Painting the Sky with Glamor

A massive, teeming crowd of spectators requires a level of entertainment that not only hypnotizes its viewers during the moment, but leaves a memory that sparkles in their mind like a shimmering jewel for ages after. Flooding a darkened sky with an ocean of color can create those kind of moments.

There are few better ways to dramatically recognize a special occasion than with an explosive display of colorful fireworks. Originating with the Chinese in the 7th century AD, fireworks are now used the world over to commemorate any momentous day, from holidays to royal weddings to any major time of local or national celebration. Fired off after sunset by rocket or mortar, the booming pyrotechnics can be used to fill the night with a brilliant bursting combination of color, light and smoke high above the heads of enchanted onlookers. Fireworks will undoubtedly continue to captivate audiences of all ages for centuries to come.

Personalized Music CD’s

Music is in the hearts of all of us. From the moment we first hear a simple tapping rhythm as a baby to the moment we take our first dance at our wedding, music is an essential aspect of our lives. Our children love music just as much as we do. They will bounce around to the beat and sing at the top of their lungs. Music seems to flow through them.

My son is enamored with music. He loves the radio, music CD’s, and especially television that involves dancing and singing. He’ll jump up, clap his hands, and bounce to the music as though he is an integral part of the song. He immerses himself into the music, and I have recently found a way to immerse him even deeper with the songs of personalized music CD’s.

70’s Bingo, Hawaiian, and Superhero Themes

Birthday parties are often associated with these common themes: singing “happy birthday”, blowing the candles out on the cake, and playing “pin the tail on the donkey”. If you’re tired of doing the same things every year, then it is about time you start being more creative. There are many ways on how you can make your birthday parties more fun. Here are some unique party themes:

70’s Bingo Theme

If you were born during the 70s, then it will be cool to have that era as your theme. The game of bingo was a huge hit among the Gen X so you can make that as the spotlight of your birthday. The old school gamers still prefer playing at the Top Bingo Hall whereas the more modern players choose to spend their time at the chat games of foxybingo. Since bingo can now be played online, you can just provide tablets for your guests instead of renting bingo cards, mechanical ball blower, and other equipment. To complete the 70’s bingo theme, you have to indicate the dress code on your invitation. Or you can just tell your friends to come in their best 70s outfit such as bell bottoms, jersey wrap dresses, and three-piece suits. Also turn your living room into a mini disco complete with mirror balls just like in the movie Saturday Night Fever.

What makes Beethoven a unique composer?

Beethoven was born on December 16, 1770. He had a difficult childhood. This was largely due to his father, Johann van Beethoven. His mother was Magdalena Keverich. His father wanted Ludwig Mozart to succeed. In that time Mozart was already a famous composer. Beethoven was thus forced to start playing the piano. Even when his father came with friends from the pub at night Ludwig was awakened to play for them. In 1779 Beethoven was taught by Christian Gottlob Neefe. At seventeen he took a trip to Vienna where he should be taught by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He also wanted to live in Vienna. When Beethoven arrived in Vienna he was notified that his mother was dying. Beethoven went directly back home. When he later moved to Vienna Mozart has already past away.

Beethoven and Mozart probably never met. On December 18, 1792 Beethoven’s father died. Between 1792 and 1794 Beethoven took lessons with Joseph Haydn. Beethoven did not get along well with Haydn. To Haydn his music was too sad. In 1819 Beethoven was totally deaf. He had been bothered by this deafness but in 1819 he could hear nothing at all. Yet Beethoven was writing pieces. These was relatively unknown but it did not stoped him to achieve his ultimate goal. In 1826 Beethoven had a severe pneumonia. Beethoven died on March 26, 1827.

Dog Training

Dog Training Techniques

A litter of puppies that grow up in an environment dominated by humans are bound to be more amicable than puppies reared away from a human setting. Human contact over a consistent period with puppies foster the development of well mannered puppies. Training your puppies to obey your command is a vital part of a dog’s life.

Dogs are social animals by nature hence their ability to interact so well with human beings. The domestic dog is one that has been trained to obey its master’s commands totally. Wild dogs usually move in packs and can be extremely ferocious because they are untamed.

Never punish a dog when it responds to a recall command because if you do, it will assume that each time you call it, it will get a punishment and may fail to respond the next time you call it. If your dog is exhibiting an undesirable behavior, go over to it and punish it. Dogs learn by associating their actions to yours.

Herding dogs are born with the instinct to herd. Herding dogs are usually used in farms and the countryside to herd cattle or sheep. Basically most owners of herding dogs use audible command tools to train their dogs because of the nature of the herding job.

Give your dog plenty of room to respond to your directives when training it. Don’t treat your dog disdainfully when training it or it may not respond accordingly. Bear in mind that training your dog can be quite tasking and try to exercise patience.

Police dogs are also known sometimes as rescue dogs. Police dogs are those that are trained in tracking exercises and are good at sniffing people out of hiding. Police dogs are usually trained and rewarded with a special toy.

A dog is usually trained in line with its instinctive characteristics. A naturally territorial dog is trained to be a guard dog because of its inherent traits of territory protection. A naturally protective and tender dog is trained to be a herd dog in accordance with its traits.

You need to make sure that the environment that you choose to train your dog is conducive. You cannot hope to train your dog in an overcrowded park because the noise and people will distract it from what you are trying to teach it. To effectively train your dog, take it to a relatively quite spot.

Try this: Connection conniption!

You will need

  • A plain mug that you can mark
  • Permanent marker
  • Three whiteboard markers in different colours

Making the puzzle

  1. With your permanent marker, draw three small separate houses on the mug. Make sure you spread them out, so there’s space to draw between them.
  2. Now draw three separate small factories on the same mug. Label one factory ‘E’ for electricity, one ‘W’ for water and one ‘G’ for gas.

The three utilities puzzle

  • Three houses each want to be connected to electricity, gas and water. Unfortunately, the three utility companies are having a dispute – they won’t let their lines cross.
  • Draw a line from each factory to each house. You can’t let lines from different utilities touch. Use one colour whiteboard marker for each utility.

Hint: This puzzle is possible on a mug, but you can’t do it on a bowl. What makes a mug different from a bowl?

What’s happening?

This is a tricky puzzle. If you’re having difficulty, it might help to try a much simpler version. Grab a piece of paper and draw two factories and three houses. Then draw a line from each house to the first factory and another to the second factory.

If you look carefully, you’ll notice you’ve fenced off two regions with your connections. One fence goes – factory 1, house 1, factory 2, house 2. The other fence goes – factory 1, house 2, factory 2, house 3.

If you try to add a third factory, you must put it in one of the two regions, or somewhere on the rest of the paper. Wherever you put the extra factory, there will be one house you can’t get to. In order to solve this puzzle, you’ll need to find a way of getting over a line without crossing it!

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You will need these items.

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Draw three houses and three factories on the mug.

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Use different coloured markers for each utility.

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Try to connect each house to all three utilities. Remember, you can draw on ANY PART of the mug!

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Playing Chess

Playing chess is an ideal hobby mainly because it is relaxing and enjoyable. While playing this game the mind is usually engaged and therefore one does not have time to think about other stressing things. Furthermore, getting the board and the other things required to play is easy since they are readily available in different stores including online stores. A person who wishes to play chess can also play online from the different websites that provide this relaxing game. While playing online one can even play with players who are in different parts of the world. These are the primary reasons why the number of people who plays chess has increased significantly in the recent past.

Anyone who would like to make chess a hobby should start by learning how to play. There are many places one can learn to play including on the local chess clubs and online. While getting online lessons one just need to use the search engines to choose the right website. To become a better player one needs to practice regularly. Through joining a chess club one is able to get other people who are interested in this game and therefore get people to practice with. One can also practice alone through resources such as the internet. Therefore, chess is one of the most enjoyable and relaxing hobbies that are easy to know and play.

Playing chess