May 13, 2014
montsch

Keep Your Phone Handy

It is critical that you have an easy way to communicate with the rest of the world wherever you happen to be. Whether you are driving home from work or on a camping trip in a desolated area, you should be able to call for help or call your friends or family to update them about your location. Continue reading »

Mar 3, 2014
IrisPulga

How to Find the Perfect Used Pedal

So you’ve played for awhile and now you want to get your hands on some good pedals. Some mega-distortion, an affordable crybaby wah, or a flanger to toss in the old gig bag. Maybe a volume pedal or a tremolo?

Hang in there. Every electric guitarist LOVES pedals. It’s just too pricey. Here are some steps in finding the best deals without breaking your bank account: 

Research: Check out the local pawn shops or used guitar shops and see what they have. Take your guitar or use one with the same pick-ups at the pawn shop to test the pedals. Take a screwdriver with you and open the pedals up to make sure the wiring looks good and there are no obvious jimmy-rigs. Make a list of the ones you want. Take that list home and find out what those pedals are going for new.

Haggle: Every store that sells used goods will drop the price, because they did the same thing when they bought it. Show the manager your price list and ask to see their book, they will have one, on what they going rate is for the pedal. Get them down to the lowest they will go, then leave. That is what they are trying to prevent, so the deal will probably get sweeter.

Compare/Contrast and Buy: If you have found what you want for around the price you want, hopefully less, then go ahead and buy. If not, then wait a month or two and try the whole process over again. If that doesn’t work again, then buy new if you absolutely have to. Always keep checking in on the pawn shops and used guitar shops though, it WILL pay off in the end.

Mar 3, 2014
IrisPulga

Violin Bow Price Guide

A perfect violin should be chosen with the perfect violin bow. Right handed uses bow right, music lovers may say. But what is a bow, really?

A violin bow is the device that is used to make music out of the violin. If you have seen a violin player perform live or on television, then you will easily recognize this bow right away. It is the stick-like device that the violin player strikes across the violin strings to produce sound.

For the most part, the violin bow is indeed a stick-or at least a part of it is. This part is usually made of wood and is considered the backbone of the whole device. From one end of this stick to the next, a semi-elastic material is stretched. If you are planning to buy your first bow or to replace the one you already have, then it’s best to consult a violin bow price guide beforehand to make sure you are getting the best value for your money.

When consulting a violin bow price guide, make sure that you get to know all the types of violin bows there are. If you are a beginner or you consider yourself a step up from an amateur, then the best type for you would be hardwood violin bow. They are made from brazilwood-lending them high durability. They can also be bought from your nearest musical store at an affordable price.

Another inexpensive choice is the fiber glass violin bow. Like hardwood, they are also resilient and available in most stores. If you are on the advanced level and you feel like violin playing is your calling in life, then a pernambuco violin bow is a choice that you should consider. Although expensive, the pernambuco is elastic, more responsive and produces a richer sound.

Aside from checking the violin bow price guide, it’s also important to consider the weight of the bow. Violin bows that weigh about 64 grams are best.

Feb 27, 2014
montsch

What Fonts Work for Powerpoint Presentations?

When you create your own slideshow presentation or contact a professional to help you with it, one of the most important things to consider is what type of font you want to use. It is best to stick with one or two fonts – using one as the base and the other to accent certain points – but they have to be functional.

In many ways, you just want to think about what to avoid. A cursive font might look beautiful on the computer screen, but it is hard to read. Those in the audience are going to be frustrated by trying to read it or they are just going to glance over it without actually trying to decipher anything.

You are best off with simple fonts with straight lines and well-defined edges. You want them to be basic enough that they do not stand out and draw attention to themselves. You may feel like these are far too simplistic, but you can get your creative side some work in other ways, adding pictures or videos. Creative fonts are usually just distracting and unnecessary.

Finally, you want to pick a font that is fairly bold. If the lines are too thin and slight, they are not going to stand out nearly enough, especially at the back of a room. If you really love the look of a thin font, try using it and literally turning everything to bold so that it ends up looking more normal on the projection screen.

Jan 29, 2014
jenaspacio

Pirate Bay Blocked!

If you happened to have visited good ol torrent site Pirate Bay lately and found that Dutch authorities have finally made a way to block the file-sharing place that has been a favorite to thousands if not millions of internet users worldwide.

The Pirate Bay has been adamant and has always been successful in keeping their sites up despite other torrent sites getting blocked here and there. Protesters would say that the site violates the copyright of artists and authors of uploaded files in Pirate Bay. But blocking IP addresses will also violate the freedom of internet users. The appeal is still in the courts to this day. Continue reading »

Jan 27, 2014
jenaspacio

Apple Under Pressure

Seven years since Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world, Apple is obviously lagging behind with its rivals going about strutting their new stuff almost every quarter. What is next on the Apple’s line up of surprises? Or will there be any at all?

Apple has not exceeded its 6% growth in any of the past three quarters and we should not be at all surprised? Rumors have it that Apple is preparing to introduce a 5 inch display screen iPhone. Continue reading »

Nov 27, 2013
jenaspacio

The Coolness that is Pocket Projectors

Don’t you just love innovation? Gone are the days when projectors come in bulky sizes. We can actually take any movie with you from your smartphone, hook it up to your nifty pocket projector and maximize that view to a wall up to 60 inches screen. Can anything be cooler?

These pocket projectors make for proposals, holidays and whathaveyous. How about a projector that size with built-in speakers to boot? Now that’s pushing it. Continue reading »

Nov 27, 2013
jenaspacio

Digital Gifts for the Holidays

In the event that you happen to not have yet completed ticking off every item in your Christmas shopping list, a good thing to make sure your presents are going to rock your loved ones Christmas trees is to give them nifty gadgets for the holidays.

No, they do not have to go as pricey as high end smartphones. You can go as cheap-o as a good lifestyle wrist tracker, which most guys even the not so young ones will likely appreciate. Continue reading »

Nov 27, 2013
jenaspacio

MyPhones One Glass Solution Coming this Nov. 29, 2013

In utter frustration of MyPhone followers who recently got hold of their monster functionality still brand new Iceberg, MyPhone is soon to launch yet another smartphone, which they tagged as having this One Glass Solution.

MyPhone One Glass Solution

Curious enough? Watch-out for the unveiling of MyPhone’s Pocket-sized Smartphone with Larger than Life Features this Nov. 29, 2013 at the Market Market Activity Center Continue reading »

Nov 20, 2013
montsch

Painting the Maynila Red

We deserve some R&R after all those hours we’ve been clocking in at work. Painting the town red is one of the ways through which men unwind. When you have sore muscles and tired bones, a soft comfortable bed sounds more appealing than a night out with the boys. We’ve had the pleasure of having our own R&R right in the city when we were invited to the Dancing at the Maynila event. My wife and I got to paint Manila Hotel’s Maynila Ballroom red (this was our color of the night) and then enjoy the luxurious accommodations afterwards.

Manila Hotel’s Superior Deluxe King room is tops in my list. I had to fight the urge to get on the bed and snooze off right after we dropped our bags. But since we had a schedule to keep, we had to hold our thoughts about sleeping for later. As I explored the room, I was actually surprised to see that it did not look old at all. The management of the hotel evidently took pains in keeping the rooms modern without losing their Old World charm. The room was equipped with the latest technologies like wifi connection and the LCD television in the bathroom – it was the first time I saw something like that in a hotel. At P9,000 per night, I’d say this room is right on the money.

We had to make it to the cocktails at the Maynila Ballroom so we can also meet up with the bloggers. Wifey was all dressed up in a red number and I just had to dress ala Iron Man with my red and gold coat and tie.

We had our pictures taken with the other bloggers right before we went inside the ballroom.

Photo by Kumagcow.com

Truth be told, I was looking forward to the cocktails more than to the dancing. I’m not much of a dancer; I’d much rather sing than shake it up on the dance floor. It was a ballroom dancing affair after all and I really had no excuse for sitting this one out.

Photo Credit: Manila Hotel

So, off to the dance floor we went with the hotel’s dancing instructors. Guess what, I can do the Swing! This one is for the books. My wife will probably tell everyone about it in our family gatherings. She was also happy when she was given a bear stuffed toy as a surprise gift plus some chocolate and an organizer. The P1,200 that you have to pay for the event is worth it. This already covers your welcome drink, the Signature Party Platter, and a dance partner.

After the Dancing at the Maynila, we decided to hit the hotel’s bar, the Tap Room, for a nightcap. The drink and the music from the live band was enough to wind down our day. Thoughts of the luxurious comfort of our room was already too hard to resist. We were back in our room before the clock even struck midnight. We had a restful night and the morning seemed to come too soon.

We had the buffet breakfast that came with our accommodation package. The food at the Café Ilang-Ilang was delicious and filling enough for us to start the day with. We would have wanted to go for a swim at the hotel’s swimming pool but we had to make it to the checkout at noon. It was a memorable first time at the Manila Hotel, but it will definitely not be the last.

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