Temperament in Life and Work

Free will can carry us far but not infinitely beyond our genetic limits. We can stretch ourselves like a rubber band can stretch, but only so much. It's like Stephen King is never going to be Stephen Colbert, no matter how much he polishes his comic delivery, and Stephen Colbert can never be Stephen King, no matter how much time he spends alone writing. A person's preference for stimulating turns out to be a specific character, and once you realize your own preferences, you can begin to intentionally situate yourself in environments favorable to your own temperament-yet over-stimulating nor under-stimulating, either boring nor stressful. By attaching to the range of preferences in your and your family's life, you can tap into increased energy and satisfaction.

Even though people can push to the outer limits of their temperament, it's often better to situ ourselves squarely inside our own unique sweet spot. Too much stimulation produces a sense of being unable to think straight, it makes people tongue-tied, and it's the feeling when you've had enough and want to go home. Not enough stimulation is something like cabin fever: you feel idgy, restless, sluggish, like not enough is happening and it's time to get out of the house.

It's overly simplistic to say that we should always seek moderate levels of stimulation. After all, excited fans at a soccer game crave more stimulation, while people who visit spas for relaxation seek low levels, and confusingly, high stimulation levels measured in the brain do not always correlate with how we feel. Also there are many different kinds of stimulation: loud music is not the same as mortar fire, which is not the same as presiding over a meeting. Furthermore, you may be more sensitive to one form of stimulation than another, and some of us seem to enjoy more stimulation than others.

We naturally seek our own sweet spot of optimal stimulation, and we do it without much awareness. It's a dynamic process. Imagine sitting contentedly under a grape arbor reading a fantastic novel. This is a sweet spot, but after half an hour, you realize that you've read the same sentence five times. Now you're under stimulated, so you call a friend to go for coffee. In other words, you ratchet up your stimulation level. As you laugh and talk, you're back, thank goodness, inside your sweet spot. However this agreeable state lasts only until your friend (who needs more stimulation than you) persuades you to accompany her to a party, where you're confronted by loud music, plates of food, alcohol, and a room full of strangers. The people seem affable enough, but you feel pressured to make small talk above the din of music. Now-bam, just like that-you've moved away from your sweet spot, except this time you're overstimulated.

The recognition of the role stimulation plays in your own actions and emotions is a powerful tool, and now you'll be much better at understanding the dynamics between too much and too …

How To Make Your Audience Sit Up and Take Notice

Know what visual conspicuity is?

Not many people do.

But it’s a term you should know if you create signs.

Conspicuity is the capacity of your sign to stand out. Put another way, it’s the capacity of your sign to be discovered by the eye.

Mostly subjective, conspicuity depends a lot on things like personal opinions, interpretations, emotions, and individual judgment.

Conspicuity is why some people notice your sign immediately and others walk by it without ever seeing it. No sign has 100% conspicuity with an audience.

Signs with conspicuity make an impact-no matter the size or purpose. Conspicuity is a critical design element to keep in mind when creating and placing a sign.

Types of Conspicuity

You need to consider two types of conspicuity when designing a sign: search conspicuity and attention conspicuity.

Search conspicuity depends on whether a person is looking for something specific, like a type of business or a house.

Someone walking pass a car dealership is more likely to notice signs in a car lot on her way to work than someone who’s not interested in buying a car.

Attention conspicuity has to do with a sign’s ability to attract attention as someone passes by-even when not looking for something specific.

Effective signage captures the attention of people-whether on foot or driving-when not looking for something specific at the moment.

Tips On Creating Conspicuity

Many consider attention conspicuity the more important type of conspicuity. Below are some tips on how to create attention conspicuity in your signs:

  • Use full color graphics. They have the highest awareness of all sign categories.
  • Use contrast. It creates visibility. Using light colored letters on a dark background, for example, makes lettering appear larger.
  • Choose a sign design that enhances individual letters. Using black letters on a yellow background or yellow letters on a black background makes your sign easy to read at a distance.
  • Make sure your sign is the right height. Use 1 inch of letter height for every 25 feet of distance.
  • Visual aesthetics are critical when creating signs. Font, color, graphics-all affect readability AND conspicuity.

Keep visual conspicuity in mind when developing signs and you’ll create signs that will make your audience sit up and take notice-even at night. It’s advised to choose best companies of your area to make a good signage for your business, that will help your business to grow high in your market with good visualized signage.…

How to Build a Garage: Save Thousands Building DIY Garage Vs Hiring a Contractor

Learning how to build a garage is not as daunting as one would expect, well, for detached structures at least. Homeowners who build their own garage can save thousands over hiring a builder who, in many cases, will subcontract to the same construction crews that you can hire. Or if feeling adventurous, or just downright thrifty, one can invite friends over for a few beers over the weekend and put them to work.

There are many items to consider while in the early planning stage such as:

Garage size: One car, two car, or even a three car garages can be designed with various sizes, but the lot and homeowner’s budget are generally the limiting factors. Local building codes vary, but typically a structure must not encroach within eight feet of property lines in rural areas and from zero to four feet in city limits. Detached garages must also be set back from other buildings by a minimum of eight feet, but this must be confirmed with local building offices as bodes vary. One important consideration is roof overhang. Eave and gable end overhangs are typically 12″ – 24″ (although less than 12″ is common in windy areas) and must be considered when determining building size and placement.

One method of determining the perfect size is to add 12′ to 15′ of width for each vehicle. If planning to use the interior walls on the sides for storage this will require another two feet of width per side. The length should be a minimum of 22′ and add four to ten feet for a work bench and storage. A two car garage could be calculated as 2 x 12′ +4′ for storage along each wall = 28′ x 22′ long without a work bench. Common sizes include:

1. One car: Common garage sizes include 12′ x 24′, 14′ x 24′, and 16′ x 24′. A length of twenty four feet is pretty much the minimum if you have a full size truck and even with a small or mid-size car there will be little wiggle room at twenty or twenty two feet.

2. Two car: The most common garage size in many states and provinces is 24′ x 24′ because many building codes required an engineered drawing and two inspections by a structural engineer for concrete floating slabs (monolithic) larger than this size. If space is scarce and the two cars are small to mid-size a 20′ wide may adequate, but certainly not comfortable.

3. Three car: There are many three car garage sizes due to more room for numerous designs and homeowners often have larger budgets when considering these larger construction projects. Common sizes are 36′ – 42′ wide by 26′ – 30′ long.

Foundation: floating slab (monolithic) and slab with frostwall are the two most common foundation options. The floating slab is less expensive and easier to build, but often require an engineered drawing and two inspections for larger concrete slabs (i.e. 24′ x 24′). In cold weather …

Honda Accord Repair Car Maintenance

Chances are if you don’t own a Honda, you probably know someone who does. As the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer, Honda creates popular vehicles that are durable, zippy, and dependable. 

Some of the scheduled maintenance & services that your Honda car, truck or SUV may need include:

  • Oil Changes / Lube Service
  • Tune Ups
  • Radiator – Coolant / Antifreeze Change / Flush
  • Air Filter Replacement A/C – Air Conditioning
  • Wheel / Tire Alignment
  • Timing Belt Replacement / Inspection
  • Brake Inspection / Check / Repair /
  • Service Exhaust & Muffler Repair & Service
  • Honda Inspection Service
  • Transmission Service & Repair
  • Suspension and Shock Absorber repair service

The Honda Accord is one of the most beloved sedans ever. Excellent engineering, comfort, and reliability are reasons Accord owners often buy the same model again. However, every vehicle will have mechanical problems at some time or another.

Here are the top 5 most common Honda Accord repair problems.

#1: Vibration When Braking This problem typically is caused by warped front brake rotors. Some owners describe this as a rattling, shaking, or rubbing sensation. Accords with over 98,000 are more likely to experience this issue. In some cases, the rotors can be machined as a fix. If too thin, the rotors will require replacement. Brake pad and rotor replacement can cost up to $900, parts and labor.

#2: Transmission Failure Transmission slippage, poor shifting, skipping, or failure may occur in some Accords, usually at over 70,000 miles. Repair might require a transmission overhaul or complete replacement If your vehicle is under the factory warranty, the repairs should be covered. If not, costs for repairs can run you anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000.

#3: Compliance Bushing Cracking If you hear squealing or feel shuddering when turning, it could mean that a part of the steering/suspension mechanism is broken. The compliance bushing is typically the culprit, especially in Accords with 95,000 miles or more. In some cases, a cracked compliance bushing will be detected upon routine service or oil change. Typical repair cost for this problem is $500 to $600.

#4: Power Door Lock Failure Your Accord’s power door locks might activate intermittently on their own, usually on vehicles with over 105,000 miles. Also, the remote door lock control might not function properly. If your vehicle is equipped with an alarm, you might have problems with it going off due to a door lock malfunction. Each door has an actuator, and if one is faulty the entire system can be affected. It costs about $200 to have a door lock actuator replaced.

#5: Dashboard Display Dark For Accords with more than 109,000 miles, you might experience the dashboard display going dark, especially the radio and climate control. This problem is caused by a faulty circuit board which should be replaced. The total cost to repair, parts included, can be around $200 to $300.

Overall the Honda Accord has proven to a reliable and dependable vehicle and consistently garners high customer satisfaction reviews. So what new for the …

Oxford- A City Guide

Oxford is a city and local government district in Oxfordshire, England,
With a population of 134,248 (2001 census). It is home to the
University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking
World. It is known as the "city of dreaming spires", a term coined by
Matthew Arnold in reference to the harmonious architecture of the
University buildings. The Oxford suburb of Cowley has a long history of
Carmaking, and still produces BMW MINIs.

History

Oxford was first employed in Saxon times, and was initially known as
"Oxenaforda". It began with the foundations of St Frideswide's nunnery
In the 8th century. The University of Oxford is first mentioned in 12th
Century records. Oxford's earliest colleges were University College
(1249), Balliol (1263) and Merton (1264).

During the English Civil War, Oxford housed the court of Charles I in
1642, after the king was expelled from London, although there was
Strong support in the town for the Parliamentaryarian cause. In the 19th
Century the controversial surrounding the Oxford Movement in the Anglican
Church drew attention to the city as a focus of theological thought.
Oxford's Town Hall was built by Henry T. Hare, the foundation stone was
Laid on 6 July 1893 and opened by the future King Edward VII on 12 May
1897. By the early 20th century Oxford was experiencing rapid
Industrial and population growth, with the printing and publishing
Industries becoming well established by the 1920s.

Places of interest

Oxford has numerous major tourist attractions, many belonging to the
University and colleges. As well as several famous institutions, the
Town center is home to Carfax Tower and a historical themed ride, The
Oxford Story. In the summer, punting on the Thames (sometimes called
The Isis as it flows through Oxford) and the Cherwell is popular.
Other notable attractions include:

  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • The Church of St Mary the Virgin (the University Church)
  • Martyrs' Memorial
  • Ashmolean Museum
  • Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of the History of Science
  • Science Oxford
  • University buildings
  • The University Parks
  • The University Botanic Garden
  • Cornmarket Street, Oxford
  • Turl Street, Oxford
  • Little Clarendon Street
  • Oxford Covered Market
  • Westgate Shopping Center
  • Museums and Art Galleries

    Oxford has a large number of museums and galleries open for public.
    Following are the world famous and a major tourist spot in Oxford:

  • Ashmolean Museum, Britain's oldest museum
  • Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Museum of Natural History, home of (the remains of) the Oxford Dodo
  • Museum of the History of Science, in Britain's oldest purpose-built
    Museum building
  • Museum of Oxford
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Science Oxford
  • Shopping

    Golden Cross, an arcade of first-class shops and boutiques, lies
    Between Cornmarket Street and the Covered Market. Parts of the colorful
    Gallery date from the 12th century. Many buildings remain from the
    Medieval era, along with some 15th- and 17th-century structures. The
    Market also has a reputation as the Covent Garden of Oxford, with live
    Entertainment on Saturday mornings in summer. In its way, Alice's Shop,
    Played an important role in English literature, it …

    The Kremlin – Heart of Russia

    For those of us who grew up during the “Cold War,” the word “Kremlin” has a particular connotation, not altogether warm and fuzzy. As far as I knew then, it was synonymous with the Soviet government, that cabal of mysterious leaders who, in Khrushchev’s words, would eventually “bury us.” Of course had I bothered, I could have discovered much more about the truth of the Kremlin, although its image probably would not have changed much in my imagination.

    The word itself is more of a generic description than an actual name, somewhat the equivalent to the English word “citadel,” and as such is used to describe similar sites in other Russian cities such as Yaroslavl and Smolensk. It is the one in Moscow to which it almost invariably refers however, and it is that one that interests us now.

    Recently I had the good fortune to visit Moscow and of course, could not have left without dedicating a good bit of time for a visit to the Kremlin. As I passed through the outer wall of the famous citadel, I couldn’t help but think that a few decades earlier I would have been immediately arrested and never seen again had I actually gotten this far. Times have changed, however, and the once forbidden Kremlin is now one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations. It’s not difficult at all to see why as soon as you pass through its mighty walls.

    The first major attraction is found at the below street level entrance to the famous Kremlin Museum, and if not for the usually long line of visitors it could easily be missed and passed right by. What really draws the attention however, is the collection of cathedrals crowning the aptly named Cathedral Hill. There are three magnificent cathedrals there and two more churches to complete the set. If I had done my homework as a kid, I would have known that these religious structures not only existed in but dominated the Kremlin. But alas, I hadn’t done it so I was truly surprised to see such an imposing spiritual component of the heart of what President Reagan had called the “evil empire.”

    If you can withstand the magnetic attraction of these beautiful buildings, it would be good to step over to the Kremlin Museum first and take advantage of the culture and history lessons it offers. Splendid examples of the enormous wealth of past empire are housed in its several sections and include items that you will likely never see outside its walls, ranging from the fur lined crowns of Russia’s first Tsars to the beautiful Faberge jeweled eggs of its last. You will leave the Museum with a much better sense of and feeling for the power and magnificence of Russia’s past empires and perhaps an insight into the psychology and character of today’s Russia.

    After leaving the windowless galleries, stepping out into the fresh air to behold the architectural splendor of the Kremlin is a refreshing change. …

    Christmas Vacation

    The most wonderful time of the year is almost here. The kids are on their school break, and parents can not wait until they go back, the guests are making their way to their family dinners and the partridge is queuing up for his moment in the pear tree. Christmas movies have been playing in regular rotation. I usually save my favorite movie National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation until the big day, when the whole family can sit down and have a good laugh.

    While the movie is a rip-roaring comedy, there are some scenes that if they happened in real life, there would not be a laughing matter. The scene with Uncle Lewis lighting a cigar next to a drawn out Christmas tree is one of my favorites. Many people prefer a real one. However they forget to add water regularly which can cause the tree to dry out and become a fire hazard.

    According to the National Fire Protection Association, during the four year period 2003-2007, US fire departments responded to an average of 250 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year, causing an average of 14 deaths, 26 injuries, and $ 13.8 million in Direct property damage annually. Christmas tree fires are not a regular occurrence but based on these statistics, they can have serious ramifications.

    Here are some tips so that you can have a safe Christmas without winding up as another statistic.

    -If you leave your tree for a few days before you trim it inside your house, the tree will naturally open up. This ensures that the branches do not open up inside next to candles.

    -Keeping your tree hydrated and moist over the holidays will greatly reduce the chances of a fire. Spraying it daily with water and keeping the base full of water will prevent dryness and make it more resistant against fire and flames.

    -Don't overload your Christmas tree with too many lights. Using a power strip to connect multiple sets of lights will reduce the risk of overloading electrical circuits.

    -It's important to keep it away from open flames such as candles and especially fireplaces and stoves.

    Finally, keep pets and children away from your tree. Remember what happened to the cat in Christmas Vacation who was chewing on the wires. Children have been known to take unnecessary chances.

    It's important that you and your family enjoy your Christmas Christmas tree on Christmas morning with presents all it. These basic Christmas tree tips can go a long way. …

    Why Do Birds Fly Into Windows?

    A chickadee lands on the ground and grabs a small bug for a snack. It quickly takes off only to fly smack dab into your front window, and you hear that awful "thud".

    Fortunately this was only a glancing hit. After retreating to a nearby tree branch to recover, the chickadee regains its wits and flies off in another direction. This little bird was lucky. Window collisions result in many thousands of bird deaths every year.

    Clear glass is totally invisible to birds. Instead, they see reflections of their surroundings, like trees and sky. Or they find a houseplant or shiny objects inside your house very interesting, and fly towards them. If you take a walk around your house and look at the reflections in your windows, you will see them as your birds see them.

    However, you can minimize or even eliminate this problem by hanging objects either inside or outside the glass window or door to break up those reflections.

    About 6 years ago I had the idea to use strips of vinyl adhesive paper (brand name 'Contact') arranged in a diagonal pattern, to prevent my wild birds from banging into our windows.

    First, I made sure the glass was clean and free of any grease that might prevent adhesion. I chose a light-colored wood grain design vinyl adhesive paper, which I found in the local big box discount store. I then measured the window diagonally from corner to corner, and cut my first strip that length, plus 3 inches to allow for waste. There is a grid on the paper backing, so measuring 2 inch strips was a breeze. You can use any width you want, depending on the size of your windows. However, you do not want the strips so close together that they might obscure your view.

    I started my first strip in an upper corner of the window and adhered the strip to the window glass in a straight line, ending in the opposite bottom corner. I trimmed the excess adhesive paper and measured for the next strip. Keeping the strips in a straight line is easy if you make a cardboard template that is your desired width (I chose 2 "wide), and long enough to reach from corner to corner on your window. Uniform distance from one strip to another. Instead of cardboard, you may choose to use a long piece of wood that is the desired width.

    Continue to add strips diagonally in one direction, and then start in the opposite upper corner and repeat. This pattern reminds me of an English country house. I think it makes a charming addition to the look of our house. Visibility is not impaired for me, and no birds have hit our windows since I installed this treatment.

    I have washed the windows as usual, but with a gentle hand. So far the pattern has remained in tact and still looks great. It has weathered rain, snow, sleet, wind, hot sun and various window cleaners …

    The Used BMW X5 Gains Favor

    The BMW continues its dominance of luxury car markets the world over as more auto players enter the arena. Car technology has definitely changed exponentially in the last 50 years. With the entry of more auto manufacturers into the world market competition has intensified as each automaker attempts to prove themselves. While it is a true statement that most of these automakers have brought truly wondrous features to the cars they have produced, a few automakers continue to dominate the luxury divisions. One of them is the BMW. There are many brands of the BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke AG ) but one brand that has stirred attention is the x5 sports utility version.

    A new x5 is a technological marvel. BMW was somewhat late in joining the SUV market but when it did, it represented itself well. This statement was solidly sent out through the X5 which is a next generation sport utility vehicle.

    A new x5 can run up to $55000.00. This may be a hefty amount and due to the tough economic times, many are looking for bargain prices and have therefore settled for looking for a used BMW x5. The used versions can be equally delightful depending on the actual condition and the dealership. Car dealerships like CarMax take particular care to ensure that a used model fits the actual standards of quality. This means that extensive tests are run on the actual model to ensure that everything is in shape. A used BMW x5 can run you anywhere between $20,000 and $45000 depending on the features installed.

    The x5 is usually 4-door and comes with standard SUV features. It has a v8 32v 8-cylinder engine which is primarily powered by gasoline. Hybrid brands are still in the works. The exterior deviates a little from the standard “Big Three” SUV models in that is appears to be more compact. It comes with a 5 -speed or automatic transmission that boasts dynamic stability allowing the passengers to experience some of the smoothest rides ever in the motoring world.

    The interior comes with climate-controlled AC which employs computerized temperature-monitoring. This means that the front of the car can have an entirely different temperature setting from the rear seats. Some models come equipped with additional accessories such as an auxiliary DVD player with a screen which flips open much like the one inside an airplane. The sound system is Bose, which offers customers an added layer of luxury. The speakers are optical surround which is ideal for very high quality orchestra sound.

    Other features include heated seats, dual temperature controls, cruise control and tinted windows. It also comes with anti-lock ABS brakes and dual airbags. Newer models also sport side airbags. Most features which come preinstalled in most high-end vehicles are also found standard in the X5 such as power steering, power windows, front and back wiper blades, automatic side mirrors and the like.

    The best place to buy a used BMW x5 is at the local dealership. This is …

    Buying a Home First Time? Here Are 10 Essential Tips to Keep in Mind

    If you are going to buy a home for the first time, chances are there that you may underestimate the work involved and the efforts required. Though you may be well aware of the process, however, being new, you may ignore some important things. Before you find yourself burdened with the unexpected responsibilities of the purchase process, let’s tell you the important facts you must consider. So, here are the tips to help you make a smart purchase and execute the process seamlessly.

    1. Be pre-qualified for the mortgage

    Before you start looking for the home, you should get yourself pre-qualified for the mortgage. The first thing that is considered by most of the sellers is whether the buyer is having enough money for making the purchase. It would be good if you can arrange cash and if not, then you must get qualified for the mortgage.

    2. Think long-term

    Whether you are planning to stay in the new house for a year or for your entire life, you must think long term in both the cases. In the case, you have the plans for shifting from there after one or two years, you must focus on the community and location that whether the property would be in demand at that time or not. And in the case you have the plans to stay there for longer, you must ensure that the house is up to your expectations.

    3. Finalize the area where you want to buy a house

    Community and area of the house matter a lot. It not only affects the value of the house but also decides whether the demand for the property would increase in the future or not. For an instance, if you are buying a house in the area that is loading up with the residential buildings, great chances are there that the value of the house would increase in the upcoming years.

    4. Enlist your preferences

    Don’t let your emotions guide you while making decisions; instead, make a checklist of the things you want in your house. Divide them according to the must-haves and nice-to-have. There may be the cases when you like a house but it does not have what you are looking for. In such a case, you must avoid your emotions.

    5. Estimate the total cost

    Be realistic while making a cost estimation for your house. It’s normal that the costs would increase than your planned budget. So, focus on every minute thing while estimating the total cost of the house purchasing process. Some of the main costs involved are the cost of the property, real estate agent fee, paperwork cost and more. You can also seek the help of professionals for this.

    6. Start looking for the houses

    Once you have done the pre-qualification and cost estimation, you can finally start looking for the houses in the locality you want. Chances are there that you may need to wait for getting a good offer or you may get a …