Welcome!

Secret Asian Man is a weekly comic strip that is an often brutally honest commentary on the state of race relations in America.

My name is Tak and I was born and raised in New York City on the borders of Chinatown, Little Italy, Soho and Tribeca. I now live just south of Boston in an old converted refrigerator box where I scavenge wild berries from my neighbors’ yards.

During the day, I am the creative director at the ground breaking post-alternative newsweekly Boston’s Weekly Dig. Ground breaking in that the Dig is a hybrid of the traditional alternative newsweekly that our hippie forefathers started and new school magazine publishing blending award winning design and cutting edge content. I’m also the creative director for BeerAdvocate Magazine, the print supplement to the world’s largest online beer community.

This is the home of my beloved comic strip.  I hope you enjoy!

Characters

For the uninitiated in the world of Secret Asian Man, here is a breakdown of the characters you will find within the strips:

HeadshotSAMOsamu “SAM” Takahashi is a father, an art director and a dreamer. Always a level-headed optimist, SAM always tries to see both sides of a story and is more interested in learning more about issues than proving that he’s right. Between work, family and hanging out with his friends, SAM is also an aspiring comic strip artist and hopes to someday share his work with the world.

 

HeadshotMarieMarie Campana is an editor for an educational publishing house. She brings home plenty for her boys to read. Marie is also an avid comic book fan and suffers from acute zombiephobia. But if there’s a zombie movie on you can bet Marie is going to stop and watch the whole thing until the bitter, bloody end. Marie is SAM’s anchor and without her he would end up leaving for work without his pants on.

HeadshotShinShin Takahashi is SAM and Marie’s older son who is extremely bright, observant and isn’t afraid to ask the tough questions. Like the time he asked SAM if the black guy next to him tasted like chocolate. Shin excels at building spaceships with Legos and taking apart electronics and reassembling them to suit his own needs. He also has a knack for belting out Broadway show tunes.

 

HeadshotBobbyRobert “Bobby” Takahashi is the new addition to the family. Bobby enjoys…well…shiny things. He’s still a baby, give him time. One thing is for sure, though, he loves his older brother Shin.

 

 

HeadshotCharlieCharlie has been SAM’s best friend since grade school. Charlie is a consummate tinker of technology and someday hopes to finish his own personal Iron Man suit. Charlie also loves to invent infomercial-bound products and even had quite an adventure with his most successful product to date: Lunchkins – the lunch bag that’s a napkin.

 

HeadshotRichieRichie is the one white guy at the Million Man March. He is well-meaning and constantly trying to understand oppressed peoples and their struggles. Richie’s quest for political correctness often ends up offending those he’s trying to appease. He’ll order a burrito with his horrible Spanish and likes to wear a dashiki. Richie was also Shin’s pre-school teacher.

 

HeadshotSimonSimon is SAM’s hot-headed, college aged cousin. Simon is constantly scowling at the injustices perpetrated against his Asian American brothers and sisters. He’s quick to point out racist actions and will not hesitate to jump down your throat for questioning his causes. Not many people like Simon but, hey, he’s family so whaddya gonna do?

Why buy a washer dryer

Job types that are time demanding often leave individuals with little time to take care of other tasks within the home. Individuals working in a different role, from creative directors and digital artists to web and content developers spend a considerable amount of time at work. Whether freelancers or employed by an organization, they need to efficiently use their time to accommodate their work and home obligations. One way is performing home tasks faster by using different home appliances. One such appliance is the washer dryer.

A washer dryer or lavadora secadora is a handy machine that combines the features of a washing machine and a dryer allowing laundry to come out dry after some time. This appliance proves itself useful especially during seasons when line drying means having wet clothes on the line for days.

These machines offer a number of advantages:

1. Space and cost

These combo units occupy less space than when your washer is separate from your dryer. If you don’t have a spacious house or separate laundry room, you can benefit from the space-saving feature of washer dryers. Because you are buying a single unit, purchasing a washer dryer can cost less than when you are buying a washing machine and a separate dryer.

2. Efficiency

Washer dryer manufacturers have developed impressively efficient models. These machines use technology similar to the front-load washer; thus, they use less water on each load and are energy efficient. This energy-saving feature varies depending on the type of machine. A ventless one is more efficient one that is vented because instead of the warm air being let out, it is recycled. While this feature may not outmatch the energy efficiency of some separate dryers, you still save on your energy bill considerably. Although they also require a considerable amount of time to give you dry laundry, you can start the load and perform other duties while the washing and drying is taking place.

3. Gentle

Again, because the washing technology used is similar to that of a front-load washer, the washer dryer is gentle on clothes. They owe this advantage to the horizontal axis spinning and tumbling action of the drum.

4. Easily used

A washer dryer is easier to use especially since you don’t have to manually move your load from the washer to the dryer. Further, with a delay timer function, you can set the cycle to complete at a specific time.

There are many washer dryer options available in the market today with varying features such as temperature control, hand washing setting, sanitation, moisture sensor and noise silencing. The costs and capacities also vary. Individuals can, therefore, find one that fits their specific laundry needs. However, to fully enjoy the benefits of whichever washer dryer you choose, you need to observe some best practices.

The first thing you should never do is to overfill it because doing so can prevent your clothes from being properly washed and dried. To avoid the unpleasant array of smells that some washer dryer owners complain about you need to keep your appliance clean. Prevent your clothes from acquiring a musty or burnt smell by regularly cleaning your washer dryer. This includes activities for residue and lint removal from the filters and dispensers. Cleaning it also helps keep the appliance operating efficiently for longer.

Best Chairs for Digital Artists in 2017 – For Ergonomics and Efficiency

Ergonomic chair for artists

Digital artists do spend most of their work hours of a working day on a chair as they surf the internet dealing mostly in creation, editing, sharing and even moderating digital content. Using a wrong chair will cause serious health problems such that, you will easily get fatigued, your body will be sweating and back hurting, which goes a long way in hurting output. The presence of stress can easily ruin one’s productivity hence the need to eradicate the stress causing components of a working environment. Therefore to ensure best office environment in terms of seats, you need to reduce regular stress on wrists, neck, and back while getting more comfort.

Below we’ve listed the top ergonomic chairs for 2017 for digital artists:

#1 – SAYL Chair by Herman Miller

Sayl Chair by Herman Miller

Intro

When quality is what you are yearning for then SAYL Chair by Herman Miller is the best shot you have. Ranked among the best overall ergonomic chairs in 2017 by Safe Computing Tips (link broken/removed), it is completely modern and sophisticated. It provides for complete comfort and seated freedom, an assurance for ergonomics and efficiency. It is referred to as “life unframed” chair by Herman Miller due to its style.

Pros

For great breathability, the chair has open meshing at the back that also adds up in providing great support. One will feel comfortable even when using it all through the day due to the padded seats.

There is the option for eco-friendly designs which uses fewer materials in setting up. The standard office chair cartons are double size it’s packaging.

Available in a range of colors, The SAYL is easily movable as it rolls on its caster wheels and it is durable, will last long while performing at the best conditions even after several years of regular use.

Cons

Some of the cons of having this chair are: it can get squeaky after the duration of usage, it has nonadjustable armrests, the webbing can at times grab on buttons and stuff.

See video below for a detailed review:

Moving on to one of my personal favorites (i.e. I’m sitting on it right now)… The Steelcase Leap chair…

#2 Steelcase Leap Chair

Steel Case Leap Chair

Intro

For one of the best all round chairs you can have, the Steelcase Leap Chair might be the choice for you.  It is one of the leading chairs in sales in the US, and its comfort can easily allow you as a digital artist to get the long stretches after a meticulous work.  It’s one of my favorites, and as I said I’m sitting on it right now as I write this…

Pros

It provides great support in the seat and for the back. It also has a special inclusion called LiveBack that shapes the spine and supports the movement. It can also correct your posture which means you can stay comfortable for a long period time.

This chair comes with adjustable armrest and back for arms and height. Its movement is also easy due to the smooth rolling and pivot. Its durability is given and it can comfortably hold heavy weights of up to 300 pounds and still maintain top performance. Another added advantage is that the chair is easy to clean and use and is easily adjustable.

Cons

The cons in having this chair are: it is on the high side when it comes to price, and it comes in a nonbreathable fabric.

#3 DXRacer Formula Series

DXRacer Formula Series Ergonomic Chair

Intro

Being a digital artist means that one might spend several hours on a chair. That is exactly what DXRacer Formula Series is designed for, long-term commitment of artists as it is an ultra comfortable chair.

Pros

The chair is designed with adjustable armrests, high backs, and pillows that provide a proper relaxing surface for the neck after spending a long time in the seat. Slickly rolling on a dual caster wheel is a 360-degree swivel that comes fitted in the chair. The design looks really cool.

The advantages of having this chair are the presence of support for neck, head and high back. It comes with a frame warranty for life and the presence of the lumbar cushions.

Cons

The only shortcoming with the chair is that it might not be so comfortable for tall or large people.

#4 Argomax Mesh Chair

Intro

We’ve ranked this #4 because it’s a very nice option for those that want to be a little more cost-effective then our top 3 picks, but still retains a lot of ergonomic features that are necessary for those long hours in front of Photoshop or Illustrator.

Pros

The Argomax comes with a now standard design with lumbar support as well as a nice headrest.  The black mesh helps to maintain a cool comfortable temperature throughout the workday, avoiding heat and even sweat that can creep up with leather or other less porous materials.

It also comes with a very innovated “foot prop”, which is essentially like a sling for your foot.  Many people use this to help reduce swelling in their legs/feet after the end of a long day, or while sitting for many hours.  It’s a simple solution but one not found in many other places, and at a very nominal price!

Cons

The only drawback I found with this chair is that it doesn’t feel all that “solid”, i.e.: the arm rests move a little bit more then I would like.  Nonetheless it’s a great buy for the price and if you add in the additional foot prop you can really take a load off at the end of the day.

Next up we take a little bit of a different route…

#5 EdgeDesk Ergonomic Workstation and Kneeling Chair

Edge Desk Ergonomic Kneeling Chair

Intro

We are going to take a little detour from our normally schedule chairs and introduce a much more “quirky” contender.  I don’t know if you’ve heard of kneeling chairs but they are become more and more popular among those with lower back problems.  This version of a kneeling chair also includes a workstation for those artists that actually use their hands, either actually on paper or with those new fancy tablets or drawing boards.

Pros

While this one does have some significant drawbacks, that’s going to happen when you are this innovative.  To put it in perspective, this started as an IndieGogo Project, where they were able to raise money for product development.  This means that it is going to be an early version of a new product that is likely to have some issues with it.

Nonetheless, it is a portable and ergonomic workstation that is usable by all types of artists, and even voted as one of the best kneeling chairs for artists by SafeComputingTips.  It and can also hold a laptop (although have one with some rubber grip on the underside).  The kneeling chair portion is solid and helpful for backpain.

Cons

All that being said, this one has some big issues.

Firstly, the screen area is very slippery and doesn’t hold products well, including laptops that might slide off if you are not easy.

Secondly, it’s not very stable.  The screen doesn’t stay in place all that well, making finding a comfortable and stable position difficult.

Thirdly, while it’s portable, it’s kind of clunky.  Many artists are travelers or very transient and could make use of it, but personally I don’t work too often on the road, so it’s not a great fit for me.

Final Thoughts

Even in as much as some chairs will appear to be very pricey, the cost is worth it in the long run. With the reduced health strains, it will translate to high-quality productivity and less costly hospital bills. The menace of recurrent bills on purchases is also dealt promptly with as most of the best chairs for digital artists in 2017 for ergonomics and efficiency are durable, they will still perform at the best level even after several years of regular use. The comfort provided for in the chairs means that one will be able to work for longer hours without straining.

References:

https://www.steelcase.com/products/office-chairs/leap/

 

 

The 5 Best Online Comic Books and Comic Book Artists

Writing is an art; a writer is basically an artist. Comic writers must possess special skills for them to draw loyal audiences. Artists are born with their divergent special skills that nobody can ever take away from them; it’s quite easy to tell the most talented artists by looking at their works. Here is a preview on The Best Online Comic Books and Comic Book Artists:

1. Moon Knight by Greg Smallwood

Moon Knight ComicThe radical take by Greg Smallwood on Khonsu’s fist is an imaginary sight to behold. The writer introduces a character who was at one time a mercenary who in the end got saved by an Egyptian moon god. In the end, the man dresses up as a vigilante known as Moon Knight so that he can protect those who are travelling by night. The end story is simply breathtaking

2. Tetris-The Games People Play by Box Brown

Tetris-The Games People Play is basically a bare-knuckled examination of philosophy, politics and pixilated nostalgia. The Box Brown novel comes out the same way as his previous one “Life and Legend” but this time round he focuses on a Russian game developer by the name Alexey Pajinov.  While he didn’t make the list of the most viewed comic artists on social media, Box Brown is simply a genius. He relates this book with cold war by depicting some parasitic business men. The artist goes a notch higher to elaborate the philosophical pillars of how history and humanity games relate to present day events. He is simply engrossing, obsessive and smart in his works

3. House of Penance by Ian Bertram

This epic story is built on the foundation of pupil-dilating arts; it is informed by the bizarre incident that occurred in the 19th century. It is a story of Sarah Winchester is a widow of the man credited for having founded The Winchester Repeating Arms Company-This widow built a sprawling mansion that was used to house the Native Americans who had fallen victim to the weaponries forged by her father. The writer of this book depicts these scripts in an eloquent and constrained past-century spooks slingers. Ian Betram wraps up the story in stylish fashions by conjuring some dwarfing senses of doom where characters have zero chances of escaping. The endgame is simply breathtaking

4. Giant Days by Lissa Treiman

Giant Days ComicJohn Allison and Lissa Treiman keenly spent their time building characters that are human in nature without looking at even a single sense of how these characters are messed up. Allison’s experience in creating web comics is demonstrated here where he brings out a story about young women who are very loyal and supportive. They are extremely supportive to the extent of messing up their lives

5. The Mighty Thor by Russell Dauterman

Writer Jason Aaron weaves a meticulous story of gender dynamics and shifting allegiances. This story has every connotation of being epic. Asgard admits that there is a mysterious lady who tosses the whole of Mjolmir apart from one man known as Odin. Odin is The King of the Realm- he is one-eyed. Together with his exploitive corporation, the branching fantasy words as well as the dark elves, The Mighty Thor is that story that has been built on blood and sweat. It has huge relevance outside its fantasy trappings

 

My Epic Late Night Plumbing Nightmares

There are a large number of homeowners who might face late night plumbing nightmares that comes with unexpected expenses and a lot of inconvenience that is caused because of these problems, and I happened to be one of them this past month. As a homeowner, you need to keep your sanity intact because plumbing problems can crop at any hour of the day and even at night. Therefore you will need to look for a professional plumber who is available round the clock for assisting you deal with the problem in the most cost effective manner. Moreover you will need to ensure that the sewer lines and piping system that is connected to your home is in good condition so that it does not cause any kind of problems.

Here are my tips for handling various plumbing problems that might happen late at night:

Running toilet– it is one of the biggest nightmare that you might face and experiencing a running toilet may be due to different reasons which includes leaky toilet valve, toilet flapper or flush valve that can cause running toilet and for resolving this problem you will need to hire emergency plumber who will visit your property for fixing the problem.

Blocked toilet– the blockage in the toilet can be caused due to some object that has been lodged in drain pipes and in this situation, you will find water rising after you have flushed the toilet rather than going down. Thus dealing with this plumbing problem involves turning off water supply so that toilet does not overflow and then contact a plumber for unblocking the toilet in a professional manner.

Low Water PressureLow water pressure– if in the middle of the night, you experience low water pressure issues in your bathroom than it is a matter of concern that needs to be addressed at the earliest. For this situation, you will first need to check whether both the hot and cold water is being affected by the low water pressure or not. The main cause of this problem is issues with aerator because calcium gets deposited slowly which eventually reduces the water pressure. Hence you will need to call a plumber for fixing this blocked aerator problem and removing the debris and buildup from the aerator and putting it back in its place for that you can enjoy excellent water pressure again.

Late night plumbing nightmares are very common in every household and you will need to hire experienced and trained plumbers for dealing with the plumbing emergencies that occurs. But for this you will need to know whom to call for completing the job as you will need to do proper research so that you can make the right selection.  An affordable plumbing repair service is hard to come by, so you will also need to ask for quotes from the plumbers so that the problem can be resolved at an affordable cost. There are many plumbing companies that offer services 24 hour a day and even on holidays as you can always seek the assistance of these plumbers who will offer the required service for your plumbing problems at your home.

Four Things to Expect from Cleaning Experts at Simply Maid

Cleaning company professionalsHiring professional cleaners is a smart way to save time and energy. With hiring professional cleaners, you won’t have to deal with the tiresome task of cleaning your home. Choosing the right cleaning technicians needs careful assessment and consideration. They will spend considerable time at your home, and a major aspect of your healthy and safety depends on them.

If you’re looking for the perfect cleaning professionals for your home, the Cleaning Experts at Simply Maid might be the right ones for you. Cleaning professionals at Simply Maid are known for the following characteristics that set them apart from the rest:

1. Efficiency

Cleaning professionals at Simply Maid are trained to clean large areas in the shortest possible amount of time. They know, upon assessing a house or office, where it is best to start and how to deal with the clutter and major cleaning needs. A team of the best professional home cleaners can clean an entire house in just half a day, depending on the extent of cleaning that needs to be done. They’re also great team players, allowing them to effectively allocate tasks among themselves.

2. Expertise

Thoroughly cleaning a house takes more than just knowing how to handle a vacuum. Sometimes, there will be stubborn stains, odor, or dirt that can’t be removed easily. In cases like this, Cleaning Professionals at Simply Maid are equipped with some of the most powerful cleaning detergents. The equipment they use has been proven to remove even the toughest stains. They also know a few handy tricks on how to remove all sorts of unpleasant odors in any part of the house. They’re also equipped with basic tools to deal with minor cases of house pests.

3. Trustworthiness

Hiring professional cleaners can sometimes make us uncomfortable. After all, having strangers in our home can make us worry about our safety. When you hire professional home cleaners at Simply Maid, you are 100% covered by a trust guarantee. You can trust our home cleaners to keep everything at your home as it is. The background of our cleaners are thoroughly checked to make sure that they have no criminal records or anything that will taint your trust with them.

Professional cleaning services

4. Above and Beyond Customer Service

Their professional cleaners will treat you with the utmost respect. They will show up on time, communicate well if there are any changes in your arrangement, and entertain any questions or requests you may have regarding their service. You’re not obliged to stay at home when the cleaning experts are at work; you can leave them with your instructions and special requests. Just enjoy your time off outdoors or away from the house, and return to a sparkling home.

Hiring professional cleaners can do wonders for your health and your family. Instead of spending precious time and energy on cleaning, let the pros handle it. Cleaning Experts at Simply Maid are known among their clients as highly professional and competent in their field. Look no more for cleaning experts because Simply Maid has the best professional home cleaners for you.

You can find Simply Maid here:

SIMPLY MAID
Suite 125, 377 Kent Street,
Seabridge House
Sydney, NSW, 2000
1300 009 363
 

Uplifting Mobility a Guide to Safe Exercise for Seniors

Many older adults avoid exercising because they fear that exercise will hurt them rather than benefit them. The word “exercise” has become synonymous to “prolonged physical agony for the fit,” but this is not the real case. Seniors can safely exercise given the proper guidance.

According to Uplifting Mobility, exercise for seniors is crucial in maintaining and prolonging bone health. However, it can also benefit cardiovascular, respiratory, and even neurological health. In fact, they have found that seniors who regularly exercise have better balance and a sharper memory.

So how can seniors exercise safely? In this article, we will share some tips for safe exercise for seniors:

Safe exercise for seniors

1. Starting small

The most important thing to ensure safe exercise, as Uplifting Mobility shares, is to have a manageable start. No matter the type of exercise, seniors should be careful and start at a slow pace.

For example, for balance exercises, seniors can start with two minutes of standing on one foot a day. The length of time can then increase per day. The key to a successful exercise regimen is consistency. Starting with something easy enough exercise for seniors will encourage them to continue doing it.

2.Warm up first

Warming up before an exercise is important for all regardless the age. Warming up lets our body prepare for the upcoming physical activity. A proper warm up will help seniors smoothly adjust to the routine and avoid straining their bodies abruptly which may result in cramps.

A basic warm-up routine should involve the whole body – from the neck to the toes. Joints should be stretched to encourage more blood flow.

3. Wear comfortable attire, especially shoes

The workout attire is also a huge factor for having safe exercises for seniors, according to Uplifting Mobility. Elderlies should wear clothes that allow them to breathe and perspire freely. Their clothes should allow them to move around easily.

The footwear, in particular, should be sturdy and comfy for physical activities. Don’t let seniors wear footwear that has sticky soles since these tend to stick to the floor, causing one to trip.

4. Stop if serious pain is felt

Mild pain is normal in most cases, and this is something that seniors should press against especially when they’re just starting out on a routine. However, exercising should be stopped if it causes extreme pain to seniors.

Seniors with particular bone and muscle conditions may find it harder to move around. This is why the exercise routine should be carefully planned according to the physical ailments of the elderly. In cases of extreme pain, first aid should be applied and ask for medical assistance immediately.

Exercise for seniorsTakeaways:

Exercising for seniors is a must to maintain health and slow down aging. Many fear to get themselves hurt while exercising, but with these few safety tips from Uplifting Mobility, it is possible to utilize safe exercises for seniors.

Assisting elderlies in their exercise routine is simple enough. For complex cases, such as elderlies on a wheelchair or limited mobility, it is best to request assistance from professional physical therapists for seniors.

Tips from Dogarooni on Correcting Dog Behavior Problems:

K-9 MischiefDogs are our little buddies from heaven that make our lives ten times better – except when they’re misbehaving. Bad dog behaviors such as urinating in inappropriate places can make even the most patient dog owner frustrated.

To help us out with this dilemma, Dogarooni shares some tips on correcting bad dog behavior through proper dog training:

1. How to correct dog urinating problems.

Dogs mark their territory with urine. Unless you wish to treat your house like a jungle, finding marked territories inside the house is annoying.

Although it is advised to neuter dogs at an early age to prevent dog urinating problems, usually neutering older dogs can still work.

Another way Dogarooni suggests to correct dog urinating problems is to catch it in the act and correct it consistently. When you notice the dog attempting to urinate, distract it with noise by shaking a can filled with stones. Then when the dog looks for the source of the noise, command “NO PEE” with a stern voice. Doing this consistently to see results is recommended by Dogarooni.

2. Dogarooni on how to correct dog aggression.

Though diagnosing the exact cause of dog aggression is tricky. Aggression among dogs has several causes including but not limited to physical pain or discomfort, fear, anxiety, and feeling threatened. Dogarooni says if your dog acts aggressively, have them checked with a vet first to see if they’re suffering from chronic pain. Dogarooni highly recommends working with dog behavior experts to help you come up with a dog training plan to correct dog aggression.

Since aggressive dogs can be dangerous, don’t leave them with children or unfamiliar adults.

Dog training tips from Dogarooni

3. How to correct destructive dog chewing

The first thing you need to do when correcting destructive dog chewing is to identify its cause. Some dogs chew due to separation anxiety or hunger, but some may have developed chewing as a compulsive behavior. In the latter case, Dogarooni advises us to seek professional help.

Dogarooni says the best way to correct destructive dog chewing is to give your dog a proper chewing toy. Dogarooni suggests another useful trick, using spray on the usual items that your dog chews on with chewing deterrents. When they taste the awful taste of the deterrent, they will stop chewing items with the same smell.

4. How to correct dog digging. Dog owners are familiar with waking up and seeing a pile of dirt in the backyard. To correct dog digging behaviors, you need to catch your dog red handed and say “no.” To make sure that your dog stops digging, distract it with a toy. The important thing here is to stop or scold the dog during the act of digging and not afterward since the dog will not understand what it did wrong.

To still give your dog the freedom to dig, give it a sandbox and bury some of their favorite toys.

Dogarooni says that dogs may develop bad habits especially if they grew up with no consistent dog training to promote positive habits. However, Dogarooni also reminds us that it is never too late to start correcting problematic dog behaviors. The most common dog behavioral problems can be corrected with consistent and dedicated dog training.

Learn from My Mistakes – Why You Need Regular Tree Service

Trees make the home look more beautiful. They make the home more elegant. Your property can enjoy the full benefits of the trees growing in it, but only with regular maintenance. They need regular trees service in Denver, CO, especially, with all the rocky mountain tree types and wildlife. Poor and irregular maintenance cause the trees to die. Poor and irregular maintenance create safety hazards for members of your family. In many cases, occasional tree services have led to property damages by interfering with the foundation and structural stability of the building.

Different types of Trees Require Different Service

Don't be like me and my neighbors, get regular tree service before a disaster like this happens.
Don’t be like me and my neighbors, get regular tree service before a disaster like this happens.

Depending on the trees you have planted and allowed to grow within your property, you might have to give them tree service once a year. The trees need to be pruned or inspected once each year too, especially if they are near your house. You also need to prune and inspect the trees at least once a year if they are near power poles or property lines. Regular maintenance highlights the things that need fixing earlier before the situation gets out of hand. Therefore, you should pay for the regular tree service at least once a year for the following reasons:

Enhancing the health of the trees

Pruning prolongs the life of your trees. It removes the dead, insect-infested and weak parts of the tree. Failure to prune regularly would make it possible for the trees to begin rotting. The health of the trees will suffer consequently. Trees that receive regular trimming and pruning tend to be more beautiful. This is because undesirable branches no longer draw too much energy from the rest of the tree, thus allowing the desirable parts to blossom. The production of leaves, fruits and flowers in the tree improves exponentially as you prune and service them regularly.

Protecting the property

Trees are capable of destroying the home, which is your biggest investment. Strong winds blowing around the home can cause hanging branches to fall on the roof. Some branches are notorious for burrowing their way beneath the shingles thus causing the roof to leak. Water damage can destroy the structural integrity of your house. Such a house would be a huge risk living in for your family. Some of the tree branches are capable of growing into power lines, thus increasing the likelihood of power loss. Blackouts would be the norm in such situations.

Protecting the family

Members of your family need protection. Tree service is one of the ways you can protect the family. The services should include tree trimming, if your family is to feel safe and well protected. Trimming keeps your family away from injuries, which would be the norm if branches keep falling all over the place. Trim the branches that are on the verge of falling. Focus on the cracked branches too. If you do the pruning and trimming right, the weight of each tree will reduce sharply thus eliminating their likelihood of falling during a snowstorm.

Tree service in Denver, CO is great for everyone involved, especially your neighbors, since a fallen tree doesn’t juts affect you, it also effects your entire block. Regular tree services are great for your house. Your household is guaranteed safety and adequate protection against falling branches and twigs. Therefore, you ought to find a good contractor for this work. It might be expensive to ask for these services all the time. The benefits they provide you make the services worth it.

See this PDF on Tree Removal by Colorado.gov, it has very helpful information for anybody looking to take advantage of some government programs.

References:

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Tree%20Removal%20Program.pdf

http://www.treeremovaldenver.net/ – See the Tree Removal Denver map listing for directions.

 

One of my Quirky Pastimes: Bingo…

Some people spend their free time helping the needy or running a productive side business. I play bingo.
Some people spend their free time helping the needy or running a productive side business. I play bingo.

UPDATE 2017: It’s been just about a year since my last write up, here are a few updates:

  • I’ve not played since November of 2016.  I decided to take a break during the holidays and this carried through until today (February 2017).
  • I’ll probably jump back in after the winter.
  • Taking frequent breaks is probably a good thing, but nothing wrong with having a little fun if it’s in moderation.

There are many things people can do in their free time, but not many of them beat playing online games. Here, the choice is excitedly wide, especially when it comes to online casinos, which are used by millions of users every day. However, there is one game which seems to provide a bit more than any other and this is online bingo. As a vibrant activity, this game has everything needed for a truly excellent form of entertainment, but also mental activity. Online bingo as a fun pastime is something which countless individuals enjoy and continue to come back to. Here are the main reasons why this online game is so dear to so many individuals from all walks of life.

Free Rooms for Gaming

Many online casinos and other locations where online bingo can be played offer this game for free. These so-called free game rooms are an excellent choice for all those who wish to play this game but do not want to invest any of their money. These online locations are ideal for playing games in a relaxed and carefree way.

Game Diversity

Online bingo as a fun pastime is so appreciated by so many people because it offers a high level of diversity when it comes to game types. This means that people with all possible skill levels can locate the most suitable game for them and go off to enjoy it. At the same time, providers of these games constantly evolve and advance their offer, providing things like slot machine games with themed graphic design, hybrid games that are created by mixing two older gaming principles and so on. This way, playing online bingo means having a chance to try out any number of these different games and then deciding which ones are the most suitable for anyone particular player.

Welcome Bonuses

For most casinos, the practice of giving out bonuses is a regular occurrence and one of the main reasons why people enjoy them so much. When it comes to online bingo, the same process applies here as well. This means that a player is given free money when he or she registers an account and begins to play. Some casinos require an initial deposit for the bonus to be attained while others do not, but in any case, having a welcome bonus is a very nice gesture for the gaming providers.  For some options you can checkout the (newly updated) New Bingo Sites 2017 list that I’m going to use in the next couple of months.

A Chance to Socialize

Online games, including bingo, provide chat rooms that are working in parallel with any active game. This means that at any time, players can chat with each other for a bit before returning to the game. At some places, players can even chat while they play, which is a brilliant way to socialize. For many regular players of bingo, this socializing element is almost as important as the game itself. This is the reason why anyone who desires to meet new people can start using online bingo games for the same purpose.

Because of all of these reasons, online bingo as a fun pastime is something that anyone could enjoy. Thanks to its versatility, flexibility, and an exceedingly fun gaming environment, there is no doubt that online bingo is one of those pastime activities that will be cherished by everyone.

Why Are Textbooks So Expensive?

I feel bad for students nowadays, textbooks are so expensive.
I feel bad for students nowadays, textbooks are so expensive.

College, high school and other educational textbooks are incredibly expensive. If you ask the bookstores, they will tell you that it’s not their fault, the publisher just charges a lot for them. And this appears to be true. New books are incredibly expensive everywhere, not just the school bookstore. Which is why you should find alternative ways of getting them.

Textbooks are expensive for various reasons. To begin with, textbooks production goes through many stages before final printing. Everybody that was involved will demand remuneration. After a period of time from the publication day, new changes flow in and this calls for revised editions. These editions are also charged

The main advantage of buying your coursebooks is that when the term is over, you can market them and get back some of your cash. But this is not guaranteed by any means– your school bookstore might not buy them if the class is not going to be scheduled anytime soon, and sometimes nobody wants them at all if a new edition has come out.  Heres some ways you can avoid buying expensive textbooks:

Rent them

Renting textbooks lets you save money. Think of it as sharing your textbook. For one term, you get the book, and you only pay around a third of the price. The rental company then takes it back, and rents it to another person. It’s a win-win situation– the rental company makes money, and you don’t spend your entire college fund on books.

It doesn’t matter what schedule you’re on. Textbook rental companies have rates for quarters, semesters, and even years. You can add weeks to the end of your rental if you find you need it longer, and if you decide you want to keep it, you can buy it. There’s not much of a downside.

Buy online

Sometimes we walk many miles crossing from one city to another trying to look for that one book that your tutor insisted you have it. You end up spending a lot of money and transportation before getting the book. An easier way you can obtain that book is through the online retail stores. There are even places where you can get a PDF Free Download of textbooks.  No movement required, all you need to do is click some buttons and you have the book.

Buy used textbooks

Textbooks when purchased new are the most expensive. A used textbook offers the same information but at a cheaper price. It may have marks written inside or marks highlighter from a previous student. These blemishes are the reason why they are offered for sale at a cheaper price. Very few used books are offered at a school bookstore since most students may not sell the books back. Most bookstores make a bigger profit on new book sales.

The shelf life of a textbook is determined by the usefulness of the subject material involved. Those subjects that have the greatest chance for new information will have a new edition published much quicker than one in which topic remains the same. Most science books are constantly changed due to new information unearthed by the scientific community. Many history books or math, books do not have new discoveries so they will not be updated as frequently. One can buy a used textbook from a former student cheaper than the bookstore to help cut their school expenses.

If most of the books cannot be obtained online or rented, it is better to voice your concerns to the government education boards to have the textbook prices moderated. Sometimes after the book publication, some editors decide to make new editions whenever they feel like with each edition costing some extra bucks from the previous one. Government education bodies can help to regulate such profit-motivated moves to enable accessibility of education by its entire people.

What Animators and Artists Have Bad Credit

Hey, they even make satire about credit scores. Go figure.
Hey, they even make satire about credit scores. Go figure.

Recently I was thinking to myself, “Self, what separates you from the rest of your fellow artists?”.  It may be the racially slanted humor, it may be because I was lucky enough to land a domain and a comic with a name like “Secret Asian Man”, or it may be because I’m gainfully employed outside of my artistic endeavors.

Sure, I’ve published books and have found some modicum of success with this comic strip, but I am also creative director for a major publication (*cough* Beer Advocate Magazine *cough*).  I think this separates me from a ton of my colleagues who tend to be in the “starving artist” category.

Not that there is anything wrong with that, since I try to devote as much time as possible to my craft.  I don’t want to sacrifice my art for the all mighty dollar, but you have to pay the bills (and a retirement plan doesn’t hurt either).  The problem I see with a lot of my fellow artists is they are in a situation where it is either one or the other, and no in-between.

Thankfully for my I was able to find a real job that is also a creative position.  This allows me to not only pursue my craft (which might or might not pay off in the long run, but I do it anyway) as well as pay the bills and put a little something away for a rainy day.  It even means my credit score is as high as it’s ever been (I checked it at CafeCredit.com, if anyone is curious).  The difference between my situation and, say, a waiter or waitress, is that I get to be creative in my day job as well as my independent endeavors. This is really the best of both world.

So why do artists have bad credit, but I don’t?  I guess it’s because I’m extraordinary.  Or it could be because I have a day job that is creative as well as (somewhat) lucrative.

 

What is Wrong With My Computer?

Hmm, I wonder what's wrong with it.
Hmm, I wonder what’s wrong with it.

If you are a regular computer user, you might have experienced computer break. In fact, the breakdown might have caused you to lose some of your important data. At that time, you must have thought why does my PC break? How can I prevent it? How can I fix it without taking the help of the professional? If the problem is a minor one then you can fix it. If it is a major problem then it is better to take the help of any professional. But prevention is better than the cure. Hence, you should know the reasons to avoid such kind of situations.

Many things can cause the breakdown of the computer like the power cord being ripped, the problems with the hardware, and the virus. Some of the major causes are given below.

Hardware Failure

Hardware failure or conflict might be the cause of your computer break. Every hardware device has an interrupt request channel (IRQ) to communicate with other devices. These devices are unique and should match properly to avoid any conflict. For example, when a printer connects on the 1RQ 7, a disk drive IRQ 6, and the keyboard uses IRQ 1. In these cases, conflict is obvious when all of them try to dominate each other. Moreover, proper installation is also important to avoid hardware conflicts. Hardware conflict can make your computer not to run anymore. The break might be temporary, but it persists then you should take the help of a professional.

Is it a Virus?

The virus is one of the major reasons for the computer break. You should avoid opening unauthentic sites, updates, and should avoid downloading unknown files as well. You can also protect your computer from anti-virus software. You can download this software from any site. Both paid and free downloading is available. If you want to get more security then go for the paid software.

Maybe Bad RAM?

RAM (random-access memory) problem is another reason of your computer failure. During this problem, you will get a message reads Fatal Exception Error. This is the indication of a severe hardware problem. In this situation, you might need to replace the damaged part.

Is the Software Buggy?

You might also experience computer break while installing any unknown software. You can fix the issue immediately by uninstalling that software. This is a very simple process. Go to the control panel and select the software and then uninstall it. Some software is corrupt so make sure that you are not installing any unknown and corrupt software. If you have antivirus protection it will be ultimately scanned and in a case of any danger you will get the message.  I ended up taking my computer to a PC repair shop in Oakland to get it looked at.  He was able to fix it pretty handily, but I had one last check on my checklist:

Perhaps it’s Overheating

Overheating might be the cause for the computer break, but it can be resolved soon when you switch it off immediately and start it after half an hour. You can also get a bigger fan and install it on the top of the central processing units to avoid this situation. Above are some of the common causes of the computer break. With proper care and knowledge, you can avoid the occurrence of this difficulty.

Multiculturalism and the City Hall Wedding

Weddings taking place at a city hall instead of traditional venues feature a mix of cultures.
Weddings taking place at a city hall instead of traditional venues feature a mix of cultures.

A wedding is probably one of the few events that bring unrivaled joy. Of course it does not beat the joy when you were born. Where and how you have your wedding will either make you cherish the memories or just want to forget about it. Well, if your church wedding ceremony cost all your years of saving then you would not have fond memories about it.

Intercultural marriages

It is not back in time when cultures compelled people to marry only those close to their customs. A Muslim will marry a Christian; a Buddhist will marry a Sikh and so on. It is no longer appropriate to take your marriage to a church when one of the spouses is from a different religion. In such a case, halls come in handy to break the hurdle of venue. There will be no debate on whose religion officiates since a mayor will serve as an impartial player.

Mayors licensed to officiate marriages can move around to any place and pronounce you a husband and wife. There are no strict procedures to follow and this is a plus if you want to have everything done your way. It is fun and everyone can get down to their element without the fear of offending a church’s tradition. Nothing beats the halls for their flexibility and no wonder many people are going for this option.

Manageable budget too

It is no secret that recession is a reality that everyone is worried about. Therefore when you get a chance to save a few dollars you should go full speed for it. Wedding statistics in the U.S. show that a hall wedding costs close to a third of what a church ceremony would demand. This is a way to ensure that you will not be walking into bankruptcy a day after you are happily married.

It may be time that you consider a city hall wedding ceremony. Many people have been caught up in this new trend and many city mayors have become busy with the trickling events at their presiding halls. Would you wish to follow suit and have your nuptial away from the church corridors? Here are compelling reasons that would make you consider the temptation

Civil rite simplicity for those marrying for their 2nd or 3rd times

By the time you have your second or third marriage you do not have the fanciness like you had on your first one. You want a simple formality that will get you a wife or husband. The traditional church ceremony will always come with its own baggage of prerequisites. The civil rites offer an easy way to get things done. This is an attractive provision that many couples will want.

You now have an extra card to play on your wedding day. Do not suffer the pressure to have a massive budget or worry about your spouse’s cultural differences. You have a perfect answer: marrying a hall.