A bored kitty is a destructive kitty. Is yours attacking you in the night? Destroying the

A bored kitty is a destructive kitty. Is yours attacking you in the night? Destroying the furniture? Do you wake up being stared down by feline resentment? You can buy your way out of this. Kitty’s love is for sale. And the price is not always canned food and salmon-flavored treats. Cats are predators. They need to chase things. They have brains and muscles that need exercise. Here are 7 of the most highly rated cat toys out there. Bring one—or several—home for your feline roommate. Toss one of these into the fray and kitty will track it down and kill it! It will run when swatted. And the feather is irresistible. When not being chased around by your fierce feline, it won’t look like junk on the floor, either. It’s shiny and pretty! Fishing for kitty is a great game and a sweet way to unwind and spend a little time with your cat. This fabric fishing rod has great movement and is satisfying to bite into. (For the cat, not you.) It might even improve your casting technique if fishing—for actual fish (don’t tell kitty) is your thing. Pro tip: Stick the handle end into the cushions of the couch so the fabric end dangles and kitty can play solo. Now that cat fishing is your new favor...

Why You Shouldn’t Mount Your TV Above Your Fireplace

Mounting a TV above a fireplace has somehow become a common occurrence. Even if you’ve never committed this crime, chances are you know someone who has. Whoever it was that first thought up this idea and why they found it appealing are two mysteries that will likely follow us to our graves, but that’s all in the past now. Since science has yet to crank out a functional time machine that would allow us to preemptively ground the idea before it ever took off, the best we can do is try to persuade you, dear reader, from perpetuating this horrific practice now, in 2020. Please don’t mistake our contempt for TVs over fireplaces as an insult to the sensibilities of those of you who have them set up that way. There is a very good chance you feel you had no other choice. And if you really like it that way? More power to you. At the end of the day, the guilty party is the person(s) who designed your home. They made the fireplace the focal point of your living/entertainment room, and then filled the rest of the joint with windows. Then they made sure power and cable were run to the location above your fireplace, virtually placing a big sign that says “mount TV here.” Is putting a TV above...

Taking cupcakes to the next level | Ledger Independent

As a little girl I always loved cake. But, there is something special about a cupcake that makes you feel special. It’s your cake, especially decorated for you to bite into however you please. As much as I love eating a cupcake, it’s the decorating that has always been my favorite part. I fondly remember in elementary school an activity involving a plain cupcake, icing, bowls of sprinkles, and a few shades of food coloring. We all went wild. No two looked alike. Some held together better than others, but none lasted more than five minutes before being demolished by our bare hands and hungry eyes. It was the absolute best. They were treasures we could only describe to our parents as there was nothing left to show them. As friendly as cupcakes are, they can also be intimidating. A recent cupcake order made me realize I had to take my cupcake game to the next level, literally. Nothing makes a dessert desired more than decadence, and one of my favorite ways of achieving that is increasing not just the flavor but the actual height of a dessert. An easy way to do this with cupcakes is going beyond the frosting. You can top your cup cake with chocolate dipped fruit, candy, chocolate m...

CES 2020 has come and gone, and as we reflect on the products seen and lessons

CES 2020 has come and gone, and as we reflect on the products seen and lessons learned, the staff at TWICE has named their Picks Awards winners for CES 2020. Only products that were submitted into the awards program were eligible to win, and were judged based on their potential impact to the consumer electronic industry. 1MORE React True Wireless In-Ear Headphones The React True Wireless by 1MORE offers exceptional performance and capabilities for those looking for a pair of headphones that can handle any outdoor activity with the convenience of a truly wireless design. The React TWS, a 2020 CES Innovation Honoree award winner, features a two-chip system that enables lower power consumption and enhanced efficiency while also including an independent DSP for keyword spotting (microphone always on). This allows users to trigger voice commands without having to touch any buttons, which is especially useful if you are engaged in physical activity. Lower power consumption allows the earbuds to last 5 hours on a single charge, with the portable charging case bringing total battery life to 24 hours. When you are working out, you want your music to drive you. 1MORE includes a large 14....

Robotic Process Automation has generated a lot of buzz across many different industries. As businesses focus

Robotic Process Automation has generated a lot of buzz across many different industries. As businesses focus on digital innovation, automation of repetitive tasks to increase efficiency while decreasing human errors is an attractive proposition. Robots will not tire, will not get bored, and will perform tasks accurately to help their human counterparts improve productivity and free them up to focus on higher level tasks. Beyond simple RPA, Intelligent Automation can be achieved by integrating machine learning and artificial intelligence with Robotic Process Automation to achieve automation of repetitive tasks with an additional layer of human-like perception and prediction. Robotic Process Automation has generated a lot of buzz across many different industries. As businesses focus on digital innovation, automation of repetitive tasks to increase efficiency while decreasing human errors is an attractive proposition. Robots will not tire, will not get bored, and will perform tasks accurately to help their human counterparts improve productivity and free them up to focus on higher level tasks. Beyond simple RPA, Intelligent Automation can be achieved by integrating machine learning...

Veneers are all the rage but do you have to shave down your teeth?

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Love Island’s Connor dazzled (blinded) us all last week when he debuted his shiny set of teeth, purchased on the cheap from the shores of Thailand. Since the 25-year-old showed off his dazzling set, Google searches for ‘Thailand teeth’, ‘veneers Thailand’ and ‘Thailand veneers price’ rocketed, up by 100%. It’s no surprise when you consider that 71% of Brits under 30 think good teeth is the most attractive trait a person can have. Every year, thousands of Britons fly to destinations including Hungary, Poland, Turkey and Bulgaria, and sometimes even as far-flung as Colombia or Thailand, to undergo cosmetic dental procedures such as porcelain and composite veneers. And there’s a lot of misinformation floating around too. Recently, a tweet went viral after claiming you have to shave down your teeth to accommodate the veneers. But as some pointed out, this isn’t always the case – there are no-preparation veneers for those who don’t want to shave down their natural teeth. Different treatments require different methods and as technology has advanced, so too has cosmetic proced...

Bigleaf Maple Syrup Flows As Profits Drip From Once-Maligned Northwest Tree

There’s probably more written on how to kill a bigleaf maple tree than how to grow one, according to Neil McLeod of Neil’s Bigleaf Maple Syrup, a farm in the tiny northwestern Washington burg of Acme. “It’s hard to kill,” McLeod says with a wry smile. “A great tree. Perfect weed. It makes good syrup.” In his humid, densely-scented sugar barn puffy steam pours out of an evaporator through several big stacks and into the cold winter air. The damp perfume permeates his T-shirt and clouds his glasses as he leans over the vats, inspecting them for any out-of-control foaming. McLeod has become intensely interested in how to better grow the West Coast’s native bigleaf maple tree — because he’s started tapping them by the hundreds for his boutique syrup business. McLeod started cooking in the woods on his property in 2011 using a 10-gallon pot over a propane ring. Now, he uses a $15,000 commercial evaporator and $10,000 reverse osmosis machine. In his pantry McLeod keeps select bottles of his older vintages. Some are lighter colored, others are dark with the sap’s mineral sediment settled to the bottom. In 2018, the family b...

The Complete Guide to Every Brewery on the North Shore of Massachusetts [Map]- Northshore Magazine

Massachusetts’ brewery scene has been nothing short of flourishing in recent years. With new craft brew houses popping up almost everywhere, it’s hard to keep track of them all. Here, we’ve listed North Shore breweries by town alphabetically, so you can search for your favorite spot or get to know the others in your area. Find out which brewery best fits your vibe-—whether you’re looking for live music, European-Style ale, great food, or a community focus. Or, leave no stone unturned and go ahead and try them all! BareWolf almost never makes the same beer twice. Situated in an old mill building in Amesbury, their taproom hosts events like live music every Saturday night, and game nights and trivia on select Wednesdays and Thursdays, respectively, and they even have a handful of arcade games. Just don’t get too attached to any of their brews—they won’t last forever. “What we came to love is always leaving us, but the next and greatest thing is right around the corner,” says their website. “What better way to tackle our pesky mortality than to share a beer with those we love?” Located in downtown Amesbury, Silvaticus specializes in traditional European-Style beers, like Belgian an...

EL CAJON — There is a scene in the classic 1941 film, “Citizen Kane” where an

EL CAJON — There is a scene in the classic 1941 film, “Citizen Kane” where an exuberant millionaire playboy Kane (Orson Welles) exclaims, “I think it would be fun to run a newspaper.” The context here being that publishing a paper is nothing more than a simple diversion. EL CAJON — There is a scene in the classic 1941 film, “Citizen Kane” where an exuberant millionaire playboy Kane (Orson Welles) exclaims, “I think it would be fun to run a newspaper.” The context here being that publishing a paper is nothing more than a simple diversion. In local terms, Robert Zakar, who was raised in a family of merchants and has successfully operated gas stations, grocery outlets and convenience stores, decided to take a left turn and delve into — well, for lack of a better term — the body transport business. “When people pass away, we will take the deceased to a hospital or funeral home,” Zakar said. “My brothers would handle the actual transportation, while I would do the marketing and accounting. “At first, I did not want anything to do with removing bodies, it seemed pretty creepy to me; but when I thought about it, I realized that it was about the loved ones left behind,” he said. “I foun...

Choice of materials takes the heat out of LED packaging (MAGAZINE)

John Cafferkey examines the most effective packaging options for thermal management in high-power LEDs, including a detailed look at the most common LED architecture and package types. JOHN CAFFERKEY examines the most effective packaging options for thermal mitigation in high-power LEDs, including a detailed look at the most common LED architecture and package types. LEDs are getting brighter. To meet the demands of the general lighting market, LEDs must match the lumen output of traditional incandescent and halogen bulbs – often within the same form factor – and this mandate presents a thermal challenge, among others. The average high-brightness (HB) LED only converts around 45% of the energy put in to visible photons. The rest comes out as heat. This heat needs removing from the LED as quickly as possible to prevent the LED from overheating with potentially catastrophic failure occurring. The rise of power input in such HB LEDs exacerbates the problem by pushing far more power into the LEDs and, in turn, generating far more heat. This scenario is the thermal management challenge that is faced by LED manufacturers, and there have been a number of different approach...

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Copyright © var today = new Date() var year = today.getFullYear() document.write(year) • Wick Communications The crisp late morning air in Anchorage was biting, with temperatures still failing to eclipse zero, as a couple hundred people weaved their way around Cuddy Park making a slow procession toward the Assembly Chambers inside the Loussac Library. Jackets, beanies, and traditional Alaska Native regalia intertwined with protest signs sporting messages like, “A Woman’s Place is in the House – the White House!” and “No Unity with Bigotry!” and “In Our America Love Wins.” This was the scene of the fourth annual Women’s March on Saturday, which took on a new look and more refined meaning in the opening days of 2020. It was born a loud and visceral response to the 2016 election of Donald Trump, with millions taking to the streets nationwide – over 3,000 in Anchorage alone. This year, a smaller crowd of around 250 gathered in Alaska’s largest city, with other smaller gatherings peppering the state in Fairbanks, Juneau, Palmer, Homer, Cordova, Bethel, and Seward. The first march was a reaction; somewhere to place the anger felt by those who awoke to a historically controversial pres...

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!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML+RDFa 1.0//EN” “http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/DTD/xhtml-rdfa-1.dtd”> Rainwater harvesting is the conscious collection and storage of rainwater to cater to the needs of water for drinking purposes, domestic use and irrigation. Navita Singh explains how to set up such a sustainable system in your home Rainwater harvesting is a very important step in the direction of achieving sustainability. It gains significance in a nation like ours where fresh water is a scarce commodity. Rainwater harvesting is the conscious collection and storage of rainwater to cater to the needs of water for drinking purposes, domestic use and irrigation. black steel pipe Traditional and time-tested systems were employed in the past in various parts of our country. For instance, baoris in Rajasthan, jhalaras in Gujarat, keres in Karnataka and eris in Tamil Nadu. So, the system of harnessing rainwater for future needs is not new to the Indian culture. It would be advisable to think about rainwater harvesting when you are planning to build your new home. Carefully planned rainwater harvesting scheme will ensure long-term benefits. It is possible to...

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