While it may not be possible to completely eliminate cars from you life, you can try and limit their usage. When possible, ride a bike or walk. If you can’t do that then take a bus.
And, if you are lucky enough to have some money in your bank account, opt for a Tesla instead of a gasoline-powered automobile.
Live Like a Vegan
Vegans life a type of lifestyle that is based on doing whatever they can to live well without increasing the suffering of others. They follow a cruelty free mantra.
You don’t have to go full vegan to live a life that tries to limit the suffering your choices have one others.
For instance, limiting the amount of meat you consume limits the amount of animals raised for slaughter. You can also limit animal suffering by choosing different products than you normally would.
Some companies actually produce products you use everyday that you might not even know contain animal products. Instead of supporting them, spend your money on vegan friendly shampoos or vegan clothing.
You don’t have to go 100%. Every little bit helps.
This might be the easiest thing you can do to make the world a better place for us all. Instead of focusing on what you want to say, focus on what your family and friends and saying.
In a world obsessed with “Look at me!” social media platforms like Instagram, stop worrying about what you want to say next when engaged in a conversation, in person or virtual.
Use your energy to listen to what others have to say. But, really listen. Don’t interject or give your opinion or share a related story. Just listen and take everything in. It’s a rare event in modern times.
No matter where you come from, what you come from, or your upbringing, life gives you choices. How you choose it up to you. You can spend your life trying to advance through false social constructs at the behest of others, or you can try and live a good and moral life.
What path will you choose?
Your Mind Needs Your Body
Written by Alexis
Many people that rely on their mind for their livelihoods, such as scientists, software developers, and even writers, have a very bad shared tendency. They don’t take care of their bodies.
That isn’t to say all of the cerebral types neglect their health. However, a high percentage of them do.
It’s very important to keep your body healthy even if you work primarily with your mind. You will be a better, stronger, and more productive person.
3 Reasons to Keep You Body as Strong as Your Mind
It’s easy to push off healthy choices when you have a deadline approaching or you are on a new creative tear. But, here are a few reasons you may want to reconsider that approach.
Your Mind is Part of Your Body
Your mind, whether you take a spiritual or pure biological approach, is part of the overall system that is your body. If you don’t take care of your body, by definition you are also not taking care of your mind.
It’s important to eat healthy foods. They give your brain the required nutrients it needs to work at its best. Your brain and your mind are only going to work their best when they get what they need.
Treat your body well and the mind will follow.
Give Your Subconscious Time to Work
Taking a break from the mental gymnastics to spend some time working on your body instead, whether it’s yoga or something like some in-home calisthenics like pull ups and push ups, is going to do wonders. That’s because there’s more to your mind than what is on it at any current moment.
When your active mind gets a rest, it gives your subconscious time to crunch data and come up with some conclusions.
Have you ever had an “Aha” moment? That actually didn’t come out of nowhere. It was a solution that came after your subconscious was given enough time and information to come up with an idea of solution.
That means taking a rest from active mental duties actually helps your mind work better.
A Sick You is an Unproductive You
This concept actually relates to the idea of how your mind and body are connected. If you don’t take care of your body, your mind and brain will not get what they need nutritionally.
But, even more directly, if you don’t take care of your body, there’s a higher chance you get sick and do so more often. When you are sick, you are definitely not 100%.
The more and more you neglect your physical health, the worse you immune system gets. Over time, you’ll fight on less colds and flus, and spend more time recovering for illness than working.
If you want get the best out of your unique mind, you cannot neglect the rest of your body. When you aren’t healthy in body and mind, you will get sick more often. You brain won’t get the proper nutrition it needs to excel. And, you won’t take advantage of all the levels of you brain’s ability to process information.
Eat well, sleep well, and exercise. Your mind will reward you for it.
The History of the Headphone and Earphone
Written by Alexis
As an artist and author, I listen to a lot of audio books. That led me to worry about my hearing as I noticed different headphones and earbuds sounded differently. I sometimes think I listen to them too loudly.
I decided to do some research and went down a rabbit hole. This is what I discovered about headphones, which by the way were invented by Beyerdynamic and later improved by David Clark.
Headphones date all the way back to the invention of the telephone. Because of the weak electrical signals of the early instrument, small speakers were placed close to the ear so the signals could be heard. That speaker was then hung from a headband, which left the hands free. Then, as radio use in airplanes became a standard, a second speaker was added to the headband to help block out the ambient noise in airplane cockpits and the headphone was born.
Beyerdynamic is commonly accepted as being the inventors of the original headphones back in the late 1930s. It was the first company to market headphones to the public.
In 1975 the David Clark company developed the Active Noise Attenuating headphone which added a whole new dimension to listening. That device eliminated or greatly reduced ambient noise for the listener by electronically flipping the noise fingerprint (the wave shape) 180-degrees and playing the resulting sound in real time to the ear-side of the headset, virtually eliminating the noise to the listener.
Headphones and earbuds are normally a separate piece of a listening device. Some can be plugged into your device with a jack, while others use wireless technology like Bluetooth. Typical products to which they are attached include the mobile phones, smartphones, CD players, digital audio players (MP3 player), personal computers, and laptops. Headphones can also be used with gaming consoles.
Another application is in the professional audio sector. Here, headphones are used by club DJ's and sound engineers for bands to monitor channels independently from what the public hears. An effect can also be previewed this way. In most professional sound studios DJs use a pair of headphones when talking in the microphone while the speakers are turned off, for reduced feedback and monitoring of their own voice. In the studio, musicians will use headphones to play along to already recorded sections of a song. Used in live video settings, the noise cancelling mic and earpiece allow video camera operators and the show producer/control booth to hear and be heard at a whisper without disturbing the audience.
The two common connectors are 1/4" and 3.5 mm plug. Headphones designed for home stereo systems and recording studios use the older 1/4" connector. The smaller 3.5 mm plug is more common in personal listening devices. This 3.5 mm connector is more prevalent today due to the popularity of portable music devices. Most professional settings still use the larger 1/4" style connector however.
In theory, all microphones are speakers and vice-versa. People can use a microphone as a speaker or the left channel of a pair of headphones for a microphone. However, microphones and headphones are different in frequency response. Headphones, especially more expensive ones, will have a large bass response but thin mids and highs. Microphones will sound very poorly detailed in the high end, and will sound light on the bass end. Therefore, while it is not fully necessary, it is recommended that microphone are to be used as microphones and headphones are to be used as headphones.
Benefits and Limitations
A common use of headphones is for listening to recordings privately while in a public setting, such as the subway. high quality headphones can actually produce sounds that are equivalent to the most expensive consumer-level speakers on the market for much cheaper.
Good headphones, such as those you can find reviews for on this neat headphone review site, with high-quality circuitry can have offer an extremely flat low-frequency response all the way down to about 20 Hz.
Headphones can also be useful for video and computer games that use 3D positional audio. This helps players judge the position of an off-screen sounds, which is very important in modern day VR.
In addition, headphones can have an ergonomic benefit over the traditional handset at office desks. They save space and many new models are wireless. They also allow call center agents to maintain good posture instead of tilting their head sideways to cradle a handset. You can also have a room full of people using computers to mix audio tracks all at the same time.
The ability to listen to music at high volumes so close to your eardrum has been a problem for decades. With earbuds gaining popularity, it has become an even more dangerous scenario. Headphone volume for normal non noise-canceling models has to compete with background noise, especially in excessively loud places such as public transportation hubs. By pumping up the volume in your headphones to drown out external noises, it's all too easy to reach dangerous and damaging volumes.
Due to many consumer protection groups focus on the hearing dangers that headphones and earbuds produce, there has been a lot of effort to produce quality equipment that does not injure users. Sony's AVLS feature corrects differences in track volumes as they are being played, and Apple's Sound Check normalizes the peak volumes of selected tracks in iTunes. Also, one may manipulate the volume tags, or Replay Gain, of MP3s; this method must be manually done by the user using 3rd-party software, but is regarded to provide better consistency than the above options.
Another common risk to headphone and earbud use is the inability to hear what is happening around you. Biking on a busy street while wearing headphones is much more dangerous than biking without headphones for example.
Though still dangerous, earbuds are generally believed to be safer than open-air headphones for use in noisy environments. The reason for this is that much of the external noise which is usually heard while using earbuds, therefore allowing the user to listen at lower volumes without having to turn up the listening device (possibly to unsafe levels) to compete with background noise (a passive counterpart to active noise cancelers, which use circuitry and destructive wave interference to attenuate sound). Manufacturers of earbuds quote that their products reach an isolation level of -30-40 dB, while noise cancelers isolate by a degree of -15-20 dB. Closed and noise-cancelling headphones can have a similar effect, although sound attenuation of the latter is usually limited in frequency range and amplitude: closed headphones do not isolate low frequency sounds very well, and noise cancelers do not attempt to attenuate high-pitched sounds.
I ended up going a little deeper into this than I anticipated, but that's how we learn about the world we live in today. History, no matter how great or small, shows us how we got to where we are. It's not just about politics, but about every little aspect of our lives we often take for granted.
New Developments in Creative Commercial Lightning Solutions
Written by Alexis
If you are looking for a commercial lighting application for your business, you’re going to be happy to find that there are plenty of different options that you’ll have to go with. However, before you decide on any one method or manner of lighting, you need to understand that there are a few things that you will need to do before you can make the best decision as to what commercial light is the best for your buildings lighting needs. Here are a few tips you can use to make this process a little easier.
Popular & Unique Commercial Lightning Trends
Firstly, you need to determine you lighting needs. What you will want to do is to to determine how many lights you will need. You might need only a few, and you might need a lot depending on the scope of your lighting plans. While this may be as simple as coming up with a number, it is an important factor in meeting your lighting needs.
Secondly, you will need to consider what sort of lighting you’ll need. What you’ll find with commercial lights is that they come in all different shapes and sizes. You might think of these lights as being very utilitarian such as emergency lights or high powered task lighting, and that certainly does describe commercial lighting; however, a commercial light can be much more than just an unadorned light fixture.
They can used to fit into a decorative lighting scheme like the use of string LED panel lights, LED flood lights, and commercial awning lights as well as commercial wall sconces and more. The truth is that commercial lighting is not just basic task lighting, these days, it can be as decorative as you could possibly imagine.
After all of that, it is simply time to purchase your commercial lights. You can do this through home improvement stores, dedicated lighting retailers or you can simply go online. However, make sure to checkout some reviews on the products you are considering. Do some comparisons and look for cheap or discounted prices if you can.
The bottom line is that when it comes to commercial lighting, you don’t have to settle for anything that is ugly or something that detracts from a decorating design, commercial lights can be beautiful. You can find useful commercial lighting applications that are as bland as you need or as decorative as you want. The choice is entirely up to you.
When & How to Use Flood Lights
No matter where you live it is up to you to make sure you have the best products for your home. When it comes to lighting there is no better choice than LED flood lightor outdoor halogen flood lights. When you make the choice to use these types of lights for your lighting you must make sure that the lights get high quality. Not only are you making sure you have the best that your money can pay for, you are also keeping up with the most up to date technology. There are so many benefits of installing these types of lights that you will glad you made this choice.
After you have done your research and have read many of the reviews you will find that LED flood light outdoor halogen flood (See: Understanding Halogen technology) lights is the lighting of the future. These lights are the best that your money can buy. When you compare them to common lights that are currently on the market you will find that your money is best spent on them. Many of the benefits of this lighting helps your wallet. You will find that these lights can last up to ten times longer than lights you can currently purchase.
You will also find that they are great way to offer security. These lights seem to be brighter than many of the other lights you can purchase. You will also find that they are more durable than older model lights. This will really come in handy during storms. LED flood light outdoor halogen flood lights will be able to withstand high winds and extreme heat. Another great thing about them is that they don’t get as hot as other types of lights which means they are safer to the touch. You will also find that these lights use less electricity which makes your utility bills lower.
As far as an investment goes, LED flood light outdoor halogen flood lights are the best way you can spend your money. These lights are not cheap and therefore, it can seem out of reach in the beginning, however you will experience a safer, less expensive viewing experience in the long run.
A Look at Choosing a Shipping Option that Suits Your Business
Written by Alexis
In the world of shipping, nobody does it better than F&C, worldwide cargo delivery experts with networks stretching around the world, including air and sea shipping from China and beyond.
In an attempt to explain the importance of shipping to your business, we have used F&C, which we have used for our various businesses over the years, as the example case for the points we make in this informative little article.
With Freight & Cargo, as with most shipping companies, the first thing they will need to know about your business is how much volume do you plan on shipping and from where to where.
Other details like the shape, industry, destination, etc come after you first explain your volume. When you operate and work with cargo planes and giant cargo mega-ships, volume is critical.
Try to get a solid grip on the type of volume you'll be looking to ship, not just this year but next year, 5 years from now and even 10 years from now to get a more accurate appraisal.
Type of Goods perishable, size, weight
The next most important factor when determining what it cost to ship something from China to the United States for example, after volume, is the type of goods you are shipping, the size of the containers, and the weight of the products.
The type of goods that you are shipping is important because that will dictate whether you can ship by air or sea. Some goods, like very high end electronics for example, can only be shipped via air as the humidity and temperature changes common with shipping containers via ocean can devastate sensitive electronic components.
The size of your goods is important, not in terms of fitting on the plane or ship, but in terms of what size of cargo container you will use. Nobody ships open pallets or custom packaging anymore, at least not for an affordable price. Today it's all about what size container you use.
With the type of good and size determined, the last most important factor in determining shipping cost is the weight. For ships this isn't quite as important but if you want to deliver via express courier which uses airplanes for example, then this becomes very important.
Needs of Customers
At the end of the day, with all the details, logistics and shipping companies will give you estimates, but to determine if you should offer express, standard, air freight or sea freight comes down to not just price but also the needs of your customers.
Are consumers in your industry patient and "OK" waiting a couple weeks for their goods to arrive? Conversely, do you operate in an industry where "time is of the essence" and buyers want their goods delivered as soon as possible?
Doing a market survey, listening to customer feedback, and thinking about the future of your product lines will help you in determining how best to get them from point A to point B in a safe, efficient and timely manner.