and Great States are some of the popular games for this age group.

Preteens and teens: This group love the games Totally Gross and Perplexcity. These are great for kids who become quite restless at this age.

The list is unlimited, the trick is to try new options and learn. For instance, if your child needs specific help in certain subjects, look for games that focus on math, language, spelling, etc. So, the next time your kids start complaining about school work, maybe it's time to take a break and have some fun together. They will still be learning, but will be too busy to notice!

And last but not the least; try online shopping for educational board games, to get the best deal in terms of quality and value for money.

Source by Nilakshi Handique

Message Board Security Problems

Message Board Security Problems

Security leaks can be a big problem for any site using a message board. Hackers can actually use your message board to go in and change things on your site. This has happened to me at least four times. Once an iframe was added to every single page of one of my very large sites. Thankfully, I had it completely backed up, so all I had to do was send the pages back up to the server. Twice, the front page of one of my sites was hijacked. The entire content of the front page was replaced by some note from a hacker stating he had been there.

The last time one of my sites had to be taken down to prevent the server from crashing. After calling my web host they were able to tell me my message board was the cause of the problem. I used, and still do on some sites, the phpbb message board. It is one of the most popular boards on the internet, and it's free. The web host tech told me that the problem was that a virus of sorts had been placed onto the server, through the message board, in the message board folder, and was calling out to other servers causing a major load on my web host's server. To fix the problem the web host tech found the file and deleted it. After that, all I had to do was update to the latest version of phpbb and so far so good.

If you use a popular message board like phpbb you need to make sure you've always got the latest version. The more popular a message board is, the more hackers are likely to strike. Perhaps the familiarity is the problem or maybe the hackers know that they can get a lot of bites going after a widely used board. As of this writing, the most current version of phpbb is 2.0.15. As the phpbb guys are always security conscious they have added to this version a re-authentication to access the administration panel.

Forums are a very important part of a website, but they can be the downfall if your board script is not updated on a regular basis.

Source by Tim Frady

Playing and Collecting Board Games

Playing and Collecting Board Games

I guess my interest in board games started during the World Cup draw in 1965. I had gone to stay with one of my Cousins ​​back home in the east end of London, my parents having moved to Surrey 4 years before. It was early January and we were near the end of the school holidays. I'd seen West Ham play once over the holiday period and all the presents had been stacked away in cupboards, most of which were never to see the light of day again.

Boredom set in so we decided to tackle Monopoly (a Christmas present), we were twelve years old then. I guess twelve year olds nowdays have more alternatives for passing away winter afternoons during school holidays. Anyways we played loads of games of Monopoly; we were both competitive but good losers (comes with being a West Ham supporter).

On my return home to Surrey I rushed out and bought a copy of Monopoly with vouchers I got for Christmas plus Spy Ring and Formula One. Games were not that popular in those days, apart from the annual airing at Christmas, I loved them dearly but nobody else was interested in my group of friends.
Some years later I bought a copy of Diplomacy and soon entered the postal gaming hobby; this must have been in about 1973/4. The amateur magazines ('zines) were excellent; Although postal gaming is long winded it was sometimes the only way to experience the less well known games especially if you lived in an area where there was a lack of opponents.

In 1975 I developed a game called Cricketboss, this was a casual Cricket Management game very loosely based on Soccerboss (Commercial game) that was running by post at that time. The game ran for three seasons in a 'zine called Chimera and also spawned a number of versions of the game across the national postal gaming hobby (long after I finished running it). Even now its gets the occasional mention in dispatches some 25 years after it's' design.

In 1978 I met a number of like-minded people and we all met regularly to play board games. At the same time I infiltrated a Dungeons & Dragons Club (not a great fan I'm afraid) got myself elected secretary and then started to introduce fantasy board games into the meetings, soon I had them playing Sorcerers Cave, Mystic Wood etc. When I eventually left the group they played little D & D but a lot of board games.

During the 80's the games collection great, well past the 500 by 1988 when we moved to Hampshire. By the time we got to Cornwall in 1991 the collection exceeded 1,000. The house we purchased had to have enough room to store them all.

1980 – 1995 saw a number to the major games conventions. I remember the good old days at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London, when Games Day meant more than just D & D and painted figures. I remember meeting Major Pat Reid promoting Colditz, Alan Parr inventor of United and later Fireside Football, Andrew Neil the Inventor of Kingmaker and Maureen Hiron of Quadwrangle and Continuo fame. I attended Midcon, Manorcon and Baycon; organized by the postal gaming hobby, all still going strong and always well worth a visit.

I continue to collect games, mostly but not exclusively German and play games and I play with a small group of gamers in Truro. We meet semi regularly but hopefully more regularly in the future to play board games. Personally it's a great opportunity to blow the dust off many games previously retired to my loft. Hopefully we will inspire more people in Cornwall to sample the unique experience of playing competitive board games which stretch the mind and imagination far beyond my and most other people's early experiences of Monopoly, Cluedo and Scrabble.

Source by Bill Dove

How To Square Up Picture Frame Mat Board Before Cutting A Window In The Mat

How To Square Up Picture Frame Mat Board Before Cutting A Window In The Mat

When you are going to cut a picture mat board one of the things most people overlook is the squareness of the matting. Before you start to cut the mat board opening you need to ensure that your mat board is square and sized correctly. Squaring up a mat board is the first step in picture framing when you are framing a photo or framing a picture under glass.

If you can imagine when we're framing a picture to go into a window mat board, the hole in the mat board needs to be smaller than the size of the picture itself because if you cut the mat board exactly the same size as the picture , The picture is going to fall through the mat or fall through the window in the mat. What we usually do is overlap the picture by 5mm or a quarter of an inch on each side.

If you're going to use a tape measure to measure your picture, it is unreliable to use the end of the tape measure. I would generally come into the 100mm mark and then take 100mm off my measurement. Now on some of the rulers there is actually accurate measurements where there is a zero. If you've got a ruler, like a Logan mat cutter ruler, it has a clear zero mark and so before you can use the zero to start measuring your picture.

Squaring the mat board is simple if you follow these steps.

You will need a good aluminum or steel ruler, a good quality utility knife with snap-off blades, some scrap matting for cutting on and a sharp pencil or use a 0.5mm mechanical pencil.

Draw two diagonal lines on the back surface of your mat board. It does not matter whether or not they intersect the corners so long as there are two straight lines that cross somewhere in the middle of the board.

Measure out along one of the diagonals from the center of the board, where the lines cross, to a point near the corner of the board. The measurement is not important but you should try to measure as far as possible and pick a whole number that is easy to remember. Do this for each side from the center along each diagonal. Mark the same distance from the center each time.

Join up these measurements with a straight line. Do this for the perimeter of the board and you should have a squared up mat ready to measure out to the correct size.
Measure out the external size of the mat that you require using the squared up lines as your starting point.

Trim the board to size along the lines drawn using a utility knife. Make sure that you put your straight edge on the side of the board you wish to keep. This helps to protect the board because if you slip it will be into the waste and not into the board you want to keep.

Remember that the utility knife cuts along its flat surface not the tip so you should have a shallow angle between the knife and the board. That way you are presenting the maximum cutting surface of the knife to the mat board.

Another tip is to make sure you are cutting along the back edge of the ruler and not the measuring side. When you do this you will keep your ruler straight over the years rather than becoming worn by repeated trimming with the utility knife.

It is easiest to cut the board in several passes.

Score the board first and then gradually cut deeper with each successful cut. It is not necessary to cut through the board in one go unlike when you cut the bevel mat window.

When you have trimmed the squared up board you can proceed to draw up your window size on the back of the mat by measuring in the edge of the board.

Source by David A Schummy