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Dept of Transportation Procedures

Having moved across the country just 2 years ago, we have encountered a few problems here and there with different state policies. Nothing major, until yesterday. We have a Jeep

Am I “Micro-managing” My Kids?

The “Mom” The high school my son attends has implemented Edline, a program which allows students and parents online access to assignments, course calendars, grade sheets, absence reports, team practice

Blast-free open pit mining meets production targets

Knauf Latvia produces construction materials in Sauriesi near Riga, the capital of Latvia. The main source of raw material is the company's gypsum mine a few kilometres away. Blasting was

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Dept of Transportation Procedures

Dept of Transportation Procedures

Having moved across the country just 2 years ago, we have encountered a few problems here and there with different

Blog Action Day – The Environment

Blog Action Day – The Environment

The first Blog Action Day is almost upon us. On October 15th, nearly 7,000 blogs will be all writing about

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  • YouTube is the go-to site for everyone wishing to watch a new video of their favorite song, to explore new music releases, or to even check out older, already released songs just for the nostalgia of it. YouTube allows us to watch videos and listen to songs of our favorite bands, and artists. All is fun and games till the Wi-Fi works, but what if the connection is gone or not strong enough for your videos to run?

    Not only that there are times when the internet network is down forcing you to watch and listening to songs while it buffers and stops randomly. That’s annoying to any music lover, after all, we want is to listen to the song continuously without any interruption. Which is why the best bet for you is to download the YouTube video so that you are able to listen to it later.

    Especially if you plan to go offline to do some work or to an area where the network is no available, how do you plan to carry your music? The simple answer is to download the music, while it isn’t an easy task but it doesn’t have to be hard either. There are plenty of software’s that offer you the opportunity to download music, but not all are reliable and many don’t even download the song you are looking up. Instead, you end up with some crazy music or sometimes even just incomprehensible noises that make no sense.

    Convert YouTube Video to Mp3

    It is easy for users to go on and on, spending hours on YouTube watching videos, playing background music when working, but when a situation arises where there is no connectivity and you are offline then how are you to listen to these songs or watch the videos. There are software’s available online that allow you to listen to your choice of song on YouTube, and convert that very same video/music into an Mp3 file for offline use.

    The best YouTube converters allow you to take the very YouTube video you love and copy the URL, paste it into a text box of the software. Along with that, there are these pre-set profiles that make you choose what sort of file you want, its resolution, format, and compression. The whole deal, so that you are able to convert and download exactly what you need and require to listen offline.

    This way, with all these pre-set functions, you are able to download exactly what you need for your device. Not only that they save the clips and convert them in batches this way you are able to choose where they are saved once the conversion is complete. You may think why do you need to convert, why can’t YouTube just let you download it, that is because it is against the law and copyright infringement, and against the terms and services that it provides. But with a software converter, you are able to change the whole format and this is perfectly ok and legal.

    The best software for YouTube to Mp3 conversion is free and with no extra cost, you have a collection of offline music and even videos to watch. In the pre-set functions you can choose the format of conversion, whether you want an Mp3, which is just the sound-perfect for music, but there are many more options, you may convert it into a .vid file: which converts the online video into an offline video, the same exact content just that it is saved in your device to watch later when you are offline. Free YouTube downloader, is the best way to get offline music and music videos or any kind of video. It is simple to use, well designed and easy interface for anyone to understand how to go about it. The only annoying part might be the ads that it contains but it’s not that much of trouble as once you have selected your options, let it convert and while you work on other important things. You can go on a downloading spree and there is nothing that can stop you. The free YouTube downloader is a great way for a musician to download instrumentals to jam on later or make new music.

  • Hair clippers are mandatory instruments that are very much in demand owing to the popularity and the versatility of it. In order to attain the true benefits of it, one must be aware of all the features of it that makes it much more suitable to be used by all. While reviewing the top hair clippers to be used by customers, most of the reviews that turned up were absolutely positive and thus, the need for such efficient equipment is an absolute yes. But there are certain sharp qualities about it that attracts the customers and one must therefore, look into the details of the wireless hair clippers that lend a helping hand to various tasks.

    What are the special features of the wireless hair clippers?

    It is really essential that the hair trimmer must essentially work in a good condition so that one can get the hair trimmed very easily. Apart from that some of the most essential features of a hair clipper are as follows:

    • Battery power

    Most of the hair clippers available in the market are high powered ones that require two sets of batteries to start its function. Once on, the trimmer can work in full mode to chop off all the excess hair and beard and give it a good shape. Most of the battery trimmers usually can be recharged and thus one can get the benefits of it accordingly.

    • Warranty period

    Most of the hair clippers come with a warranty periods and some have it only for 6 months. The ones that have longer warranty period must be purchased as any damage caused during the period can be repaired easily. Even some of the clippers can be replaced as well and therefore, it is necessary to purchase a clipper that has a minimum warranty period. One must also check the fact that the warranty card must be duly signed by the company so that the damage can be repaired without any additional difficulties.

    • Looking into the budget

    Most of the hair clippers that belong to various brands are often costly and if one is thinking to purchase a good one, then the budget must also be thought about. Spending too much of money on the hair trimmer is really not necessary and therefore, the price must be seen before buying the product.

    • Cordless clippers

    The best clippers are one, which are cordless in nature. One doesn’t have to worry about plugs or any other accessory except for the battery. Such a trimmer is light weighted as well and can be carried anywhere and everywhere.

    The final take on wireless hair clippers:

    A good hair trimmer can be of so many uses. It can not only trim the hairs but also give a perfect shape to the beard as well. Keeping all the latest technologies at hand, the trimmers are made in such a way that one can get the maximum benefits out of it because of its multi-functional system. Even the operation to trim the hair can be done in minutes and the efficiency of the tool can be counted as one of the best to be liked by most users. Hair clippers or hair trimmers must be purchased depending on the needs of the individual and thus, one must be aware of its different modes that are likely used for hair and even the beard. The performance level is the same for both the operations and one can get the benefits in both the cases. Thus, the wireless hair clippers must only be purchased for a professional experience.

  • Today it is very important to reach a batter position in the search page results of the Google. Of course, there are many other search engines available in the market but Google is still the leader. Therefore, you need to be cautious about the position obtained by your website in the search page results of Google. While the technics followed by you to reach the top position in Google results will always reflect on other search engines too. Many people think that just running a business website is enough to enjoy large number of online customers. However, this is not the truth. Therefore, it is the right time to find the help of SEO marketing services now. This acts as a part of your online marketing strategies carried out to reach people.

    Why online marketing?

    Today’s world is fast and there is no time for nay people to spend on purchases. Therefore, they apt for online sites and every business is completely conducted only with the help of the online sites. Only with the help of a large number of website traffic, you could earn new customers. In addition, when you are ready to go with the modern SEO technics it is possible to retain the old customers. Wherever may be your business it is important to have a strong online presence today.

    Advantages of SEO

    You will get advices from the seo professionals about the way of presenting your content in the website. In addition including the necessary key words will help you to attract the web crawlers used by the Google. There is nothing wrong in using the optimization technics, because it is hard to pay for the top places available in the Google results because they are allotted for advertisements. For a nominal entity, seo is the only position to get a good page rank.

  • Millions of people rely on some type of medication to help them sleep. There are many natural sleep aids that can be used that are effective treatments for insomnia without the side effects of prescription pills. If you want to avoid potentially addictive sleeping pills, taking natural aids for insomnia is your answer. Most natural sleeping aids are a mixture of herbs, vitamins, and minerals. Your sleep cycles are regulated by your brain signaling the release of hormones. Even when you try to eat healthily, you may still have nutritional deficiencies. These deficiencies can affect your body in many ways, including sleep problems. One of the advantages of natural sleeping aids is that they can help to overcome these nutritional deficiencies allowing your body to function better

    L-tryptophan is one of the important amino acids the body produces that help you to sleep and is available alone or in a mixture in many natural sleep products. It helps your body produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system that helps you sleep and melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone.

    Valerian and melatonin are two other substances that are also found in many natural sleeping aids.

  • Having moved across the country just 2 years ago, we have encountered a few problems here and there with different state policies. Nothing major, until yesterday. We have a Jeep Wrangler that broke down and we were not driving it at all. It was sitting in our driveway and we had canceled the insurance. My hubby is very mechanical, and set out to do the major repairs on it over the last month or so. He finally finished it this weekend. With that being said, the registration was overdue and so he had to renew it. He got all the paperwork together and went to the local DOT. They would NOT renew the registration…they said he had dropped the insurance, so he showed proof of new insurance. Then he was accused of driving it without insurance…no, it was not drivable. He proceeded to tell them he had done all the work himself and then they said he needed high-risk insurance because of the repairs…WHAT??? 

    So….he came home, got all the receipts for the parts, but since he did the work himself, was that acceptable to them….the answer was NO. So, we happen to have a legitimate business that sells Jeep parts and does repair work. So, he got on the computer, made up an invoice with the business name on it, listed all the parts, charged HIMSELF labor, and printed it out. They accepted it!!!! This whole time I’m shaking my head thinking what is up with this place?

    We live in a state that borders Mexico and since there are so many people without insurance, we have to have proof of auto insurance regularly. They don’t have a grace period either. They want their paperwork NOW. Hubby was there for hours trying to get the issue resolved. It took most of the day, but it worked, and now the Jeep is drivable, legal, and no longer collecting cobwebs.

  • Wanda Sikes has a great bit in one of her comedy acts about parents with kids. She reveals how parents with kids lie to parents considering having kids so as to pull them into their shared misery. “Sure it can be work, but it’s WORTH it!“ It is all in good humor, and I admit I laughed out loud many times.

    I have four beautiful children, who each in their own special way(s) provide me with new and interesting ways to learn life lessons. One of our favorite comics to read is Baby Blues because the humor is so applicable to our current station in life. There is no doubt the two authors of that strip are and have been parents of small children. Practically every panel we read, my wife and I turn to each other and laugh because we can think of an exact situation where our children have done the exact same thing.

    Because there are so many things to laugh about with parenting in order not to go completely stark raving mad, I have decided to start the first of likely many posts about the “Joy of Parenting.” This will include things that happen typically as a result of our little bundles of joy going through their typical stages in life that bring a strained grin to our faces (with clenched teeth) or any number of other emotions.

    Today the topic is the seemingly perpetual situation of sick kids.

    My family has been experiencing some sort of sickness since just before Christmas. Having a bout of sickness in the house isn’t all that uncommon in the winter months, but this year has been a doozy. Nothing warms the heart and brings the joy of parenting like dealing with vomit spewed on every wall and floor surface within imaginable reach of a child’s bed. The smell alone drives me from the room, as it would any sane individual. I don’t lay claim to having the strongest stomach in the world, but what comes out of my kids could have some sort of military application I am sure.

    It’s bad enough that our kids have made sure they have a “throw up bucket” as a permanent fixture in their rooms. Pleasant, eh? Fortunately these last few weeks have been only coughs, sneezes and plenty of fevers. This “fortunate” side of things is difficult to remember when it comes to trying to console a moaning and crying one year old at 1 am, 2 am, 3:30 am, etc. I don’t think my wife or I can remember that last time we had an uninterrupted, full nights sleep at home. We find ourselves planning short getaway vacations simply for the opportunity to get some decent sleep!
    Before kids, I rarely caught any sickness. Granted, I lived a more physically active life at the time, but I like to attribute the bulk of my more frequent sickness to my kids. We ship them off each day to these germ breeding grounds we call the school, where they share all manner of sanitized gear and situations. After a day full of germs swapping they come back with fresh crops of infestations to share with the family.

    Once the little bugs have found their way into your house, the fun begins. If your lucky, the whole family catches it and you endure a few days or a week of misery together. That’s if you’re lucky. More typically one or two people get it, get better while the others incubate the little bugger only to get sick a week or so later and start the cycle all over again. Round and round, like a fun little infection merry go round.

    Kids exhibit their discomfort in their own, personal little ways. Since discomfort was part of that statement, you know they don’t jump for joy and exclaim their gratitude for their feelings of misery and discomfort. Some just whine and moan a bit, others get cranky and bring out their little devil inside. I feel the most sympathy for my baby. As I write this post she has been crying for an hour with my wife trying to comfort her. Not the cry that annoys you, but one that makes you feel bad because she really feels that awful.
    In our house, there are little privileges that come with being sick. Meals in bed, regular supplies of movies and TV when you normally can’t watch them, etc. Of course because of these little treats, even when our kids have even a little cough they try to embellish it in hopes of gaining the “extras” as soon as possible. You know your kid isn’t faking it though when after days of not eating you get so desperate for them to eat anything you offer ice cream and they still refuse.

    We used to frequent the pediatrician on way too regular a basis, but with some experience under our belts now we are well on our way to qualifying for our own degree of some kind. We can diagnose our kid’s ailments with a decent measure of accuracy, enough that our doctor respects our judgment to take it at face value. My wife can practically sense an ear infection coming days away…really. I’d call it a sixth sense, but she is well beyond the single digits on her built-in motherly super-abilities.
    Yes, sickness is never fun, and as part of parenting, you get to experience in in abundance. Vomit, coughing and sneezing in my face and more bodily fluids than I knew could come out of every orifice than I thought possible. Paints a lovely picture, doesn’t it? It’s a good thing I love these little buggers.

  • The “Mom”

    The high school my son attends has implemented Edline, a program which allows students and parents online access to assignments, course calendars, grade sheets, absence reports, team practice schedules… essentially every aspect of the high school student’s academic and extra-curricular life. Of course I am thrilled with this new tool! It should help my son to manage his life. But really, I am thrilled because it’s easier for me to keep on top of what’s going on and what my son should be doing. It gives me more material for those daily chats. Instead of asking “What homework do you have tonight? Can you get it done before baseball practice?”, I can say “So, you have Math and Latin homework and a History test to study for, better get moving or you won’t be done in time to go to baseball practice. Oh, and by the way, you’d better plan on starting that Chem project this weekend.” And, to myself I am saying “Haha! There’s no hiding now!”

    Again, I am thrilled with this! I am a control freak – and I know it. But I have this nagging concern. I know that my reminders help in the short run, but what about the long run? When does he learn to manage all of this for himself? Am I really doing him a favor when I “manage” this? If he doesn’t learn to juggle these things now, what happens when he goes off to college, where there will be even more distractions?

    I certainly never had anyone making sure I got my homework done. Up until now I have sorted of prided myself on being so much more involved than my parents were, but now I wonder if that’s for the best. I know the answer is “a happy medium”…but I’m just not sure where to draw the line for “medium”.

    The “Dad”

    All too often, our kids see “communication” and “control” as pretty much the same thing, so yes – it’s our job to know what’s going on even if they’re not inclined to tell us, and not just about the juicy stuff like sex and drugs, but about the boring, everyday icky junk like history homework.

    We’ve run into the Miracle of the Sliding Grades with all our girls at one point or another, most recently when the Elf, a consistent A/B student, brought home (no, wait – when they mailed home) a B-/C semester report card, and boy, did the fur fly (little Fluffy the Cat has never been quite the same). It wasn’t any major life-crisis, as it turned out; just The Elf easing up and getting lazy, but we were none the wiser until it was a little too late.

    Hereabouts we’re not helped much by the schools; where they loved us and begged us to be involved in the classroom and curriculum during elementary school, by middle/high school were useful only as fund-raisers, and then only at arm’s length. It’s time, they tell us, for the kids to take responsibility for their homework and grades or they’ll never learn…and at the same time they’re telling us that grades and academic performance are hugely important, now more than ever, for college and life at large. So, what, we let them fail (and damage their lifetime-chances-options) so they can learn…once again, just a little too late?

    I think the grade grubber 6000, or whatever that system is, is a nice compromise: you can spy on them just as you should without being intrusive, and offer help when they really need it, not just when you think they might (or just when you – I mean me – really wants to.) Go forth and kibbutz – guiltlessly!

    “The Teen”

    It’s cool technology, I’ll admit. But I think it’s a bad idea.

    High school students have their whole days planned out by teachers. When we get home, we don’t want our parents telling us that “you’ve got math problems, government notes and that big literature paper due tomorrow, oh, and you’ve got to set the table, help make dinner and babysit the kids across the street later tonight.” That’s a lot, and we know it! But we can handle it. Emphasis on the “we.” We the students. Not we the family.

    Teenagers do a lot of juggling, but if you’re going to be juggling it for us… how will we ever learn?

    I understand the need to control some aspect of your child’s life, but when it comes to homework. It should be up to them. A little help might be good, but it should be their responsibility to ask for help if they need it.

    If you see your child struggling to get things done on time, or if their grades are slipping, ask if they need some help (with time management or studying) – don’t just give it to them.

  • The first Blog Action Day is almost upon us. On October 15th, nearly 7,000 blogs will be all writing about one central theme, the environment. I think the concept of uniting writers from around the world to focus on a single topic is both interesting and exciting. I have no expectations of sudden world peace as a result of this effort, but an increased awareness may be a result. I feel fortunate to be doing my small part in this, and I am hoping that some of you may also be interested in participating in the event. If you have a blog, you are more than welcome to register at www.blogactionday.com no matter how small or large your blog is. They do prefer established blogs though, not ones started up just for the sake of participating.

    If you do not have a blog but would like to participate I would really enjoy seeing some guest posts on What’s Gotta Go or What’s Gotta Stay for that day. The posts need not to be literary masterpieces; they can simply be your thoughts on the thing that are good or those that need to be fixed. The posts can be short or long, whatever your style or the amount you want to say. I have a few choice topics I plan to cover, but I am more than happy to have anything you might want to contribute.

    If you are interested in writing, please contact me by submitting a comment on this post or emailing me at wgg (at) whatsgottago (dot) com. As always, sorry for the cryptic way of writing the email, but it helps in avoiding spam.

    Please keep in mind that I am more than happy to receive your articles/posts prior to the 15th; I can hold on to them and post it on that day. I look forward to hopefully hearing from some guest writers!

  • Ok, when did life turn into the Super Bowl? Or better yet WWF SmackDown?? EVERYTHING is a competition! This all came apparent to me this morning while driving my daughter to her high school. Her drop off area is in front of her school and every morning it is like the Indy 500 meets a Walk-a-Thon with cars all competing for the front spot and kids on foot darting in and out rushing to make the first bell. No parents are willing to wait and all insist on pushing down the cattle shoot to be able to drop their little darlin’ off right in front”¦this is almost impossible as really the driveway is only large enough for two cars to be side by side but somehow 3 squeeze thru”¦unless one is an SUV and then they are King and take up the two spots. I find it interesting with all the cars so close together no eye contact is ever made between parent drivers”¦shows weakness I guess. Heaven forbid you might look at someone and have to nod and give up the right of way.

    car drive

    My suspicions were confirmed we have moved into the ESPN Zone when driving thru my older neighbor where the streets are narrow. If cars park on either side of the street it makes it a slalom course and only one car at a time can fit thru. And this morning I met a Fiesta ready and willing to play chicken with me. Being the non-competitive person I am”¦gladly pulled over between two parked cars allowing the Fiesta to speed by. All of this got me to thinking”¦yes, that is a dangerous thing.

    I take notes”¦I make lists”¦I worry I might not be prepared if there IS a test at the end of all this”¦”Ah I’m sorry God but I didn’t know we really had to pay THAT much attention.” So once home I ran my morning thru my head and came up with this theory”¦hypothesis”¦idea”¦REVALATION! Sorry, had 2 cups of coffee today”¦.

    1. The world is divided into 4 Teams”¦The Haves, The Have Nots, The I’m Takin’ Yours and the I Don’t Care (this Team use to be known as I Don’t Give a Rat’s”¦but was found to be too controversial)

    2. Training starts at birth

    Rules change daily

    3. Rules change daily

    4. Team uniforms vary wide from Dior to Wal-Mart. Some Team members try to trick you by wearing other Team colors as status…that in itself is a competition.

    5. There are no subs”¦once you’re in you’re in for the game!

    6. Team equipment consists of cars, clothing, houses, iPods, cell phones, pets, gym memberships”¦heck anything goes into play at some point!

    7. Extra points are given out randomly for front parking spaces grabbed, having “My Kid Is On The Honor Roll” bumper stickers, the loudest cell phone ringtone, longest Christmas Newsletter and maxing out more than 5 credit cards.

    Ok”¦I’ve made my point (well in my mind at least). Call me a whiner”¦but I’m so NOT interested in making first string. I’ll gladly warm the bench and watch everyone else huff and puff their way thru life”¦stressed out and pushing to be first in line, first on the block with the newest model cars, TV screens so big I can sit in MY living room and watch”¦I given up trying to keep up with the Jones”¦heck it’s hard keeping up this level of average!

    Anyone else wants to join me on the bench?

  • Knauf Latvia produces construction materials in Sauriesi near Riga, the capital of Latvia. The main source of raw material is the company’s gypsum mine a few kilometres away. Blasting was used as main mining method. Blast-free open pit mining meets production targets

    To decrease blasting impacts on environment around the quarry for its mining operations the company is now using an excavator equipped with an Atlas Copco HB 7000 DP breaker. Although new to the operators, blast-free mining has become the main method at the site and the daily production of the breaker unit has already reached the target level.

    Because of blasting impacts, Knauf began looking at blast-free mining as an alternative. The company invested in a Liebherr R974 excavator equipped with an Atlas Copco HB 7000 DP breaker and the unit started production at the end of January.

    JUMP START FOR PRODUCTION

    Originally the breaker was intended to support production in the quarry and to be used in areas closer to deposit borders and residents. After the experiences of the first three months, blast-free mining has now become the main mining method. The breaker unit runs in two shifts about 15 hours a day.

    Blast-free open pit mining meets production targets

    1100 TONS PER DAY TARGET REACHED

    Atlas Copco’s latest generation of heavy breakers requires less hydraulic input from the carrier while maintaining maximum impact performance. At the Knauf gypsum quarry the average production of the excavator with the HB 7000 DP breaker attachment has already reached the target of about 1100 tons per day.

    Atlas Copco further notes that thin layers of brittle material are ideal for blast-free mining. When material quality varies between the layers, or there is undesired material between them, the breaker method has a great advantage over blasting in that it readily enables selective mining.