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Spring Cleaning? Call A Professional

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Spring in Orange County means temperatures in the lovely 60s or 70s. The clouds are full and fluffy up in the blue skies, the birds are singing, the bees are buzzing, the flowers are blooming, and people are a-cleaning. Clutter that has accumulated everywhere in the front yard, the basement, and every other part of the house are not as welcome in the beautiful season full of the beautiful sights and scents of nature.

Fortunately, the problem of disposing of junk and trash now has a solution. There are professional junk hauling Orange County companies that can help in these home decluttering projects. Most times, with the amount of junk and length of time it has gathered, it is best to get help from these professionals.

Years ago, no one would bat an eyelash if people started burning their junk in their own backyard. That was the thing that people did way back when. It was the way most people got rid of their stuff or trash. Those days are gone. Aside from the health and environmental risks of burning, it is now illegal because of those very risks to the people and the environment. It is now a well-known and accepted fact that burning junk or trash can release toxins and many other chemicals that are directly and indirectly harmful to the body and to the environment.

The right company could ensure proper home decluttering. These professionals make cleaning, clearing, and disposal safe for the customer and the environment by taking away the burden of the work from the customer and by following the proper disposal, recycling, or repurposing practices. They save customers time and money with their efficient, reliable, economical, and convenient services that follow strict guidelines and procedures. All these companies have the proper facilities, infrastructure, or resources and their best practices comply with the laws and regulations for clearing, transport, and processing.

With the coming of spring is the desire to renew, and many people feel the urge to do their spring cleaning. With the help of local junk hauling Orange County professionals, that front yard or basement will look as fresh as spring.

Electric Coffin Looking To Bring Art Into The Seattle Cityscape

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Truth be told, the city can be monotonous; the hum-drum of the daily routine can suck all life and vibrancy from you. One of the newest art exhibits in Seattle acknowledged this and wondered, “What can we do about this?”.

Cue the group, Electric Coffin, coming up with Discover + Disrupt, which is a celebration of cityscape art in the literal sense of the word: art in the cityscape. Things like highway signs with polar bears, or special stop signs with racoons.

Electric Coffin, an art collective known for its outlandish and vivid installations strewn across local Seattle, in smaller restaurants, and even major corporate offices like Amazon Seattle. Their intention with the installation was to bring wonder to the everyday.

Co-Founder Stefan Hofmann says that it can be really stressful to travel around Seattle. Let’s be honest, that’s true for a lot of cities, but let’s get back on topic. Hofman says that all the signs in a city either told them what to do or what not to do, and that felt like a shame. What if moving through a city also showed the wonders on the streets?

Another thing they took note of with cityscape art is that a lot of creative energy in a city goes to billboards, and ads, and other forms of advertising; selling something. Hofman believes that to be a waste of energy, perhaps best exemplified by the installation where McDonald’s fries and smashed Budweiser cans surround the phrase “Space Dust”, from Carl Sagan’s assertion that everyone made of cosmic dust, and, the idea that since we’re only around for a short while, we should enjoy our time.

Another co-founder, Duffy De Armas, says that the idea is to question where art actually fits into city planning. He describes a city as an engineered system built for efficiency, but points out that the entirety of the human experience is not just productivity and efficiency. It’s also about having fun.

They’re also looking to create a sense of artistic uniformity within cities, noting how disjointed it is in Seattle, where old and new buildings sit alongside each other, and people recognize and reflect that. Regardless of the method, the idea, Hofmann explains, is to awaken people to art, to destroy the notion that art should only be to museums and galleries, cordoned off from the rest of daily life.

Seattle’s had some success with these artful initiatives, like the renovations done to the Nord Alley in Pioneer Square, which have seen use in wedding shoots, outdoor movies, and even parties. De Armas says that they just want to take those ideas a bit further forward, put things on light poles, traffic cones, mailboxes and the like, to balance out the nature of municipalities as functional, efficient systems with the natural desire for artistry and creativity.

 

A Pictorial Map Of The World, For Those Looking For Fur

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If you look at a collage map illustration, you’ll see that they’re not entirely geographically accurate. They might have the general shape and scale right, but the minute measurements might not actually add up. That’s kind of the point, as they’re not designed to be used for navigation, but for information.

Take, for example, a map acquired from the Geographicus Rare and Antique Maps collection from 1917, around the first days when people were getting familiar with many a collage map illustration, and the like.  According to Geographicus Rare and Antique Maps, this particular piece is one of the earliest modern pictorial maps they’ve ever come across, and it’s so old as to require further verification regarding its mapmaker, one H.G. Hanot.

The team, however, have noted that the map’s size, and its origin date, says plenty about what the map is for. The map, laid on linen, is about 3×4 ft, meaning it’s big enough to be mounted on a showroom wall or the like. As for the map itself, it’s a map of the world which notes where animals hail, effectively being a map of the furs of the world. It also had shipping routes, so that people looking for furs can figure out where they can get fur. This particular map, simply put, was a marketing tool used to help furriers sell their wares, and a symbol of the historical popularity of fur.

In the early 20th century, the popularity of fur was growing thanks to the influence of the wealthy and the powerful, as well as Russia. World War I and the winters that followed immediately helped fur grow, as soldiers and civilians found themselves staying warm and insulated thanks to fur.

 

Fur, back in those days, was a bit more accessible, with rabbit, squirrel, skunk, and muskrat used for less-expensive products. All in all, furriers were working hard to convince shoppers that their fur products weren’t just for keeping warm, but were worthy of investing into, even if they have to tighten their belts a bit. As World War I was closing, they were pitching to customers, saying that fur was long lasting, functional, warm, durable, and easily adjustable to meet with the times. Maps like this show good insight into the times, and this map, made early in the 1900s, show how popular furs were.

 

How To Select Computer Repairs In Perth

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Once the computer isn’t working, people will often think on how to get some computer repairs in Perth, and how it can be fixed. But with so many questions in mind, you would like to see what the options are. Will you prefer a service from a downtown computer shop or go to a well-known repair service? There are so many choices in Perth, you just need to choose the right ones.

Obtain a Specific Referral

The best computer repairs in Perth are those referred to you. If people enjoy a fantastic service in a specific computer repair shop, then there is high chance you’ll also do the same. Personal referrals help you choose the best service providers. You can search for them online and see if they are near your area. You can also read first-hand reviews and testimonials from previous and current customers. If they have a positive feedback about this computer repair shop, then this must be your choice.

Big Advertisements Don’t Mean the Best

A flier, web advertisement or a full-page ad in a Sunday newspaper are not good referrals. Over time, these advertisements will tell you what the computer repair shop can do for you, including the services they render. However, their services are biased and may tell you that they are not the best. Even if they have a big ad in town, you can’t tell if they can troubleshoot that specific problem you have with your computer.

Never Reward Failure

If you have tried one service and is not happy with it, never settle for their service again or you’ll regret it. There are plenty of computer repairs in Perth to have your computer fixed. You just need to find them through careful research and asking for quotes.

Do Some Reconnaissance

If you have checked computer repairs in Perth online, I guess it’s time to spy on their retail space near your area. You can visit their store, ask them about what you want, and see if there are other customers dropping by or picking up their personal computers. See if they are happy with the service. Also, check if their repair technicians are knowledgeable, professional and helpful. If they aren’t, then check out a different computer repair shop.

 

Essential Guidelines For First Time Bike Buyers

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A motorcycle provides the freedom to zip past the busy roads and navigate the city traffic easily. Most of the biking enthusiasts dream of buying their own motorcycle to enjoy the gentle breeze on their face, while they cruise the roads.

No matter whether you want a Honda bike, an Aprilia or a Vespa, buying a motorcycle is a huge investment and involves a lot of planning. Here are tips for first time motorcycle buyers to help them choose a bike to fit their style and requirement.

Determine the requirement

The first step in the process is to determine the buyer’s requirement. There are a number of models in motorcycles. Buyers should choose a model depending on their requirement. For example, if the buyer wants a bike for regular commuting, a cruiser or a standard bike is the best bet, as they are suitable to navigate the city traffic. But if someone wants a bike for long distance travel, a touring bike will be the right choice.

Set a budget

Once the buyers determines his requirement, the next step is to set a budget for the motorcycle. Motorcycles are available in a wide range of models and prices. A new model which is highly accepted in the market may have a higher price, while a slightly older model will have low price. Setting the budget will help buyers to choose a model and brand that suits their affordability. Buyers have to set a budget depending upon their savings and credit rating.

Research the market

Buyers have to research the market to get an idea about the product promotions and discounts offered by different dealers. Market research also helps the buyers to know the asking price of their preferred Honda bike model. Sometimes the manufacturers also offer promotional discounts and attractive financing facilities. Buyers can join online forums, visit bike rallies and other exhibitions to get an idea about different bikes, their features and prices.

Select a dealer

Visit a few dealerships in your city to see the different models of motorcycles. Ask for references from family and friends to get details of reputed dealers of Honda bike and other bikes in your neighbourhood. The dealer should be professional and friendly. Once the buyer selects a dealer, the rest of process like, inspecting different motorcycles, taking a test ride, making finance arrangements and buying the motorcycle, accessories and safety gear are the next steps.

FinTech And Its Benefits In The Financial Industry

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Financial technology, more commonly known as FinTech in the industry, is basically the utilization of innovative technology in order to provide different products and services related to finances. The main goal of fintech is to make it possible for consumers to have access to multiple channels, convenient as well as fast payment options. It has been discovered that its efficiency extends in many areas in the business including money transfer, mobile payments, lending, investment management and fund raising.

Due to the rapid development in the financial technology sector, consumers all over the globe are benefitting from it including those who are previously considered to be unbanked population. It also helps in reducing the costs incurred but the competition is stiffer than ever.

There are many advantages brought by financial technology to the table and here are some of the highlights:

  • Payment systems are better than ever. With the help of fintech, businesses are able to manage their invoicing and collection of payment in a more accurate method which increased efficiency. This results to a professional service provided by financial institutions which positively impact customer relations. The end result is that consumers are more likely to use the same service again because of higher satisfaction.
  • Approval is faster with lending transactions. Lenders that are linked with fintech are now preferred by small business vendors because they are more accessible and the speed by which the finance requests are approved is faster than those that are not linked to fintech. It is now possible for businesses to get their capital approval within 24 hours.
  • Mobile services have made life easier for people in general therefore it is not surprising that mobile connectivity also play a vital role in fintech. Financial transactions are now possible through smartphones and portable gadgets. This is also another way for business to provide efficient services and improved customer experience.
  • Better security. If you ask a fintech expert like Nadeem Shaikh Anthemis, security is one of the main reasons why fintech is adapted by many financial institutions in the world. With increased risks coming from cyber attacks, fintech tools are available to ensure that the consumers’ finances and personal information are safe and secure.

A Comprehensive List Of Moderately Difficult Adventure Activities To Do In Melbourne

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I took a trip to the Southern capital of Australia recently, and me being the adventure freak that I am, I decided to try out some adventurous things to do in Melbourne on my off days. So I scheduled the weekend for some activities and trudged through my boring weekdays until Saturday finally came. I had decided on tandem skydiving, some paranormal investigations and kayaking in the bay as my weekend activities.

  • Kayaking in the Port Philip Bay: I’d mastered the art of kayaking a few years before, when I took up some kayaking lessons back home, so I thought kayaking through the bay of Port Philip would be a cinch. My experience was quite the contrary though as I struggled to find my footing on my kayak. Or rather, instead of footing, I should say my paddling. As the day progressed though, I managed to pick up the pace and I was able to view a large part of the Melbourne skyline, including but not limited to the Eureka towers and the Prima pearl residential spaces.
  • Paranormal investigations: During the night, I decided to indulge the horror-loving side of me as I embarked on a journey of paranormal investigation with Lantern Ghost Tours. Their package included a ghost tour in the evening followed by supper and then 3 hours to bed down the spirits with paranormal investigations. I was able to pursue these experiences at the Old Pentridge Gaol and I had a blast of a night calculating every move I made around the spooky corridors and halls of that place.
  • Tandem Skydiving: If you think bungee jumping induces a rush like no other, you are quite wrong. Tandem skydiving brought the blood rushing from my feet to my head in mere seconds, and the adrenaline in my body was being spewed out like I’d taken a few doses of epinephrine. The rush from bungee jumping lasts at maximum for about 10 seconds as you feel yourself plummet to the ground, but the rush of this experience lasted a solid 10 minutes and got me so scared that I think I may have soiled my pants a little.

My title might say moderately difficult adventure activities, but apart from the extreme emotions I encountered with skydiving, I’d say the other two are fairly moderate. There are many more adventurous things to do in Melbourne and I feel I have merely scratched the surface.