We Should Have Hired an Exterminator to Inspect Our House Before We Bought It

June 22nd, 2016

First it was ants. Then it was mice. Then we had these big spiders. It was one thing after another. When I started seeing those silvery bugs in the kitchen sink in the morning, I went to a site that gave me information about getting rid of pest problems. The prior owner of the home must have hired an exterminator and cleaners to rid the house of any signs of bugs and pests before we bought the place. We did not think to include a professional exterminator in the house inspection before we bought it. We should have. Our inspector only looked for termite damage and stuff like that. Plus, a lot of critters are seasonal. We did not have the ant problem until the spring, and we did not get the mice until the next fall.

We hired a professional extermination company to come out and rid our home of all the pests. I wanted a company that would keep the safety of us, our children and our pets in mind when clearing our house. It has been many months, and we no longer have any signs of the pests. Continue reading »

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My Floors Look Like They Are Brand New Again

October 22nd, 2015

I have always had linoleum in the small rentals that I lived in. So, I was elated when I moved into a new home that I purchased and found wall-to-wall carpeting throughout the house, minus the kitchen and bathroom. It felt like such a luxury to me. But I soon realized that I would need help with keeping it look nice with the help of stains. After a recent party I had, I found myself on http://www.cleancarpetsottawa.ca/stain-removal where I was desperate to learn how to get alcohol out of the carpeting as well as food stains.

When I was young, I did not think much about how the carpeting in my parent’s home was kept clean. My mom handled everything. I knew that she did spot cleaning at times, but I certain never paid attention to what she was using. I know that she kept the floor vacuumed often because she said that helped it to last longer. Continue reading »

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Pay for Content and Twitch

August 14th, 2015

Recently I’ve had to switch over to Twitch from YouTube due to several of my videos being taken down thanks to YT’s automated take down services. It’s rather absurd that they automate everything, even down to the challenging the take down orders instead of having a team of individuals that are paid to analyze each and every case. Yes, it would be a lot of work but in all fairness it’s what the community currently needs until we find a happy balance between creators and entertainers/streamers like myself. A friend suggested that I buy twitch followers to help increase exposure to my new channel.

I both like this idea and dislike the idea. Continue reading »

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Get Your Very Own Limo

August 8th, 2015

If you are like so many other people, you may have dreamed from time to time about being wealthy and owning your own private limo. Man oh man! Just imagine the fun it would be carting your family and friends around in your very own limousine from starnightlimousine.ca. The truth is that your dream may not be as far out of reach as you may think, if you are truly serious about owning your very own limo. This is because with the economy in the shape that it is in, more limousine services then ever before are looking to unload extra stock. Continue reading »

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The Real Struggles As an Artist

November 16th, 2015

With so much music now available on the web it has become more and more important to be able to protect every track that a musician creates. I know about this first hand as I had the unfortunate experience of a company taking some of my music right from my Soundcloud account in order to use it for some kind of advertising campaign on Twitter. It was awful! It took me forever to get my royalties from them and soon after I quickly found the top music licensing companies on the web and signed up with a company that I felt would help protect me from those that would prey on an independent artist like myself.

It might cost me a fair amount of money every year but as long as I continue earning an income from my music I really have no other choice but to protect myself. Continue reading »

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San Francisco Artist Alliance Provides Numerous Opportunities for Local Artists, Aficionados and Amateurs Alike

July 31st, 2012

KCW World Heavyweight ChampionshipAfter our move to California, I quickly joined the San Francisco Artist Alliance when I was looking not only for show and gallery space, but for a way to share my interest in batik with local children and other community members. I had never entertained the thought of becoming a teacher of any sort and had no real desire to start that career now, even on a part-time basis, but without a teaching degree and certificate, my opportunities for going into actual schools to teach my craft were limited at best.

Most simply, batik is the art of using wax on fabric to create negative design space before dyeing the fabric. After the fabric has been dyed and dried, the wax is then removed using a combination of scraping and heat. Batik-treated fabrics can then be turned into beautiful clothing, various soft home décor pieces and very often, are frame-mounted and hung as gorgeous works of art.

Joining the Artist Alliance has given me the ability to set up a steady schedule of classes for everyone in the community to enjoy. I have been invited to several schools in the district as a guest lecturer and to demonstrate my art to the children. The younger kids enjoy scraping out designs and pictures on fabric I have already covered in wax, while my older students are able to handle the hot wax and apply it directly to the fabric themselves. The best part, however, especially when teaching those new to the art, is their amazement when they see the fabric after it has been dyed. It is often very difficult to see the beauty created when working with light-colored wax on white muslin so I keep projects small, that can then be dyed in class, for children to be able to see their results quickly. Once they see what they created, almost blindly on their wax-covered “canvas,” they are always eager to try bigger and more complex projects.

The Artist Alliance is a great resource for those new to the area to find interesting gallery and performing art venues, as well as locating classes and workshops for real hands-on experiences in many different mediums.

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The Powerful Affect Photography Has on Our Understanding of History

July 31st, 2012

Early European Exploration Here is a World map that defines all the ...The camera and the photos that it creates have definitely changed the way that we interact with the world, and the way the world interacts with itself. In the millenniums before the camera was invented, the only way that an individual could explain events that were going on around him was by either using a medium like a pencil, or ink, or paint to try to capture what he saw with his own eyes. A person could also use words to try to take the images that were being processed by his mind and then record them in a way that other individuals could understand.

While history is replete with individuals who were able to use these mediums in order to document important events in world history, recording things in this way has a very clear and obvious flaw. The number one defect being that the way that either the artist or the writer recorded history often would be subject to their perception of the events that they were viewing.

The camera and photography really helps to remove this subjectivity, because a camera and its lens is not going to capture events based on the way that the individual operating the camera perceives them. Continue reading »

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