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Tips for Playing Virtual Reality Games for the First Time

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Blog, Entertainment | Comments Off on Tips for Playing Virtual Reality Games for the First Time

A new craze has been hitting the market for the past year. This craze is video games and experiences that use virtual reality, or a headset that allows you to feel as though you are truly in the game or the video itself. Some virtual reality video games come with special gloves that allow you to interact with the world. Others use a simple game controller. You might want to play virtual reality games, but you might be afraid that you are going to become disoriented or have other problems. Here are some tips for playing virtual reality games for the first time.   1. Try It With a Friend in the Room You might not want people to watch you play a virtual reality game because you are worried about looking dumb. However, you also might be a lot more comfortable if you have someone in the room with you while you are playing the game so that if you do get freaked out by it, you have someone to talk to. This is especially useful if you have a virtual reality game that requires you too get up and move. Your friend can let you know if you are getting close to walls or windows and help move obstacles out of your way as you walk around.  2. Start Small Play the game for five to ten minutes and then take a break. It is very normal for people to feel like they are getting motion sickness when they first start playing the game. You will have more success with the game if you build up your tolerance to the controls and the visuals. Taking frequent breaks will allow you to ensure that you don’t get discouraged or burned out on the game and will help ensure that you enjoy the game as much as possible. 3. Take Anti-Nausea Medication If you are truly having a terrible time with motion sickness, consider taking anti-nausea medication a few hours before you play the game, such as when you first get up and are eating breakfast. This will allow you to make sure that you aren’t hindered by your body’s natural reactions to the game. 4. Don’t Use a Wired Controller Finally, get a wireless controller. This will allow you to fully enjoy the game without worrying about accidentally pulling the controller off the connecting cord.  For more information, talk to a company like Reboot Reality that specializes in virtual reality...

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3 Ways To Be A Supportive Companion When Your Friend Gets A Tattoo

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Blog, Entertainment | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Be A Supportive Companion When Your Friend Gets A Tattoo

Getting a tattoo is a fun ritual for tattoo enthusiasts no matter how many times they may have gotten one before. Sure, not all tattoos are easy to get, but they are always worth it for those who adore the way tattoos look and what they represent. If you are going with your friend in their quest for new body art from the best tattoo artist they know, here are three ways that you can better support them in this endeavor. Buy a Small Present to Commemorate the Event When your friend plans to share the experience of getting their latest tattoo with you, buy a small present to show them that you support them and appreciate being along for the ride. This doesn’t have to be anything big, since just a small token of appreciation is nice. You may opt to give them something related to the tattoo they are getting. For example, if they are getting a Celtic cross, you may give them a Celtic diary with some sweet sentiments from you written in the front cover. Keep Any Misgivings About Body Art to Yourself Not everybody is a tattoo enthusiast, and that’s okay. Unfortunately, a lot of people who aren’t fond of any body art let tattoo enthusiasts know how they dislike tattoos on a weekly basis. For some reason, many people feel that they can remark on anybody’s tattoo, and their judgments on the person’s lifestyle can be extreme based only on the fact that they have a tattoo. Given that fact, it’s especially important for you to keep any misgivings to yourself. Ultimately, it’s up to the tattoo enthusiast to decide how their body should look, and you can be supportive even if it’s not a decision you would make for yourself. Point Out What You Love About the Finished Art When your friend presents their new body art to you, you may not have a fully formed opinion of it. Since the tattoo is not likely to be in its full glory immediately after it’s applied, be patient and look for things that you most like about the tattoo. Point these out to your friend. Honest compliments can go a long way to boosting morale and helping your friend appreciate the art that they have chosen. Finally, being asked to go with a friend when they get a tattoo is an honor as they want to share this special experience with you, and you can best support them when you follow these tips. When you have been a supportive friend throughout this process, your friend is likely to think of you fondly every time they see that tattoo, and it is a memory that will always have a tangible souvenir that your friend takes with them...

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3 Tips For Throwing A Bar Mitzvah To Remember

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Blog, Entertainment | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Throwing A Bar Mitzvah To Remember

At your son’s bar mitzvah, you have to ensure that people from various age groups and backgrounds have fun. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you want your son to remember for years to come. If you are in the process of planning a bar mitzvah, here are some tips you can use.   Hire a DJ Even though it might be tempting to rely on a friend or family member to provide the musical entertainment at the bar mitzvah, you need a professional. The DJ is more than just the person who spins the tunes, since he or she can help keep the party going and unite everyone in helping your son celebrate.   The DJ can also be instrumental in helping to plan the event. Every aspect, from the musical playlist to the timing for games and activities, should be discussed with your DJ. Although you might want someone from the Jewish faith to DJ, it is not necessary. You want an entertainer and as long as he or she is willing to become familiar with traditions and terminology that is used, you can choose anyone from any faith.   For more information, contact local professionals like Sound Choice Events. Incorporate Technology Chances are, your son and his friends use technology on a daily basis. Now is a great time to merge his or her daily life with the celebration. There are a number of ways you can include tech in the bar mitzvah.   One way is to opt for streaming services. If there are friends and family who cannot attend, they can watch online. Many synagogues allow online streaming.   You can even set up a photo sharing gallery that everyone who attends can have access to. Each guest can upload pictures so that you and your family do not miss out on any moments. They can even share the images to social networking accounts.   Think Outside the Box for Giveaways Giving out gifts to friends and family for attending the bar mitzvah is part of the experience, but you want your son’s gifts to stand out. Chances are your friends and family already have a collection of t-shirts and such from other bar mitzvahs, so you need to choose something that will make an impression and not be one more thing tossed in the box with other gifts.   You do not have to break the bank to find nice gifts. Simple gifts, such as personalized picture frames with a picture from a photo booth, can be a great remembrance of your son’s special...

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Six Major Benefits of Life Coaching

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Six Major Benefits of Life Coaching

If you’re considering a life coach to help you train for success in your professional and/or personal life, you should know about all of the benefits offered by this helpful service. The following are six of the major benefits you can enjoy by having a life coach: You take advantage of ideas from a new source. A life coach is experienced with helping many people resolve their business problems. With a life coach, you don’t just take advantage of a new idea source. You take advantage of ideas from someone who has already coached many people through the same problems you’re going through. Your life coach is therefore likely to be a fertile source of productive ideas. You can get some objective criticism on yourself. This is a big one. We all have trouble criticizing ourselves and correcting our shortcomings. Your life coach is a person whose job it is to make you more successful. They’ll therefore objectively, factually, and practically tell you when a roadblock you’ve come to is a shortcoming on your part.  You can learn helpful ways to save money achieving your business goals. You might be thinking before you start working with a life coach that a life coach is an unnecessary expense. Nothing could be further from the choice. A life coach will actually save you money in the long run by cluing you in on ways to save money to meet your business goals.  You are made to be more accountable regarding your goals and actions. With a life coach, you have to be accountable to someone when you’ve failed to meet a goal. You’re probably already familiar with how difficult it is to stick to goals you set for yourself. If you don’t share your goals with another person – like a life coach – and invite them to take part in the quest for the goal with you, you’re more likely to forget about the goal before it’s achieved. You’ll be able to use your time more efficiently. Another thing an objective critique of your business and personal habits can do is objectively evaluate efficiency. You’ll have the most success in your life when you’re efficient with your time. However, many of us are stuck in a rut where we can’t see what’s draining our time in an objective and precise way. Life coaches can help with that. You’ll avoid a lot of the stress and frustrations of going it alone. A life coach is in the most basic sense a source of support. Talking through your problems and frustrations can relieve and prevent everyday...

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5 Wedding Services You Should Book In Advance

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Blog, Entertainment | Comments Off on 5 Wedding Services You Should Book In Advance

Brides and grooms have all types of budgets in mind when planning their weddings, from inexpensive backyard ceremonies to lavish, all day banquet-styled events. Whether you’re going to have a modest affair or have grand plans in mind, you should make a booking with the five following wedding services providers as soon as you can to prepare for a day that you will never forget. 1. Professional Catering – You might have friends and family who are pretty good cooks volunteering to provide your wedding reception feast, but it is much better to go with a caterer for several reasons. Simply put, professional caterers know what they are doing, and they can help with seating, dinnerware, and portioning out the food for your wedding in a manner that volunteers cannot. Hire a professional catering service early so that you will know what’s on the menu and be able to request changes without paying a surcharge. 2. The Wedding Planner – Even small, quaint wedding day plans can benefit from the expertise that wedding planners provide. Your wedding planner can and will aid you when you are considering entertainment choices, like bands and wedding DJs. And if something goes wrong at the last minute, your wedding planner will keep you calm so that you can focus on the most important elements of your wedding day plans.  3. Live Wedding DJs – During the ceremony, you might only need an organ player or someone to press ‘play’ on the CD player, but you will want a mix of tunes to be played during the reception. Hiring a wedding DJ will enable you to know that your guests will stay occupied while you change your clothes, greet guests, and have your first dance. 4. Wedding Venue Bookings – Couples with upcoming weddings usually take their time, taking tours of multiple venues before putting down their deposits. Once your wedding venue is booked, you will be able to lock in a definitive date for your wedding. Have your wedding venue booked first so that you don’t have to ask the caterers and wedding DJ to set up on a different day when they might already have other commitments. 5. Wedding Photographers – The best wedding photographers have their calendars filled up many months in advance. Having wonderful images to look back on is an important part of making wedding day plans, so have your deposit ready and a solid date to secure your preferred professional wedding...

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Four Things to Know About Hiring a Wedding DJ

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Blog, Entertainment | Comments Off on Four Things to Know About Hiring a Wedding DJ

When you are hiring a wedding DJ, you want to be sure that you hire someone who is going to provide you with the services that you are looking for at a decent price. A wedding DJ is the center of the entertainment for your guests at the wedding, so it’s important that it’s something you take seriously. Here are four things you should know about hiring a wedding DJ. Make Sure They’re Upbeat: It’s not enough to assume that the DJ is going to be upbeat on the day of your wedding. They should be upbeat, excited, and enthusiastic from the moment that you meet them. This way you know for sure that they are going to have the best qualities of a DJ on the day of your wedding. However, a special consideration should be made based on what you are looking for. You want an upbeat DJ, but you might not one who holds the spotlight, but instead will keep a casual distance. This way, they do not overtake your wedding. So consider whether or not they interrupt you while you are talking or don’t take your requests seriously, which are signs that they might not provide you with what you are looking for.  Ask the Right Questions: When you are meeting a prospective DJ, you need to ask the right questions, such as what their overtime fees will be. If the wedding reception goes on longer than expected, you are going to have to pay these costs if you expect the DJ to stay. You also need to be sure that they can play all the music that you are looking for.  Request a Video Demonstration: Before you hire a DJ, be sure to ask for a video demonstration. Some DJs will have one up on your website. This is going to give you an idea of how their service will play out at your own wedding.  Read Over the Contract: Before you sign a contract when you choose a DJ you want to hire, you need to be sure that you thoroughly read over the contract. The contract should include the right time, date, location, and price. Be sure to look over what the additional charges are to ensure that you know how to avoid them and to ensure that you are willing to spend this amount if needed.  When you know these four things, you can be sure that you choose a DJ that is perfect for your wedding day. Talk to a service like Any Event Productions for more...

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Tips To Grow Your Video Game Streaming Channel

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Blog, Entertainment | Comments Off on Tips To Grow Your Video Game Streaming Channel

Streaming video games can be an excellent way for a person to build a following, and this following can be used to generate income. However, many newcomers to streaming will make some mistakes that can hinder the ability of their channel to grow. In order to minimize these risks and ensure that your channel’s subscriber count grows, you will need to consider following some basic guidelines. Record Your Streaming Sessions Many people will fail to appreciate the value that comes from recording streaming sessions. However, taking the time to save your stream will allow you to upload it to multiple video websites, which can allow you to reach many more viewers. In addition to uploading your entire session, you should also consider creating compilations, teasers and reviews. All of these options will allow you to incorporate video of your saved streaming sessions, which can greatly increase the amount of content you are publishing.   Understand The Steps For Properly Incorporating Social Media To Grow Your Stream In order for your channel to gain subscribers, people will have to be able to find it. To this end, an active and effective social media campaign can be essential. When designing your campaign, you will want to regularly update your social media page with entertaining content that is relevant to gaming. Ideally, this should be a healthy mixture of articles, videos, and memes, as this will help to keep your audience engaged. Avoid Committing Copyright Infringement When you are streaming or promoting your stream, you will need to only use images and music that you have commercial rights to. Using copyrighted images or music without permission can result in you being sued and possibly having to pay expensive damages. Luckily, there are a number of services that allow you to pay a small monthly fee to access a large catalog of commercial-use images and music. Create A Blog As you promote your stream, it is likely that you will need to actively work on numerous websites. For example, you may have social media accounts on the major networks, accounts for various video uploading websites, and forum accounts. In the event that you were to switch to a new streaming platform, you could find it extremely time consuming and disruptive to have to change the profile information in all of these accounts to reflect your new platform. By having a blog, you can direct all of your accounts to a stable website where fans and followers can find your schedule. Additionally, a blog can allow you to capitalize on traffic to your pages when you are not actively streaming. This will require you to make regular updates to the blog, but the ability to capture this traffic may be worth the extra work this will require. For more information on video game streaming, check out companies...

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Tips For Traveling By Air With Your Coffin-Style Guitar Case

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Blog, Entertainment | Comments Off on Tips For Traveling By Air With Your Coffin-Style Guitar Case

When you’re planning to travel by air with your guitar, your first priority is to invest in a high-quality case. While you might use a gig bag for carrying your instrument around town, you need a robust case that will protect your guitar against the rigors of travel when you’ll be flying. A coffin-style case is one option — built so that the exterior of the case has the six-sided appearance of a coffin, this case will keep your instrument snug even if it bounces around during the trip. If you haven’t previously flown with your guitar and coffin case, here are some tips to keep in mind. Secure The Case With A TSA-Approved Combination Lock Just as TSA agents will look in your carry-on bag and backpack, they’ll also want to see inside your guitar case. If you’ve locked the case with a conventional padlock or combination lock, you can count on the lock being cut off — which will leave your instrument vulnerable for the rest of the trip. You can completely eliminate this issue by securing the case with a TSA-approved lock. The agent will be able to open the lock to confirm the contents of the case, but will then secure it upon finishing the inspection. Make Sure You Don’t Have Anything Forbidden In Your Case Many travelers will carefully go through their carry-on luggage to ensure they aren’t carrying anything on the TSA’s prohibited items list, but don’t forget to take the same vigilant approach to your guitar case. Sharp cutting tools, which you may use for cutting strings or working on various elements of your guitar rig, should be removed and placed in your checked luggage. Research Your Airline’s Oversized Items Policy Browse your airline’s website to learn about its policies concerning traveling with oversized items. You certainly aren’t the first guitar player to travel by airplane with his or her instrument, and many airlines clearly outline their policies regarding musical instrument cases. If have yet to actually book your flight, consider doing so with an airline that has musical instrument-friendly policies. Try To Carry The Case Onto The Flight While you have the option of checking the case, doing so can lead to an anxiety-ridden flight as you fret about the baggage handlers being rough with it or losing it altogether. Avoid this stress by trying to carry the case onto the flight. While it’s much larger than the carry-on bag size restriction, many flight attendants will grab the case from you and stow it at the front or rear of the plane — just remember to be exceedingly grateful if you get this...

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Warm Weddings: Keeping Guests Comfortable With Outdoor Heating

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Blog, Entertainment | 0 comments

When cool weather temperatures are a concern for your outdoor wedding, event rental companies offer an array of heating options. Price points, heating capabilities and your individual preferences may influence whether you choose electric or gas powered heaters. Additionally, a completely open wedding site may require more power to heat than a partially enclosed location. The following ideas can help you keep your guests comfortable at your wedding. Utilize Patio Heaters for Small Spaces If the guest size of your wedding is relatively small, an infrared propane heater adequately radiates heat within a 12 to 15 feet diameter. Typically known as patio heaters, a unit operating on 40,000 BTUs comfortably heats a 15′ x 15′ tent that accommodates approximately 25 guests. If multiple radiant heaters of this type are used, ensure that they are placed in the center of each desired area with at least a 30 inch clearance around the propane base. To increase personal experience and comfort, opt for tabletop units on each of the dining tables within your reception space. Event rental companies also tend to offer covers for these outdoor patio heaters. Unsightly metal components or housings for propane tanks are camouflaged with coverings to coincide with your wedding decor. More visually appealing options include units with domed shaped reflective covers, commonly referred to as umbrella or mushroom heaters, which direct heat downward and out. Glass and tower shaped choices also work well with wedding schemes. Increase Heating Power with Larger Units Bigger tented areas benefit with the use of forced air heaters. These types of heaters are fueled by propane gas and utilize an electric fan to blow heated air into a desired space. You can expect to heat a 3,000 square feet area with 125,000 BTUs, accommodating 100+ guests easily. Forced air heaters operate as their name implies, by warming the surrounding air. Opt for Instant and Direct Electrical Heat Electric heaters eliminate any concerns of emission and fuel around guests; however, an outside power source such as a standalone generator would be needed. Typically known as spot heaters, the design of the unit will influence the direction of its heat output. Although electric units instantly provide heat, they only warm nearby people and objects, not the air itself.    Extra Tips to Consider Select a setting with an outdoor fireplace. Make the fireplace a focal point and arrange your dining and reception area around it. The fireplace serves as a natural heating source as well as being aesthetically pleasing for a wedding site.  Rent tents or canopies with side panels and walls. The extra coverage prevents heat from escaping through large openings. An event rentals company can provide you with more information about outdoor heating options for your...

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Learning A Musical Instrument

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Starting out on a musical instrument may seem difficult, but with a nudge in the right direction, anyone can learn to be a pro. There are a few ways you can learn an instrument. Some of them include joining a local music program, hiring a teacher, or even learning yourself with the right book. Joining a Local Music Program If you or your child are still in grade school, there may be a music program available. Joining a beginning band class is a great way to learn an instrument; you also get the benefit of working with other peers. Learning with others is a good way to make friends and build trust. When joining a beginner’s class, you are required to pick an instrument. If you are unsure, don’t worry, you can experiment with as many instruments as you want. Try finding an instrument that seems the most appealing to you; look up professionals online for inspiration. Eventually, you will find the perfect instrument! Private Lessons If you don’t want to join a local music program quite yet, that’s perfectly fine! Hiring a private teacher is another viable option. In fact, having your very own teacher is better than joining a class in some ways. With private lessons, it is just you and the teacher. This one-on-one time allows the teacher to focus solely on you, rather than a whole class. The teacher also specializes on the instrument you chose to play so they know all the techniques. Having a teacher really sets you up to become a great player. Finding a good music teacher may take time, however. If you are unsure of teachers in your area, there are several websites you can use to search. Many websites allow you to search for teachers within your area using your zip code. Beginner’s Books If you like teaching yourself, buying a beginner’s music book might be the option for you. With a book, you learn all the techniques and notes by reading. Learning how to play an instrument from a book requires a little more patience than if you were going to learn from a class or teacher. However, if you are up to the challenge, teaching yourself may not be so bad. There are books for all types of instruments, so finding the right one is essential. There are many brands of music books out there made for beginners. Books for instruments can be found at local music stores or on websites accessible by internet. With all of these options, you’ll soon learn how to play music in no time! Whatever path you decide to go on, you will be one step closer to becoming a fantastic instrumental musician. For more information, contact a music teacher, such as Clyde Hunt, to see which learning style would be best for...

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