Saturday, March 11, 2006

Where to Go!

Where to Go!
The News-Messenger - Feb 16 10:06 AM
KARAOKE , 9:30 p.m., Miss Cue Billiards/Darts, 3150 Navarre Ave., Oregon. KARAOKE, Pump Bar, Ohio 4 and Strub Road, Sandusky. HIKE FOR HEALTH , 4 p.m., Creek Bend Farm, Ohio 590, Lindsey. Enjoy the health benefits of walking while exploring the farm park in winter.Save to My Web

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Arrival Of The First LADA WTCC Car From Russia

Arrival Of The First LADA WTCC Car From Russia
Auto Racing Daily - 21 minutes agoThe first car built by LADA Motorsport for the FIA WTCC campaign has been delivered to MTEC's factory at Waldsolms in Germany. The ...

DC Officer Injured After Stolen Car Chase
NBC, DC - 19 hours agoAuthorities said it began in Prince George's County, Md., around midnight when officers in that jurisdiction spotted a stolen unmarked DC housing police car. ...

Car ban quietens fractious Baghdad
London Free Press, Canada - 7 hours agoBy AP. BAGHDAD -- A driving ban yesterday brought the Iraqi capital a day of relative calm, a rare period of peaceful streets enforced ...

Monday, February 27, 2006

Teaching job interview skills

Teaching job interview skills
Bismarck Tribune - Feb 17 11:12 PM
The interview, an inevitable step toward future employment. From bag boys to CEOs, it is the hurdle potential employees must successfully complete to gain employment.Save to My Web

Business Calendar
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Feb 26 7:31 PM
Pennsylvania Professional Employment Network, North Chapter -- 9 a.m., Hampton Presbyterian Church, 2942 East Hardies Road, Gibsonia. John Tubridy, president, FranNet, will present "How to Research and Buy a Franchise." E-mail or fax 724-443-8260.Save to My Web

Career fair for both students and community members takes place today and Wednesday.
Washington State University Daily Evergreen - Feb 07 12:11 AM
Career fair for both students and community members takes place today and Wednesday.Save to My Web

A (more than) Fair opportunity
Henry Herald - Feb 13 10:43 PM
Union Grove High School expects to conduct about 1,400 mock interviews by Friday, said Debbie Peabody, the schools career/technical department chairwoman.Save to My Web

Model hopefuls strut their stuff
The Daily Times - Feb 20 12:17 PM
SALISBURY -- To these girls, "dressed for success" meant tight jeans, busty tank tops and strappy stilettos. "I had, like, seven outfits laid out on my bed and I modeled them for my boyfriend," said Shaka McKyer. "I've always wanted to do this."Save to My Web

Women still getting raw media deal, new study reveals
IPP Media - Feb 25 10:10 PM
The latest global study of women in journalism has revealed that women continue to be the far-second sex in breaking and making news.Save to My Web

Friday, February 24, 2006


As a rule, we choose to grow bush beans rather than pole beans. I cannot make up my mind whether or not this is from sheer laziness. In a city backyard the tall varieties might perhaps be a problem since it would be difficult to get poles. But these running beans can be trained along old fences and with little urging will run up the stalks of the tallest sunflowers. So that settles the pole question. There is an ornamental side to the bean question. Suppose you plant these tall beans at the extreme rear end of each vegetable row. Make arches with supple tree limbs, binding them over to form the arch. Train the beans over these. When one stands facing the garden, what a beautiful terminus these bean arches make.

Beans like rich, warm, sandy soil. In order to assist the soil be sure to dig deeply, and work it over thoroughly for bean culture. It never does to plant beans before the world has warmed up from its spring chills. There is another advantage in early digging of soil. It brings to the surface eggs and larvae of insects. The birds eager for food will even follow the plough to pick from the soil these choice morsels. A little lime worked in with the soil is helpful in the cultivation of beans.

Bush beans are planted in drills about eighteen inches apart, while the pole-bean rows should be three feet apart. The drills for the bush limas should be further apart than those for the other dwarf beans say three feet. This amount of space gives opportunity for cultivation with the hoe. If the running beans climb too high just pinch off the growing extreme end, and this will hold back the upward growth.

Among bush beans are the dwarf, snap or string beans, the wax beans, the bush limas, one variety of which is known as brittle beans. Among the pole beans are the pole limas, wax and scarlet runner. The scarlet runner is a beauty for decorative effects. The flowers are scarlet and are fine against an old fence. These are quite lovely in the flower garden. Where one wishes a vine, this is good to plant for one gets both a vegetable, bright flowers and a screen from the one plant. When planting beans put the bean in the soil edgewise with the eye down.

Beets like rich, sandy loam, also. Fresh manure worked into the soil is fatal for beets, as it is for many another crop. But we will suppose that nothing is available but fresh manure. Some gardeners say to work this into the soil with great care and thoroughness. But even so, there is danger of a particle of it getting next to a tender beet root. The following can be done; Dig a trench about a foot deep, spread a thin layer of manure in this, cover it with soil, and plant above this. By the time the main root strikes down to the manure layer, there will be little harm done. Beets should not be transplanted. If the rows are one foot apart there is ample space for cultivation. Whenever the weather is really settled, then these seeds may be planted. Young beet tops make fine greens. Greater care should be taken in handling beets than usually is shown. When beets are to be boiled, if the tip of the root and the tops are cut off, the beet bleeds. This means a loss of good material. Pinching off such parts with the fingers and doing this not too closely to the beet itself is the proper method of handling.

There are big coarse members of the beet and cabbage families called the mangel wurzel and ruta baga. About here these are raised to feed to the cattle. They are a great addition to a cow's dinner.

The cabbage family is a large one. There is the cabbage proper, then cauliflower, broccoli or a more hardy cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts and kohlrabi, a cabbage-turnip combination.
Cauliflower is a kind of refined, high-toned cabbage relative. It needs a little richer soil than cabbage and cannot stand the frost. A frequent watering with manure water gives it the extra richness and water it really needs. The outer leaves must be bent over, as in the case of the young cabbage, in order to get the white head. The dwarf varieties are rather the best to plant.
Kale is not quite so particular a cousin. It can stand frost. Rich soil is necessary, and early spring planting, because of slow maturing. It may be planted in September for early spring work.
Brussels sprouts are a very popular member of this family. On account of their size many people who do not like to serve poor, common old cabbage will serve these. Brussels sprouts are interesting in their growth. The plant stalk runs skyward. At the top, umbrella like, is a close head of leaves, but this is not what we eat. Shaded by the umbrella and packed all along the stalk are delicious little cabbages or sprouts. Like the rest of the family a rich soil is needed and plenty of water during the growing period. The seed should be planted in May, and the little plants transplanted into rich soil in late July. The rows should be eighteen inches apart, and the plants one foot apart in the rows.

Kohlrabi is a go-between in the families of cabbage and turnip. It is sometimes called the turnip-root cabbage. Just above the ground the stem of this plant swells into a turnip-like vegetable. In the true turnip the swelling is underground, but like the cabbage, kohlrabi forms its edible part above ground. It is easy to grow. Only it should develop rapidly, otherwise the swelling gets woody, and so loses its good quality. Sow out as early as possible; or sow inside in March and transplant to the open. Plant in drills about two feet apart. Set the plants about one foot apart, or thin out to this distance. To plant one hundred feet of drill buy half an ounce of seed. Seed goes a long way, you see. Kohlrabi is served and prepared like turnip. It is a very satisfactory early crop.

Before leaving the cabbage family I should like to say that the cabbage called Savoy is an excellent variety to try. It should always have an early planting under cover, say in February, and then be transplanted into open beds in March or April. If the land is poor where you are to grow cabbage, then by all means choose Savoy.

Carrots are of two general kinds: those with long roots, and those with short roots. If long-rooted varieties are chosen, then the soil must be worked down to a depth of eighteen inches, surely. The shorter ones will do well in eight inches of well-worked sandy soil. Do not put carrot seed into freshly manured land. Another point in carrot culture is one concerning the thinning process. As the little seedlings come up you will doubtless find that they are much, much too close together. Wait a bit, thin a little at a time, so that young, tiny carrots may be used on the home table. These are the points to jot down about the culture of carrots.

The cucumber is the next vegetable in the line. This is a plant from foreign lands. Some think that the cucumber is really a native of India. A light, sandy and rich soil is needed I mean rich in the sense of richness in organic matter. When cucumbers are grown outdoors, as we are likely to grow them, they are planted in hills. Nowadays, they are grown in hothouses; they hang from the roof, and are a wonderful sight. In the greenhouse a hive of bees is kept so that cross-fertilization may go on.

But if you intend to raise cucumbers follow these directions: Sow the seed inside, cover with one inch of rich soil. In a little space of six inches diameter, plant six seeds. Place like a bean seed with the germinating end in the soil. When all danger of frost is over, each set of six little plants, soil and all, should be planted in the open. Later, when danger of insect pests is over, thin out to three plants in a hill. The hills should be about four feet apart on all sides.
Before the time of Christ, lettuce was grown and served. There is a wild lettuce from which the cultivated probably came. There are a number of cultivated vegetables which have wild ancestors, carrots, turnips and lettuce being the most common among them. Lettuce may be tucked into the garden almost anywhere. It is surely one of the most decorative of vegetables. The compact head, the green of the leaves, the beauty of symmetry all these are charming characteristics of lettuces.

As the summer advances and as the early sowings of lettuce get old they tend to go to seed. Don't let them. Pull them up. None of us are likely to go into the seed-producing side of lettuce. What we are interested in is the raising of tender lettuce all the season. To have such lettuce in mid and late summer is possible only by frequent plantings of seed. If seed is planted every ten days or two weeks all summer, you can have tender lettuce all the season. When lettuce gets old it becomes bitter and tough.

Melons are most interesting to experiment with. We suppose that melons originally came from Asia, and parts of Africa. Melons are a summer fruit. Over in England we find the muskmelons often grown under glass in hothouses. The vines are trained upward rather than allowed to lie prone. As the melons grow large in the hot, dry atmosphere, just the sort which is right for their growth, they become too heavy for the vine to hold up. So they are held by little bags of netting, just like a tennis net in size of mesh. The bags are supported on nails or pegs. It is a very pretty sight I can assure you. Over here usually we raise our melons outdoors. They are planted in hills. Eight seeds are placed two inches apart and an inch deep. The hills should have a four foot sweep on all sides; the watermelon hills ought to have an allowance of eight to ten feet. Make the soil for these hills very rich. As the little plants get sizeable say about four inches in height reduce the number of plants to two in a hill. Always in such work choose the very sturdiest plants to keep. Cut the others down close to or a little below the surface of the ground. Pulling up plants is a shocking way to get rid of them. I say shocking because the pull is likely to disturb the roots of the two remaining plants. When the melon plant has reached a length of a foot, pinch off the end of it. This pinch means this to the plant: just stop growing long, take time now to grow branches. Sand or lime sprinkled about the hills tends to keep bugs away.

The word pumpkin stands for good, old-fashioned pies, for Thanksgiving, for grandmother's house. It really brings more to mind than the word squash. I suppose the squash is a bit more useful, when we think of the fine Hubbard, and the nice little crooked-necked summer squashes; but after all, I like to have more pumpkins. And as for Jack-o'-lanterns why they positively demand pumpkins. In planting these, the same general directions hold good which were given for melons. And use these same for squash-planting, too. But do not plant the two cousins together, for they have a tendency to run together. Plant the pumpkins in between the hills of corn and let the squashes go in some other part of the garden.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Constructing Garden Steps

Steps present as ideal an opportunity for beautifying the outdoors as any other item on your landscaping agenda. Materials which can be used vary from round-cut logs to concrete, brick or stone.

Standard step dimensions for outdoors should be the same as for indoor steps, particularly in areas frequently used. The tread should be 10 inches deep and the risers about 7 1/2 inches. Treads should be 1/4 inch lower in the front than they are in the back to permit drainage. For any steps other than those made of rounds of logs, a good foundation is essential. The foundation should extend 6 inches below the frost line.

Concrete is an often-used material for steps, although it is not always the most attractive. A simple form can be constructed of a series of boxes, of lx 6- or lx 8-inch scrap lumber, each box the same width but 10 inches shorter than the box for the lower step. The boxes are placed one on top of the other, and held together by outside lathing cleats. Corners should be well braced. Use 1 part Portland cement to 3 parts sand and 6 parts gravel. The cement is poured and the step tops are levelled by using the flat edge of a board.

If you use pre-cast concrete blocks, the need for forms for step construction is eliminated. The cost is about the same as building steps of poured concrete, although the job—especially for a one-man operation—is easier. It is important to bond the blocks together well and you can obtain good appearance by applying a thin overall coating of concrete.

Brick steps are built in the same manner as concrete blocks, although more masonry skill is required. A layer of gravel is first laid over the subsoil as a foundation. The weakness of brick steps is the many joints that are required.
In constructing stone steps, the principle difficulty is finding the stone. While this presents no problem at all in some areas, in other areas stone must be purchased, and when this is true, stone steps are by far the most expensive type to build. They are also among the most attractive. Stone steps can be built without masonry bonding, if large enough stones can be found. The principles of dry-wall construction will apply. If steps are freestanding, mortar must be used. The foundation must be prepared as for brick steps.

The concrete used to make beds for the stones must be placed carefully to keep a good pattern. Levelling must be done precisely (the string level is recommended). It is best to remove spilled mortar from stones while it is still wet, because when it is dry it presents a problem. Dry mortar, however, may be removed by using muriatic acid.

Wooden rounds cut from large logs make a beautiful and easily constructed set of steps. The bottom round is set in the earth, and the next one placed to partially cover it, leaving a riser. The ground is filled in under the upper round and firmly tamped, and this procedure is followed to the desired height.

Informal wooden steps can be used for long slopes where there is no need for real steps but it is too steep for just a path. Ramp steps can be made with risers of large stone flags, logs or squared timber. The paths that lead to the steps should have the same width as the steps. The ramps should not rise too rapidly, the largest rise being 3/4 inch per foot.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Identity Theft via Internet Security Flaws

In 2002, federal investigators helped to crack an identity theft ring that had been going for almost three years. More than thirty thousand victims were involved in the problem. Eventually, three men were charged. They had caused more than two point seven million dollars in damage. The scam was the largest in the history of the United States. The entire scam started when the perpetrators worked for a company that collected information via the internet. The security flaws that existed then and currently exist helped the men to do their damage. Those security flaws can still be a problem today.

It is estimated that identity theft accounts for twenty-five percent of all credit card losses in the industry. Moreover, in some states, identity theft is not even illegal. It is relatively easy for a thief to get your identity. First, all a thief needs is your social security number; you birth date, and your contact information. Once he or she has any of this, they can get a fake ID, which will help them apply for credit, posing as you. Because so many lending institutions are eager to issue credit these days, information is not properly verified, and the first account leads to more accounts. This ruins your credit. It is simple for a thief to take the first step to get more information because of password protected sites where you have entered your information.
Industry analysts suggest that passwords are the weakest, most exploited form of protection in the internet industry. They are a serious security flaw. Once a password is created or issued, it is impossible to tell exactly who is using the password. It could be passed around from individual to individual without the company ever realizing a problem has occurred.

Even if thieves don't get your password, there are hundreds of other opportunities to start the processes with your contact information. Files about you exist everywhere. Your doctor has your contact information. Your lawyer has your contact information. Your banker has your contact information. Even your trash collection service probably has your contact information. If even a single person in any one of those offices decides to use or sell that information, an identity thief could be in business.

Identity thieves also exploit other internet security flaws to get your password. Phishing is one popular scam. In this model, you get an e-mail from a company you currently do business with asking you to verify your login and password through the link they've established in the e-mail. Once you click on that link and enter your name and password, you've just given your information to an identity thief without even knowing it. Another way thieves exploit security flaws is by hacking sites with poor security protocols. You can tell if the site you're dealing with has good security by looking at the address as you login. If the “http” turns to “https,” you're dealing with a secure site. If it does not, it would be wise not to submit your information to the site.

Once you become aware of the fact that you are a victim of identity theft, the first thing you should do is call the fraud division of all three credit bureaus. They can send you a free credit report so you can examine the damage that has been done. The next thing you should do is contact your creditors. You will need to do this both on the phone and in writing. They can give you the evidence you need to go to law enforcement personnel. Debt collectors may begin to call, and if they do, you must inform them immediately that you are a fraud victim, and that you cannot be held responsible for the account itself. If they persist, you should obtain the name and number of the collection service, as you can report them to the Federal Trade Commission. The next call you should make should be to local law enforcement personnel. Offer them all of the evidence you have collected, and make sure the police report lists the accounts that have been used. You will need a copy of the police report to settle the accounts in question. Finally, keep a case log of the entire process. You should include receipts for things like phone bills, postage, and all other costs associated with your fraud case. These could be useful in the future.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

About Satellite Radio

In today’s digital world it is startling to realize how many individuals there are that don’t know about satellite radio. Also, without knowing about satellite radio comes the fact that they don’t know how satellite radio works. Further, because such individuals don’t know about satellite radio, they also are unaware of the myriad benefits that satellite radio provides. Let’s learn about satellite radio, how it works, and some of the benefits provided by satellite radio below. Satellite radio seems relatively easy to obtain once you have signed up with one of the providers that offer satellite radio. Yet, what users many not realize about satellite radio is that there is much going on behind the scenes. For instance, in order for a satellite radio subscriber to obtain satellite radio signals, the signals need to be properly received. Satellite radio providers launch satellites, which, in turn, send radio signals back down to earth to special radio receivers. The receivers, in turn, decode the information they receive. Such receivers are inside satellite radio equipment that can be purchased from a satellite radio equipment distributor. Once the signals are successfully decoded, the users can listen to up to 100 radio channels on their satellite radio device, as well as receive data describing to them the song titles and artists of each song they hear. When one first discovers and learns about satellite radio, they may be pleasantly surprised. No longer do people have to be confined to certain areas geographically to get their favorite radio stations and the musical genres that they adore. In fact, with satellite radio, people can get their favorite music almost anywhere, anytime. This is one of the biggest benefits that people love about satellite radio. Another benefit that people love about satellite radio is the fact that there are few, if any, commercials that interrupt the music. Now, people can listen to all of their favorite songs and bands, without listening to annoying commercials that seem to do nothing more than clog up the airtime. Instead, users can listen to one song after another, and this is truly a great benefit for music lovers. Alternatively, because the monthly costs of subscribing to satellite radio are so low, people can’t help but love the price. With low monthly payments, music lovers can listen to any and all genre offerings and satellite radio affords subscribers the unique opportunity to have nonstop music 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For those individuals that don’t know about satellite radio, such people are truly missing out on the latest rave in technology. Plus, individuals that lack awareness about the existence satellite radio are also missing out on the endless possibilities and benefits that satellite radio affords them. Nevertheless, satellite radio is a service that is in the now and here to stay—eventually, everyone will catch on and hop onto the satellite radio bandwagon. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to partake in all the benefits—sign up for your satellite radio service today!

Welcome to my new blog about home stuff!

I will try and post articles and hints about home stuff from home improvement to health of homeowner and everything in between.

Happy Valentines Day.