Things That Stunt Your Growth

If you want to increase your height, it is important to avoid the things that can stunt your growth. Doing so, will help you to squeeze out the necessary HGH or human growth hormone that your pituitary gland secretes thus helping you to achieve your maximum height potential. It is useless to do the things that can help to increase height if you are also doing the things that can stunt your growth. For example, Eating lots of protein foods which helps to increase your height and at the same time eating too much carbohydrate foods is totally useless because those two have opposite effects on the production of HGH.

So what are the factors that can stunt your growth? Here are some of the factors that will stunt your height, make sure to avoid these things if you want to grow taller naturally. Let’s start with “Lack of Sleep”.

Lack of Sleep:

We know how important the “sleep” is when it comes to our growth and development. Our pituitary gland produces the largest amount of HGH during sleep so its just make sense that “Lack of Sleep” will definitely prevent you from growing taller because it only means depriving your body of a large amount of the HGH it produces. So, make sure that you are getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night.

Too Much Carbohydrate:

When I was a child, I remember my parents always told me “Eat more rice if you want to grow taller fast” but unknown to me and my parents at that time, too much carbohydrates actually stunts individual’s height. Although, it give us lot of energy, too much of it has stunting effect because it raises the insulin levels in our body. Surge of insulin tends to switch off the GH production. This is the reason why Asian countries that always have too much carbohydrate in their diet like rice and corn have such a short average height compare to other countries.

Cigarette Smoking:

Cigarette Smoking is also one thing that stop your height from increasing. When you are smoking the level of oxygen in your blood decreases while at the same time the harmful substances that cigarette produces like the carbon monoxide increases. We know how important the oxygen is when it comes to our health. Carbon monoxide robs your brain, muscles and body tissue of oxygen badly affecting the health and of course our body’s growth. Aside from its stunting effect, cigarette smoking can also lead emphysema, lung cancer, and hearth disease. So if you are smoking, better stop it now before it leads to these illnesses.

Drinking Soda:

Drinking Soda is also one thing that can also prevent you from growing taller. Carbonated drinks deplete calcium in our bone. And aside from that, soda also contains lots of phosphorous that badly affects your body’s calcium absorption. So taking calcium supplements while drinking soda doesn’t help. It’s like you’re not taking calcium at all. We know how important the calcium to our bone’s growth. So stay away from carbonated drinks if you want to grow taller naturally.


Create Computer Games – Get Started on Creating Your Own Virtual Worlds

I’ve always loved video games, ever since I first played them on a friend’s computer in the afternoon after elementary school. There’s something almost magical about the fact that we can move images around and interact with virtual worlds, a living fantasy presented for us to interact with however we please. I’ve also always wanted to make games myself but, until recently, didn’t have the technical knowledge to do so. Now, I’m a second year software engineering student, so if I weren’t able to code a game without too many dramas there’d be something drastically wrong. But what about the common person: the person for whom the term ‘memory leak’ conjures up images of their grandfather, ‘pipeline’ is where the water flows, and ‘blitting’ is unheard of? Well, everyone can get in on the game creation process, and you don’t even need to learn ‘real’ programming to do so.

So where do games start? With an idea. Games, like all fiction, require an idea to be successful. Sure, in the same way you can just sit down and write a story without foresight, you can jump on in and slap a game together. However, unless you get ridiculously lucky, the best works are usually the ones that have been well thought out beforehand.

There are two methods of planning a project. You can start from a known technological standpoint and build your project on top of that or you can just go for the design, add as many features and ideas as you like, and then remove the ones that you can’t use when you’ve decided on the technology you’re going to implement the game with. In general, the second type is probably the best one to go with when designing games. When you’re first starting out however, the first option will save you many headaches.

So, for a first game you’re going to want a pretty simple idea. Don’t get me wrong, crazy-go-nuts game ideas are fantastic, and there should be more of them out there, but you’re not going to be able to create a real world simulator with fifty billion virtual people all interacting real time with your actions having a butterfly effect on the future of the virtual universe when it’s just your first game. Really. Many people try it; none that I know of have succeeded. Imitation is the best way to start out. Simple games such as ‘Space Invaders’, ‘Tetris’, ‘Pacman’ or even ‘Pong’ are great places to start. All are largely simple to create but have some inherent challenges. ‘Pacman’ for example, requires path finding for the ghosts. I recommend that you start even simpler than that for your very first attempt. ‘Space Invaders’ is a nice point to jump in. You can make a simple, complete game without much effort and it’s almost infinitely extensible.

If you’re stuck for an idea, pick a genre that you enjoy. Do you love adventure games such as ‘Monkey Island’, ‘Grim Fandango’, ‘Space Quest’, ‘King’s Quest’ etc.? Design one of those. Are you into fighting games like ‘Street Fighter’, ‘Tekken’, ‘Soul Calibur’, ‘Mortal Kombat’ and so on? Come up with an idea for that. Do you like first person shooters such as ‘Quake’, ‘Half Life’ or ‘Doom’? I don’t recommend it as a first project, but you can always give it a go. Feel free to be as generic as you like, this is a learning experience after all.

Now that you have your idea it’s time to flesh it out. Don’t worry about the technology or the fact that you may not know how to actually implement a game just yet, just grab yourself some paper and a pencil and go crazy with ideas. Describe the main characters, game play, goals, interactions, story, and key mappings, anything you can think of. Make sure you have enough detail so that someone can read through the notes and play through the game in their head with relative accuracy. Changing game design during the coding process is almost always a bad idea. Once it’s set, it should remain set until the tweaking phase (I’ll go into this more later) or you’re likely to enter ‘development hell’, where the project goes on and on; more and more work is done with less and less outcome.

At the end of this period of your game creation, you should have the following:

– A written outline of the game’s characters and possibly a sketch or two (be they space ships, yellow circles, cars or the prince of the dark kingdom of Falgour, you need to know who or what the player will be and who they will compete against)

– A written outline of the story (if there is one, this isn’t too vital for ‘Space Invaders’ or ‘Tetris’, but for ‘Uber Quest: An Adventure of Awesomeness’ it’s a really good idea)

– A description of game play, written or storyboarded. Storyboards are visual representations of ideas. Draw your characters in actions, with arrows showing the flow of action and short written descriptions detailing the events occurring in your image (because some of us aren’t fantastic artists and our images can be a little… open to interpretation…)

Now that you have a fleshed out idea, it’s time to work out how this will all get put together. If you’ve gotten to this point and are worried that you’re going to have to spend years learning complex programming languages in order to implement your idea, fear not! Others have already done the hard yards for you. There are many RAD (Rapid Application Development) Tools available for game creation, a number of which are available for free online. Some of them still require you to learn a ‘scripting language’ (a simplified programming language made for a specific task) but in general this isn’t too complicated or involved. I’ve compiled a brief list of some of these I have found at the end of the article. The free ones are listed first, organized by game genre.

Well, that should be enough to get you started in the creation of your game. The most important thing to remember once you’ve gotten this far is that you need to complete your game. Many people start a project and then lose interest and it fails, or they keep moving on to one new project after another without finishing anything. Start small, build a working (if simple) game that is, above all else, complete. When you get to this stage you will always have a huge number of things that you wish to change, fix etc. but you’ll get a great feeling from knowing that it is, in its way, finished.

From this point, you can start the tweaking phase. Play your game a few times and ask others to do the same. Take note of what isn’t fun or could be better and change things here. At this stage, it is more important than ever to keep backups of previous versions so that if a change doesn’t work you can go back and try something different without losing any of your work. It is at this point that you can add all new features, improve graphics and sounds, whatever you please, safe in the knowledge that you’re working on a solid foundation.

When you’re happy with your game, why not share it with the world? There are many cheap or free places out there for you to host your files on and then you can jump on link lists and forums and let everyone know about your creation. Well, I hope that this has been a helpful introduction into the art of creating games. It’s a great deal of fun, and can open whole new avenues of creative expression for you to explore. Jump in and have fun!


General Game Creation:

(Tools that allow easy creation of many different game types)

Game Maker:


Adventure Games:

(Games such as Monkey Island, King’s Quest, Space Quest etc.)

Adventure Game Studio: []


3D Adventure Studio:

ADRIFT (for text adventures):

Role Playing Games (RPGs):

(Games such as Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, Diablo)


RPG Toolit:

Fighting Games:

(Games such as Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Tekken, Soul Calibur etc.)


MUGEN (unfortunately the site is largely in French):

Side-Scrolling Games:

(Games such as the 2D Mario Games, Sonic the Hedgehog, Double Dragon etc.)

The Scrolling Game Development Kit:

There are many others available as well. One particularly useful site for finding game creation tools is:

Also of note, although not freeware, are the excellent game creation tools available by Clickteam at: []

Klik and Play and The Games Factory in particular are the programs to have a look at and download the free demos of.

If you really want to do things right and program the game yourself, there are some excellent programming resources available at the following locations:

Java Game Programming:

Visual Basic Game Programming:


C++ Game Programming:

General Information:


16 Most Inspiring Famous Failures

To succeed in business or life, I came to realize that we must continually take remedial actions. Putting myself on the line day after day can be extremely draining, especially when things do not work out as I desired. Hence, each time I face a disappointing event or undesirable outcome, I NEVER FORGET these famous failures:

1. Bill Gates, founder and chairman of Microsoft, has literally changed the work culture of the world in the 21st century, by simplifying the way computer is being used. He happens to be the world’s richest man for the last one decade. However, in the 70’s before starting out, he was a Harvard University dropout. The most ironic part is that, he started a software company (that was soon to become Microsoft) by purchasing the software technology from “someone” for only $US50 back then.

2. Abraham Lincoln, received no more than 5 years of formal education throughout his lifetime. When he grew up, he joined politics and had 12 major failures before he was elected the 16th President of the United States of America.

3. Isaac Newton was the greatest English mathematician of his generation. His work on optics and gravitation made him one of the greatest scientists the world has even known. Many thought that Isaac was born a genius, but he wasn’t! When he was young, he did very poorly in grade school, so poor that his teachers became clueless in improving his grades.

4. Ludwig van Beethoven, a German composer of classical music, is widely regarded as one of history’s supreme composers. His reputation has inspired – and in many cases intimidated – composers, musicians, and audiences who were to come after him. Before the start of his career, Beethoven’s music teacher once said of him “as a composer, he is hopeless”. And during his career, he lost his hearing yet he managed to produce great music – a deaf man composing music, ironic isn’t!

5. Thomas Edison who developed many devices which greatly influenced life in the 20th century. Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,093 U.S patents to his name. When he was a boy his teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything. When he set out on his own, he tried more than 9,000 experiments before he created the first successful light bulb.

6. The Woolworth Company was a retail company that was one of the original five-and-ten-cent stores. The first Woolworth’s store was founded in 1878 by Frank Winfield Woolworth and soon grew to become one of the largest retail chains in the world in the 20th century. Before starting his own business, Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he was 21. But his employer would not let him serve any customer because he concluded that Frank “didn’t have enough common sense to serve the customers”.

7. By acclamation, Michael Jordon is the greatest basketball player of all time. A phenomenal athlete with a unique combination of grace, speed, power, artistry, improvisational ability and an unquenchable competitive desire. Jordan single-handedly redefined the NBA superstar. Before joining NBA, Jordan was just an ordinary person, so ordinary that was cut from high school basketball team because of his “lack of skill”.

8. Walter Disney was American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator. One of the most well-known motion picture producers in the world, Disney founded a production company. The corporation, now known as The Walt Disney company, makes average revenue of US $30 billion annually. Disney started his own business from his home garage and his very first cartoon production went bankrupt. During his first press conference, a newspaper editor ridiculed Walt Disney because he had no good ideas in film production.

9. Winston Churchill failed the 6th grade. However, that never stopped him to work harder! He strived and eventually became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Churchill is generally regarded as one of the most important leaders in Britain and world history. In a poll conducted by the BBC in 2002 to identify the “100 Greatest Britons”, participants voted Churchill as the most important of all.

10. Steven Spielberg is an American film director. He has won 3 Academy Awards an ranks among the most successful filmmakers in history. Most of all, Steven was recognized as the financially most successful motion picture director of all time. During his childhood, Spielberg dropped out of junior high school. He was persuaded to come back and was placed in a learning-disabled class. He only lasted a month and then dropped out of school forever.

11. Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist widely regarded as the most important scientist of the 20th century. He was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect in 1905 and “for his services to Theoretical Physics”. However, when Einstein was young, his parents thought he was mentally retarded. His grades in school were so poor that a teacher asked him to quit, saying, “Einstein, you will never amount to anything!”

12. In 1947, one year into her contract, Marilyn Monroe was dropped by 20th Century-Fox because her producer thought she was unattractive and cannot act. That didn’t deter her at all! She kept on going and eventually she was recognized by the public as the 20th century’s most famous movie star, sex symbol and pop icon.

13. John Grisham‘s first novel was rejected by sixteen agents and twelve publishing houses. He went on writing and writing until he became best known as a novelist and author for his works of modern legal drama. The media has coined him as one of the best novel authors even alive in the 21st century.

14. Henry Ford‘s first two automobile companies failed. That did not stop him from incorporating Ford Motor Company and being the first to apply assembly line manufacturing to the production of affordable automobiles in the world. He not only revolutionized industrial production in the United States and Europe, but also had such influence over the 20th century economy and society. His combination of mass production, high wages and low prices to consumers has initiated a management school known as “Fordism”. He became one of the three most famous and richest men in the world during his time.

15. Soichiro Honda was turned down by Toyota Motor Corporation during a job interview as “engineer” after World War Two. He continued to be jobless until his neighbors starting buying his “home-made scooters”. Subsequently, he set out on his own to start his own company. Honda. Today, the Company has grown to become the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer and one of the most profitable automakers – beating giant automaker such as GM and Chrysler. With a global network of 437 subsidiaries, Honda develops, manufactures, and markets a wide variety of products ranging from small general-purpose engines and scooters to specialty sports cars.

16. Akio Morita, founder of giant electric household products, Sony Corporation, first product was an electric rice cooker, only sold 100 cookers (because it burned rice rather than cooking). Today, Sony is generating US$66 billion in revenue and ranked as the world’s 6th largest electronic and electrical company.


Prediction of Sudden Gains and Unexpected Prosperity in Astrology

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

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

Factors responsible for sudden and expected gains in astrology

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

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

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

· 7th house: business travels

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

·9th house: easy gains, fate

· 11th house: accumulated wealth, fluctuating money gains

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

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

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

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

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

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

· Saturn: Sudden money

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

Different combinations for sudden prosperity

· Sudden and unexpected gains are noticed whenever 2nd, 7th and 11th lords posited in ascendant and aspected by Jupiter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Different modes responsible for sudden gain in life:

Lottery and Gambling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Underground or hidden treasures beneath or buried in the soil

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

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

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

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

Shares and speculations

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

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

· Ascendant’s lord, Moon, Sun and are being in benefic aspects

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

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

Unexpected inheritance

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

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

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

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





Tie Colors – What Does it Mean by Wearing Certain Colored Ties?

Neckwear is associated with business, special occasions and sophistication. Skimping on a quality tie or wearing an out-of-style tie can send the wrong message at an important time, so too can the color of the tie.

What message am I projecting by wearing this colored tie? Here are some basic colors worn, and the message they project:

Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. By wearing a red tie it means I am a fighter. I will not give up or give in. I mean what I say and say what I mean. I am energetic and take the initiative. Watch out, I am ready for all!

Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness. By wearing a soft pink or mid pink tie it means you accept equality and you want to work together. It also means that you want to develop strong working relationships. By wearing a darker shade of pink it means you are romantic. Pink ties are great for dates! A lady always loves a man who is “man” enough to wear pink!!!!

Chocolate/ Brown- Brown is an earthy color and means you are well grounded (grounded to the earth). By wearing a brown tie it means I am a thinker. I will take everything in and make a decision later. Do not underestimate me. I have the time to do things right. I am no one’s fool.

Shades of Blue- Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.

Royal Blue- By wearing a Royal blue colored tie it means let’s work together. Let’s cooperate. Let’s work things out. I am ready to compromise if it will be constructive. Blue is always a great choice for job interviews.

Light Blue/ Dusty Blue- By wearing a light blue/ Dusty blue colored tie it means follow me and my dream. I will lead you in the right direction. I have hope in the future and you will too, listen to my message.

Dark Blue/ Navy- By wearing a dark/navy blue colored tie it means I am not in the mood for foolishness. Be serious when you are around me. Do not waste my time.

Yellow/ Lemon/ Gold – Yellow is the color of sunshine. It’s associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy. By wearing a yellow tie it means I am a positive person and full of energy. I am not a quitter and I will finish what I started. I am also an intelligent person.

Purple/ Lilac – Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic. By wearing a purple or lilac tie it means I am a good teacher. I know what you need to know and will impart that information to you. Learn from my independence and creativity.

Green/ Lime/ Aqua- Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money. By wearing a lighter shade of green or lime it means I am harmonious. I want to resolve conflict to work effectively. By wearing a darker shade of green it means I am ambitious and I want to succeed.

White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection. By wearing a white tie it means I want to purify my thoughts and actions to make way for a fresh beginning. White is perfect for weddings and special occasions.

Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery. Black denotes strength and authority; it is considered to be a very formal, elegant, and prestigious color (black tie, black Mercedes). Black is also the symbol of grief. By wearing black tie it means you are ready for a formal occasion. It also means I am ready for the unknown and I am opening the door to mystery.

Silver/ Grey are lighter shades of black and have similar meanings to black but to a lesser extent. By wearing a silver/ grey tie it also means you are ready for a formal occasion and you are a powerful person.

Color Combinations – Design of Ties

Not everyone is consciously sending you messages by wearing ties.

World leaders and movers and shakers who are filmed by the press and are in the news know they must make statements.

The guy next to you at work may not have the same idea.

The color combinations and tie designs however are chosen by people in an unconscious manner. When they wear them however, they have made some choice. If their color combinations are predominantly in any of the colors above, they are making the same statements, or appropriately so.

Consider the color of the guy’s tie (predominant) and design. If they are confusing, he may be confused. If they are vibrant and a particular color you may be able to pick what message they are sending.

Take time think about what message you are sending when you choose your next tie. There is a very strong message to make in the language of the ties.


Ways To Change A Room

Every time every room in your home will grow old and will need a change. If your rooms have gotten to this point you might be looking for ways to breath fresh life back into them. If so you should keep reading and learning a few ideas that you can use to change your rooms look.

One way to change a room in a dramatic way is to change the plain old baseboards. You might have never considered the baseboards before but they do add much to the style of room. Most homes however have very plain and simple baseboards put there by the builder. Add a larger and more detailed baseboard and you will notice a big change. Another tip is to update your doors. If you have older doors or ones that are plain you could consider adding some with more detail A panel door for example can make a huge difference over a float one. The last idea I have for you in this article is to change your furniture. If your furniture is dated and old you will reap huge rewards by changing it. No matter how modern you make your room, if you fill it with 1970's furniture it will look old. Choose a new living room set or bedroom set and then decorate the room to match. You will love the new look and the furniture will probably be more comfortable as well.

I hope you have gotten at least one good idea from this article. Interior design and decorating is something that takes a lot of attention to detail and there are many ways for you to go. If you feel overwhelmed you should contact your local home decorator. They might be surprisingly affordable and will make the process so easy. Good luck creating your new room.


Money Saving Tips Including Your Office Furniture and Office Cupboard

Renting Office Furniture and Your Office Cupboard

Within the current tough economic situation and the recession, more and more businesses are looking for ways to save money and cut back on expenditure. One way of doing this is renting furniture which includes your office desks, office chairs and office cupboard. This has been an increasingly popular choice for business owners with a limited budget. There are also many advantages of this option as long as certain measures are put into place beforehand. If you have thought about renting furniture in your office space, its important to keep these tips in hand.

What to remember

Renting furniture can be a viable option for many businesses and most especially those that are new to the market and just starting up. There are many things to consider when starting a company, and even with careful planning, things can go over budget sometimes. One effective way is to cut back and stay within your means by looking at rental furniture rather than having to buy over priced brand new furniture, or shabby second hand furniture. Many items will be required also including office desks, office chairs and of course not to forget the office cupboard. Looking at what items you need is a good place to start, rather than flicking through a furniture brochure, decide what items you need first. This way you are more likely to stick to requirements and stay within budget when picking your office desks, office chairs and office cupboard.

What else to think of when considering renting office furniture, office cupboards and more

It's a good idea to consult with your employees what furniture will be needed when choosing. This is to make sure everyone in the office feels guaranteed. This could range from computer desks, office chairs, a boardroom table and even an office cupboard. It's important to also think about how much light is available within your office and if additional lighting may be needed to be bought. Once you have made a list of all you need it's a good idea to think of the style you would like to go for. Rental companies that specialize in office furniture will be able to provide you with an extensive array of furniture in different styles to choose from, from contemporary to minimal. Your office furniture, office cupboard , office lighting and more should all be provided by a rental company.


Designing Office Space – For Comfort

In recent articles that I have written I spent a large amount of time discussing how to search for the perfect office chair. However, in this article I will be looking at how to decide on how your office works should be laid out so that this will help to promote a more ergonomic and comfortable position for you to work in. Remember a large part of your day in the office is spent sat at your desk.

When selecting the furniture that you are to use in your office you need to consider what type of furniture you require and will it be able to withstand the rigors of the daily demands of your work routine. Also you need to ensure that the furniture is as comfortable and ergonomically designed as possible.

By following the points listed below this should help to ensure that the office furniture you choose will meet all criteria of your day to day routine.

Firstly, let's look at the desk. The first question you need to ask yourself is how much time will I be spending at it and how will I be using it.

In most office's now days the desk is used to hold either a personal computer or a laptop on it. Ensure that your desk has enough space for your computer to be in a comfortable position and that there is enough space for you to carry out any other tasks that may be required of you. If possible make sure that all wiring can be tidied away neatly, many desks come with holes etc for wiring etc., to be put through and away from the work environment.

Also when choosing your desk you must remember that it must provide you with ample space for you legs to be able to move freely and you will find that the standard height of most desks from the surface to the floor is usually from 29 to 30 inches.

You now need to look at what style of desk; this will also depend on your work routine during the day. For example if you only have a small workspace to work inside and would like everything you require during the day close to hand then you may decide on an L shape desk.

However, if you require more space and find yourself with work strewn all over the place then a U shaped desk may be the ideal solution. The one disadvantage with this type of desk is that it can be slightly more expensive than an L shape one.

Another type of desk you could look at if space is limited is the normal compact one where the screen is sat on the top shelf and the keyboard is on a retractable unit with the base unit being placed underneath.

So the best way of deciding which type of furniture is right for you there are a number of factors you need to consider.

1. Budget

2. The type of work that you will be carrying out on a daily basis.

3. Ensuring that the space is comfortable and ergonomic to your needs.

I hope this has provided you with some ideas on what to choose when looking at either building or refurbishing an office space in the future.


Child Bed: Purchasing Quality Furniture That Will Last Through Your Child

Buying a child bed can be expensive, especially when they will outgrow it long before they can wear it out. Of course, there are those that will wear out their bed quickly too. It is possible to find a bed that provides you with all that you need; including the ability to withstand all that your child can throw at it as well as last you as long as your child lives in your home. How can you find these qualities in a child bed?

Start With Quality

One of the most important things about any type of furniture you purchase is its quality. Today, many types of furniture are mass produced. That means that machines put them together with little to not supervision by the quality control human being. Now, that does help to lower the price, but you still need to know the tell tale signs of a piece that is not worth your dollar and a piece that is well worth it. Here are some things to look for.

· Quality of the wood. You need to purchase a type of wood that is dependable and strong. You should make sure that the pieces are solid and that they are not ply board. If you purchase wood that is thick it also is heavy duty and durable to all that your child can put into it. You will also find the beauty to be beneficial too.

· Craftsmanship. Take a look at how the pieces are fitted together. Do they simply glue together? If they are together together, that is somewhat better. But, for true quality, look for pieces that interlock together. That makes them much stronger.

· Support. What type of bed frame are you purchasing? If it is metal, insure that it is durable and can take the pressure of a full grown person. If not, it may not be able to withstand a child jumping on it.

Function Counts Too

One way to get a child bed to actually last through most of his life in your home is to purchase one that grows with the child. These are becoming more readily available each year. They are simply beds that move from being a crib into a child bed, and finally will end in a twin sized bed. You just need to supply the proper mattress for it. Instead of having to continuously purchase a new bed every time your child grows a few inches, you can save the money and instead get a bed that is durable and long lasting.

When you combine the functions of quality and function in a child bed, you get a tool that will last a long time. Now, there is no doubt that purchasing inexpensive products will be great for the budget, but if the quality is not there, you will need to replace them, without a few years at most. Instead, look for a quality piece now, when you are doing it for the first time, so you can forget about investing in it for a long time.


The Massaging Chair – The Best Home Furniture

The massaging chair has become available because of the evolution of our technology. The convenience which it gives at such a low cost is something which we can not avoid in our present civilization. Not only are they affordable, but they are really a great investment for a great range of benefits. These are but some of the causes why it is very beneficial if we took our own massage chair.

The massaging chair has become an adopted need for a lot of of us. Just like the mobile phone, we almost can not visualize life without it anymore. After a hard day at work, sitting by the television system with our favorite drink is no more a complete daily routine. We would need our day-to-day rub down in order to soothe us of stress.

The massaging chair can give us this but without the mechanical burden of a manual massage. We only have to plug and play the chair, and we will get a perpetual rub down which will never wane from its pressure. It will also not tire down and will enable us to experience our favored moves for as long as we want. We would also be capable to do this at our own solitude, out of the prying eyes of other individuals.

So what would be the best massage chair for us? It would be good to scout for massage chairs for sale in our market. These products have become so rife that they can be found at any department store. They usually come with a free trial session which will enable you to determine if a particular chair will suit your individual needs.

The massage chairs for sale in the market come in numerous configurations and with specific uses. There are chairs which give a specific character of massage such as Shiatsu or Japanese traditional massages. There are also chairs which are portable or which are meant to stay in a fixed place in your home interior. Whatever the case, we must get the particular chair which will be optimal for our particular needs.

A distinguished discovery with massage chairs is the zero gravity massage chair. It is called such because it really emulates a zero gravity environment where you feel that you are almost floating in air. This means that a lot of pressure is reduced from your back as attested to by the cloudy feeling which you are experiencing. This discourse if very significant for people who are experiencing back pain.


Easy Mistakes To Make When Decorating a Restaurant: From Restaurant Furniture to Music

Decorating a restaurant isn’t always easy, especially if you’ve never done so before. It doesn’t have to be a trial, but keep in mind that there are plenty of mistakes to be made. Here are the top three to avoid.

1. Lack of ambiance. Music, lighting, temperature — just the general atmosphere of your restaurant is incredibly important. You want it to be a place people enjoying spending time. The food could be the best they’ve ever had, but if they feel uncomfortable in the place they’re eating it, chances are they’ll trade for slightly less quality food at a restaurant they love being in. Do not, under any circumstances use fluorescent lighting. Make sure the place is well-lit enough that the patrons will be able to see what they’re eating — and each other — but not so bright they feel like they’re in a hospital food court. Keep the music light, nothing that will overpower people’s conversations. Adjust the heat or air conditioning accordingly to the weather.

2. Cheap and tacky restaurant furniture. There’s nothing chic about chintzy restaurant tables and chairs. Even if the food isn’t expensive, no one wants to feel like they’re eating at a cheap place. Don’t settle for less than the best when you choose restaurant furniture — it needs to be comfortable and well-made. Go for cushioned seats with armrests, and for the bar, stools with padding. Don’t have the same seating all over — make sure everything matches, especially at each table, but having a variety of chairs throughout the restaurant is an easy way to add flair to its look. Regular chairs, booths and a bar with stools are the most common combinations. If any damages to the restaurant furniture occur, have them taken care of immediately —a tear with stuffing sticking out is unacceptable.

3. If you’re buying or renting an old space that has been occupied by other owners, remove all traces of whatever was there before. You need to create a distinguished look for your restaurant, one that you choose and maintain, otherwise people will come in, look around and realize, "This used to be a Burger King." Whether subconsciously or otherwise, people are more likely to enjoy a place if they think it will be around for a while. When trying out a new restaurant, people thrive on the possibility that it might become a place they can go often and rely on to have a good time at. For a more low-key place, put up tasteful, understated artwork that won’t overpower the general look. If you’re going for a wacky theme restaurant, you can get away with not holding back with the decor, but keep in mind that whatever kind of decor you go with is going to attract a certain crowd.

If you’re targeting a particular group, decorate accordingly.


Part 1: How to Clean and Refinish Solid Wood Furniture

There's just something about wood. The textures, the colors, the natural beauty that makes it a perfect choice for home furnishings. In fact, there's a renewed appreciation for wood as a natural resource and as a result, more and more people want to restore rather than discard their used but still serviceable furniture. In part 1 of this 4 part series I explain how to go about cleaning your solid wood furniture in preparation for refinishing.

Before You Start

Before starting the process, let me point out a couple of housekeeping items that you'll want to keep in mind. First, it's best to put a square of plastic or tarp underneath the piece of furniture that you'll be working on. Additionally, the room should be well ventilated and for obvious reasons, you should not be wearing your best clothes.

You'll also want to be working in an area with good light. In front of a window is ideal during the daytime because then you'll have an oblique source of light off the surface that you are refinishing. Photographic light does the job as well … something that allows you to see the surface and examine it for defects.

The Cleaning Process

The two main tools we'll use during the cleaning process are a citrus based solvent and the slightly abrasive Scotch-Brite domestic cleaning pad. The key ingredient in citrus based solvent is delemonine; a compound made from the skins of oranges and lemons. I recommend that you use a block of some type to hold the Scotch-Brite pad. Wrapping the pad around a small wood block for example will make it easier to work with. You can also find purpose designed rubber blocks at most good hardware stores.

The first step in the process is to spray a light film of solvent over the area to be cleaned. Then use the Scotch-Brite block to rub back and forth with the grain in long strokes. This can be done at quite a leisurely pace since you want to give the solvent time to work. Any larger articles of dirt or grime attached to the surface that are not removed during this process can be effectively dislodged with the edge of a credit card and then refinished with the pad.

Next, clean off the residue of the solvent with a paper towel. Take note of how dirty the paper towel gets. A very dirty towel indicates that the surface is not yet clean, in which case you should dry the surface and repeat the exercise. Continue doing this until the residue on the paper towel is actually just the color of the solvent.

The final step in the cleaning process is rub the surface with a dry Scotch-Brite pad. Again, use long even strokes to rub with the grain to produce an sheen over the whole surface. This prepares the surface for the next step, re-oiling. Before moving on to that stage however, allow time for any remanents of the citrus solvent to evaporate.


Home Office Furniture, II

No commuting, no fixed times, no office politics– working from home is everyone's dream. But the reality of working long hours in the same surroundings makes an inviting workplace essential. An unwelcoming room makes it hard to generate enthusiasm for work, so think about what you would like in your home office as well as what you need; after all, you are the boss.

Technology is what makes working at home a possibility, but as the list of must-have equipment grows, so does the pressure on living space.

If you have a study, the problem is solved, but if you have to adapt space elsewhere, consider all the implications. Before you opt for the obvious – a spare bedroom, say – try to visualize yourself. Will it be a welcome retreat or will you feel shut off? If so, is there a more central place where you could – work a conservatory or a dining room? Or would you prefer to sit with a laptop and cordless phone where the mood takes you, keeping the printer in a cupboard or under the stairs?

It's difficult to think of any business that does not need a computer, for accounts and data if nothing else. Unless you opt for a laptop, which is not ideal for full-time use, you will need a monitor, hard disk, keyboard, printer and possibly a scanner for sending images electronically. There is an ever-increasing range of clever workstations specifically designed for home use, which can store all the components of your computer. Try one out before you buy it, to make sure there really is enough room to use the keyboard and that the computer is at a comfortable height.


Inexpensive Bedroom Furniture for the Contemporary Look

If cost is holding you back from purchasing new bedroom furniture, there are alternatives out there that will let you update your look without putting you in the poorhouse. Even as the Swedish company with the blue and gold logo has made knock-down, or ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture much more commonplace, there is still a negative connotation attached to furniture made with engineered wood that is very undeserving. In fact, there are a few advantages that RTA furniture has over solid and all-wood furniture that many out there do not know about.

Perhaps the main advantage RTA furniture has over solid wood furniture is that it is actually stronger. Particleboard with a thin veneer on each side can hold more weight and take more abuse than most solid wood boards. In addition, solid wood has the propensity to warp and crack over time due to changes in humidity and moisture entering small cracks and openings. Engineered wood is almost completely impenetrable and does not have the natural cracks and pores solid wood has. If taken care of, RTA furniture actually has properties that give it a longer life span than solid wood furniture.

If you're going for a contemporary look in your bedroom, RTA furniture is the ideal choice for you. Modern designs are simple and sleek, with solid tones that are often void of wood grains completely. Dark hues like espresso and jet black are very popular in contemporary bedroom furniture right now. What's the use of hiding a beautiful oak bedroom set under a coat of black paint? RTA furniture gives you the finish and look you want for a fraction of the price.

And of course, price is always a concern; at least it is for most of us. If taken care of properly, your RTA bedroom set can last for as long as you want it to. If you like to update the look in your bedroom every so often and prefer to keep up with trends, RTA furniture is perfect for you. You do not have to invest a huge chunk of money and pray you do not grow tired of it like you do with solid wood furniture. With the minimal cost of RTA furniture, updating your bedroom furniture every year or two is viable option.


How To Make The Most Out Of Your Boring Office Furniture

Modular office furniture is designed to offer flexibility when moving it and adaptability when it comes to expansion and extensions. There are many different types of modular furniture ranging from cubicles, desks, chairs, wall unit and many more. The modular designs can be easily dismounted and reassembled for ease of movement from one office to the next office apartment. The modular furniture can also be extended easily as they are designed with a geometric nature to enable extensions such as increasing the number of work stations in an office.

These days, more people are working out of their homes and therefore designing Garden Offices. When a person considers a garden office, they must consider the furniture that will be used. There are many different kinds of office furniture to choose from. Some of the options are ergonomic units or modular furniture. The choice will absolutely depend on their individual preference and taste. There might be a space limitation with a garden office, so combining ergonomic office furniture and modular furniture may be a good option.

Modular desks are made of ply or soft woods and plastic panels and have different shapes and sizes. The desks are designed in a geometric way so that they can easily be joined to the next desk or desks of a similar design or even different design. There are so many designs when it comes to office desks such as the Embassy Bordeaux, Willow Creek, Boss Basic and many more types. The modular furniture has simple and unique designs and they can easily be assembled and dismantled, making transportation of the desks easy and convenient. The desk can also be arranged in such a way as to take advantage of limited office space. They can be arranged as workstations as well as standalone modules.

The modular cubicles are some of the most used modular office furniture. They have gained in popularity given that you can have many workstations in a limited office space. The cubicles are well designed so that two, four, six or even eight workstations can use the limited office space. The workstations are designed in such a way that the computers can be easily networked. The documents can easily be passed from one work station to the next. The cubicles can also have some privacy, with the partitioning board being high such that one can not see the person on the opposite side. Ergonomic office furniture is made in a manner that reduces stress from bending or leaving These kinds of unites are designed so that different functions like a dentist's chair, executive's chair, or secretary's chair each have different designs depending on the user. Ergonomic desks are designed in a way that various users can comfortably work at their jobs. The desks for a computer operator, draftsman, or electrician are designed with their mandatory requirements in mind.

Modular office furniture has grown in popularity giving the various business advantages. The modular units are easy to assemble, dismantle or transport. The modular units can easily be adapted with many work stations using limited office space. The ergonomic office furniture is popular as the different users can work comfortably with furniture designed for their specific professional requirements.


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