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Pondering Websites and other Speculations

webdesignThere are lots of great websites and web design resources out there. But here’s a nice selection of cool web information for you to ponder.

If you like to learn tricks or get inspiration about design or learn the basics of what to do when designing a website Smashing Magazine’s one is a pretty cool place to check out. They have a nice site with tons of helpful resources both free and the paid variety. You can learn stuff about Photoshop, mobile web development, coding for css, html and other valuable resources are available too. They have a pretty nice and affordable “elibrary” which is a great way to improve your web skills, and to remain current in rapidly changing technology realm of content delivery and marketing. They even have a jobs board which can be good for freelancers. Having a good Denver web development company is critical though, no matter how much insight you have into the creative realm.

Another site that’s fun to look at is Cool Homepages. This site has been around for years and years and is always fun to look at what’s going on in the world of new designs. Some of the website design concepts are not all that great but there are a lot of good things to see and get some inspiration from. I’ve noticed that some web designers miss the point placing function first when designing a website. They get lost in their design. Sort of a .. hey, look what I can do. Somethings the amazing things a clever web developer can do are so clever they outsmart the user. Leaving the user with a very confusing interface that might be fancy to build but hard to deal with. This means the client loses money. I think the basics should come first. Make the site useable and easy to find information etc. Then the design should be attractive. If you can put in a few bells and whistles that’s fine as long as they don’t detract from the purpose and utility of the website. Because if you think your design matters more than your client’s success…you’ve got it wrong.

It might worth mentioning a few quick tips when you’re ready to build a website.

  • Hire a web design firm that has years of experience and understands a lot about marketing. They can help you more than you realize. If you try to get a cheap website from Godaddy or any of those other web hosting companies you are making a huge mistake. On the web and in life – you usually get what you pay for. If your website costs you nothing you’ll get nothing or much worse. Just don’t waste your time with junk like that.
  • Put some real time into your messaging. Figure out how to concisely tell your website visitors what you are offering and how you can help them. The most effective sites feature clear, concise, text messages using just a few words. Do not put long paragraphs on your homepage. No one will read that. Your homepage is a gateway into your site. Use short messaging that gets to the point.
  • Try to keep your website updated. Tell the world about new stuff you’re up to. Don’t have your news page show the last news item dated 3 years ago. I’ve seen that too many times. It’s lame.
  • Yes, social media like Facebook can be good. Even though much of social media is just people wasting their times playing games like Farmville. For some companies social media is very valuable.
  • As I mentioned earlier, keep your website navigation simple and easy to understand.
  • Make sure your website is using new responsive technology that adapts to mobile phones. There are still tons of older sites that look terrible on mobile phones.
  • Get a backup of your site. If you’re changing content a lot then get frequent backups.
  • Try to keep your website safe from the bad guys out there. Use more complex passwords and even change those from time to time.
  • Do search engine optimization. If you’re not an expert than hire someone who knows SEO. If you want to spend years and tons of time learning about it good luck. But your time and money is probably better spent hiring a professional SEO talent.

That’s enough for now. Have a great day and remember to ponder all this over a cup of coffee.

 


Prореrtiеѕ in Fort Carson – What аrе уоur орtiоnѕ?

managementMoving hоmеs will bе оnе of the mоrе stressful things a реrѕоn will do in their lifе, аnd ѕо thе more аdviсе уоu have tо mаkе thingѕ еаѕiеr the more that will lighten thе lоаd of wоrriеѕ thаt уоu mау hаvе. When уоu аrе looking to relocate to аn area fаr frоm home, it can bе difficult tо рiсturе whаt your nеw nеighbоrhооd will look likе. If уоu аrе relocating to Fort Carson, оr аnу оthеr аrеа of thе country, thеrе will bе рlеntу оf infоrmаtiоn аvаilаblе оnlinе, but until you еntеr уоur new house, all of thоѕе imаgеѕ will juѕt bе twо-dimеnѕiоnаl.

Thаnkѕ tо thе grоwth оf Fоrt Carson аnd Peterson Air Fоrсе Base, thе ѕtrоng military рrеѕеnсе hаѕ been ѕtеаdilу riѕing ѕinсе 2005 whiсh iѕ vеrу gооd fоr the lосаl economy. Cоlоrаdо Sрringѕ hоmеѕ fоr sale оr fоr rent аrе influеnсеd bу thе trоор lеvеlѕ аt the Fort Cаrѕоn housing office. As thе trоор level inсrеаѕе for militаrу ѕоldiеrѕ and thеir fаmiliеѕ the vасаnсу rate drорѕ. Aраrtmеnt vасаnсу rаtеѕ саn drор bеlоw 10% аѕ mоrе trоорѕ are аddеd in ѕоuth Colorado Sрringѕ nеаr the аrmу bаѕе.

Thе city hаѕ mаnу раrkѕ, Aсасiа аnd Bаnсrоft Pаrkѕ, Gаrdеn of the Gоdѕ Park – most famous, Nоrth Cheyenne Canon Park, Broadmoor Vаllеу, Cheyenne Mеаdоwѕ, Fоuntаin, Mountain Shаdоwѕ. The сitу is аlѕо very асtivе with maintaining аnd inсrеаѕing trails аnd open ѕрасе with оrgаnizаtiоnѕ ѕuсh as thе Trаilѕ аnd Oреn Sрасе Cоаlitiоn and thе TOPS (Trаilѕ, Open Sрасе & Parks), Planning, Dеѕign & Dеvеlорmеnt department with thе 1% sales tаx to fund ореn ѕрасе mаintеnаnсе аnd асquiѕitiоn.

Have уоu been рriсеd оut оf thе mаin Colorado rеаl estate market? Whilе you may have bоught a Cоlоrаdо house a few уеаrѕ ago for around $300,000, уоur increasing hоuѕеhоld mау now be ѕtrеnuоuѕ a four-bedroom Cоlоrаdо hоuѕе with more bеd rооmѕ. Thе problem is thаt thiѕ house comes with аn extreme соѕt tag of аrоund $400,000 to $500,000.

Sound fаmiliаr? If your hеаrt is set on buуing in Cоlоrаdо, аnd want tо рrеvеnt lеѕѕ еxреnѕivе Cоlоrаdо аnd аrоund ѕuburbѕ, whаt can you dо? Here is an idea: visit the local housing office and they may be able to direct you towards some available homes that might be in an area where you would really consider living. Also, they should be able to work with you on your budget so you can be able to make the switch with relative ease, financially speaking. Having someone to help show you your options and guide you through the process can really make things easier for you and your family together.

Onе thing уоu саn dо iѕ tо hirе thе services оf рrоfеѕѕiоnаl rеаl еѕtаtе аgеntѕ ореrаting in and аrоund Cоlоrаdо. An еxреriеnсеd realtor will bе аblе tо help уоu with every аѕресt оf ѕеаrсhing, negotiating and buуing уоur house so уоu саn еnjоу thе ѕресtасulаr bеаutу аnd оutdооr асtivitiеѕ uniquе tо Fort Carson, Cоlоrаdо Sрringѕ.

In уоur new hоuѕе, еxресt to have 300 days оf sunshine еvеrу year, whiсh will рrоvidе ample орроrtunitу tо ѕki thе snow-capped реаkѕ of Breckenridge, Vаil, Keystone аnd A-Bаѕin. Evеn if ѕkiing iѕn’t your thing, thе area оffеrѕ рlеntу оf good hiking, fishing, biking and сlimbing. Onе common thrеаd thаt bindѕ together mоѕt Cоlоrаdо Springs rеѕidеntѕ iѕ their lоvе оf the grеаt оutdооrѕ. At 6,000 feet in еlеvаtiоn, thе air thеrе iѕ crisp аnd clean and natural beauty аbоundѕ. There аrе mаnу local раrkѕ in Cоlоrаdо Springs аnd thе city iѕ аlѕо lосаtеd nеаr асrеѕ оf National Fоrеѕt.

With the right infоrmаtiоn in hand and required expertise, асquiring a hоmе in Colorado will bе cheerful еxреriеnсе.


Eye Doctors Know How Vision Works

Benefits VisionHow does an eye have the ability to see? How can something so small be something so intensely complex? These questions have fascinated scientists and eye doctors for years. Not only is the human eye extremely intricate, delicate and strikingly beautiful, but is one of the most complex organs in our body.

In order for the eye as a whole to work properly, there are many tiny working parts of the eye that must perform in a perfectly synchronized manner in order to accomplish the ability to see properly. The parts of the human eye are all essential to achieving vision and maintaining healthy eyes.

The cornea is the dome-shaped layer that covers the outside of the eye, protecting the eye from elements that could be harmful to it. The cornea consists of many tough layers that regenerate quickly. Did you know that there are coatings of mucus that help keep the eye moist and smooth? Well, there is. The cover of mucus is created by glands which are called the conjunctiva glands. If you look at an eyeball, the black dot that you will see in the middle of the eye is called the pupil. That dot is a hole in which light travels through. You may have observed yourself that your pupils expand in the dark and shrink in bright lighting. This is to adjust to the amount of light necessary to observe your surroundings. I’m sure you know the color of the iris you have. The iris is the circle of pigment which defines the color of your eyes. This is the area around the pupil and uses the dilator papillae muscles to widen or shrink the pupil.

The process of how these features come together to produce vision as we know it is one of the most fascinating procedures. Once light has traveled through the pupil, something called the lens directs the light onto the back of the eye. The lens is positioned behind the pupil and is secured by the ciliary muscles, which help it change shape, much like the pupil, depending on the intensity of the light. All of the light that is focused by the lens is transmitted onto the retina, which is the back of the eye. The retina is made up of layers of rods and cones. The rods and cones transfer light into chemicals and electrical pulses and signals. Finally, the optic nerve delivers these signals to the visual cortex, which is the section of the brain that controls our sense of sight.

Not only are there physical elements, but there are chemical elements that make up an eye as well. The nervous system allows the brain to gather information from the eyeball in order for us to make suitable decisions regarding our situation in our environment. If the nerves are not perfectly healthy, it can affect our vision, sending the brain inaccurate images. If this happens we will not be able to receive accurate information about our surroundings which could heavily impact our lifestyle.

Eyesight not only allows us to take in light and distinguish colors and objects around us in detail and depth, but eyesight drastically changes our lives. Because of the human eye, we are able to become more aware of our surroundings which can affect our mood, knowledge, decisions, relationships and wellbeing. Sometimes we can become so dependent on our eyesight that our lives would change drastically without it. This is why having good eye doctors is vital. Healthy eyes make for a healthy lifestyle.

The first step to retaining bright, healthy eyes is to find a good Optometrist, or eye doctor. Finding a good eye doctor to give eye exams, tests and surgery can not only change your vision but change your life. Once you find a local Optometrist, make sure you have regular eye exams. Regular eye exams detect vision problems, diseases and other health problems. Routine exams also can show warning signs of irreversible loss of vision. Unhealthy eyes can show more signs of premature aging, like yellow tinted eyes, red veins, clogged tear ducts, bags and fine lines. Seeing an Optometrist could add years of healthy vision to your life. Your eyes can become an essential part of your life. For optometrists, maintaining clear, healthy, bright eyes is priority!


Eye Doctors can help you as your Eyes get Older

low_vision_rehabSo is it getting hard to read those newspapers?

You may not be over the hill yet but it’s very common for people in their late 30s and early 40s to start having a harder time to focus on things or reading smaller text. It’s very common for your eyes to age like this and you’ll find yourself holding books or magazines further away from your face so you can read. What happens is  something called “presbyopia” (farsightedness) which is due to muscle weakness and loss of elasticity in the eye’s lens. Reading glasses usually solve the problem; however,  it is important to visit an Eye Doctor to determine exactly what’s going on with your eyes. Most likely it’s just the natural aging process but changes your eyes are should be monitored by an expert so you can have the best vision as you get older.

It’s frustrating to get older and deal with things like wrinkles, more aches and pains and often gaining weight but having your eyes get worse is something most people deal with once they hit 40 or so. We don’t get younger. And when your eyes get older you have to figure out if you want to go with contact lenses or eye glasses. Some people can get by for a a decade or so with varying versions of reading glasses. But the anatomical fact remains that 40-year-old eyes are changing and drying up and getting worse. That is not fun. Middle age is often the time when many people start noticing these changes in all kinds of things including their vision.

Early Detection Of Other Health Problems

If you suffer from any kinds of more serious health problems, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, it is especially important to be aware of how these health conditions can potentially lead to vision loss. That is a very big deal. So if you have these more serious health issues make sure you go to your eye doctor on an annual bases and get  regular eye exam visits  to help monitor your eyes and detect and changes to your eye health.

In addition, regular appointments with an optometrist, a top eye doctor can help you identify some health  problems early. Early detection of thineyeservicesgs like high blood pressure, glaucoma or diabetes can help you live longer. With our unique view into your eyes, we can spot changes characteristic of problems like diabetes and hypertension.

Most eye doctors are members of the American Optometric Association

The American Optometric Association represents approximately 39,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and paraoptometric assistants and technicians. Optometrists serve patients in nearly 6,500 communities across the country, and in 3,500 of those communities are the only eye doctors. Doctors of optometry provide two-thirds of all primary eye care in the United States.

Cool Equipment for your Eyes

Eye doctors today have all kinds of high-tech equipment that can quickly help them diagnose your eye health. It’s pretty amazing stuff. When you go in for an eye exam make sure you have them explain some of the machines they are using. It’s very interesting.

Take Care of your Eyes!

Bottom line about your eyes is they are one of your most important senses to the world around you. We need to take the best care of them that we can. That means make sure you get an eye exam every year or so and expect to purchase some eyeglasses or contact lenses when you get into your 40’s or 50’s!


The Best Way to Get a Good Denver Web Design

ingDenver is an area booming with commerce. In fact, it is probably one of the most vibrant economies in the entire United States – next to California, of course. The area is beautiful with blue sky, fresh air, unusual cloud formations and best of all, the western slopes towering behind the urbanized city. Here is a buzzing location filled with entrepreneurs and hard working individuals. Those who live there count themselves fortunate that they can be a part of such an amazing network of opportunity. Businesses are as diverse as the people who run them, ranging from diners and fast food restaurants to furniture stores and garden centers. One thing they all have in common, though, is they are all trying hard to reach the same goal: success.

If you are fortunate enough to live in Denver, you have opportunities that many people do not have that live outside of the urban area. The country is beautiful the farther away you get (I wonder if that is a coincidence) and there are generally more agricultural districts, but they do not have the same privileges that city dwellers have when it comes to doors to doing commerce. The air is certainly fresher, though. But if you want to be very successful at doing business, it helps to be in the thick of it so you can be where the action is at. Meeting people and forming helpful connections is always a plus, and requires little marketing endeavor. However, the circle of your connections is only so large and there is only so much time in the day to chit chat and participate in idle talk; when it comes down to it, you have to run your business, whatever it may be.

How does a company reach new customers and spread the word about the things that they offer? This is a difficult task when it comes to trying to run your business, oversee your employees, and ensure customer satisfaction (which is very important to maintain the quality and reputation of your name). Sure, you could put up some fliers and run around taping brochures on stop signs, but is that really enough to tell people about yourself?

Many businesses invest money into marketing their business so they can get more money when their business sells out of what they are offering. One of the best ways you can market is by hiring a Denver web design company to build an amazing website for you. What are the benefits of this? Well, if they know a thing or two about getting you found on the search engines where people are looking for your company, they can basically get you the best advertising available. Everyone (or nearly everyone) has a mobile phone, and nearly everyone is searching for local services (95% of people, in fact!). By putting you in a slot where you can be found, amazing things can begin to occur! People will start coming to your door that you would not or did not reach before, and they will tell you, “Hey, I saw you on Google,” or something to that effect. Most people don’t say, “Hey, I saw Bob’s yogurt bar on TV.” Television marketing is simply way too expensive for ordinary companies to afford, and besides – if someone does not watch the commercials, you are wasting your time and money. Internet marketing is the way to go if you have a Denver business website and actually want people to come to your location.

So, you may ask, what is the best way to get a good Denver web design? Well, that depends on what you mean by good. Good is a word that means different things to different people. Good can mean satisfactory. If you want satisfactory or also known as mediocre, try using a free web design company. That way you won’t have to pay anything but at least you can say you have a website (even if you don’t even have a domain name). Or if you want something that would really work, don’t waste your time because free websites are for the birds. Go to a reputable website designer and have your dreams come true. That way, you can get found and make your money back twice over!


Tips on Safe Loans for New Military Homes

Okay, as a military member you have received PCS orders for a base 1500 miles away from your current residence. Consequently you need to relocate and get a new home in your new residence. Avail the services of experienced real estate agents online and save yourself from the hassle of relocation. Just make sure you search for online estate agents who can provide you with complete information regarding suitable military family accommodation. Once your agent has found you a home, go to the location in person and inspect the place for yourself. If it’s what you like, then see if your budget can carry it. Otherwise, apply for a loan.

Loans for military personnel are loans that are offered for people that are in the military and have served their country.  Military home loans are offered to soldiers who are still in active duty and for soldiers that are retired.  These loans provide the armed forces with opportunities for extra cash for home improvements, a new car, and times of hardship and even for a well-deserved vacation.  When you have served in the military, these loans are usually easier to obtain than if you had not been in the service.

If you apply for the money, you may notice that it will have a wider range of flexibility for the men and women that have served their country compared to civilian loans.  These loans offer a much lower interest rate than the average, and have a wider spectrum of special offers for the personnel.  Soldiers that are still serving and retired soldiers of the military can either fill out an online application or speak to someone in person by visiting a military lending agency about finding new homes in Colorado Springs.

Most loans will require your military identification and length of time in the service. This prevents civilians from receiving a military loan rate.  Your personal information will be considered by the lender, including your credit history and how much financial aid you will need, and how you did paying back any previous loans.

Unlike many loans that civilians apply for – this type may not require any form of collateral, like a home or property. These loans are considered unsecured loans and come with much lower interest rates. Like most loans, these have no penalties or fees if you pay early, and will probably save you interest if you do pay early.Piggy-Bank

Soldiers and personnel of the military can receive different kinds of loans for auto, payday, home and personal loans.  It’s important to find the right loan for you.  There are many different lenders on the internet that can inform you within minutes if you qualify for a loan. Don’t just settle for the first loan that you will qualify for, check around and search for the right one that suits your needs. Just like any other loan that you may apply for, you should get the best rate possible by contacting at least three lenders.

VA loans for example are available for active and veteran service members and, if you qualify for them, can often mean that you don’t have to make a down payment on a property. This can save lots of money in the long term! A VA loan also allows you to get a housing loan without needed to qualify for a mortgage through a private company and oftentimes can drastically decrease the amount of closing costs you may have to pay.

The cons of the VA loans are with some of the restrictions that come with getting these loans. The loans are typically available in sums up to $417,000 in most countries you may be stationed in and if your housing costs are more than this, you will need to take out other loans or make the down payment through your own personal funds. If you get a VA loan the Colorado Springs housing you are looking to buy have to be live-in accessible when you buy it as the VA loan restricts military members from buying fixer-upper or vacant houses.

If you are in the military, getting a loan is usually easier than most civilians, but before you sign the contract with the lender, learn as much as you can about the best deal.


If You Like Farming and Agriculture, You Need Irrigation Equipment

Irrigation is actually the artificial application of water to fertile soil. Water is provided to soil or crops by means of pipes, sprinklers, ditches or streams.  A dependable and suitable irrigation water supply can result in huge improvements in farming production and it also ensures the economic vitality of the area.

Irrigation was created in 5500 BC. Many civilizations have been dependent on irrigated agriculture to provide the basis of their society and raise the living standards of their lifetimes. Egyptians are credited as being one of the first groups of people to practice agriculture on a large scale. Because that area picked up almost no rainfall, the Nile River was the only key for the growth of their crops. In order to fully utilize the waters of the Nile River, the Egyptians invented irrigation equipment that granted them greater control over their agricultural practices.

Irrigation systems are often planned to maximize efficiency and minimize labor plus capital demands. There are several types of irrigation systems in practice. Some of them have been mentioned here.

SURFACE IRRIGATION:

In this common irrigation system, water is applied and distributed over the soil surface by means of gravity. It is also referred as flood irrigation.

It has different sub-types.

Basin Irrigation:

It practices the irrigation of land by surrounding it with embankments to form a basin & flooding it with water. Basin irrigation is useful for many field crops like paddy rice.

Furrow Irrigation:

Furrow irrigation is a type of surface irrigation in which furrows, parallel channels to carry water, are dug among crop rows in a field. Water is flowed in furrows and it seeps vertically and horizontally to fill the soil reservoir. It goes good for sensitive crops and tree crops.

But there is a disadvantage in this type of irrigation system. During the process, as soon as water is applied to the furrow, it begins to infiltrate downward and laterally throughout the root zone of the crop. This results in water being lost to deep percolation at the top of furrow.

Surge Irrigation:

Surge irrigation is on & off application of water to a furrow. It is executed by alternating the application between two irrigation sets through using an automated valve.

During surge irrigation, the furrow is allowed to partially dry between water applications. Usually, when soil is wetted, the initial intake rate is high. As the application of water is continued, the intake rate decreases until it eventually becomes constant dependant on soil texture. Then the water supply is pulsed off.

While the furrow is dried, the surface soil particles consolidate and a seal is formed in the furrow. That’s why when water is reintroduced to the furrow, the intake rate is lower and the water advances through the wet part of the row faster.  The formation of a seal reduces the amount of water that infiltrates into the soil in top of the furrow, providing a more uniform application of water.

Bay Irrigation:

This irrigation, also called Border strip irrigation, uses land that is divided into a number of bays or strips. Each strip is separated by raised land ridges or borders. Water is applied into the upper end of the border strip, and flows down the strip. After sometime when the water is turned off, it recedes from upper end to lower end.

LOCALIZED IRRIGATION SYSTEM:

Localized irrigation systems apply water, under low pressure through a piped network, directly where the plant is growing. This minimizes the water loss through evaporation from soil. Drip and sprinkler irrigation belong to this category.

DRIP IRRIGATION:

It lets water to drop slowly to the stems of plants, either onto the ground surface or straight onto the root zone, through a network of valves etc. It is done through narrow pipes that deliver water directly to the root of the plant.

SPRINKLER SYSTEM:

Sprinkler irrigation method is somewhat similar to natural rainfall. In this system, water is distributed through a system of pipes. Then it is sprayed into the air through sprinklers so that it cracks up into small water drops which go down to the earth. It uses spray guns and nuzzles. Sprinkler’s efficiency is higher than Drip system. Irrigation equipment can really help with this method as well.

CANAL SYSTEM IRRIGATION SYSTEM:

An irrigation canal is an artificial or man-enhanced waterway, built for the purpose of carrying water from a water source such as a lake, river or stream, to soil that is used for farming. It is the most efficient irrigation system in the present world.