Radio Communications in Emergency Situtaions

Types of radio

There are a few choices when it comes to two way radios. Having one does you no good if there isn’t someone on the other end to talk to. If you have someone in mind you want to keep in touch with in an emergency, you can simply get one for each of you. If you don‘ t have anyone in particular to keep in touch with, you can check your local city and/or county authorities for disaster preparedness guidelines. Sometimes they will suggest a type of radio for your area. Here is a rundown of the more common types.

CB

CB radios were once widely used by truck drivers and other motorists to communicate on the highway. Cell phones have reduced the use of these radios, but not eliminated them. CB radios are still widely used for professional and recreational communications across the country. In an emergency, it is possible to contact help on CB channels 9 and 19. A hand held CB will only get 1-2 miles range. A good mobile CB radio (installed in a vehicle) with a 4 foot antenna will get about 4-5 miles. This range limitation is due to the 4 watt power limit put on CB radios by the FCC. It is possible to get more range by adjusting or modifying the CB.

FRS/GMRS

Family radio service or FRS frequencies are commonly used in ‚walkie talkie‘ type radios. These radios are used a lot for family activities like hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, etc. GMRS frequencies are usually included on these radios. GMRS frequencies legally require a license, but only something like.02 percent of the people operating on these frequencies actually carry one. The range on these radios is limited to 1-2 antennas. FRS and GMRS radios have a fixed antenna, so you cannot extend the range.

10 meter

10 meter radios (also known as amateur or ham radios) have long been in use by hobbyists and various organizations. The biggest drawback to a 10 meter is they require a license. This is greatly offset by the power and range they provide. I would suggest if you are going to get one to just get the license, but in an emergency, I doubt anyone is going to complain. The range on a 10 meter radio depends on the power output and antenna setup for the radio. The Magnum 1012 hand held 10 meter will get upwards of 10 miles on USB. A Galaxy DX94HP mobile 10 meter radio with a 4 foot antenna can get a 100 miles range. Many 10 meter radios can also be modified to get the same range on CB frequencies, though this technically isn’t legal.

Listening

Even if you have a good two way radio, it isn’t bad to have some kind of receive only radio to get information on. While you can’t send out a signal with them, these radios can receive information from sources hundreds of miles away, possibly guiding you to evacuation area or warning of dangerous areas and situation.

AM/FM

If you haven’t heard of AM/FM radio, you may want to get out more. AM/FM, more commonly FM, radio is a daily part of most American’s lives. They’re used in almost every vehicle, portable radios are used by joggers, alarm clocks, etc. You’ve probably heard a test of the emergency broadcast system on the radio. It comes across as an irritating buzzing noise followed by a message stating something to the effect of „This has been a test of the emergency broadcast system“. In an emergency situation, you will most likely be hearing important information on most FM stations.

Weather/alert

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) operates a collection of transmitters across the country that continually broadcast weather information and also broadcast alerts and emergency information related to various situations. A special kind of radio is required to pick up these broadcasts. A good weather/alert radio with SAME technology can be programmed for your local county so that you receive alerts whenever there is an emergency situation close by.

Scanner

If you don’t have an AM/FM radio or a weather/alert radio available a radio scanner (also known as a police scanner or race scanner) can be a good alternative to get information. Depending on the scanner’s capabilities, they can pick up a wide range of frequencies, including the NOAA frequencies. Like the AM/FM radios and weather/alert radios, they cannot transmit a signal.

So what should you get?

  • For communicating, I would recommend getting a good 10 meter radio that can be converted for CB easily. The DX94HP is a great 100 watt radio. Converting for CB frequencies is as easy as switching on solder point.
  • It would also be a good idea to have a decent set of FRS/GMRS radios for portable short range communications. The GXT1000VP4 and GXT1050VP4 are great options.
  • Finally, get a good AM/FM-weather/alert combination radio. The Midland WR300 is one of the more popular.

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Source by Kenneth O Meeks

Doomed, Dying Star Previews The Death Of Our Sun

Our Sun is doomed to eventually die after it has „lived“ brilliantly and beautifully for about 10 billion years. The good news is that, because our Sun currently is a bit less than 5 billion years of age, it can still go on blissfully burning its supply of life-sustaining nuclear-fusing hydrogen fuel for another 5 billion years before the Grim Reaper comes to call. Solitary stars of our Sun’s mass all perish the same way–first ballooning in size to become enormous, swollen, crimson red giant stars before tossing their outer shimmering rainbow of multicolored gaseous layers into interstellar space–leaving behind only a dense Earth-sized relic core termed a white dwarf star to bear witness to the tragedy. In July 2019, an international team of astronomers announced that they had observed a rare dynamic event for the first time, when they witnessed the death of a distant red giant star. This observation provides a sneak preview of our Sun’s inevitable and sad demise.

Dr. Meredith Joyce, an astronomer based at The Australian National University (ANU) co-led the study with Dr. Laszlo Molnar and Dr. Laszlo Kiss from the Konkoly Observatory of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Joyce noted in a July 26, 2019 ANU Press Release that the star observed, dubbed T Ursae Minoris (T UMi), was similar to our Sun.

„This has been one of the rare opportunities when the signs of ageing could be directly observed in a star over human timescales. We anticipate our Sun and TMi will end their lives much more quietly and slowly compared with a supernova–a powerful and luminous explosion,“ Dr. Joyce continued to explain.

The new findings strengthen the prediction that our dying Sun will become a red giant, before evolving into an expanding and glowing ring-shaped shell of gas in five billion years, leaving behind only a small white dwarf stellar corpse.

„It will become much bigger as it approaches death–eating Venus, Mercury and possibly the Earth in the process–before shrinking to become a white dwarf,“ Dr. Joyce added.

The Life-Cycle Of Lonely Stars Like Our Sun

Stars are a lot like people. They are born, and then go on to enjoy a playful childhood and active youth–but, eventually, stars calm down when they evolve into glaring adults. However, the inevitable occurs when a star grows old and dies. Stars that are more massive than our Sun end their stellar lives when they explode in brilliant, violent supernova blasts. After the catastrophe, the erstwhile massive star leaves behind a dense, city-sized object termed a neutron star. Neutron stars are so dense that a teaspoon full of neutron star material can weigh as much as a herd of zebra. However, the most massive stars in the Universe have a different fate. When these especially massive stars run out of their necessary supply of life-sustaining nuclear-fusing fuel, they collapse into the oblivion of a black hole of stellar mass.

Less massive stars, like our Sun, come to the end of the stellar road more peacefully, without the brilliant grand finale fireworks display of their more massive stellar counterparts. When stars like our Sun live alone, without a binary companion, they first evolve into red giants that ultimately blow off their outer layers to become white dwarfs encircled by a beautiful shell of multicolored gases.

All stars, regardless of their mass, are kept brilliantly bouncy as a result of an enduring battle between gravity and radiation pressure. Gravity tries to pull all of the star’s material in, while radiation pressure tries to push everything out. This delicate balance between the two eternal foes goes on from stellar-birth to stellar-death. In the end, when the old star runs out of its necessary supply of nuclear-fusing fuel, it can no longer churn out radiation pressure to counteract the relentless and merciless pull of its own gravity As a result, gravity wins the war, and the star is doomed.

Today, our Sun is a lonely star, but it was probably not born that way. Our Star probably formed as a member of a heavily populated open cluster, along with thousands of other newborn, fiery sibling stars. Our Sun was either gravitationally evicted from its natal cluster due to interactions with others of its fiery kind or it simply peacefully floated away into the space between stars approximately 4.5 billion years ago. Likewise, our Sun’s long-lost siblings are thought to have migrated to more remote regions of our Milky Way Galaxy, never to return.

Our entire Solar System emerged from the tattered remains left over from the nuclear-fusing ovens of previous generations of dead ancient stars. Our Sun–like others of its kind–was born within a dense, cold blob tucked tenderly within the whirling, swirling, ruffling folds of a churning dark, giant molecular cloud. The dense blob ultimately collapsed under the intense pull of its own gravity, thus giving birth to a hot, glaring baby star (protostar). Within the secretive depths of these enormous and beautiful clouds, that float like lovely, eerie phantoms throughout our Galaxy in huge numbers, fragile threads of material tangle themselves up together, and the resulting clumps grow ever larger and larger for hundreds of thousands of years. Then, pulled inward by the relentless crush of gravity, the hydrogen atoms existing within the clumps rapidly and dramatically fuse. This process of nuclear fusion triggers a violent conflagration that will rage with brilliant fury for as long as the new star lives–for that is how a star is born.

Currently, our Sun is experiencing an active, nuclear-fusing midlife. It is classified as a main-sequence (hydrogen-burning) small star on the Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram of Stellar Evolution. As stars go, it isn’t special. There are eight major planets and an assortment of smaller bodies in orbit around our Sun, which is located in the distant suburbs of a typical, though magnificent, large spinning, starlit pinwheel in space–our barred-spiral Milky Way Galaxy.

Today, our Sun is still sufficiently youthful and bouncy to go on burning hydrogen in its heart by way of nuclear fusion–which continually creates heavier and heavier atomic elements out of lighter ones (stellar nucleosynthesis). But our Sun’s looks will change when it finally begins to run out of its necessary supply of hydrogen fuel. At this point, our Sun will evolve into an elderly star. In the dying heart of our Sun, there will exist a core of helium that is encased within a shell composed of hydrogen that is still in the process of being fused into helium. Eventually, the shell will begin to travel outward, and the core will grow larger as our Sun grows older. The helium core itself will ultimately shrivel under the intense pull of its own weight–until, finally, it grows seething-hot enough to trigger a new stage of nuclear-fusion. At this point, the atoms existing in our dying Star’s helium core will begin to be fused into the heavier atomic element, carbon. In another five billion years, our Star will possess a small and searing-hot core that will be emitting more energy than it does now. The outer gaseous layers of our doomed Sun will have ballooned to hideous proportions, and it will no longer be the same Star we are familiar with today. Alas, it will have experienced a sea-change into a ghastly red giant that will go on to engulf and incinerate Mercury, then Venus, and then (possibly) Earth. The temperature at the surface of our Star, in its future red giant phase, will be quite a bit cooler than it is now–which will account for its comparatively cool red hue. Nonetheless, our evolved Star will still be hot enough to convert the currently frigid, icy inhabitants of the distant Kuiper Belt–such as the dwarf planet Pluto–into delightful tropical havens of refuge for what may (or may not) be left of humanity. The dying hot heart of our Sun will continue to shrivel, and since it can no longer produce radiation by way of nuclear fusion, all further evolution will be governed only by the force of gravity. Our Star will then finally hurl off its outer layers–but its core will stay in one piece. All of our Sun’s material will finally collapse into this small relic body–the newly-formed white dwarf. The baby white dwarf will be encircled by a lovely expanding shell of multicolored gases termed a planetary nebula. White dwarfs radiate away the energy of their collapse, and our future white dwarf Sun will likely be composed of carbon and oxygen atomic nuclei swimming around in a swirling sea of degenerate electrons. The equation of state for degenerate matter is „soft“. This means that any mass added to the body will cause it to grow smaller in size. Continuing to add mass to a white dwarf causes it to shrink further, even as its central density grows larger. Our Sun’s radius will finally shrink to only a few thousand kilometers. Our Sun, and other stars like it, will grow progressively cooler over time when they evolve into white dwarfs.

Red Giants In General

Red giants are luminous giant stars of low to intermediate mass that weigh-in at the approximate equivalent of 0.3 to 8 times that of our Sun. These swollen stars represent a late phase of stellar evolution, and their outer atmospheres are both inflated and tenuous. This makes their radii large. The surface temperature of a red giant is about 8,500 degrees Fahrenheit–or lower, and their true colors are anywhere from yellow-orange to red. Many of the observed bright stars are red giants. This is because they are rather common denizens of our Galaxy, and they are also very luminous. For example, the red giant Arcturus is 36 light-years away, and Gamma Crucis is 88 light-years from Earth.

In general, red giants sport radii that are tens to hundreds of times greater than that of our Star. Despite the lower energy density of their envelope, red giants are much more luminous than our Sun because of their enormous size. Indeed, red giants have luminosities that can be as much as almost three thousand times that of our Star.

Another important feature that red giants have is that, unlike still-living sun-like stars whose photospheres display numerous small convection cells (solar granules), red giant photospheres have only a few large cells. This feature is responsible for causing the variations in brightness so common in these swollen stars.

Over the main-sequence „life“ of a sun-like star, its supply of hydrogen in its core is slowly fused into helium. The doomed star’s main-sequence „life“ comes to a tragtic end when almost all of the hydrogen in its core has been fused. Stars that are more massive than our Sun burn disproportionately faster, and thus spend less time on the main-sequence than their smaller stellar kin. The larger the star, the shorter its hydrogen-burning „life“.

Sneak Preview Of Our Sun’s Demise

The dying sun-like star T UMi was born about 1.2 billion years ago, sporting a mass approximately twice that of our Sun. It is situated in the Ursae Minoris (Little Bear) Constellation over 3000 light-years from Earth.

The international team of astronomers found that over the past few million years–as T UMi reached the last phase of „life“ before its sea-change into a white dwarf–it has been experiencing a series of pulses, whereby its temperature, brightness, and size have fluctuated dramatically.

„Energy production in T UMi has become unstable. During this phase, nuclear fusion flares up deep inside, causing ‚hiccups‘ that we call thermal pulses. These pulses cause drastic, rapid changes in the size and brightness of the star, which are detectable over centuries. The pulses of old stars like T UMi also enrich the entire Universe with elements including carbon, nitrogen, tin and lead,“ Dr. Joyce explained in the July 26, 2019 ANU Press Release.

The astronomers have observed the star diminishing in temperature, size, and brightness over the past three deades.

Dr. Joyce continued to note that „We believe the star is entering one of its last remaining pulses, and we’d expect to see it expanding again in our lifetimes. The star will eventually become a white dwarf within a few hundred thousand years. Both amateur and professional astronomers will continue to observe the evolution of the star in the coming decades, which will provide a direct test of our predictions within the next 30 to 50 years.“

This research is published in the July 5, 2019 issue of The Astrophysical Journal.

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Source by Judith E Braffman-Miller

Celebrity Fit Club Diet Review

Weight loss is a huge topic in modern society. One such example is the Celebrity Fit Club diet plan. This plan was featured on VH1 and quickly became a hit television show. The show featured overweight celebrities trying to lose weight, and exercise to their desired goals. It was a wonder to behold, and often difficult to watch, but the ultimate goal of the show was to shed more light on the Celebrity Fit Club Diet program.

The Celebrity Fit Club diet program is based on four levels: The Detox phase, foundation phase, construction phase, and the lifetime-long phase. Just as you would imagine, each phase has varying levels of food intake, exercise, and lifestyle changes to go through, in order to keep your body healthy and fit.

Let’s start at the beginning shall we?

The detox phase: This phase helps you get rid of the excess toxins that have built-up in your body. By far, this is the strictest part of the diet; it lasts for about nine days, and can be the most trying time for anyone just starting out on a diet. You are only able to consume fruits, vegetables, oatmeal (unsweetened), beans, and nuts. Coupled with drinking plenty of water, your body will become detoxified, and your system will begin to shed excess body fat as well.

The foundation phase: In this phase, the restrictions are loosened a bit. You can now eat lean meats such as fish and chicken. The key to the first to phases is to help you get in the habit of eating a healthier diet, to build upon that, this phase lets you eat more substantive foods, while keeping your body used to the healthy diet. This phase lasts for about three weeks.

The construction phase: In this phase, you add whole grains and cereals to your diet.This phase also lasts for about four weeks, but it also teaches you the correct portions of each of these foods to consume. So, building upon the first two phase: Body eat healthy, body eat substantive, and finally: Body eat properly.The first three phases are very critical to get you in the correct mind set of losing weight quickly and safely.

The lifetime-long phase: As you can guess, this is the longest ‚phase‘ of the diet.This phase allows you to consume small portions of what is known as white foods. Why are they known as white foods? Well, simply put: They are white. White foods consist of breads, pastas, rice and other natural grains.You can also consume small amounts of alcohol if you choose to so. This final phase offers your body the ability to not only be healthy, learn how to eat substantive foods, maintain proper portions, but to offer energy into the system without your body storing the energy as fat.

Eating right simply isn’t enough. No matter how much you train your mind, body and soul to want to eat properly, your system still needs to burn off energy that you do not use during the day.So, exercise is a must.

Some of the advantages of the Celebrity Fit club exercise program are:

  • You can do the program completely online.
  • There are no medications or supplements to take to complete this program.
  • You have a full support team to help you understand your weight issues and form a healthy eating diet.You will also have someone to help you create a workout program for you.
  • You will receive countless literature and tips for ways to curb your appetite.The books also teach you about lifestyle changes that will enable you to lose weight more quickly and then keep it off.

It all sounds great right? Well, just like any plan that wishes to have members, there are some disadvantages as well:

  • The Celebrity Fit Club does not offer a money back guarantee program of any sort.
  • The lifestyle changes involved in this program may be harder for some to adhere too, resulting in dissatisfaction in the program.
  • This program does not offer any supplements to suppress hunger or boost metabolism.

Remember: Weight loss diets that promise unrealistic results without working out or watching what you eat will fail.There are no magic little pills that will make the fat loss quick and effortless. To truly lose weight fast, and keep it off, it takes a lifestyle change.You must eat healthy portions of fruits, vegetables, grains, pastas, and meats. Lastly, it takes a wonderful exercise program. If you feel that this program is right for you, go for it! Nothing is stopping your ambition to be thin, slim, and happy, than, simply, you!

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Source by Kristin Craft

The Benefits of Rock Fireplace Designs

Choosing the right fireplace design for your homes may be a hard task. While there are many designs you can select from, not all of these can perfectly fit the interior of your home. A wrong design could actually ruin the overall motif of your house. One good thing to do is to ask the advice of a home improvement expert. What’s even better is that some home builders have in-house modelers that can advise you with the right fireplace style for your home at no extra cost. But for those who are into stone or rock fireplace designs, here are some of the sought-after styles.

Rustic Limestone designs are a favorite among house builders. For one, its versatile style fits any type of interior, be it modern or traditional. And since limestone has a smooth surface, cleaning is not a problem-just wipe off all the dust and it is as good as brand new. Even if limestone has a light color, it will blend in with your interior if installed properly. You can even put accessories like a mantel scarf to make it more subtle.

Let’s say you want to have a rock fireplace design for your lodge. This time, rustic limestone just wouldn’t do. What you need is a custom-built fieldstone fireplace. Remember that your lodge is built with only one dominant material, which is wood so it calls for a more rugged fireplace. There are some builders who opt to extend the mantel up to the ceiling of the lodge.

Wood and rock are potent combination. This is the reason why some ski lodges have rock-steady fireplaces. And this comes with good reasons, too. For old lodges, these firesides are attached to the foundation of the lodge, making it much sturdier. Some of these lodges have stone flooring- the same stones that make up the fireplace.

For a more elegant look, you may choose a marble fireplace. This type is build with marble tiles with clean and sharp lines. Depending on your interior, you can choose a light shaded marble tile or the more chic dark shades-the choice is yours. There is the „Deco Marble Fireplace“ which is an Art Deco inspired design. The marble tiles are complemented by glass mantel and wooden accents. Some companies put a little twist to these marble tiles. They crushed these marbles and the result is a fine grain marble which, when bonded together to form a mantel, has a high gloss finish.

Did you know that there are rock fireplace designs for the outdoors? It’s called concrete fire pits. You may choose to buy portable fire pits from your home improvement shops but nothing beats the permanent structure. Most of these circular pits are made of concrete, but you can also choose the ones that are made from marble brick or layered rocks.

Some custom designs even include concrete benches where people can sit while savoring the warmth from the fire pit. One good benefit of outdoor fireplaces is that it adds value to your home-the outside landscape in particular-not to mention that it can also be a good hangout place for family bonding.

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Source by Terry Edwards

How Inflatables Make a Party Pop

People are always looking to kick their next party up to the next level. Simple kid parties of our childhoods are replaced by extravagant outings and themed events and it seems like parents are always trying to outdo each other with the next big party that will be talked about for weeks.

Really though, what do kids want in a party? They want their friends, and they want to have some fun. Based on that, what better than a party with an inflatable or two? They are easy to rent, they are professionally put up and taken down and all you have to do is sit back and watch the fun happen.

So what are inflatables? They are large, shaped bouncy castle like things that act, well, like a bouncy castle. Kids take off their shoes and enter into the air filled shape (they can be houses, castles, tunnels, trains, playgrounds, you name it) and they can then jump around on a big cushion of air. Some come with things like ball pits or little games that the kids play once inside (think obstacle courses and ring toss type of games) but mostly they’re just for bouncy fun.

These days there are inflatables that feature water. Yes, water. They are giant slides that the kids climb up the side of and then splash down into a little pit of water. Think water slides at your favourite theme park only in a smaller version right in your backyard. This is fun!

Renting inflatables is easy. The professionals will let you know how much room you will need to house it and any safety precautions that you need to take. If you have a large area that you’re having the party in, you may be able to rent more than one inflatable which will just up the fun factor. They are usually rented by the day so even after the party is over, the family can still enjoy them and like I said before there are so many different styles to choose from you will be spoilt for choice and sure to find one that fits into your party theme.

Like with anything, parental supervision is required for inflatables and safety first will make all the difference. No one wants anything bad to happen at their party, after all. So go ahead and give the professionals a call and get into your very own inflatable for your next party!

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Source by Amanda J Hales

How Much Does Satellite Radio Advertising Cost?

When you think „national radio advertising“ the word „expensive“ very likely also comes to mind. For years this was very, very true. The price to reach a national audience was dictated by some very well padded gatekeepers who could name crazy high prices if you want to get your message in front of the masses. Because of this, many start up businesses were forced to slowly grow in small cities before they could take their message to a national scale on the radio.

While this is still the case with many syndicated radio shows broadcast over am and fm dials, satellite radio does not hold the same gate keeper or price points of years gone by. In fact, the cost to advertise nationally on satellite radio is lower than it is to advertise on many medium and large cities across the USA.

The trade off and reason for this is the fact that your audience is very spread out and not in one select pocket. If you are selling a product or service that has no select geographic target and you want to push your message far and wide, this makes it a great medium to advertise on while keep your marketing budget at realistic levels.

However if you do need to target one select city or state, the reach of satellite radio advertising may not be strong enough for what you had in mind. For example: A car dealer or boutique shop owner who have store front locations and only sell out of that location would not benefit from a low cost national advertising plan on satellite radio. They would be better on their local am or FM radio stations.

However lets say that the car dealership can ship their inventory nationwide or that boutique shop is pushing their unique website and can ship nationwide, satellite radio suddenly becomes a very attractive option for reaching a national audience that in the past would have been out of the price range for either of these companies.

To be clear: If you have a product or service that can reach a national scale and you can get it to your customers for a low price – then satellite radio advertising should be something you and your marketing department can explore. If you are only going after a select city or region, then it is not an option you need to put in the mix of your next marketing meeting.

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Source by Jerome Winchester

Flag Day Party Games – Honoring the Stars and Stripes

Celebrated on June 14th, Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the famous „stars and stripes“ flag of the US. What better way to celebrate the day than with a touch of patriotism and a Flag Day party? Games can make the day a really enjoyable one; here are a few examples-

„Stars and Stripes“ Flag Day Party Game

This Flag Day party game is active, and great fun played outside. The game requires music, and a large, uneven group of players. Players split into two teams, „stars“ and „stripes“, with one extra player on one team. The music starts, and players dance or run around. When the music is stopped, each player must pair up with someone from the opposite team, forming a „stars and stripes“ pair. The player left without a partner must leave the game. The game continues until there is one pair left, who are declared the winners of this fun Flag Day party game.

„Red, White and Blue Race“ Flag Day Party Game

This is another fun, active, outdoor Flag Day party game. Players gather together, and someone nominates to start and stop the music. The music is started, and players begin dancing. The music is stopped periodically, and the person operating the stereo calls out one of 3 colors – red, white or blue. When this happens, players have to find an object of that color that isn’t a part of their own clothing, and touch it. Each time, the last player to touch an object of the correct color leaves the game. The last player standing is the winner of this Flag Day party game.

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Source by Gail Leino

How to Sell Your Autographed Celebrity Photos

Most owners of autographed celebrity photos would never dare of thinking parting ways with them. They look at autographed celebrity photos as a crowning achievement to their collections. However, there may come a time in a collector’s life where they will be forced to part ways with their autographed celebrity photos due to financial issues, or because they lose their passion for collecting.

Whatever the case may be, if you have decided to part ways with your autographed celebrity photos, there are some important steps you should take in order to sell them.

To begin with you should first get your autographed celebrity photos authenticated. There are many services that you can use to do this. Even if you know that the autographs on your photos are legitimate, the individuals that you will be selling to will always have their doubts. Therefore you should contact a business that specializes in authenticating autographed celebrity photos. However, in doing this you will have to pay for the service.

Now, when you are choosing a authentication service be sure to contact one that has a good reputation. Most buyers will do their homework and will ask you where you got your autographed celebrity photo authenticated. They will then contact the Better Business Bureau to make sure that the company you dealt with has a good reputation and that they have not had any fraudulent dealings.

Once you have had your autographed celebrity photos authenticated you will receive what is called a certificate of authentication. This will be your proof that the autograph on your celebrity photograph is authentic.

The next step you should take is determining the value of your autographed celebrity photos. To do this you will need to have your photos appraised. Once again you will be paying for this service. However, an appraiser can tell you the exact worth of your photos. You should always ask to have this number written down so that you can present it along with your certificate of authentication to any potential buyers.

There is a plus side to spending money to get your autographed celebrity photos appraised and authenticated. You can usually pass the cost over to your buyer. You can present them with the receipts for what you have paid out along with the cost of the photo. As in most cases they would have spent this money on their own to assure that the photo is legitimate. Many sellers will do this and even tell the buyer that they also have 30 days to return the photo in the same condition if they find that photo and autograph are not authentic.

From here you are ready to sell your autographed celebrity photo. Contact celebrity memorabilia auctions or stores and present them with your photos to see if they are interested. You can also list your photos on the Internet on celebrity related websites and personal auction websites such as E-bay. You can even run ads in collector magazines and allow the buyers to come to you.

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Source by Victor Epand

Why Rock Climbing Is Great for Kids

Rock climbing is not just for grown-ups. Your children can also enjoy this fun-filled activity as well as reap its advantages. Aside from its heart-health benefits, it is also known to boost their self-confidence and esteem. While it may not be an impromptu activity like running or biking, there are many climbing walls that are now available, especially with the advent of fitness centers and camps.

The great thing about having your kids join these activities is that it follows up on their natural tendency. As you know, children are natural climbers. You can see them going up on trees or scaling tall ladders. With rock climbing, you can satisfy their impulses to clamber.

What’s more, it is fairly easy on the kids compared to adults. With a high strength-to-weight ratio, they have less body weight to pull up, and they are more flexible.

It is also a low-impact workout that tests your children’s endurance. It’s easy on their joints as they burn energy during their ascent. What’s more, climbing walls are like giant puzzles begging to be solved. Not only does it tests the physical aspects of your children’s development, it also stimulates their mental faculties.

This exercise also helps develop your children’s core strength and flexibility. Kids are challenged physically as their pull, lift, stretch, and twist their way up. This activity also develops their eye-hand coordination as they maneuver their climb.

Fun and Exciting Activity for Your Kids

Did you know Easton rock climbing isn’t just for adults? It’s a hobby even our smallest family member can enjoy. It’s fun-filled, exciting activity that’s not just for grown-ups but also for kids. Not only that, it also involves a playful discovery of oneself and a learning experience that teaches kids the values of patience and determination.

Rock climbing is an activity that everyone in the family can enjoy. It is a holistic family experience where fun and knowledge come together.

The Benefits for Kids and Family

Rock climbing has once been considered the sport of adrenaline junkies. One may wonder why many of these enthusiasts risk life and limb as they climb mountains or walls. Perhaps it’s the excitement. Is it the thrill? Or is there more to that exhilarating feeling that one experiences while being attached to the side of a hill or climbing wall?

Almost anyone can do it although it may vary in skill level, namely beginner, intermediate, or advanced. But despite its reputation as an extreme sport, children can do this. One does not need to be super-fit to join a rock climbing class. However, good technique is a better commodity than strength when doing this sport.

In this activity, your kids can improve their footwork and get a good grasp on body positioning. It mainly requires the use of mental faculties because the climbing wall is essentially a big puzzle; the objective is to reach the top. Thus, this sport also enhances their problem-solving skills.

Thinking of having your kids join an Easton rock climbing activity? It’s a great physical, mental, and intellectual workout.

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Source by Genie Fletcher

Sunglasses in Pop Culture

Sunglasses have been seen in pop culture periodically throughout the 20th century. They definitely help to accessorize whichever look you’re going for, whether it be glamorous, cool or dazed out hippie. If you love sunglasses like I do, it may interest you to learn about the different styles of sunglasses that have been popular in the 20th century. Below are some of the more popular frames and styles.

Aviator: Most commonly manufactured by Ray Ban, Aviator sunglasses have gone up and down in popularity since they made their appearance. They were first designed in 1936 and were meant for U.S. military aviators. They became a huge trend with young people in the 1960s, which gave birth to other styles of aviators, such as mirrored, colored and wrap around styles. The popularity of aviators dropped in the 1990s, but then regained popularity around 2001 with many Hollywood celebrities.

Oversized: Like aviators, oversized sunglasses have dropped and risen in popularity since their debut. Jackie O first started the oversized sunglasses trend with her gigantic black frames in the 1960s. This quickly became a popular item amongst women. They dropped in popularity in the 70s, when they started to be used for comedic and theater purposes. Elton John often wore oversized sunglasses as part of his shows. They again became fashionable in the 1980s amongst celebrities and street kids. They dropped popularity in the 90s with the grunge era, but we see oversized sunglasses making their way back to popular culture, with celebrities commonly seen with their coffee and oversized frames.

Tea Shades: These are often also called „John Lennon glasses,“ or „Ozzy Osbourne glasses.“ Sometimes they are even called „granny glasses.“ These were most popular in the 1960s by the hippie counterculture. They come in all kinds of colors, including black, purple and red, and they are known for their psychedelic features. When tea shades were extremely popular in the 1960s, celebrities and rock stars were often seen wearing flamboyant and elaborated tea shade sunglasses. They were often excessively large, mirrored, and were made from different colors. The more unique the lens, the more popular they were. Rock stars like Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger and Janice Joplin were often seen wearing unique tea shade sunglasses. Tea shades are difficult to find today as a fashion item, but can be found in costume stores or online.

Sunglasses are an item that everyone must have, not only because they protect our eyes from the sun, but because they can add to your look and complete your wardrobe. If you love sunglasses but can’t afford to constantly buy expensive pairs, buying wholesale sunglasses may be a good option for you. You can save money while still getting great looking sunglasses.

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Makler Heidelberg



Source by Ellen Tarnapolsky

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