The World in a Paper Cup

three paper cup Human development has reached great heights, much more that anyone could have hoped for in the past 100 years. Technology and the discovery of fossil fuels has led us to the discovery of plastics. The word “plastic” was a relatively new word, considering that it was discovered less than a century ago. Man made polymers and synthetics were made possible coinciding with our discovery and use of oil derivatives. Our discoveries led to the method of extracting ester based compounds, that enabled us to combine it with ethanol compounds which led to our creation of synthetics such as nylon.

The use of plastics in an industrial scale was never fully realized until the early 1960′s. Back then, plastics was a relatively new material that had very little industrial application such as rain coats and buttons. By the mid 1960′s, the use of plastics had resulted in an industry in which it found more practical use in house hold items such as plates, spoons and forks, including other house ware and kitchen utensils. It was during this time when Robert Dart, the father of Ken Dart, founded the Dart Container Corporation, and was considered as one of the pioneer manufacturing companies that started producing plastic food containers.

The use of plastic food containers has made it possible to lower the cost of food manufacturing that involves the use of glass bottle containers and tin cans. Manufacturing costs had been reduced which also contributed to a more efficient means of prolonging storage and handling of food products. It was a matter of convenience that led to the food industry’s shift for opting the use of plastic food containers as it give a more efficient means to handle food products and is more economically reasonable as well.

The use of plastic food containers led the way for the use of plastics in a larger scale of applications in our daily life. Today’s fast food industry is one of the most frequent users of plastic food containers for their products. Items such as paper plates, cups and utensils are a familiar daily occurrence, in fact, there is no place on our planet that you will not find a plastic cup or any plastic product for that matter. Today, plastic based products are a part of our daily life as it is integrated on almost everything we see and touch.

For reasons of affordable costs and ease in production, plastics has now transformed the way we live in a very efficient way. The integration of modern technological aspects in regards to the electronics industry, has made it possible for us to create all the modern electronics that we use and enjoy for our convenience, which was not possible 50 years ago. This is why we have all these conveniences that we can literally fit in our pockets, though it would be a very different story otherwise if we had not discovered the potentials of this polymer based material called plastic.

Today, researchers are still continuing to conceive new ways of making plastics more stronger, lighter and resilient. Modern day advanced research in the use of internally integrated plastic prosthetics used for medical purposes can withstand enzymes that eat away plastics, are introduced inside the human body, which do not produce toxic substances that react to internal body fluids. We have indeed gone a long way with the use of plastics as one of the basis of almost all the products we use in our daily life. You may consider that we have put our reliance on plastics as well. We know for sure that we can not achieve what we are today if it was not with the help of plastics, and it seems that the world and the life we live, evolves inside a paper cup.


Want to be more active on your Vacation? Try Spearfishing!

spearfishing Not everyone who goes on vacation wants to go to the “all inclusive” resorts where they can eat until their pants size grows until they are forced to only wear stretchy pants. More and more people want to do more than “sit back and relax” in a tropical paradise, they want to do stuff! If you are one of those people, the answer you might be looking for is Spearfishing. It is a very active sport, they will help you lose a few pounds (or keep them off) and help you catch a nice healthy dinner! Plus, you can do it in any place that offers Scuba diving. You just need a tour guide, a boat, and a few pieces of gear.

Here is how it works:

Spearfishing mixes Freediving and fishing. Freediving is the like snorkeling, but on steroids. It is very unlikely you will find a lazy person challenging themselves to dive to the depths of the ocean on a single breath. The gear is very similar to snorkeling, just a bit more specialized. You’ll need a wetsuit, snorkel, mask, and a pair of fins. You’ll need to learn this because when you start swimming around for fish, you will want to stay under for as long as possible.

Now for spearfishing, you’ll need similar type of gear, but there are a few things you should keep in mind. For instance according to our friendly experts spearfishing wetsuits are way different from your normal wetsuit. They are a bit tighter and easier to more in. They need to be more mobile than your average scuba diving wetsuit because you will be twisting and turning in all kinds of ways. Whereas with scuba diving, which is not a sport, you will be slowly moving forward, trying to waste energy. After all the more energy you waste, the more air you will use in your tank.

As for how you are going to catch the fish, you’ll need to shop around for top quality spearguns for sale. We do not suggest getting a cheaper one, because you do not want any accidents to happen with something that can severely harm another human being. The type you will need will depend on where you plan on vacationing. We assume you will be in a nice clean water for vacation, so stick with a gun that is good for reef hunting, yet it is long enough for open water. Keep in mind you want a longer one for the open seas because they are more powerful. When you hit the reefs, go for a medium sized one. We suggest you ask a salesmen for help, but do not fret if you get the wrong one. After all they are pretty similar, most have a band, and fire a spear. All will work when you are looking to catch your dinner ;-)

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Breast Augmentation Before Traveling?

 Before I went to Paris, France, I went to Coastal Plastic Surgeons for a breast augmentation San Diego. I was kind of nervous getting it done right before traveling because I wasn’t sure about how careful I needed to be after the procedure. I really wanted a breast augmentation because I’ve always felt inadequate in the chest area. I was 26 at the time and fast approaching 30. I was going to be in Paris to teach English and I thought it would be the best time to do the procedure. Since I had about a year before my plane would take off, I thought “now or never.”

I wanted to teach English in Paris, because I wanted to get away from living in the United States for a bit, especially since I live in San Diego, a pretty boring city with not much variety of anything. I went to high school and college and never really met anyone that I could see myself spending the rest of my life with and I thought getting out of Oklahoma would be a good thing for me. It might be the wrong reason to go traveling, but it wasn’t my only reason. I had never been out of the country before and I always thought I would like France from what I’ve seen about in movies and read about it on the Internet.

So I finally called up the doctors office for breast augmentation San Diego and made my appointment. The next month I found myself going through with the procedure. I was happy and nervous at the same time. My parents didn’t think it was a good idea, but at least my mom understood me and the reasons why I was doing this, which definitely helped me feel better. So I went for it and tried not to feel bad. I mean, if it didn’t go well, I could always get them taken out. The surgeons are so good these days that they hardly leave any scars anymore.

After the surgery was over, it took me like four weeks to fully recover, which was plenty of time before I left for my trip. They were very sore at first and it was hard to get around, but I managed. After four weeks though, I felt like a whole new woman. Not only did I look sexier, but I felt like it, too. I had a lot more confidence when going out or talking to men, which is exactly what I needed. I did end up going out a lot more than usual, although I still didn’t really meet anyone that blew me away so I still went on my trip and I was really excited!

I got on the plane at 6:00 AM and by this time I was used to the increased looks that I would normally get before the operation. The flight was long, but when I finally landed, it felt like I was in a whole new world with an infinite amount of experiences to enjoy. I can’t wait to see what happens in this coming year.


Top 5 Tips to Get Fit and Healthy

With obesity levels on the rise, fitness and health are now major issues. Lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet of junk and fried foods are the main culprits of obesity. The obese don’t usually like spending hours on a treadmill to lose weight.

However the treadmill is not the only means to lose weight; the key is to follow these tips, exercise and live a healthy lifestyle to maximize you work out results:

1. Set goals as health and fitness does not just involve going to the gym when you feel like it. Set mini targets deciding how much you want to lose and then decide how much time you have to lose it. Personal trainers and experts suggest losing 1 – 2 kilos every week is reasonable for healthy weight loss. It also provides you a schedule to stick to and helps monitor your weight loss.

2. Mix your routine as changing exercises not only prevents you from getting bored, it also helps your different muscles recover. Exercises do have to cover the different parts of your body but need not be achieved in one training session.

3. Stick to a regular schedule of several training sessions a week. Depending on how fast you want results, you can do 2-5 sessions a week lasting anywhere between 30 mins to an hour per session.

4. It is better to exercise for more than 30 minutes as in the first thirty minutes; the body takes energy from both muscles and fat in a 50-50 ratio. Once you exercise more than this, more energy is taken from the fat than muscles, say in a 75-25 ratio.

5. Make exercise interesting by trying something new. There is no shortage of gyms around, with everything from 24 hour gyms through to personal training studios and more across every developed nation. Try something new to mix up your regime! Join new exercise classes like Pilates, aerobics and spin class which not only help burn calories, but are fun.

While these classes target different body parts for overall fitness, the ultimate fitness is from sports like tennis or swimming. Adding a competitive element to your game helps motivate you to do more.

In a nutshell, fitness and health does not involve a crash diet but should be a part of your life. Change your lifestyle by eating healthy, using the stars instead of the elevator and perhaps walking your dog more to look and feel good.


Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding is a sport where the rider stands on a board and is pulled by a motorboat across the water. It is a combination of snowboarding, water skiing and surfing techniques. The motor boat towing principle is borrowed from water skiing, the trick on the wave are techniques from surfing, while the design and control of the board is similar to snowboarding. There are rubber binds that keep the feet of the rider firmly on the board, and with these the board is steered the same way as a snowboard.

Speed is a lesser concern for wake boarders and focuses more on the tricks. Using the wake from the board, these tricks are performed both on the surface of the water and in the air. Inverts are the most spectacular tricks collectively known, and are performed usually by catapulting the body into the air in an inverted position.

Potential wake boarders are required to be in a level of fitness that is reasonable, fairly strong arms and a willingness to get wet and make a fool of one self. The sport can be intimidating to begin with, but it is easy to get the hang of it after basic instruction.

In all towed water sports, there are two main safety precautions. It is very important that all wake boarders wear a personal floatation device (PFD) in the water at all times and all boats are required to employ a ‘spotter’. The spotter’s role is to keep the driver informed as to the wake boarders position at all times, while watching out for other hazards in the water.

First timers of this sport must adopt the beginner wakeboarding stance so that they would be able to navigate and control the board easier. The foot binding at front should be about 15-30 degree angle, pointed slightly towards the front of the wakeboard. Towards the end of the board you will find he rear binding placed far back, lined up at zero degrees, so that the weight of the boarder will be able to directly press on top of the rear fin.

A shorter rope is also advised to be used by beginners. This makes it easier for novices to get up and out of the water and also facilitates ‘clearing the wake’; since the wake is narrower the closer one is to the boat. A suggested length is between 30 and 50 feet.

 


Wind Surfing

An inexpensive and safe way to get people of all ages to get active on the water is by trying out board sailing or wind surfing. Wind surfing is a kind of water sport that makes use of a board with a single sail and has elements of surfing and sailing with a freestyle level of athleticism.

The sailboard or windsurf board has a typical length of 2-5 metres long which has a sailing rig attached by a flexible joint called the U-Joint or Universal Joint. A sailboard is rudder-steered while a wind surfer steers their craft by rotating and tilting the sail and mast as well as carving the board.

The sport is safe comparatively on waters inland like lakes or rivers because it is not a problem to capsize and quite unlikely for collision damage because the boards are light and losing control results to a quick stop. On the open sea however, wind surfing has much greater risks. The waves undermine the stability of the surfer, as well as the rapid downwind drift and strength of the wind.

It is wise to check on the weather forecast for the area before heading out for a day of windsurfing. Watch out for any signs of ominous weather.

Equipment should be checked before surfers sail. The deck plate should be rigged properly and secure. The ropes should be checked for signs of wear.     The outhaul and downhaul must be tightened and cleated off sufficiently, with the ends of the stowed away. The fin should be checked if it is securely fastened into place. When everything is ready and looks shipshape, inform someone about your sailing itinerary and your estimated time of arrival at home.

Take note of any local regulations on the beach such as no boating zones, or designated areas for bathing. If you are a less experienced surfer, take note of strong offshore winds because sailing back upwind can be dangerous and can prove to be very difficult.

Windsurfers should be protected from the dangers of the sun by wearing a hat and long sleeves and apply sunscreen. They must also be equipped with a personal floatation device (PFD) and wear a wetsuit.

By nature, wind surfing is a solo activity, it should not be undertaken alone. Surfers must sail in groups; this makes it safer in case somebody gets into trouble and more fun for all. Finally, a good wind surfer is aware of their own limitations; if there are any doubts about the weather conditions it is best to stay on shore.


Skimboarding

Skimboarding is an activity where a baseboard which looks a lot like a regular surfboard is used. A smaller board is used because it makes is easier to glide on water. This sport is also called skimming because the person stands on the board and slides on the surface of the water. In ideal situations, water is supposed to be shallow. Skimboarding uses the similar technique to that of surfing. But you’re at a safe distance, on shallow waters instead of battling with big waves. Just throw your board on the water, run quickly and get on it to skim.

The first thing you need to purchase your board. You have a choice of a wooden or fiberglass skimboard. It is important to remember your height and weight are factors when considering the right board for you. Your board will not glide but sink instead if you pick a board which is too small for you. Visit the nearest store for sporting goods and ask for help finding the board that is right for you.

Laguna Beach in California is the best beach for skimboarding. But if you don’t live within California, you might try skimboarding in a lake instead. Choose a lake where the water is still and it needs to meet the sand. Pick an area where there aren’t many rocks so that it won’t block the way.

You also need to understanding the wind pattern and speed. The speed is the key to skimming. Whatever the wind speed is, always remember not to jump on the board. When you run to climb on the board, your speed won’t decrease and you can actually move it closer to the waves in less time.

Regular waxing of the board is believed by many skimmers can make the board go faster. When you use the right kind of wax, it can actually make your board glide faster depending on the temperature and frequency of use.

Lastly, be conscious of your standing form. It is important that you keep in mind that this can only keep you away from being a better skimmer. Keep your back foot at the back of the board and the front one up close. This will keep you balanced on the board and reduce the chances of falling off or sinking the board.

Riders who are more experienced can perform tricks like the moves done by skateboarders. Other riders take this one step further and ride out into the waves. The tricky thing to do on a skimboard are aerials and it takes practice until a rider is able to do it. If a rider meets the waves they just skim up it and then back on to the shore.