Spend Wisely to Save Money

Have you ever noticed that the things you buy every week at the grocery and hardware stores go up a few cents between shopping trips? Not by much…just by a little each week but they continue to creep up and up.

All it takes for the price to jump up by a lot is a little hiccup in the world wide market, note the price of gasoline as it relates to world affairs.

There is a way that we can keep these price increases from impacting our personal finances so much and that is by buying in quantity and finding the best possible prices for the things we use and will continue to use everyday… things that will keep just as well on the shelves in our homes as it does on the shelves at the grocery store or hardware store.

For instance, dog food and cat food costs about 10% less when bought by the case than it does when bought at the single can price and if you wait for close out prices you save a lot more than that.

Set aside some space in your home and make a list of things that you use regularly which will not spoil. Any grain or grain products will need to be stored in airtight containers that rats can’t get into so keep that in mind.

Then set out to find the best prices you can get on quantity purchases of such things as bathroom items and dry and canned food.

You will be surprised at how much you can save by buying a twenty pound bag of rice as opposed to a one pound bag but don’t forget that it must be kept in a rat proof container.

You can buy some clothing items such as men’s socks and underwear because those styles don’t change, avoid buying children’s and women’s clothing, those styles change and sizes change too drastically.

Try to acquire and keep a two year supply of these items and you can save hundreds of dollars.

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Bass Guitar Essentials

Picking out my very first bass guitar was an exciting event.  It is the first instrument I have ever purchased that I plan on learning how to play.  Why not learn guitar first?  Well, I have a love for the bass and not only that, I have been told on many occasions that is is easier to learn than the guitar.With all of the excitement of my purchase, I decided to make sure I have all of the essentials needed for my new bass.  Below covers several accessories that you may want to include if you are looking to purchase a new bass guitar as well.

Bass Guitar Cases

The first thing you will want to do is protect your new investment.  This requires a sturdy bass guitar case.  Cases come in various styles and materials.  The lower-end cases are very thin and don't offer much protection if you plan on toting your bass around town.  There are sturdier cases which are molded and padded on the inside.  These cases have a hard shell and the padding keeps the bass secure.  I'd highly recommend a molded case if you will be doing a lot of traveling.

Extra Bass Strings

Bass guitar strings are relatively sturdy but it doesn't hurt to keep some spare strings handy.  There are several types of bass strings available to include flatwound, roundwound, and groundwound.

Bass Guitar Straps

Depending on the bass you purchase, it may already come with a strap included.Of course there are various types of straps to choose from as well.  The most popular guitar straps are usually made of leather or suede.  Many are often woven and come in a variety of colors to suit your tastes.  If you're not into the fancy straps, you can always choose between vinyl and polyester.

Extra Guitar Picks

Out of all of the accessories you can have for your bass, the pick comes in more styles than anything else.  You can choose from hundreds of colors as well as the thickness of the pick.  Having multiple guitar picks always comes in handy.

Guitar Tuner

Keeping your bass in tune is a must and there are various types of guitar tuners available on the market.  They all range in price from lower end tuners at $10 up to high-end versions that go for $100 or more.  If you're a beginner, it's probably safe to stick to a low-end model until you become better at playing the bass.

Backgammon History

Backgammon has been around for many years, and many different people have been playing the game.  Backgammon history is not known by many people, however it is an interesting piece of information to look into.  If you are a big player of the game, backgammon history may be a story you want to hear about. Here we go. 

Backgammon is the oldest game ever played.  It is said to come from the Greek. It is said to be originated in what is known to us today as Kuwait and Iraq.  This was between the times of 2900 and 1800 BC.  So as I said, it is a very old game. 

Back in this time a group of people called the Sumerians lived in this area and they were known for some cultural creations like the wheel and math system.  They also were thought to be the inventors of the first written language. 

They made their own version of the board used for the game and came up with their own pieces to play with.  Scientists found proof of this many, many years later and figured out they were playing backgammon. 

Backgammon was found to be played by nobles and the royal party.  However now and maybe even then, all cultures and all classes of society play game.

The Egyptians and the Romans played the game, however, they had different names for it.  One was the “Senet” or the Tabula.  They were played with the same intentions, only different names and tables. 

In the early societies, the game of backgammon was banned.  In Japan, it was illegal.  It is interesting to think about today, that a board game was once outlawed in a society. 

In the late 60’s, the game of backgammon became very popular.  Everyone seemed to take an interest in the game and they were playing in living rooms across the globe. 

Now with all the technology of the world, you do not have to rely on a board game and getting out all the pieces.  If you have access to the Internet, then you can play backgammon with the click of a mouse.  There are many versions of the game offered online and you can play alone in the privacy of your own home or at the office while taking lunch. 

With the availability of Internet backgammon, you can practice up without anyone knowing.  You can have the advantage over the other players when it comes time to compete with friends or family and some day you may even be ready for a tournament. Tournament play sounds like great fun.


Ballroom Dancing Has Never Been Hotter

Ballroom Dancing has never been hotter than it is now since Dancing with the Stars hit the air. Who knew that this show would be such a hit and that it would revive ballroom dancing the way that it has. Ballroom dancing is an enormously fun thing that you and your partner or a friend can do together. Ballroom dancing is a great way to spend some time together away from all of the normal everyday stress of life, that is what makes ballroom dancing such a fabulous thing to learn.

Ballroom dancing is something that everyone can enjoy whether they are young or old, man or woman. Not only is ballroom dancing fun it is great exercise and after a short while you will find that you will be in much better shape than before you started ballroom dancing.

Ballroom dancing is sexy and relaxed and one of the most popular forms of dance worldwide. Everyone loves to watch ballroom dancing and most people would jump at the chance to actually take some ballroom dancing classes. If you would like to take ballroom dancing all you need to do is look in your local Yellow Pages. There you will find plenty of dance studios that offer classes on ballroom dancing. There are other ways to find ballroom dancing classes and schools in your area. You will find ballroom dancing classes online as well. You will be able to do a quick search online and find many different studios in your area that will be able to teach you all about ballroom dancing. And even if you are single you will still be able to take ballroom dancing classes, as there are many ballroom dancing classes for single people. Who knows you might meet the man or woman of your dreams.

Avnex Music Morpher Gold 3.0 – A Closer Look

Of all the features in Avnex Music Morpher Gold 3.0, the Editor contains a truly impressive collection of powerful and versatile audio tools. Let’s take an in-depth look at the various effects and filters built-in to this program.  While most of them can be accessed on the fly in the Music Player and applied real time, these effects are only active during playback.  To permanently alter your audio files you have to open them within the editor.  You can work with one file or multiple files in multi-session mode.

What you can do.  The selection is seemingly endless.  There are 60 major filters and effects to work with. Plus support for Direct X and VST.  That’s just the surface; let’s take a detailed look at the power contained within these modules.  If you are familiar with basic audio terms, most of these modules will be familiar to you, but you may not have encountered such depth and precision available to you in one program.  Here’s the detailed list of the AVnex Music Morpher Effects Library:

Voice Morphing
o Cher Modification - 10 presets 8 controls
o Frequency Morpher - 11 presets and a graphic interface
o Robot Voice - 9 presets 2 sliders
o Root Formant Mover - 8 presets 2 sliders
o Tempo Morpher - 11 presets one slider
o Voice LPC Pitch Changer - 6 presets one slider
o Voice Morpher - 16 presets 3 sliders
o Voice Extractor  - 3 presets7 sliders
o Voice Remover  - 3 presets 4 sliders
o Voice Extractor  - 5 sliders
o Voice Remover - 5 sliders

o 2 order equalizer - 17 presets 10 sliders graphic control
o 4 order equalizer - 17 presets 10 sliders graphic control
o Graphic Equalizer - 13 presets 1 slider graphic control with 2 scales
o Linear Phase Equalizer - 17 presets 10 slides graphic control

o Low Bass Filter - 16 presets 3 slides graphic control
o High "        " - 6 presets 3 slides graphic control
o Band  "      " - 8 presets 4 slides graphic control
o Band Reject Filter - 7 presets 3 sliders graphic control
o FIR Bass Filter - 16 presets 3 sliders graphic control

o Amplitude Morpher - 8 presets graphic control 2 scales 2 curves
o Auto Loudness - 12 presets 2 sliders
o Change Channel - 9 presets 2 sliders
o Constant - 2 settings
o Dynamics Morpher - 8 presets 2 sliders graphic control
o Fade In - 4 types 1 slider
o Fade Out - 4 types 1 slider
o Invert - 3 presets 2 settings
o Limiter - 16 presets 2 sliders
o Multiband Dynamics - 8 presets compression ratio/threshold graph
o Normalize - 6 presets 2 sliders
o Volume - 15 presets 2 sliders

Echo and Reverb
o Complex Delay - 14 presets 7 sliders
o Delay - 22 presets 5 sliders
o Mega Reverb - 15 presets 5 sliders
o PingPong - 12 presets 7 sliders
o Resonance - 6 presets 6 sliders
o Reverberation - 10 presets 7 sliders 3 line controls
o Stick Channels - 17 presets 9 sliders

o Pseudo Surround 12 presets 3 sliders
o Surround - 24 presets 2 sliders

o Beat Tracking - 50 presets 2 sliders import capable
o Chorus - 15 presets 4 sliders 5 options
o Chorus Plus - 11 presets 8 sliders
o Detonation - 14 presets 7 sliders
o Distortion - 5 presets 4 sliders
o Envelope Morpher - 10 presets 2 sliders graphic control
o Flanger - 8 presets 5 sliders sine/feedback control
o Hardcore Beat - 8 presets 7 sliders
o Karaoke - 4 presets 1 slider
o Music by Voice Morpher - 4 sliders file input option
o Noise Reduction - 9 presets 2 sliders
o Rhythm to Noise - 7 presets 24 sliders each with 4 waveform settings linear and log scales
o Spectral Peak Enhancer - 6 presets 3 sliders
o Squeak - 8 presets 5 sliders
o Tremolo - 7 presets 5 sliders
o Vibrato - 3 presets 3 sliders
o Vibrato Plus - 10 presets 2 sliders time/offset graph
o Wave - 16 presets 5 sliders 6 waveforms
o Wah Wah Filter - 10 presets 6 sliders 2 scales band filters

Have you ever seen a more comprehensive list of audio tools?  This module alone sets Music Morpher Gold head and shoulders above the competition.  Besides the ability to play almost any audio file and to morph them on the fly, beyond the amazing variety of audio tools, you can also burn CDs, organize your audio files, rip audio CDs, create covers and liner notes for your CDs, and capture/record from any input device. Truly this is a masterpiece of audio software that will provide you with the means of fulfilling any of  your audio dreams.  Logon to www.audio4fun.com to download a trial version; you won’t be sorry.

Wayne Rice is a freelance journalist, copywriter, photographer and artist.  He currently resides in the United States.