Preparing for the Unexpected: Emergency Food Checklist

No one expects a disaster to hit them. But it’s not unheard of. Everyone seems to assume that they have all the time left in the world until that natural disaster or financial hardship hits. In these times, it’s more important than ever to be prepared.

According to Honeyville, emergency supplies can have a long shelf life. It never hurts to keep extra food on hand, either for that potential disaster or an unexpected necessary ingredient. When you do start emergency planning, take in to consideration the food people like, avoiding allergens, and ensuring that all types of food are covered. Keeping meats, vegetables, fats, and carbohydrates are important to ensuring that nutritionally everyone is covered.

It helps to calculate the calories of everyone in your home. You can use this information to project how many calories they need for a week or few months. Then you can store a proper amount of food for each person. Don’t forget the necessities like medication.

Canned foods work very well for emergencies. As do dried vegetables, meats, and carbohydrates. Cereal and granola bars have a long shelf life, especially when individually packaged. Keeping bricks of water and canned or powdered juices and milk is also a great idea.

There’s equipment to think about too. See in the infographic below.


How Much is Gold and Silver Worth?

Investing in the stock market scares some people. Fortunately, there’s an alternative to the black box of Wall Street and that’s commodities. Of the commodities, there’s energy, metals, agriculture, meat & livestock, and consumer. Today we’re going to talk about metals – specifically silver and gold.

According to Money Metals Exchange, if you bought $100 worth of gold in 1971, it would be worth over $3,040 today. If you had bought silver in 1971, it would be worth over $1,200 today.

That amount of gold would by two 60″ LED Smart HDTV’s, six plane tickets to the Bahamas, and pay your annual electricity bill twice.

That amount of silver would pay for a weekend vacation for four, groceries for two people for four months, and three new SLR cameras.

The dollar is depreciating and holding physical metals instead of cash seems to be a great way to go to protect your money. It’s still not understood why the dollar is devaluating, but keeping your money in a timeless commodity is a great way to keep you and your family financially secure.

One hundred dollars in 1971 only retains about 17% of it’s former value, which illustrates the need for smart investing more than ever.

Read on in the infographic below.


How a Semi-Automatic Paintball Gun Works

Ever been paintballing? Mayhem Paintball, an outdoor paintballing course in London & Essex has sent us a handy resource that shows how a semi-auto paintball gun actually fires a paintball. It’s pretty interesting, so whether you’re a paintball fanatic or newbie, keep on reading to learn more.

First there’s a feeder that stores all of the paintballs. It’s not like a regular gun that houses only a few bullets. A feeder on a paintball gun can store a LOT of ammunition.

The feeder drops a paintball in to the barrel. The air or CO2 tank is what fires the paintball. It holds the pressure and feeds it in to the air line. Air is then passed through, in to the chamber from the air line.

The trigger is how you fire the gun (obviously). It’s bit more complicated than that though. The trigger releases the hammer that pushes the bolt forward over the exhaust valve. This exhaust valve goes through the air chamber, which fires air through the exhaust valve and in to the bolt. This is what fires the paintball to your target.

A paintball can fly about 100 feet and flies at a top speed of 200 miles per hour. You can fire 8-30 shots per second depending on the type of gun and configuration.

See it in the infographic below.


Planning, Designing, and Optimizing a Website

Best Website Builder Now has released a handy resource that discusses the stages of building a website well. Building a great website isn’t the easiest or cheapest endeavor in the world and doing it right the first time minimizes the cost and delays to launch.

In Stage one, effective planning is paramount. You really have no value unless your visitors can take action. YOu need to plan the structure, or how you want the information to be organized. Knowing your business and the market will help you figure that out.

First you need to plan the purpose. All other plans will hinge on your planned purpose. This should be the focus of all your designs.

You also need to plan the pages. How many of them do you need, what types are they, what are their goals? Constructing your pages effectively enhances usability and drives visitors to the information you want them to see.

Planning the navigation is also super important. People are very impatient online and the average user spends 30 seconds before ditching. This is why it’s very important to have a clear navigation bar that allows visitors to know where they are and how to get where they want to go.

Read on in the infographic below to find out about the next stages.


How to bleed your radiator

With winter fast approaching, taking care of your home heating system is a top priority. No one wants a cold night with no heat. According to Boiler Juice, many families will find cold spots on their radiator, providing them with less heat than they desperately need during the chilly months.

The easiest way to combat this is by bleeding your radiator. This removes the air in your system, making your heat more efficient and using less fuel to heat your home. While it might seem like a daunting task to undertake, it really isn’t that hard.

First, you’ll need a radiator key or a screwdriver and a cloth or towel. Start by turning on your system and making sure that the valves are switched on. Leave the heating on until it reaches a normal temperature. Next, identify which radiators need bleeding by checking for cold spots along the top of the radiator. Then turn off your system and allow the radiators to cool enough for you to touch them.

Now prepare the area by placing the cloth under the outer edge of the radiator to catch any drips. Insert your key or screwdriver in to the release valve and slowly turn it counter clockwise.

Keep reading in the infographic to find out how to bleed your radiator!


The new era of home security

Need a security system for your home? Our homes are our sanctuaries, our comfort, and our reprieve from the outside world. Protecting it and your possessions is something most, if not all, must do. Choose Home Security has given us a great resource to learn about how.

ADT Pulse, the new era of home security. It provides complete security automation, enhancing your home experience inside and out. You have full remote access from your smartphone and can wireless connect to your home devices using Z-wave technology. Whether you’re at the store, work, or on vacation, you have the ability to control your home using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

It makes it easy to maximize your home security while reducing home energy costs. Heating and cooling make up most of your energy bill, taking up 29% and 17% respectively. Water heating, appliances, and lighting are the next highest energy costs, using up 14%, 13%, and 12% respectively. People spend 6%-12% of their salary on utilities, much of which is wasted.

Energy bills have risen by 37% in the past three years. One conventional lightbulb costs $21 to power during the year if you leave it on throughout the night.

Obviously you can control all of these costs more effectively if you can access it from anywhere. Read on in the infographic below.


What kind of London tourist are you?

Ever visited London? An incredibly popular tourist destination with a rich history, London is the perfect place for your next vacation. The London Pass has provided a handy resource to help you figure out how and what you should see. Let’s take a look at their quiz.

They’ve provided a great way for you to see what tourist attractions are more important to you. For example, do you plan your vacations with military precision or do you like to fly by the seat of your pants? Would you prefer shopping on Bond Street to sipping tea at the Ritz? Or do Bond Street, Regent Street and Oxford Street remind you more of Monopoly than shopping destinations? Would you rather spend a big night out in Soho or eat a 5 star breakfast?

Do you love British culture enough to stand in long lines? Would you prefer a burger at the Borough Market over seeing Abbey Road? Or would you rather see Nottinghill (famous for the Hugh Grant movie) versus Carnival? Is Big Ben attractive to you? Should fine dining and pub appear in the same sentence?

After taking the quiz, you’ll know if you’re a tourist party goer, a food lover, a super tourist (must see all the things!) a happy shopper or a museum nerd. See in the infographic below.


The 4 scariest movies cursed in real life

Just in time for Halloween, Presto has released an infographic discussing the four scariest horror movies and how they affected the cast, film crew, film set and audience. There’s been hundreds of horror movies released, but only a few stand out as being truly terrifying. Interestingly enough, they were all released over 10 years ago. Let’s take a look at what happened.

In Poltergeist’s 1982 movie, four cast members actually died between the three films. A Native American shaman actually came to “rid the evil” from the set. Apparently, it was revealed in 2002 that real skeletons were used as props in the film.

In the Exorcist of 1973, filmmakers were so scared that they decided to bring their own friar to bless the premises. Up to nine crew members suffered untimely deaths during filming or shortly afterwards. There were multiple cases of injuries on set and the entire set even burned down in strange circumstances, delaying the filming for a few weeks.

Rosemary’s Baby of 1968 brought about death and illness in a very public way. The pregnant wife of the films director, Robert Polanski, was murdered by the Manson Family in 1969. John Lennon was also shot and killed right outside the apartment where the filming took place.

There’s one more scary one to see in the infographic below.


Why Frozen is one of Disney’s most successful movies of all time

Disney movies are often thought of as “kid” movies. According to Presto, Disney is back and more relevant than ever before.

Frozen is one of Disney’s most recent successful box office hits, with kids and adults loving the highest grossing animated film of all time. In fact, Frozen is the 5th highest grossing film of all time, right behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. It raked in an international gross earning of 1.2 billion dollars.

Disney’s other animated movies haven’t hit this big in a long time. The Lion King is Disney’s only other movie to make it to the top 10 Highest Grossing Animated Film category in 1994. Before 2013, Disney hadn’t had a big hit in over 10 years. Tarzan in 1999 was Disney’s last big hit, with Pixar picking up the slack in most recent years.

One of the reasons Frozen is such a big hit is the music. Much of the music was produced by Broadway’s veteran composers. “Let It Go” not only won an Academy Award, but five awards in total. A remixed version made it to the number one spot on a dance song chart and number five on the US Billboard 100.

If you haven’t seen Frozen, take a look at the infographic below then go watch it.


Evolution of the Terminator Franchise

This year marks the 30th year of the original film The Terminator. It’s crazy that something that’s still popular today was first released 30 years ago, it doesn’t feel like it would be that long! Presto has released a handy resource for us to learn more about the Terminator franchise.

The original film in 1984 was directed by James Cameron and brought $78 million in the box office. This original action film was the beginning of a huge franchise. One that produced four films, 26 video games, 100 comics, and a TV series.

It wasn’t until 1991 that the second hit came out, Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Also directed by James Cameron, this film brought $519 million in the box office. In this film, Arnold and his co-star, Linda Hamilton, work together to defeat a new super terminator, the T-1000. Terminator 2 won four Academy Awards, including Best Visual Effects.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines came out in 2003. This one was directed by Jonathon Mostow and brought $433 million in the box office. In this film, predictions of the Judgement Day finally come true. And of course, the anti-hero is the first terminatrix, T-X.

Next came a TV series called the Sarah Connor Chronicles. It takes place after Terminator 2 and follows the lives of Sarah and John Connor. It was a very highly rated show, but only lasted 2 seasons.

There’s more to see, read on in the infographic below.