Tips On Upgrading Your Car

car-970353_1280Nowadays, cars are so highly developed that you might think it impossible to make any improvements. But your car can definitely look much better and make you feel a lot cooler, so consider customizing it a bit. If you don’t know where to start, I’ll gladly give you some tips on how to start the fun adventure of upgrading your car.

Wider wheels and tires

Tires are some of the basic parts of your car, since not only are they important for driving in bad weather, they also improve road holding and braking. The easiest way to improve your tires is to buy plus size ones. This is not only about making your ride look better, but also about improving your handling capabilities significantly. A larger wheel also provides the space for larger brake discs, which means more break-pad contact surface.

Rims

Many rims sellers offer visualization tools, so you can see how they would look on your car. These days upgrading your car with rims is not for enthusiasts only, so you can get them for reasonable prices and make your car look like new again.

LED light bars

Upgrading your car with better lights, like LED light bars, will surely prove to be a worthy investment. Their durability is higher than those of regular headlights. They only need a small bit of electricity to work and because of that they hardly produce enough heat, so it is safe to put them on your car and use in times of low visibility. One of the best characteristics of these lights is their ability to illuminate a much wider area than normal headlights. So, by upgrading your car with proper LED lights you will no longer be scared to drive in bad weather conditions like rain, snow or fog.

lamborghini-650274_640Ceramic brake pads

Ceramic pads handle high brake temperature with less heat fade, they offer much quieter braking and provide faster recovery after stopping. Also, they produce much less dust as they wear, unlike regular brakes. Ceramic compounds durability tests show that they extend brake life.

Upgrade your sound system

This is not an expensive upgrade, but it can really make your life easier, especially when you have to wait in a traffic jam. Everything is better with the music you like, and according to Popular Mechanics Magazine you can get a new radio head that is compatible with your mobile device for less than $100, so think about that.

Car interior upgrade

There are a lot of things you can do to improve the quality of your drive time. If you are getting tired of the same seats, just use a fabric spray paint and simply spray over your seat in any color you like.

USB power multiplied

If you travel a lot, an excellent thing to buy is a USB power multiplied, which will allow you to use your tablet or phone instead of paper maps. You can insert this additional and powerful USB into the cigarette lighter socket. This way all of your electronic gadgets will stay charged during hours on the road.

Colors and Your Photos: An Absolute Read for All Photographers

Colors and Your Photos: An Absolute Read for All PhotographersPerhaps, you know how colors help create the mood of your photos. You don’t need advanced photography lessons or experience to know the impact of colors on photos.

When I was just starting out in photography, effective use and composition of colors in images was among the first things I had to learn. I realized how powerful colors can be when I had my room re-painted. Using an air compressor (visit AirCompressorJudge.com for more details about air compressors for painting), the dull white walls were painted with bright yellow. The change in color gave my room a lively, refreshing vibe.

Colors are a universal language. They are a powerful element in life as well as in photography. They can evoke feelings and mood that ultimately impact its audience, whether they will love the photo or hate it altogether. And in order to use colors well in your photography projects, it would help to know what emotions each color evokes or means.

  1. Red

Feelings of warmth, passion and love are widely attributed to red. It also creates a sense of fierce and regalia. When used in contrast with white, red creates a major contrast but with a touch of grace.

  1. Orange

The color of sunset, orange gives warmth and enthusiasm to your photos. Our eyes are instinctively drawn to orange being one of the best hues of nature, especially seen as the sun sets.

  1. Yellow

Yellow comes in different tones and hues, and each of this gradient can evoke a totally different emotion. Light yellow creates a refreshing mood, but excessively bright or deep tone will leave you irritated. Saturating your photos with yellow also has a tiring effect. As such, yellow should be used only as down-tone.

  1. Green

The color of nature, green brings in life and tranquility to your photos. Perhaps, you’ve seen how pro photographers effectively use green in food photography. Yellow and green seem to contrast each other well as these colors evoke completely opposite mood. Use these two colors in equal proportions on your photographs and see how it gives it a lasting impact.

  1. Blue

Blue is the color of sky and it signifies hope and calmness, but some tones can evoke sadness. You’ve probably heard about some ‘feeling blue’. It is best paired with black to create a powerful and formal appeal.

  1. Black

Different people attach different meanings and emotions to black. In photography, black can be interpreted as either an amalgam of all the colors or the lack of it. Be extra careful when using black in your photographs lest you turn-off your audience. This color is also considered the ‘most formal’ of all colors. Highlight black if you want to convey serious sentiments.

  1. White

Give your photos soft and light emotions by maximizing white and other light tones, especially pink. These very light colors bring a sense of serenity and space. It adds depth to your photos. White contrasts perfectly with most other warm colors, but most especially with green.

Let your photographs reflect the emotions you want. Use the right colors, shades and contrast, and be amazed at how evocative your photographs can be!

An Absolute Read for All Photographers

Gadgets You Could Live Without (But Why Would You)

Gadgets You Could Live Without (But Why Would You)As you probably know, I have a thing for technology. My home is swarming with all kinds of gadgets and doodads. Most of them I need for my work or a hobby, but some are just – fun. Here I have compiled for you a list of the top gadgets that you certainly don’t need, but you will find a reason to get them anyway. Sometimes they’re small and inconspicuous, and sometimes huge and bulky (like one of these). Sometimes you don’t use them at all, but you just have to have them for some reason. So here they are:

  1. A wristwatch that counts your steps

Yes, I know these types of watches are great for people who exercise or want to keep an eye on their weight, but for me it’s just fun wearing one around my wrist from time to time and looking at how many steps I made that day.  It also functions as a real watch, as well as a mile counter, and it can be used to count the calories you burn. But then again – how many steps did you take today?

  1. Smart bulb

This is a gadget that’s both cool and useful. I have a smart bulb in my living room that’s connected with my mobile phone. I can control it and make it change colours, and it detects my movements so it powers down when I leave my house. I can also control it with my PC or tablet. I can set it up to turn on at a certain hour (like an alarm clock), and I can make it flash in a certain colour when I get an email or notification. It can also let you know when it’s raining outside, so you don’t have to tire yourself out by looking out the window. It’s really handy – and awesomely cool!

  1. Beer-cap counter

The beer cap counter is a gadget which serves as a bottle opener, and it counts how many bottles have been opened by it. I won’t disclose the number I’m on here, but believe me, when you have this you can come to certain realizations about your drinking habits!

  1. Karaoke machine

I have the most awesome karaoke machine – this one. I absolutely love it, and you’d be surprised how many people love to sing their favourite tune after you get a couple of beers in them (see item above). I really didn’t think a karaoke machine would be the life of all my parties, but it turned out to be precisely that. I got so used to having one around, I’m not sure what my parties would look like without it anymore.

So there you are – the top four gadgets in my home that I could easily live without – but why would I? I highly recommend all of these for all of you who have a few extra bucks and don’t know what to do with them, especially if you want to make your life a bit more fun and interesting.

5 Inventions That Make Life Easier

5 Inventions That Make Life EasierRecently I thought about how I was born at a lucky time in history. We – people that live in this time – have so many small luxuries that we don’t perhaps even notice, but which make our lives so much easier that they were before.

While my grandmother didn’t even have running water back in Ireland, today I bask in the glow of my 4-mode hydro massage shower with a built-in radio and a never-ending stream of hot water.  OS, I made a short list of the stupid but useful things that popped into my mind. I hope you have fun reading!

  • The Ice-Maker

I used to not have an ice maker. And I can’t really say that I suffered, but I have it extremely easy now! I can’t even anymore imagine the times when I had to freeze water for ice – now I just press a button and fresh and wonderful ice comes raining down. What a delight!

  • The hand drill

How did people even drill stuff before the invention of the electric drill? I know – by hand. But still! I can’t imagine trying to drill a hole in my wall by hand! You know that one guy you call when you need to install new shelves or whatnot at your apartment? Well, I’m that guy in my circle of friends, so I absolutely make use of my drill – and thank God I have it!

  • The pool heater

Modern-day inventions such as pool heaters like those at PoolHeaterWorld just make life easier. I have an outdoor pool and I would hate not being able to take a dip until it’s naturally heated – imagine how long that would take! I try to cherish the simple things in life, and my pool heater is one of them.

  • The bicycle

Just imagine a world without bicycles! I almost can’t. I am so glad that somewhere in history someone got the idea for a two-wheeled death trap (it must have seemed like that back then) that we today get to enjoy. Do you know that they still aren’t sure how bikes work – what keeps them upright? Well, they don’t, but it doesn’t stop the bicycle from being one of the best inventions in the history of mankind (according to me!).

  • Toilet that flushes

Back in Ireland, my grandmother still had one of those toilets in the field – by which I mean a big hole with a shed over it. She used to talk about how foul it smelled, and she accidentally fell in one time. Awful. That’s why I’m grateful for my toilet that I can flush – it’s the little everyday things that make you happy to live in this time and place.

That’s it folks – the top 5 inventions that make my life easier, and probably yours too. Now excuse me while I get a big glass of juice full of ice and turn on my awesome pool heater (this one – http://poolheaterworld.com/pentair-460737-400000-btu-pool-heater-review/). Man, I just love my life!

7 Things to Know For Growing Stuff at Home

7 Things to Know For Growing Stuff at HomeHi there! It’s John and I am here to talk about something that I truly love. I am passionate about nature. Weather, animals, and plants are what make me curious about the world around me. It allows me to take a break from typing on the computer or compulsively checking my Smartphone for texts or Facebook updates. Since I was a kid, my parents would tell me the travels they took with my grandparents. My grandparents came to this country from Ireland where they liked to enjoy the plains and plants they had over there. They would bring my parents to Ireland on vacations and to get in touch with their roots. My parents did the same when they took me to Ireland several years ago. Ever since I went, my mindset about what Mother Nature has produced has shifted and now, I am trying to get in touch here at home. That is why I started to grow plants.

For the newbie planter, there are many things to learn before spending money for supplies. First things first, learn about what you need for indoor planting. You need a lot of room for your plants to grow. The part of the plant that grow at the top needs space, so the leaves that are responsible for producing food can expand. The same goes for the bottom parts of the plant. Roots need space to stretch and grow out in the soil. If the roots are crowded, then the plant will not grow as big as it should.

Another thing that a plant needs in order to grow is the perfect temperature. Some plants do well with warm temperatures; others may need the temperature to be a tad cool. Research the suitable temperature based on the type of plant.

The third important factor for potential plant growth is light. Light is vital for plant growth, so be sure to place it in front of a window as close as you can get it facing west or south. The further away from light, the darker the plant will get. A plant can also garner energy from an artificial light source. Check out www.plantozoid.com where you can purchase T5 grow lights. There are plenty of benefits of using T5 grow lights for your indoor grow. These T5 grow lights produce more light with less energy necessary, can last up to 20,000 hours, and outputs a low amount of heat.

Water is very important in order to produce nutrients. Depending on the type of plant and its size, you should use enough water that will drain out of the pots. That is why pots and containers with drainage holes are a great advantage. Check how dry the plant is by putting a finger into the soil at about an inch deep. If it is dry, then sprinkle some water.

Clean air is necessary for healthy plant growth. Air contains carbon dioxide that the plant needs. Pollution in the air can deplete the plant’s nutrients and as a result, avoid growth.

Nutrients are dissolved in water and sucked up by the plant’s roots. Fertilizer keeps the soil full of nutrients. Plants need phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen as a part of their nutrients. They help with cell division, root growth, above ground growth, and fight off plant diseases.

Last, but definitely not least: you need to take your time! Time is needed for the plant to grow within your care. Some plants take less time than others. It all depends on the plant type and if you are following these necessities. If you want, keep up with the timing by writing down when you planted, when you watered, and when it is expected to fully grow. Happy growing!

Big Blue’s Plans for the Next 5 Years

Big Blue’s Plans for the Next 5 YearsI’m what they call a “techie,” an individual who loves to learn and play with new gadgets. Desktops, laptops, iPhones, and other pieces of technology are always updating faster than the speed of light. As time passes, things evolve, and for the most part it is for the better. A new IBM project is surfacing and I am stoked to talk about what I’ve learned so far.

Over $3 billion dollars is being invested over the next five years. IBM’s goal is to make smaller, more packed processors and other tech parts. IBM wants to continue progress in the world of computing and help with development in the next half-decade. A smaller, yet more efficient processor is just what I need for my notebook.

Big Blue, the nickname referring to IBM, wants to create nanometer-sized transistors with more compartmentalized features. The second wish IBM wants to make come true is to find alternatives to the current silicon chip with more durable materials. Introduction of new technologies to manufacturing is IBM’s concern and the company has already planned teams in areas such as Switzerland and New York for new staff to start the work. The research conducted by these teams will be analyzing ways to advance today’s technology. [Read more…]