Archive for March, 2011

Types of Coffee

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The types of coffee available can sometimes be confusing, but this article is dedicated to making things simpler the next time you stroll into your local coffee shop. In conjunction with this article, I also suggest you use Starbucks coffee coupons in order to maximize your savings.

  • Espresso – When hot water under pressure is forced through finely ground coffee beans, the result is this powerful drink that’s usually served in measurements of one to two ounces.
  • Caffe Latte – An espresso coffee with the addition of steamed milk and often a cap of foam added. Known as Café con leche in Spanish coffee shops.
  • Café au lait – The French name for Caffe Latte, although some define it as akin to espresso with standard American coffee used as a substitute.
  • Caffe Mocha – A shot of espresso with enough chocolate syrup to cover the bottom of the cup. Steamed milk is added, as well as a dollop of whipped cream. Cocoa powder is sprinkled on top.
  • Breve – Espresso with the addition of cream (or “half and half”).
  • Iced Espresso – A double shot of espresso poured over crushed ice. Whipped cream is sometimes added.
  • Espresso Macchiato – A small dollop of foamed milk and one shot of espresso are served in a demitasse.
  • Iced Cappuccino – Espresso served over crushed ice with cold milk and milk froth.
  • Cappuccino – A shot of espresso combined with equal parts milk foam and steamed milk.

I don’t know about you, but I was amazed by all the types of coffee available. After researching this piece, I feel as though a whole new world has opened up to me, and I can’t wait to start sampling some of the various options. Of course, I’ll also be armed with plenty of Starbucks coffee coupons.

Written by randy

March 31st, 2011 at 2:26 pm

List of Famous Psychics

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List of Famous Psychics

Psychics have been around for a long time, but some have gained considerably more fame that others. In some cases, famous psychics stretch back for hundreds of years. This list details some of the most well-known psychics, both old and new. If you’d really like to get a glimpse of your future, I suggest giving one of the many psychics in Maine a try.

  • Oracle at Delphi – Established in the 8th century BC, this priestess of Apollo delivered prophecies from the slopes of Mount Parnassus. She was mentioned by writers ranging from Plato and Aristotle to Ovid.
  • Nostradamus – A famous seer who wrote thousands of prophecies about future events. Many credit him with predicting Hitler, the 9/11 attacks, and a number of other important people and occurrences.
  • Daniel Dunglas Home – Rose to prominence in the Victorian period for his ability to speak to the dead and levitate.
  • Sylvia Browne – A famed psychic and spiritual medium who hosts a radio show and has assisted in more than 115 missing persons and murder cases. She has engaged in a long-running feud with magician and skeptic James Randi.
  • John Edward – A well-known psychic medium who also enjoys celebrity status as a television personality. Drew heavy criticism for a show where he communicated with the spirits of those who died on 9/11.
  • Miss Cleo – A shaman and psychic who rose to fame while providing psychic readings over the telephone from 1997 to 2003. While she uses a Jamaican accent, she was born Youree Dell Harris in Los Angeles, California.

There’s little doubt that more famous psychics will crop up in the years to come, although a number of charlatans will also make an appearance. Psychics in Michigan are always a good bet, as they deliver timely advice with a solid bedside manner.

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March 30th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Growing Veggies

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Whether you’re looking for info on something specific, like “how to grow pumpkins in Texas”, or the answer to a more generic gardening question, finding information online about how to grow your own veggies is really easy.

For example, this article on how to grow potatoes in a container is a good place to start if you want to grow your own potatoes in a convenient growing container.

Here are a few more gardening tips, all found with a simple web search, and all available for free online.

How to grow tomatoes indoors

Prepare a good soil mix by combining 9 parts potting soil mix to 1 part worm castings. You can buy both of these at any hardware or gardening supply store, even at some big box retail stores.

Plant your tomato seeds about 1/4 inch into the soil, placing eight tomato seeds per inch. Keep seeds and trays covered for the first few days until you see shoots.

How to grow herbs in the garden

Most herbs need little more than a sunny spot in the garden and very little TLC from their grower.

Any good garden soil is perfect for herbs–if you want to get technical, you can test the pH level and make sure it is between 6 and 7.5 for the best results.

Be sure your soil drains well, as very few herbs like moist ground.

How to grow cucumbers

One of the easiest and most delicious veggies to grow is the cucumber. The perfect summer veggie, cucumbers cool you off and pair well with just about any meal.

Cukes need lots of sunshine and warmth, so don’t try to grow them in shade.

Cukes grow best in well-drained soil, so a raised bed is ideal. 6 inches of raised soil should be plenty to grow the best cucumbers on your block.

Growing veggies is rewarding and can save you a few trips to the grocery store. Follow simple and free advice you find online to grow just about any veggie just about anywhere.

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March 30th, 2011 at 11:40 am

Posted in Gardening

How to Boil Veggies

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It may sound foolish, but knowing how to boil different veggies is an important tool in good cooking. You may think you understand something as simple as boiling water and adding veggies, but there are subtle differences in the ways that different types of veggies should be boiled and prepped.

Here are four sample “how to boil” veggie recipes. Using one of these four methods will usually work for just about any veggie you want to boil.

How to Boil Asparagus

The biggest benefit to boiling asparagus is that you can have a delicious and healthy side-dish ready in no time.

Trim the ends of the asparagus stalks, where the veggie is particularly rough. Then cut them into two-inch pieces.

Place pieces in cool water, add a little sugar and a lot of salt. Let the water come to a boil. Boil for three to four minutes.

How to Boil Potatoes

One of natures most versatile foods, the humble potato is sometimes best if it is boiled first.

Scrub your potatoes and rinse well.

Peel your potatoes and leave them whole.

Cover the potatoes completely with water, and add enough salt to make the water taste salty. Depending on the size of the potatoes, boil from between ten and thirty minutes.

How to Boil Green Beans

Wash your beans and cut off the “tops and tails”. Make sure to cut the pieces into equal pieces.

Prepare boiling, salty water ahead of time. Never add green beans to cold water.

Blanche the beans by adding them to rolling boiling water, boil for two to three minutes.

Remove the beans and cook them any way you like. Sometimes, just adding a little lemon juice after a simple boil is the best way to serve green beans.

How to Boil Greens

“Greens” is a generic word for the green part of root veggies–think mustard greens, turnip greens, and even kale.

Prepare very hot boiling water with tons of salt. Place your greens in the boiling water for three minutes.

Boiling veggies is a simple way to prepare them and leaves them green and crisp rather than soft and mushy.

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March 30th, 2011 at 11:18 am

Posted in Food and Drink

Betting on Roulette

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Roulette is an addictive casino game that seems simple at first but has one of the more complex betting systems in the casino. For most bets, roulette has a house edge of just about 5%, placing it on par with higher-payout slot machines or blackjack played without strategy.

It is possible to win big if you know how to win at roulette. There’s lots of bets that you can make–here’s a crash course in roulette betting.

Row bets are named for the fact that you’re betting on an entire “row” of numbers, across the betting surface. The payout is 11 to 1 if the roulette ball lands on any of the three numbers in your row. This is also called a “street” bet.

Another popular bet with a decent payout is the corner bet, in which your betting chips lay at the intersection of any four numbers. The payout here is 8 to 1 if the roulette ball lands on any of those four numbers that intersect.

Similar to the “street” bet is the sixline bet. Think of this as a “double street” bet. If the little roulette ball lands on any of the numbers on those two streets, you earn a more modest payout of 6 to 1.

Column bets are exactly what they sound like–bets placed on the bottom of any 12 number column on the betting surface. These bets pay out 2 to 1 due to the higher likelihood of winning. This is essentially a bet on 12 numbers at once.

The most popular bets in roulette are “color” bets, meaning you bet on either “red” or “black.” If the ball lands on any red or black number, you win if you bet the correct color. This is the safest bet on the table, and as such it only pays out 1 to 1.

The bet possibilities in roulette are such that you can win as big or as small as you want. Learn roulette bets before you sit down at a roulette wheel and you’ll be on your way to a winning roulette system.

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March 30th, 2011 at 8:02 am

Posted in Gaming

Our Favorite Slot Machines

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Bally Technologies, maybe best known for their SNL and other TV-themed slots, is the creator of our absolute favorite slot machines. Hee Haw Slot Machines are a little dated (most people who remember Hee Haw are in their 40s or older) but still a total blast to play. Reel symbols are just what you’d expect–classic Hee Haw images including the Hee Haw donkey, Buck Owens, and a few farm-themed symbols. A 200 credit bet max is pretty high for most slot gamers, but with a top prize of 500,000 credits, money spent at Hee Haw could turn out to be a great investment.

Another favorite slot machine of ours is Lucky Larry’s Lobstermania. Part of IGT’s “Reel Touch” slots, Lucky Larry’s Lobstermania is quite simply one of the kookiest looking slot machines out there. As much fun to play as it is to say, most of the appeal of Lucky Larry’s is the pure bizarre nature of the slot itself. Sure, the theme is pretty much more of the same, lobster traps, lobsters, fishermen, etc., but a top prize of 50,000 credits on a max bet of 75 is a great draw for slot machine gamers. LLL has three unique bonus games, so you don’t get bored with this slot as quickly as you might with other slot games.

We have to admit we have a guilty pleasure in slot gaming. The new Sex and the City slot machines put out by IGT is stuffed to the gills with bonuses and special features, including some pretty extraneous fashion icons and other SATC-themed images and features. If you can find these games at your local casino, give them a try. A max wager is $6–this is no slot machine for penny gamblers, but five bonus rounds give you a great opportunity for a return on your slot investment.

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March 29th, 2011 at 9:26 am

Posted in Gaming

How to Win at Poker

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Unless you’ve been living inside a rock for the past five years, you know that lots of people are making money playing Internet Poker. It is easier than ever to play poker for money thanks to the appearance of hundreds of online casinos offering poker games. No one is saying that making cash playing poker online is easy, just that the opportunity is out there if you spend a little time working on your poker skills.

Here are three tips to help you win at poker, whether you play online or in a brick and mortar casino.

1. Practice

I’ve spent countless hours at my favorite Merge Poker casino just testing out various strategical moves, trying to get inside the heads of my opponents, and winning some pots here and there. If you want to win money playing poker, you’ll have to spend lots of time in cash games testing your abilities. If you can’t make the time commitment, you won’t be able to win at poker.

2. Understand Bankroll Strategy

This is more simple than it sounds. Basically, you can’t win at poker if you don’t understand the amount of money you have, the amount of money on the table, and the amount you can afford to win and lose. If a fool and his money are soon parted, a fool and his poker bankroll are soon evaporated. Keep a daily diary of your poker sessions and base your future bankroll decisions on this diary.

3. Learn Pot Odds

Essentially, every flop presents three possibilities. Either your hand is totally terrible, you have a strong hand, or you have a drawing hand. Without understand pots and pot odds, you’ll be broke before you can say “bet or raise.”

Winning at poker is a strange combination of math skills and simple human psychology kn0w-how. Following the above tips is a great start to your new career in poker.

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March 27th, 2011 at 10:07 am

Posted in Gaming

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin Movies

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I’ve always enjoyed watching “Stone Cold” Steve Austin in the ring, and so I naturally followed him when he made the transition to the big screen. If you’re unfamiliar with his cinematic efforts, be sure to take a look at this list of Steve Austin movies. Many of these can be found at your local retail stores, and I suggest using Walmart coupons in order to save some money.

The Longest Yard (2005) – Austin has a supporting role as a brutal prison guard in this rambunctious comedy about a former NFL quarterback (Adam Sandler) who’s forced to organize a team of convicts to play football.

The Condemned (2007) – Stone Cold plays an innocent man awaiting execution in a South American prison. Then he finds himself dropped onto an isolated island and forced to battle other inmates from around the globe for the entertainment of an Internet audience. Co-starring UK tough guy Vinnie Jones.

Damage (2009) – After being released from prison, a con (Austin) tries to make things right with the widow of the man he accidentally killed by participating in underground fights.

The Stranger (2010) – An amnesiac (Austin) tries to remember his past while being pursued by the FBI and the Russian mob.

The Expendables (2010) – A group of mercenaries (including Jason Statham and Jet Li) attempt to liberate a South American country. Austin plays one of the bad guys who stands in their way, and there’s a climactic showdown between he and Sylvester Stallone. A real treat for fans of action movies from the ‘80s and ‘90s.

“Stone Cold” likes to drink beer, but I prefer a refreshing Coke whenever I watch movies. So the next time you’re about to enjoy a Steve Austin movie, redeem some Coca Cola coupons and enjoy the savings.

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March 24th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Friday the 13th Movies

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For those who enjoy Friday the 13th movies, I’ve compiled a list of every film currently available. Pop yourself some popcorn (you can save a few bucks by using Orville Redenbacher coupons) and get ready to see countless teenagers sliced and diced.

  • Friday the 13th (1980) – Prior to the re-opening of Camp Crystal Lake, an unseen maniac begins killing off teenagers.
  • Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) – Jason Voorhees takes over the duty of killing anyone who comes near Camp Crystal Lake.
  • Friday the 13th Part III (1982) – Jason kills even more teenagers and dons his famous hockey mask for the first time. Shot in 3D.
  • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) – Jason meets his match in young Tommy Jarvis (Corey Feldman), a kid obsessed with horror and special effects.
  • Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) – A copycat killer matches wits with a traumatized Tommy Jarvis.
  • Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) – Jason is accidentally resurrected and heads straight for Camp Crystal Lake to resume his murderous ways.
  • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) – Jason Voorhees takes on a teenager with telekinetic abilities.
  • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) – Jason hitches a ride on a cruise ship bound for New York City.
  • Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) – When his body is destroyed, Jason must possess various individuals in order to complete an unholy ritual.
  • Jason X (2002) – Set over 400 years in the future, Jason is thawed and goes on an outer space rampage.
  • Freddy vs. Jason (2003) – Jason takes on the wisecracking master of dreams, Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund).
  • Friday the 13th (2009) – A reboot of the series featuring Jason killing more teens while his origin is explored.

I get all my Friday the 13th movies from Netflix. Check them out, as there are Netflix plans to meet any budget.

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March 24th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Halloween Movies on DVD

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If you’re a fan of Michael Myers or slasher movies in general, you’ll want to check out all the Halloween movies on DVD. This list details every film in the series that’s available for the home video market, and I also suggest that you check out Starz Play on Netflix for a streaming alternative.

Halloween (1978) – John Carpenter helped invent the slasher genre and Jamie Lee Curtis made a name for herself as a babysitter stalked by an unstoppable killer in a mask. Donald Pleasence is the dedicated doctor trying to stop the madman.

Halloween II (1981) – Picking up where the first film left off, Michael Myers follows Laurie Strode (Curtis) to the hospital and continues his killing ways.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) – The owner of a toy company plans to kill children on Halloween through the use of special masks. This has nothing to do with the Michael Myers storyline.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) – Michael comes out of a coma and goes after the young daughter (Danielle Harris) of Laurie Strode.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) – Surviving his injuries from the previous film, Michael Myers once again stalks Jamie Lloyd.

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) – An occult angle is introduced in this sequel that stars Paul Rudd in an early role.

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) – Twenty years after the first film, Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode to battle the masked maniac.

Halloween: Resurrection (2002) – Michael returns to Haddonfield to menace a group of young people making a reality show.

Halloween (2007) – A reboot from Rob Zombie, with greater attention paid to the reasons behind Michael’s madness.

Halloween II (2009) – Another film from Rob Zombie, this time taking a look at Laurie’s descent into insanity.

That concludes our look at Halloween movies on DVD. When I’m watching “The Shape” go on a bloody rampage, I like to stuff my face with popcorn and a hot dog or two. For the latter, I recommend tracking down some Oscar Mayer coupons in order to save a few bucks. And be sure to keep an eye out for additional Halloween films, as the lucrative franchise is still alive and well.

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March 24th, 2011 at 6:59 pm