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Roofing Can Ruin Satellite Reception

There are circumstances that lead to getting a new roof. Storm damage, wind damage, hail damage or maybe to change appearances of a drab house. If you have a satellite don’t expect to have your crystal clear reception after the roofers get done.

Roofers will move your satellite. They may try to put it back where they found it, but the slightest move will throw off the satellite. It won’t work the same until it is moved back to the strongest position of reception.

Roofers may not mean to bring disorder upon your TV life, but they will. To the viewer they may not understand why distorted choppy screens continue. They may not know why they keep losing their signal. They may try to reboot their receiver by holding the power button down for ten seconds and then releasing it. They may unplug the power to their TV. The latter will reboot the receiver to.

Nothing done inside the house will work for the tortured TV addict. Picture reception can only be found while adjusting the satellite on the roof. This is a tricky procedure because the slightest turn could make a big difference. You could lose the satellite signal altogether or have a weaker signal coming through.

Satellite professionals are an option you can consider if you choose not to fix the problem on your own. They won’t come out for free so you’ll have to spend money on a solution that the lovable roofers caused.

Do-it-yourselfers can give it a whirl if they love fixing things and problem solving. First acquire the proper numbers for best reception at your zip code. Go to menu on your satellite and then push the button for system setup. Next push the point dish/signal button. Press the peak angles button once you are there. If you have dish 500 make sure the satellite is on 119 then type in your zip code.

By typing in your zip code you are given the number for an Azimuth Angle, Elevation Angle, and Skew Angle. Write the numbers down. Find a compass. The Azimuth Angle will give you the best course to the satellites in the sky. For instance, South might be the perfect direction. Think of it as right to left and vice versa. The Elevation Angle is the best angle from your residence. It is found by moving the satellite up and down. Use your compass to find the numbers you wrote down for each angle. The bolts for the angles are located behind the satellite. To move the satellite you will have to loosen the bolts.

To help in achievement of a strong signal you can view the signal strength on your TV or listen to the sounds of the signal strength. The higher pitched the sounds are the stronger your reception. The lower the sound the worse your reception will be. The signal strengths are found when you are at the point dish/signal page.

Stand on the side of your satellite when making any adjustments. You can block signals if you stand in front.

It is important to make adjustments in your satellite at regular intervals as there are chances of the connection getting weakened due to bad weather or natural disaster so one might have a Idaho (historical) map ready just so to shift base if problems persist. 

Call your satellite provider for assistance if things get ugly. The phone lines are usually open twenty four hours a day.

Why Your Rental Units Are Empty

Having moved over six times in the last twelve years, I have done more than my fair share of apartment hunting. In this time, I have viewed over a hundred units, and over and over I have listened to tales of woe from the owners. They cannot understand why their units are sitting empty for months, even years, at a time. Some had obvious issues such as nearby noise, filth or damage in the unit, long flights of stairs, or ‘attractive nuisances’ such as churches or playgrounds nearby. But others suffered from far less-noticeable unwanted features that turned our decision against their unit. All of them are a waste of the potential client’s time and yours, if it is an issue they are unwilling to have in their home. Here are the three worst offenders.

Non-standard floor-plans should be disclosed in the initial advertisement. I’ve viewed units where you had to walk through the bathroom to enter the master bedroom, or through a bedroom to reach a kitchen. One apartment built on a top floor had a shower tucked under the steep slope of the roof, so that you had to sit in a shower-chair with a hand-held sprayer to bathe. There was no tub. Another unit had a bathroom in a hallway, shared by two other tenants with a communal cleaning schedule posted! While some tenants won’t mind a non-standard layout, others will completely reject your property because of them. Disclose them in your ad and save both of you the aggravation by using such phrases such as ‘interesting layout’, ‘shared bathroom’, or ‘unique space’.

Flooring can be another huge turn-off. Yes, that new, freshly-laid carpet is gorgeous. But if it is very light or very dark, I don’t want to deal with the hassles of keeping it immaculate. One unit I viewed was covered in white carpet and so heavily padded it felt spongy beneath my feet. It was lovely, but completely inappropriate and a liability. One dropped can of soda and it would have been ruined. Beautiful hardwood flooring can be a culprit as well. Tenants usually do not want to purchase area rugs to fit someone else’s property. They can be expensive and may not fit the rooms of their next dwelling. Left bare, floors can be cold, noisy and scuff easily. Neutral carpet that does not extend into the kitchen and bathroom is optimal. If you have no intention of changing the flooring, disclose it early, either in the ad or the initial call with phrasing such as ‘all exposed hardwood’ or ‘new white carpet throughout’.

Pets policy is perhaps most frustrating of all. Do not advertise a unit as ‘pet friendly’ and then wait for the viewing to announce only one pet is permitted, or that it is cats-only or dogs-only. If there is a maximum number of pets, disclose this either in the ad or during the initial phone inquiry. Conversely, do not advertise as ‘no pets’ if there are others in the building with pets. The dander and allergens can spread into the common stairwells or ventilation and cause life-threatening reactions. ‘No pets this unit’ is a far more fair statement. If changing a unit from ‘pet friendly’ to ‘no pets’ between tenants, the carpets must be replaced and the entire unit scrubbed with care.

Furthermore, to avoid any problems, it is important that you back up yourself with the necessary information or data about the current standing of properties. Websites like surveys-northeast.co.uk will help you find the best deal for you so you don’t have to be stressed and frustrated.

These are the three largest problems I’ve encountered in my search for housing. If property owners were more forthcoming about these issues, time and aggravation could be saved. And if your unit continues to sit idle, you may want to consider changing either the unit itself or the wording in your advertisements. Honesty from the beginning can help you in your quest to find the perfect tenant for your space!

Internet Security Virus Warning

Now, I am sure most people on this Web site have the sensibility to operate on the ‘net with really good anti-virus software. But now, viruses are slipping past even the best of anti-virus software.

This is because of the most simple of reasons… The latest trend in virus programing is to disguise the virus as the anti-virus software itself!

Having your own website is something that many people aspire for because you can write and post anything you want like your private social media account where millions of people can see your content but the virus tends to play spoilsport all the time but once software is installed, everything is ok and be sure to add a memorable preventivo realizzazione sito web for good measure.

The most recent attack that I have seen has gone by the name “Internet Security 2010.” I will tell you right now, if there is a program on your computer by this name, TAKE YOUR COMPUTER TO A VIRUS-REMOVAL SHOP RIGHT NOW! This program is dangerous mal-ware and will make your computer so FUBAR that it will be unusable. On top of the massive drain on system resources it poses, it writes three (or more) seperate viri into your windows registry, making removal near impossible at best. These viri do three different things:

  1. They disable all administrative controls over the computer. This will make removal near impossible as the user cannot de-activate the services that the viri have hijacked…
  1. The wonderful trojan horse rears its ugly head, writing your computer’s end-game without ever showing its true identity. Trojans are known to be the most dangerous of viri for a reason…
  1. Malicious spy-ware will then take hold of your computer, transmitting personal information and just about any information that you DON’T want transmitted across the web. Social-Security numbers, IP addresses, Credit Card numbers, Home Address, Phone numbers, account information (for websites such as yahoo! mail, AC, myspace, facebook, etc.), Bank Numbers, program information, etc. I’m sure by now, I don’t need to tell you how potentially damaging the transmission of this information can be.

So while your computer is having viri written into its operating system, another thing is happening. You’ll notice that your desktop background will change to a red and black image with the text “Warning: Your system is been infected! Please activate your anti-virus software, and do not operate your computer until all viruses has removed.” (Yes, the grammer was THAT bad.) This will then be followed by a big red “X” being planted at the bottom right of your screen. A pop-up alert window will appear over it saying “Your computer is unprotected. Downloading Anti-Virus Software now.” Then a shield bearing the same colour scheme as the Windows logo will appear next to it, and another pop-up alert will appear saying “Your system is infected. Please activate your virus software now!” At this point, the “Internet Security 2010” program will activate itself, prompting you to immediately BUY a license just so you can have your computer back.

Again, at this point, I am sure that I do not have to tell you that you should NOT BUY THE FRIGGIN’ LICENSE. You will be required to input your credit card number, bank account number, full legal name, address, etc. DO NOT GIVE THIS PROGRAM SAID INFORMATION. You WILL be the next identity theft victim if you do, and quite possibly computer-less as well.

Now, you may ask “what can I do if my computer IS infected with this program?” Here’s what you do:

1: Immediately disconnect your internet land-line. This is that Ethernet (it looks like a wide telephone cable) that goes into the back of your computer, or wifi-caster if you have one.

2: Turn off your computer and remove the power cord.

3: Take it to an Virus-Removal shop. The sooner the better.

Under normal circumstances, I would suggest some basic tools to remove the virus from your computer, but in this case, the virus happens to be one of the most malicious viri I have encountered in my years of computer experience. Trust me on this, as I used to write viruses when I was ten years old (No worries, I only sent them to people who tried to hack my computer or tried to give me a virus), this virus is REALLY good at what it does. Hell, if I was still into that kind of thing, I would buy the programmer a friggin’ drink. But the point is that this virus goes beyond my capabilities in computer protection and virus removal. Just the other night, I had to reformat my hard-drive and performed a Department of Defense level of overwrite (three overwrite passes). Even after re-installing my Operating System, damage caused by the virus was still apparent. I was forced to re-reformat my hard drive and this time I performed six more overwrites.

So, the purpose of this article is to give everyone who reads this fair warning. Do not try to remove the virus yourself. Do not fall for the fake anti-virus program. And most of all, immediately see a computer expert.

Another note, to any computer specialists who read this, please send me a message on my AC account. I would like to discuss some ways to remove this nasty beast from my other computer. Thank you in advance.

Pros and Cons Of Ion Beam Sputtering

Ion beam sputtering or also known as ion beam deposition is a thin film deposition technology that utilizes source of ion in order to deposit a sputtering target to a substrate to generate the highest quality of films with focus and precision. IBS is also more accurate compared to other PVD technologies. The accuracy allows the tool to have control over the substrate thickness. IBS is one of the trusted deposition technologies that expert use and recommend as well. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of ion beam sputtering. 

ADVANTAGES

Wide Application

One of the best advantages of ion beam sputtering is that it can be applied or coated to any materials. This is possible because there is smaller difference in sputtering characteristics compared to the evaporation characteristics. IBS can even be applied in materials with high melting point. It is also easy to form a film having the same ratio as the target when it comes to target compound materials and alloy

High Energy

Another benefit of IBS or ion beam sputtering is its high energy. Sputter coating in making molecules is using momentum exchange and atoms become the gas phase. The average energy of the sputtering is 10eV. This is a hundred times higher than vacuum evaporated particles. With its high-energy characteristic, the film will be made quality and firmly bonded to the substrate.

High Precision

Ion beam sputtering is also scanned, précised and focused. The characteristics of the ion beam will still be marinated while the substrate materials and target are changing. Also, the current and energy of the ion beam can also be controlled independently. The precision of ion beam makes its very suitable as a research method for thin film disposition.

Good Stability

The resulting coating is stable, dense and uniform. As a result, it can effectively adhere to the substrate. This is possible because of the inherent collimation single energy of ion beam sputtering. As a result, the films created using IBM will be durable and stable.

Good Uniformity

Good uniformity is another benefit or advantage of ion beam sputtering. Generally, sputter coating’s incident ions are obtained by gas discharge method. The working pressure of this process is between 10-2Pa-10Oa. Since putter ions usually collide with gas molecules in the vacuum chamber, the motion direction randomly deviates from the original direction. As a result, the area becomes more uniform than vacuum coating. 

DISADVANTAGE

Basically, the main advantage of IBS is that small target area of the bombardment and the low disposition rate. In addition, IBS is also not ideal for depositing uniform thickness large area film. The cost of the equipment operating is relatively high because the sputtering tool is quite complicated. 

Overall, knowing these advantages and disadvantages of ion beam sputtering is necessary in the field or area of film deposition technology. When creating a film, it is important to use the right tools so you can create a high quality and reliable one. For more information, you can visit https://www.evaporatedcoatings.com/ion-beam-sputtering-ibs-coatings/

New Years Resolutions: Tips to Quit Smoking

What’s your New Year’s resolution? Do you want to lose a few pounds? Maybe spend more time with your family? Or how about quitting smoking?

Every year most of us get gung ho and start setting goals or making resolutions for the New Year. That’s great; but the problem is we have a hard time sticking with our resolutions and usually find ourselves falling off the bandwagon around mid January.

The trick to keeping your new years resolution and sticking to your goals is to have a well laid out plan. Let’s take smoking as an example. I made a resolution in December of 2006 to quit smoking. I had tried to quit smoking several times before but I wasn’t 100 percent successful. Well last year I took a different approach and I’m proud to say that I’ve been smoke free for a full year!!

Here’s what I did. I sat down and wrote out my smoking routine. Below is the actual routine that I was addicted to.

I smoked a cigarette in the morning when I woke up. I smoked one in the car on my way to work. I smoked two on my morning break, a couple at lunch, two more on my afternoon break, another one on the car ride home, and then between three and five before I turned in for the night.

When you do the math I was smoking a little more than a half a pack a day.

Now some people try to quit cold turkey. I’d tried that before but it didn’t work out for me. Gradually working towards not smoking was the solution that worked for me.

Once I had made a list of my smoking routine I consciously thought about whether I really wanted to smoke or if it was just “time” for me to smoke. By consciously thinking about my habits I was able to first decrease the amount of cigarette that I smoked and then eliminate smoking all together.

After I made my list I evaluated it and decided to cut out smoking on my drive to and from work. Now don’t get me wrong I had the urge to light up and smoke but I didn’t because I knew that I need to break my habit on cigarette at a time. It took about a month before I lost the urge to smoke on my commutes, but taking that small step and succeeding at it gave me a boost of confidence to continue with my goal.

Then I rewrote my list, adjusting it to my new smoking routine and eliminated yet another smoking session. I only had one cigarette during my morning and afternoon breaks instead of two. Do you see the rhythm of my plan? Take small steps and over time you will reach your goals.

Here is another tactic that I used to help decrease the amount of cigarettes that I smoked.

I didn’t carry cigarettes and nicotine shots around with me everywhere I went. I started leaving them at the house more and more. That way even if I had the urge to smoke then I didn’t have the cigarettes to smoke; I didn’t make them readily available to myself. With this, I was able to contain myself. I realized that the presence of cigarettes is a big factor why people are easily tempted. Hence, if you really want to quit, make sure to leave cigarettes and don’t make it accessible for you

Once I was finally at the point when I was ready to let the cigarettes go for good then I got some help. I started using a nicotine patch but that didn’t work out too well for me. The patches irritated my skin and I think they may have been the cause of the horrific dreams that I started having. Needless to say that solution was short lived.

I went online and did a little research to find another route to stopping my nicotine cravings. I came across a dietary supplement that claimed to relieve nicotine cravings. It also had a 90 day money back guarantee, so I gave it a shot. Surprisingly enough the product worked for me. I also got a pretty good deal. I ordered a four month supply and got two bottles free. I don’t know about you but I love free stuff.

How does that saying go? Different strokes for different folks? Well, this is the stroke that worked for me folks and it might just work for you too. You can learn more about the product that I used by visiting their website. There is a ton of useful information that might help you. Good luck on your endeavor and Happy New Year!!

Shipping Containers Home- A Unique Way of Living

Which is the best country in the world? What is the best city to live in? There are many that instantly come to mind but nothing can equal your own house. By ‘own house’, I don’t mean any building that you are occupying or even your parents’ house.

Your own house is one that you can call and feel at home, which serves as proof of your hard work and sweat because you bought it with your hard earned money and that is saying something.

Having your own house is the best feeling that you can get but now we are going to discuss about another type of house that may look somewhat different from regular house but is quite effective enough to qualify as one.

Makeshift Home

Shipping container is not a term that you get to hear in your everyday conversation but not many people are aware that it can be used as a home, which has served as an alternative for sailors who are always on navy missions and the containers are used for storage purposes that contain food and arms supplements.

They are also known as freight containers as sales executives working in shipping companies are called freight brokers and have a vast knowledge of these vessels that are used for various purposes.

Shipping containers are quite up to the mark when you don’t play around with them for the sake of it, which is why the base becomes weak that leads to dents in various parts of steel and they are not as useful as they used to be.

Many people might hesitate to consider it even close to a house but fact is fact and it cannot be denied once you see it for yourself how most containers are indeed used as a makeshift home even in current times.

Box Design

Shipping containers are first and foremost containers or vessels that are used for storage purposes and therefore come under various shapes and designs depending on the size of the ship and the mission at hand, which makes it interesting to explore a bit more.

Corrugated boxes are the first that come to mind and can be used as freight containers in a perfect manner as they fit the description to a tee and have been used for various missions at sea.

These boxes are used for keeping smaller products as they provide protection by their own self and are entirely reliable for cushioning and managing contents that are sensitive and fragile.

Even with disaster lying in wait at every corner in such dangerous missions, these boxes are strong enough to handle a large deluge and even powerful waves that strike the ship every now and then, especially during a storm.

In such situations, the entire logistics system is put into play where a complex operation is organized by the people onboard and these containers are kept in a separate cabin on the deck of the ship and on the rare occasions when the enemy attacks if you accidentally stray into his quarters, they simply refuse to budge and leave the containers behind.

Crate is quite a large container compared to its other counterpart and is used for ferrying large and heavy items into it but at times of siege, act as the perfect home for the people on deck as it is strong enough to hold a couple of people inside it along with the food supply, which helps them to survive onboard for many days and is an extremely inventive use of shipping containers.

Worthy Choice

Shipping containers weigh about two to three tons in size and are usually for lodging and perfect as a mode of transport but also have a plus point that it is virtually impossible to migrate.

Unlike your regular house, there is no need to destroy the container to use it for transportation purposes and simply need to lift it from one place to another, which is a practice that has been utilized by shipping expert right from the early days but can only be lifted by a crane or forklift due to its immense weight.

All in all, a truly worthy choice for people who aspire to use shipping containers as an alternative for their house and most of them are even willing to try out this experiment on their own. 

Five Budget Friendly DIY Apartment Accessorizing Tips

Living in an apartment complex offers many amenities and conveniences not found in living in a detached house. Unfortunately, apartment living also brings about certain restrictions that may interfere with your personal preferences.

Personal preferences regarding the decorating and accessorizing of ones apartment space, remains a major issue for many. Restrictions ranging from ‘no painting walls’, to ‘no major changes’ whatsoever, are often stipulated in the apartment lease agreement.

Therefore, what is one to do when desiring to decorate and accessorize their apartment space? Listed below are five budget friendly, do-it-yourself tips, for decorating and accessorizing your apartment space.

1.) Frame It.

Since painting walls is a huge no-no, opting for framed prints of varying sizes and colors, will really bring that added pizazz needed to brighten things up. When attempting the high-end look without the high-end cost, pair modern frames with simple mat boards (craft stores such as Michael’s and AC Moore offer classes to help you achieve the look you are going for).

2.) Curtains.

One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to bring an elegant statement to a blase’ room, is simple window treatments. Large retailers like Target, Ikea, and others offer many prints, colors, and sizes at affordable prices.

For those who want to ‘get creative’, purchasing unique sheet sets, and using them as your window treatments are an excellent way to go. Caution is needed however, when going for this option. Choosing a sheet set with a good print/material, and layering it appropriately, will prevent your window treatments from appearing tasteless.

3.) Lamps

Light can transform a room entirely. It not only has the ability to transform the way a room looks, it also effects the rooms feel and warmth. Therefore, ‘let there be light!’

Purchasing unique and beautiful lamps does not have to be expensive. Retailers such as Home Goods, Pier One, and Kirkland’s, offer several beautiful and unique pieces at affordable prices.

Want to get personal? You can personalize your lamps by painting the inside of the lamp shade to match your decor, or switching out the lamp shade all together.

4.) Throw Pillows.

Talk about a no-brainer! Throw pillows are an excellent and inexpensive way to add a touch of whimsy, color, and life to a couch, chair, or bedding set.

Unlike the throw pillows of yesteryear, todays throw pillows feature different colors, shapes, textures, and patterns enough for everyone to find the right match for their decor. Retailers such as Ross, and Tuesday Morning offer a great selection at deep discount prices.

For those strapped for cash, using inexpensive scrap material (found at any fabric store) to cover your already existing throw pillows, will give you the same unique and appealing look you’re trying to achieve.

5.) Carpet Floor Tiles.

Also known as ‘Flor Carpet Tiles’, these inexpensive tiles (many starting at only $5 per tile) are an inexpensive way to add some pizazz and color to your space.

Since there are a bevy of colors, patterns, and pile options, the looks you can create with them is endless (for styles and information visit www.flor.com ).

As you can see, even with restrictions in place, there are still ways you can personalize, and accessorize your apartment space to represent your individuality. Therefore, don’t hold back, get your decorating juices flowing. You’ll be amazed at how little it takes to make your apartment look like a home.

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Rainbow Sandals For Men Buyers Guide

As the summer draws near and the weather warms, “sandal weather” is finally upon us. Even in California where I live it has been cold and rainy and my sandals have been in hiding now for several months. But now my trusty Rainbow sandals have emerged from under the bed and are starting to see some action again. Rainbow sandals have become one of the most popular brands of sandals for men and for good reason. They are extremely comfortable, moderately priced, and they last forever due to their leather construction. So here is my quick review of some of the best Rainbow sandals for men on the market today.

Premium Leather Single Layer: Sierra Brown – this is the classic Rainbow sandal for men. Made from all leather with a single layer toe strap, this is the best selling Rainbow sandal there is. The leather of the sole is guaranteed for life so you can always send it back to the headquarters in San Clemente, CA if it wears out. The cost for this sandal is usually between $45-$55, depending upon what size and where you purchase it.

Standard Leather Single Layer: The two main differences between these and the premier leather sandals above are first, the quality of leather is a bit lower with this sandal. And secondly, this sandal only comes in the traditional sierra brown, while the premier leather is available in a variety of colors. And plus it costs a couple of bucks less that the premier leather as well.

Hemp top and strap sandal – for someone looking for a more “natural” Rainbow sandal, Rainbow is now making one of hemp. Made of 100% natural hemp fibers this sandal will be better for the environment while promising never to break down. You can get it in many different colors and is priced typically in the $35-$45 range. You can also opt to add additional item as a gift. This is now when stylish wallets from edcharly come into the picture. This brand has been recognized as one of the most fashionable, modern and stylish wallets in the market.

The Rainbow Classics – the first sandal Rainbow started with and they are still selling strong. The primary difference between theses and the Rainbow sandals for men you are used to seeing is that they are made of nylon instead of leather. I used to own a pair of these and I’d still be wearing them if I didn’t lose them. Prices for the classics run right around $30, give or take a few dollars.

Rainbow Eastcape Rubber – this Rainbow sandal for men is relatively new and designed for the more adventuresome wearer. It is made of rubber on the sole, and straps are made of neoprene and suede to make them more water-proof than the traditional leather sandals. Maybe not as comfortable as other styles of Rainbow sandals, but definitely better equipped to go hiking and get wet. The price of this sandal is relatively uniform at about $40.

So as summer approaches and you are ready to buy some new Rainbow sandals for men, check out their website at www.rainbowsandals.com. That is where I got all of this information and they have the best prices on the sandals as well.

Lord of the Rings Vs. Harry Potter Books and Films

Both The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are historic in the annals of movies and literature. The Lord of the Rings made author J.R.R. Tolkien and director Peter Jackson legends, while Harry Potter turned children back onto the written word. The legacy of The Lord and the Rings and Harry Potter in film and literature pop culture is endless, and so are comparisons between the two. Ultimately, while famous franchise holds up better in book form, and in movie form?

For The Lord of the Rings, the book series was one of the first to take science fiction and fantasy, and turn it into an obsession for its audience. Lord of the Rings became of the first major “geek” obsessions, and has stayed that way even decades later. The Lord of the Rings books created new fantasy worlds that were ahead of their time, and yet rooted in classic historical parallels and parables. J.R.R. Tolkien set the gold standard in fantasy fiction with Lord of the Rings, as pretender after pretender has failed to top it over the years. The drama of the harry potter, tolkien wiki will offer the engagement of the audience in the play. The fiction will be offered with the real aspects for enjoyment and entertainment. 

If any franchise has come the closest, it is Harry Potter. In many ways, Harry Potter is an even more unlikely achievement. Harry Potter was released at a time where literature and long, complex novels were not often read by young audiences. By the end of Harry Potter, young readers everywhere were dying to read novels that were over 600 pages long, something that no other book series could have possibly done.

The Harry Potter series reaches a far different demographic than Lord of the Rings does. But whereas Lord of the Rings deals in grim, adult storytelling and brutal war, Harry Potter gives all ages a compelling story, and increasingly dark life lessons. Though Harry Potter began as a pleasant diversion, J.K. Rowling slowly turned the series into a modern-day parable about the troubles of growing up, finding a family and friends, battling inner demons, and confronting loss and great evil. The readers of Harry Potter grew up along with Harry, and thus Rowling reached them deeper and deeper with every passing, troubling year.

Overall, Lord of the Rings has a deeper fantasy world, but Harry Potter is the more emotional experience in book form. In movie form, however, Lord of the Rings has had a greater advantage.

The success of the Lord of the Rings movie series is just as unlikely as the Harry Potter book series. Lord of the Rings was a make-or-break gamble for New Line Cinema, one of the few series to shoot multiple movies at the same time and actually work, and was helmed by a director who was often best known for dirty puppet movies. After seeing how so many other fantasy films with gigantic CGI effects failed in the years after Lord of the Rings, the success of these movies is even more unique and special.

The Lord of the Rings series brought Tolkien’s world to life with the most elaborate, jaw-dropping special effects of our time – to say nothing of the historic achievement in bringing Gollum to life. By the time Return of the King finished off the triumph, 11 Oscars had to be given over to honor the entire three-year run.

For the Harry Potter series, the movies have been a bit more problematic, but have soared at their best. The first two films were largely panned for being too close to the books, and for having Chris Columbus at the helm. But just like the books, the Harry Potter movies became more captivating and deeper as things went on, and as the characters got older. As the Harry Potter movies near an end, audiences feel as much of a connection in seeing the adult Harry, Ron and Hermione grow up in front of their eyes as they did reading about it in the books.

However, the Harry Potter films are frequently criticized for replacing CGI effects with the real wonder of the books. The Lord of the Rings series could survive complaints like that, since massive CGI was the only thing that could bring the battles and locations of Middle Earth to life. Such CGI wizardy is more tame and less revolutionary today than it was when Lord of the Rings came out, which hurts the Harry Potter series a bit, even as it relies a little less on special effects.

In book form, the Harry Potter series is more likely to hold a special place in people’s heart than Lord of the Rings, despite the lasting power of Rings. But in the movies, Lord of the Rings has cast too great a shadow for Harry Potter to completely catch up to, though there are still two more adventures left to film in Hogwarts.

Does Paint By Numbers Help Relieve Stress?

Paint-by-numbers is really quite a great painting technique that acts as a stress reducer not only for adults but for children as well. The relation between stress and art is an intense one, and this fact cannot be denied at all. Paint-by-numbers is a unique kind of art therapy that not only enables the painters to invent a new form of painting but also help them in infusing life in their painted pictures.  

How can stress-level be reduced with Paint-by-numbers?

If you want to re-invent your inner creativity of painting pictures easily and conveniently, then Paint-by-numbers is the best solution. You do not have to push yourself hard to prove your painting skill; instead, it will be done with ease. This will definitely keep your stress controlled, and your mind will get relaxed and satisfied. Paint-by-numbers can help you to reach your aim or goal of becoming a good painter in the future, and this makes you happy from within.

Your inner skill of painting can be channelized in a positive direction, and you will soon experience happiness from the making of custom paintings. Since the Paint-by-numbers kit can be easily used, therefore, you can now portray your favorite pictures at any point in time, not only for killing your boredom but also for gaining the utmost happiness. Painting makes life much more colorful, and when numbers are involved, then the painting enjoyment automatically gets doubled.

Now, painting activity has become very much entertaining, and this entertainment can quench your thirst for becoming happy and stress-free. If you are frustrated in life, or something is bothering you continuously, then you can relax your mind by means of practicing the Paint-by-numbers method of painting. This painting adds creativity and color to your life, and automatically you will be able to resolve the most challenging situations of life.

This painting will keep your brain focussed completely, and thus you will not be able to concentrate on other stressful matters in life. If you say stress-free, then your mental health will automatically get improved at the end of the day. Stress always destroys relationships and the balance between professional and social life. Since this technique keeps you away from stress, therefore you find your life much hassle-free and free from chaos. You will be able to enjoy a sorted-out relationship and will be able to keep persons around you happy.

Paint by numbers with a frame can enable you to discover a new person in you. The Paint-by-numbers kit is so easy to use that you will not require any guidance; rather, you can do it on your own. So many colors are now available in the kits that you will automatically get excited by seeing them. The painting canvas is called the reflection of a person’s personality or mind. If you cannot share anything with anybody, then you can start practicing this technique for making your mind life and free from all disturbing thoughts preventing you from performing your daily life activities. Your brain will get stimulated, and you can discover a new meaning of life.