Birthdays are one of the happiest occasions to celebrate. It calls for parties where you bond with family, friends, and other people in your life. There are times, however, when a certain person is too far away or busy to attend. This is the time when you can send a birthday card just in time for the celebration.
Mailing hand made cards by post, however, takes several days before it reaches the recipient. This makes e-cards more convenient to send as the recipient can get it immediately. Just like ordinary paper cards, there are many types of e-cards you can send. The quality of graphics and text can make the difference. Some sites allow you to create e-cards for free. All you need to do is choose a template, customise it, and click ‘Send.’ These cards are simpler, compared to those with more complicated designs sold at certain prices.
Send birthday cards online to make your loved ones feel cherished on their special day. Check out different designs from flash animation to e-cards with games. Visit different websites so you can bookmark your choices and decide which one best suits the occasion. You need to keep the recipients in mind so they would like your cards.
Here are some birthday card ideas you can send to your loved ones:
Have a chorus of tiny voices sing out happy birthday or a melodious soprano croon cheerful tunes to commemorate your loved one’s natal day. This can brighten up the occasion, especially if the song you chose has a special meaning for both of you.
Made from animated graphics, you can customise video e-cards to convey your message. Greet someone on their birthday with a personal message using pre-recorded video. Some sites let you record a short skit from your own webcam. This option may suit you, if you cannot find a clip appropriate for the occasion.
Cards with Picture Cut-Outs
Some e-card sites allow you to post pictures. Check them out so you can post images for a hilarious or heartfelt effect. Find a flattering picture of your special one to give it a more personal touch. You can also find pictures where you can paste a head to a pre-drawn caricature. This can make the occasion more memorable for the recipient.
Find out more on how you can send e-cards for your loved ones’ special day. Check out mydoodle.com and other similar sites for more details.
Have you found your soul mate, your one true love, your better half? Are you planning to pop the big question to the love of your life? Thinking of a special way to propose is definitely nerve-wracking yet exciting. Proper planning and preparation is very important for a successful proposal. Have you bought the ring that will define the moment?
Going to different shops or searching online for engagement rings can be overwhelming. With hundreds of shimmering choices available, you might need a guide to choosing the perfect ring that will surely seal the deal on your marriage proposal. Be diligent enough when searching. Other than establishing your budget, knowing the four Cs of diamond evaluation is helpful in setting your standards.
Understanding the different cuts of the diamonds is not an easy thing to do. Every stone, regardless of its shape, gets its elegance by proper cutting and polishing the facets. You can determine a poorly cut diamond when less light reflects back to the top of the stone – it means less brilliance.
When looking for a perfect diamond ring, it’s important to inspect clarity. You can determine which ring has the best value if it has no internal and external flaws. There are levels of clarity that you should know about. Asking a gemmologist or the jeweller about those levels will make your purchase easier.
If you would like to find the most elegant diamond ring perfect for your proposal, you should also know about the colour of the stone. A colourless diamond is the ideal ring to purchase since they allow a large amount of light to enter. An equal refraction of light in a diamond ring gives more sparkle and sophistication.
When looking for engagement or wedding rings, prices vary depending on the carat of the stone. Carat pertains to the weight of a diamond. A bigger diamond has more value than the small one. You should determine the size of the finger of your wife-to-be to know the perfect carat for her. A 1-carat diamond may look large for her small fingers.
It’s important to know these factors when looking for you’re a diamond ring for your loved one. Browsing the internet for different ring shops can help you find the precious ring for the big marriage proposal.
The minimal humidity and the nice temperature AC brings make your home more comfortable for you and your family. Though it provides a number of benefits, it can also be the primary reason you’re paying too much on your utility bills. As buying a, say, Samsung air conditioner is a major expense, you should also find ways to elude costly bills by avoiding these common mistakes.
Bigger doesn’t mean better
Many homeowners believe that buying bigger air conditioners can make their home cooler in an instant. Bigger doesn’t mean it’s better for your home. You can’t just enter a shop and buy any AC unit you want, not knowing that it doesn’t fit your environment. Know your home requirements and buy the most appropriate size so it can run efficiently without consuming too much energy.
Putting units in a hot spot
Just because air conditioners provide cool air, it doesn’t mean you have to place them in a hot environment. Though you may think it’s a reasonable decision, you’re just making the unit work too hard. Put it in a spot where it doesn’t receive direct sunlight. This way, they can efficiently work to give you the comfort you want.
Ignoring regular maintenance
Your Daikin air conditioners demand maintenance just like any other appliances. Don’t wait for your unit to break down during a hot weather. Clean your unit regularly and spot potential issues before they become major problems. Providing your units with utmost care extends its life.
Leaving them on the whole day
You may be thinking that turning on the AC the entire day will make your home more comfortable. Think again. Although it provides the comfort you want, it also consumes significant amounts of energy, leading to higher utility bills. Use programmable thermostats to cool the house, then shut it off when it’s cool enough inside.
Avoiding these four mistakes helps you minimise costs and boost the unit’s durability. Visit apexaircom.com.au to get reliable services for your AC needs.
Many homes have problems with proper waste management. Most people will just throw out leftovers and food scraps down the garbage disposal, and collect the rubbish in the yard. Fortunately, there’s a better, greener way of doing this, and all you’ll need to do is pile it up.
Composting at home is now gaining more popularity and importance, with the all the environmental issues these days. Compost is an organic material that can be added to the soil to help the plants grow. In short, it’s an organic fertilizer.
The Dirt on Composting
Making compost is not actually a hard thing to do; all you’ll need is a dirt hole in your backyard or a large container, along with some browns and greens. The browns can include dried leaves, branches, and twigs. The greens can include spoiled vegetables, grass clippings, vegetable and fruit scraps, and coffee grounds.
Home and Garden Improvement Essential
Setting up a compost pile in your yard is easy. The decomposing food will do most of the work for you. Compost worms also speed up the process and there’s little maintenance needed.
This also reduces your home’s garbage. By throwing the perishables into your compost pit or bin, you also minimise the wastes that you produce. By getting rid of the food scraps and putting in the pile, your kitchen won’t have to suffer with its decomposing smell of the food scraps. You’ll also get an idea of how much litter your household produces, which would let you know on where and what to cut back on.
Piling Up the Cash
Doing a compost pile in your home not only helps the environment, but also helps you. Starting one will cost you very little as there’s no need for fancy equipment. You can buy compost bins in local stores, or make your own bin or pit.
You also save up on your monthly expenses as you use less garbage bags. If you have a pay-per-bag garbage collection, you will be paying less. Even if you don’t have the pay-per-bag service, if all your neighbours can join in in composting, there’ll be less to collect. This in turn, could bring down your town’s garbage costs. The savings can then be used for other projects for your neighbourhood.
Dan Brown’s follow-up to The Da Vinci Code finds hidden messages in the work of Dante, providing rich pickings for eager modern conspiracy theorists. Tourism is down in Florence by 10%, and if this new book does well, so will tourism in Florence.
To Dante as to Da Vinci
Now Brown is set to do for Dante what he did for Leonardo da Vinci, when he turned the Italian polymath into a magnet for conspiracy theorists in 2003, selling more than 80 million copies of The Da Vinci Code. Fans can expect Brown’s protagonist, academic Robert Langdon, to find hidden, deadly meanings in Dante’s description of his descent into hell in the Divine Comedy, while a preview chapter released before publication wastes no time sending a female assassin to try to kill Langdon in the shadow of Palazzo Vecchio, the crenellated centrepiece to the city.
Giani, head of Italy’s Dante Society is expecting positive results. Such was echoed by Silvano Fei, who runs the city’s Dante museum. Experts claim that Dante really wants people to find hidden meanings in his work. He had a great sense of humour and was deliberately vague to encourage mysteries. He would have loved Dan Brown.
Days after NBA player Grant Hill announced his retirement from the game, Jason Kidd also announced he plans to hang his jersey, ending a 19-season career that many see as one of the greatest careers for a point guard in league history.
Kidd has an NBA title to his belt, along with two Olympic gold medals, and the distinction of being second on the career list in assists and steals and being a 10-time NBA All-Star. The current New York Knicks point guard, however, struggled badly this playoffs shortly after turning 40. With his decision to retire, he walks away with two years and more than $6 million left on his contract signed last summer.
”My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years,” says Kidd through a statement released by the Knicks.
”As I reflect on my time with the four teams I represented in the NBA, I look back fondly at every season and thank each every one of my teammates and coaches that joined me on the court.”
His retirement comes two days after fellow 40-year-old Grant Hill, with whom Kidd shared Rookie of the Year honors in 1995, announced his retirement.
Kidd had an average of 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.93 steals in a career that included stint in four teams total. He help the longtime-losing New Jersey Nets to two NBA Finals appearance in 2002-03, helped the Dallas Mavericks win the 2011 NBA Title, and was part of the first NY Knicks team to reach the second round of the playoffs since 2000.
Kidd also made his mark on games, ranking third on the career list with 107 triple-doubles and finishing third all-time in 3-pointers made, even if he was considered a poor outside shooter when he was new to the league.
A new study says that these flightless birds did in fact knew how and were able to fly a long time ago. But because they are so good at swimming, they eventually evolved to specialize at the skill, at the cost of their ability for airborne flight.
Professor John Speakman of the University of Aberdeen and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, tells BBC News of the study, and that “it’s really great to be involved in the group of people that have solved it.”
“Like many people, I’ve always been interested in penguins, and seeing them do these phenomenal marches across the ice, I’ve often thought: ‘Why don’t they just fly?”
The new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, says that at least five penguin species, even with their wings, have adapted into flightless birds.
“Basically the hypothesis is that as the wings became more and more efficient for them to dive, they became less and less efficient for them to fly,” says Speakman. “At some point it became so ‘expensive’ for them to fly, that it was better to give up flying altogether and make the wings into small flippers.”
Part of their study shows that wings designed for diving will need a lot of energy when flying in air. This, they say, kept the penguins grounded.
“These birds have these very short wings and they have to beat them at an incredible speed to stay in the air.”
A new proposal, which will increase access to children’s mental health services throughout Nebraska, passed the first-round of legislative approval.
The said bill would create a program to give behavioral and mental screenings to kids using computer technology. The program aims to connect them remotely with mental health specialists. This program is set to be run by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The center would have three health clinics, with at least one in an urban area and another in a rural setting.
Children who will visit the clinics would be provided with health screenings during routine physical exams. Those who are at risk for health problems would be referred for further treatment.
According to Sen. Amanda McGill, the bill is an extension of the promise she made to reform youth mental health services in the wake of Nebraska’s safe haven law in 2008.
Most carmakers will disclose sad news when it comes to the use of diesel in the United States —with Mercedes-Benz as an exception. The German automaker has an enduring history of diesel power. Its diesel history is actually the longest, as its 1936 260D was the world’s first diesel-powered passenger car.
The 2013 GLK adds more to its already established reputation of style and sophistication. It has an intelligently redesigned front-end styling, a revamped interior, more power, and improved fuel economy. The carmaker’s smallest SUV is the first three-pointed star for those looking for style and function.
Providing inspiration for the newest model is a 2.1-liter, 4-cyldiner diesel, complemented to the car’s supreme seven-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic drive. Talking about price, the GLK250 Blue TEC is worth $39,495, putting it between the GLK350 ($37,995) and GLK350 4Matic ($39,995). But just like all cars from the brand, its price is likely to increase. A representative from the company revealed that the average transaction price for a GLK would cost up to $43,000.
Many people misunderstand the efficient markets hypothesis (EMH). They think it says that markets are efficient methods of doing everything, including health care and allocating capital. Instead, it says that markets process information about what prices should be in a market.
Yesterday’s Twitter Jitter only proves this so. The Associated Press tweeted based on bogus information that two bombs had gone off at the White House, injuring the President. Had this been true then there would have been a decline in the value of US companies. A fall in that first minute after the newsbreak is indeed evidence of information efficiently processed. Then it took only a minute or so for the update stating that it was false. Prices bounced back again, showing again that the information was efficiently processed.
The EMH only says that markets are efficient at processing information. All currently known information is contained in prices.
Can Twitter prove more hypotheses? Find out more from Forbes’ Tim Worstall.