Why should you have an SMS monitoring software on your kids’ cell phones?

Nothing is cheap these days, thanks to technology that was suppose to make our lives better, but instead, we are all just running behind achieving a standard of living that’s only about latest smartphones, Smart TVs, expensive cars and every other thing that says “Gold”. Well technology is definitely revolutionising our lives in many ways, but you need to be either rich or a little smart to enjoy all the amenities of modern tech.

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For example, if you want a new smartphone that’s for $800/month during release, wait for a few months and get it then. The most important part about technology is to know when to upgrade. Just for some nuances, you are not supposed to spend your limited cash on newer products. Again, take the example of smartphones. I own a Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, which has been followed up by Galaxy S6 edge +, so the first thing I asked myself was, whether I need more RAM and a bigger display, and I knew the answer to these questions. I am still on my S6 edge. Similarly, when it comes to the security of these expensive smartphones that we own, there is little that’s done about it. And by mentioning security, I am not referring to viruses and antivirus. It’s about the how we make sure that people around us, like our kids, are safe from the dangers of the internet that’s available on their smartphone. Internet-ready is not the only trait that makes smartphones unsuitable for tweens and teens, people around your kids can have all kinds of wrong intentions and they can use a smartphone to manipulate them. For example, stranger danger is a term that’s commonly used for people who stalk others and even bait them into doing inappropriate and illicit things. Kids usually fall prey to these kinds of people because of their lack of prior exposure to anything like that.

So to keep your kids, and other people that you care about safe, an SMS monitoring software can be used. Trust me, after all, it all starts from SMS.

To keep your kids safe, you need to get a monitoring software that’s reliable, effective, simple and affordable, and It should be able to track both sides of the SMS conversations. With an app like xnspy, you can do all that at just $8.33/month. You don’t need to have apps with premium features, because XNSPY’s basic version alone is perfect for that.

With XNSPY’s basic version, you can monitor other features of a smartphone like photos, videos and audio stored on the monitored phone’s storage, and also calls, emails, internet browsing history, calendar entries, installed apps list and even WhatsApp.

Other options

If you want an app that’s equipped with GPS monitoring and if you are ready to pay a little more, then Teensafe is another option that you can consider. But compared to XNSPY, that’s almost like paying double. But wait, XNSPY’s premium version also offers GPS tracking services with many other useful features at just $12.49/month.

Click here to learn more about XNSPY SMS monitoring software

Defeat stress and anxiety with smart drugs

Smart drugs are cognitive enhancers that are known to increase the attention levels and boost memory. Concentration levels and memory declines due to a number of factors like consumption of alcohol, lack of sleep, stress and many others. These drugs are known to fight such stress and anxiety related disorders. They consist mostly of supplements, functional foods or medications to improve your memory and concentration levels. There is a variety of these drugs available in the markets that work in different ways to improve the mind and health of a human being. A significant improvement in memory, motivation and concentration levels and a decrease in stress and anxiety levels can be observed within few days of its consumption. But it should be kept in mind that taking such drugs won’t make you a genius overnight, instead it should be consumed for a continuous period to reap its benefits.

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The actual function of nootropics

It is a common question in the minds of consumers taking this drug that how do these nootropics work? From a layman’s point of view it can be said that they affect the neurotransmitters in the brain. Billions of neurotransmitters and synapses are known to control your mind, ability to focus and mood. Altering the level of these chemicals can increase the blood flow to your brain and improve the circulation of information. This increased level of blood flow and oxygen in your brain accelerates the focus function of your brain and help you to perform better. It is recommended to take proper dose of this drug; taking too much can have an opposite effect while consuming too less can give you no results at all. Some physician also recommends trying nootropics with just one type at a time, as using more than one can give you great results and you won’t be able to understand which on is giving you the desired result. It is also possible that taking several of them at a time can have severe effects in your body.

The benefits derived from consuming smart drugs

Each of these smart drugs is known to have specific set of effects and benefits. So it is always safe to do the much needed research before going for a particular product. Among its range of benefits the ones worth mentioning are as follows: These drugs are known to have a positive impact on memory though the nature of impact varies depending on the medicine taken and the person taking it. Some may start remembering things from the past while others may develop the ability to remember each and every minute detail. Another benefit that is obtained from their consumption is their ability to improve mood. It reduces the stress levels and nervousness in the body and helps you to relax in a better way. Certain websites like nootriment.com also recommends trying nootropics which are known to enhance focus and mental clarity. The level of attention is increased and so is the ability to concentrate and focus.

Play games Online and Make Money

Playing games online and making money should not be such a hard thing. Really it is not that hard. But a lot of people do make it hard on them. Over 90 percent of players online do not make any money.If you are serious in making money take a good look at my free tips that I am giving away to help fellow poker players play to their full potential.

I am going to give you a brief rundown on a great little strategy called hitting and running

Playing this game in a brick and mortar casino can make some people uncomfortable about sitting down and winning a few hands in quick succession. They can often feel that they are obliged to waiting it out and staying put for a certain amount of time. Hitting and running is great little technique where you can get in and out very quickly and make some good money out of it as well. Which is what we are here for, isn’t it?

Bingo is one of the most popular games played around the world as they are considered to be a great pastime for every individual. Due to this, online bingo is also becoming quite popular. However, there are certain similarities and differences in online bingo as compared to the real one played by people around the world. Playing bingo games online can surely help you in making loads of money on the go, without actually investing anything.
Playing online allows us the freedom to bounce around all over the place trying to find games that are only good for a short amount of time.

One great example I look for myself is to join an extremely shorthanded game and find yourself alone with one or two easily dominated opponents. As long as you can keep these guys or gals to yourself, you take their money off them. But beware that your shorthanded bliss could turn into full on grind. As soon as you see any signs of this happening, get the hell out of dodge. Don’t Hesitate!

There will be always another hit and run opportunity waiting for you in the lobby or at another site as well.The players that are making great money out of this and I am trying to get there ( slowly but surely ) myself. These guys can read the play and are light on their feet and switch about games as quick as you can click your finger.It might take a little while to get used to this style of thinking but it’s well worth the results, trust me I know from experiencing the rewards myself. But it does take practice. No doubt about it. Also be prepared to hit and run in the face of a negative outcome. It’s no point to try and feel a few bets of one or two players when all of a sudden you find yourself on the wrong end of the stick. If it’s turning bad – Run

Look at your poker career as one continuous session and few hick ups now and again just do not matter in the long run. This technique does work and works very well. If you would like to play poker online and make money, you are well on your way to doing so by using some of these tips.

Use Shipping Pallets as Building Blocks of Rustic-Cool Style

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Home improvement can be expensive—even if you want the slightly battered reclaimed-wood look, be prepared to pay through the nose. Or you could get creative with shipping pallets, the bulky wood crates companies use to move goods.

No, really. Pallets are the perfect material for just about any home project, rustic or modern, you can imagine. And you might be able to get those pallets for free. Repurpose them as smaller décor pieces, furniture, or even remodeling material for your house.

courtesy of Bobby Sue Bower, A Building We Shall Go
courtesy of Bobby Sue Bower, A Building We Shall Go

Getting creative

Bobby Sue Bower of A Building We Shall Go used pallets to create a rustic hardwood floor in her home. The idea was part inspiration, part ingenuity. After a house fire in 2012, Bower wanted to rebuild using reclaimed materials, but the cost was high.

“One contractor quoted $12,000 just for the floor,” Bower says. Instead, Bower used pallet wood—and a lot of hard work—to build the floor herself. “We just love it,” she says.

Not ready to commit to a full-room remodel? Shannon Acheson ofAKA Design used pallets to create a sliding barn door in her home.

“The inspiration was born out of both necessity and our love of all things rustic-industrial. We needed to create a bit of a barrier between our living room and the downstairs family room noise,” Acheson says.

Pallets can work outdoors, too. Funky Junk Interiors created a beach boardwalk–style walkway along a garden path by using pallet wood planks as steppingstones.

And if you’re looking for something smaller, pallets can be used to create accent furniture as well. In “Make Garbage Great,” author Albe Zakes converted a pallet into a modern-looking side table with minimal fuss.

courtesy of Funky Junk Interiors
courtesy of Funky Junk Interiors

Go get ’em

Typically, if a company—like a big-box retailer, local clothing store, or town newspaper—receives goods, it’ll have pallets. While some companies have contracts to remove and recycle these pallets, many don’t, and they’ll be happy to hand over the goods—all you need to do is ask.

If you need help finding pallets, 1001Pallets has created a Google Map of known spots.

Once you have a stack of pallets, make sure you’re taking home only the safest materials. Check for spills, stains, and discolorations, as they might be a sign of something toxic. If the pallet is clean, check for labels.

Not all pallets will have a label or stamp, but if they do, 1001Pallets says to look for the following:

  • HT: The HT label means the pallet was heat-treated. Heat-treated pallets are not harmful to your health.
  • KD: KD stands for kiln-dried lumber. Done to reduce moisture, KD isn’t harmful.
  • MB: MB pallets were fumigated with chemicals. Avoid any with this marker.
courtesy of Shannon Acheson, AKA Design
courtesy of Shannon Acheson, AKA Design

Getting down to business

To get a gorgeous end product, plan to pick up more pallets than you think you’ll actually need for your project and do a lot of inspection.

“I always tell people upfront. More than half the planks we prepared for our floor were not actually used on the floor,” says Bower. “We were very meticulous in choosing the planks we put down.”

Check each pallet for signs of warping, discoloration, or cracks. While discoloration may buff or stain out, warping and cracks could cause your project to break down quickly.

And if you find any you can’t use—don’t forget to recycle!

How to Protect Your Home From Wildfires

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As the West gets drier and hotter, the past few years have been some of the most destructive on record for wildfires. Homeowners who previously thought their property was safe from the embers might find themselves too close to the inferno’s edge—with no idea how to protect their house and belongings in the case of an emergency.

Fireproofing your home begins long before the fire spreads: Start well before the beginning of fire season and continue throughout (roughly late spring to early fall). Use a two-pronged approach: Address your home and its surrounding vegetation to create a 100-foot barrier of defensible space around your property, advises Steve Quarles, the senior scientist for fire protection at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. Here’s how, according to Quarles:

Prepare your noncombustible zone

Make sure there’s nothing combustible in the 5-foot zone surrounding your house. Remember, you’re trying to avoid flames as well as the windblown sparks and firebrands that a raging wildfire emits.

Swap decorative bushes and piles of firewood immediately adjoining the home with a “nonwoody kind of plant.” Think low-growing flowers, or consider swapping the plants for sidewalk or rock mulch (never a combustible mulch like bark or pine, which are “easily ignited by windblown embers,” Quarles says).

Clearing trees might keep the fire itself off your property, but the wind has other ideas. The goal of a noncombustible zone is to remove any materials that might catch fire by ember alone.

Take a walk around your house and eliminate any visible debris—but also take a good look at your siding. If it comes within 6 inches of the ground, Quarles recommends trimming it to provide separation, which is an “effective way to resist ember exposure.”

Keep your trees in check

“You cannot expect the house to survive if you don’t have a good defensible space,” Quarles says. And fire protection doesn’t stop at the end of your 5-foot noncombustible zone—for the next 25 feet, guidelines indicate tree branches should always be at least 10 feet from other trees.

Separate trees and shrubs from each other and other yard items that might catch fire (such as a play set) in order to prevent a crown fire, defined as flames erupting at or near the top of a tree. This “burns longer and hotter and causes radiant heat exposure, which can cause problems with windows and siding,” says Quarles.

Limb up your trees (translation: prune their lowest branches) in order to prevent this outcome, and ensure shrubbery is maintained and regularly watered.

Select materials with fire in mind

If your home lies in prime wildfire territory, now might be the time to remodel. And we’re not talking about putting in a new designer kitchen. “It’s really important that a house be able to resist ember exposures,” says Quarles. Before selecting any materials for renovating or adding to your home, make sure they’ll be a help—not a hindrance—if a wildfire occurs.

Replace any wood shake roofs with a Class A fire–rated roof covering, which is incredibly fire-resistant and comes in a number of styles. Quarles says that is his No. 1 priority. Surround it with a metal drip edge, which “adds an added measure of protection,” he says.

True, no material is fully fireproof, but you can decrease your risk by beginning every construction project with fire protection in mind: Choose noncombustible decking for your porch, dual-pane glass windows, and brick.

Fireproof your exterior

Reality check: Not everyone can afford to renovate their entire house, no matter how dire the wildfire risk. In that case, Quarles has a few recommendations that require only sweat equity.

Clear your gutters regularly and remove debris such as leaves and pine needles from the roof and under decks.

Speaking of those decks—don’t store anything under them, not even a broom, and especially not a gas can or firewood. “Once the deck ignites, you have a flaming exposure to many things,” says Quarles. Like your glass doors: “If the glass breaks on the door, the fire can easily enter the house.”

Check out the vents to your attic or crawl space, which should be covered by a metal screen with a mesh of an eighth of an inch or less—any larger and you risk embers slipping into your home. You’ll want this to be clean and in good condition, so examine it at least once a year to make sure it’s still free of dirt and grime.

Get This Look: Shaun White

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Extreme sports superstar Shaun White—nicknamed “The Flying Tomato”—is sellinghis remodeled Mid-Century Modern home in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. This is one of the many homes belonging to the skateboarder/ snowboarder/entrepreneur. If you’re a fan of chic Mid-Century decor in a prime location, plus a swimming pool, then read on for how to snag White’s style.

(Psst—enter our “Get This Look” sweepstakes for a chance to win a $45,000 home makeover by me!)

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Paneled ceiling: It’s a stylish way to add drama and warmth to a plain ceiling. The rich mahogany paneling on White’s ceiling reflects the same deep tones of his flooring, which provides a great contrast to the bright white walls. Looking for a budget-friendly alternative to real wood? Have a handyman or carpenter install Click Lock hardwood plank flooring on the ceiling. Here’s a beautiful antique birch plank, available at Home Depot for around $2 per square foot.

Cowhide rug: The cowhide rug has become a must-have for modern masculine rooms, and it’s a prominent feature in White’s living room. A good hide can cost upward of $1,000. Here’s a chic option from Overstock.com for only $230.

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Vintage bath: White’s home may be modern in architecture, but his master bath holds a few features that are reminiscent of the Victorian era. The antique-themed toilet and shower fixtures, claw-foot tub, and pinstripe wallpaper all create a feeling of a classic bath salon. Also, the individual sink vanities are well accented with lampshade sconces and pivot mirrors. Some of these vintage bath details are easy to re-create on a budget—here’s a great pivot mirror from Lamps Plus that’s similar to White’s mirrors, but they cost only $135.

Brass revival: Brass and gold have seen a huge resurgence in recent years, particularly in bathrooms. White’s vintage-style bathroom is punctuated by pops of bright brass on all the fixtures. This look doesn’t have to be expensive. Here’s a cool option from Kingston Brass that has the same vintage vibe, but it’s under $60 at build.com.

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Saloon kitchen: White’s kitchen makes quite a statement with its industrial bar stools, reclaimed wood island counter, oversize brick-toned tile, and detailed woodwork. The resulting vibe is that of an old-school saloon, reimagined as a modern kitchen. The most powerful element of this look is the deep black paint on the custom cabinetry. If custom cabinets with crown molding and carved leg detailing are out of your budget, try painting existing cabinets with a coat of rich black paint, like “Totally Black” from Behr.

Renovate Your Kitchen—Without Knocking Down a Wall

When most people think of redoing a dated ’70s- or ’80s-era kitchen, their first instinct is usually: Knock down a wall! Open up the space! Buy some gleaming, modern appliances! All fine ideas, but, sadly, not within everyone’s reach, financially oraesthetically.

Maybe you’re part of the emerging backlash against open kitchens, or maybe your checking account just can’t accommodate the open plan of your dreams. But here’s the good news: There are plenty of other approaches to maximize the space and functionality of your enclosed kitchen—and you’ll likely love the results! Check out these pointers from the experts.

Define your space

Is your kitchen primarily a workspace or more of a social hub? Because any renovation plans should take into consideration how you use it. If yours is a little bit of both, however, New York City–based architectTimo Lindman suggests creating a kitchen that flows into other areas of your home while maintaining a “defensible perimeter.”

One option: a pass-through (think of the window inside a taxi) that opens onto a living space, such as the dining room. Another way to go? Pocket doors that can be slid shut while cooking and left open at other times.

Lighten up

One key (and, weirdly, often ignored) way to make an enclosed space feel airy and contemporary is through great lighting. So if you’re renovating, expand or insert windows if possible—or consider adding a skylight. And when selecting interior light fixtures, remember that light needs to come from different directions to minimize shadows, which can render routine kitchen activities like chopping or cutting seriously dangerous. That means strategically installing overhead lights and focused pendant lamps as well as under-the-cabinet fixtures.

Skylight in kitchen
Skylight in kitchen

“If areas of counterspace or various corners of a kitchen are poorly lit, they end up as underused workspaces, which reduces the amount of overall space in a kitchen and makes it feel smaller,” explainsTyler Merson, a professional chef-turned-master carpenter who designs and installs kitchens with his New Jersey–based company,Codfish Park Design.

Choose wisely

Smaller and enclosed kitchens mean more airborne grease and steam, which can take a toll on cabinets, lighting fixtures, and wall treatments. For these spaces Merson suggests choosing painted cabinets (over varnished or stained) because they can be rejuvenated more cheaply than those requiring extensive stripping, sanding, and refinishing. Also important: Select appliances that are actually suited to your space.

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“As gorgeous and trendy as commercial-grade cooktops and ovens are, most domestic spaces don’t need them,” argues Merson. “In fact, their heat and output can overpower a small space, making it harder to work in and advancing the deterioration of all your finishes.”

Enclosed kitchens also require more discipline when it comes to choosing what gets to stay and what hits the recycle bin. “Over time, we all acquire kitchen paraphernalia—extra pots and pans, serving platters, random appliances that once seemed like a good idea,” says Merson. “But to maximize and enjoy a closed kitchen, you need to be ruthless and honest about what really needs to be accessible on a daily basis versus what could live in deep storage and come out only for special occasions.”

Trick your brain

In a closed kitchen, cabinet depth and placement make a world of difference. One way to fake space: Mount wall cabinets a few inches higher than the standard 18 inches above the counter. Another option is to use open shelves instead of upper cabinets (though shelves are actually best for daily-use items—like drinking glasses—that usually aren’t in place long enough to accumulate dust). Better yet, do away with the upper cabinets on one wall entirely.

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“The eye needs to pause or a place of respite,” Lindman explains, “whether it’s a window or some open space where pots and pans are hung. Kitchens feel smaller when every last bit of space is maxed out for storage.”

Ultimately, just because your kitchen is separate doesn’t mean it has to be closed off or claustrophobic. “Be honest with yourself about how you use your space and what you really want from it,” counsels Merson, “and you’ll find your way to the design with the right amount of openness for you.”

You Can (and May Want to) Spend $300 on a Lightbulb

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Lighting your home seems simple enough, right? Just pick up a box of bulbs at the dollar store, screw them into the appropriate sockets, and forget about it. But if you’re after a look for your home that’s a bit warmer and more subtle than the average DMV lobby, you’re going to have to put more thought into your bulbs.

A lot has changed since the incandescent lightbulb—still the cheapest and most common type around—was invented in the late 19th century. These days you can choose from halogen bulbs, an extrastrong but dimmable type of incandescent; warm-hued, energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs; and super-energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs.

Exciting, right?! OK, they’re still just lightbulbs. But what if a bulb could actually help you go to sleep—or wake up? How about one that looks like a crystal goblet, or a piece of modern sculpture? If you’re willing to drop a pretty penny, they can be yours. Read on to see six fancy models that might help illuminate your path.

The bulb that demands your attention

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The bulb that demands your attention.

Original Plumen 001

The Original Plumen 001 LED lightbulb is designed to be “a centerpiece, not an afterthought,” in your home (though, hopefully, your decor is not in danger of being figuratively outshined by a lightbulb). The sculptural design is included in the permanent design collections of the Museum of Modern Art and other prominent museums.

Smoked goodness

Buster + Punch

The smoky-glass Buster Bulb.

Buster Bulb by Buster + Punch

The somewhat ominously named Buster Bulb is an amber-colored LED pipe inside an elegant smoked-glass bulb, which manufacturer Buster + Punch says creates “subtle ambient light” while also illuminating a selected spot in your home you wish to highlight.

Anybody else suddenly thirsty?

Lee Broom

Anybody else thirsty?

Crystal Bulb by Lee Broom

The Crystal Bulb is an energy-efficient LED bulb set in a delicate, hand-cut lead-crystal pattern (available in either a clear or frosted finish) that maker Lee Broom says was inspired by the patterns found on old whiskey glasses and decanters. Which is fitting, since you’ll need a stiff drink after you see how much these cost.

Looks like we need a cleanup … or do we?

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Looks like we need a cleanup...or do we?

Only 1 Biei Molten Lava Light

The Biei Molten Lava bulbs from Only 1 and designer Toshiyuki Yasuda are unique LED creations that look as though they’ve melted into a surprisingly graceful mass of glass—creating a surreal “dreamy sense of reality” as the light is gently diffused by the air bubbles and imperfections in the glass.

Nighty night…

Lighting Science

Nighty night...

Sleepy Baby Biological LED Lamp

As any parent knows, the average baby sleeps roughly 15 to 20 minutes a year—which is somewhat less than the 7.5 hours of sleep doctors say the average adult needs each night to help avoid an eventual mental and physical collapse. The Sleepy Baby Biological LED Lamp from Lighting Science is designed to help fix that by emitting just the right amount of light to fool your infant’s biological clock into thinking it’s dark and time to sleep—but still providing enough usable light that you can change diapers, fold laundry, prepare food, or just stare numbly into the middle distance, all without messing up your own internal clock.

Wake up!

GE

Wake up!

GE Align AM LED Bulb

If, on the other hand, you’re a person who has a hard time getting going in the morning, the GE Align Bulb may help. It may not look exciting, but the LED bulb is engineered to provide a bluish-white light in the morning that GE says suppresses the body’s production of melatonin, the hormone that causes drowsiness. Using this bulb (in place of other lighting) for 30 minutes each morning can help your body maintain a natural sleep-wake cycle, GE claims.

Or you could also try going to bed earlier.

Lighting your home seems simple enough, right? Just pick up a box of bulbs at the dollar store, screw them into the appropriate sockets, and forget about it. But if you’re after a look for your home that’s a bit warmer and more subtle than the average DMV lobby, you’re going to have to put more thought into your bulbs.

A lot has changed since the incandescent lightbulb—still the cheapest and most common type around—was invented in the late 19th century. These days you can choose from halogen bulbs, an extrastrong but dimmable type of incandescent; warm-hued, energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs; and super-energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs.

Exciting, right?! OK, they’re still just lightbulbs. But what if a bulb could actually help you go to sleep—or wake up? How about one that looks like a crystal goblet, or a piece of modern sculpture? If you’re willing to drop a pretty penny, they can be yours. Read on to see six fancy models that might help illuminate your path.

The bulb that demands your attention

Plumen

The bulb that demands your attention.

Original Plumen 001

The Original Plumen 001 LED lightbulb is designed to be “a centerpiece, not an afterthought,” in your home (though, hopefully, your decor is not in danger of being figuratively outshined by a lightbulb). The sculptural design is included in the permanent design collections of the Museum of Modern Art and other prominent museums.

Smoked goodness

Buster + Punch

The smoky-glass Buster Bulb.

Buster Bulb by Buster + Punch

The somewhat ominously named Buster Bulb is an amber-colored LED pipe inside an elegant smoked-glass bulb, which manufacturer Buster + Punch says creates “subtle ambient light” while also illuminating a selected spot in your home you wish to highlight.

Anybody else suddenly thirsty?

Lee Broom

Anybody else thirsty?

Crystal Bulb by Lee Broom

The Crystal Bulb is an energy-efficient LED bulb set in a delicate, hand-cut lead-crystal pattern (available in either a clear or frosted finish) that maker Lee Broom says was inspired by the patterns found on old whiskey glasses and decanters. Which is fitting, since you’ll need a stiff drink after you see how much these cost.

Looks like we need a cleanup … or do we?

Only 1

Looks like we need a cleanup...or do we?

Only 1 Biei Molten Lava Light

The Biei Molten Lava bulbs from Only 1 and designer Toshiyuki Yasuda are unique LED creations that look as though they’ve melted into a surprisingly graceful mass of glass—creating a surreal “dreamy sense of reality” as the light is gently diffused by the air bubbles and imperfections in the glass.

Nighty night…

Lighting Science

Nighty night...

Sleepy Baby Biological LED Lamp

As any parent knows, the average baby sleeps roughly 15 to 20 minutes a year—which is somewhat less than the 7.5 hours of sleep doctors say the average adult needs each night to help avoid an eventual mental and physical collapse. The Sleepy Baby Biological LED Lamp from Lighting Science is designed to help fix that by emitting just the right amount of light to fool your infant’s biological clock into thinking it’s dark and time to sleep—but still providing enough usable light that you can change diapers, fold laundry, prepare food, or just stare numbly into the middle distance, all without messing up your own internal clock.

Wake up!

GE

Wake up!

GE Align AM LED Bulb

If, on the other hand, you’re a person who has a hard time getting going in the morning, the GE Align Bulb may help. It may not look exciting, but the LED bulb is engineered to provide a bluish-white light in the morning that GE says suppresses the body’s production of melatonin, the hormone that causes drowsiness. Using this bulb (in place of other lighting) for 30 minutes each morning can help your body maintain a natural sleep-wake cycle, GE claims.

Or you could also try going to bed earlier.

Delhi University’s Hansraj sets up five centres offering skill-based courses

Delhi University's Hansraj sets up five centres offering skill-based coursesNew Delhi: Delhi University’s Hansraj College has set up five new centres to promote skill development and entrepreneurship which will offer certificate courses in 25 subjects from January 1.

The five centres — Centre for Social Change, Centre for Innovative Ideas, Centre for Environment Awareness, Centre to Promote Self Employment and Gandhi Bhave Study Centre – were inaugurated here on Tuesday.

“These five centres would be run by a set of collaborators at the North Campus college with courses varying from a week duration to six months,” said acting Principal of

Hansraj College, Rama Sharma.

“We are providing the opportunity for our students to take skill-based training while pursuing their degrees. Students have already registered for computer and media courses. We have seen that students know Facebook and Twitter these day but other aspects of computer which are useful in daily life and also for doing something worthy are not learnt by them. It will be enriching for them,” she added.

UGC plans to rank all universities and colleges in the country

UGC plans to rank all universities and colleges in the countryNew Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has said that it plans to rank all educational institutions in the country, in a move that has upset other regulatory bodies.

As per a report in The Times of India, the UGC rankings will cover private colleges and universities as well.

The UGC has already prepared a National Institution Ranking Framework (NIRF) for varsities and colleges, and has issued instructions to all institutions to take part in the ranking exercise.

The rankings are due to be out by April 2016.

The UGC move has not gone down well with other regulatory bodies like the AICTE (engineering), MCI (medical), NATA (architecture) etc.

Just last month, as per the report, the Karnataka State Higher Education Council had come up with a plan to rank and rate universities.

The UGC directive to institutions read, “The best learning experience in the ideal environment is the ultimate objective of every institution. This objective becomes more highlighted when institutions are constantly adjudged on the basis of excellence in teaching and learning, excellence in research and innovations and excellence in engagement. Institutions are also expected to provide inspiring learning and living environment on their campuses. These are some parameters which are looked into by students and parents whilst making an informed choice of pursuing a program in any institution of higher learning.”

The Commission has zeroed in on several parametres that will be used to rank institutions under NIRF.