Monthly Archives: August 2016

Why Do Mirrors Show Images Backwards, But Not Upside Down?

Body Mirror in AucklandDid you ever look in a mirror and wonder how it works? Mirrors might be seemingly mundane, but they are scientifically peculiar things. They flip left and right but don’t seem to show things upside down. Try this simple experiment: take a piece of paper, write your name on it, then look at it in the mirror. See how it flips the letters left to right, but the image still remains upright?

Now, look at your reflection in the mirror while holding up your right hand. Notice how your right hand still seems to be on the right side of the mirror from your perspective. But if you’re the reflection and you view things from that perspective, you see that your right hand is now your left hand. Still, the fact remains that as the observer, your right hand is still on the right side of the mirror. There’s no switching.

Trippy Science

It’s time to change things up a bit. Take a piece of translucent paper, write your name on it, and present it to the mirror with your name facing you, so you can read it. Now look at the reflection. Notice how your name looks completely normal now? Turn the paper over (make your name face the mirror again) and see the change. Now, it looks backwards again.

The answer is apparent: the mirror is not to blame here. You are. When you look at something in the mirror, you present it backwards, so the mirror presents it backwards as well. By now, it’s established that the mirror doesn’t flip things horizontally.

Take an arrow and point it up, down, left, and right. The reflection points to the same directions. But if you point the arrow forward, the image points backwards. But the mirror doesn’t flip horizontally, right? No, it doesn’t, but you did flip the arrow vertically, in the Z (vertical) axis. And doesn’t stop there.

Try this experiment. Take someone else and face them. Write a letter L on that person’s left hand, then write a letter R on your right hand, then L on your left, and so on. In the mirror, that person’s R on their right hand would depict R backwards. For that person’s image to completely resemble yours, you’ll have to flip their image horizontally. But then, the mirror doesn’t flip horizontally. This is where the Z axis (vertical flip) comes in. You have to turn something inside out (like a left-handed glove turning into a right handed one if you turn it inside out) for it to fit a right hand. Long story short, images look flipped horizontally and/or vertically because of you, and not the mirror.

Southeastern Arcadia: Why Singapore is the Expats’ Utopia

Singapore Financial DistrictRecently, Singapore ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world, in contrast to its neighbours, Malaysia and Indonesia, but even with that title, many people still consider moving there.

Living in Singapore

Singapore is a place where expats flock to yearly and it is one of the cities in Asia where they could fit in so easily. Foreigners can become acquainted with diverse groups of people at a modern and safe environment. 

Residences at Reflections shares that the country is one of the places in the world that's ideal for raising a family. There is an availability of high-quality schools and educational institutions and a strong sense of security. Singapore has a very low crime rate and the streets are relatively safe. It has a high standard of living and advanced healthcare facilities.

Working in Singapore

The city is the second prospering economy in the world, this is according to the Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015. Until now, Singapore lures foreign talent for different industries, such as finance, IT, engineering, communications, advertising and marketing.

The ease of getting hired in the city depends on the career path you have chosen, but competition is fierce, so it can be quite challenging. There are specialised professions in Singapore, too. These may require registration with the government and may request you to provide them with details about your job sector, as well as your pay scale.

What many people do not know about Singapore is that it is a haven for oil companies and oil refineries like Shell Eastern Trading. It also invests and supports industrial, as well as scientific, research and development, especially on chemical engineering, microelectronics and biomedical fields.

In contrast to the expensive cost of living, the salary is generally high. The 2014 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey showed that nearly half of the expats living in Singapore earned more than S$250,000 per year. Also, 62% said their disposable income was significantly higher than what they would earn back in their home countries.

Living in Singapore has its perks, given that you have done your research. Once you have decided on where to live and how you are going to sustain yourself, then you are good to go. Get ready for a new adventure, a new chapter of your life.

You Could Be Saving Money with These Interior Design Tips for Your Home

Window Company in BirminghamWhen you’re aiming to save money for your home’s interior design, look to your windows. Properly placed and planned window installations and designs can help you save on energy and electricity costs.

Many homeowners are not keen on designing their windows for fear of bad design. Don’t worry, any room in your house can benefit from a beautifully designed window. There are many styles to choose from and you can always seek the help of a trusted Birmingham window company when installing windows.

Here are some ways on how you can save money while maintaining beautiful windows for your home.

Keep the Warmth Inside, Coldness Outside

Solar-glazed windows are trending nowadays. You can have them installed in your home to save on heater costs. They keep heat inside your home, which usually escapes through windows, to keep you warm. At the same time, they prevent harmful ultraviolet rays from entering your home.

Keep the Cool Air In

Similarly, if you think it’s too hot inside your house during summer months, you can save on air conditioning costs by keeping your windows open. This allows the air to enter your home and keep the atmosphere cooler inside.

Use Windows as Decorative Pieces for Your Home

You can also save money by using your windows as decoration or visual arts. You don’t have to consult an interior designer just so you can add a piece or two of décor in your home. Windows can work as frames where you can add window treatments to make your home more beautiful.

Maximize Natural Light That Enters Your Home

By allowing natural light to come into your house, you are limiting your use of electricity. There’s no need to turn lights on all the time. To maximise natural light in your home, install skylights, clerestory windows, and big windows on the walls. A Birmingham window company specialising in window installations can be hired for this task.

Also, you can always opt for smaller windows, but put them close together to make them look like they’re bigger.

A Last Tip

Windows allow you to enjoy natural light and ventilation. What’s more, you can always savour the view outside because of well-planned window installations. To get the best out of your windows, use any of the tips shared above.

The Case about Shutters: Protecting and Lighting your Homes

Window ShuttersA home that radiates natural sunlight often presents a warm and welcoming ambiance. While natural light is always the good way to go, too much light at home is also not good as it makes the place warmer. That is why choosing the right type of window, not to mention the right type of window shade is very necessary. Finding the right one while matching your interiors can be tricky, but possible.

In Brisbane, companies like The Blinds Place offer plantation shutters that would not only protect your home from the heat but also makes sure that it matches you interior aesthetic, completing that warm and welcoming homey feeling.

Shutters for any of your needs

Different people have different needs, in as much as different windows in different parts of the house have different function and as such in need of varying amount of sunlight (or privacy). Companies offer different kinds of shutters or blinds for any of your needs. You can have the ready-made ones, or even customized ones — anything that would suit your style. You can also consult them, as well as your interior designers if you have little to no idea on which kind of blinds or shutter to get.

Throughout the years, shutters, or particularly plantation shutters have evolved to just being a part of the window that shields you from the sun and from your nosy neighbor’s prying eyes. Shutters have also become a home statement.

Quality designs and choices

Companies offer different types, designs and colors of a shutter that will suit your home’s interior taste. Gone are the days when wooden shutters come in wooden color, they now come in different shapes and sizes, flexible to any type of window you prefer.

Who says do windows need to be boring? With shutters, you can enjoy the privacy of your homes while being fashionably pleasing to the eyes.

3 Myths that Only Serve to Drive Up Your Power Bills

Home HeatingA number of myths surround home heating, as people seek a creative way to heat up their houses during the colder months. Much to their dismay, however, some of the measures they follow only serve to drive up their power bills and do more harm than good.

Turning the thermostat too high

Many people fail to understand the primary working mechanism of a thermostat and end up cranking it too high with hopes of speeding up the rate at which the house warms up. Unfortunately, it only serves to drive up you power bills and increase the wear on your furnace without warming up the room. A thermostat helps to maintain a pleasant temperature in the home. As a result, it does not control the speed at which the house heats up. Rather, it only controls the final temperatures and leaves you with an overly warm house, when you fail to turn it down in time.

Keeping the hot water turned on for the whole day

While running out of hot water can spell a disaster in Salt Lake City, Beehive Plumbing advises that you should never run the water heater all day long. While it might seem like a good idea, it only serves to drive up your bills. With proper insulation, your hot water tank should keep the water hot until around midday. After which, you can run the heater again to tide you over the next six hours. If you keep running out of hot water, can consult a plumbing expert to work out your hot water needs and repair any faulty systems.

Thinking that a big heater is better

Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to a choice of heater since many factors go into the process of choosing the ideal heating unit for your home. If you get a larger heating unit, you stand the chance of driving up you power bills and incurring massive but unnecessary buying and installation fees.

Some beliefs only serve to sink bigger holes into your wallet without adding any value to your home. Be wary of them.

All the Reasons You Need a Good Graphic Design for Your Site

Graphic DesignerBusiness owners, especially those who run small ones, usually have limited resources. Due to their lack of budget, they have to compromise when it comes to creating an eye-catching website, a smartly-designed logo, and branding that exudes professionalism. Rather than having a pro graphic designer do the job for them, they either do it themselves or have an inadequately trained employee do it.

The thing is, graphic design largely contributes to the success of your business. With the expertise of a graphic design specialist in Provo, you can achieve your business goals, which means you can recoup your expenses in just a matter of time. To realize how important professional graphic design is, read and find out what it does for your business.

  • It gives you the best way to secure a positive first impression.

"You only have one chance to make a long lasting first impression," as the common saying goes. Whether this graphic design aspect pertains to your site, logo, branding, or email signature, your prospective clients will immediately have a first impression formed in their minds when they see these elements. Add to that the fact that all it takes is a few seconds for consumers to form their opinions based on visual aesthetics, and you can realize how valuable high-quality graphic design is.

  • It reflects what your business is all about.

The overall design of your website, logo, and branding (which includes its graphic design elements) serves as a reflection of what your business is about. Poor design can turn off potential consumers since they do not give off any wow factor or credibility. You have to look at design as a tool to express everything about your business, and a professional designer can help you achieve just that.

Your business means a lot to you, so invest in quality graphic design services or you will simply risk everything you have worked so hard for.

3 Sure Ways to Ruin Your Buildings and Properties

PlumberWhile houses depreciate over time, some actions and neglect often serve to drive the process with a higher degree of success. Wear and tear becomes inevitable and as such, you can only slow down the process or minimize its impact. However, some actions tend to accelerate the process, contributing to the rapid degradations of the house and causing you to incur hefty losses in the process.

Skimping on repairs

A broken step, door handle, or cracked tile might not appear to be a big problem at first. If left unattended, however, the damage may spread the surrounding area. You might even overlook a leaking pipe as a minor issue, not knowing of the water damage that's taking place inside the foundations of your home. The water leaks into the drywall, causing rot and promoting mold infestation. Have an expert perform routine maintenance to keep every corner in good condition.

Skimping on skilled labor

Most DIY enthusiasts flinch at the thought of calling for a professional service despite not having the necessary skills and tool to handle a repair. As a result, they end up creating a bigger mess and incurring heavier bills. Beehive Plumbing recommends not starting a sewer pipe repair without hiring an expert. A small accident not only endangers your household, but the entire neighborhood as well.

Skimping on quality

Superior home products often carry a premium price tag, forcing many homeowners to opt for the cheaper varieties to cut down on cost. While that might seem like a sound idea, it often presents you with a massive problem down the line. In addition to frequent breakdowns, the parts might cause extensive damage to your home. Repairing the faulty items as soon as they break down helps to keep your repair bills low, allowing you to procure quality replacement parts.

Many people often overlook the value of routine maintenance, which then speeds up the devaluation of their property. Going too cheap is a common problem among homeowners, so don't be like them.

A Look into Maori Customary Law

Customary Law in New ZealandThe Maori are New Zealand’s original settlers, having an established community and culture dating back hundreds of years. As with many countries that were later taken over by the Europeans, New Zealand has a dark history of conflict between the British Crown and the indigenous populations.

Today, the New Zealand government protects the rights of their Maori citizen, to preserve their culture and their way of life. Maori customary rights were also implemented by way of apology for the past conflict between European settlers and the NZ tribal communities.

Protecting Maori Rights

According to Rainey Collins Lawyers, there are many Maori citizens who seek legal assistance in various fields of negotiation. This may include settlements with various government agencies, including the Conservation Department and Land Information NZ (LINZ). It may take several years to give the indigenous populations everything that is owed to them.

There are some customary laws that are already in effect:

Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011

One of the more recent customary laws implemented in New Zealand is the Takutai Moana Act of 2011. Formally known as the Marina and Coastal Area Act 2011, this law protects the Maori marine activities and gives them more freedom to access the coast.

According to the Takutai Moana Act, any iwi is allowed to negotiate with the Crown for customary rights to marine activities. Iwi is a term for tribe, and may include all individuals who are part of the Maori nation.

Iwi may claim a customary title over marine areas. Currently, the Crown has no ownership of the foreshore and seabed of New Zealand, which is a central part of the Maori way of life. This act also allows iwi to continue practices such as collecting hangi (brick oven) stones, fishing, and aquaculture, and seafaring.

The NZ government is constantly revising existing laws and introducing new ones to protect the cultural heritage and rights of the Maori people.

Why a Low Bone Density is No Longer a Barrier to Implant Treatment

Dental ImplantTraditionally, a lack of bone density has been seen as a barrier to dental implant treatment. Indeed, there are still some dentists who turn down patients for dental implants because they have suffered some degree of bone loss. However, thanks to modern dental advances, implant treatment is now available to more people than ever before.

The implantology team at Capital Dental in Twickenham are able to perform complex implant placement where additional treatment is needed to regenerate the levels of bone density before dental implants are fitted.

When bone density requires regeneration, a bone graft can be used in the lower jaw whilst a sinus lift – which involves lifting and packing the sinus cavity with bone grafting material – to rebuild the level of your jaw bone prior to implant placement. This adds some months on to overall treatment time, but is worth it to maximise the implants’ chances of success.

Bone loss is the principal reason that traditional dentures become loose. Loose dentures can cause a variety of problems, from difficulty eating a healthy and nutritious diet because of being restricted to soft foods to negative impacts on social life because of fear of dentures falling out in public. They can also make it difficult to speak clearly.

Dental implants can be placed under either local anaesthetic or conscious sedation. The latter option will require you to bring a friend to your appointment so that they can drive you home and take care of you until the sedatives have worn off.

Recent changes to the law in the UK mean that it is illegal to drive under a wide variety of drugs. Therefore, you must be completely sure that the sedative drugs are fully out of your system before you get behind the wheel of a car. Your dentist will give you full aftercare instructions after conscious sedation, and you should follow these carefully.

Temporary teeth may be fitted whilst your implants are healing, or you may be able to continue wearing your old dentures until healing and integration is complete. Your dentist will have to adjust them first to ensure a good, comfortable fit while you heal.

From Beaches to Grasslands: All the Places to Explore in New Zealand

New ZealandA holiday in New Zealand can be an expensive venture, but the vast beauty of this land makes it a prime destination for travellers, adventure seekers and newlyweds. Known for its picturesque landscapes and its unique climate, New Zealand is a favourite of people with a love for the outdoors.

Outdoor trips can be expensive as you will need to pay for equipment, lodging and guides. You can easily pay off your holiday by taking out a quick loan from places like Rapid Loans. Personal loans are perfect for paying for your trip, so you have the time of your life without shelling money up front.

The Grasslands

New Zealand is full of sprawling grasslands and majestic mountain ranges. The Kepler Track, one of New Zealand’s most popular walking and tramping tracks, takes three to four days to complete. The alpine tussock grasslands cover the area for kilometres in every direction. You will even get a chance to visit the Luxmore caves and to see the famous Iris Burn Falls.

The tussock herbfields are especially commonplace in the South Island. These expansive grasslands may even have larger snow grass that grows up to two metres in height.

The Beaches

The beaches of New Zealand are equally majestic and totally unique. Did you know that there are coastal hot springs found only on the Coromandel Peninsula? The Hot Water Beach looks like a normal beach at first, with its chocolate coloured sand and blue waters, but just two hours after low tide, the beach bubbles and gurgles as a natural hot spring rises from the ground. These unique coastal springs carry mineral rich waters full of calcium, magnesium and potassium.

For surfers, the Piha Beach in West Auckland has rips and currents that challenge surfers of all skill levels. Windswept with black, iron-rich sands, adventure seekers can brave the waves and have the time of their lives.

New Zealand is full of surprises. It is a wondrous place for holidaymakers.