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How to use your hair dryer correctly

Although hair dryers are fast and effective, they can damage the hair fiber. Take a look at the following six rules on how to properly use your hair dryer.

Keep your distance

After you’ve applied an active thermal protective treatment to your locks to prevent them from drying out, go ahead and blow-dry your hair. Keep the dryer about 20 cm from your head so that the hot air does not burn the hair fiber. If you are blow drying, hold the blow dryer 5 cm away from your brush.

Before blow drying

Blow-dry your hair over low heat. This allows you to pre-dry the strands at the nape of the neck and lift the hair from the roots. This will add volume to your hair and reduce the time it takes to dry your hair on a high heat.

Adjust the settings to suit your hair type

To make your hair dryer as efficient as possible, select the heat and power settings according to your hair type. A medium temperature is sufficient for thick hair. However, use a cooler setting if your hair is thin or damaged. Consider adjusting the heat and power of the airflow as well – start at a low temperature and full power (suitable for your hair), then move to a higher temperature while slowing down. This is great advice for creating movement. When you are drying your hair it is very important because more heat can damage your hair, so be careful.

To speed up drying with a blow dryer

Turn up the power instead of the heat. However, be careful to do this if your hair is thin or weakened, as it can entangle the hair. Identify the right accessories.

Do you want straight poker locks?

Add a concentrator nozzle. It will direct the air to a small section of hair at a time. Comb your hair at a high temperature so that your locks are flexible and malleable. Complete your blow-dried style strand by strand, starting at the nape and brushing down from roots to ends. Following the brush with the hair dryer on the go.

To dry curly hair or to protect your locks as much as possible,

Opt for a diffuser. This crafty accessory gently spreads heat, adds volume, and helps curls hold their shape. So that you like your looks, you can use a good shampoo when you shower.

Finally, finish everything with a blast of cold air to keep the hairstyle in place and add shine to your locks. In this article, we do our best to describe how to properly use your hair dryer so that you can prevent your hair from being damaged.

The truth about rottweilers

Three years ago I knew practically nothing about Rottweilers; or more accurately, he knew several things that were not true. For example, I envisioned Rottweilers as very aggressive watchdogs who were not good pets and were not “people” dogs. Then about three years ago, while browsing the internet looking for dogs for adoption, my daughter fell in love with “Jade,” a two-year-old three-legged Rottie at a shelter in Texas. A few weeks later we were on our way to Texas to adopt Jade, a move that would lead to a quick re-education on my part about the truth about Rottweilers.

When we first met Jade, my impression was of a huge, wobbly dog, with its tongue hanging out of the side of its mouth and its tail wagging furiously. She had lost her right front leg when she was hit by a car as a puppy; her owners paid to have her leg amputated, but decided they no longer wanted her and left her at the local animal shelter. Later, an older couple adopted her to replace their dog who had died, but quickly decided that Jade was not the right dog for them. They ended up leaving her in another shelter, where we finally found her.

Once we returned home to the newest member of our family, a couple of things quickly became apparent. Rottweiler experts will tell you that you need to establish control over your Rottie early on or it will be very difficult to handle. In Jade’s case, establishing control was a real challenge. After spending half his life in a kennel, he had obviously decided that humans couldn’t be trusted, even though they were kind enough. It wasn’t that she was uncontrollable, it was more of a case where Jade had developed a strong sense of independence. Getting her to do what you wanted required a certain amount of give and take.

I learned various things about Rotties as we worked to gain more control over Jade. First, I did read a bit and found that Rottweilers are actually bred as sheepdogs and are also used to pull small loads; only later were they used as watchdogs. In fact, they are “people’s” dogs and enjoy spending a lot of time with their humans. Rotties are strong, tough, loyal, and as subtle as a mallet. By nature, they tend to be loud (Jade has a growl that could peel paint off a wall), distrustful of strangers (outside the house at least), and patient (their ability to stay calm and not overreact to situations it’s a quality that makes them good watchdogs.)

As mentioned, Rotties generally like to “hang out” with their humans, but it took Jade several months to really get comfortable with us. She spent most of her time alone in the bedroom and rarely got up and moved except to go out. She exercised so little that she began to gain weight, and since it took some effort to get up on only three legs, she even began to crawl at times instead of bothering to gasp. standing. Finally, an improved diet of weight maintenance dog food and green beans took most of the weight off her and a lab puppy we rescued gave Jade someone to play with and made her get up and move.

Now, two years later, Jade is an integral part of our family and I have learned several more truths about Rotties:

  1. They say that you should brush your Rottweiler at least once a week to remove the loose fur from the undercoat and that is the absolute truth. Grooming Jade is a major operation – my wife usually spends 30 to 45 minutes brushing her and even uses a vacuum attachment to try and suck up all the loose fur (and by the way, Jade seems to enjoy being vacuumed).
  2. Rots are also assumed to be sensitive to both hot and cold weather. Considering the thickness of her undercoat, Jade has a problem with really hot weather. We only let her out for a short time during the day in the summer. As for not tolerating really cold weather, I’m not sure I fully agree with that. I’ve seen Jade lying in the snow for several hours straight and I have to convince her to go back to the house.
  3. Another “truth” I’ve discovered about Rotties that you don’t read much about is the “gas” problem. Every person I have talked to who has a Rottweiler seems to share this problem. You’ll be sitting there and all of a sudden your Rottie expels some gas. Within moments, the room is engulfed in a haze of noxious gas. This room cleaning effect probably has something to do with poor diet, but none of the owners I know have found an answer yet.
  4. Experts warn you not to give your Rottie rawhide. Jade gets rawhide chips, but not large pieces. Also, Cole (our lab) usually steals them from her before Jade has a chance to consume much of the rawhide. However, oddly enough, Jade has a passion for paper products; Leave a Kleenix, paper towel, or napkin within reach and he’ll swallow it in one gulp.
  5. One thing that I have found to be especially true is that you have to be careful around strangers and other animals. Inside our house, Jade is always happy to greet new people and even at the pet store she is friendly enough with others. Outside of our house, although Jade becomes much more cautious and can be very aggressive around strangers at times (although since Rotties regard a bullfight and a blow to the chest as a proper greeting, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish hostility from enthusiasm). As for other animals, Jade gets along well with our lab, our cats, and our parrots, but you can never be sure how she will react to a new animal.
  6. Finally, Rottweilers are surprisingly smart (the ninth smartest dog breed according to a recent study). With their size, strength, and somewhat aggressive nature, it’s easy to assume they aren’t too bright. Keep in mind, however, that within that titanium steel skull is an active, problem-solving mind.

All things considered, I have become very attached to our dog beast. Jade can drool, pass gas, spew and let out deafening growls, but she’s also a lovable, caring, sometimes clownish, sometimes sensitive, sometimes intriguing, and always entertaining member of our family.

"Attached strings" by Nick Nolan: Book Review

Attached strings

by Nick Nolan

Little Eden Press (2006)

ISBN 1419628895

Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (06/9)

Jeremy Tyler, at seventeen, has a lot of trouble on his plate. First, Jeremy, when he was a little boy, lost his father. Now there is a question as to whether it was murder or not. Then Jeremy’s mother, who caught her father to marry her by getting pregnant with him, has a major addiction problem. She suffers a near fatal overdose and has to be sent to a drug rehab program. Jeremy is sent to live with his super rich great-aunt and uncle. This seems like the easy part, but you have to adapt as you go from poverty to wealth. After living in extreme poverty, Jeremy has to overcome his feelings of lack of self-worth. She also now has high expectations of greatness placed on him because he is a “Tyler.” During this time, Jeremy is also dealing with his attraction to boys. He denies his homosexuality and feels that if he meets the right girl, she will erase those thoughts and feelings. He meets the perfect girl, but he still has these problems to deal with.

Jeremy is fortunate that the family butler, Arthur, takes him under his wing. Arthur is gay and recognizes that Jeremy is too. Arthur provides support and guidance on many levels and can be a mentor to Jeremy. Jeremy’s aunt and uncle definitely don’t accept the idea that he’s gay. They see it as a weakness and a character flaw. Jeremy’s uncle also appears to be involved in illegal business activities. Jeremy’s mother believes he was involved in his father’s death. At first, Jeremy wants to trust the guy, but then he begins to have his doubts as well.

This novel was really fun on so many levels. First of all, the mystery surrounding the death of Jeremy’s father and dysfunctional family problems make for a great story. So Jeremy’s discovery of his sexuality and how it affects his friends is also a compelling drama in itself. The author, Nick Nolan, does an excellent job of taking the reader into Jeremy’s head and heart, as he tries to figure out himself. It’s hard enough being a teenager, but when you also have to deal with the issues of being the child of an alcoholic, not being raised by a parent, and sexuality issues, you really have a lot to overcome. Jeremy doesn’t do it perfectly, but he does it well and tries to maintain his integrity and honesty along the way. Jeremy is a really good person.

Nolan has written this adult story with the underlying theme of “Pinocchio.” I love how he incorporates references to the Pinocchio story into his own. Not having read Pinocchio in years, I missed a lot of the clues, but in a section on the author’s notes at the end, Nolan completes you. He also adds some special touches to show you that Jeremy has some contact with his father on the other side. This adds to the richness of the story. I really loved this book and highly recommend it.

Juices for health and weight loss

“Fate is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not something to be expected, but something to be achieved.”

William Jennings Bryan

Quick Juice

Did you try a one-day fast?

To really feel the benefits of a fast, you must do it yourself.

Why not try a one-day fast this week?

Find out which “one day fast” is best for you.

What a fast help you cleanse your body better?

  • Water fasts;
  • The fast of a raw fruit / a raw vegetable;
  • A fasting juice;
  • An herbal tea fast.

Fast freshly squeezed juice

  • Raw fresh fruit juice
  • Fresh raw vegetable juice
  • Fresh raw herb juice


Juicing fresh, organic and vegetable fruits and vegetables, as well as herbs, could be compared to a nutrient-rich, concentrated blood transfusion.

In a short time, the nutrients enter the bloodstream.

It is especially beneficial for people who have a hard time eating fresh vegetables.

It is very important to juice organically grown products that are richer in nutrients and do not contain toxins, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other poisons.

We want to benefit from fasting, not add more toxins to our body.

You will get the most benefits from freshly squeezed juice.

There will be no loss of nutrients if you drink the juice as soon as it is squeezed. (Nutrient loss occurs when juice is stored, as well as when it is exposed to oxygen.)

Plants and vegetables are our best healing friends. Since time immemorial they have been used for health, vitality and longevity.

Never add sugar or any sweetener to fresh juice.

This would undermine the goodness of the juice.

Drink the juice slowly.

Drink at least 4 glasses of juice and 4 glasses of water during a fast day.

Raw fresh fruit juice

Freshly squeezed raw fruit is delicious and refreshing.

They can also be high in sugar. Better to abstain from those rich in sugar if you want to lose weight.

It is better to use fruits with high beta-carotene content such as: melon, mango and apricots.

The juice can be diluted: half water + half juice.

Some people find citrus juice to be too acidic.

Juice for a better bowel movement:

2 dried pitted prunes soaked in a glass of water.

You can mix the prunes and water.

Squeeze 2 apples and a pear together.

Add the juice to the prune juice, stir well and enjoy the drink.

Fresh raw vegetable juice

My Favorite Health Cocktail To Aid Body Detox:

Juice 4 carrots, 1 apple, 2 ribs of celery, ½ cup of wheatgrass or parsley together.

Carrots and apple will naturally sweeten this juice.

My favorite summer drink:

refreshing cucumber juice

Fresh and raw herb juice

Wheatgrass is very rich in nutrients, especially chlorophyll and antioxidants.

It is a gift of nature to help detoxify the body.

If wheatgrass is not available, try parsley.

Wheatgrass juice and parsley are very healthy but not very appetizing.

It is best to mix them with fresh carrot juice or fresh apple juice.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try juicing wheatgrass, spinach, and apples.

You will need a special juicer to make herbal juice. Not all juicers can make herbal juice.

I personally use the green power juicer and find it very efficient but a bit difficult to clean. Definitely the best juicer I had for extracting herb juice.

Enjoy the juices and enjoy a one-day fast.

Let me know which one was most helpful.

Maybe you have a favorite cocktail that you would like to share?

mailto: [email protected]? subject = My favorite cocktail

Ness’s Notes (May 15)

TNT will air both NBA games tonight (Detroit / Cleveland at 7:05 ET and San Antonio / Dallas at 9:35 ET), as all series will have completed four games after tonight’s game. The Heat currently lead the Nets 3-1 after a 102-92 win Sunday afternoon, while the Clippers and Suns are tied at 2, following Los Angeles’ 114-107 win last night.

My free game for Monday is in the Hou Astros over the SF Giants at 8:05 ET. I’ll be spending tonight in MLB, but I’m 22 * ​​in the NBA playoffs as I hope to extend my current four-game postseason winning streak (I won with the Clippers last night). Regulars know that my 22 * ​​s are my highest star rated plays and my top-level playoff pitches (20 and 22 * ​​s plus LEGENDS) are 9-3 75% ATS in the postseason! of this year!

The Pistons lead their series with the Cavs 2-1 and are favored by six points in Game 4 tonight with a total of 183 1/2. The Mavs are also up 2-1 in their series with the Spurs and are favorites tonight by 2 1/2 points with a total of 190 1/2.

Home teams got off to a great start to this year’s postseason, winning 30 of the first 39 games played. However, they finished the first round in a 1-5 SU and ATS run and their struggles have continued into the second round. Home teams are 8-6 SU and only 5-9 ATS after 14 games in this round. That means home teams have been 9-11 (6-14 ATS) in the last 20 playoff games.

The ‘overs’ have so far dominated in this second round, with 10 of the 14 games surpassing the recorded total. That continues a trend where nine of the last 10 games in the first round went over the total, meaning 19 of the last 25 playoff games have been passed. And is the defense supposed to win championships?

The famous or infamous “Zig-Zag” theory has had many streaks during the postseason. He started with an impressive 19-8-2 ATS to start the first round, but ended the round with an eight-game losing streak. However, the “zig-zaggers” have won eight of the first 10 games of the second round, taking the overall record to 27-18-2 or more-7.2 points.

Monday games

What about the Pistons? Losing Game 3 wasn’t a huge surprise, as Detroit has now lost 10 of its last 11 Game 3s on the road. However, what is surprising is the team’s offensive blackout. The Pistons scored 113 points in Game 1, fell to 97 in Game 2 and as many as 77 points in Game 3. The Cavs were able to win Game 3 with a good quarter.

Cleveland entered the fourth quarter with just 17 of 56 shots (30.4 percent) and scored 53 points. However, they outscored the Pistons 33-21 in the fourth, making 11 of 15 shots from the field and 9 of 9 free throws. James scored 15 points in the fourth, ending with his second playoff triple-double (21-10-10). Detroit should bounce back, but Piston sponsors will have to pay a heavy price, as Detroit is currently a six-point option.

For Cleveland to tie the series, you’d think James would need more help. Hughes is likely to miss again (maybe not bad news, as he has shot just 31.8 percent in the postseason) and neither Ilgauskas nor Gooden have played well. Ilgauskas is averaging just 8.8-5.8 in his last five games, while Gooden has scored in double digits just once in seven games (averaging 7.3 PPG) since going 24-16 in Game 2 of the Washington series.

Is this really the year of the Mavs? Dallas has taken a 2-1 lead in their series with San Antonio and history tells us that in 23 previous playoff series with Duncan, the Spurs have been losing after three games only four times, eventually losing the series each time! ! Duncan has been brilliant, averaging 31.3 PPG and 11.3 RPG (he averaged just 18.3 PPG against Sacramento) but like James, he will need help.

Perhaps most surprising has been San Antonio’s inability to prevent Dallas from scoring. The Spurs were second behind the Grizzlies in PPG allowed this year (88.8 to 88.5), but have allowed Dallas to average 108.5 PPG while reaching the free throw line 93 times in Games 2 and 3. Nowitzki set a franchise record in the playoffs for FT. He tries (24) and scores (21) in Game 3. However, he sprained his ankle late in Game 3 and may not be at 100 percent tonight.

MLB Ratings

Heading into a new week (interleague play is coming this weekend!), The Padres have the longest active winning streak in the majors with five straight, with the Tigers and Phillies each having four straight wins. The Padres were 5-0 behind the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth on April 30, but they rallied to win that game and have won 14 of 16 since then. The Phillies also started their trade on the same day, having won 13 of 14.

The Indians have the longest active losing streak with six straight losses and are now just 17-21 after opening the season 6-1. The Cubs are next with four straight losses, but that’s not even half! The Cubbies have lost 12 of their last 13 games, being outscored 75-28 in the process.

I spoke last week about all the high-scoring games and it should be noted that only six of the 30 MLB teams have played more “less” than “more” in Sunday’s games. Four of those six teams have played just one lower than the other, with only the Rockies (15-21-2) and Tigers (11-23-3) as actual “minor” teams to date. The ‘over’ team roster includes Florida (24-9-2), Toronto (23-11-2), Minnesota (23-12-2), Baltimore (23-13-2) and Cleveland (23-13- two).

The Royals may have the worst MLB record at 10-25, but five other teams have been more “money-spenders” during Sunday’s action. The Royals cost less than $ 857 (at 100 per game), but the five worst teams in MLB are the Indians 17-21 (minus $ 888), the 11-24 Marlins (minus $ 928), the 13-25 Nationals (minus $ 888). – $ 1085) and the Pirates 11-27 (minus- $ 1605). The monetary leaders are the Tigers 24-13 (plus $ 1,170) and the Reds 23-15 (plus $ 979).

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Visitor’s Guide to Tampa, Florida, USA

The city of Tampa is located on the western coast of the state of Florida in the United States.

With a thriving commercial port and many waterfront areas, Tampa is also close

to several notable beaches, such as Clearwater and St. Pete. Located on the other side

from St. Petersburg and with easy access to Orlando, the city has a lot to offer

visitors, including many historical sites, family attractions, and major sports venues.

Tampa currently has a population of over 300,000 and covers over 110

square miles / 285 square kilometers.

Tampa also has a lot of shopping centers, along with restaurants, bars

and a healthy nightlife. Much of city life is centered in the city center,

It contains the Port of Tampa and the Waterfront District. With two universities,

many entertainment venues and the prominent Tampa Bay Center for the Performing Arts,

the city has earned a reputation as the cultural center of Florida.

Tourism in Tampa:

Tourist attractions in Tampa are extremely impressive, with many magnificent beaches.

nearby, making Tampa the perfect vacation destination. Facilities include imposing

landmarks and monuments, museums and art galleries, many places of interest and

family attractions, recreational activities and a number of large parks and

gardens. Top attractions include Busch Gardens, which is one of the best themed

parks throughout Florida, with exciting attractions combined with a vast zoo.

Also worth visiting in Tampa are the Florida Aquarium, Dinosaur World, Weeki

Wachee Springs, the extremely historic Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the

Raymond James Stadium, which regularly hosts major professional soccer games

and it’s the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Throughout the year the city

regularly hosts many exciting festivals, including the extremely popular

Fiesta del Pirata de la Gasparilla, held every year during the month of January and always attracts

large crowds.

Tampa Transportation:

Around Tampa, public transportation is well organized and the city is easily accessible via

highway, with nearby highways and interstates. Greyhound buses operate inside

Tampa and travel to several Florida cities, including Orlando and Miami. Other

Popular modes of transportation include Amtrak trains, city center trams, and taxis,

which generally must be reserved in advance.

Tampa International Airport (TPA) is located about seven miles from the city.

center and is an important transportation hub, considered one of the most

efficient airports. With many passengers arriving each day, the Tampa airport offers a

variety of convenient ground transportation such as shuttle buses, taxis, and car rentals


Hotels in Tampa:

Being a popular and sunny seaside town, with many exceptional attractions, it comes

It’s no wonder Tampa offers a variety of hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and

affordable accommodation. Some of the most popular hotels in the city may be

is located in the heart of the downtown district, close to facilities such as shops and

restaurants. In addition, several beachfront hotels in Tampa offer exceptional

views and are extremely desirable, although hotel rates often come at a premium,

particularly during the high season, which is from January to April. Weekend and

Summer rates are usually low and this is a good time to find discounts.

Tampa Restaurants:

Tampa has a large number of restaurants, which are readily available and cater to all

palate. Restaurants, cafes and bars have developed enormously in recent years, due to

the rapidly expanding tourist trade and the busy seaport. Concentrated around the

central areas of Tampa, in the Hyde Park neighborhood, particularly along the south

Howard Avenue, the boardwalk, and throughout the lively Ybor district, most types

of cuisine can be found in Tampa, including fast food at the large food courts in

shopping malls, traditional Hispanic restaurants and exclusive seafood restaurants

Along the coast.

Shopping in Tampa:

The city offers a diverse shopping destination, with a wide and varied selection of

shops and businesses. The Tampa facility includes many well-known designer outlets.

department stores, upscale boutiques and shopping centers. Popular business areas

include the historical and cultural areas of the city, the Centro Ybor Mall, which is located

in the historic district of Ybor and Old Hyde Park Village in Tampa’s Old Hyde Park

district, where you’ll find a mix of trendy shops, specialty shops, and art

galleries, in a particularly picturesque setting.

Tampa Time:

Tampa has a warm and sunny climate with pleasant ocean breezes.

Temperatures during June to August are at their hottest and can reach highs

around 33 ° C / 91 ° F. Winter and spring are warm seasons and many

people choose to visit the Tampa area at this time of year. December and

January are the coldest months and daytime temperatures remain extremely

temperate and warm, generally around 22 ° C / 72 ° F, although lows of

15 ° C / 59 ° F can be experienced.

Where social media is heading in 2020

Social media trends to follow

A social media marketing strategy is on the minds of many small business owners. And if it’s not in yours, it should be!

Major platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram battle for market shares by adjusting their business models to balance improved profitability for shareholders with improved user experience.

As these platforms develop, the way you use them for your small business must change as well.

Let’s look forward to some ways to promote your business on social media in 2020.


More than 18 months later, the Federal Trade Commission officially ruled that Cambridge Analytica misled Facebook users. The company had collected the personal data from millions of Facebook profiles without people’s consent and then used it for political advertising purposes.

While Cambridge Analytica went bankrupt shortly after the scandal, Facebook continues to work hard to strengthen its data access processes and convince people to trust its new dedicated news platform.

Facebook released Facebook News to a subset of people in the US That means that while you will still see posts from family and friends in your main feed, Facebook News will publish content from a team of journalists (employed by Facebook).

This year, the company is also focusing on cryptocurrencies and establishing its Facebook Pay feature. This could mean that your small business could soon incorporate platform selling into your account.

While the launch of Facebook Watch was not as expected (only 140 million people daily watch the videos and shows, which sounds huge, but does not compare to the 1.6 billion daily assets of the platform in general) . Still, it looks like Facebook will make another attempt in 2020, so let’s see what that means for video marketing.

What do these changes mean for your social media marketing strategy?

We’ll have to wait and see. The more proprietary content the company creates, the more marketers can compete to stay visible.


The company recently announced that it would stop running political ads and is updating its global privacy policy to provide users with more information on what data advertisers might receive.

We also wonder what the company’s vice president of design and research, Dantley Davis, meant by his recent announcement about a number of changes that could come to the platform next year.

How will this affect the way you promote your business on social media?

You might have the ability to limit who retweets your tweet (which I don’t see is a feature that entrepreneurs would use a lot, we love our retweets!), And the ability to tweet something to a specific group based on their interests.

Learn more about how to use Twitter hashtags.


Since its launch in 2003, LinkedIn has become the world’s largest professional networking platform.

Microsoft acquired the platform for $ 26.2 billion in 2016 and, with access to Microsoft resources, we’ve seen up-to-date professional information and more targeted announcements.

We have also seen the reappearance of LinkedIn groups.

A LinkedIn group allows your company to create a discussion board related to your industry. This gives you the opportunity to start a special interest group of like-minded people that is specific to your product, service, and / or expertise.

Groups also provide excellent visibility for your business, as each member that is part of your group will have their logo on their profile. Group owners now also have the ability to post different types of media such as images and videos, and immediate notifications allow for real-time conversations.

Executive Suite has more than 300,000 members and brings together executives with a web series, practical tips and discussion forums.

What do LinkedIn groups mean for your small business?

Hopefully a better way to foster a sense of community, find candidates for job openings, and gain brand visibility, to name a few.


You may recall that Instagram tested likes removal in several countries, including Australia, Japan, Italy, and Ireland. The likes did not disappear; In the US and Canada, you can still see the like count on your own photos and videos, but not on others’ posts.

So where did this come from? Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, has long dealt with people using hacks and solutions. These mainly come from unscrupulous bots and companies that manipulate the application to make themselves or other users appear more popular than they really are. So this is an attempt to make Instagram more authentic.

Instagram says, “We hope this test takes the pressure off how many likes a post will get, so you can focus on sharing the things you love.”

While many entrepreneurs and small businesses are good at this, influencers and video marketing agencies are not.

How can you show companies how popular they are? How will they show commitment?

But for the average small business owner who isn’t buying likes or bottling the system, this could be a good thing.

If your social media marketing strategy includes engaging content, and you’re happy to focus on comments and grow your followers, you’ll be fine.

While IGTV got off to a slow start, it is now considered one of the biggest social media trends out there. After Instagram announced earlier this year that Instagram would allow one-minute previews of IGTV videos on Instagram’s main feed, users (and businesses) started to take notice.

Unlike your other Instagram videos, IGTV videos can be 10-60 minutes long. This offers a great video marketing opportunity for interviews, behind-the-scenes features, and much more.

Since we can now add landscape oriented videos as well, I have been adding my Business Edge Show videos which have had a lot of traction.

These are just a few of the changes you can expect to see across major platforms this year. I’m sure there will be many more as the year goes on, as things are always changing!

To effectively promote your business on social media in 2020, it is essential not only to understand social media trends, but also to adopt them.

If you find it challenging to stay on top of social media, consider hiring an agency that can create strategies that are specific to your social media needs and goals so that you can focus on building your business.

How much do you really want it? (Lessons from Shark Tank)

One of my favorite TV shows is Shark Tank on ABC.

Entrepreneurs come and present their business to the panel of “sharks” (investors) and decide if they want to invest and negotiate a deal.

On a recent show, there was a woman who came to introduce her product, which was a cake mix that she created for dogs.

His sales during the four years of his business were low and he spoke about his inability to afford trade shows and other high visibility marketing methods.

QVC’s Lori Greiner began exploring other options, asking if he had tried going to pet stores and just making walk-ins or cold calls.

His answer was that sales were not his strong suit.

One of the sharks, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, always seems to say something that hits the spot. You can tell that he believes in the PROCESS we go through in life when we really want to achieve something.

When explaining to the woman why was not willing to invest in your company, says this:

“You haven’t felt like your back was against the wall enough to break down your personal barriers. You told us you’re not a salesperson. That tells me you’re not COMMITTED enough to the success of your product to TRY ANYTHING. No I see the possibility of writing a check for someone who finds the EXCUSE instead of finding the OPPORTUNITY. “

Ow !! Ow !! Ow !!

The fact that he allowed his weakness to be an excuse instead of working around it to find a solution cost him a potential investment of $ 50,000 in his business.

She admitted during her exit interview:

“Today I think the sharks saw my greatest weakness, and that is that I allow excuses to get in the way of making my product successful.”

He was able to assimilate the comments and took responsibility for his personal flaws.

I think in the future she will probably take this as a reality check and move on to overcome the excuses and weaknesses that have been holding her back.

It’s easy to hide behind our excuses, but if we are lucky enough, something or someone will come into our lives to make us face the truth so that we can GROW and get closer to our goals.

What personal barrier have you been unwilling to break to achieve your goals?

What idea have you NOT been willing to try simply because the effort required is out of your comfort zone?

If you were standing in front of the panel, what questions do you know someone could ask you to get an EXCUSE for an answer?

Ask yourself the tough questions so you can make adjustments now. So when an opportunity finally presents itself, you will be prepared and you won’t lose your reward!

Take some time to reflect on those questions, write your answer, and challenge yourself!

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Design your kitchen remodel on a budget

Planning a remodel always starts with good intentions: “Let’s update the cracked and chipped linoleum floor in the kitchen,” you say. But then while you’re at it, you think that maybe the walls might need a new coat of paint.

Then you realize that the cabinets don’t match the paint color … and the backsplash needs to be changed too to match the new cabinets … Suddenly everything in your kitchen needs an update and you’re looking More kitchen remodel design tips online and in magazines.

But wait, these kitchen remodel design plans come at a cost. And oh, how quickly they add up. The next thing you realize is that your kitchen remodel project has a budget of tens of thousands of dollars and is growing. How can you cope with the high costs? Here are some affordable kitchen remodel tips and ideas:

Part of the fun of remodeling a kitchen is looking for the kitchen remodel design that inspires you. There are lots of fun kitchen remodel tips online. Create a portfolio full of the designs you like the most. Then try to identify what you like about each photo. Do you like the color scheme? Great, you can easily solve it! Paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to remodel your kitchen. Paint the walls and if possible paint your old cabinets as well. Or if you need new cabinets, decide whether you need to replace the entire cabinet or just the doors. If it’s just the doors, try buying lower-cost cabinet doors. The trade-off is that you probably have to install them yourself, but the advantage is that you can repaint or repaint them however you like.

If your kitchen is missing some color, a simple and cost-effective kitchen remodel design is to repaint the kitchen. You can also install a tile backsplash. Both projects are relatively simple to complete on your own. You can make a bold or subtle change in your kitchen by introducing new colors and patterns.

Most modern kitchens have an island. If your kitchen doesn’t have one, consider incorporating one into your kitchen remodel design. Ready-made models can be purchased for you to build and assemble with simple tools. Or spend some time and create a custom island. An island can be a butcher block top for food prep, a small sink for cleaning, or even a mini dining table for extra seating and storage. A relatively small investment in building an island can generate large resale value benefits.

An inexpensive remodel design may involve changing the decor. Install curtains or blinds on kitchen windows, or swap old curtains for brightly colored linen ones. Hang a clock or framed pictures or pictures on the kitchen walls. They will also reflect light to some extent. Add some houseplants for fresh air and color. Even a few colored plates or trays propped against the wall of a shelf can be an effective, yet inexpensive way to remodel your kitchen.

Look for reclaimed pieces to use in your kitchen remodel design. Wood or plywood planks can be obtained for less by asking a sawmill if they can sell you (or give you away) some things. These can be repainted on new shelves. Ceramic or cracked tiles can be reshaped into a mosaic backsplash, or even artistically inlaid to add a touch of flair to cabinet fronts.

Sometimes a way to give your kitchen a new look is simply a matter of using what you already have. A kitchen remodel design doesn’t have to involve tearing down cabinets or walls. Change the arrangement of items on the countertop and shelves. You can make the old look like new again with a little paint. Color really helps an old kitchen look new and fresh. Look online for cheaper kitchen remodel tips and have fun!

Swapping a V8 for a Toyota MR2: Build Your Own Supercar

Please note: This is the first in a series of articles on this topic.

For many years, I have dreamed of owning an exotic mid-engine supercar. Unfortunately, they remained out of my reach financially. I decided the only way to get one was to build it myself. I’ve always been fascinated by mid-engined sports cars because of their superior handling, braking and traction compared to a front-engined sports car, even those front-engined cars with a rear transaxle, which supposedly have an optimal weight distribution of 50 / fifty. I like to call them “dumbbell cars” because their weight distribution is like a dumbbell: heavy at the ends and light in the middle. This is decidedly suboptimal for acceleration, handling, and braking.

Compare this to a mid-engine car, where if you were to make a dumbbell look like a mid-engine car, the weights would slide toward the center. Now if you want to make the dumbbell, or mid-engined car, turn on its vertical axis (called “yaw” in aeronautical terminology), it will do so much easier and faster. This is because tire traction does not have to overcome the inertia that a front engine / rear transaxle car would have on each end of the car. The result is that the car will be able to change direction faster and with less tire wear. Peak G-forces will also be much higher on a mid-engined car, which means it’s quicker around corners. The traction of the rear wheels during acceleration is higher, since the rear wheels weigh more. Interestingly, there are many “side effect” advantages in mid-engined cars that the automotive press doesn’t mention.

Some examples:

1) The exhaust pipe is usually very short on a mid-engined car (compared to a front-engined car), so the engine has to overcome less “pumping losses” or resistance to the exhaust coming out of the exhaust pipe. This means more power. The exhaust system will also be lighter as there is less. Dumbell cars have no advantage here.

2) The rear brakes do MUCH more braking vs. a front-engined car. When you step on the brakes, the weight is transferred to the front wheels. This means that the rear wheels are unloaded. In front-engined cars, the front brakes make about 80% of the stops. That’s why the disc brakes at the rear took a long time to catch up. They are simply not needed in the rear. A mid-engined car has a LOT more weight (usually around 55-60%) on the rear wheels. When you step on the brakes, the weight is transferred to the front, so when braking, you might get between 50% and 60% at the front. Dumbell cars get some of the help mid-engined cars get, but not as much, because the engine is still in the front and is much heavier than the trans at the rear.

3) the mid-engined car has no driveshaft (unless it’s an AWD car, like the R8 or Veyron) so there is a weight saving here.

Unfortunately, most mid-engine cars are very expensive. Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Zonda, Koenigsegg, Bugatti, etc. Some of these cars are over a million dollars! Mid-engined cars also tend to be more difficult to work with. Changing the spark plugs of exotic species is an important operation. The McLaren F1 requires removal of the engine to change the spark plugs!

In the realm of affordable mid-engined sports cars, there are the Pontiac Fieros and Toyota MR2s. In each case, the cars came with 4-cylinder engines. The Fieros had V6s too, but those V6s were underpowered, at a whopping 140PS. In 1990, Toyota redesigned the MR2 and also improved the horsepower. Base models had 130 hp and the top-end Turbo was 200 hp, which at the time was quite a lot for a car weighing 2,700 pounds.

The new body was very attractive, much like the Ferrari 348 of the time. The build quality was also superior as it was a Toyota after all. I decided to buy a 1993 Toyota MR2 turbo in 2005 with the intention of making a change from Toyota V6, which up to that point, had been done by many people. Around the same time, I found out that there were a few attempts to install a V8 engine in the older MR2 (Gen 1, 1984-1989 body style, or make 1). There were also attempts to install a Toyota / Lexus V8 engine in an MR2 mark 2. Attempts to convert the V8 into the MR2 mark 2 were not completed and the project owners gave up. The reasons were unclear, but it seemed to stem from the fact that the Toyota V8 was simply too long to fit the car crosswise, even after severely cutting the car in an attempt to make it fit.

As a mechanical engineer who happens to be a mid-engined sports car freak, I was intrigued by the prospect of putting a V8 in my MR2 Mark 2. With a powerful V8 engine, the MR2 would be transformed into a supercar, with supercar performance. . The guys at Fiero have enjoyed swapping V8s in their cars for many years. The Fieros have an advantage over the MR2s in that the engine compartment is wider, allowing for a larger and longer engine, like a V8. All Fieros and MR2s have cross-mounted engines. Another advantage the guys at Fiero have had is that Getrag’s stock transaxle bolts to a late ’80s / early’ 90s Cadillac 4.9L OHV V8. The rear Cadillac Northstar also bolts without an expensive adapter plate machined to measure.

At the end of 2007, a guy in Europe completed another V8 in an MR2 mark 1 (1st generation). The car was insanely fast and would make cookies in no time. What fun! So, I took another look at previous attempts to install a V8 on the MR2 Mark 2. What I realized was that they were trying to “keep it in the family” and use a Toyota or Lexus V8. There really was no valid engineering reason to use this power plant. It did not bolt to any of the MR2 transaxles and it was too long. The used Toyota V8 (engine code 1UZ-FE) is approximately 26 inches long from the crankshaft pulley to the rear face of the engine or the interface of the bell housing. This is the critical dimension. Compare this to stock MR2 engines like the 2.0L 3S-GTE turbo engine which has a critical dimension of 20 inches. This dimension is critical because it fits between the unibody pseudo-frame rails of the MR2 chassis.

I decided to take a different approach. I started searching the internet for a V8 engine that would fit the MR2 chassis, preferably uncut, or possibly with only a small amount of cutting from the MR2 monoblock. My requirements were that it be a V8 with at least 300 horsepower, that it be available, that it cost less than $ 5,000, and that it be short and narrow enough to fit the MR2. I managed to find one. Audi has an interesting habit of making very short V8 engines. They do this because they want to use their Quattro drivetrain, but at the same time, they don’t compromise handling too much. Audi seems to prefer longitudinal engine and transmission arrangements to transverse ones. The Quattro drivetrain involves a driven front axle, which they had to locate behind the engine. If the motor is too long, it puts too much weight in front of that axle, so they make up for it by making a shorter motor. This has the added benefit of allowing Audi to install this engine in smaller cars that were originally intended to have a 4-cylinder power plant. For my purposes, I found the 1991 to early 2000 Audi V8 engines to be about 20.6 inches long in the critical dimension and about 29 inches wide, not including headers or other easily removable items.

I bought a 1997 Audi 4.2L V8 (engine code ABZ) and a transaxle, and started working on my project. Unfortunately, after much trial and error, I finally decided that the Audi V8 was not suitable for this engine change. The problem lay in the fact that the engine was always designed to be longitudinal. In my case, with a transverse layout, the correct size axle had to run along the side of the engine, and Audi didn’t design the engine with that in mind, so there are large portions of the block in the way of that axle. . The starter, oil filter / cooler, and engine mount are in the way on that side as well, however I solved those issues. The nail in the Audi coffin was the adapter plate. I determined that the adapter plate required some of the mounting bolts to be located inside the hood housing of the 6-speed transaxle I was using, making them impossible to tighten. At that point, I decided to change my approach and use a different engine.

Stay tuned for the next article in this series.