Saturday, February 18, 2017

BURGLAR ALARM and Home Security System, A Necessity in Every Home

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Picture of a burglar alarm detection point.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The world today is very much different from it was many years ago. People are already divided into several classes, depending on their way of life and how much money they are making. And this is one main reason why there are many crimes spreading in any part of the world.

Robbery, burglaries, you name it and it's all over the newspapers. No one is exempted from these crimes, and the least possible thing that many people can do is to protect themselves, their families. This is probably the time for you to have a home security system; and the burglar alarm is the most common device for this job.

You may have second thoughts about getting a home security system; well you don’t need to think twice. The time to act is now, especially with all the crimes going about in almost any community. You don’t want to put your family's life at stake.

A very good way to protect your homes and your families is through a home security system. Once you have this alarm, burglars and/or robbers will hesitate to enter your homes. 

Compared to burglar alarms a few years back, home security systems nowadays are highly advanced and more sophisticated. These gadgets are especially designed to protect your homes from any harm or threats.

Ever wondered how burglar alarms work? Well, it usually has control units and interconnected sensors. That is why it can detect burglary, fire, or any intrusion in your home's premises. Oftentimes, alarm systems range from the noisemakers to the more complex ones. Once the system detects intrusion, the home security system will send a signal either to the local police or to the monitoring company. In case of fire, the system will signal the home occupants and the fire department.

Security should never be compromised, and that is the central concept for which these home security systems evolve. Sometimes, chains, padlocks, or even fences just aren't enough, because even burglars nowadays use sophisticated gadgets to break into your homes.

Your home will be completely safe from any untoward incidents because it is monitored by the company. So make sure that you get a home security system that will effectively protect your home and family anytime of the day, whether you're at home or not.

Burglar alarms and home security systems are very useful, and it comes with a cost. However, the cost is nothing compared to the protection it can give to you and your family, as well as your home. 

Burglars and robbers love the dark night. And if your alarm works effectively, these burglars and robbers will be scared even to set foot on your yard unless they want to be caught red handed. 

If you installed a burglar alarm and you have a dependable home security system, there is nothing to worry about and you can sleep comfortably. The would-be burglars or robbers will just pass by your house and will look for other places to commit their crimes. 

Some crimes go unpunished, and you don’t want to fall victim to these burglars or robbers. Protect your home and family through burglar alarms and home security system. It is a necessity, and not a luxury. Fight crime, you must be aware of your options in protecting your family.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Why COMIC BOOKS Are Important

Comic books are important because they represent a segment of the population that like to fantasize that they can escape the hardship of everyday life. In comic books they can be the hero, the nemesis, or a third party that may or may not become pivotal in the end.

Cover scan of a comic book.
Cover scan of a comic book. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A person may identify with a certain character because the personality the superhero or villain embodies what the person visualizes, or identifies with. Comic books are important because the scenarios that the people face exhibit situations where confrontation isn't necessarily the only answer. The quandaries faced enable a person to see a situation and how it is dealt with. Comic books allow people to create their own versions and see how different scenarios are played out, which can result in new ways of defusing stressful situations. It may permit a person to see situations in life differently and hence; think outside the box when warranted.

Comic books are important because the venue in which they are supplied is an alternative to regular book reading. They are shorter in length so a person who is more visual will get additional enjoyment out of a forty-eight page comic book versus a short story or a novel. It would be less time consuming and allow the reader to engage in other activities. Time management and comic books are synonymous in the vein of everyday life. People seem to have little time to read. The busy lifestyle, the children's needs, all those requirements play a role in time constraints. Comic books offer a solution to the active person. The reader is limited in time so he or she must be enthralled immediately to gain full attention. Once the reader immerses himself or herself, the ambiance changes. He or she is thrust into an unknown situation that demands total attention. The plot thickens and the hero is cast in circumstances that demand a resolution. The confrontation ensues and against seemingly impossible odds, the hero finds an answer in an unlikely place or person. Once the comic book is finished being read, very little time had elapsed.

Yet the reading of the comic book doesn't end there. The reader now has time to dwell on what transpired, what could have been done, what should have been done and a myriad of other possible outcomes. That can be done while daydreaming or at a quiet time when you're alone.

The significance of contemplating the different endings of a comic book induces thought. The what if landscape could produce an unexpected epiphany. It might help with a problem that had eluded you and the answer to your dilemma was spelled out. You might have to apply it differently than the comic book did, but the answer could have been contained within the story.

Comic books are important because people need them for an outlet. It channels our thoughts to construct a better picture of how we need heroes to behave, and what limits we set upon them to handle crisis that inevitably happens. 

You could argue that delving into the importance of comic books is inane. But looking at the bigger picture and what comic books represent, I would argue the reciprocal.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Exploring the History of CRIMINOLOGY

To many people interested in the roots and origin of Criminology, Lombroso is considered to be the father of the science, meaning that he explored it and examined it from many angles in order to expose it.  It was first used by a law professor in Italy, Raffaele Garofalo, who actually used the Italian term for the word, criminologia.  A French anthropologist also used the term around the same time as Garofalo, who referred to the term as criminology.  

Three women in the pillory, China, Anonymous, ...
Three women in the pillory, China, Anonymous, c.1875 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are some who believe that it is possible that the study of bumps on an individual’s skull, referred to as Phrenology, is a better mark of representation when it comes to the scientific origins of the term.  Lombroso is considered to be the father of criminology because of the many advances that he attempted to make in the field.  If not for him, criminology might not be as developed as it is today. 

Over time, many different theories were composed as to what caused criminal behavior.  These theories have their roots in biology, psychology, and society, to name a few.  Over time, by using these foundations for new theories, different schools of thought began to emerge.  Through these different schools of thought, the theoretical science of the criminal element could be rationalized.  Individuals often debate in order to attempt to define the reason for crime, so that it may then be eliminated by solving the problem of what causes crime.  By identifying and responding to the motivator for crime and deviant behavior, more effective measures of social control could be put into action.  Currently, we are able to take care of the symptoms of crime.  For example, we have police officers who catch criminals.  When found guilty by a panel of their own peers, the criminal will go to jail.  That takes the criminal out of society.  However, there are new criminals emerging every day.  We have learned to treat the symptoms, the individual criminals, but we have not yet been able to determine the instigating factor in these developments.  

Throughout the history of criminology, this is the main goal of the science.  Since it is a theoretical science, all of the theories that correspond to the topic cannot immediately be proven as accurate or inaccurate, merely theoretical.  However, the continuous effort of individuals to idealize the workings of the individual and society have been transformed and re-defined since the beginning use of the term.  If the history of criminology shows us anything, it is that the human nature to establish right from wrong and the differences between individuals distinguishing the difference is virtually a timeless theme, at least since its birth.

By continuously researching and documenting the variables and changes within society and crime, people who are interested in criminology can line up the theories with the established facts.  After this is done, it is possible to sit down and analyze the coinciding factors in order to determine the best course of action when it comes to evolving society so as to limit crime and intolerance as much as possible.  

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What is the Safest Seat in an AIRPLANE?

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Unbroken seal on the emergency exit door of a passenger airplane 
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A question often asked by anxious airplane passengers is this: What is the safest seat in an airplane? The answer: none. Because accidents can erupt at any spot within the aircraft.

Some people are of the opinion that the nearer one is seated to an emergency exit, the safer one is. Sadly, that is not absolutely true. A fire can start near the emergency exit as in any place within the plane. And if the emergency exit is jammed, then the person sitting nearest it is in as much of the same fix as the one sitting farthest from it.

Regardless of where the passenger is seated inside the aircraft, the risks to one’s safety is greatly minimized by one thing above all else: by being alert and aware of one’s surroundings.

Being alert means being watchful and attentive. Note the location of all exits. Listen to all pre-flight and in-flight instructions. Do not drink too much. Use common sense and try not to do anything that will be detrimental to your own safety, as well as to that of others, such as having too many or too heavy carry-on luggage, spilling hot drinks, being careless with pointed objects or things with sharp edges, and the like. Again, use common sense.

Airplane accidents are rare, despite the fears and misgivings surrounding air travel. But if one does occur during the flight, it is very important for the passenger to stay calm and not to panic. Fear is a highly contagious disease. Many casualties in accidents, even those that happened on land, could have been prevented had the panic been contained. Thus, in case of an accident, take a deep breath, keep the tone of voice down and follow the line.

There is no such thing as the safest seat in the plane. But any passenger can always make his or hers the safest seat if he or she chooses to, wherever he or she is seated. Creating the sense of safety within one’s self, after all, is a mind game.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

COIN COLLECTION: A General Overview

Coin collecting is an activity that is enjoyed many, including individuals of all ages.  In fact, coin collecting is more than just a fun and enjoyable activity; it is considered a hobby.  This hobby is one that many people wish to enjoy and learn more about.  Please continue reading on for a general overview of the great hobby of coin collecting.

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A photo of coin collection. By jiji john Mallasery. This hobby started from my early school days.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The history of coin collecting can date back to when coins were originally issued.  Coin collecting was commonly referred to in the past as the “Hobby of Kings.”  This is due in part to the expense of coin collecting back in the older days.  Many of the individuals able to coin collect were royalty, literally.  As for more modern coin collecting, it took off in the early 1900s in the United States.  Although coin collecting was enjoyed well before this point in time, its popularity increased drastically when it was clear coin collecting could be profitable.

Coin collecting is considered a popular activity, as it is one that anyone can enjoy, including children.  In fact, coin collecting is a hobby that many parents and professionals in the field of education encourage children to enjoy.  In this sense, coin collecting can not only be profitable, but it can be educational as well.  Also, coin collecting is a hobby that is relatively easy do.  For many coin collectors, especially children, the startup costs are low or are non-existent.  

The purpose of coin collecting is another reason for its success and increase in popularity.  There are five main types of collectors. These individuals include investors, hoarders, hobbyists, dealers, and inheritors.  Those who collect coins for a hobby do so for personal fulfillment, not necessarily profits.  Those who are considered inheritors often inherit coin collections from hobbyists.  As for investors, they are in it for the money.  Hoarders usually examine their coin collections for value, but many tend to just collect as many types of coins as possible.

Another likeable aspect surrounding coin collecting is that of the supplies needed.  Often times, little or no supplies are needed, especially for children or hobbyists.  With that in mind, there are many benefits to using professional coin collecting supplies.  The good news is that many supplies, including coin folders, coin albums, coin holders, and magnifying glasses, are affordably priced.

The options that coin collectors have, when looking to expand their coin collections, are another reason for its popularity.  Coin collectors have a number of different options when looking to expand their collections.  Many hobbyists stay on the lookout for rare, limited edition, or older coins that they or those that they know may receive on a daily basis.  Other coin collectors, especially those looking for rare or other valuable coins, often turn to professional coin dealers or the internet.  

In keeping with the acquisition of coins, coin collectors have freedom to collect whatever they want.  While coin collectors looking to make a profits, also commonly referred to as investors, tend to stick to rare, outdated, limited edition coins, and other coins of value, there are no requirements to do so.  Hobbyists, as well as children, tend to collect any coins that catch their interest, either in date, value, condition, or size.  No specialty requirements are necessary; however, it may add to the excitement of coin collecting.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Brief Look on the History of CHESS

Chess is a competitive game normally played between two players. It is sometimes called the nternational or Western chess. The recent form of the game emerged in the southern part of Europe during the second half of the fifteenth century. Nowadays, the chess is one of the world’s most popular games.

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A large chess game inside Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Humble Beginnings

The game of Chess has been attributed both by the Arabs and the Persian people to the Indians. Chess then spread throughout the world and several variants of chess soon began taking form. Chess was introduced to the Near East from India and eventually became the part of a courtly and princely education of the Persian nobility. It is also known that the Silk Road traders, Buddhist pilgrims and others carried the game to the Far East where it was assimilated and transformed into a game played on the intersection of lines of the board rather than within the squares.

The game Chaturanga reached Europe through the Byzantine and Arabian empire, and Persia. By the tenth century, the Muslims carried the chess game to Sicily, North Africa and Spain.

Later on, chess was extensively developed in Europe during the late fifteenth century. Fortunately, the
game survived several series of prohibitions and sanctions by the Christian Church.

When the game arrived in Europe it attained a social value and seen as a prestigious pastime related with high culture and nobility. This status of the game explained the exquisite and expensively made
chessboards during the medieval era. The popularity of the game in the Western society peaked during the twelfth and fifteenth centuries.

Eventually, chess was incorporated into the knightly lifestyle in Europe. In fact, Peter Alfonsi mentioned in one of his books that chess is one the seven skills required by an individual to be a good knight. Also, the game became a subject of art during the period. There are several monarchs, like Queen Margaret of England who symbolized the position of chess in the royal art treasures through jasper and crystal chess sets.

Rise of Modern Chess

During the years 1834 and 1851, cutthroat chess became noticeable through the London Chess tournaments, which also made concern regarding the time taken by players to move their pieces. It was realized that the players normally took hours to analyze the moves and one almost took nearly two hours and twenty minutes to think over a single move during the tournament.

Fortunately, the development of speed chess was seen during the following years, where the most popular variant is the five-minute chess. There is also a final variant that allowed a player who made the predetermined amount of moves in the agreed time to receive extra time budget for his or her next moves.

It was not until 1861 when the first time limits, through the use of sandglasses, were used in a tournament at Bristol. Later on, the sandglasses were replaced by pendulums. During the turn of the 19th century, a tiny latch, also known as flag, helped settle the arguments over the players exceeding time limit turn.

Also in the 19th century, position analysis became popular. There is even a Russian composer with the name of Vladimir Korolkov who created the "Excelsior", which stated that the White side wins only by creating six consecutive captures by a pawn. Later, there are several analysts who emerged, including Vasily Smyslov, Jan Timman, and Mikhail Botvinnik.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

WINEMAKING Secrets From Napa & Sonoma, California

Sonoma and Napa Counties are known for its fine wines.

The golden sun and the abundant soil yield luscious, flavorful grapes. These are then carefully fermented and blended with closely guarded secrets that have been passed on from generation to generation, and perfected—like wine itself—through time.

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Oak wine barrels at the Robert Mondavi vineyard, Oakville, Califorian USA (Napa Valley) 

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visitors to Sonoma and nearby Napa County can arrange wine tours where they can visit different vineyards and learn at least some of the techniques and technology that goes into each bottle. Each label has its own secret, and its own philosophy.

For example, wines can use different kinds of grapes, and vineyards can hold as many as 20 different kinds, each baptized with very poetic names: Petite Syrah, Grenache, Bouschet.

Winemakers study the flavor, acidity, color, fruit intensity, and tannin structure of each grape—which all contribute to a blend’s appearance, complexity and taste. The winemaker’s skill is seen in the delicate orchestra of flavors, as unique to the winery and to the harvest year as a fingerprint.

Some wineries will maintain “genetic libraries” of grapes, which contain different cross-breeding of varieties that allow the experts to experiment with the flavors. This also allows them to employ a technique called micro-vinification. Essentially, the property is divided into vineyard blocks, each planted with a different kind of grape to yield a greater diversity of flavors, aromas, colors and textures.

Soil, fertilization, irrigation and time of planting and harvest can also yield different flavors from a single variety of grape. For example, some vineyards believe that it’s better to minimize irrigation, since it dilutes the intensity of the fruit. This is called “dry farming.” This must be balanced, of course, with the plant’s need for moisture—hence the need to choose an area where the roots can mine the water efficiently.

The flavor can also change according to when the grapes are picked, and the wine experts carefully study the optimum time of harvest. For example, the Zinfandel grape is an early ripener, and must be fermented two weeks before the other grapes that go into what wine aficionados call “Mixed Blacks.”

The grapes must be hand-picked and then put through a special pressing process that preserves the skins and phenolic bitterness. Then, experts must gauge the length of the fermentation process based on the grape’s ripeness and inherent amount of sugar. These are then put into barrels. Many wineries boast of using only the finest containers, such as 100% French oak, which carry the wines for several months before they are bottled by hand.

The bottling itself must be done with great precision and gentleness, and the challenge is to minimize the amount of sulfites and other foreign matter. Some of the wineries use century old techniques, with delicate tools that tap gravity.

These are just some of the secrets of Sonoma and Napa wines. However, to truly understand the science and art of winemaking, it’s best to arrange a tour of the different vineyards. Many of the tours include a “palate class” where experts will point out what flavors to watch out for in each glass, and how to pair a wine with different kinds of food.

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