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Imagine a world without movies!

We would have never come across such great entertainer right from Charlie Chaplin to Marilyn Monroe. Movies have evolved in due course of time from being a mere source of entertainment to a medium that influences our lives. The streaming flow that follows every week at the box office holds testimony to this fact.

It used to be simply plays, operas and ballads that allowed the en masse to stretch their legs in midst of their hectic schedules. Today the scenario has changed drastically there are hordes who watch streaming movies online like addicts.

There are times when one is struck with the thought what if there were no movies at all. Watch out buddy for a catastrophe can hit one at any point of time! The fad for streaming movies is but understandable but then all the extremes should be given due thought. In absence of the online haven humans would surely have been transformed
into zombies craving for god knows what!

Not only life would have lost its charm so many actors and actresses whom we adore like Demigods would have remained in oblivion. But there is another side of the coin, in other words this whole movies streaming debate.

Those holding out placards always want to assert that a mirage is all what is being offered in the movies these days. There isnt 1% of truth adhered with this contention. In fact the very scripts have walked past every possible realm of imagination. From war movies to romantic tales, to films showcasing the threat posed by alien elements nothing has been left uncovered where the streaming thoughts dont sway around.

A world without movies might have given rise to another brutal era more ruthless than even the reign of Cold War was. Movies and their happy endings along with the inherent message help in pacifying individuals. So basically its not just a two-hour drama one beholds on the big screen its an experience he carries for a lifetime. And those beautiful faces one sees on the screen dont seem stranger anymore, in fact many youngsters try to emulate them in ways more than one.
Marketing guys always believe that any product being launched owes its origin to the demand of the consumers. The same principle holds true even in case of films for they also owe their existence to the desire of people who wanted to sneak into another world at least for a while.

How To Attach A Guitar Strap To An Acoustic Guitar With Only One Strap Button

If you own, or have ever even taken a look at an acoustic guitar, most of them only have a single knob or button on the bottom where you can attach a strap. Have you ever wondered why? I have.

While I’ve browsed Google, Yahoo, Bing and Wikipedia, I can not find an answer about why. I’ve checked out the websites of Taylor, Martin, Gibson, Fender and a lot more manufacturers and they definitely do not discuss it. I can not even find anybody on a guitar online forum who has speculated about why.

I’m not the only one who questioned that and fortunately, somebody named Lucas Man provided this explanation on YahooAnswers.

“Most acoustics only have a single strap button on the butt of the guitar. The reason they don’t have one near the heel of the neck is because if you hook a strap onto an acoustic guitar that way, the guitar will suffer from “neck dive”. That’s when the guitar isn’t balanced properly on the strap and the neck falls down instead of staying at a nice comfortable angle. This happens because the body of the guitar is so light and can’t counter the weight of the neck.”

Many people suggest the answer to the issue is to install a 2nd strap button. I’m not about to drill on my guitar but I understand if I take it to Sam Ash or Guitar Center they’ll be happy to do it for me. To that, Lucas Man advises,
“remember, there’s probably a good reason they didn’t put one (strap knob) on in the first place.”

Alternatives to the Shoe String.
If you accept that reasoning, then what’s your option for attaching a guitar strap to an acoustic guitar?

For years, people have actually connected a shoe lace to the top of the acoustic guitar to attach the strap to the guitar. In fact, it’s so common that many guitar straps are sold with a shoe lace already attached to the strap. But, a shoe lace is not only an unattractive option but is likewise subject to being torn, frayed and broken throughout its use. Worse yet, lots of guitar players say it causes stress on the neck.

Now there’s a new product available which solves this particular problem by providing good balance to prevent neck dive and covering more mass than a shoe lace, thereby removing the neck stress issue.

The Leather Acoustic Guitar Strap Holder.
The leather guitar strap holder offered by MAC Music Accessories secures firmly around the neck of the guitar over the frets and under the strings so that there is no interference when playing.
Furthermore, the strap holder is simple to button on and off so you can leave it affixed to the guitar or the strap; whichever you prefer.

The Advantages of Using a Leather Guitar Strap.
There are definitely a variety of benefits to having your acoustic guitar protected by a leather strap holder instead of a shoe lace. Certainly, a proper strap holder looks professional and offers a more pleasing look than a shoe lace that looks homemade and amateurish.

Leather is not only flexible; it is extremely strong also. It needs only minimal maintenance which means that under normal conditions the strap holder will last for years and only get more beautiful gradually.

For those who own an acoustic guitar, it’s definitely worth thinking about making the small investment in a leather acoustic guitar strap holder in place of using a shoe lace or having another button attached to your guitar.

How Much Does It Cost to Build A Pool Screen Enclosure

A helpful guide to determine pool enclosure cost including design and materials.

Pool enclosures provide a number of benefits, from guarding against leaves and insects to adding privacy as you swim. They also offer added security and prevent pets and children from venturing into an open pool. From a design standpoint, pool enclosures increase your home’s resale value and enhance your swimming experience. They also provide an entertainment space for your guests throughout the year.

Every day we are asked by prospective customers how much does it cost to build a pool screen enclosure. Therefore, that is the basis for this article. The average cost our company has experienced in the last few years has been in the $6,000 to $8,000 range which is based on 20 x 40 pool deck with a dome roof. Of course, there are also other criteria which come into play which are explored below.

Enclosures for All Types of Pools

A pool enclosure must accommodate the many different pool sizes and shapes available. The enclosure varies in its construction depending on both the type and the location of the pool.

All of our outdoor pool enclosures typically are constructed with industry standard aluminum. We have found that this alloy offers the durability necessary for Florida storms. Other factors that determine price are design preference and matching the home’s structure.

Pool Enclosure Designs and Options

You have the choice of a pool enclosure that attaches to your home or stands alone as its own unit. You can also choose a basic enclosure that covers just the pool itself and doesn’t provide an enclosed space for the patio or the deck.

The screen enclosure roof varies depending on your preference; it can have a flat design or interesting peaks and gables for more visual appeal. The majority of pool enclosures we build are domed shaped. However, you can also have the pool enclosure built with a hip or mansard roof, also known as French roof with two slopes on each side.

The Many Benefits of Pool Enclosures

An enclosure reduces the time and effort required to remove leaves, bugs and other debris from your pool. It also minimizes the need to add more chemicals or operate the pool vacuum. Other benefits of adding an enclosure include:
Providing a safety barrier between the water and any pets or children who should not have access to the pool area
Creating a place to entertain guests and have pool parties without worry of insects and other bugs ruining the fun
Depending on the screen you choose, you can also reduce solar heat and create a buffer between you and the Florida heat
Adding resale value to the homeThe Average Cost of Pool Enclosures in Orlando

The pool enclosure cost really depends on the materials and the design, the location and size of the pool and the complexity of the overall installation.

Because the cost varies on so many factors, it’s best to contact Dulando Screen & Awning for an in-home design consultation to find out which pool enclosure works best for your home. Call us at 407-862-6060.

How I Accidentally Became a Recording Engineer

Well, not exactly. I did intentionally learn how to record. But it wasn’t as a career choice. It was only out of necessity. It’s really expensive to record in a professional studio. Where I live, it costs at least $250 per song to record with the top local engineer. That is an enormous bill at the end of a 10-song project. And bands around here somehow come up with that money. However, I cannot. And neither can any of my band mates. So, in order to get anything recorded, someone has to undertake the massive chore of audio recording. And somehow that person has ended up being me. And I’m not completely happy about it. I mean, I love the end result of a recording project. It’s such a difficult process that it’s hard not to be proud of the final product. But getting there is very painful. Not physically, but mentally. It requires a great deal of studying and experimenting to get adequate results out of a recording studio. I spent many months stressing and obsessing over sound treatment and setup.

There are so many variables to deal with: sound treatment, microphone placement, studio monitor placement, etc. And that’s just the preparation to start tracking. And then once tracking is complete, mixing and mastering are the next two laborious chores. And these two tasks entail so much attention that I consider each to be an additional task to accompany the recording process. On my first project I did all three: recording, mixing, and mastering. And after that project, I immediately understood why this is not the usual method. It’s a good idea to let a fresh set of ears take over at the mastering stage, allowing for a new perspective to the project. I am now more than happy to turn the project over to someone else after the mixing stage.

Not too long after that first project was completed, I started getting asked by other bands to do recording for them. Definitely not my intention, but I figured, “why not?” I had already spent so much time studying the recording process and setting up my own studio, that it almost seemed silly not to. So I did. And at first I was very passionate about it. People were enjoying my work and I was very proud of the sounds I was obtaining in my DIY recording studio. But as time went on, I began neglecting my own music. Recording had become nothing more than a job. I think of it in the same way that I do my experience playing in a cover band. Playing other people’s music or recording other people’s music… the end result of neglect is the same. So now, I’m back in college to obtain an accounting degree. I’ve already tried twice to make music my career. Both times my passion was depleted. But it’s back now. I can concentrate on playing music and writing songs. And with my arsenal of recording tools, I can document my own music with relative ease. These days I take pride in sharing my DIY and cost effective recording techniques with those who are just getting into the field of home recording. So in the end, my temporary time as a paid recording engineer really ended up being a positive thing. And the knowledge is a great backup to have as a last resort, just in case I go completely broke again.

Hinckley, The Birthplace Of The Hansom Cab

The Hansom Cab is something that people will have seen in movies and in picture books and old photographs. It is a two wheeled carriage pulled by a single horse with a driver perched on the back of the carriage. This was invented by a gentleman called Joseph Hansom in the year 1834 in Hinckley, a town in Leicestershire, England. Joseph Hansom was an architect who was born and brought up in York before moving to Hinckley.

Joseph Hansom brought his architectural skills to bear by designing his cab to have a number of improvements over the carriages that were in use at the time in Hinkley and the rest of the world. The word ‘Cab’ refers to the word ‘Cabriolet’ which describes the design of the carriage. One of the major advances that Hansom introduced was to design the cab to have a low centre of gravity. This quality made sure that cornering at speed was safer than ever before, and there was less chance of the carriage falling on its side.

The most popular carriage of the time was called the Hackney Carriage. The cab had four wheels and was therefore heavier, so it had to be pulled by two horses. The test drivers were able to overtake the slower four wheeled carriages on the roads of Hinckley with ease. The Hansom Cab was more agile too, and could swerve around the slower Hackney Carriages being pulled on the roads of Hinckley.

The rigorous testing that Joseph Hansom and his test drivers carried out on the roads of Hinckley showed that the Hansom Cab was faster, safer, lighter and more economical to run than the Hackney Carriage, as it only needed one horse instead of two. Following its development and testing on the roads of Hinckley, the Hansom Cab became a great success. It became all the rage, and quickly replaced the Hackney Carriage as the most popular conveyance for people in England.

News of this brilliant invention spread quickly around the world, and before long the Hansom Cab was in use in Paris, Berlin and St Petersburg in continental Europe. By the late nineteenth century they were also being used in the United States of America, with the largest numbers being in New York. From its beginnings on the roads of Hinckley, the Hansom Cab became established in New York in the year 1869 through the Hansom Cab Company.

The Hansom Cab was the preferred means of transportation up to the 1920s when the advent of two things took over. These were low cost motor cars and reliable mass transit public transport systems. The last license that was issued to a driver to operate a horse drawn cab was granted in the year 1947.

So Hinckley certainly has a claim to fame in the world of transport. People these days may think that the word taxicab has always been used to describe cars, but in fact the word taxicab was used to describe a Hansom Cab with a taximeter installed in it. A taximeter was a clockwork device for measuring and displaying the fare that the passengers would be charged at the end of their journey.

How Does DISH Network Revolutionize Entertainment

Since March 1995, the world of television entertainment has undergone a sea change and for that credit goes to DISH Network. It was the year when DISH Network Satellite TV had started with all big bashes. DISH Network was the Direct Broadcast Satellite Service being launched by Echo Star Communications Corporation and since then the DISH TV has started doing its magic. In the entire region of the United States, DISH Network has cast a spell thereby bringing in a massive change in the entire concept of television entertainment industry.

As far as present scenario is concerned there are presently over 14 million subscribers who can get top class digital television services through DISH Network. Although in the market field of Satellite television service there is another big company DirecTV, which has established as foothold but DISH Network has turned out to be a winner amongst the two. The reason is that a subscriber is ensured to get hundreds of options when he chooses DISH Network. Be it any topic under the sun, sports, news, movies, music and more, you will sure to get your choice from DISH Network packages. It would not be an exaggeration if you say that DISH Network puts an end to the monotonous programs of by gone days. Various packages like Americas Top 120, Americas Top 120+, Americas Top, America’s Top 200, America’s Top 250, America’s “Everything” Pak bring in complete entertainment for you and that too at affordable price tags.

In one shot, DISH Network is well said to be the future of the television entertainment industry. No doubt, with a plethora of programs and choices, it has rightly brought out a lease of fresh air into the digital entertainment industry. Before that the entire industry was undergoing stagnation. You will get numerous audio as well video channels with numerous optional facilities. Also the unique part is that a subscriber can get to choose what they wish to see. In other word DISH Network is all trying hard to bring in best choices in every aspect. Be it equipment, standard programs, utilization of technical knowhow, you will all find in DISH network. With big mouth DISH Network also claims to offer more than 200 HD programming channels with quality images and content. No other provider can claim to offer such lucrative offer.

Now let us talk more on DISH Network. In order to make your television watching quite easy and convenient DISH Network offers state of the art new technology. One such technology is Digital Video Recorder or DVR in short. Now you mask what is the utility of this technology that is being provided by DISH Network. Suppose if you have not seen the program at the scheduled time due to some sort of work assignments or for any other reason or simply you did not remember the timing of the show, you will just be excited to see how easily the DVR equipment does recording of your favorite shows. Thanks to enormous storage facility of DVR you can go on storing many more hours of program with ease and smartness. Since DVR records all the programs of DISH Channels in purely digital format it also ensures superb picture viewing with no compromise in picture and sound quality. To top it all the DVR makes life easier by either pausing or reviewing the programs of your choice.

In nutshell, with Dish Network you can enjoy best of television programming and get amuses all the time.

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Horror Movies – Not the Ones for the Weak-Hearted

The blood curdling sequences of horror movies send shivers in the bodies of entertainment enthusiasts. The nerve-wracking impact of watching a horror movie may not leave you for days. As the eyes remain glued to the screens exploring the world of the unknown and inexplicable, strange sensations run all throughout the body.

Horror is an evergreen subject for movies. It offers the directors the scope to explore something, which has always ignited a spark of curiosity in human minds. Here what is meant is the afterlife. Its the existence of an afterlife that gives us the courage to spend each day, while knowing that one day this body is going to decay and become lifeless.

Horror Movies often center on the gone, astray souls or the souls, who are finding it difficult to move towards the higher planes. Moreover, the thought of existence of supernatural creatures like vampires and werewolves, gives additional motivation to the freaky movies directors, to dig deep into the subject of the unknown.

It is not within the capacity of everyone to digest the brand of entertainment dished out by such movies. Only the ones with guts to consume a high dosage of chills and thrills, dare to catch upcoming horror movies.

If you also belong to this unique community and love to feel a cold sweat of horror running down your spines, then access blockbuster horror movies online, and let the non-stop tremors overtake your nerves. The virtual world of web is fully loaded with hit movies from the world over; with blood-curdling movies forming a major part of this population. So, whenever you desire to feel freaked out, immediately dig deep into the worlds largest movies database on the web, and pick a horror movie you will love to watch.

Without even an ounce of doubt, the internet presents easily assessable opportunities to thrill junkies, to view horror movies online. So, if you love to feel a tingle in your spines and tremors in your nerves, then freaky movies are the ones for you. These flicks involve innovative plotlines and sophisticated special effects, to offer an engrossing experience to your thrill-hungry eyes. Moreover, frightening background music makes the experience of watching a freaky movie even more thrilling.

Your hair will stand out and weakness will start inflicting the knees, when a terrifying demon unleashes his fury on an innocent victim. Moreover, when a vampire digs his sharp fangs into the necks to suck out warm blood, we cannot prevent ourselves from feeling incredibly scared. Fortunately, these are merely the fictional scenes of horror movies. These are just the creations of our imagination. If you love to see the projection of this imagination on the big screen, then horror is what you need in movies.

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Dish TV Has Changed Home Entertainment

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The scenario of home entertainment has entirely changed with the advent of dish TV. Before satellite TV came into the scene, television would be considered as an idiot box by many. The mindless programs that it would offer were not much appealing to most of the viewers. That is why they started switching on to quality entertainment as soon as they got the opportunity. Dish network has given them this opportunity.

Since its origin, television entertainment could not be afforded by the masses. Those belonging to the higher sections of the society could only have it at their home. As the years passed by, television technology became cheaper, and the number of viewers kept on increasing. The cable TV system introduced people to an entirely new form of television entertainment. It reached the living room of the masses and gave rise to a new era. But soon people got bored or rather dissatisfied with their local cable channels. There are reasons enough for them to feel that way. The fees that they paid at the end of each month were not quite worth the service they got.

The cable service failed to meet the needs and expectations of the viewers. The limited number of channels air programs that are quite monotonous. Variety is something that the viewers are unable to get from their cable channels. Thus, they have started adopting more advanced technology which is available at a relatively lower price. That technology is nothing but the dish TV. The satellite TV providers have maintained such nominal prices that they have been able to make way to millions of houses across the globe.

Satellite TV has caused a sea change to home entertainment. Unlimited number of channels, incredible selection of programs, digital quality sound, picture perfect visuals- one just cannot stop praising about it. The entertainment packages offered by dish network are really overwhelming. They fulfill the requirement of every member of your house. The wide array of shows featured in these channels varies in content. They cover up appropriate contents for all age groups.

Besides, the family members need not sacrifice their favorite shows for each other. The DVR devices of dish TV facilitate the recording of your favorite movies and programs for later viewing. This has put an end to the arguments between the female and male members of the family. Now the mothers hardly complain about their daughter-in-laws regarding their duty. The smart housewives complete all their household chores and watch their favorite shows at leisure.

Even the kids no more get scolded by their parents on watching television. Satellite TV kids programming keeps the parents tension free. They subscribe to the kids entertainment packages and get exciting content for their kids to watch. These programs not only entertain their children but also help to learn something useful as well. Besides, the parent control device offered by dish network allows them to be in safe hands. They can block the channels that they dont want their children to watch.

Spend USD 49.3 M to Entertain Employees, World’s Best Boss?

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Some employees may be jealous of what is earned by employees in the company money.co.uk. By working there they get various advantages, namely beer and a free gym.

Not only that, they are also free of any vacation once a year and awarded 5,000 pounds sterling to be donated to the charity of their own choice.
It is the work of Chris Morling, founder and managing director money.co.uk whose mission is to create “the best place to work”.

“Caring for my team is the most important thing … they are my most valuable asset,” said Morling as quoted by the Daily Mail, Wednesday (18/01/2017).

Do not stop there, Morling also renovating the company headquarters is located in a castle in Cirencester, Gloucestershire with poured funds amounting to 3 million pounds sterling, or approximately USD 49.3 billion.

To renovate the building, he consulted with 50 employees and collaborated with celebrity interior designer, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

Currently, the company’s employees can enjoy a wide range of office facilities and unique, like a conference room that doubles as an ice cave, cinema-themed Star Wars, and a toilet with a Rolling Stones theme.
“It’s about making this place to be amazing, productive place to work,” said Morling. “What we do is designed everything in accordance with the needs of the team.”

“Some people want to stand while working, someone chooses to work alone. In the end it comes down to create a space where you feel comfortable,” added Morling.

Morling explained that he used the services of the flamboyant designer is famous because it requires someone who thinks differently. Llewelyn-Bowen sees the project as an opportunity to redefine the interior of the “ugly, unfriendly, and not creative” into a modern work space.
The design will also emphasize the humor and social interaction, which is equipped with a popcorn machine, table play, and cinema-themed Star Wars to add the impression of playing.

In addition, employees money.co.uk also benefit by the availability of free gym, yoga studio, and working hours fleskibel. Once a month, they held a lunch and dinner familiarity.

Although British castle is seen as a place that is too fancy for a company that has only 50 employees, Morling insist that it is really an effective option when compared to constructing a building in London.
“The physical environment is amazing just a small part puzzle when you create an exceptional place to work,” said Morling.

“When your team really feel valued and their opinions be heard, they will feel helpless and it was much more valuable than the benefits we offer,” added the man dubbed a number of parties as the best boss in the world.

Goldfish Swallowing is Becoming Popular Again

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If you thought the fad of swallowing goldfish went out with the 1920s, you may not be keeping up with current Internet sensations.

Youthfuland, sometimes, not so youthfulInternet users across the world have flooded the Web with videos of themselves and other swallowing goldfish, minnows, beta fish, guppies and just about anything else that swims. A YouTube search for goldfish swallowing videos turned up about 1,200 videos as of November 2012, and a similar Google search returned more than 17,600 relevant pages.

Entire websites, in fact, now cater to people who either enjoy seeing others swallow live fish or like to gulp the creatures themselves. On GoldfishSwallowing.com, for example, members can watch more than 300 videos of sexy girls seductively slurping down live fish of all types. For a small monthly fee, members can email goldfish swallowing models, donate favorite pets to be swallowed and even submit special requests to models who will swallow almost any kind of live or inanimate prey.

At TheVoreStore.com, users can download individual videos of girls swallowing live fish that range from goldfish to small sharks. For as little as five dollars, website users can download a custom-made video that shows a model playing with, taunting and ultimately swallowing live prey. The website also features DVDs, autographed items from swallowing models and a section that showcases men swallowing live fish.

ArianaGirls.com, another website dedicated to goldfish swallowing, touts its collection as the “indisputably largest online archive of real life Swallowing and Vore videos.” On that site, members can watch hundreds of videos of girls swallowing live fish, see videos of girls eating food, see girls swallow non-food items and browse various adult entertainment options.

Even the most mainstream online retailers cater to the goldfish swallowing niche. On Amazon, for example, shoppers can buy a 52-minute DVD from GoldfishSwallowing.com that includes nearly two dozen individual goldfish swallowing videos. The site also offers several goldfish swallowing videos available for purchase, streaming or instant download.

Even though the goldfish swallowing fad may have reached its heyday nearly a century ago, there are certainly signs that the notion of swallowing live fish is far from dead. Many of the goldfish swallowing websites offer advice on how to get started with swallowing live fish, and some include forums in which members encourage each other to explore their voracious interests.

Whether it lives on as a fad, a fascination or a fetish, there is no doubt that goldfish swallowing is here to stay.