Archive for April, 2010

Types Of Garden Fountains Based On material

Miniature GardeningGarden Fountains add beauty to garden. They are cheap, easy to maintain, and can strangely change the image of the garden or lawn.

Garden fountains can be made of various types of materials. They are:

  • Stone: Stone is strong and can resist extreme temperatures, rain, and snow. The stones that are utilized to build fountain are granite, slate, and even marble. Generally marble deteriorates under pollution and acid rain.
  • Resin: Resin can be built in several shapes, producing wonderful effects. Care should be taken to buy best quality, as painted resins will not last long in rugged weather.
  • miniature houses Fiberglass: Fiberglass fountains are very popular for indoor and also for outdoor purposes. It is best suitable for compact, modern fountains for your patio or garden.
  • Concrete: Concrete fountains are suitable for any kind of garden background. They are available in small and also large sizes.
  • Metal: Metals like bronze and copper are used for building small garden fountains. Their use is limited as metal corrodes quickly due to moisture and pollution.

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Pranayama: An Effective Breathing Exercise

Pranayama is a breathing exercise, which actually means a “pause in the movement of breath”. This exercise is based on controlled breathing practices where as breathing exercises in Western countries are focused on deep breathing and maximizing oxygen in-take. The ancient yogis (trained yoga expert) for purification developed it.

Pranayama exercises increase the amount of air we take in, so it helps to live more effectively. In this exercise, always sit with a straight spine and a relaxed body and then try to focus on any thought. In process, all breath is inhaled in slow and steady process.

To get the logic for breathing exercises, it is better to understand the state of breathing. In yoga, right nostril is termed as Sun Channel, whereas left nostril known as Moon. Left nostril is good for mental activity and creative work. Entire breathing process is divided into inhaling, exhaling, holding air in the lungs, and maintaining a gap between exhaling and inhaling for another breath.

These exercises will better result in early morning and at sunset. Try to avoid open space, which contains dust or strong breeze. Be sure about any severe physical or mental strain when practicing these exercises. Pranayama has following types of asanas:

Kapalabhati
It is a kind of breathing technique used mainly for cleansing. This helps to remove mucus from the air passages, relieves tension and clears blockages in the chest. It can be achieved deliberately by breathing faster, and at the same time use only abdominal breathing, not chest breathing.

Anuloma Ujjayi
This is done by breathing through the throat, and then completely closes one nostril and breathes out through the other nostril. This is a total breath exercise and prevent practitioner from any lungs diseases. Pranayama is also helps to control, cultivate, and modify the Prana in the body.

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Alternative Uses Of Self-Storage Units

People generally use self-storage unit to store their excess stuff safely and to liberate some space at the home front. But, there are also other uses which a self-storage space can be used for.

Few alternative uses for a self-storage unit apart from just storing items are:

  • Store Inventory for Your Home Based Business: If there is a home based business which involves buying and selling things, then sometimes there might be difficulty to find space for total inventory. This will result in a cluttered and messy home. The best idea is to rent a self-storage locker and store business’ complete inventory in it. Most of the self-storage units will also provide an option to set up shelving in the unit to organize inventory.
  • Affordable Work Space: If there is electricity facility in storage unit then it can be used as a perfect work place which can be both practical and affordable. Storage units which have electricity are usually more expensive than those without it, but they are much more cheaper than renting office space. Desk, a chair, few file cabinets, and a lap-top along with mobile broadband can be used to setup a business in storage unit without any need for the spare room or the living room in home and moreover it is cost effective.
  • Band Practice: A storage unit can be the best idea for band practice. Just ensure you are staying within the sound regulations of area. A good storage room will not only prevent the jam of band mates, but also provides place and enables to store all of band’s equipment.

In order to implement any of these ideas, first permission from the management of the facility should be obtained.

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Benefits of Porcelain Tiles in Improving Your Home Interior

Porcelain is a decorative porcelain floor tile, which gives a long way in spicing up home interiors. They are made by porcelain clay. Basically, there are three main categories of porcelain tile. They are natural porcelain tile, glazed porcelain tile and polished porcelain tile.

Natural Porcelain Tile
This is an unglazed and unpolished tile, which has less than 1 percent absorption rate. It is also known as through body porcelain.

Glazed Porcelain Tile
These porcelain tiles are partially or completely glazed. They have an absorption rate of 0.5 percent, but absorption can be reduced to 0.1 percent if the body or face of the tile is used.

Polished Porcelain Tile
These types of tiles come in granite finish and surface of these tiles are not totally glazy. Basically it comprises of natural porcelain, which has a polished exterior.

Benefits

  • They have hard and durable surface so that they are much resistant to tremendous wear and tear.
  • They are ideal for kitchen because they can be easily cleaned and they have capacity to resist strong chemicals and acids.
  • Natural porcelain is chip resistant

Porcelain tiles are best for decorating home. But they are a bit costly. Their installation takes a lot of time.

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Yoga And Its Eight Stages

Yoga means oneness and it reunite the essence of every religion, the essence of every creed and the core every spiritual path. It came from connecting to god context and just as the word religion means in a western context. The native yoga-paths are part of Vedic culture and it is referred as Hinduism.

Yoga is an origin of all religions. Yoga is root for Jainism, Buddhism and even Jesus Christ carried his lengthy pilgrimage after studying yoga. Following are some of the stages of Yoga, known as “Ashtanga yoga”:

Yama
It is an eternal and universal moral command. It was introduced to curb out all tendency toward violence and possessiveness. This helps to attain truthfulness, purity, conscience, trustworthiness, goodness and honesty.

Niyama
This stage of yoga helps to bring calmness to the mind with its own rules and regulations. This practices help to do self-purification through discipline, self-contentment, and self-study.

Asana
These are a kind of body postures, which helps to develop inner awareness and aid in calming the mind.

Pranayama
It is a kind of breathing exercise, which helps to bring rhythmic control, prolongation and restraint of the breath. Discovery of a subtle psychic force or a subtle cosmic element is major objective of this health practices.

Pratyahara
This type of yoga practices helps to bring control of the senses over the human body. It is capable to give up all, sentiments and pleasures. It will yield better result only when mind is withdrawn from all external attractions and objects.

Samadhi
A medication practice capable to lead to a state of super consciousness is called Samadhi. This is a reunion of aspirant (Sadhaka) with the object of his meditation Paramatma.

These stages of yoga are potential and destiny of a yogi’s. It is not a easy kind of job but it can give life’s purpose, spiritual mission, and field of opportunity if it is practiced in a right manner.

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Documents needed while Buying An Auto-Insurance Online

Insurance buying is an easy kind of job in the present world. Buying process starts after the verification of an insurance company. Following documents are needed while purchasing auto insurance online:

Driver information
During the quoting process, a buyer needs driver’s license number and date of birth for all drivers, which will be listed on the policy. While buying auto insurance online, any information regarding traffic violations, claims and accidents on driver’s record are also needed.

Vehicle information
For complete information of vehicle, insurance company will demand car VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) number.  This will give year, make, model, engine size and several other details of the car. It also helps to know other details regarding vehicle, which ranges from braking systems to airbags.

Prior carrier detail
Many insurance companies demand prior carrier detail. Each company has it’s own reason for this. These carrier details provide information of specific carrier, the policy expiration date, and length of continuous coverage and existing limits of liability.

Other drivers – Other driver information in insurance is very important before buying auto insurance online. For example if a roommate is living with you who has his/her own car then a buyer must either exclude him to the policy or add him to the policy.

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Know About Major Yoga Asanas

Yoga is an old health practice for stronger-flexible body, toning of muscles, reducing stress, and physical well-being. Different yoga asanas are effective for different parts of a body. Following are the major types of asanas in yoga:

Vinyasa
It means a breath-synchronized movement in which, performance of a series of poses called sun-salutation matched to the breath system of a human body. It typically starts with a sun salutation to warm up the body for more intense stretching.

Ashtanga
Ashtanga or 8 limbs or power yoga is a fast paced and intense style of yoga. This series of asana is always performed in the same order. It is a very tough and rigorous exercise because this asana demands a constant movement from one pose to next pose.

Iyengar
This kind of yoga practice is more concerned with body alignment. Alignment describes the precise way of practice where body should position in order to get maximum benefits and avoid injury. This asana mainly emphasizes on long time pose and quick movement from pose to next.

Kundalini
This type of asana mainly focuses to freeing energy in the lower body and allowing it to move upwards. All other asana controls the breath but this explores the effect of breath. Its movement is rapid and repetitive rather than the pose held for a long time.

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Difference Between Language Translation and Localization

In a business global, translation and localization are two terms which are interchangeably used. But they both  are distinct and have major differences.

Translation is the method of converting a source version of multimedia, software, web material, or documentation  to a target-language version by just replacing the words of one language to another. Unfortunately, it is notably a word-for-word swap. An accurate translation needs complete understanding of the source text and then converting it into the target language.

Localization (also abbreviated as L10n) is the process of modifying the original text to the linguistic and cultural systems of the target geo-linguistic area. This process should take into consideration technical standards, stylistic requirements, and the expectations and requirements of the target market. Web site localization comprises of the conversion of the text and the adjustment of the site’s graphical structure accordingly to the target language, the development of a parallel navigation structure to maintain each linguistic version in sync with the others, page formatting to support characters in the target language, image and graphics transforming with translation and adjustment to the linguistic and cultural features of the target language, and lastly the reprogramming of advanced scripting components (Java, Javascript, VisualBasic scripts, CGI/Perl/Php scripts, Flash/Shockwave applications, RealAudio files, etc.).

At the time of localizing, a translator (linguist or localization professional) will:

  • Modify the language by generating a linguistic equivalent, but not a literal (word-to-word) translation.
  • Determine color for cultural indications.
  • Modify telephone number formats.
  • Determine and change any icons or graphics which do not make sense in the target culture.

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Application Of Barcode Technology In Laboratories

Barcodes are progressively being used to assist laboratories to automate the recognition of slides, microwell plates, tubes and other containers.

Customized barcoding systems can assist laboratories in tracking samples through different  locations by eradicating the risk of error. One leading barcode company produced a custom software application and relational database to discover samples in an adolescent AIDS research study. Collection sites were provided with high-quality barcode labels to attach to the samples before they were delivered to a laboratory for testing. This made the primary sample to be marked at the time of collection with the same label assured for tracking through long-term storage.

Microwell plate labeling can be currently automated by utilizing automatic print-and-apply devices in combination with different robotic devices in the lab. Three options involved with this task are:

  • The operator will embed a plate into the nest, and the printer-applicator prints and places the barcode label to the plate.
  • A robotic device can be combined for inserting and removing the plate from the nest.
  • For excessive throughput scanning applications, a conveyor is used to quickly move the plates.

Some barcode firms offer a service bureau for naming labware like plates, tubes, vials, or glass slides. The service bureau specifies the labware as per the specification, ensuring no duplicate numbers and sequence integrity.

Barcode automation in the laboratory is not necessarily difficult or expensive, as the results may well be thorough and moreover data collection is fast and accurate. With barcodes, there is no compromise between speed and accuracy. The technology is examined, the costs are low, and if homework automating is done the lab can instantly offer payback as productivity is increased.

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