Artist Known for His Quirky Timepieces Tackles Something That Doesn't Tick

These might be the only works of art to come with a free can of Dust Blaster. Leave it to Roger Wood to think of that.The Hamilton artist is well-known for his timepieces, or klockwerks, as he calls them. He constructs the quirky clocks from ready-made objects.For Stories Without Words, his exhibition at Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, Wood tackles something that doesn't tick. The exquisitely-intricate constructions, or assemblages, hang on walls and stand on floors. They incorporate layers of found, often mass-produced, objects - many of them teeny-tiny. "I have created assemblages in the distant past," says Wood, 76. "But this current series started about three years ago when I was asked to make a small piece for a fundraiser. I got a great response and decided to make more. They're a nice break from the timepieces."Like a storyteller who begins with an idea or two, Wood knows what gets him going. "I have my own rules for these pieces," he tells me. "Each will start with a sinuous human figure, a tree or two and birds. After that, each piece will go its own way." A familiar copy of the Statue of Liberty stands in the top centre of Stories Without Words 1705. It's small in scale compared with a bird that flies above it on the right. A sun with a face hovers behind the bird. To the right of Liberty, a female winged Victory figurine stands holding a torch with her arms up in the air.Wood's horror vacui leaves no space unfilled. Birds, flowers, letters, part of a building, spirals and a bare tree jostle for attention."I have hundreds of boxes, drawers and bins of loosely catalogued bits and pieces to choose from," he says. "I find them at thrift stores, flea and antique markets, auctions including eBay, art and craft stores and specialty stores such as model train shops."Since some of the objects are mass produced, they do pop up again. Birds and letters, for instance, grace Stories Without Words 1613. The central circle, topped by an eastern type of goddess, contains a seated man on the right and a woman on the left flanking a stand topped by a cup and saucer.The base of this piece looks like an ornate ceiling fixture. That's no big deal: Wood used a salad bowl for the base of another piece."Sometimes I use just a plain piece of wood. A couple of pieces were created from wooden table tops. Other times I use ready-shaped pieces from art and craft stores. And, yes, I did make one from a large wooden salad bowl - one of my favourites."The head of a stag looks out from the top of "Stories Without Words 1625." This oval relief includes a man with a sword, a chess piece, a smiling sun, birds, flowers, letters and a seated man. How does he know when a piece is finished?"Sometimes it's when I run out of room for more. Otherwise it's when my intuition tells me to stop."Wood unifies his compositions by painting everything white. The paleness and the abundance of detail recall Northern European medieval ivory reliefs.Ancient ivories were notorious dust magnets. Wood is offering a can of Dust Blaster with every purchase. "It's the best way to dust them."Regina Haggo, art historian, public speaker, curator and former professor at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, teaches at the Dundas Valley School of Art.dhaggo@the spec.com Special to The Hamilton SpectatorRegina Haggo, art historian, public speaker, curator and former professor at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, teaches at the Dundas Valley School of Art.dhaggo@the spec.com Special to The Hamilton Spectator

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She's only a week old - and she's still adjusting to her new life, too! She definitely won't be self-soothing at this point, and you certainly won't "spoil" her by holding her.Try swaddling her so she feels secure. Try some anti-gas medicine. Try letting her sleep in a more upright position, like in her car seat; she may have a medical condition that makes it uncomfortable to lay flat - or she just might not like to lay flat. Play soft music or white noise in the background to help her sleep better. Get some suggestions from your doctor.You have some long weeks ahead of you, Mama, but that's what parenting is about. Make sure you and Daddy take shifts to help each other get through it.• Suggested Readingmoving out on my own for the first time? im scared please send advice?You will be OK, I promise!Look at the bright side - you are ONLY 20 minutes away from your family. At the same time, you are on your own! You are embarking on a new adventure!Talk to the management about your questions. Yes, stack-able washer/dryer units are still available. I know what you mean about grocery shopping because I live on the 2nd floor. I try to go to the store every couple of days so that I don't have more bags than I can carry in one trip.The 2nd floor is great because no one lives above me! (no "elephants" walking overhead). The downside is that I can't practice line dancing or do any aerobics to dvd's because I don't want to be the "elephant" to my downstairs neighbors. lol------Toddler climbing INTO, not out of, crib?Sadly there is not much you can do about climbing in general but there is something you can buy at walmart.com called a crib tent. I bought one for my son when he was newborn to keep the cats out of the crib and to keep him in. It attaches to the top of the crib in a tent like fashion and zips and unzips. It will keep her out and will discourage her climbing it. It will also keep your younger one safe from falling out later. As for the climbing of other furniture you could try time outs when you catch her or distracting her from what she is doing by getting her interested in another activity but if she is a monkey like my son it will be hard. Good luck. You are not alone.------Putting a mattress in a play yard?I thought the same thing when I got a pack and play with changing table for the my newborn to stay at Grandma's house. I found out from several people that they are supposed to sleep on firm surfaces. You will see if you set them on anything too soft how easy they roll. I would be careful about adding a mattress bc the bassinet feature has a weight limit. You need to make sure that the weight of it and the weight of your son aren't over the limit.What I did for my daughter was wrap the mattress pad in one of the many fluffy blankets I got as a gift and then wrapped that tightly with a receiving blanket. If you do this be sure all the ends of the blankets are tucked under and you have a taut surface. It will feel more cushy and will still be safe for baby.------MIL wants us to use her son's old baby bed 22 yrs old.?Do some research on the safety of the baby bed. If it has slats like a crib, check that the slats are close enough together that the baby's head can't fit through it. If it's not safe, you may be able to find a handyman or carpenter to adapt it. Could even make it into something else -- like use the head and foot of it to make the ends of a nice new heirloom toybox / trunk.If you do find that it's safe, and you like the idea of the tradition, embrace it! It will please her, and be a nice tradition for your baby.If you hate the idea, just let her down gently... I'm so flattered by your generous offer, but I really had my heart set on this other bed... Why don't we set it up at your house so we can use it when we visit?------Fleas in basement? Can't vacuum and newborn in the house?Best, absolutely best bug control...diatomaceous earth. It is a naturally occurring substance, not man made or a reactive chemical. In minor amounts it is harmless (for liability reasons pretend you didn't read that) except to bugs. It is microscopically sharp crystals that will cut the outer shell of bugs and then they die. As far as I can tell, it kills all bugs. You can sprinkle DE with a salt shaker all around your basement, behind your furniture, on your dog (not in eyes please), on your carpets and rugs, in kitchen and linen cabinets, pretty much anywhere (I wouldn't put it in the baby's bed, but I wouldn't mind it between my mattress & box springs or in pillow cases & under sheets). It lasts as an effective bug killer until you remove it, and is very cheap at any hardware or pool supply. Only downside, it is visible on dark surfaces------My parents are adopting a 2 yr old girl?Hey!Congrats to you and your family! This is a great choice for ANY family, adoption is a wonderful thing and I'm sure you will all be a great family to the child.Your check list of things looks pretty good. Make sure that some of the toys have an educational purpose, however--and since you didn't give your age, I'll have to guess that you're a teenager. Little sisters can be veryyy annoying sometimes, but don't take any anger out on her. Be the big sister that SHE wants to be...don't party a lot, don't disobey parents, do well in school. Lead by example! Talk and play with your younger sister a lot, because it helps develop emotional and social skills. :)When it comes time to enroll her in school, be part of her education! She'll like that, a lot. Help your parents out with what they need. :)Good luck!-Lish------How can I incorporate antique furniture in a little girls room?It must be a large room I hope and is it going to be shared by both as your little girl will grow and need more space than at this present time in life.Just because the fashion mags have all white at this present time. Colour scheme change from season to season with them as next year it will be pink or blue.Nothing wrong with going all out in antique look. Like match the whole room in say Edwardian or Gothic look what ever as children's rooms can be adapted that way. I nice old fashion rocking horse and dolls house wouldn't go astray. Nice sturdy children table and chairs with a Queen Ann bed and dresser to match bringing out the beautiful wood grain would look nice.Anyway have a Happy New Year.------How can I introduce my new baby to my two dogs?After you've had your baby and dressed him/her give your husband/partner the baby's gro/hat/mits/blanket etc to take home before hand to let the dogs have a good sniff therefore they will be used to the smell when you bring baby home.When your home introduce them separately and work form there only you know your own dogs i would invest in a dog gate between rooms to so you can lock them out the room but they can still see.I would also suggest not letting them sleep/sit on the furniture its not nice the baby will get full of dogs hairs euch !!Don't be offended either but Please never leave your baby alone whether in the crib/pram any were alone with the dog(s) no matter how much they grow to love him/her.------Should I get my teacup Chihuahua spayed?It is much safer to get her spayed. Toy dogs have frequent problem pregnancies and if she were to get pregnant it could kill her. There are also potential diseases that occur in unspayed dogs. Going into heat every few months is messy and gets blood on your carpet. She will be frustrated and tend to mark territory, that means pee around the apartment.1 less risky than pregnancy or diseases2 male dogs are incredibly sneaky and single minded. A friend brings their dog over... Plus being inside is unhealthy. She needs walks as much as any other dog. Otherwise she will be overweight and have joint problems.3 Ask if you can leave her at the Vet's overnight and an extra dayLast there is no such thing as a teacup Chihuahua. Chihuahuas are, according to the breed standard, 2 - 6 pounds. If your dog is already 2 pounds and not yet fully grown, she will be larger than the breed standard, not smaller.------Im 18 live in an apartment with my boyfriend and 6 month old baby.He keeps throwing my furniture out telling .?Why don't you try getting in touch with your family in other states and see if you are able to move in with them? Or ask a friend if you can stay with them just until you get things settled. As for your boyfriend you deserve better no matter how much you may love him don't put you and your baby through that. Call your local police station and get a restraining order on him. He will more than likely get arrested depending on your states policy on domestic issues. Arizona is extremely strict and some one gets arrested on the spot. The police station can also help you find a shelter if its needed. do you and your son a favor and leave while you can it may be hard but in the long run it will be worth it best of luck girly------How to get rid of Roaches??Exterminator! If it the big ones; you don't have a problem yet! If it's the small ones that you see, that means there are more babies running around; that's a problem. The exterminator is your best bet!! My dad's house is surrounded by huge trees; which means the big tree ones. He keeps his house exterminated; and it's not a problem. If you want to go cheaper...get the 'house bombs'! You can get them at Wal-Mart; you set them off in your house and it's get in the nooks-n-crannies! Take your family to the park for the day and bomb the house. Come back, mop, dust, clean as usual! Check the label there is a certain amount of time you need to stay out of the house while it gets bombed! Good Luck!!!------How do i get my dog to not chew thingd?http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/chewing.htmHi Joe the above link might be of some help however all pups chew because they are bored or are in pain with their teeth coming through. Your parents need to understand this because they would'nt get rid of a teething baby would they? You sound vey worried so make sure you pup has a safe bone to chew on and keep him away from a room that has lots of furniture with wooden legs. My GSD is 9 months old and so far all he has destroyed is a duvet that I bought for him, he has a nice bone and I tire him out with walks and such he also has an indestructible ball. Your Vet can give you a pain killer and once the pup's teeth are through he will stop chewing everything in sight. Pick up clothes and shoes Joe so you are helping the dog.The best of luck to you both.
Wooden Table Top for Hotel | Restaurant Table Tops
Antique Rustic.Wood specializes in transforming reclaimed and rustic lumber into handcrafted top-quality solid wood table tops, communal dining tables, and wall coverings for restaurants, bars, cafes, and offices. In addition to square, rectangle, and round restaurant table tops, we provide custom sizes and shapes to help maximize every square inch of usable space. For businesses looking to accommodate large groups, our premium selection of rustic wooden restaurant furniture includes communal dining tables and benches. Outside of dining spaces, our solid wood furniture can be seen as one-of-a-kind conference tables and work tables in offices throughout the country. Revitalize your business space with handcrafted rustic wooden restaurant tables and furniture from Antique Rustic Wood.Reclaimed Hotel FurnitureStandard Plank wooden table tops are an effortless and stylish way to incorporate solid wood furniture into any interior. These rustic solid wood tables are assembled with a mix of 1-1/2″ to 2″ wide quartersawn staves and have full plank ends. All nail holes and character marks are putty filled and the tops are sanded for a smooth finish. Each of these restaurant table tops is coated with wood sealer and finished with 5 coats of catalyzed urethane in a matte sheen. Rectangle wooden table top are available up to 16′ in length and round table tops up to 6′ in diameter. Custom shapes and clipped or rounded corners are also available.Our solid wood restaurant table tops are made in the USA. Customers can choose from a variety of premium finishes and edge styles. Solid wood table tops add beauty to the décor and are considered to be a high-end product. Match any of our wood table tops with our chairs and bar stools or we can make a custom finish for you. The Solid Wood Butcher Block Table Tops, Solid Wood Plank Table Tops and Veneer Wood Table Tops are made in the USA. Our Resin Table Tops, which offer superior durability, are affordable for any budgetHow to Promote your Hotel Restaurant and Increase Your SalesHow many people would think about booking a table for lunch or dinner at a hotel restaurant when they are not staying at the hotel? Not very many. This is precisely what is at stake for hotel restaurants looking to fill their tables. Hotel restaurants are first and foremost restaurants. They offer the same service as their autonomous counterparts: a kitchen, food, a seating room, and a staff. We talked to experts, hotel managers, and restaurant supervisors for hotel groups to better understand the issues of the trade and the measures taken to respond to them. Everyone in the business is of one mind : hotel restaurants operate at a far lower rate than their seating capacity At first glance, it's easy to think that hotel restaurants have a head start over other restaurants-they come in with a ready clientele staying right above. Research has shown that hotels with 63% of their rooms booked will be able to fill of the restaurant's tables with those very same customers. An occupancy rate of 30% guaranteed by hotel guests does not sound so bad. Save for the fact that of the restaurant remains to be filled. To get there, hotel restaurants will have to target non-guest customers. This is where things get tricky: having lunch or dinner inside a hotel is not yet part of the customs for the general population. Most people do not think about it because they do not see the restaurant independently from the hotel. It proves even more complicated for hotel restaurants to bring in outside customers as they are usually not visible as restaurants, but as "a part" of a hotel. A lack of identity separate from the hotel puts hotel restaurants at a disadvantage A restaurant with the same name as the hotel that houses it exists only as a "feature" of that hotel. This explains why potential customers are not even aware of hotel restaurants in themselves, and do not think about them when looking for places to eat. But this initial observation is not a death sentence, and many hotel restaurants across the Atlantic manage to reach very satisfying occupancy rates while keeping the name of the hotel and adding unique epithets for the restaurant. This is the case for Standard Grill, the Standard Hotel's restaurant, which managed to take advantage of the hotel's reputation to open its doors to customers from other horizons. Others go even further and turn the hotel's restaurant into a brand in itself. Creating and tapping into a strong brand identity can mean a bright growth potential for hotel restaurants Some hotels have pushed the strategy to the point where they turned their restaurant into real profit centers. The Barrire Group, responsible for the Fouquet's brand, now welcomes on a daily basis diners eager to eat at Fouquet's, not at "the Barrire Hotel's restaurant." "The Fouquet's brand was created with the goal of reinforcing our restaurants' image to attract more customers outside of hotel guests," Pierre-Louis Renou, manager of the Cannes establishments, tells us. The group succeeded in building such a strong restaurant brand that people have stopped associating it with the parent hotels. Other hotels manage to negotiate exclusive deals to house atypical or in-demand restaurants still rare on the market. In New York, the Parker is now home to the sole location of the Burger Joint brand. The "burger joint" is located behind a curtain in the main hall of the hotel, and boasts a unique decor (with customers' testimonials on the wall), its own website, and its own social media accounts. The concept is showcased both in situ and online, and it works: expect an average waiting time of one hour every day to taste a burger! Hotel restaurants have their own unique features According to the hotel they are in, their location, their product line, some restaurants have a more urgent need to bring in outside customers than others. Olivier Clerc, Restaurant Operations Director for the Grape Hospitality group, tells us that hotels close to business centers (where companies lack an office cafeteria) host many business lunches, but struggle more with weekend shifts. Hotels located near offices with cafeterias do not often succeed in attracting individuals for the lunch shift, but manage to get more satisfying turnover rates in the evening with hotel guests. For others, we can also highlight how season patterns impact hotel restaurants. Anthony Torkington, former general manager at the Saint James Hotel in Bouliac, tells us that the Saint James's restaurant in Bouliac attracts enough customers in the winter to generate a satisfying revenue on lunches. In the summer however, evenings work better thanks to the summer specials they developed, the longer days, and an outdoor terrace with a panoramic view of Bordeaux. We spoke to specialists in order to identify the best initiatives for hotel restaurants to attract customers in the right areas. Giving the restaurant a proper identity is the first step in making sure it is viable To attract customers who are not hotel guests, a hotel restaurant is already ahead if it has a proper identity-a name, distinct from the hotel, a logo, a chef, a website. The restaurant has to be visible physically and online as a separate entity in and of itself. That was Grape Hospitality's wager with Happy Dock, the restaurant housed by the Mercure Hotel in Le Havre. The place was refurbished, the menu redesigned by Sophie Menut, the chef at the helm of the kitchen. Today, the restaurant has its own website, and appears as a restaurant in its own right: The Hoxton Grill in London's Hoxton Hotel preserved the already famous Hoxton brand, and followed the model of the Standard in New York: Once its proper identity established, the restaurant has to be promoted and to that end use the right cost-effective online marketing tools. Communicating not as a hotel feature but as a restaurant strengthens the establishment's online presence 80% of people look up restaurants online. They have to be able to see, right next to independent restaurants, suggestions of hotel restaurants welcoming customers who are not guests at the hotel. To that end, restaurants have to be listed online independently from their hotel. Good organic SEO, a smart online communications strategy, a website, and independent Facebook and Instagram accounts are necessary to boost the restaurant's visibility. This is what the Hoxton Grill in London's Hoxton Hotel did on Instagram: A good social media strategy is a way to reach more potential customers, but we also recommend focusing on having strong local roots to widen turnover rates. Developing strong local roots is a way to promote the restaurant to those most likely to become loyal customers Consumers trust products as long as they know where they come from. Working with local growers and producers means getting closer to customers. The Saint James in Bouliac picked that method for the dishes on its menu, but it also went further. The Saint James in Bouliac created the "Saint James Market." Four times a year, on a Sunday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., the hotel invites local growers (who supply the restaurant's kitchen) to sell their products to the public. About 1100 people come every time. The goal of the seasonal market is, as Anthony Torkington relates, is to attract and entice Bordeaux residents to come have lunch or dinner in hotel restaurants: "We highlighted this type of events to promote the establishments and get people talking about them in a different light." Developing strong local roots can also take the form of astute diversification to highlight specific services and improve the restaurant's renown. Diversifying the smart way: by capitalizing on their strengths and proximity to hotels, hotel restaurants have the potential to become drop-in "third places" Introducing new activities associated with the hotel's restaurant is a way to attract a new customer base Diversification is a way for hotel restaurants to take advantage of their strengths, namely how close they are to a hotel and all of its amenities. Indeed, as Olivier Clerc points out, "We have to inject life into hotel restaurants, these days we live in a world where everything is modernized, and we have an obligation to go out and get customers from outside of the hotel." By capitalizing on these assets, hotel restaurants can organize special events and bring in new people inside their walls. Grape Hospitality's restaurants took some interesting initiatives in that regard. Once a month, the Mercure Hotel in Roissy sets up an exhibition by volunteer artists, with a gallery opening to boot, which attracts new people to the hotel, and is also a chance to sell beverages and various meats and cheeses, either at the bar or in the hotel. By taking advantage of the existing hotel structures, the restaurant can develop a range of products aimed at customers outside of the hotel Hotels usually serve breakfasts which more or less resemble what a brunch would look like (eggs, cheese, charcuterie etc.). Starting with the advantages they already had, the Amour Hotel and the Marriott Champs lyses developed a brunch offer to attract customers outside the hotel. One way to promote their new diversified offer was to collaborate with influencers. Two of them, pia_mbd and callmevoyou were invited to try the brunch and share their experience on their social media accounts. Their audience, for the most part young, urban, and for whom brunch is a fact of life, was able to discover the hotel restaurant's new offer. One of the oldest English traditions is the afternoon tea, and it is more than renowned in London: in some of the most beautiful hotels such as the Ritz London, one has to wait several months for a seat a one of its tables set for tea. The tradition has since crossed the pond and hotels in Paris seized the opportunity to fill their salons and generate new avenues for revenue. Indeed, hotels like the Shangri La or the Westminster Hotel have developed a "Tea Time" service catering to a younger audience, and resorted to influencers to promote it. Another example of smart diversification: Olivier Thomas, director of the Blagnac Pullman near Toulouse, saw that the restaurant's lunch revenue was seriously impeded by the proximity of a number of office cafeterias. The simple lunch menu was not enough to attract the surrounding business crowd. Seeing this, Olivier Thomas developed a special menu with real added value and a competitive edge: "packages," or lunch formulas to which he added a pass granting access to the pool, a massage, or a sports class within the hotel. Going beyond with a strong concept grants hotel restaurants a new appeal Still at Grape Hospitality, the Mercure in Sophia Antipolis took in a restaurant with quite a strong concept: "In the Dark. Dinner is served in pitch-black darkness by nonseeing people. The experience goes beyond the simple meal; senses are thrown. Deprived from their sight, customers are invited to re-evaluate their perception of taste. This buzzworthy initiative was a way to promote both the hotel and the restaurant, and to bring in a new audience. The success was such that the collaboration was renewed. We would like to kindly thank the hotel restaurant professionals who took the time to answer our questions: Pierre-Louis Renou, Area General Manager for the Barrire Group in Cannes. He manages three hotels: the Majestic Cannes, the Gray d'Albion Cannes, and the Carl Gustaf St Barth. Anthony Torkington, former General Manager at the Saint James in Bouliac. He was just named new General Director of Relais & Chteaux. Olivier Clerc, Director of Restaurant Operations at Grape Hospitality. Launched in 2017, Grape Hospitality is the owner, operator, and manager of 85 hotels in 8 European countries, which represents over 9000 rooms operated under a franchise contract.
How to Clean Marble Table Tops
Regular cleaning of a marble table top is necessary to keep the table top looking nice and shiny. You can use a soft cloth that has been dampened with water for regular cleaning of dust then dry the top using a soft dry cloth to remove any water droplets. If the marble top needs a more thorough cleaning, you can use a solution of mild soap and water and dry with a soft dry cloth. Never use harsh or abrasive cleaners on marble. Marble is a porous stone that will last a very long time with the proper care but as it is porous, it is prone to stains. Whenever stains occur, they should be cleaned up as soon as possible to minimize the lasting effect. A mixture of 4/5 water and 1/5 hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean up a stain. Dampen a tissue with the solution, lay it over the stain for approximately four hours, then wipe up the stain. Repeat if necessary. Repeated washing of a marble table top will dull the surface. When you notice that the surface is dull you will want to polish the marble to bring back the original shine and elegance. There are commercial marble stone polishes that can be bought for this purpose. Using polish to clean marble should not dim the color because marble polish is a substance designed to enhance the appearance of the marble. When you use this type of product, it will provide an extra shine and keep the marble looking like new. If used properly, it will make the color both clearer and brighter. When you polish your marble surface, use the appropriate type of polish for your material. You should only purchase marble polish from a marble and stone retailer. Basic marble cleaning products will generally not remove minor scratches from the surface. If you have scratches on the surface of your marble sink or countertop, a specialty cleaner will only clean them. It will do nothing to actually remove them. If you want to remove the scratches, you may need to use a polisher. To do so, sand the top layer of the marble with a light piece of sandpaper, then apply a polish to the surface. It will generally remove the light scratches and significantly improve the look of the marble surface.1. How can I know which marble is the best?Kindly read my earlier answer on similar questionBharat Bhushan Singal's answer to Which is the best Indian marble, and where can I buy it from?Thanks2. Probability of picking the red marble twiceThe value is equivalent to an infinite series according to the function: SUM(n=1,inf,(1/2n)^2)Equivalent to: (1/4)SUM(n=1,inf,1/n^2)Which the latter returns: pi^2/6, divided by 4 gives us pi^2/24, or roughly 41.1%. It definitely feels odd that in this case it is more likely that this procedure will continue infinitely than it is that it would eventually end. Very interesting problem!3. how do I make the marble floor shine?They make products to do just this. First you must clean the floor well. Of course they sell a product for this too. Then you use the polish. A buffer with a lambs wool pad is best to use on the buffer. Buffer and a marble polish works best. Don t use any other types of products such as mirror polish or waxes since they may ruin the marble or stain it permanently. Any questions you can e mail me through my avatar and check my qualifications there. GL4. (PDF) UTILIZATION OF MARBLE DUST IN FIRED CLAY BRICKSPakistan has huge reserv es of marble and marble processing factories which brings massive measures of wastes as slurry. This waste may be appropriate to be utilized as a part of structural building development purposes. This study plans to examine a couple of properties with respect to the utilization of this material in ceramic clay. This res earch effort covers the use of marble dust in various proportions for the formation of bricks. The percentages utilized were up to 30% at an amplification of 5% by weight for specimen of marble dust. Bricks containing marble dust in various proportions were formed, dried and afterward burnt in oven at ce rtain temperature. Bulk density, porosity, water absorption and compres ve strength were determined for these bricks. It was observed that lightweight bricks with minor difference in t values of bulk density were delivered . It was viewed that porous bricks up t 52.32% that of standard bricks were delivered by utilizing 30 % by weigh t of marble dust. Therefore, the water absorption was expanded up to 35.92%. The compressive strength diminished until 4.84 M . The results states that the waste marble du st powder can be use d as clayey materials at certain replacement level. This wo not just lessen the soil erosion yet will likewise decre ase Pakistan is a land of wealthy natural resources and has a huge potentia l in dimension stone sector such as marble, granite and Onyx. Pakistan has significant deposits of high qua lity marble and granite in a range of colors, shades and p atterns. Pakistan has massive assets o f marble. According to an estimate of P akistan Stone Develo pment Com pany (PASDE C), above 300 billion tons of marble are available in the country. Moreover there are reserves in Buneer, Chitral, Swat Parachinar, Gilgit, Hunza, Swabi, authority of Pakistan, 2011). total once-a-month marble production is around 1 million tons in which 50% of it comes from the province Baluchistan and 450,000 to 525,000 tons of marble To clean and slice to est imate, these marble pieces are then dispatched from the quarries to m arble Thus in quarries due to blasting practices and in marble preparing units, marble w aste in the form of slurry is made. The waste produces in quarries is made out of odd pieces of various sizes and shapes and superfluous rock destruction. These are being arranged in the empty spaces close-by and subsequently there is no precise method for transfer of these wastes making enormous hills of wast es The waste from the industrial faci lities is as s lurry which is a burden on the earth , . Figures 1 and 2 demonstrate the two sorts of wastes connected with marble generation in quarries and marble
How to Remove Rust From Cast Iron Table Tops - Woodworking Equipment
How To Remove Rust from Cast Iron Table TopsRemoving Rust from Cast Iron Table Tops Like Table Saws, Router Tables and Other Woodworking EquipmentAnyone that owns woodworking equipment for their shop knows that rust is inevitable on the cast iron table tops. Let me show you how I like to remove rust from cast iron table tops and apply paste wax to keep them looking and operating like the day they were new.A clean and waxed cast iron table top is smoother than a baby's bottom. However, if you do not take care of your shop equipment the shiny looking cast iron table top it will soon start to rust and get pitted. Above and to the right are photos of a cast iron table top for a router table. I was in the process of updating the table and the first step was cleaning up the rusted cast iron and getting some wax on it. Below are some tips and the method I like to use when removing rust from cast iron table tops.There are literally an endless number of ways to remove rust from a cast iron table top. My method is one I've used for years since learning how to do it from my dad and grand father. First off you will need to pick up a few supplies including:• Mineral Spirits - This is the best cleaning solution for removing the rust form the cast iron. I know some people also like to use WD-40 but I prefer the mineral spirits.• Steel Wool - Steel wool is perfect for removing rust without causing surface damage to cast iron table tops. I prefer the synthetic sheet versions of steel wool as shown above (plus these allow for a great trick noted below).• 500 Grit Wet Sand Paper (Optional) - I prefer not using sand paper but occasionally it's the only product that will remove really deep pitted rust from cast iron. Use it only as a last resort.• Paper Towels / or Clean Rags - You will need a good quantity of clean rags and/or paper towels to clean up.• Paste Wax - After the cast iron is cleaned you will want to condition the surface with a good quality paste wax. I like Trewax which contains Carnauba Wax. This stuff makes the surface nice and smooth which helps wood slide better across it and it helps keep the surface from rusting as soon.Use a rag or paper towel to apply liberal amounts of mineral spirits to the surface of the cast iron. It's important to clean off all the dirt, grime, saw dust and surface rust. This step will likely take a few attempts in order to get all the bulk grime off the surface.The next step involves some elbow grease...or it used to! IMPORTANT TIP: Several years ago I read a tip in a woodworking magazine that said you could use the synthetic steel wool pads under your random orbit sander to speed up the process and produce amazing results. Guess what.....it really works! As you can see below I simply place the steel wool pad between the cast iron and my sander (I leave a sanding disc on the sander to create more friction to help hold the pad in place).As you "sand" the surface with the steel wood pad it's important to keep applying mineral spirits to the surface with a rag. The mineral spirits really help the steel wool remove all the rust. After only 10 minutes I was able to almost completely restore this cast iron table top back to it's original shine.Once you've finished scouring the surface with steel wool you will want to clean it very well to remove any access dirt and mineral spirits. Then you should apply a liberal coating of paste wax to the surface. The wax has two functions. First and foremost it makes the surface very smooth and slippery which is important so that wood easily slides over the surface. And secondly, it helps protect the newly cleaned surface from rusting again.As you can see the cast iron router table top looks like new and it's clean, smooth and ready for lots more action in the wood shop. This method of removing rust from cast iron table tops can be used on table saws, band saws, jointers, planers, router tables, and just about any wood shop equipment with a cast iron table top.Where can I find a steam-iron table for removing warping from paper artwork?i believe you are looking for a dry mount press or a dry mounting press. its main purpose is to attach photographs to backing boards. it works by making a "sandwich" of 1) backing board (mat board, illustration board, etc.) 2) heat sensitive dry mounting tissue (basically a sheet of paper that melts when heated 3) photograph. But, for your purposes, it would be great for smoothing paper, providing that you run some tests on scraps of paper to determine the proper temperature and time. as a cheaper alternative, the starving art student might use a regular clothes iron. on a junky table, put down a piece of clean mat or illustration board to protect both the table & your paper. making sure there's no water in the iron, set it on low heat or possibly perma press. without pressing hard, start at the middle and work out to the edges. it would be better to move with curved arcs rather than straight back and forth lines. again, practice on large scraps of similar papers ............... Good luck! ................
7 House Interior Design Tips for Small Space Living
Small spaces have great potential when it comes to house interior design. Make more room while giving each space your unique design expression by applying these 7 rules the pros use!1. Slim Down - Get a large box, basket or bag and sift through those small accents. Too many little things sitting around a small room will clog of the room's space quickly. It's amazing how much air space you will create by being super specific about what you have placed on table tops and shelves.2. Trim Down - Heavy, bulky window treatments not only block the limited light in your small room but are also space hoggers. Free those windows by using shades, blinds or even shutters. There are some gorgeous options to be made or purchased at your favorite house interior design store. Have a little extra money to spend, have your blinds custom designed in fabrics that compliment the rest of your room's decor.3. Color Down - Though a variety of color breaks up a large house, too much color in a small one will work against your already limited amount of space. It is best to paint all the walls one color or use a similar pallet hue for small subtle changes from room to room.4. Lighten Up - Pull in that limited light with the use of mirrors positioned directly across from a window. Use semi gloss paint to reflect the light and keep your furniture polished and your appliances clean.5. Fabric Up - It is better to fabric up your accents and leave the large furniture pieces to solids. If you already have a busy couch with a floral print, shapes or strips, consider toning things down a bit with a slip cover. Then, bring in those extra fabrics in your accents to provide some visual depth and emotional interest. Have fun with this part of your house interior design project!Bring in those weaves, patterns, and quilted fabrics for this.6. Liven Up - Nothing says open space and health like fresh plants placed around a room. Potted plants are preferred but bountiful bouquets regularly freshened up will also work well.Limited for room? Positioning a potted plant in front of the fireplace mantle during the warmest time of the year is a great use of that space. Angle your furniture and use the extra space to display an indoor tree or palm.7. Step Up - Light bare wood is always the best and beautiful of option for giving a small room a larger appearance. Flooring in an apartment cannot be changed but it can be changed up! Place a lighter area rug on top of the existing carpet. Or in the case of a dark linoleum find a light bamboo or Berber to bring out the light.
Where to Find Recycled Paper Table Tops
Where to Find Recycled Paper Table CoversFinding recycled paper table tops for everyday use or parties can be quite challenging. It seems not many party supply companies have jumped on the environmentally friendly track, and most party or themed table covers are not in synch with green living. If you are persistent, though, there are several online sources to find table covers that are both attractive and recycled. Here is an overview of a few of those sites.www.greenpartygoods.comAs the name suggests, Green Party Goods has a wide selection of party supplies that are recycled and biodegradable. This includes a variety of table covers and decorative items like table runners and place mats. Pricing is reasonable, but there is a minimum order requirement of $19.99. Adding matching napkins can help you reach this minimum quickly.www.mypapershop.comThis site has a section dedicated to recycled party supplies. This includes plates, cups, napkins, and table covers. But be sure to read the description of each item before you purchase, as not every item on the site is made of recycled materials. Shipping prices are par and ship times are fast, but the materials are a bit high-end, so the prices can be higher. has tons of products on the site that are eco friendly and made of recycled materials. Everything from candles to clocks to home décor. The best part is, if you can't seem to find what you are looking for on their site, you can call them for access to hundreds of more items they have available. Prices are generally very low, with many items qualifying for free shipping, but finding the perfect product may take a little extra time.www.eventsupplies.co.ukBased in the UK, this site has many party supplies, much like My Paper Shop. Also like My Paper Shop, not all of the party supplies are made of 100% recycled material, but most contain at least a percentage. The table covers available are 100% recycled, and the selection changes from time to time, so it is a good site to bookmark for future reference if they don't have what you want right now. Prices are average, but they currently only ship to Ireland, Scotland, England, and the Isle of Man.Other OptionsOf course there are also stores that carry recycled paper table tops. It really depends on if you'd like the cover to be 100% recycled, or if you are OK with accepting less than that. This article is focusing on table covers that are 100% recycled. It is also a good idea to find out what kind of ink is used on the table covers, as water-based inks are the most eco-friendly. There is also the option of making your own recycled paper table tops, which requires a bit more work but can be very fun to do!
BSNL 3G Services on Fast Track - the Hindu
Rajdhani Express from New Delhi that was used by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., as a promotional vehicle for its 3G services, received a warm welcome when it arrived at Chennai Central on Saturday night.Passengers of the 'BSNL 3G Rajdhani Express' were presented with gifts to celebrate the joint venture of the BSNL and Southern Railway to create awareness of 3G services.All coaches of the train were covered with special quality vinyl sheets carrying BSNL advertisements. A total of 25,000 sq. ft promotional material was stuck on the train. The BSNL also used the space available on table tops in compartments for promoting the 3G services.BSNL Chennai Telephones Chief General Manager A.Subramanian said the campaign was aimed at reaching out to people directly.The train connecting various places across the country was an apt medium to reach out to hundreds of people at the stations too.The train was flagged off by Kuldeep Goel, Chairman and Managing Director of BSNL, on Friday from New Delhi. The six-month campaign is expected to cover 34 locations across 11 States.A total of 471 node B base stations have been commissioned in Chennai and the entire Tamil Nadu is expected to be covered in six months. While about 40,000 3G connections have been given in Chennai, about 60,000 have been provided in others parts of the State.He said consumers could enjoy many services, including local and STD video calls at 30 paise per minute and 2,000 free text messages as an introductory offer till June-end.Anurag, Divisional Railway Manager, Southern Railway, said such promotional initiatives of the BSNL were conducted earlier in EMUs.A live demonstration of the services was conducted for passengers at the station.
Scheme of Designing Pc1o4 Bus Radar Signal Display Card
Scheme of Designing Pc1o4 Bus Radar Signal Display Card
introductionPC104 bus radar signal display card applies the virtual instrument technology based on PC104 bus to the signal display in the general radar embedded diagnosis combination. It is of great significance to improve the fault detection mode of radar equipment. Through the analysis of signal waveform display principle and display method, the specific practical scheme is determined, and the design of functional circuit is completed; The interface protocol and logic control circuit of PC104 bus are realized by using special interface chip and CPLD. Finally, the relevant software program is written; The display card can work stably in the actual test process and meet the design index requirements. Therefore, the function of the display card is directly related to the final completion of the whole system.1 system hardware design and ImplementationAs shown in Fig. 1, the hardware circuit of the display card is mainly composed of input matching network, analog-to-digital conversion unit, clock generation circuit, timing generation circuit, control signal generation module and display unit.After buffered and amplified, the input analog signal enters the analog-to-digital converter ad9054, with a maximum sampling rate of 200ms / s and an analog input bandwidth of 380mhz. It has two acquisition data output ports (Port A and port B), and single port output or dual port alternating ping-pong output can be selected. The data output after a / D conversion is locked by two latches to meet the high-speed writing of subsequent memory.As shown in Fig. 1, the system timing generation control circuit generates the system clock and coordinates the working steps of each part of the system. It generates the latch clock of the latch according to the requirements of the A / D conversion sampling clock and the timing of the output interface of the A / D converter, and provides the read-write pulse of the memory with an appropriate delay. The timing generation circuit also provides a counting clock of an address generator and a recording length counter. After the system is initialized, the A / D conversion starts, and the collected data is continuously written into the memory. At this time, the timing generation circuit only provides the clock source to the address generator to make it perform " 1" operation, so that the memory address is incrementally reversed. When the trigger logic is triggered, the timing generation circuit enables the recording length counter to work, and provides the sampling clock as the counting clock source. When the recording length counter reaches the recording length set by the user, the timing generation circuit turns off the clock switch to stop the memory from turning over, and applies for data transmission to the PC. When the PC reads the collected data in some form, the timing generation circuit provides the memory readout address reversal clock according to the PC104 bus reading operation, and reads out the contents of the memory in the reverse order of the acquisition records.The logic contained in the dotted box in Figure 1 is integrated into a large-scale high-speed programmable logic device ep1k30. The trigger logic, record length counter and address generator cooperate closely to make the system work in the set way. The trigger mode is triggered by software. Once the oscilloscope card runs, it will automatically and continuously grab the waveform; External input trigger requires an external input TTL logic signal, and the logic signal to be set will trigger when it arrives; The signal level trigger is generated when the amplitude value of the collected signal reaches or exceeds the set level value. The realization of signal level trigger monitors the output result of a / D converter in real time through high-speed logic signal comparator, and triggers when the comparison result is greater than or less than the set reference value. In order to achieve the expected trigger, the address generator and the record length counter are used in combination with each other. The address generator is essentially a bidirectional ring counter. As shown in Fig. 2, it writes the address increasing data clockwise and reads the address decreasing data counterclockwise.The computer sets the working mode of the display card and reads the collected data through PC104 bus. For the simultaneous use of multiple channels, each display card has a channel number. After the software sets the status of each channel one by one, it can be triggered at the same time or separately. The external trigger input of each channel can be used for multi-channel sampling and recording at the same trigger time. PC can communicate with oscilloscope card or read sampling data through I / O, DMA, interrupt and other methods.2 system software designThe whole structure of the display card is composed of PC104 bus interface circuit and function circuit, and the function circuit is the core, so the programming of MCU software is also a very important part. The program of single chip microcomputer is written in C language. The main structure is as follows:(1) Communication program with host computer. It includes reading the command of the upper computer, transmitting the test data to the upper computer and reporting the status of the functional circuit.(2) Function. It includes AD acquisition program, range setting, reset, automatic zero adjustment, self-test, interrupt service program, etc.Therefore, the display card software consists of a main program and an interrupt program, and the program is shown in block diagram 3 and Figure 4.The main program completes the development of a data area consistent with the remote control frame format, the initialization of the chip, and the sending and receiving of serial asynchronous data. During serial asynchronous data transmission and reception, MPU will close interrupts O and 1, but this will not affect MPU's corresponding and processing of keys. When 82c79 detects that a key is pressed, it can either apply for interruption and be processed within the time gap after data transmission, or wait for 30ms, and then request interruption and be processed. The extra 30ms is much less than the time interval of the next key (at least hundreds of milliseconds), so the process of closing the interrupt does not affect the processing of the key.In interrupt program / INT0, MPU will read the key value in 82c79 and judge the key type. When the key is an ordinary key, MPU does not change the working mode of 82c79, only fills the instruction code corresponding to the key into the corresponding byte bit of the data area, and assigns R4 to #01h. When the key is the "long press" key, the MPU will immediately change the working mode of 82c79 and set it to the sensor scanning working mode after filling the command code into the corresponding byte bit of the data area. When the "long press" key is disconnected, 82c79 can notify MPU through IRQ signal again due to the change of sensor matrix. When entering the interrupt program again, MPU changes the working mode of 82c79 back to the keyboard scanning mode, and then assigns R4 value #01h. Thus, a complete key pressing process is completed. For the "long press" key matched with the knob switch, when the key is closed, the MPU also needs to turn on the A / D conversion; When the key is disconnected, the MPU will turn off the A / D conversion.In the interrupt program to, every two interrupts, i.e. 80ms (the working frequency of MPU determines that its maximum timing cannot reach 80ms), MPU will set the serial data transmission pointer.conclusionSolve the bottleneck problem of PC104 bus data transmission and allocate hardware resources reasonably. The outstanding advantage of PC104 bus is its simple structure and easy development, but its transmission rate is slow. The practical application shows that the design of radar signal display card based on PC104 bus can overcome the above design defects, especially can fully meet the requirements of portable design characteristics and meet the requirements of maintenance training.
Why Isn't There a Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow?
Why Isn't There a Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow?
that is a myth and when they say that they actualy mean if you get to the end of the rainbow you will get good luck forever and besides it is impossible to go to the end of the rainbow no offense sorry1. If I wear a shirt with a rainbow on it, or have a coin purse with a rainbow on it, does that automatically?Not on a girl. I think it's more the rainbow flag that is symbolic, not rainbows in and of themselves2. solo somewhere over the rainbow..PLEASE help?There are a few tricks that people who do public performances do: If there is any way whatsoever to get into the place where you will be auditioning, go. Stand where you will be doing the audition and see the room from a different point of view. If you can not do that, go to a similar place (classroom? auditorium?) and stand on stage or in front and become familiar with the room from a different point of view. Practice singing if you want, but really, just being in the area can help. Practice. A lot. Practice in front of your mirror. Your eyes will "see" a person there. Use stuffed animals if you have access. Practice in front of them. Again, it helps prepare you for an audience. The closer you get to the audition, practice the mindset you want to have for the actual audition. Walk into your practice area with confidence and sing the song the way you plan on singing it for the audition. The more you practice the right way, the more your muscle memory will take over when it comes show time. Remember that everyone gets nervous. And remember that the people for whom you are auditioning want you to succeed. Break a leg!3. How do you get the Rainbow Pass in LeafGreen/FireRed Pokemon Advance Game?To get the rainbow pass in Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green, you nedd to go back to Mt.Ember in Island #1after you beat the Elite 4.There,you will see two Team Rocket Grunts(you will hear them talking about the first password to the Rocket Warehouse) and you battle both of them one by one. Once you've defeated them,go inside the cave behind both grunts and go down the stairs(you will need pokemons who learned strength and rock smash).When you reach a fork in the cave,choose the one going south and again,take the stairs until you reach the floor that has a ruby in the center.Take the ruby and give it to Celio. He will say he needs another gem that's the partner of the ruby and then he will give you the rainbow pass w/c takes you to Islands # 4,5,6 & 7. One of those islands(i wo not tell w/c) has the other gem,the sapphire.Once you get the sapphire, give it again to Celio in Island #1 then once the two gems are with him, you can now trade from...none other than Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire!For the map of Victory Road,go to the 2nd site listed below. Lastly,for the Legendary Birds,an ultra ball is useful but when you let the ball out to catch the pokemon,hold A (i read it in the internet)but it only works sometimes and you will have to buy at least 40-50 ultraballs(but not per pokemon)4. The ideal way to house a baby brazilian rainbow boa?It sounds like the small enclosure would be preferable right now as long as it keeps humidity in well. My only concern is that Brazilian Rainbows like to climb, and it it can climb very high in a 6" ceiling. Nevertheless, I would put it there until it is eating regularly. once it has a regular eating schedule and knows where you usually put its food (assuming you are using pinkies or fresh frozen and killed rats and mice). the large enclosure you have sounds like a Neodesha cage which is considered optimum for these snakes as it gives them room to climb. When you put it in there you should add some sturdy horizontal and vertical branches and a water bowl big enough for it to bathe in.5. How would i paint a rainbow checkered wall (pic included)?I painted one wall in my sons room like a checkered flag, and the other 3 walls red since that was his favorite color. So first of all I would just do 1 wall checkered and when it comes to the other 3 paint them your favorite color. The way we painted his checkered wall was by painting the wall white to begin with, and then used a sponge to make the black sections, and touched up with a small brush. It was easier to use the sponge then it was to tape it off. Good luck
Where Can I Learn More About American Sports?
Where Can I Learn More About American Sports?
i let you know anything you want just email me1. Are American Sports (USA) really based on race?I think you are overreacting. As long as you have the right qualifications, any team would take a look at you. As far as the Asian issue, there is more than enough evidence in the MLB and the NBA. Two Indians got drafted by the Pirates, but I do not know how far they are in their minor league system. As for Football, there is one Asian for the Dallas Cowboys who retired a couple of years ago, Dat Nguyen. Look him up in Wikipedia. Anything is possible if you've got what it takes.2. What are some examples of potentially great careers in North American sports that were cut off or extremely hampered by injuries?Sandy Koufax. He was unquestionably the most dominant pitcher in a decade known for dominant pitchers and was forced to retire due to an arthritic left arm at age 30.In his last season, he won the Cy Young Award unanimously, lead the league in strikeouts, ERA and wins and took his team to the World Series for the second straight year.And then he retired.He knew retirement was imminent all season; his doctor had urged him to quit during spring training. But Koufax kept the diagnosis to himself until the season ended.Though he played 12 seasons, Koufax was dominant for only his last five years. As a result, he did not hit the typical marks set by most pitchers in the Hall. His 165 wins, 2,386 strikeouts and 2. 76 ERA would not appear dominant necessarily. But when you consider he did most of that within five seasons it's rather staggering.His first seven seasons consisted of some bullpen work and spot starts. Early in his career he had a tremendous fastball but little control and was known to tip his pitches. This equated to flashes of brilliance and leading the league in wild pitches in 1958. Once he changed some mechanics and developed a curve ball he was essentially unhittable. If he had pitched even five more seasons it's entirely likely his career numbers would have hit some of those marks that typically guarantee Hall of Fame stature, 3,000 strikeouts 300 wins. And his ERA would likely have been lower as his ERA during his dominant seasons was well below his career ERA of 2.76. Most agree his fastball was in the high 90s (speed gun was not in use yet) and had what some believe was the greatest curveball ever. Though his control and curveball improved, he was still known to tip pitches during his dominant run. Even though hitters knew what was coming (fastball or curveball) they still could not hit him.Koufax was a first ballot Hall of Famer in 1972 and the youngest player ever elected. In the late 1990s or early 2000s he pitched a few rounds of batting practice during spring training and was clocked in the 80s. Another batting practice in the late 1980s allegedly involved him striking out the Dodgers lineup. The guy could just flat out pitch.For my money, he's my favorite lefty ever and a shame his career was cut short.3. What is the best rivalry in all of American sports?earnhardt jr. vs. jeff gordon4. How would you rank American sports according to the level of their fans' intelligence?Football not that Intelligent. Hockey not that Intelligent. Basketball definitely not Intelligent. Baseball seems to be the only Intelligent sport especially if you live in New York City5. Is Babe Ruth the most famous american sports figure of all time?I would say him and Jackie Robinson :) In this day and age, it's Derek Jeter6. Soccer vs American sports what is better?What is 'better'? Dude, this is strictly a matter of opinion. The rest of the world loves soccer which does not bother me in the slightest. America loves Football & to a lesser degree basketball & baseball which also does not bother me in the slightest. I do not think America is under any obligation to love soccer just because the rest of the world does any more than they are obligated to love football, basketball & baseball and frankly its always offended me that some soccer fans (not necessarily you) act like something is wrong with Americans just because they have not embraced it. You know, Canada loves hockey more than anything else, Japan loves sumo wrestling, some Latin countries still emrace bull fighting & Americans love football. Everybody has the right to follow the sports they want.
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