How To Choose A Bar Stool For A Standing Desk: Measurement And Decoration Tips

Friday, December 18th, 2015

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How to choose a bar stool for a standing desk is not very different from choosing bar stools for counters and bar stands. The first thing on your mind should be desk height. Stool cushion should be about 10-12 inches lower than the desk surface — this is exactly the kind of distance that offers greatest comfort of usage. Sure, to choose bar furniture for a standing desk, you will have to do a few more measurements and you will also have to take your time to find trends and styles that will match your decoration picture. Here are some quick tips on both:

How to Get the Measurements Right

  1. Measure desk and stool height. Bar stool heights come in three options. There are 23-28 inch stools for 35-37 inch tall tables; standard bar stool height is 29-32 inches and it is designed for a 41-43 inch table; and, finally, there are extra high 33-36 inch stools for 44-47 inch counters. Sure, when you choose bar stool for a standing desk, extra high bar stools will be one of the most common options. Yet, standing desks do not have such a rigid height subdivision as bar counters, so you should be prepared to plan accordingly.
  2. Double check just in case. Any time you are measuring something, take care to get the measurements twice or even thrice — just to be on the safe side.
  3. Do not forget about adjustable height options. Do not forget that there are gas lift bar stools that offer a height adjustable option. This solution can be an amazing idea for a standing desk that might be a slightly different height than a bar stand or a bar counter.
  4. Consider optimal width. Choosing cushion width is another important step of the process. On the whole, bar stool cushions can be roughly subdivided into small (about 15 inches), medium (approximately 17 inches), and large (about 21 inches). If you are going with just one bar stool for standing desk, you can choose any width you like —just consider how comfortable you are going to be with all of the above options.

Style and decoration Ideas

And, of course, when you choose a bar stool for a standing desk, you should consider its style, too. While the dimensions are very important, it is the design the makes any furniture piece a part of your home. Here, a lot will depend on your desk. If it is wooden desk we are talking about, basically any stool will do fine. Still, if you would like to highlight your genuine wood desk, you may want to go with wooden bar stools. These may not be height adjustable, but they definitely look sleek and memorable.

A leather bar stool cushion on a chrome base is a great example of a model that is quite universal for any desk type. This is one of the classic bar stool models that look equally impressive with wood, high gloss, or glass desks. If you go with a glossy desk, colorful ABS plastic is a great idea for a bar stool model.

Image via Amber & Eric Devila



How Father Christmas has Evolved over the Centuries

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

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Father Christmas is unique in that he is a pop culture icon who instantly recognizable across the world and yet didn’t he didn’t come out of a book, a cartoon or a movie. Whether you call him Santa Claus, Papa Noël, Kris Kringle or even Old Saint Nick, Father Christmas is ubiquitous throughout European history. This iconic character has even made it as far abroad as Australia, America, Japan and Brazil in recent centuries – indeed, in 2015 the entire world knows Santa. The question is does the world know where Santa came from?

Unlike Captain America, Batman and other childhood icons, Father Christmas was once a real person. Nicholas of Myra, as he was known until his death in December 343 AD, was the man behind the legend of Saint Nick. Nicholas of Myra was a Turkish monk who gave away his inherited wealth to travel the countryside, tending to the sick and poor. The most famous legend of Nicholas’ deeds is probably the story of how he saved three sisters from being sold into slavery and prostitution. He paid their dowries and helped them on the way to marrying the people they wanted to marry. This gesture made him famous across the continent, and by the time he died Nicholas was a veritable hero of the people.

This level of fame lasted for over 1000 years, with a Yuletide ‘boy bishop’ ceremony popular throughout the medieval era. In this ceremony the church youths performed the functions of their elders, effectively running their parishes for the day. 300 years later during the Renaissance era in Europe, Sinter Klaus (also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker) had become the patron saint and protector of more peoples than any other. However, his popularity among the people had started to dwindle, causing the church to reinvent Saint Nicholas slightly, naming him Father Christmas, Père Noël and Kris Kringle across the continent.

While Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, prostitutes, bakers and even Greece, Father Christmas is most certainly focused on being the patron saint of children. His reinvention in the 1600s focused on his generosity, becoming the go-to legend for boosting Christmas cheer. His old monk’s habits were swapped for the fur-lined blue, green and white robes that were popular with the then-modern people. This mysterious pop-icon would then visit Europe’s poorest children, leaving them small gifts of food, sweets or money to reward them for a year of hard work (if you’re looking for yule tide ideas for Christmas then a gift generator may do the trick to help choose what is needed in this day and age vs the last 2000 years). This was around the time that Father Christmas’ tradition of leaving coal for naughty children came into being, though the evidence suggesting why this happened is scant at best. The general assumption is simply that it was a scare tactic to encourage good behavior as the last thing that a kid would want is a lump of dirty coal when they could be getting sweets and money.

This version of Father Christmas endured for several centuries, right up until the 1900’s when Santa underwent yet another wardrobe change. Some people attribute Santa’s current reds and whites to the fact that these are ecclesiastic colors, though scholars argue that these aren’t the colors that pious Saint Nicholas of Myra would have worn. The generally held belief here is that Coca-Cola redrew Santa in their own vision in the 1930s, and the weight of the company’s advertising has restructured the way we see Santa as a result.

When you look back over the last 1700 years, Saint Nick certainly has come a long way – and we’re not just talking about his move from Turkey to Lapland/the North Pole. While there are many fictionalized parts to the Santa story – the flying reindeer and the sleigh for example were invented in the 1823 poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (the one that starts with “‘Twas the night before Christmas…”) – the legend is certainly based on fact. Even to this day Saint Nicholas of Myra is revered across the world for his generosity and altruism. Though he may not be alive and well today, his memory has inspired generosity for almost two millennia. It almost makes you wonder how much Santa will have changed by the 2000th anniversary of his death in 2343. Will the sleigh endure, or will Santa roll with the times and find a more conventional way of air travel? Only time will tell.

Image via Susanne Nilsson



5 Gifts for People Who Love Their Pets More Than People

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

We all know at least one pet-obsessed person we plan on buying a Christmas gift for this year. That’s where Etsy comes in, offering amazing, custom gifts that your pet-loving friends and family will simply love.

Custom Pet Ornament

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This product may be sold as a hanging display sculpture but even the quickest glance can reveal why it would also double as an amazing custom Christmas pet ornament.

Pet Portraits

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There are hundreds of Etsy sellers offering pet portraits in all different styles and color schemes. A quick search is sure to help you find the perfect one for the pet-lover you love.

Pet Nose Jewelry

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Did you know the nose prints of cats and dogs are as unique as the fingerprints of a human? Here’s your chance to immortalize a critter companion for the person you care about.

Fiber Animal Sculpture

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It’s one thing to have a portrait of a pet, but with a fiber animal sculpture, that image is never going to look more realistic.

Pet Pillows

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Finally pet owners can maximize their cuddle time with their pet even when the critter doesn’t want to be handled. With these pet pillows, no cuddle time is off limits.

If you’re trying to find something a little different for a special someone on your list, head to Etsy, where their holiday guide can help you find something for everyone.



Win Christmas This Year With This Stormtrooper Sled

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

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It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but experts are already arguing over what will be the hottest toys of the holiday season. Many have their money on the remote-controlled BB-8 that can be controlled with a smartphone. All experts agree that anything Star Wars is a pretty safe bet when it comes to the most popular toys of the season. That being said, if I was a kid, I’d be all about this amazing Star Wars sled for sale on Bonanza.com. It not only looks cool, but it can also be controlled with handlebars, making it a lot easier to operate than classic sleds. The fact that it’s only $100 also makes it a much more practical toy than many of the other options out there.

Heck, I only wish it had a higher carrying capacity than 150 pounds so I could use it even now as an adult. If I could just lose a few dozen pounds I’d be good to go.

(This post has been sponsored by Bonanza.com, though I really do endorse this awesome product)



6 Great Etsy Gifts for the Fallout Fanatic In Your Life

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

True Fallout fanatics have almost certainly already got their hands on the latest incarnation of their favorite series, but just because they already have Fallout 4 doesn’t mean there’s nothing left to give them this holiday season. In fact, Etsy has tons of amazing, one-of-a-kind creations dedicated to the post-apocalyptic game series. Here are a handful of items that would make excellent gifts for any die-hard Fallout fans.

A Pip Boy

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Every Fallout player knows just how critical a Pip Boy is to your survival in the wasteland.

Vault Dweller Dress

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Just because the world has ended doesn’t mean we can’t look good and every gal will look great in this Vault-approved dress.

The Fallout Christmas Card

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You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show someone you care even after the apocalypse.

A Wasteland Care Package

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Sugar Bombs, Nuka Cola, Fixer and more, you’re sure to brighten any Wasteland wanderer’s day with this care package.

Vault Boy Cookie Cutter

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Finally a chance to make cookies just like the Vault cafeteria did back home.

A Painting of Obama With a Pip Boy Riding a Unicorn in a Vault Suit

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If you have to ask why, you’re never going to understand.

Etsy is always a great place to find unique items that satisfy just about any strange interest. During the holidays, their gift guide is particularly handy for finding gifts for all those hard-to-shop-for people, so even if you don’t need a Fallout-related gift, you’re sure to find the perfect item for everyone on your list.

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Types of students you’ll meet in lectures

Friday, November 20th, 2015

In college, there are different types of students, and commonly the observation is made while attending lectures. To tell the type of student one is dealing with, the distractions portrayed give a guideline. For instance, I met a student one time who asked me, “How much can I pay you so that you can do the best essay for me?” Immediately, I could tell this is a student who does not attend lectures and probably busy running some business while still in college, which from the look of things was lucrative. Since he does not have the time for lectures, he is willing to pay and still pass the exams because money is not a problem.

Below is a discussion of the various types of students in colleges.

1) He/ She spends five hours on her hair and ten minutes working on her essays.
There are many of this kind and in a college they can never miss. It is surprising that whenever one hears of spending ten hours on the hair, only women cross their minds. Nevertheless, there are many men who are caught in this and looking at them one would guess they are from a beauty salon.

2) Those that answer all the questions because they think they know it all
This kind of people can be extremely annoying because you do not understand the reason they are answering all the questions. They do not give anyone time to talk or express a different opinion. Anyone would just feel like telling them, if you only want to hear your voice, you can as well go home and spend all the time agreeing with yourself. This is one of the irritating type one can ever meet.

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3) Those who flirt while others are busy trying to concentrate
The flirters go to an extent of flirting with the professors. They are easily recognized by their fake walking style, fake laughter and with dress codes close to those of a stripper.

4) The phone fanatics that will spend the whole time during a lecture on the phone then later borrow notes
It can be annoying because anyone would get this feeling that we all have phones, but during lectures we choose not to use them and listen as well as write notes. Therefore, no one is an exception. The worst thing, it could be that the person is your friend and in all other aspects they are never annoying.

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5) Those that treat a lecture hall like a fashion show
Students should attend lectures looking appealing and presentable. However, there are some students who exaggerate the dressing code or make-up, which is not necessary because only fashion shows necessitate such conducts.

6) They look angry for no reason
Looking miserable and angry every day is not acceptable. Everyone has one of those days they feel down and probably discouraged, but one cannot be experiencing anger on a daily basis. No one wants to associate with such people.

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7) They read ahead despite the syllabus not being covered
They are always ahead and challenge the rest because they will even read other books that no one has looked at yet.

8) Those that will always ask questions that do not need answers
Instructions are given clearly, but there are people who will never lack a question, regardless of how pointless and stupid it can get.



How does the 3D Printed OctaWorm actually work?

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Rescue workers have been faced with many challenges when it comes to rescuing people who have been draped under collapsed buildings. In this regard, such workers often find it difficult to locate and reach people who have been draped under collapsed buildings. Additionally, the traditional rescue robots cannot traverse some spaces in the quest to rescue survivors. However, these challenges presented to the rescue workers and traditional rescue robots have been solved by the use of the OctaWorm. This is deformable, small robot that is capable of negotiating and exploring all kinds of spaces. This robot can traverse all kinds of spaces that have been challenging most of the traditional rescue robots. The OctaWorm was developed through the project by the University of Akron and the University of Chile. Juan Cristóbal Zagal is a person who is credited for designing the OctaWorm itself. The joinery parts of the robot that facilitates the connection of the electric linear actuators were developed by the use of 3D printing. Additionally, the 3D printing was also used in producing ball joints of the robot.

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The Working Mechanism of the 3D Printed OctaWorm

The 3D printed OctaWorm’s ball joints were created by the use of Stratasys Objet 3D printer while the rest of the printed 3D printed parts were developed by the use of the FDM 3D printer. The robot consists or rubbery balls located at the end of its legs. Such rubbery balls which provide it with the ability to traverse through and grip onto various materials and terrains. This is achieved by OctaWorm’s 3D printed ball joints which facilitate and controls the deformation motion, making it possible for the robot to assume various configurations and shapes. The robot’s basic structure consists of 3D printed parts with aluminum rods that make its legs durable.

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The OctaWorm is a small robot that is capable of squeezing it into cracks, crevices and gaps of piles debris that have been formed due to structural damage. This is achieved through changing its real size in order to fit the situation required. It can expand when necessary and also constrict when entering into small cracks, crevices, and gaps. It is worth noting that the main aim of developing the OctaWorm was the need to navigate and access confined spaces ire voids and cracks within disaster environments, air ducts, and pipes. In addition to traversing inside pipes with small diameters, the OctaWorm can also able to deal with the changes within the pipe’s internal diameter. This means that the robot can change its shape and size in accordance to the pipe’s internal diameter.

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The robot’s functional symmetry facilitates it to negotiate as well as travel along Y, T and L joints within pipelines. This has been hitherto a problem for the traditional rescue robots as well as rescue workers. Particularly, the conventional in-pipe robots were incapable of traversing through such kinds of junctions. On the contrary, the deformable OctaWorm robot could simply squeeze into a variety of junctions. There are three prototypes of the OctaWorm. The deformable robot’s third prototype has been undergoing various modifications since it was designed by Juan Cristóbal Zagal.

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The initial two models of the robot used syringes in order to move its joints accordingly and it was run by small hydraulics whereas the second prototype’s joints were run utilized electronic actuators. Further, the joints of the modern version of the robot use pneumatic-driven servo motors that are more reliable than electronic actuators. Despite the fact that the robot is currently operated by a wired controller, there is a possibility that future prototypes will be operated wirelessly.



Are Social and Mobile Gambling Becoming Big?

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

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The short answer to the question: Are social and mobile gambling becoming big is: Yes, they are becoming extremely big. In fact, more and more people are jumping on board and starting to look for ways to make their money with online social and mobile gambling.

It has been a big hit for several key reasons that we will explore below, but to begin with, you have to know that gambling has long been a trend in most of the 1st world countries for centuries. Today, different forms of gambling are popping up because people are becoming more and more aware of the excellent money they can make by doing hardly anything except playing fun games that they would already play at home or while they’re on the go on their smart phones.

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The Fun of Social and Mobile Gambling

Online gaming is very fun for a lot of people, and in fact, many of these people really enjoy the social aspect of gaming on the internet. You can connect with others who may be like you and like to gamble online, and you can share how much you win on your social media sites as well.

There are other aspects that are making social and mobile gambling into a huge industry right now. One aspect is that it is super easy to do now that we all have smart phones and tablets to do the work for us.

Before, when it came to gambling on the internet, you would have to have a desktop computer or perhaps you might have a laptop. But in those cases and at that time, you might have to contend with others using the one computer in the house, and the internet was also a lot worse than it is now with the connections.

Today, you can play many different types of online games such as online casino Grizzly Gambling on your smart phone, smart watch or other tablet device. The best games are going to be located for you here. There are also apps that work as links to games, and that enable you to connect with others like you who are playing the games.

Remember that there are limitless places you can play these games as well, and that’s what makes them so popular. People are enjoying the fact that they do not have to go all the way to the actual brick and mortar casino to play slots or other table games like craps. They can simply play from the comfort of their own homes, and this adds a lot more flexibility to their play. It’s easy when they are bored or even when they are with others and just want to have something else to do on their smart phones or tablet devices.

Gambling Now on Smart Watches

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Finally, another of the reasons why online social gambling has become so popular is that you can now do it easily on your own smart watch if you have one of these new and fabulous devices. More people are getting them because they don’t enjoy having to carry around a large phone, tablet or computer all the time, and the smart watch basically allows them to do everything they otherwise would, and they can have the smart watch strapped to their wrists.

If you are interested in getting involved with social media gambling or other gambling sites, consider it! This is an up and coming area that many of your friends and family members are probably already getting into.

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Trends for Online Mobile Gambling in the Future

Researchers are currently examining the trends that will be heading in to the future, and they are seeing that everything we’ve discussed here in this article is going to be continuing as we move toward the future. If you haven’t already jumped on this band wagon then, you definitely should start now and get in on the ground floor. Things are looking very good for social and mobile gambling.



Eat Your Way Into Restaurant Ownership

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

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Are you a big eater? Well here’s you chance to put your money where your mouth is and eat your way into posession of a new business. All you have to do is eat a 30 pound burrito and then drink a ghost pepper margarita and you’ll take on a 10% ownership from New York restaurant Don Chingon.

Of course, it’s not going to be easy and you have to make an investment to participate. Entry is $150 and you have 1 hour to eat a three and a half foot tortilla filled with  chicken, steak, carnitas, chorizo, cheese, rice, beans and salsa. I can’t wait until John gets to New York because he’s ate at least twice that much during every Neatorama Christmas party.

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3 Terrifying Doctors Who Practiced Medicine for Years

Monday, October 5th, 2015

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Doctors are supposed to be there to help their patients, but sometimes they have other things on their mind. These terrible doctors traumatized their patients with gross violations of the Hippocratic Oath.

The Pediatrician Who Molested and Raped His Young Patients

Every parent wants to make sure their child is happy, which is why a good pediatrician is so important. But just because someone has a license and a successful practice doesn’t mean they should be left around your kids.

Described my news outlets as “the worst pedophile in American history,” Earl Brian Bradley is every parent’s nightmare as he used his position as a pediatrician to molest and rape over 100 child patients -some as young as 3 months old.

From the outside, Bradley’s office looked like a great place to get your child comfortable around doctors, with carnival rides, a small theater showing Disney films and all kinds of kid-friendly decorations. For almost ten years Bradley worked in the town of Lewes, Deleware, but then Bradley’s own sister informed the state’s medical society of patient complaints about the doctor‘s inappropriate touching of their children. In 2009, Bradley was arrested and accused of nine counts of inappropriate touching including the fourth degree rape of a two-year-old patient. Then police found more than 13 hours of video footage from the doctor’s office showing even more rapes and molestations.

Eventually, Bradley was charged with 471 charges of molestation, rape and child-exploitation. He was convicted for every charge and sentenced to 14 consecutive life terms plus 165 years in prison without parole.

The Doctor Who Modified Patients’ Vaginas Without Consent

If women have been having sex and delivering babies since humanity began, their anatomy is probably just fine when it comes to those two things, but Dr. James C. Burt disagreed with nature, writing, ”women are structurally inadequate for intercourse. This is a pathological condition amenable to surgery.”  The surgery in question was one he specially created that he believed would turn women into ”horny little mice” by increasing their sexual responsiveness. More specifically, he would remove the hood of the clitoris, reposition the vagina, move the urethra and alter the walls between the rectum and the vagina.

In fact, the surgery often left women with sexual dysfunctions, scarring, permanent physical damage and chronic infections of the kidney bladder and vagina, but that didn’t stop Dr. Burt from experimenting on hundreds of women without their permission over the course of 22 years  -usually after a pregnancy. ”The patient,” he wrote, ”had not been informed that anything more had been done to her than delivery and episiotomy and repair, or ”Yes, you had stitches with your delivery.’ ” It’s worth noting that the doctor was never even certified by American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology nor was he a licensed surgeon.

When his crimes finally caught up with him, he claimed his accusers were ”dissatisfied women who may have had complications, who may be lying, who may have had positive feelings turn negative when forced to pay the bill and women who stand to make a lot of money from the lies.” Despite his claims of innocence, the doctor voluntarily surrendered his license in 1989 and later declared bankruptcy after multiple lawsuits left him owing $21 million. Amazingly, Burt never faced criminal charges for his acts and died in 2002 without ever once seeing the inside of a jail cell.

The Doctor Who Impregnated Patients With His Own Sperm

When a woman goes to a fertility doctor seeking artificial insemination, she’s not asking the doctor to donate his own sperm -but that’s just what Cecil Byran Jacobson did in anywhere between 15 and 75 cases. Despite having no specialist training in infertility medicine, Jacobson operated his own reproductive genetics center. During his time as a doctor there, he offered to help artificially inseminate patients with sperm from screened, anonymous donors -only the samples weren’t from anonymous men, they were from the doctor himself. As if that weren’t bad enough, in one case the doctor even switched his sperm out with the husband of a women undergoing the procedure. At least fifteen of Jacobson’s  patients have discovered the doctor fathered their children and some estimate there are up to 75 kids in this world that were born thanks to the doctor’s unethical practices.

Jacobson maintains that he acted in the right and that he only supplied samples when donors failed to show up and a patient was about to complete her fertility window -and in the case where the woman’s husband was supposed to supply the sample, he claims it was a simple mix up in the laboratory. Despite his claims and appeals, the doctor was convicted of 52 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and perjury. Surprisingly though, he was only sentenced to five years in prison and the loss of his medical license and has been out of prison since 1997.

Wanna read more medical horror stories? Then don’t miss this Oddee article featuring eight doctors that seem to have been sent from hell.

 

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