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How To Use Your Favorite Riddles To Enhance Learning

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Use Your Favorite Riddles To Enhance Learning

Riddles can be a fun way to pass the time, but they can also be valuable learning tools for several groups of people. Riddles require certain knowledge to solve, but that knowledge can be learned through the use of riddles, too. So even if you don’t know how to solve a riddle now, you can learn how when you find out the answer and then apply those strategies to other riddles. English as a Second Language Because riddles use homophones and alternative meanings so many times, the puzzles are excellent learning tools for people studying English as a second language. The benefits of this are straightforward in that the riddles improve language knowledge. Students learn about additional meanings that their textbooks might not have provided, and riddles are very good for learning about slang as well. Teachers trying to use riddles in class can help students out by choosing riddles that all follow a theme or that spotlight words or grammatical functions that the students just learned. Critical Thinking Some riddles require you to look for patterns in order to solve them, and to determine whether there is something wrong with the pattern or if the pattern is related to something else. These riddles can help you practice critical thinking. The ability to pick apart a riddle can help you get better at picking apart statements and arguments, and as mean as it may sound to be so aggressive toward what you read and hear (as opposed to just trusting and believing what people say), the skill to pick things apart is crucial when dealing with other people or organizations. Lateral Thinking The answer to a riddle often relies on alternate meanings, spellings, and pronunciations of words that are already in the riddle. These reinterpretations of words that may seem to point in one direction at first are examples of lateral thinking. The more you practice solving riddles, the more familiar you’ll become with how all of these aspects of words work together to give you the answer. You can become faster at making these associations because your brain will be more accustomed to looking at alternative meanings. You can find riddles pretty much anywhere you look. As you (or the people using the riddles to learn) become better at answering short ones, start looking for longer riddles and logic puzzles to take that education further. You may even want to start writing your own riddles as you become more...

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4 Tips for Getting Your First Tattoo

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips for Getting Your First Tattoo

Getting a tattoo is very exciting, but it is also a big commitment. When getting your first tattoo, it is important to be prepared and know what to expect. If you plan to get your first tattoo in the near future, use the following tips. Explore Your Options Most cities have a number of tattoo shops and many talented tattoo artists. Take the time to check out a few shops and look at the work that different artists have done. You will also want to look at public records for the shop that you like best to make sure that there have not been any health violations. It is also a good idea to remember that you often get what you pay for—consider a shop’s reputation and the skills and experience of your tattoo artist instead of just basing your decision on the best price. Don’t Be in a Rush While you may be eager to get your first tattoo, don’t rush the design process. Most tattoo artists put a lot of effort into creating a sketch of your tattoo so you can review it before the tattooing process begins. Don’t be afraid to share exactly what you want and ask for changes if you are not completely satisfied with the sketch.  Prepare Yourself Mentally Tattoos are beautiful works of art, but getting a tattoo is not the most enjoyable experience. It is a good idea to go into the situation knowing that you will most likely experience some discomfort and that there may be a little bit of bleeding. Prepare yourself mentally and have a plan to distract yourself and stay relaxed while you are getting your first tattoo. Follow Aftercare Directions Carefully For the beauty of your tattoo and for your health, it is extremely important to follow the aftercare instructions given to you by your tattoo artist. While the surface of your tattoo is healing, you will need to wash the area several times a day with warm water and soap and then apply a thin layer of lotion designed for use on new tattoos. Never pick at your new tattoo or pull off scabs, as this can damage the tattoo or even cause an infection. In the event that you notice signs of an allergic reaction to the ink or an infection in the skin, seek immediate medical attention. If cared for properly, the majority of tattoos heal completely in a short amount of time.  Talk to a shop such as The Ink Lab for more...

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Having Fun While Minimizing Real Fear In A Haunted House

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Having Fun While Minimizing Real Fear In A Haunted House

Haunted houses are a fun way to have some Halloween fun by creating a little artificial fear in a controlled environment. However, if you fall a victim to real fear or panic, haunted houses can become terrifying. Here is how you can have fun in a haunted house without experiencing true terror. Expect Something Around Every Corner In a haunted house, a brooding atmosphere is created by tapping into our fear of the unknown. People are almost instinctively afraid of things that are new or which they don’t understand. One of the best ways that you can balance out that fear in a haunted house is by expecting something to pop up just around every corner. So every time you see a door, a window, or a curve in the house, expect something to pop out. This expectation is a large part of the fun of a haunted house, and tapping into it is crucial for avoiding falling a victim to real fear or panic. Take Advantage Of Quiet Moments Haunted houses are designed to pull you through a thrill ride from one peak to the next, which creates a very specific rhythm. There isn’t a lot of time to just sit and relax, but there should be several quiet moments spread throughout. These are designed to be a “calm before the storm” (i.e. a relaxing moment before the next big scare is sprung on you). Take advantage of these quiet moments by gathering your wits and preparing for the next scare. Though there’s no telling what it might be, you can usually anticipate that something is going to be happening pretty soon. Just don’t let the spooky music and atmosphere get to you. Calming Potential Panic Attacks As you move through the haunted house, a sense of fear might start to develop and potentially become severe enough to become a panic attack. A good haunted house will have an emergency crew that can help out anyone that suffers from this problem, but it is one that is important to avoid if you want to have real fun in a haunted house. The trick is to acknowledge that your panic is building, accept it, and work toward making yourself more comfortable. This may require laughing during “scares” or repeating calming breathing exercises. Remember, haunted houses are a fun experience and nobody in there is going to hurt you. By following these simple steps, you can have the kind of fearful excitement that only haunted houses can offer. Try bringing along a group of friends to further increase your courage and to have a support group in case things do get too...

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Simple Catering Strategies When You Decide To Go It Alone

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Simple Catering Strategies When You Decide To Go It Alone

If you have an event coming up and are opting-out of calling a caterer, try some tips to make the experience a bit easier. There are some great tricks and tactics, used by professional caterers, which can help you pull-off a catered affair just like a pro. Some tips to help you cater your event like an expert are: Rent the right stuff. Make things easy on yourself by renting out your tables, chairs, linens, and even dishes. Don’t spend time looking around for extra chairs or worry about pressing tablecloths; contact a party rental company and let them drop off and deliver goods at your venue. This will also give your affair a polished, uniform appearance, and is how the pros find all of the culinary tools and supplies that they need for an event. Rent table and chairs to make your event spectacular.  Food stations are a hot catering trend. A chic alternative to the traditional buffet is emerging, and food stations are a tasty trend right now. Set up stations of toppings, condiments, and sides for guests to serve themselves; this brings a casual, interactive air to the event and allows guests to prepare and fix their food exactly the way that they want. Create a signature cocktail for your event. Keep things simple and curb the cost of alcohol at your event by creating a signature cocktail. Choose one that can be made in pitchers, so that you don’t need to hire a bartender to stand by during your event. Offer guests this signature drink, wine, or water to keep things simple and quench your guests’ thirst. Ask for a little help. Catering even a small dinner party can involve a lot of work so be sure to hire some help for your event. Try to prep food and dishes ahead of time so that you won’t be tied up in the kitchen during the event, and make sure you delegate someone the task of greeting and serving your guests. Keep things simple. Perhaps the most valuable piece of advice when catering an event is to keep things simple. Don’t try to make everything from scratch; it is perfectly fine to buy some things already prepared or to limit the courses to two or three. After all, most of your guests are more interested in seeing you than in what they will be eating. Hosting a catered affair can run up your budget, and you can save a lot of money if you cater it yourself. Try these tips to help you feed a crowd, while still pulling together a professional and tasty event....

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Is Script Coverage Right For You?

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Script Coverage Right For You?

Screenwriting services offer a host of benefits, including script coverage. Script coverage can provide you with an analysis of your screenplay that could be crucial in determining what your next step is. If you are unsure whether or not script coverage is necessary, here is what you need to know.  What Is Script Coverage? Script coverage is an analysis of your screenplay that involves a reading of your script and an evaluation of its quality. During the evaluation, every aspect of the script is evaluated, including the character’s names, the story structure, and your writing style.  The final evaluation given to you is usually in the form of a written report. The report includes a grade that indicates whether or not the play is ready to proceed to the next level or if it needs to be revised.  Is Script Coverage Beneficial? Script coverage is not a mandatory part of the screenwriting process, but it can help you ensure that your script is ready to move forward. One of the main benefits you get from script coverage is that you walk away from the analysis with an idea of what works and does not work with the script.  When you submit your script for analysis, a professional who has experience with working with a studio or major agency reads it. As a result, you have a professional who can help you understand what it is that agents and producers are looking for.  Even if your script is not completed, script coverage can help. The analysis provides you with a fresh set of eyes that can possibly provide some guidance on which direction you need to go.  Are There Drawbacks? Although script coverage has many benefits, there are some drawbacks. For instance, script coverage does provide an analysis, but it is not as detailed as script notes. Script notes tend to be very detail-oriented. By contrast, script coverage is a quick snapshot of your script. If you have previously had notes on your script, coverage is a logical step though. Script coverage also does not guarantee that your script will be snatched up by a production company or agent. However, it does help to ensure that you are putting the best possible version of your script out there for consideration when you are ready to. Consult with a screenwriting service to further explore the benefits of using script coverage to review your...

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Piano Shopping 101: 4 Helpful Tips For Buying Used

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Piano Shopping 101: 4 Helpful Tips For Buying Used

A piano is a great addition to any household. Not only are pianos are classic and elegant, they are also educational and fun to play. If you are interested in purchasing a piano for your home, but you cannot afford to buy a new one, don’t worry. Used pianos are a lot more affordable and often just as good as new ones. But before you purchase just any used piano, make sure you keep these four tips in mind to ensure you get a beautiful and functional piano: 1. Storage Matters Before purchasing a used piano, make sure you know where it has been stored. Pianos are large, but they shouldn’t be stored in a basement or storage unit; these areas are often high in humidity and that can cause the piano to warp. Even if there isn’t any visible warping on the outside of the piano, the soundboard on the interior of it may be warped and non-functional. To be extra sure that the piano is functional, be on the lookout for rotting wood either inside or outside; as any sign of rotting means that the piano may not work properly. 2. Tuning and Sound Another thing you should know before purchasing the piano is if it has been tuned routinely. In general, pianos need to be tuned on a schedule to ensure they work and sound right. Additionally, if it hasn’t been tuned the soundboard may begin to warp. Even if it has been tuned on a routine schedule, it might help to bring along a piano tuner to ensure that it is tuned properly—or that it can be tuned. 3. Maintenance You should also ask to receive copies of maintenance receipts. Pianos are complicated instruments and they need to have maintenance performed on them regularly. Maintenance generally includes cleaning, tuning, and other assorted tasks. While a non-professional certainly can perform maintenance, the chances of the piano incurring internal damage are much higher. 4. Piano History Finally, make sure you know the history of the piano. How many owners has it had? How often was it moved? If the piano has gone through several owners and moves, it might not be in very good condition. Depending on the locations, it might have been disassembled to get into tight areas. Additionally, it might have undergone some serious stress from a lot of play or extreme weather fluctuations. Ideally, you want a piano that has had minimal owners and moves; as this will ensure it is in the best possible condition. Purchasing a used piano can save you a lot of money. However, you must inspect it and be vigilant to ensure that it works properly. If you haven’t purchased a used piano before, keep these tips in mind when you go shopping at a place like Gavin Piano Services...

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Four Questions To Ask Before Taking A Paranormal Tour

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Questions To Ask Before Taking A Paranormal Tour

Even though there has been a long history of people being inquisitive about the dark side, paranormal research and interest in modern times is no doubt in full bloom. From sanatoriums and asylums with dark and painful histories to residential historical homes that hold pertinent (and sometimes creepy) reminders of the past, in today’s world, there is no shortage of supposedly haunted places that are now used primarily for entertainment purposes. If you are planning a paranormal tour at one of the haunted locations which offers tours to the public, there are a few questions you should ask before you buy tickets or just show up at the entrance.  Are there children allowed in the building? Each location will have a different rule set when it comes to children being allowed during paranormal tours. This can depend on the length of the tour, the nature of the discussions that may be held by a tour guide at any given time, and even just the condition of the location or how scary the tour is expected to be. Some haunted houses and places will only allow those to enter who are over 18, and then there are some who may only restrict the age group by saying no one allowed under the age of 13.  Will you be allowed to bring in a camera? You may have it in you to be the next big paranormal researcher who catches a spirit on camera, but not every haunted tour will allow you to bring your cameras along for the tour. In fact, some places will strictly prohibit the use of a camera at all, and others may require that you only snap pictures without a flash.  How long is the tour expected to take? Paranormal tours can range in duration from under an hour in small locations to overnight at some of the more well-known establishments. Before you buy tickets to a haunted house online, make sure you know the duration of the tour you are signing up for.  Can you bring along a flashlight? If you are not that excited about roaming through a supposed haunted place in the dark or you are planning to bring your children on a paranormal tour, a flashlight may seem like a necessity. However, some haunted attractions will only allow the tour guide to hold a flashlight through the tour, so make sure you ask before you are on the tour and decide to whip out a light for...

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3 Things Wedding Photographers And The Wedding Couple Wish Guests Wouldn’t Do

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things Wedding Photographers And The Wedding Couple Wish Guests Wouldn’t Do

Being a wedding photographer can be a very rewarding career. After all, a photographer gets to capture a couples’ most amazing moments at the altar, and they get to be part of creating memories that will last a lifetime. As exciting and fun as this niche in photography can be, there are some things many wedding photographers just wish they could avoid, especially when it comes to the wedding party themselves or their eager guests. Here are 3 things wedding photographers wish guests wouldn’t do. Become sudden professional photographers Just as a wedding photographer gets the perfect shot in line at the aisle so they can capture the wedding couples’ first kiss as man and wife, dozens of photo-happy guests clog their view with smart phones, tablets, and disposable cameras so they can capture the most memorable scenes for themselves. Not only does the photographer have to now take photos of the wedding couple with their guests’ backsides in full view in the foreground, the couple has lost the moment they paid good money for due to guests’ unthinking selfishness. Post photos on social media This is an irritation that the wedding couple and photographers alike can share. Many guests are more than happy to post less-than-flattering wedding photos on popular social media sites for all their friends and family to see, which is just fine and sort of a sweet gesture- except they didn’t ask the bride and groom for permission to do so before the ‘likes’ started flowing. In a survey, up to 75% of couples had no idea that certain photos of their own wedding were posted online until they were brought to their attention, and they weren’t happy about it. From the point of view of the wedding photographer, the frustration exists simply due to their professional work being overshadowed by amateurish shots. The wedding party paid for a wedding photographer for a reason, and likely don’t want their guests to take control of what is posted online for the world to see about someone else’s big day. Tell the photographer what to do When the bride’s mother keeps dragging the photographer around to take shots of the venue or guests keep flagging the photographer down to capture their duck-face poses, the ambiance and random flow of the photographer’s shots are lost. Distracting the photographer is something guests should never do. The bride and groom have likely already planned out what they wanted to be captured for their memories, so guests don’t need to take control and demand yet another close-up of the wedding cake before it’s cut. A great wedding can be made even better when the wedding photographer is allowed to do their job without interruption. From asking permission prior to posting photos online to staying out of the way while the most memorable shots are being taken, guests can really make a wedding more enjoyable by learning some wedding photography...

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Essential Guidelines For Casino First Timers

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Essential Guidelines For Casino First Timers

Traveling to a San Diego Casino for the first time can be intimidating. You’d love to try your hand at winning the jackpot, but you don’t want to spend too much money too quickly. There are a few guidelines you should follow when getting your feet wet while gambling. Set A Budget If you are traveling to a casino for the first time, keep in mind that while there might be odds that you will hit it big, there’s also a chance that you might leave empty-handed. Determine how much money you are willing to spend and only bring this with you. Leave debit and credit cards behind. Select a game that has a very small bet amount. Find out ahead of time exactly what games are played at the casino. If you have never played a specific game, practice online or with an experienced friend before wagering actual money. Pick The Right Casino Many gamblers will start at a casino hotel because it is the first casino they see. These casinos are convenient because there are many other attractions that are not far away. However, a strip casino might be a good option because they are less frequented and are quieter. If you are planning on heading to casinos regularly, it is not a bad idea to find a casino that you prefer. That way, you can become used to how the games are played at the casino and you can use a member’s card to get discounts the more frequently you play. The more you play, the more free food you receive and the greater the access to amenities you receive. Play The Easier Games The easiest games to start with are the slot machines. You simply pull the lever and you receive a payout if you win. However, after you have been to a casino a few times, you may wish to try more challenging games that will give you more of a house edge. If you want to increase your chances of winning, the best option is to play blackjack. You need a number that is better than the dealer’s number without going over 21. Ask For Help The best time to head to a casino as a novice is when it is less busy. Usually, dealers will take more time explaining how the game works if you are one of a handful of players. Still, you should practice blackjack with friends before heading to the casino for the first time....

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How To Protect Oil Paintings

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Protect Oil Paintings

Whether you are moving locations and want to take your oil paintings with you or have small children and need to keep fingerprints off your paintings, you need to make sure that these paintings are protected. You likely spent a great deal of money on them and they probably have a high level of sentimentality for you. Here are some tips for protecting your oil paintings so that you can make sure that they look great for years. 1. Use Varnish Take your oil painting to a professional to have a coating of varnish applied. This clear varnish will essentially create a waterproof and smudge-proof layer between everyone looking at the painting and the painting itself. Having it will decrease the chances that your painting will be ruined by sticky fingers. This type of protection is also extremely flexible and will move as the painting ages and expands or contracts, allowing full coverage to be in place all the time. 2. Clean the Varnish Regularly In order to decrease the chances that your varnish will get old, become brittle, and crack against the oil, you are going to need to make sure that you clean the painting regularly. If you have a very old painting, you might want to leave this job to a professional. If not, use a vacuum cleaner to carefully remove any dust and debris from both the front and the back of the canvas. Then, start at one of the corners of the canvas. Moisten a q-tip in a small cup of water and move in small circles to clean anything that might be stuck to the vanish. Keep moving in small circles until you have cleaned the entire painting. This will both protect the painting and keep the varnish from becoming discolored. 3. Get the Right Frame You want to frame canvases in order to make sure that you provide an additional level of support and keep them from bending inwards. However, you need to make sure that you choose the right type of frame. The frame obviously needs to fit the dimensions of the canvas, but it also needs to be as thick as the canvas or thicker in order to provide the highest level of support possible. Using mirror clips to secure the frame to the canvas will allow the canvas to expand and contract over time without becoming damaged. For more information, talk to a company that sells original oil paintings (like Silverman...

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