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The use of the record as an analogue music holding device has been around since the early 20th century. Indeed, the 1920s and 1930s saw and uptick in the use of records for recording music and record players for playing that music back, and though the technology was really quite remarkable at the time, there are of course always advancements to be made to make a process and a concept better for the world. This is what vinyl did for the record business: it made the entire production and sound processes easier, more efficient, and frankly just better. The improvement that the industry witnessed with the advent of the vinyl album cannot be understated, and it is important to grasp the history of the record before vinyl came into play in order to understand just how big an accomplishment this alteration was.

Early disc recording speeds were all dictated by the materials that the records were http://www.soundstagedirect.commade out of. Indeed, because the materials dictated the recording speeds, the music that was created for the album was in turn dictated. This meant that the songs you heard were a direct result of the format’s advantages and disadvantages, as musicians knew that the songs they wrote would have to fit on one side of a record. The earliest records to become popular were the 78 rpm records, which were made from a variety of materials, though the primary material was a hard rubber. In the late 1890s a shellac-based compound was first introduced into the production process and soon became the material of choice. While there are certainly differences in the base materials used and other components, the combination was usually a third shellac, two thirds “mineral filler”, some fibers to add strength, carbon for the black coloring, and a little bit of lubricant to keep the album running. While “flexible” or “unbreakable” albums were introduced around 1904, the issue with these 78 rpm records was still that they could play no more than three minutes per side of recorded music. This was a significant drawback to the material, though at the time it was the only thing available so folks hardly knew what they were missing out on. The 78 was 12 inches in diameter, so when artists and symphonies recorded their music, they were usually sold in sets in order to accommodate the length of the music as well as the capacity of the record.

The big changes came with the availability of new materials to make the LP records we know and love today. Indeed, it is sometimes referred to as the microgroove era, but there were two things that changed the way records were released and paved the way for the record album to come into existence. First, records could be made out of vinyl rather than shellac. This made it easier to cut smaller grooves in the material, thus giving more space and more time for music per side. These two interacting features truly changed the arc of the record business, and vinyl albums changed the way popular artists made music.

It can be easy, after a long day of packing up boxes and loading them into a moving truck and putting them into a storage unit, to take the easy way out. Perhaps you start off well when packing up your boxes, but eventually you get to a point and you just do not want to be bothered anymore. It can be so tempting in these moments to just toss things into boxes rather than methodically set them up in the best ways possible. Instead of allowing yourself to give in to that temptation, always consider the high road in self storage packing and pack your storage unit thoughtfully, no matter how exhausted you might be! indeed, the key to an effective self storage unit packing and moving experience all lies in how you first begin to pack up your boxes. If you make it easy on you future self by being thoughtful and careful from the outset, you will find that it is much easier to get through the packing experience because everything will be ordered. Here are a few tips for taking the high road when packing up your storage units in order to yield the best long term results:

  • Start with making a list of packing supplies and box types that you will need. This should happen very early on in the process, perhaps as soon as you decide to rent a self storage unit. Having plenty of packing materials and many boxes will help you pack your things in a way that protects them in the long rather than causes them to get damaged. We all have that tendency to make things work in smaller spaces than we should just because we don’t want to go out to get more boxes, but this will end up causing you headaches in the long run.
  • Always have plenty of bubble tape, furniture covers, pallets, and wrapping paper to begin with. Again, this will ensure that your packing process is a good one and will keep you from just packing things without considering the damage that might be done to these items.
  • Pack heavy items in smaller boxes. While you might be tempted to pack a big box of books, this simply will not do as it will end up leaving you with very heavy boxes full of items that you can barely carry. Instead, pack heavy items in small boxes, such as books and dishes. Try not to pack anything to amount to more than twenty pounds within the box.
  • Clean all your clothing, drapes, and bedding before packing them into a wardrobe box or a large box for clothes and materials. Cleaning them ahead of time will keep them in better shape over the long haul, as they won’t have dust and grime eating away at them during their time in the mini self storage rental unit.
  • Always keep this mindset in mind when packing your unit: the goal is to keep things fresh and in good condition until you unpack the unit. All your packing decisions should be thus motivated!

Did you know that essential oils can help you manage various ailments that women experience? They can even help with pregnancy and labor pains! They help with PMS, cramps, and endometriosis.

How can essential oils help you combat PMS? 

oil diffuserAs many women know, there are many different effects that come from pre-menstrual syndrome. On one hand it happens 12 times a year so we should be prepared for the symptoms and yet for some reason, we see to have the same struggle every single month! Fortunately for us, we can use essential oils as a way to lesson some of the symptoms that come from our natural cycles. Essential oils can actually help combat even mood swings, bloating (thank goodness!), fatigue and even your change in appetite. Here are a few ideas that Plant Therapy have conjured up for you. For those of you who don’t know, Plant Therapy is an on-line essential oils store as well as an incredible resource for anything you need to know about essential oils. Here are some of their concoctions:

  • “Calm” – this blend is intended to be used as an inhaler. (You can purchase inhaler tubes from Plant Therapy.) All you need is 2 drops of neroli, 4 drops of orange and 2 drops of vanilla. Voila! You will get your mind relaxed in no time.
  • “Energize Me” – this is a blend that you will actually put in the oil diffuser of your choosing. You can buy one on-line at Plant Therapy. Add 4 drops of lemon, 2 drops of basil and 1 drop of spearmint. This will give you a boost of energy!
  • “Ban the Bloat” – this blend is intended to be used for massage purposes. All you need is 2 ounces of a carrier oil then add 4 drops of geranium, 6 drops of juniper berry (my personal favorite) and massage them into the abdomen. This blend will help reduce bloating by reliving water retention.
  • You can also sniff some grapefruit essential oil to help get rid of those pesky cravings.

How can essential oils help you relieve menstrual cramps? 

No matter how often we feel cramps, we never like it very much. Here are some great ways to help alleviate some of the traditional and uncomfortable cramps we get every single month.

  • For pain relief: use Plant Therapy’s syngery “Pain-Aid” (which contains peppermint, clove bud, laurel leaf, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, Roman chamomile, juniper and thyme) in one ounce of a carrier oil and apply to abdomen.
  • For abdominal massage: use 6 drops of lavender and 6 drops of rose absolute to 1 ounce of a carrier lotion and massage into abdomen to reduce pressure, cramping and pain.

Can essential oils really help me with my endometriosis?

Absolutely it can. Without going into great detail about what endometriosis does to your body, note that it causes great pain in the uterus. You can reduce the pain in the following way:

  • Hip massage or warm bath: in 3 ounces of carrier lotion add 20 drops of clary sage, 10 drops of rose, 4 drops of Roman Chamomile, 20 drops of geranium and 16 drops of lavender.
  • Massage your hips and lower back with this lotion.

There are many other ways the essential oils can help relieve pain and discomfort from PMS.

One of the most difficult aspects of climbing the corporate ladder is determining when and if you’re ready to move up the next rung.  It can be hard to know which types of jobs you’re qualified for and which you aren’t.  This is perhaps the most important aspect of climbing the corporate ladder: knowing the exact time when you are ready so you can make the jump as quickly as possible.  The downside of just applying for every job that comes up is failing over and over and losing your confidence.  To be fair, there are many life lessons and character that can be gained from failing at things consistently, but for many people it simply destroys their confidence and makes it difficult for them to get jobs that they should get easily.  With this all in mind, would you know when you are ready to start applying for CEO jobs?  Would you know when you’re qualified and have a substantial chance at nailing one of these highly coveted positions?  As you can see, it can be incredibly difficult to know whether or not you are ready for such a position.  To help you determine, here are five signs that should indicate that you are indeed ready.

http://www.coloradocareers.com1.  Constant promotion.  If you have been promoted at every job you have ever held, it’s probably a sign that you are an incredible asset.  If you have been promoted from one position to another that is several higher, it is a great sign that you are capable of being the head of a business.

2.  Positive reviews consistently.  For most jobs, employees go through a series of reviews once or more a year.  At these review sessions, people hear about things that they are doing well and things that they should change for the coming year.  If you already hold a fairly high position, and all you are hearing are positive things, you might want to consider beginning a corporate careers search tailored to CEO positions around the country.

3.  You never feel challenged.  This is a constant complaint from people that are very talented.  They feel like nothing they do is really challenging them; rather, they feel like they are simply going through the motions each day.  While it is certainly a great feeling to be completely competent at your job, the feelings that come with being challenged are far greater.  If this is how you feel, even while doing a high-powered job, then becoming a CEO might be just the challenge you are looking for.

4.  Recommended.  This is fairly obvious, but if other people around the company are telling you about CEO opportunities within the industry and saying that you should apply, then go for it.  At the end of the day, you really have nothing to lose.  You might as well give it a shot.

5.  You’re qualified.  This is the most important piece.  Read through some job postings for CEO positions.  If you have the necessary education, years of experience, training, certifications, etc. for a majority of the positions, then it is time to start applying and see what you get.