5 Small, Cool And Smart Things You Can Do In The Kitchen To Save Money And Energy

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

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Most of us can probably agree that the kitchen is the hub of the whole household. Here the most delicious meals are made for family celebrations, here you have the best conversations with a cup of coffee and just-made apple pie, and here everyone gathers to eat and just have a good time with the family.

Cooking is really a great hobby, but rising electricity and gas bills please few of us. Especially nowadays when every single dollar can be used for something better. Today, we invite you to get acquainted with five tricks that will save your time and money, as well as the environment and which don’t even require that much effort. Best of all, these tips are super fun, and can be called geeky, because not many people come up with such lifehacks for sure!

  1. Cook in as little water as possible. The more water you boil, the more power it requires to get bubbled, so you are not only wasting water (after all, we tend to spill everything away) but also waste energy too. In addition, in a large quantity of boiled water there are way less vitamins that end up in your food than in a smaller amount, so if you are using a lot of water, you are also wasting many minerals and vitamins too.
  2. Turn off an oven five minutes early. When you are cooking soups, porridge or noodles, turn off the hotplate a bit earlier and use the rest of the time for the food to cook by itself. By doing only this small trick you can save around 5 dollars each month, and that is a fair amount, considering how little you have to do to save. At the same time, if you turn off your oven 5-10 minutes before the end of cooking, you can also save a bit of money because even after the stove is turned off, it remains hot for a while. By doing this, you can save around 6 dollars a month too, which adds up to over 60 dollars a year!
  3. Defrost the freezer regularly. Believe it or not, but the more ice there is in a freezer, the higher the energy consumption is. In fact, in the case of a 3 mm thick frost, electricity consumption increases by 30 percent. Let’s not forget that even ice cubes in your drink can harm the environment, so it surely pays off to defrost your freezer time after time. Neat and tidy refrigerators actually can save you around 5 dollars a month. On the other hand, you can also lower the minimum cooling temperature and don’t worry about that too – it will be enough to keep your food fresh and delicious for as long as possible, and you can save a lot of money as well.ruethedayblogcom-shutterstock_276118997-56f52425bd8c1
  4. Do not open up and close your refrigerator unnecessarily. This might be a little bit hard to work on, but it must be done because if you are doing this, you are constantly letting warm air in it, and thus your fridge needs more energy to make it cool again. It is also advisable to keep only cool or cold products in the refrigerator as well (for the same reason). At the same time, do not put the refrigerator next to the various heating devices, such as an oven or radiator, because that also makes your fridge warmer and that makes the beloved fridge work hard to keep itself cool. Help him out!ruethedayblogcom-shutterstock_304167596-56f52426353f6
  5. If you have a dishwasher, wash the dishes at a lower temperature. Why? Because about 80 percent of energy is used just to warm the water alone. Save that energy and instead switch to cooler temperatures because washing dishes not at 65°C but at 30°C can save you around 50 dollars a year and that is worth doing for the environment too. Plus, do not worry about your dishes not getting washed – there are some specialized dishwashing soaps which work perfectly well at low temperatures too. If you need some advice on where to find such products – check Amazon online for a start. Also, remember to use some coupons there as well, to get the best eco-friendly products at the best prices too. Fun, isn’t it?


Assassins Creed’s Characters and their Costume Guide

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Assassins Creed is one of the hottest action adventure games out there, allowing gamers to experience high-tech graphics and the character’s innovative fighting and parkour movements that practically every gamer can enjoy. It’s not surprising knowing the popularity of the game, that many fans have their eyes set on copying the character’s great apparel. Each installment of the series featured different characters that appear in different clothing styles and some of the best ones are discussed below and along with information on how you can dress just like them. Well, at least, reasonably close to them.

Connor Kenway

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Connor Kenway is the main character from Assassins Creed 3. In the game, you may have noticed his outfit is white, but here you can wear a different version, perhaps in black and red, which will give a unique effect like you’ve never seen before. In fact, you can wear this at a convention, showing off your alternate take on Connor Kenway’s outfit.

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Purchase links:

Assassin’s Creed 3 Connor Kenway Hoodie Jacket

Black Leather Faux Trouser

Black Vinyl Boot Tops Costume Accessory

Mens Leather Winter Super Driving Warm Gloves

Jacob Fryer

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Jacob Fryer, the Master Assassin of the British Brotherhood of Assassins, is an essential character in the Assassins Creed Syndicate. When it comes to his costume, it has great British style that you can easily adapt to your own fashion sense, which makes this outfit cooler than the rest.

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Purchase links:

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Men’s Shiny Belt with Gold Buckle

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Assassin’s Gauntlet with Hidden Blade

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You may want to include this hat too.

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Men’s Cotton Trilby Fedora

Arno Dorian

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When you really look at it, the outfit of Jacob Fryer slightly resembles Arno Dorian’s apparel from Assassins Creed Unity (seen above). The only major difference is the coat which is navy blue, but it’s better you go for a slightly different look that will be even better than Arno Dorian’s apparel. Use the same items from Jacob Fryer’s guide, minus the coat and the weapons and use these instead.

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Purchase links:

Arno Assassins Creed Unity Jacket

Brown Leather Warm Touch Screen Gloves

Pirate Sword Costume Accessory

Neck Warmer Wide Lightweight Long Scarf

Saving the best for last, this is almost everyone’s favorite assassin:

Ezio Apocalypto

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Purchase link:

Men’s Assassin’s Creed 2 Ezio Apocalypto Cosplay Costume Cloak

Will you just look at that? This is an even more evil version of the classic Assassin’s look, which is black, adorned in fur and features many exciting details -especially the shoulder pad with intricate stitching just like in the game.



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.

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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.



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 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 casino live on schmittscasino.com or anywhere else 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.



College home party

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Most students in the world today hate doing homework’s since they lack self-motivation in their studies. If you aspire to excel in your studies then, you ought to consider doing your homework as an essential component of your academics. Most people will have different preferences while dealing with their homework. Some will prefer doing them individually, others as a team while another group might opt to outsource the services of an assignment helper.

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Factors to consider when teaming up with friends for a homework party

Not too many people, having too many people in the discussion may lead to the discussion being unproductive. Invite a maximum of four other people into the discussion thus minimizing too many distractions through hanging out and too much talking by the members. By doing this, there will be the full concentration of the members thus the assignment being done effectively and efficiently. Secondly, the person you invite for a homework party matters a lot. You have to consider engaging people you know are active in the chosen subject such that if there’s something you are having a problem with you can always refer them. Alternatively you can also invite someone you don’t know thus making a new friend. On some instances, you could also volunteer to help others who are weak in the subject.

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Organize your study area in a way that it will be conducive to everyone and their work by providing a significant floor space for every member. You may also have some refreshments and snacks to help keep energy and concentration levels up too. The study set up may be as shown in the diagram below.

Take breaks, to minimize the monotony and improve your focus and concentration. You need to take regular breaks the same way you should while studying alone. Using a stopwatch, you may be able to keep track with your schedule and ensure that your breaks will not be prolonged for too long. Lastly, being honest is paramount while working as a team. Genuine friends will always be supportive. They will offer to help you and together you might even discover new ways of doing things you had never considered before. In the same line, always take responsibility for your homework. Never allow anyone else to do your homework on your behalf even if they are the best in a given subject than you are. Therefore, you will always have pride in your work and consequently learn something new.

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In conclusion, as a student you should always be prepared to handle any task assigned to you either as an assignment or as homework. It is important that the student should understand him or herself better as to whether he prefers working in an individual capacity or working as a team. Having said that, students who have settled to work as a team ought to familiarize themselves with both the merits and demerits of the team working. Students should ensure that they make maximum use of every homework party whether in tackling a mathematical query or dealing with a theoretical question that requires them to write short essay.



Looking to save some moola this summer? Try Groupon Coupons!

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

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We love to save some money and so do most of our readers, so if you’re like us, you’ll be happy to hear about a new way to save. Groupon (yes, that Groupon) has just launched a free coupon site, which as you might expect has been named “Groupon Coupons,” so now you can save money without buying the discount ahead of time. Simply visit their site, search for the store you need a discount from and then take advantage of the coupons and deals available.

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For example, the site has a coupon for ThinkGeek (one of our favorite stores) that will score you this awesome 16th anniversary t-shirt for free with any order over $30.

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Meanwhile, at Teefury (another favorite), you could save up to 15% off or get a free gift depending on which promo code you use.

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If you’re a bigger fan of Threadless (we love them too) though, you won’t want to miss the impressive $10 off of a $75 order promo code.

Like many of their large competitors, Groupon Coupons has some exclusive coupon codes set up with advertisers and some of these coupons are pretty great, which is unsurprising given that Groupon already has such an impressive reputation going for it.

So next time you’re shopping online, don’t forget to stop by Groupon Coupons and see if you can score some sweet savings before you check out -and don’t forget to look for printable coupons if you’re going to shop in store somewhere.



What’s This About the Geek Culture?

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

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What exactly is a geek, and what exactly is geek culture? This is a question that many people end up asking themselves. And this is especially true when they are called a geek. “Why did someone call me a geek?” they ask. Chances are, one of the following things leads people to believe them to be geeks. It’s certainly not a bad thing, but it is definitely its own culture. Let’s get started and look at what makes someone a geek and what their culture exactly is in the first place.

The Computer Is the Friend of the Geek

One of the first tenets of being a geek is knowing all about computers. In fact, perhaps geeks even know too much about computers and technology. Many of them love playing games online or with a video game console. The good thing about knowing how to play games and knowing about computers and different types of technology is that these geeks often end up being able to win big at Red Flush Casino. And having extra money is certainly not a bad thing. Many of the geeks who live in Silicon Valley and work in the technological fields actually end up having a ton of money, in fact. Just look at Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or the owner and creator of Facebook.

No Sports Savvy

Another aspect of geek culture that is often mentioned is that geeks tend not to really like sports or have anything to do with athletics at all. This is key because it means that they are especially drawn to other types of things, like computers and technology, comic books and cartoons, but it also means that they tend to be thin and lanky or overweight because they don’t spend any time working out or playing sports! Again, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing other than the fact that it may be slightly unhealthy.

Comic Books and Cartoons

Geeks also tend to like comic books and cartoons. For example, many geeks love going to Comic Con, where they can see all of their favorite comic book characters and superheroes in “real life.”

Do You Have the Smarts for Geek Culture?

Last but not least, geek culture is often simply about being smart, and that’s not a bad thing right? Of course not. Many geeks have professions in which they have to be incredibly talented and smart. Scientists and mathematicians of all kinds can be geeks. Historians and social workers may also be geeks. Artists, writers, filmmakers and musicians are geeks too because they have specific fields in which they know a lot. Overall, being a geek is not so bad, and the culture is pretty good too!

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Geek Culture and the Joy of Tech

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

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Do you love technology so much that you consider yourself a geek? If you answered yes to that question, then you are probably already part of geek culture. What exactly is geek culture? Well, it all starts with technology, superheroes, comic books and maybe even some math and science.

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Geek culture is fun and entertaining actually. A lot of it is about the joy of technology. Geeks and nerds tend to love technology, but it is no longer an actual nerdy thing that can get you beaten up at school or in the parking lot. Much of it has to do with knowing the latest gadgets and pieces of technology that are coming out of our favorite brands and companies. If you love this stuff, then you love geek culture.

Being raised geek

So are you part of the geek culture, and do you love the joy of technology? If you were raised to geek, as they say, then you probably have a few tropes that you already know about that go along with geek culture. First, you probably loved math and science in high school and middle school. You maybe even loved math and science in elementary school, and did you love math and science in college? Yes, you probably did, it’s true.

Another thing that you probably love is the Internet. Of course, most people love the Internet. It’s a great place to go when you are bored, and it is also an amazing resource for knowledge and entertainment. So if you love the Internet, then you’re probably part of geek culture as well. One thing about the Internet that many geeks love is online gaming. Royal online has some of the best online games that you can find the Internet. Search online for your favorite games and those that are most popular. You’ll find all sorts of different games, and if you’re a geek, you will probably be more enticed to play games that you can connect with other people on. For example, you can play with your friends who are just a few houses or apartment buildings down from you, you can play with friends who were actually sitting on the couch or chair right next to you, or you can play with people you don’t even know who are across the country or all the way around the world. It’s all in good fun, and to have a great time.

After you get done playing games, consider going online just to do some research on a hobby or something that you enjoy in particular, or to watch a movie streaming online. You can sign up for movie services and watching favorite TV show even. Have fun with the Internet, and have fun with technology. You’re a geek, so be proud of geek culture.

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Humane Bird Removal Can Help Birds and Humans

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

As an animal lover, it’s easy to understand why you should never turn to killing wild creatures just because they’re inconveniencing you but wild birds can cause problems when they attempt to inhabit homes and businesses. While many people would immediately turn to poison or dangerous traps, there are companies out there, like this Orlando bird removal service who can help you humanely trap the pesky critters and release them in a more remote area. The companies can then add special bird barriers to your structure to ensure your feathered friends won’t be coming back.

Having birds living in a structure is not only bothersome for the people inhabiting the building, but also dangerous for the birds themselves. They often enter chimneys, air conditioners, and duct work and have even been known to get stuck in walls after entering through a small vent. By removing them from your property and adding barriers to keep them away, you’re doing yourself and the birds a favor.

And in case you aren’t bothered by the idea of birds residing in your home, consider that they also leave droppings, mites, feathers, nests and fleas behind, resulting in damage to your residence as well as dangerous pests that can carry multiple diseases. By having the animals humanely removed and blocked out, you’re keeping the bird, your family and your structures safer -a small trade off for the pleasant chirp of a nesting mother.

The best thing any real animal lover can do for wild animals is to safely guide them to spaces where they can live in the wild -away from human encroachment. While that can be difficult to do with birds, you will be doing your part if you at least remove existing bird populations from your property and put up barriers to prevent them from returning.