Category Archives: Uncategorized

Sporting a Mouth Guard

Mouth guards are coverings worn over teeth, and often used to protect teeth from injury from teeth grinding and during sports.

There are three types of mouth guards:

Stock mouth protectors are preformed and come ready to wear. They are inexpensive and can be bought at most sporting goods stores and department stores. However, little can be done to adjust their fit, they are bulky, make breathing and talking difficult, and they provide little or no protection. Dentists do not recommend their use.

Boil and bite mouth protectors also can be bought at many sporting goods stores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. The “boil and bite” mouth guard is made from thermoplastic material. It is placed in hot water to soften, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure.

Custom-fitted mouth protectors are individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist’s instructions. First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using a special material. Due to the use of the special material and because of the extra time and work involved, this custom-made mouth guard is more expensive than the other types, but it provides the most comfort and protection.

Generally, mouth guards cover your upper teeth only, but in some instances (such as if you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw), your dentist will make a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. Your dentist can suggest the best mouth guard for you. An effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resist tears, be durable and easy to clean, and should not restrict your breathing or speech.

If you grind your teeth at night, a special mouth guard-type of dental appliance — called a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint — may be created to prevent tooth damage.

Who Needs a Mouth Guard?

Mouth guards should be used by anyone — children and adults — who play contact sports such as football, boxing, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey. However, even those participating in noncontact sports (for example, gymnastics) and any recreational activity (for example, skateboarding, mountain biking) that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth would benefit from wearing a protective mouth guard.

Adults and children who grind their teeth at night should have a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint made to prevent tooth damage. Because accidents can happen during any physical activity, the advantage of using a mouth guard during sports is that it can help limit the risk of mouth-related injuries to your lips, tongue, and soft tissues of your mouth. Mouth guards also help you avoid chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth, or even tooth loss.

Sporting a Mouth Guard Credit Picture License: gnashers via photopin cc

Guarding Your Mouth

Are you grinding your teeth, especially while sleeping? Waking up in the morning with a sore jaw? Are you being kept awake by your spouse’s incessant gnashing, grinding and clenching of teeth all night long? Does your jaw make a popping sound? Are you worried your child may grind his teeth down to nubs?  Stress, anxiety, tension, anger and frustration are the commonly known causes of teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. Teeth grinding occurs in adults and children all over the world.

If stress and anxiety are the cause of your teeth grinding, the obvious solution would be to take away the stressors. However, not everyone has the luxury of going on holiday or taking a break away from our responsibilities. My fellow autism mothers know that walking away from the stress and pressures of raising and recovering our children with autism is not an option. Instead, we find creative ways to manage our stress levels and take measures to minimize our anxiety. Exercising, getting a massage and doing yoga are great stress-busters.

Taking fish oil or Omega 3 supplement with high EPA helps with mood regulation. L-Theanine, a natural green tea extract, helps relieve anxiety and aids in serotonin production. Diffusing lavender essential oil is calming and grounding. My fellow Thinking Mom and Team TMR co-author Shawty swears by meditation and adrenal support to manage her stress level and minimize her teeth grinding.

Mineral Deficiency

Teeth grinding is also associated with mineral deficiency, especially calcium. People who are doing detox especially, heavy metal chelation, may find that it depletes minerals too.  Some people tend to leach minerals faster than the average person and need to replenish their minerals. Giving Mei additional calcium citrate with meals did the trick.  I prefer calcium citrate, as it is absorbed better than other forms. Always remember to take calcium supplements with meals, otherwise kidney stones may occur.

It’s Not Just Calcium

But what if it’s not just calcium? For some people, they may need a little extra zinc rather than calcium.  Sometimes I need to increase my daughter’s magnesium intake separately, especially if there is teeth clenching is involved. Magnesium is also calming, helps with serotonin production, helps with calcium absorption and it relaxes tight muscles. I prefer Magnesium Glycinate as it is easier to absorb, and less irritating to the gut.

Calcium, magnesium and zinc are staple supplements in every basic biomedical protocol for autism. But the human body requires more than just these three minerals. You can use a multi-mineral supplement to get the others if you like. But I wondered if there were more effective solutions, a more natural source of minerals.

Guarding Your Mouth Credit Picture License: via photopincc

Amps Worth the Money

If you are a singer you may be wondering where to find the best mic preamp under $500. There are quite a few of them to choose from.  The Presonus Digimax D8: digimax d8 mic preamp If good, cheap gear is what you want…

There’s no company out there better than Presonus. And they demonstrate this fact definitively, with the Digimax D8. The cheapest preamp on this list, it has all the key features you want, including:

8 mic pre’s

2 DI inputs

A pad on each channel

24-bit/48kHz digital conversion

Unlike some preamps, the D8 keeps all mic inputs on the back, allowing the front of your rack to stay nice and clean. To keep the back of your rack clean, it has an ADAT out which can send ALL 8 channels your interface in a single digital cable.  And if you prefer 8 TRS outputs, it has those as well.

The Focusrite Octopre MkII focusrite octopre mk II mic pre with the same basic features as the Art Tube Opto 8…The Focusrite Octopre MkII takes things one step further…By adding including digital conversion up to 96 kHz. At this sample rate, ADAT outputs carry only 4 channels of audio, compared to the usual 8 channels at 48 kHz. This means that the Octopre MkII includes 2 ADAT outs, rather than just one. And while the last two brands we’ve seen (Digimax and ART) aren’t well-known for their preamps…Focusrite definitely IS. So that’s another bonus as well.

Portable Grand Pianos

Looking for quality technology in a digital piano can be difficult, especially if you’re working within a budget. Then here is a Yamaha YPG-235 review. Luckily, companies like Yamaha come out with lines like the YPG-235.  The Yamaha YPG-235 is the perfect answer for musicians who are looking for big time technology with more keys than the typical low-end digital pianos.  The Yamaha YPG-235 melds the two together, offering 76 non-weighted keys that offer Graded Soft Touch (GST) action, allowing you to play with different resistance levels.

Can The Yamaha YPG-235 Teach You to Play?

Overall, the Yamaha 235 is a great tool for those just learning, those who have been playing for a while, recording pianists that need a lot of quality sound choices, or teachers looking to really capture the interest of their students.  There are over 100 total songs included with the piano, 30 of them built into the keyboard and over 70 available on the CD-ROM that comes with the unit.  Each song is part of the Yamaha Education Suite program and can be split up into right hand and left hand parts as well as 7 levels of lessons per song.

Amps Worth the Money Credit Picture License: ROTEL-HIFI 3D via photopin cc

Sing Your Heart Out

If you like to sing your heart out, you may be looking to find some of the best karaoke machines in the market. There are quite a few of them to choose from. There is much to research to get the best karaoke machine for your situation. That is why reading our reviews will help you out a lot! We’ve done all the work for you.

So, I’ve been on both sides of the fence; singing at home with a personal Karaoke machine for practice and singing in public on a professional machine. In this article I will break down the best karaoke machines for the year 2016.

There are so many great Karaoke machines out there these days, with fun features and superb sound capabilities. Read carefully through the top karaoke machine reviews because this list may help you decide which machine may be right for your situation.

The Memorex MKS-SS2 SingStand 2 is a karaoke system that you would use at home, or that you could transport to a friend’s home if you desired. It is an all-in-one system. The microphone, monitor, and speakers are all incorporated and held on a tall microphone stand. This machine will be sure to please at home Karaoke parties or kid’s birthday parties. There is no need to use your own television or speakers, so it is versatile enough to use in any room, or even outdoors. This machine weighs in at 9.3 lbs. with measurements of 8.5 x 8.5 x 14.5 inches . There is some assembly required with this Karaoke machine.

Great Guitar Amps

If you are looking all over for the best guitar amps, there are a lot to choose from. You may even be looking for some that are good for beginners. Finding a good-sounding amp at a low price point is difficult; finding one with a tube construction is nigh impossible. Yet Bugera’s entry-level BC15 has been repeatedly lauded for its excellent sound and warm tones, especially given its $130 price tag. It also includes a CD input so you can play along with your favorite songs, if you’re just starting out. What’s more, at only 12 pounds it will travel incredibly well.

If you want to play around with a lot of different sounds, but aren’t so keen on starting a collection of effect pedals, a modeling amp is in order. Most modeling amps are solid state, but Vox’s Valvetronix VT40+ combines the same built-in effects you’d expect from a modeling amp with genuine tube amp sounds. These effects include 11 pedal effects, 11 modulation/delay types and three types of reverb. Both of these amps are great choices if you are a beginning guitarist.

Sing Your Heart Out Credit Picture License: Bluesman Jeff Jensen via photopin cc

Playing Softly and Beautifully

If you are trying to find the best acoustic guitar amps, it may seem challenging if you don’t know where to begin. When thinking about guitar amps, the first image that may come to mind is the giant backline of amps and speaker cabinets you see behind rock stars at big concerts.

However, if you’re in the market for something to amplify your acoustic guitar, you’re after a different animal altogether. Acoustic guitar amps are designed to accurately reproduce the natural sound of your acoustic instrument. Unlike the distortion and compression that electric guitarists often seek, a good acoustic amp is all about clean and accurate tone. Most acoustic guitar amps allow you to plug in acoustic-electric guitars as well as mic acoustic guitars that don’t have electronic pickups. Many have dual inputs so you can plug in your acoustic-electric guitar together with a vocal mic. As such, you can think of such models as mini standalone PA systems.

In this guide, we’ll take a look at some of the different amps made specifically for acoustic guitars, discuss important features, and hone in on the specifications that can help you decide which model is the right one for you.

You might want a small acoustic guitar amp around the house for your practice sessions, especially if you tend to play quietly with other acoustic instruments. Sure, in your own home you can hear your guitar without amplifying it, however projecting your performance through a speaker can help you listen more critically while you play.

Digital Pianos

If you looking for the best digital pianos for beginners, there are many of them to choose from. No doubt that a piano installed in your living room gives you sophisticated feel and magnifies beauty of your living area. But there is much more to just a beautiful look that piano gives. There are a number of impressive musical instruments that one can learn but playing piano gives you many more benefits over other instruments. In this section we will be highlighting some of the major benefits that one can gain from learning to play piano.

Generally, most of the other instruments such as violin, flute and many others are monophonic instruments meaning that you can play one note at a time. Unlike them, piano gives you the opportunity of playing many notes at one time. This quality of piano of being polyphonic makes it a versatile solo instrument. Other instruments and organs may be difficult to deal when it comes to playing complex passages alone. But piano can give impressive solo performances with rich harmonies and it is also a promising accompanying instrument. With piano you can play a complete composition without needing other instruments for completion.

Playing Softly and Beautifully Credit Picture License: My Blue Guitar via photopin cc

The Best Tube and State Amps

You want the best tube amps possible for a budget price. It’s a worthy goal. And it might be all you need to start compiling some of your best options. That is not to say you can’t spend more. You certainly could and you’d get what you paid for. But I’m assuming you really like the idea of staying under the $500 mark, or at least close to it.

The Vox AC10C1 tube combo amp is the perfect compact amplifier for getting big British tone in small spaces. With three 12AX7s and two EL84s blowing 10 watts through a custom 10″ Celestion VX10 speaker, the AC10C1 serves up tone for days. The master volume lets you gain stage everything from classic Vox chime to roaring overdrive. Vox’s classic Top Boost circuitry gives you a vast sonic palette. Vox has fitted this custom series amp with reverb, and the entire package is wrapped in classic Vox visuals. If you want killer Vox tones in a compact and low-watt package, then you need to check out the Vox AC10C! all-tube combo guitar amplifier!

The DefenderV15 is an EL-84 powered, 15-watt tube combo with a 10″ Celestion speaker, great tones and professional features. In addition to the Volume and Tone controls, it features a four position EQ low-frequency response control for American to British low end response and blended settings in-between, 1/4 power switch, multiple impedance operation and transformer – tapped speaker-emulated, XLR balanced line out with ground lift.

Best Solid State Amps

Keep reading to learn more about the best solid state amps on the market. Solid-state amplifiers have suffered more than their fair share of disrespect. These Rodney Dangerfields of the amp world are much maligned, roundly ridiculed, and generally regarded as children’s toys or cheap practice implements by the guitar playing community at large. This, despite the fact that solid-state amps have played integral roles in many classic records, and have been the main amp of more than a few highly regarded players.

Roland JC-120: The Roland Jazz Chorus is probably the only bona fide classic of the solid-state world, used on stage and in the studio by Andy Summers, Hetfield and Hammett, Robert Smith, Robert Fripp, and many others. This stereo 2×12 combo houses two separate 60-watt amplifiers, a gorgeous on-board reverb, and a hypnotically lush stereo chorus/vibrato.

Sunn Beta Lead: The Sunn Beta Lead is a dual-channel, 100-watt, solid-state doomsday device. The polar opposite of the JC-120, the Beta Lead is prized for its bludgeoning, aggressive distorted tones. It was long regarded with disdain, mostly by mainstream tone snob’s familiar with Sunn’s earlier tube designs, but its reliability, affordability, and bone-rattling output made it a hit with punk and metal players operating on the fringe of the underground.

The Best Tube and State Amps Credit Picture License: Tube amplifiers, MH audio via photopin cc

Rocking with the Best Equipment

Looking for an amp that’ll give your tone some more punch but won’t add an extra thousand pounds to your rig? You’re in luck, because Guitar World has rounded up 20 of the best single-speaker combo, 1×12 guitar amplifiers on the market today. You will find a vox ac15c1 review and then some.

The Traynor YGL2 is a 30-watt Class-A all tube two channel combo. The amp features a single 12-inch Celestion Vintage 30 speaker, hand selected 12AX7 (3) and EL84 (4) tubes, clean volume, overdrive gain, overdrive volume and master volume controls, and shared bass, middle, treble and reverb controls. Other features include Master USA/Brit and Vintage/Modern mode switches.

The Blues Jr. Lacquered Tweed takes Fender’s 15-watt gem and gives it the true vintage treatment with a lacquered tweed covering, vintage-style brown and gold grille cloth, vintage pointer knobs and a vintage-voiced 12” Jensen speaker. An all-tube signal path of two EL84 output tubes and three 12AX7 preamp tubes generates its golden tones. Other features include Fender reverb, flexible controls, FAT switch for mid boost.

The Orange Amplifiers Crush Pro CR60C is the company’s first foray into the realm of high-powered, stage-ready solid state amplifiers. The CR60C features a dirty channel based on Orange’s Rockerverb series of amps and a vintage-inspired clean channel with plenty of sparkle.

The Lerxst Chi is Alex Lifeson’s new signature, 15-watt handwired combo amplifier. The amp has all the growl and tone of the company’s Omega head, but in a combo loaded with a Celestion G12M-65 Creamback speaker. Other features include turret board construction, carbon comp resistors, Mojotone Dijon coupling capacitors, Heyboer transformers, three JJ 12AX7 preamp tubes and two JJ 6V6 power tubes, shared three-band EQ and serial effects loop.

The Goodsell MkIV Custom series amplifier features a TMB tone stack in addition to the legendary tremolo and reverb, and is available with 6V6, 6973, or EL84 power tubes. The amp is lightweight at 39lbs and features the new Goodsell/WGS RGC speaker. Every Goodsell amp is hand-tailored for each individual customer’s specifications. The Carvin V3MC is a three-channel, all-tube 50-watt 1×12 combo. This is much like the Bugera which you can find here bugera v22 review.

The amp features a clean channel and two drive channels. Each channel features a three-position gain character switch. The variable boost offers 6dB of clean volume boost that can be footswitched on any of the channels for solo work. Power is switchable from 7, 22 and 50 watts. Features a built in switchable reverb along with an effects. The ENGL Screamer 50 Combo is fine tuned for rock and metal with detailed gain and harmonic crunch, sparkling cleans and powerful solos sounds. It has killer tube tone and incredible handling ease with four channels, reverb and a 12-inch Celestion Vintage 30 speaker.

Rocking with the Best Equipment Credit Picture License: Marshall HDR 2 via photopin cc

The Start-Up Stories

The home-based business industry is changing the faces of billionaires all over the world. There are people who are working from home and making hundreds of thousand dollars a year or more. If you are just starting out, you may be wondering how they are doing it. It can be quite a challenge especially if you do not know the ropes. If you want to create your own success story, there are various ways you could do this. Hopefully, you are headed in the right direction.

Success Stories

If you want to build your own home-based business you have to create your own success story. There are several ways in which you could go about this:

  • One way is to replicate another successful business. Follow a mentor and replicate what they did to achieve their success.
  • You could do something similar to following your mentor but switch up your niche a bit.
  • Learn basic business and create your own original idea for a business.

Ideas for Small Business

There are many different small business opportunities that are available for you to choose from. If you are new to the industry it may all seem confusing to you, but it comes down to a couple of basic business models.

  • Traditional small business such as cleaning, bookkeeping or freelance writing.
  • Residual income businesses such as network marketing and start-up companies.

In order for your business to be successful, you must understand the niche and how to market it. Creating a brand for yourself is the key to success. If you are not sure how to do this there are a number of online resources available that can help you achieve your goals and learn about various marketing techniques.

Other Small Business Options

If your ideas do not fit in the general realm of small business possibilities, that is okay too. There are a number of at-home businesses that can provide you with the security and flexibility that you are looking for.

  • At-home tax services
  • Medical transcriptionist
  • Network marketer
  • Customer service
  • Data entry
  • Freelance writing
  • Cleaning service

It is best to stick with what you are good at. If you have a degree in marketing it is best to focus on your skills in that area and build your business around it.

Finding the right at-home job can be a challenge. But if you have the right tools and resources you are sure to find the niche that fits your background and passions. Taking the time to research these options will help you to make the best choice possible for you and your future.

Engineering a Brighter Future

Do you adore science, solution, and designing? On the off chance that you are searching for an approach to consolidate math and art of building with science and prescription, a profession as a biomedical engineer may be an extraordinary vocation decision for you.

It is worth talking about in advance that the field of biomedical engineering is anticipated to develop by more than 70% in the ten year period finishing in 2018! This is one of numerous reasons why this could be an incredible field to investigate. It takes several years to finish a degree but it will be worth it in the long run. Here is some more information about the field of study.


Biomedical engineers have no less than a four year certification in building from a college or four-year school. In a perfect world the degree would be in biomedical designing, however some biomedical specialists concentrated on mechanical, electrical, or some other related sort of building. A graduate degree is frequently favored for some senior-level parts, however there are occupations accessible to school graduates in the wake of finishing the four year certification

What they do

Biomedical architects can serve in a mixture of parts, the vast majority of which include the innovation and formation of therapeutic gadgets, for example, inserts, prostheses (manufactured appendages), and any equipment that can be utilized to help enhance patients’ wellbeing and personal satisfaction.

Additionally, capital hardware, for example, imaging or different diagnostics may be created by biomedical architects. There are a large number of distinctive sorts of restorative gadgets, an excess of diverse sorts to rundown here!

The particular part of a biomedical architect could involve planning, building, scrutinizing, testing, or showcasing therapeutic gadgets. As indicated by the BLS, a portion of the subspecialties for biomedical designing incorporate biomaterials, biomechanics, restorative imaging, recovery building, and orthopedic building.

How to become a biomedical engineering

To become a biomedical engineer who can offer their services to the community or the public you must first become a licensed professional engineer. You must pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam before passing the exam to become a licensed engineer. This exam requires holding a degree from an ABET-accredited program. After passing the exam, you need to work for a minimum of four years in the field.

After passing the FE exam and gaining the required work experience, you must achieve a passing score on the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam to become a licensed professional engineer. The PE exam tests your competency in the field of engineering. The PE exams are offered in different specialties. There is no PE exam specifically for biomedical engineers, so you may choose which PE exam you take.

File Backup: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

File Backup: The Good, the Bad, and the UglyBacking up files and information is an important process for any reason from personal photo storage to big business filing needs. Whatever end of the spectrum you land on, you need some way to make sure your files are safe.

However, what happens when the software or program that is meant to keep your files and computer safe is actually causing your computer harm and endangering your files even more? Not all backup systems are created equal so read on to get more information on some of the perks and issues with backup programs.

The Good

There are a lot of great sites that post reviews on different types of software and computer programs so the good thing about this is that you get to hear what some experts and other consumers think about these products before you download or set up an account.

You can save yourself the hassle of putting all your time and energy into setting up a backup system that will end up not working for you and having to switch to another. Do your homework first and find out which ones are actually offering what you need and which ones are possibly scams and a waste of time.

Although there are some dangers involved when trusting your file backup to a program or software, it is a necessary thing to do. If you take into consideration what would happen if you did not back them up, the outcome is usually a lot worse than if the backup software you use ends up being difficult to use or spammy. It is easy enough to find a good program to use and is worth it.

The Bad and the Ugly

Not all reviews are honest or accurate. Be sure to check more than one site to find out if the reviews for these programs have been generated and whether or not they are consistent. There really are a lot of good programs out there, but you have to be willing to dig through the bad information to find out what you need to know.

Some software programs will also be a mix of good and bad for different reasons- often based on how they are used and if they are the paid or trial versions. If it is free, it is not really free per-say because they often allow harmful programs and malware into your computer when you download them. If you are using a free program, be sure to not download anything onto your computer.

Use the online version if there is one and do not allow it access to your computer. Although some companies have a trial version that can download junk on your computer, they are also known to have a quality paid version so if you are interested in paying, you may get higher quality, but it is a toss up.


File Backup: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Credit Picture License:
via cc