"How to Draw Cars Like a Pro" – Is it Worth It?

Is “How To Draw Cars Like A Pro” still the best book on how to draw cars? There’s only so much you can get from looking at step by step car drawing pictures and this book doesn’t do much to help that. A lot of people are looking for better and more interactive ways to learn, so does this book cut it and what’s the better alternative?

In my opinion “How To Draw Cars Like a Pro” might be one of those things you buy excitedly, look through, get bored and then store in a cupboard where it can try and teach the dust mites how to draw a car. This is a problem with a lot of drawing books these days, they’re just not fun enough to read and you actually have to work hard not to get too bogged down in them. So is there a solution to this problem or are all us car enthusiasts doomed to turn page after page of drudgery?

Luckily no! This problem has forced authors to try something new and push the boundaries. They’ve done this by creating e-books. Why is an e-book better than an actual book? Because e-books can contain videos, can be updated regularly and can be downloaded instantly. You can have someone talking to you in a video, guiding you through every step involved in learning how to draw cars. And your never going to get coffee stains on it!

E-books really are a much better idea if you want to learn how to draw a car. If you order a book like “How To Draw Cars Like A Pro”, you will end up having to pay for shipping and waiting a week or more before you even get the book. By then you might not even want to draw anymore!



Discount Caribbean Travel

Discount Caribbean travel can include discount airfares, discount hotel rates, discount tour prices and other types of travel discounts. There are last minute discount deals. Last minute travel discount deals can save you thousands of dollars over normal rates, if you are flexible and adventurous enough to take advantage of them.

One method to find travel discount is the Internet. Internet has some of the best travel discounts available. Most travel providers from individual airlines and cruise lines to online travel sites offer newsletters.

A lot of resorts, hotels, restaurants, tour operators, transportation carriers, and other travel providers offer special travel discounts for their older travelers. Several travel service providers do not offer regular travel discounts. Many travel discounts apply only at certain times or may carry other restrictions. You have to do a little research before your reservations. Try a variety of travel services during the days or seasons when the best travel discounts are offered. Some organizations offer membership card to discount the travel.

Some senior travel discounts are also available. While there are many great travel discounts available to seniors, the senior discount scheme is not always the best deal available. Before asking for the senior discount, be sure to check out special travel discounts that may be available to people regardless of age. Sometimes they prove better deals than senior discounts. You should compare all the deals that are available.

Some travel discounts are attached to membership in various senior organizations, while others are simply the privileges of age. If you are interested in particular travel discounts, you should find out how old you need to be to qualify and whether membership in an organization will be required to receive these travel discounts.



The Differences Between Software Development and Software Engineering

Software development and software engineering go hand in hand when it comes to the implementation of software. Software development deals more with the creation of the software and when this is complete, software engineering takes over with the creation of software systems. Both of these disciplines are at times interchangeable and without much difference to the layman. If you just want to have one specific piece of software designed, such as database software that will keep track of your bird watching hobby, then you’ll just need software development. If, however, you want your bird watching database to be able to support multiple functions, such as delivering a report with statistics and results, then you’ll more likely need the expertise of software engineering.

Software engineers will implement and design software applications through the use of many mediums. These software applications will then be used for a variety of purposes that include business practices to entertainment purposes. It is these software applications that allow users to make their time on the computer as functional and productive as possible. Types of software applications include language applications, office applications, entertainment packages, and applications for education.

The cost of hiring a software developer will be significantly less than hiring a software engineer. Before you make your final decision about what you want the software to do you need to plan you budget, your timeline, and determine what you want the end result to be. The industry of software development continues to grow each year as more and more businesses are having their own software developed for them that is specific to what they do and what they want the software to do. Most companies will already be using some type of software application, such as Office Suite, and most likely won’t need another application developed for them. For most intents and purposes you’ll be fine hiring a software developer for you and your business needs.



One of the Most Popular Poker Games

The poker game is one of the most regularly and popular games all over the world. The reason for that is that this game is an incredible opportunity for making money. There are different types of poker games. The most famous and played one is the poker game known as Texas Hold’em.

The Texas Hold’em poker is a type of poker where the number of players can be from two up to ten. It has very easy rules and in the same time proposes fast-paced play. Exactly for that reason many people from each part of the world like so much this game.

There are four betting rounds in Texas Hold’em. Each player is receiving two cards that are face down (private cards) and five faced up cards (community cards). The last sets of cards are placed in the middle of the table in that way, so each of the other players can see them. Wins the player who has the highest hand.

There are many guides, which purpose is to teach you how to play and win in Texas Hold’em poker. Here are some of the most important ones:

  • You have to make some research and you have to find some important information concerning how to win this game;
  • You have to remember, that you shouldn’t give up very fast. Poker is a game of determination and chance together with brain and capital;
  • You have to study the behaviour of other players. How do they win and lose. Using that knowledge you can find the right recipe for becoming a winner;
  • You have to discover your style of playing poker. If you are new in this, you have to try to play differently every time you are on the table. In that way you will find out the right style for the game;
  • You have to be smart. As you know the Texas Hold’em is a game of money as any poker game, so you should protect your money and try to win a few yourselves by giving a hard time to the rest of the players. You just shouldn’t forget that you were once in a losing situation, so try to avoid that of happening again;
  • You shouldn’t stop playing, because we all know that this is the way you will learn that game better and better. No matter if you win or not, every time you play you can learn something new;
  • In order to practice your Texas Hold’em poker game you should try to play every available poker- online or in a real casino.

In addition to everything that was said above I should mention that once you get the poker rules right and you gain more experience by playing (online or in a casino), you will discover the secrets of winning that will help you earn even millions. It is not impossible and many people are doing it.



Auto Locksmiths

One of the things that are guaranteed more than anything is that at some point drivers will lose their car keys. Luckily they are usually found fairly quickly after some fairly frantic searching, but for some it means calling out a specialized Auto Locksmith to get them back into their vehicle.

Auto locksmiths usually work on a 24 hour callout basis and can for a price be called out to practically any location within the UK. Because they are mobile workers they usually have the tools required to get into any make of car and sort out the problems you are experiencing fairly quickly.

Losing your car keys can be a real problem especially from a security issue if your car can be identified via your keys. If your car is stolen because you lost keys which readily identified it, then you could have serious problems with your insurance company paying out a claim.

The efficiency and speed of an Auto Locksmith when called out means this problem is reduced considerably as they are usually able to effect a change to the locks immediately plus get you back on the road. This also means that you don’t have the worry of leaving your car unattended knowing there is the possibility that someone is waiting for the opportunity to steal it.

One type of crime which is on the rise in the UK is car keys being stolen from homes and the burglars coming back at their leisure to steal the car. Calling an Auto locksmith out to change the locks on the car before it can be stolen is a priority and well worth the cost. It can usually also be claimed back on your car insurance.

So what type of car lock problems can an Auto Locksmith deal with? In the majority of cases just about anything would be the answer. They can repair the lock, change it completely, activate a central locking system that has seized up and even replicate your keys as needed.

Auto Locksmiths are able to replicate just about any type of car key; it’s always a good idea to buy a spare from a reputable Auto locksmith dealer in case of any emergencies that might arise. For instance some keys become “chipped” and end up not working; having a spare key solves a lot of the problems otherwise incurred.

One of the snags with modern cars is problems with the immobilizer built into it. These types of cars require a key fob to enable it to start and an expert Auto locksmith will have the skills required to clone the fob key for that particular car. Though relatively expensive, cloned car keys are an excellent deal as they are still a great deal cheaper than those bought through the car manufacturer’s dealership. They are usually prohibitively expensive when bought from source.



Effective Natural Menopause Relief

While there are many prescription drugs available some say the natural remedies are the best and natural menopause relief is no different. The choice is really up to the woman how they want to deal with menopause, do nothing or do something. I would suggest doing something about it. There are various herbal remedies that help women get through the “dark days” of menopause. Even if one was inclined a women could use acupuncture and yoga. Yoga may not be fall all but is very popular and you could do it in your own home with a floor mat.

Hot flashes may be the worse problem for women who have menopause. The most simple thing possible to help treat hot flashes is deep breathing. Slow breaths can reduce the severity of the hot flashes which leads the women to feel more comfortable. Some women have found that drinking hot tea. You wouldn’t think hot tea would help a hot flash but it does, take my word for it. One cup is good but three cups a day should keep those hot flashes to a minimum.

Other natural menopause relief treatments are dietary changes, limit alcohol consumption, and exercise. If your are not making any progress with these natural remedies then it’s time to speak with your doctor for more effective solutions. While you don’t have an option living with menopause you can try to help you decrease the side effects of it. Natural menopause relief treatments should help you get pass the worst parts of menopause.



Tee Shirt Printing – Whether to Make Your Own Custom Printed T-Shirts Or Have Them Printed For You

If you are thinking of getting tee shirt printing for a project you are deliberating, one of the options you may have come up with is to investigate your options. This article will explain the options between doing it yourself and having a tee shirt printer make your custom printed t-shirts.

A main consideration is what color of t-shirts will you be using for your tee shirt printing? There are no major issues when you print on white tee shirts.

However, when you are doing custom printed t-shirts using light color shirts remember that there is no white ink in your printer so if you had a picture with three people who are dressed in white t-shirts and there were white clouds in the sky then every white area in the image would be the same color as the tee shirt. If you have light blue t-shirts then the t-shirts on the people in your photo and the clouds would be light blue.

Another factor to consider when printing on light color t-shirts is the ink from your printer will somewhat blend with the color of the t-shirt. A while back I printed light blue ink on bright yellow t-shirts. That area became greenish. This is like when we were young and would take yellow with red crayons to get orange. This only occur with light ink colours on bright light coloured t-shirts. The shading is not normally significant but it is something to be aware of. Darker ink colors are really not a concern.

The t-shirt transfer paper you would buy would be for white or light color tee shirt printing. If you want to print on black or any dark t-shirt you would want to have t-shirt transfer paper that is specifically for printing on dark colors.

Printing your transfers can be done with with a laser or an inkjet printer. But, before you print your image you must flip the image to reverse it so that when it is printed it will view properly. With some software programs this is easy since they have a “flip” or “mirror” setting. With programs like Word this is normally a bit more difficult. To be positive that you have properly reversed the image, print a copy and put it in front of a mirror. This is the way it will look on your personalized t-shirt.

You need to be sure to set your printer to the correct type of paper. Usually, you’ll set it to heavy or card stock.

To get the best look you need to trim around the perimeter of the image that is not used. For example; if you had a picture of the earth and “Save Our Planet” in writing directly underneath it, you would trim around the outside of all of the printing. Often with tee shirt transfers there is a a yellowish hue around the printing. This is caused by the coating on the transfer paper that bonds the ink to the shirt.

A good tee shirt printer will trim away this excess but even more importantly will have a printer/t-shirt transfer combination that when the tee shirt is printed the unprinted parts are essentially transparent and don’t have this problem.

When you are ready to press your transfer onto the shirt, if you are pressing with a hand iron you need to follow the instructions to get the best results.

When I first began making t-shirts back in the ’90s it took me eleven minutes to press the shirts with an iron and even then about half of them still had ink left on the paper. Because the results weren’t to my satisfaction I purchased a heat press. A heat press is a machine designed specifically for custom tee shirt printing. You can choose the desired temperature you need and then press the shirt for the number of seconds required.

The heat press that I and several other commercial tee shirt printers use permits the temperature, time and pressure to be set. This gives a perfect press time after time.

It is to be noted that the transfer paper used by professional tee shirt makers need to be applied with a commercial heat press. You are not able to iron these transfers on.

The supplies that you’ll need to make your custom printed t-shirts in addition to a computer and a printer, obviously will be t-shirts. You’ll likely want to use 100% cotton t-shirts that are preshrunk or 50/50 tee shirts.

You’ll also need t-shirt transfer paper. You can buy this specialty paper at places like Office Depot, Staples, Office Max, craft stores like Michael’s and Wal-Mart. If you are using an inkjet printer make sure you get paper suited for an inkjet printer and likewise if you have a laser printer.

Follow the instructions that come with your transfer paper. The closer you follow the instructions the better your completed t-shirt will look.

To sums things up, designing and printing your own tee shirts is not only fun but it gives you the added ability to make personalized t-shirts.

There are websites that allow you to design your shirts online or you can take one of your computer programs and design it on your own computer.

If you are using pictures you’ll want to use a resolution of about 300 dpi (dots per inch) at the full printing size. If you aren’t sure what this is about then do a print of your image on a piece of paper and see if your picture looks clear.

You likely already have a program on your computer that will get you started.

I’ve had designs sent to me in Power Point, Word, Publisher, Excel, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, jpegs, bmps, pdf, Photo Shop, eps, virtually every format there is. So use one of the programs that you have.

If you decide to have a t-shirt company make your custom printed t-shirts, be sure to let them know all of the details they’ll need to know to give you a quote. They will need to know what you want printed, where you want the printing, the color of the shirts, how many shirts you’d like, the postal code where you live and when you would need the shirts. This will allow them to give you an accurate quote.

Tee shirt companies can purchase the supplies they need wholesale and in bulk so it is likely that your tee shirts can be printed for less or about the same as you could produce them yourself.

You will get better quality printed ts-hirts from an experienced commercial printer since the norm is to use quality t-shirts such as Gildan “Ultra” or similar and as I mentioned earlier the t-shirt transfer paper is a commercial grade and it is applied to the t-shirt with a commercial heat press which would be set to the correct amount of heat, time and pressure.



How to Select a Wedding Photographer

Selecting a wedding photographer can be a daunting task. Not only does the photographer need to be able to produce outstanding memories of your wedding day but also has to be able to fit into the celebration and be highly professional every step of the way.

Often couples make the mistake of basing their decision on wedding photography entirely on price. At the end couples that decide on price get what they pay for.

It is wise to keep your budget in mind when selecting a photographer but it should not be an excuse no to do your homework and evaluate the quality and professionalism of the photographer. Remember, you will have to live with the consequences of your decision.

How to evaluate a wedding photographer?

The style of the wedding photography is very important. Is the photographer a photojournalist with heavy emphasis in documenting the wedding without directing? Do you prefer posed photographs with preplanned posing and controlled lights? Most couples these days prefer a combination of journalistic and traditional wedding photography. They look for a photographer that can capture the true emotion and spirit of the celebration as well as portraits that deserve to be framed.

Whatever style you prefer the photographer has to be a master of the craft. Take a close look at the photographer’s portfolio. Is the work consistent? Insist on looking at a complete wedding. After photographing 20 weddings, it is easy to have 20 lucky shots. Very few photographers have the guts to show you a complete wedding. Only the good ones do.

Are the photographs a true representation of the photographer’s work?

If you are considering a studio that has several photographers insist on looking at the work of the photographer that is going to photograph your wedding.

Does the studio or photographer offer high quality albums and custom printing? Nowadays it is common for some photographers to offer to photograph the wedding and hand you the proofs and a CD or the negatives with the photos and be done with you. Are you going to be happy with a set of proofs or would you want a fine album with custom printed photographs?

Has the photographer been in business for a considerable amount of time? Is this his first wedding? Is he a commercial or sports photographer beginning wedding photography? There is nothing wrong with starting out in a different photography field but you, as the client, need to know this. Wedding photography requires special artistic, technical, and people skills and a wedding it is not the place for a beginner to learn. Somebody interested in learning wedding photography should perhaps accompany a seasoned pro to weddings for some time before venturing out on his own.

Does the photographer carry good quality equipment and backup of camera bodies, lenses, tripod, lights etc? You will be surprised to learn that many photographers go to weddings with only one camera. God help you if that camera breaks in the middle of your wedding.

Personality plays a very important role in wedding photography. Hire the wrong photographer and you and your guests will suffer the consequences. Does the photographer listen to you? Does he have a controlling personality? Does he abide by the rules of the church, temple, or synagogue? Does he want to steal the show and be the center of attention? Does he have people skills? Does he dress professionally? Does he look and smell clean?

Before hiring your photographer please make sure that you answer all the questions above. As a last precaution check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are unsolved complains against your potential photographer.

Have a happy wedding and enjoy your beautiful photos. Please don’t forget to feed your photographer he or she will be working hard to capture your wedding memories.



Text to Screen – A Very Clever Use of Technology

I was at my friend’s hotel bar the other night and had the usual great time dancing to the live bands they have playing 7 days a week. This is a special bar with a very interesting business model – because in fact it hosts a television show that highlights up and coming new bands with interviews of the band members and several of their songs played on TV where the bands can demonstrate their talent to a live “studio” audience. The business model is interesting because rather than have a music studio as a major expense, my friend has a revenue making bar which he uses to make his television program.

The TV program may only be shown on the public network which is notorious for having low ratings, but it certainly does have a strong following with the bar-patrons and the fans of the different bands and the TV ratings for my friends music show has been steadily growing even though the total network is relatively flat.

Having a few quiet ales with my friend, he explained how he built up the “brand loyalty” for both the bands and his TV show. And it was here where I saw a very fast way to use technology to grow a business and loyalty with its customer base. The technology is called “Text to Screen” and it is where people send text messages on their phones – which we all know everyone has at least one mobile phone, and the messages can be shown on television and on the web.

My friend uses “text to screen” within his hotel for the audience to vote on songs they favor and for them to request songs to be played. And he also promotes it on his television show for competitions and viewer ratings of the different bands. The collective results of sometimes hundreds of incoming text messages get tallied up in real-time and shown both on the TV screen and the Internet, so there is a real-time interaction with the audience. I’m very impressed with this clever use of technology.



Fitness And Nutrition For Health

In the age which we live there is an unprecedented focus on getting and staying healthy. As more and more research points to the effect of fitness and nutrition on our overall health, the findings become more difficult to ignore. There is no doubt that the food that we eat and the physical activity that we perform significantly impact our weight and our body’s overall health and longevity.

When you look at fitness and nutrition and the consequences of ignoring their importance, it is not difficult to see how large a role they play in our health. First and foremost, it is important to understand how powerfully diet can affect us. Natural, whole foods – such as fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins – give our bodies the vitamins that it needs to function effectively. We have energy when we eat right. And when we have energy we burn fat. Eating properly allows us to maintain a healthy weight and keep undue stress off of our hearts; it also allows us to keep our blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the healthy range. Most importantly, good nutrition keeps our bodies stocked with antioxidants that fight off a range of illnesses including cancer.

But nutrition does go it alone; fitness and nutrition go hand in hand for achieving good health. When we keep our bodies active through a consistent exercise program, we are adding to our body’s ability to metabolize food and keep weight down. Further, good fitness means strong and limber muscles and a strong cardiovascular system. Exercise also lowers blood pressure and reduces stress levels.

Learning how to pair fitness and nutrition for optimum health means a commitment to a particular lifestyle. It is essential that you revamp your diet to eliminate fatty, high-sodium, and processed food and replace it with fresh, natural – and even organic – choices. But remember, fitness and nutrition work best as a team. Implement a consistent regime of physical activity into your daily schedule including cardiovascular work, stretching, weight training, and even yoga or Pilates.

When you truly understand the importance of fitness and nutrition in your life, you will understand how crucial these lifestyle changes are in order to live a long and healthy life.