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Month: January 2018

Hate Your Boney Shoulders? Try These Exercises to Get Rid of Them

Do you hate your boney shoulders? Frightened to take your top off at the beach or at the pool? Sick and tired of the way that shirts just seem to “hang” off your shoulders? Boney shoulders can be an extremely frustrating thing to deal with. I remember that no matter how many shirts and t-shirts I tried, I just couldn’t seem to find one that wouldn’t show up those pointy bits where my arm joins my shoulder. Getting rid of boney shoulders is simply a case of building muscle to cover them. If you look at most people who are considered to have a great body, you may notice that their “boney shoulders” are still somewhat visible…it’s just that the muscle does a great job of covering them up. The shoulders are actually made up of a group of 3 muscles known collectively as the deltoids (or “delts” in gym-lingo). In order to see great muscular development and cover your boney shoulders you should look to incorporate exercises that cover and emphasise all 3 muscles. Here are some great weight training exercises that you can perform to cover your boney shoulders. Front Deltoids – Seated Barbell Shoulder Press (also known as the Military Press) Seated with your back supported upright by the bench, and your hands a little more than shoulder-width apart, lift the bar off the rack and...

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Design Your Very Own Graphic Designer Title Text in Photoshop

Photoshop is a very powerful tool for creating, editing and processing images. The number of graphic design techniques and options it presents are so vast that it would takes people significant time to understand the concepts and become masters in using this very advanced software. Using Photoshop, you can create your graphic designer title text. Some of the most popular techniques and styles of text that are used in Photoshop are 3D typographic effects, flaming meteor effect on text, smooth glass type and the ‘Bee Movie’ text effect. Designing 3D photographic effects has become easier with Photoshop Extended version. Through clever use of Photoshop’s masking tools and layers, you can design characters that weave in and out of each other. You can modify the characters’ faces by applying effects such as patterns, gradients and lines. It is better to start by producing each letter separately in a 3D program and then import them into a Photoshop document. Keep each letter in its own layer, and then arrange them around each other, in whatever way looks good to you. If you mask parts of individual letters, you can create letters that appear to be both behind other letters while having parts in front of them at the same time. You can then add other graphic design effects such as lighting and shadows. Using the flaming meteor effect, you can enhance...

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The Pros and Cons For Solar Energy in Your Home

Solar energy can be the perfect solution for providing your home with power. With that in mind, it also might not be the right solution for you as well. Depending on several key factors the decision the change from traditional electricity to solar power can be one that takes an educated decision. Becoming environmentally friendly is the largest reason to make the change. You are providing your home with renewable energy as opposed to limited resources found on the earth. More importantly than even that, when you burn solar power, you do not provide the dangerous emissions that other sources have. This solution keeps the Earth cleaner, and helps give the children a better future. You will actually save money with solar energy. There is no getting around the price of setting up solar power in your home, with the exception of grants that are available. But if you look at the long term aspect of powering your home with this alternative power source, you save money. No longer are you sending a check to the power company for their wattage. Instead, you can save that money for a trip or pay off other bills each month. If the power goes off on your grid, you still have power. One of the best solutions is the fact you do not have to sacrifice the need for power if it...

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The Christmas Sand Dollar

One of my favorite Christmases happened in California. My husband and I had lived in Los Angeles for several years. Our first Christmas, we drive to San Francisco after midnight mass on Christmas Eve – a lot shorter drive than the sixteen hundred miles to our families in Texas in ifmy weather. Beside, we both had to be back to work on Monday. That was a glorious trip, filled with small adventures. As anyone who has been to San Francisco can tell you, The City (as it is called by those of us who love it) holds many charms, and we sampled many of them. Believe me, San Francisco can get in your blood! On this second or third Christmas in California (memory fails me), we drive up US 101 (the "Ventura Highway in the sunshine" in the song made famous by America) through Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo, then picked up California State Highway 1 to Morro Bay. We dropped into a quaint motel, white with blue trim, on Christmas Eve. Christmas morning dawned bright and clear. We rose early, ate breakfast, and drove out to a huge, three-story sized rock that jutted out of the water at the edge of the beach, and was called, appropriately, Morro Rock. A few other hardy souls had preceded us to the beach that morning. If you know about the...

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It’s a Graphic Web and Why You Need Professionally Designed Web Graphics

Someone wise once said that ‘you can’t judge a book by its cover’, but I’m guessing this was before the world wide web changed the way everyone absorbed information. The fact of the matter is, these days, even in a hard cover bookshop, books with boring covers will never even get picked up. The competition is so fierce, the colours and design of book covers so clever, that unless a cover stands out from the crowd, a book doesn’t stand a chance of being purchased. Now, you can multiply this scenario by hundreds of thousands of times if you are talking about web pages. The same principle applies. Unless a web page is attractive enough, it won’t get a second glance. Web surfers will be in and clicked out in the blink of an eye. Design and colours all contribute to how a web page presents itself to its visitors. There once was a time where web pages were thought to require every bell and whistle available. This was in the early days of the web when everyone was trying to prove themselves; when flashing banners were thought to be the way to go (they’re not now, if they ever were), where cutesy little animations were thought to be a brilliant addition to a web site. Well, there was a predictable backlash against these kaleidoscopic ‘horror’ web pages of...

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