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Preventing Pet Hair Issues In Your Car

So we make them a part of our families and families travel. To the park, to the beach or to the bush; every man, woman, child and dog piles into the car for the trip. The memories we make with our pets last a lifetime. And, unfortunately, so does the pet hair wedged in the car upholstery. If dogs have a downside, it’s shedding their coats frequently! Removing pet hair from your car’s upholstery can be a laborious and painstaking process but we’ve compiled these tweezer-free tips to get rid of the pet hair in your car and to protect your car’s upholstery from pet related incidents and accidents

Tip 1: Save yourself the hassle of spending hours tweezing Fido’s fur out of your car and give your dog’s coat a good brush out before getting into the car. An extra brushing before a car trip will remove excess pet hair that would otherwise end up lodged in your car’s carpets. The type of brush you use may also make a different to how much fur it collects; if you have a particularly hairy dog, invest in a FURminator, specifically designed to thin out a dog’s undercoat and loose fur.

Tip 2: Buy a Petrider or similar seat cover for your car. They keep fur (among other things like sand, dirt and water) off your car seats and can be easily removed, washed and stored until the next time you want to take your pooch to the beach.

Tip 3: It’s important to keep your pets contained when they are travelling in a vehicle, so harness or crate your pets in transit. Not only will using a crate for travel reduce your car’s exposure to pet hair and other pet related dirt and smells (wet dog anyone?) but it will also keep your pet safer during travel.

Tip 4: Get a pet cleaner such as the Bissell Pet Eraser. This is the proper tool for the job, a small hand held and powerful vacuum that will remove hair without an issue from seats, carpets or anywhere else it may have got. These are also excellent around the house. 

There are enough hazards on the road without adding a distracting dog or frantic feline to the mix. Accidents do happen, so it’s also important to make sure you’re protected by car insurance. Some comprehensive car insurance providers even provide pet insurance as an optional extra with their car insurance. Make sure you compare insurance providers and select the provider who best suits your needs and budget. Happy travels!

So yeah, I use Kratom.

So for those that don’t know, in 2015 I was in a major car accident where I was hit in the rear at high speed by an idiot who was texting while I was sat at a traffic light. In the accident I received a huge back injury where 2 discs were fractured in my lower back. It was a tough time and in truth I never healed properly.

Each year when winter came around I would suffer pain in my back, this year has been particularly brutal and since the accident I have been prescribed many pain killers such as Voltaren, Vikadin, Mobric, Celemex and more… Between building up a tolerance and damage to my Kidneys and stomach ulcers caused by these drugs I have been forced to look into other options.

Looking online I came across a lot of people saying the same thing. People were all stating the same issues I had with pain killers as well as other problems such as addiction, cost, availability and Doctors not listening to patients needs.

People are all different and we all have different needs, yet the world of big pharma are all prescribing the same things to us. There has to be a better solution I thought, and I think I found it.

Kratom is a plant from southern asia, it’s used as a legal high in places such as Thailand by locals and tourists.

This is what I use, I used kratom for pain and it’s been brilliant! For the first winter since my accident I have been able to do the things I want, without being in pain. Even day to day tasks like walking from the grocery store to my car for the first time in years I have been able to walk without problems. 

The strain I use is Bali Red. I also used Maeng Da as well as Bali White but I found Bali Red to be best for my personal needs. I don’t feel high or euphoric when I take it either which was a concern I had, I get the pain killing benefits and that’s it.

I cannot be happier with what I have found, a natural solution. No more pain. No more kidney problems or stomach ulcers either.

Kratom has helped me get my life back, and I don’t care what people think.

Electrical Safety Advice

When installing items such as out door lights, or working on new construction sites you need to pay attention to safety.

Electric is part of all our every day lives, but it’s also extremely dangerous to those working with it and those around you. Every year 10,000’s of deaths are caused by electrical failure, fires causes by electric installations and electrocutions from professional and DIY enthusiasts. 

We have put together this advice with the intention of raising awareness. Please, when working with electric stay safe. 

Safety Advice

Remember to switch off the mains power at the consumer unit.

Before starting any electrical work, stay safe – get yourself a socket tester (or voltage tester for lighting circuits). They confirm whether circuits are dead and safe to work on.

Check all finished work with a socket tester (or voltage tester for lighting circuits) before using.

For your safety, these products must be installed in accordance with local Building Regulations. If in any doubt, or where required by the law, consult a competent person who is registered with an electrical certification scheme. Further information is available online or from your local authority.

All new and modified installations must comply with the latest IEE Wiring Regulations. Either use an electrician registered with the self certification scheme prescribed in the regulations, or if you carry out the work yourself, you must notify your Local Authority Buidling Control Department to get your work inspected and tested.

Never take risks with electrical safety. Before you start any type of electrical work, you must follow these following safety precautions:

  • Switch off the main power at the consumer unit/fuse box. Isolate the circuit you plan to work on by removing the circuit fuse. Put this in your pocket to avoid accidental replacement.
  • Or switch off the breaker and lock it if you can.
  • Attach a note to the unit to advise you are working on the circuit.
  • Check the circuit is dead with a socket tester or voltage tester/meter for lighting circuits.

If you are unsure of what you are doing at any point, seek professional advice.

Using SEO to boost Search Engine Traffic to your Website!

Proper search engine optimization (SEO) is vital to the success of any site on the World Wide Web today – any webmaster or developer can tell you that. There are however several different processes that can be utilized when optimizing your website for search engine indexing; the method (or methods) that you choose to take advantage of are solely up to you.

Keyword Research is important! Use keywords in the titles of your web pages. You know that little blue bar at the top of your screen? Keywords placed there can help you page get noticed even more than keywords placed in the body of a page; though this doesn’t mean that you should refrain from using keywords in the body, as well – in fact, it’s just the opposite. Keywords work well in both the title and body of any webpage, and they should always be used in order to maximize your site’s exposure.

– Take advantage of the fact that web users commonly misspell words when searching on the internet, and try to use a couple common misspellings of your chosen keywords within your content, as well. This way you can even attract the users who have less than perfect spelling or grammar.

-Make sure to link all of your individual web pages to your main home page. The more links a particular page has going to it, the higher it will be displayed within any relevant search engine results. However, you’ll want to make sure that all of these internal and external hyperlinks are relevant to the type of content you provide, or your search engine ranking may actually go down.

-Create as many pages as possible, even if each page has only a short paragraph or two. The more pages your site has, the more likely it is to be found by users who are surfing the internet. But again, make sure that these pages actually pertain to the rest of your website’s content, or you may find it harder to attract genuine visitors.

-Use a reliable web hosting service. When it comes to the functionality of a webpage, there is nothing more damaging than downtime caused by a server malfunction or power outage with your web hosting company. And if your site is down when the search engine spiders come by in order to index your site, you’ll be out of luck – they only index the sites which they can actually access at that time.

MachinimaCam HUD Beta 2 progress and Beauty is only skin deep reaches 600 hits in 4 days

I wanted my numerous requesters for the MachinimaCam Beta program to be informed that I am working very hard on the Beta 2 version of the cam before releasing it for beta testing. I have at least 20 pending requests for the new bugfixed camera. And I must say this build seems much promising. One of the new things I wanted to introduce is true space camera management. One of the best aspects of it is the ability to spatially lock a default position for your camera. Each time you finish using an effect, the camera automatically comes back to the default position. This is already implemented and working pretty well. This got rid of the bug causing the camera getting stuck in an awkward position after using Spincam, Twistercam and Spiralcam. Those now revert to the default position automatically, ready for using another effect.

Now, the hardest part, and the one I really want to get done, is for the FX requiring a startup position to take advantage of this new camera locking system. It may sound trivial, but since most FX don’t start using arbitrary positionning but rather on calculated position using rotational position algorythms, this is rather complex maths. In french, that means I want the Spincam and other rotation effects should start at the exact starting point of the default cam position. This is rather hardcore, implying even more heavy position and rot calculations, also angle calculations from 2 points of coordinates.

When this is done, you will be able to point your avie, lock the cam in a 60 degree angle, and watch it spin around from up in the air. This should allow almost infinite rotationnal effects around your avie. More details to come. If some scripter out here could help me with some of the heavy calculations on next sunday (Kisa? Mmmm? ;)that would be mucho appreciated. If not don’t worry, the Codie always manage on her own.
The actual status is 80% done. The documentations are 90% done, I need to describe the list of FX and what they do, the installation and basics are pretty covered. I plan to start working on it again on sunday morning, I hope to have a decent Beta 2 ready for sunday night, if all goes well. So gear yourself little machinima droogies, the goodie is coming and quickly! If you reeeeeally cannot wait for the Beta 2, I can provide the Beta 1 but I got all the bug feedbacks I needed on this one.

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On another joyful note, my latest machinima video, Beauty is only skin deep:

  • just got 600 Views since publication, 4 days ago. Tenebrous Pau, my machinima guru, thinks it’s a good hit rate. ;)
  • 53 Views since I published on Archive.Org here: http://www.archive.org/details/BeautyIsOnlySkinDeep
  • Media parcel URL to stream the video in SecondLife: http://www.archive.org/download/BeautyIsOnlySkinDeep/CodebastardRedgrave-BeautyIsOnlySkinDeep_256kb.mp4
  • Registered as a show on blip.tv: http://codebastard.blip.tv/
  • Want it on your Video iPod via iTunes or DemocracyTV (now called Miro)? Here’s the vpodcast link: http://codebastard.blip.tv/rss/itunes
  • I have recieved litteraly over a hundred comments through IM, Flickr, Youtube and by email. Thank you people, so damn much, it made that work worth it a thousand times!
  • A couple people blogged about about it: Mairead Fitzgerald, Melanie Kidd, Kimberley Mirabeau.
  • Supposed to maby get a feature in SecondLife Insider anytime soon (*waves to Moo!*)
  • Still waiting for Vint to wake up ;)
  • UPDATE: The video is on CyberSpaceBabes.Com! Thanks Mercy you are such a shweetheart! *muah!*
  • UPDATE: Awww! Izzy just posted the sweetest blogpost about meh and that machinima. TY sweetie! *muah!*

Fun facts about Beauty is only skin deep:

  • 4 hours of shooting
  • 8 hours of cut / editing
  • 1 hour for special effects and overlay text
  • 30 minutes to export
  • original format takes 89 megs, WMV format, available here
  • soundtrack by Marquez Tone, you can ask the dude for the song ;)
  • edited with Microsoft Movie Maker 2, since it’s a first quick job
  • only effects used are cross fades and B&W movie in one single place
  • movie has been built on the soundtrack directly
  • shot entirely in 800×600 originally
  • more than 4 gigs of footage to cut from
  • more than 80 pictures have been inserted in the cuts
  • all of it done in one night, Saturday 8th 2007

Secondlifers, thank you for all of your support, your are my inspiration to do all of that. Thanks to Marquez Tone for not being too much of an ass, and for keeping contact with me even if he’s not in metaverse anymore. Thanks to all my friends for being in this movie.

Also, PLEASE feel free to pass it to your friends, copy the embed link on your website, blog about it, the video’s license is Creative Common Share-Alike non-commercial. So it is free to copy, view and spread around.
<3 U

Codie

Shooting Mashout

Quick post to mention Mairead has posted a “before posttreatment” picture from the Mairead Fitzgerald Bathory picture set.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/beads/495859963/#comment72157600216951094

Also Melanie Kidd posted a blog about our shoot together. How shweet she is.

Finally Met CodeBastard Redgrave Aka Codie

I also want to mention I will put a little halt of shooting for friends, just until I finish shooting the dozens of sets necessary to complete the comic book project. Normal activities will resume very soon for regular photoshoots. I may post other little goodies from time to time, you know Codie, I can’t stop shooting. Speaking of that I have a harddrive full of Vint’s lascive dancing and I expect I will capture many new crunchy bits to post in the times to come. But I really want that Comic book project to be achieved in a timely fashion. I want to mention that the scenario is already done, apart minor storylines to arrange. I’m preparing the setting plan, which will be laborious to plan because of the timezones and different playtimes of the actors. I am planning it in a way I can easily roll the needed shoots from week to week in a proper order and priority to insure production will be swift and organized, but also mobile and flexible. All the props, locations, characters are being determined at the moment. Hopefully this way, all will be preshot in the first week or two, and I will be able to produce the reamining episodes real faster.