History of the Taxi
Oct19

History of the Taxi

Taxis are cars that you hail and then essentially rent for the time it takes you to get to your destination. They are also called cabs, taxi cabs and all manner of slang terms, but did you know that they have been around in some form or another since the 1600’s? Of course, back in the 1600’s the taxi was a horse drawn carriage and the first documented taxi ride this way was in 1605 in London England. By 1625 carriages...

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The Popular Artificial Silver Tip Christmas Tree
Oct18

The Popular Artificial Silver Tip Christmas Tree

The silver tip is a very popular Christmas tree choice in the Pacific Northwest. This hardy, high elevation member of the fir family is treasured for the uniformity of its branches and overall pleasing appearance. However, the range at which these trees can be grown is quite limited and they can take more than a decade to mature. This absolutely means higher costs at the tree stand, particularly if you live far from the Northwest, the...

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Think Music Theory Is Too Hard? Here’s Why
Oct17

Think Music Theory Is Too Hard? Here’s Why

In my opinion (as a 35+ year music professional), music theory is taught in the most confusing and painful way imaginable. One example of this, students are often confronted with multiple sets of systems to described the same thing in different classes. For example, Scale Degrees are referenced using numbers (0-9) in private lessons, roman numerals (both upper and lower case) in analysis, terms like Tonic, Submediant, Dominant, etc....

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Old Age Is Not For Sissies
Oct13

Old Age Is Not For Sissies

Have you ever stood impatiently in a queue at the store or in a supermarket while a pensioner took an age to settle his or her bill? Have you ever become impatient while driving behind a senior citizen who was driving, so you thought, far too slowly? Have you ever lost your temper when an older person failed to make an appointment perhaps through ill health? Do you get annoyed because an elderly relative is a noisy or slow or picky...

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Hardwood Floor Refinishing – Do It Yourself Tips
Oct12

Hardwood Floor Refinishing – Do It Yourself Tips

If you’re lucky enough to find hardwood floors hiding under your tired carpeting, you might feel like covering the wood back up. That’s understandable because refinishing the floors yourself seems like an impossible task.Hardwood floors were a common feature in houses until the 1960s. Before that, having wall-to-wall carpet was considered a luxury upgrade. From the 1970s on, most homes had wall-to-wall carpet in nearly...

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Chemistry – How to Determine the Number of Bonds in an Element
Oct11

Chemistry – How to Determine the Number of Bonds in an Element

In order to determine the number of bonds that an element will form, you must determine its charge. Once you know the charge, you know the bonds because for the most part the number of bonds is equal to the absolute value of the charge. So, lets learn how to determine the charge or oxidation number of an atom. First, you will need to gather a few tools to help you with your task. You will need a periodic table, the octet rule and a...

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History of Ear Gauging in Tribal Civilizations
Oct10

History of Ear Gauging in Tribal Civilizations

A study of the history of ear gauging indicates the practice to be as old as recorded human history. For males, this form of ear piercing has been a symbol of status, while for women, in addition to being used as means of bodily decoration, it has also been employed to signify the attainment of womanhood. Ear gauging, which is also referred to as ear stretching, is the stretching of ear lobe piercings to larger diameters than that of...

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