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Concert Ukulele

guitar effects and accessoriesThe concert ukulele, sometimes referred to as the alto, is only a couple of inches bigger than the soprano.  The concert ukulele is usually around 23 inches long, and has only 15-17 scale length depending on model.

The frets are a bit more spaced on a concert ukulele.  This gives the concert an extended playing range over the soprano ukulele, making it a preferable choice for ukulele soloists. There can be up to 20 frets on a concert ukulele which allows players to navigate to higher notes on the fret board.

The strings are standard-tuned to the re-entrant tuning of G-C-E-A(from left to right). Like the name suggests, these are the most popular for live performance, as their comfortable size and good projection work well in amplified or acoustic settings. The Concert ukulele was designed to be a slightly larger ukulele with a louder, deeper and more melodic tone, more fitting for concert playing.

Most well-known Concert Ukulele brands

  • KALA Concert Ukulele
  • LANIKAI Concert Ukulele
  • MARTIN Concert Ukulele
  • OSCAR SCHMIDT Concert Ukulele

Soprano Ukulele




The most common and standard type of ukulele is the soprano ukulele. The soprano ukulele is usually around 21 inches long, and has only 13-15 scale length depending on model. Scale length refers to the distance of the ringing string – from the nut to the saddle. The strings are standard-tuned to the re-entrant tuning of G-C-E-A(from left to right). Sopranos are smallest, and generally work well for small hands and new students. With it being the smallest, there’s less stretching for notes, which suits a beginner. The small soprano can also be harder to play for people with larger hands, who may struggle to navigate around such a condensed fretboard.

The soprano has the recognizable plinky sound that everyone associates with the instrument. Their small scale and compact body are also perfect for travelling.  Generally, beginners will start out on a soprano ukulele because you can usually find a decently playable one for a low cost.

Most well-known Soprano Ukulele brands

  • MAHALO Soprano Ukulele
  • KALA Soprano Ukulele
  • KOHALA Soprano Ukulele
  • Lanikai Standard Soprano
  • MAKALA Traditional Soprano
  • LUNA Soprano Soprano Ukulele

Other Paintball Accessories

Having the markers, tanks, guns, vests and other equipment complete the excitement when you plan to play paintball.  But little do others know that it is the small and simple things that count even before the game begins.  Sometimes the little accessories that are locked in a toolbox are all that are needed to complete a paintball game.  A toolbox is the first aid kit of the game; if anything goes wrong that is unexpected or unavoidable, there is no reason to fret.

The gun’s manual – There are instances in the game when the gun has to undergo “intensive surgery”. Guns differ from each other regardless of the physical similarities of some.  If that time comes when it needs to be disassembled, the manual can make it easier to put it all back together.  Try to find manuals with problem solving ideas, they really help.

Reserve batteries – Some guns require batteries to function.  It would be such a waste of time if in the middle of the game the batteries died and you could not continue to play so keep new batteries available.

Allen wrench to the rescue – some players have either inherited their guns from their friends or bought second-hand guns.  If you did not get a set of Allen wrenches when you bought the gun buy a set from a hardware store and be sure to keep them handy.

Lubricant – Make sure that there is a small can of oil for the paintball gun inside the box as well.  Sometimes weather dictates if the gun needs oiling; be sure to get the specific oil type recommended by the manual for the gun.

Mask lens as spare – Mask lens will either become blurry or scratched during the game.  Don’t hesitate to replace them if your vision is impaired as this really affects how the game is played.

Paintball Squeegee – The folding one fits perfect in your paintball pants to quickly clean your barrel and gun when it is dirty on the field at any moment.

 

Cup seals and reserved O-rings:  Come players do not know that O-rings and cup seals can be damaged easily and this will hurt the paintball gun big time so it is a must to replace the cup seal before this happens.

And for the player, always have a neck guard around to save the neck from those disturbing shots that hit your neck. There may be a team available to do first aid when something goes wrong but it would make sense to carry a personal first aid kit. Carry around extra basic safety “gadgets” like a mask, gloves, and pads and have a worry free paintball game.

 

Porsche – A Brief History

Ferdinand Porsche, an automotive engineer and founder of the Porsche car company. He played an important role in the development of airplanes and racing cars, and the construction of tanks for the Wehrmacht. He was appointed chief engineer at Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart in the 1920s. Later on, he set up his own engineering workshop and designed among others the Volkswagen. At the plant where Volkswagen was made, Wolfsburg, he was chief of operations and at the end of the war he was interned by the Allies.
Ferdinand Porsche was released a few years later and started building his first car  with his son, Ferry Porsche. The car was named the Porsche 356 and it was a sports car and a  reminiscent of the Volkswagen. It had the same four-cylinder boxer engine that was rear-mounted, just like the VW. It was far from being a powerful sports car, developing only 40 bhp and a maximum speed of 87 mph (140 km/h). First produced as a convertible and later as a hard top it distinguished by the very elegant and innovative body. It was developed in the workshop of Erwin Komenda, a master of restrained streamlining who had been in charge of sheet metal and design techniques at Porsche since the VW Beetle.  The new style of closed coupe was designed by Komenda and it soon became the embodiment of the sports car, thanks to its fastback. This tradition was continued by Komenda and Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, nicknamed “Butzi”, the founder’s grandson, with the 911.

The 911 became easily recognizable: it had attractive sloping bonnet and what later  became characteristic frog eye headlights, curves running from the top edge of the  windscreen to the rear bumper and a straight waistline. From a functional and technical point of view it was more like BMW 1500, although it retained the stylistic features of the original Porsche. The new 911 will become the foundation stone of Porsche’s identity, even though the design was not always appreciated. During the 1970`s and 1980`s, the designers attempts to distance Porsche from its legendary design brought the company to the edge of disaster.

In the 1990`s, the company realized that what for over twenty years was perceived  as a straitjacket, it was in fact a market advantage. During the 1990`s, Porsche became highly profitable since they now knew that the typical Porsche features were timeless. Nearly forty people now worked in the design department on further developments of the long-running 911. These developments included the 911 GTI, a powerful combination of sports and racing car, put forward by the in-house designer Anthony R. Hatter. In 1999, chief designer proudly presented the new Boxster which enabled Porsche to establish a second independent range of models.

Paintball Games

Paintball is a safe, simple yet challenging and strategic sport that is played usually by two teams, each with at least two players. Adults and kids alike enjoy this sport as they often refer to it as an advanced or improvised game of tag. As paintball improved and became popular, many individuals tried their abilities at it; giving rise to the assortment and diversity of paintball tournaments and games.
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Recreational or Capture the Flag  
The objective or the goal of this game is for teams to advance to the opponent’s base, move the other team’s flag to its destined location, at the same time guarding your own flag. These games are usually played in the forest; bunkers and structures can be put up throughout the area.

Scenario Paintball
This is a paintball game with a theme set up behind it: there are an endless number of themes that can be created making the game feel and look very realistic.  There are a number of players; in many cases as many as a hundred are involved in each team.

Each team discusses the theme (storyline) a day before the start of the game. There are usually two teams participating, each team leads by it’s own team leader.
Each player is given a role and they should work together as a team in order to carry out and win an assigned mission. Props in accordance with the theme are introduced and distributed throughout the field. There are questions asked in connection with the theme and points are awarded for correct answers.
These points are totaled at the conclusion of the game and the team having the most number of points wins.


Backyard
This can be played right at your own backyard, a friend’s empty property or at times any property but you must as you get permission first.  You gather your friends to form a group and then conceptualize your own game which typically is capture the flag.

Speedball
Speedball, also called “Center Flag”, is played on a speedball field that is designed with many huge bunkers. The bunkers are usually “inflatables” filled with air that are shaped similar to big snakes, soda cans, water tanks etc.

Here, a team can be composed of between three to ten players in a game. There is only one flag that is involved and it is located at the center of a field.  The two teams start at each end of the field and attempt to gain possession of the flag at the center and carry it to their bunker. The team that does this successfully wins.

Best Paintball Mask

Paintball masks are the most important safety equipment for paintball players. They act as paintball1protection for the eyes from the harmful chemicals that are contained in paintballs. Most completely cover the face and the ears, but there are those who prefer to wear goggles, protecting only the eyes. Paintball masks are designed to absorb any direct shot, from any distance or range. An ordinary pair of goggles will supply only a false sense of security and put one at great risk since it they are not constructed to block a paintball.

The choice of the mask’s material is of significance.  There are masks made of different material from rubber, plastic to foam. It is a wise idea to buy your own face mask rather than renting one. It should be the first equipment purchased before playing paintball.  Be sure to properly test the fit of the mask to your face and make sure that you can see clearly so you can well and enjoy your game.

Paintball masks will have either non-thermal or thermal lens or be anti-fog for fog resistance: these do not need an anti for agent applied to the lens to perform their function.  These thermal lenses will cost more but they are a good choice because they just won’t fog up.

The foam in a paint ball mask is an important factor to consider, as it can determine your level of comfort. There are masks that are more expensive even when the foam and lens are the same quality as cheaper models, but the difference is in the style and color of the mask.

Paintball masks can be bought in many sports shops that carry paintball supplies. These supplies are available in different price ranges and some brands are less expensive than others. Those most recommended paintball mask brands are VForce, DYE, Empire, Sly Profit, Proto and JT.

Personal Loans for Bad Credit

There are many reasons people have bad credit. It can be that they have been reckless with their money and finances. Bad credit can be the result of a death in the family resulting in loss of income. Layoffs or getting fired from a job often come without warning. Medical emergencies also lead to bad credit as can divorce. Regardless of the reason a person has bad credit; they are still going to need to apply for a personal loan at one point or another.

Bad credit affects more than just your credit card and loan approval and interest rate. Insurance companies use a form of your credit score to give you an insurance rate. Some utility and cell phone providers charge a security deposit on applicants with bad credit. Personal Loans give you the ability to consolidate debt, improve your home or pay off credit cards, even with bad credit. However, the worse your credit is the harder time you will have getting a personal loan with decent rates.

There are two types of personal loans, secured and unsecured. Unsecured personal loans mean no collateral is needed to secure the loan. Having no credit or poor credit is a major stumbling block to getting this kind of loan because you’re viewed as a high risk customer. The forms of collateral accepted include vehicles, property, and other tangible items. The collateral has to have a value sufficient to cover the balance due on the loan.

There are many lenders willing to give people with poor credit a personal loan, but with a much higher interest rate. Take it in stride and look at the positive side of things. Getting a personal loan can help you rebuild your credit. Make sure you pay the payments on time. To save on the interest you pay, consider sending extra payments whenever you can.

Be cautious when applying for a personal loan online. There are scam artists out there who prey on those in need of a personal loan, especially if they have bad credit. Never agree to pay any processing fees or other types of payments. It is against the law under the Federal Trade Commission for any lender of personal loan funds to ask for processing fees. It is important to check out the lender with the Better Business Bureau. If you are suspicious of anything, do not move forward with the loan process.

Don’t forget to check with the smaller lending companies. Most large lenders are very impersonal and base your eligibility on a computer generated decision. Smaller lending companies are more likely to take the reasons for your bad credit into consideration along with other factors. If you can establish that you are responsible and that you have income sufficient to repay the loan, then this may be the opportunity you have been hoping for.

Tips for Choosing A Paintball Mask

Most buyers who are buying their first paintball mask are bound to get confused with the wide variety of choice available to them. The paintball masks come in all shapes and sizes. The priorities which you must focus on while buying a paintball mask are its materials used, manufacturers reputation, quality, protection capability, comfort and weigh (light).

It is advised that before buying a mask, the buyer should try it out to see if the fit is comfortable. Try out the various masks available in the store to choose the one which fits best. After all, comfort comes only secondary to protection with respect to all sports gears and paintball masks are no exception.

Before paying the paintball mask, make sure

Design of the mask – For example, an exoskeleton type mask, a full head cover mask, a visor-style mask etc. These full head masks are effectively helmets that are designed to absorb the impact of any hit to the head.

Whether it is easy to change lenses – Most good quality masks have lenses which can be switched easily but it is still better to confirm it. First, you might want to consider buying a spare lense for your mask.  Switching to your spare lense lets you get ready for the next game much faster.

Whether the mask is suitable to the face shape – Most masks are a one-size-fits-all make. However, there are masks which may be unsuitable for certain face shapes. For example, people with high foreheads will generally face a problem if they choose a mask whose lens is so small that it leaves their forehead exposed.

Fog resistance – Paintball masks will have either non-thermal or thermal lens or be anti-fog for fog resistance: these do not need an anti for agent applied to the lens to perform their function.  These thermal lenses will cost more but they are a good choice because they just won’t fog up.

Fitting – The foam in a Paintball Mask is an important factor to consider as it can determine your level of comfort. For instance, a “Vforce Armor” is a neoprene type of foam which is considered a good foam but is uncomfortable. The “Vforce Shield” and “Vforce Profiler” is an open cell, two layer foam which is very comfortable to wear. The open cell foam can be compared to a memory foam that is used in pillows.

You should consider the quality, comfort and safety of these masks and make the right decision regardless of the price.

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