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Top 4 BiOrb Fish Tank Accessories

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Ever since BiOrb fish tanks came out, fish lovers have been clamouring for the latest from the brand, seeking accessories and ornaments for enhancing their BiOrb tanks. BiOrb has in fact come out with various accessories ever since its inception, but some of these stand out above the rest for various reasons. Below are just some of the best accessories available from BiOrb or, at least, the ones that you should not have to think twice about getting.

1. BiOrb Digital Thermometer easily one of the more important items in the list, this thermometer is a must for those who take their fish tanks and fish breeding seriously. More seasoned aquariologists are aware that most fish have ideal temperatures for their habitats, and that these temperatures play a part in determining how healthy the fish are, how long they last, and how well they breed. With this thermometer, you can always keep an eye on the temperature of your fish tank and make sure it is at the right heat (or coolness) for your fish.

2. BiOrb Intelligent LED Light a mere 18mm thick and dependent on only 12 volts of power for operation, this intelligent light is a must-have for those who want to simulate more realistic settings for their fish by providing them with full light cycles. The LED light, once set, automatically goes through a cycle involving sunrise, day, sunset, and night stages. For those whose fish do not depend on only one stage of the typical light cycle in a day, this is an excellent accessory to the tank.

3. BiOrb Algae Cleaner touted by BiOrb as a cleaner you can use for all your small fish tanks, even the non-BiOrb ones, this cleaners blades make use of a unique design that mean it removes algae in sheets instead of in clouds, as is traditionally done by most algae cleaners. This can simplify aquarium maintenance quite impressively.

4. BiOrb Bubble Tube Guard a ridiculous product, some people might say, but long-time fish-keepers would know better. Fish tend to find their way into the strangest locations, including the bubble tubes in aquaria, so BiOrb has come out with a prevention for at least that possibility. With the BiOrb Bubble Tube Guard, you are assured that your fish shall not be sneaking into your bubble tube and sabotaging themselves, even while ensuring that your bubbles keep going.

Written by chamiers

September 7th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Posted in Fishing

Homemade Gorilla Suit Costumes

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Gorilla suit costumes are a classic, and it doesn’t matter what you’re dressing up for. A gorilla suit costume is just as appropriate at a science fiction convention as it is at a Halloween party. And new versions of the classic gorilla costume look more realistic than ever.

Making your own gorilla suit costume can be a challenge, but it can be a fun way to spend some time with one of your kids, and it can save you a little bit of money. If you’re handy and like doing craft type stuff, give making your own gorilla suit for Halloween a try.

Your gorilla suit will need arms and a torso, as well as pants. I recommend sweatshirts and sweatpants, in black or gray. You can then attach the fur to the appropriate places on the costume. Get yourself a cool gorilla mask to top it off with, and you’ve got a homemade gorilla costume that can’t be beat.

If you really want to have some fun with a gorilla suit, try emulating some of the early Planet of the Apes movies to see if anyone is nostalgic enough to remember the films and make the connection. If you’ve got some buddies who are also science fiction geeks, you could even have someone dress as Charlton Heston from the movie. If someone is creative and artistic, you could set up your own Statue of Liberty prop so that you can re-enact the end of the original movie. That will really drive the crowd wild.

Collecting Spawn Comic Books

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I’ve been collecting Spawn comic books for years now. I’ll admit that they’re a guilty pleasure, especially the early issues. But something about the intensity of Todd McFarlane’s artwork kept me coming back for more, and I’ve collected Spawn ever since.

1992 was a good year for a lot of things. I was 22 years old, for one thing, so I had a great sex drive. I still had most of my hair, and even though I didn’t have a six pack, I wasn’t fat. And the first issue of Spawn arrived.

Comic book speculation was rampant in the early 1990’s. Comic book publishers would regularly publish five different version of a single comic book, with the only difference being an alternate cover on each version. Speculators drove prices higher than anyone would have believed. It all came crashing down eventually, and now the comic book market is about 10% of the size it was then.

Since so many copies of Spawn were published, they’re readily available. Comic book prices are made up of the following factors: scarcity, condition, and demand. If something is rare, it’s more valuable. Unless no one wants a copy of it. (That’s the demand aspect of comic book values.) Condition is the other important consideration, and comic book collectors are notoriously fussy about the conditions of their collectibles.

Since so many copies of Spawn were published, Spawn comic book prices are pretty reasonable. You can get a copy of the first issue for just $5 in near mint condition. Other issues in the series are even less expensive. Some gimmick issues might be worth a little bit more, like the David Finch illustrated version of #200, but even that is only worth $60. Collecting Spawn comics is an affordable pastime compared to collecting other comic book titles. You can learn more about Spawn at this Spawn fan site.

Written by randy

August 17th, 2011 at 11:52 am

Flowers Named after Famous People

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Flowers Named after Famous People

Whether you’re trying to learn how to become a florist or you just possess a keen interest in nature, this list of flowers named after famous people should both amuse and delight you. The name of each flower is listed, along with a brief description and basic information.

  • Abraham Lincoln – Four different types of roses have been named after this famous American president: “President Lincoln,“ “Souvenir du President,“ “Mr. Lincoln,“ and Honest Abe.” The first two on the list are hybrid teas, while the second two are miniature moss roses.
  • Amelia Earhart – The famous pilot inspired the name for this creamed blush pink hybrid tea rose.
  • Audrey Hepburn – With large flowers and a light pink color, this hybrid tea rose is named after the famous actress.
  • Barbra Streisand – The actress, singer, and all-around entertainer has a lavender and mauve hybrid tea rose named after her.
  • Betty Boop – Known to grow well in all climates, this big-bloomed red floribunda rose was created by Tom Carruth in 1999 and named after the popular cartoon character.
  • Betty White – The veteran actress and comic has a blush pink hybrid tea rose named after her.
  • Bing Crosby – This dark orange hybrid tea rose is named for the legendary actor and singer.
  • Bob Hope – Since Bing Crosby has one, it’s only appropriate that his movie partner warrants a medium red hybrid tea rose.
  • Cary Grant – One of the all-time greats in cinema, Cary Grant inspired an orange blend hybrid tea rose with brilliant colors.
  • Dolly Parton – With blooms that range from orange to red, this fragrant hybrid tea rose can grow to five feet tall and blooms twice in season. It’s named after the country singer and actress known for her busty figure.
  • George Burns – This cigar-smoking comic lived to be 100, and his lengthy career inspired this yellow blend floribunda rose.
  • Henry Fonda – With a strong resistance to diseases, this yellow rose was named after the Oscar-winning actor and father of Jane and Peter.
  • Judy Garland – The colors on this floribunda rose range from yellow to orange and scarlet. Named after the famous entertainer who portrayed Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
  • Marilyn Monroe – Created in 2002 by Tom Carruth, this hybrid tea rose has a light apricot color and does well in hot weather.
  • Paul McCartney – A member of the legendary Beatles, McCartney served as the inspiration for this medium pink hybrid tea rose.
  • William Shakespeare – The greatest playwright of all time had this deep scarlet modern shrub rose named after him.

If you want to know how to become a florist, you’re going to need to be as familiar as possible with every type of flower. Hopefully, this list has helped you get pointed in the right direction.

Written by randy

April 8th, 2011 at 11:07 am

Posted in Gardening,Hobbies

Micro Stakes Poker Tips

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Micro stakes poker is poker played for very small stakes, usually online. If you’re playing social poker at the kitchen table, like penny ante poker with family members, then you’re probably more concerned with having fun and enjoying yourself than you are with winning strategy. And nothing’s wrong with that. But this post is aimed at people who are considering playing online poker for very low stakes in order to build up their bankroll and maybe move into professional poker play at some point.

The first tip I offer to an aspiring micro stakes poker player is to learn how to focus on taking the correct actions in the short term regardless of the results. It’s almost always correct to raise with pocket aces, for example. If you’re at a micro stakes table where everyone is going to call, which gives you a greater than average chance of losing to a suckout, you should still make the appropriate play. In the long run, you’ll make money making the correct moves.

Since more people are going to be involved in hands at the micro stakes level, some of the drawing hands you get preflop will be more valuable, because you’ll be getting pot odds to play them. 10J suited becomes a much better hand with 5 other players in the pot, because you’re more likely to get a big payoff if the right flop hits.

On the other hand, some plays that work well at higher limits don’t work well at micro stake levels. For example, bluffing in a micro stakes game is almost never the right play to make. Most micro stakes poker players are risking so little money with a call that they’ll call even when they shouldn’t. That makes bluffing a negative expectation move.

The semi-bluff doesn’t work as well at micro stakes poker either. A semi-bluff is when you bet or raise with a hand that probably isn’t the best hand right now, but might be if you hit a good flop. For example, if you have four cards to a straight, you have 8 cards which might improve your hand. You get two ways to win–if everyone folds, you win the pot. And if you hit your outs, then you also win. But in micro stakes poker, the chances of winning a pot uncontested is almost nonexistent.

The key to doing well in micro stakes poker is patience. Wait until you have good cards, and when you get them, bet for value. That’s the winning formula at this level.

Written by randy

March 2nd, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Posted in Gaming,Hobbies

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Recommended Games to Try

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One of the best expenditures you can make in your entertainment budget is a high quality board game or card game. For the cost of a single trip to the movies, you can purchase a game that can provide dozens or even hundreds of hours of enjoyment. In this post, I’m going to suggest five board games that will please even the most finicky of game players.

1. Twilight Struggle – This one is a war game/power struggle game set during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The game takes about three hours to play, and it only supports two players. So if you’re looking for a game that the whole family can enjoy, look at one of the other suggestions. This one’s not good for younger kids either, but teenagers will love it.

2. Puerto Rico – This is my favorite game on the list. When I first heard about it, I thought it would be lame. You play a plantation owner in historical Puerto Rico, and you grow crops like coffee and sugar. But it’s incredibly engaging and fun. You can play this one with as many as five players, but it’s complex enough that it’s probably better for teens and adults than for young children.

3. Agricola – I haven’t tried this one yet, but the box and name remind me a little bit of Puerto Rico, so I’m considering investing in this game next. You play a farmer who has a shack and a wife and not much else. The actions that you can take on your turn are similar to the actions you would take if you owned a farm: building fences and things like that. You can play with up to five players, and like the other games on the list, it’s not for little kids.

4. Through the Ages: The Story of Civilization – This one is a civilization building game, and it’s pretty involved. It takes four hours to finish a game, and it’s best for teens and adults.

5. Power Grid – This one’s a strategy game for up to six players, each of whom is trying to run power plants and supply cities with power using a variety of means to generate electricity. Again, not a good one for little kids, but a fun and exciting game for older kids.

For more suggestions, see this list of popular card games and this list of popular board games.

Written by randy

March 1st, 2011 at 8:51 am

Bollywood Movies

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Bollywood Movies

If you’ve never watched Bollywood movies, you should give one or two of them a try.

“Bollywood” is the term used to describe the Hindi film industry based out of the Indian economic and financial hub city, Mumbai, though you might know it better as Bombay. The term is used wrongly by westerners to refer to the entire Indian movie industry, though India is a country with so many different sub-cultures and languages, that it truly only refers Hindi-speaking productions.

Bollywood Film Characteristics

These films tend to be musicals filled with catchy musical numbers, as well as song-and-dance routines. For American lovers of musical cinema, it’s worth it to see if your love of the genre translates to another language and transcends cultural boundaries.

Other conventions in Bollywood cinema includes comedy aspects, love triangles and romance, lots of melodrama, and thrilling sequences. Hindis call them “masala”, or mixture of spices, because these productions tend to mix action, romance, and comedy in one storyline. Indians expect to get their money’s worth when they go to the public theater, and that’s what Bollywood stories give them.

North American movie buffs who don’t mind mixed genres or 3-hour extravaganzas should take a look at a few Bollywood DVDs or blu rays. One other note: you’ll find these Bollywood producers tend to borrow heavily from popular American movies and successful foreign films. For instance, imagine the Hindi knock-off of Reservoir Dogs, but with musical numbers and dancing.

Written by randy

December 23rd, 2010 at 8:07 am

How to Make a Pinata?

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A pinata is a formation of wet glue paper which is used to cover over the body of the pinata. It is usually made with bright colours and used during the time of a Mexican fete, as an important part of the country’s culture and public festivity. It is said that pinatas originally came from China and was taken to the western world by Marco Polo. Traditionally Pinatas were made in the form of a six-pointed star filled with fruits, confectionery, and miniature toys but presently they are created in a variety of types, shapes and sizes, including animals, plants, and flowers. At the festivals, the pinatas are placed in the ceiling and kids who have their eyes covered, take turns to swing at the pinatas. When the pinata is slapped hard enough, then it finally splits and discard the candy and toys that it contained. By reading this piece you can really understand how to make your own pinata at home.

How to Make a Pinata

Things you will need:

A pot

2 cups of flour

1 balloon

3 cups of butter

Newspaper

Markers, crayons or paint

String

Colored crepe paper

Instructions are as follows:

1. First you need to inflate the large balloon and tie the ends with a string. The balloon will outline the cimple body of the pinata.

2. Create a paste for the papier-mâché with the flour and water collectively into a container, until it forms a smooth texture. You can cook up the flour and water to get a more efficient paste.

3. Take the scissors and cut the newspaper into a set of long 1 inch thick strips and put it into the paste mixture. Then cautiously put the strips onto the balloon until it is covered, leaving a opening at the top. Now put it away and let the balloon to dry.

4. Then take some extra newspaper dipped in the paste and place another layer of newspaper over the balloon and let dry.

5. Then repeat this process with one more coating, and leave a hole at the top. When the paste is dry, pop it and take out the balloon.

6. Now you can paint and beautify your pinata with different designs and colors. You can also hang colored crepe paper on each side and base area.

7. Punch two small gap into the top close to the hole and use a large length of string to put inside each hole and fill the pinata (through the hole you left at the top) with candy, toys, or any other fun treats. You can also load it with strips of newspaper so the treats are not all in one area.

8. Once it is completed, join your pinata in the ceiling with the string and now you can start to hit the pinata.

Tips and Warnings

* When you are making a pinata, use your imagination and try to be as innovative as you possibly can. Design your pinata into any shape you desire like an animal, flower, etc. You can also use thick colored paper filled with crushed up newspaper and paste or tape it to apply any details to your simple pinata frame.

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Learn Crochet Stitches

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Crochet is a procedure whereby cloth is made by using thread or yarn and a hook. Crochet is alike knitting as the two procedures involve drawing loops of yarn through other loops. The only difference is that only one loop is active at one time and a crochet hook is used rather than needles. Crochet has been around for years and numerous designs are made by trial over the years. Today crochet is used to make items of clothing, blankets, scarves, decoration in the home and even bikinis. Unlike knitting stitches, crochet is only produced manually.

Crochet Stiches

Crochet is very simple to learn and there are many differences in addition to the main methods. These stitches are built on string of loops called chains. The stitches can be worked alone or together to make designs. The basic stitches in crochet are:

1. Chain – sring of loops

2. Single crochet

3. Half-double crochet

4. Double crochet

5. Treble

6. Double treble

7. Triple treble

8. Slip stitch

HOW TO CROCHET

Materials:

Crochet hook

Crochet yarn

Directions:

1. Grasp the crochet hook between your index finger and your thumb as if you are holding a pencil.

2. Next create a crochet chain. To do this, form a slip- knot around the hook. Wrap the yarn around the hook and pull it through the loop you created in the knot. The yarn is now wrapped around the hook.

3. Pull another loop through that loop and practice until you have made a number of loops and is able to hold the yarn quite firm, i.e., not too tight and not too loose.

4. Then you are going to single crotchet. To do this, hold the chain and insert the hook into the second chain from the hook.

5. Bring the yarn over the hook like you did when you were creating the chain and pull it through the chain that you inserted the hook into. You must have two loops on your hook.

6. Bring the yarn around the hook and draw it through the two loops on the hook to produce the single crochet.

7. To form the next stitch, insert the hook again, this time into the next chain on the row of chains and repeat the exact directions at #5 and #6.

8. Repeat until you reach the end of the row where you should now form a chain so as to begin row 2. This chain is termed the turning chain.

9. Turn your work so that the row you just finished is in front of you. Insert the hook under the two top loops closest to it.

10. Yarn over and pull the loop through to make two loops on the hook.

11. Wrap the yarn over the hook and draw through again. Replicate until you have completed the row and repeat until you are ready progress to other kinds of stitches.

Written by admin

May 3rd, 2010 at 2:44 am

Posted in Hobbies

What is Embroidery

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What is embroidery? Embroidery is a skill in where a needle and thread are used to form a shape on a piece of fabric. It is a very widespread skill that individuals enjoy as their pastime. Embroidery has been in existence for decades as it once indicate riches and prosperity when worn in Europe. Nowadays, embroidery patterns can be found on bed linens, clothing and decorative housewares. Technology has enhanced the art of embroidery, in that, sewing machines are now capable of doing embroidery. There are also companies in the trade of logo creation using embroidery. People still enjoy doing embroidery by hand. There are 5 stitches that distinguish hand embroidery. They are:

1. Outline – this is a running stitch that sketches the drawing on the fabric.

2. Satin – this is when stitches are done closely to complete a gap to look like satin.

3. Lazy Daisy – this form of stitch is commonly used for flower petals.

4. Cross stitch – this is also used for filling open areas.

5. French – this stitch is used to create small dots such as eyes.

For anyone who is experienced in sewing, outline stitching which is the easiest form of embroidery should be quite simple to master.

EMBROIDERY KITS

Embroidery kits are very widespread these nowadays and they are really efficient in assisting even novices to effectively embroider. These kits contain all the essential materials to get you started. The main contents of a typical embroidery kit are:

cloth

Embroidery needle (these usually have bigger eyes than the average needles to facilitate the embroidery yard)

Embroidery yarn or thread

Pattern

Instructions

Embroidery hoop – this is very crucial in embroidery. It is a circular wooden frame that that contains two rings of wood that fit together. It is used to stretch the fabric and keep it rigid and flat to enable neat embroidery.

HOW TO EMBROIDER

Materials:

A plain piece of fabric (100% cotton or calico are the easiest to embroider).

Sharp lead pencil or washable marker

Embroidery pattern of your choice

Embroidery needle

Embroidery yarn

Embroidery hoop

Scissors

Steps:

1.Choose your preferred textile and use pencil or washable marker to sketch a simple pattern on it. The pattern is easily seen under light-coloured cloth. If you are using a dark coloured cloth, tape the pattern to a well lit window pane and tape the fabric over it to make it easily visible.

2.Place your embroidery hoop onto your textile making sure that the fabric is stiff.

3.Use scissors and cut about 25 inches of the thread.

4.Embroidery threads are usually made up of 6 strands. unwind the strands and use 2 or 3 strands and make a knot at the end.

5.Thread the embroidery needle.

6.Thrust the needle through the fabric from the back. From here forward, make stitches to form the sketch of the design on the textile. Repeat until the whole pattern is complete.

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May 1st, 2010 at 12:46 am

Posted in Hobbies