For Apparel Brand HashTag Me - Business is Personal

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Gone are the days of heading over to an Archies or Hallmark outlet to find something special for people you love. Chocolates, flowers or a greeting card just won’t do - there needs to be that extra something to show how much you care. HashTag Me is a brand that believes in going that extra mile to find unique ways to show you care.

Being Truly Different
Anaya, 25, was racking her brain to find the most perfect gift for her best friend. The friend’s wedding was a month away and she wanted something super-special to surprise him. She wanted to go beyond boring, routine gifts and it seemed like she would eventually have to settle with a tea set or something. As luck would have it, Divya came across a unique idea which blew away her mind.

She found HashTag Me, an online apparel store that lets you personalize relationship and theme-based clothing. Browsing through the website, she was impressed by a range of designs for various occasions, that spoke to her sensibilities. Eventually, it was this Bachelor Party design that she picked and personalized to gift her best friend. Of course, her friend absolutely loved it!

It’s all Personal
The brains behind HashTag Me believe in doing things differently. While there are websites aplenty that sell quirky apparel and merchandize, the USP of HashTag Me is personalization. They believe in getting you the best products, customized to your liking. So you can pick up a set of tees with your name and that of a loved one printed on them. There are so many options to choose from - couples tees, best friends tees, family tees and so much more. For the singletons, there are several designs in the pipeline - so stay tuned to their Facebook page or website for the announcement.

You can be a Celebrity
The newly launched HashTag Me has an offer that you absolutely cannot refuse. They’re looking for #RealPeople and #RealFaces to be their brand ambassadors and you too can be a part of it. The entire process is very simple - browse through their website and choose a design you love the most. Get it customized with your names and that of a loved one. When you get your own personalized tees, take pictures or selfies and send it to the team at HashTag Me. Once the entries are submitted, winners will be chosen. The lucky ones will get to have their pictures clicked by professionals and will be featured on HashTagMe’s website on their product pages. How cool is that? We think it’s a golden opportunity to turn into a real celebrity amongst your circle.

Check out more about HashTagMe’s Real People, Real Faces campaign on their website and order your unique, customized apparel today. We think you and your friends are going to love these amazing tees!

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What You Need to Know About Charles De Gaulle International Airport of Paris in France

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Are you are a traveller?  If so, there will likely come a point in your life when you would take a trip out of your country. With all of the amazing places to see, it is difficult to choose, but many travellers make the decision to visit Paris.  If you are interested in doing so, you will need to find a Paris airport to fly in and out of, but most importantly, that airport needs to be known as an international airport.

An international airport is an airport that services individuals from all around the world.  With world travel it is impossible to fly on a domestic flight, you need an international flight; however, not all airports are equipped to handle international flights.  That is why international airports are important, especially if you are flying to Paris in France from your country, or even another area of the world.  In France, like many other popular vacation destinations, you will find that you have a number of different airport options.  One of your options is Charles De Gaulle International Airport.

The Charles De Gaulle International Airport is known as one of France’s most popular and most well known airports.  One of the reasons why the Charles De Gaulle International Airport is so popular is because of its location. The city of Paris is often referred to as a capital district. For that reason, a large number of travellers need to use the airport, for both domestic and international flights.  Although, at the current time, Paris has not had a large problem with terrorism or airport security, you will find that you are still subject to undergo the proper screening and follow all airport rules. In most cases, you will find that these rules differ between international flights and domestic flights. 

When it comes to international flights, at the Charles De Gaulle International Airport, you will be subject to additional screening. That screening may prohibit you from brining certain items aboard an airplane, even if they are allowed in France. If you are heading to the United States or even the United Kingdom, you will find that there is a ban on all liquids in your carryon luggage.  Depending on the airline that you are traveling with, you may be prohibited from bringing these items aboard your airplane, even though you are currently in Paris. That is why it is advised that you check with your airline before making your final travel preparations, such as packing your bags.

If you need to leave your vehicle, whether it be your own vehicle or a rental vehicle, at the Charles De Gaulle International Airport, you will need to make the proper arrangements. As with most other airports, both international and domestic, the Charles De Gaulle International Airport has paid parking for all travellers.  There is even a low-cost and convenient parking lot for those who are scheduled for an international flight.  If you are unable to drive your own vehicle or rent a car, you will find that the Charles De Gaulle International Airport offers a number of different services to air travellers, including a taxi service and a bus service. 

Although it is best that you be concerned with the parking and air travel rules that the Charles De Gaulle  International Airport has, you may also want to make sure that you enjoy yourself. If you are interested, the Charles De Gaulle  International Airport of Paris has a large number of restaurants, hotels and retail stores.  The airport shopping centre, the one that is located within in the international airport terminal, is not only tax free, but it is filled with things that you and those that you left behind would love. Also, you will find that most stores only sell items that are allowed aboard all international flights.  This will help to prevent you from wasting your money on a purchase that you can’t even bring along with you.

If you are planning on scheduling a flight in or out of the Charles De Gaulle  International Airport, it is advised that you familiarize yourself with the airport first.  In addition to learning what airlines the airport services, you may also want to familiarize yourself with anything else that you want to know, such as airport rules, shopping, dinning, hotels and more.  You can easily do this by visiting the online website of the Charles De Gaulle  International Airport.

Multimedia Laser Keyboards Now Replacing Your Bulk Plugin

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The Multimedia laser keyboard is the latest projection technology that allows the virtual keyboard outline to be displayed wirelessly on a flat surface, allowing you to type in almost anywhere, without wires or bulky equipment. It's just a wireless virtual keyboard display that represents physical hardware and is projected onto any surface that allows flat typing. The keyboard is projected by a computer mouse-sized device onto a non-reflective surface. This surface can be a table or a table, or even a wall. This makes the keyboard's portability very easy. The device is suitable for existing BlackBerry, iPhone, Android and other smart phones on the market.

The Multimedia laser keyboardworks as a wireless function device with a laser diode laser as a full QWERTY key on the reflective surface. This type of keyboard does not involve switches and mechanical moving parts. The device stands on a rectangular base, while others use brackets. After locating the device, the next step is to launch and connect to the necessary tools, possibly a smartphone or PDA.

The connection is via USB cable or Bluetooth wireless technology. Its operating mechanism is based on optical identification mechanisms. This allows people to tap their data on key images projected on a flat surface, sending the input data to a word processing document, email, or other program that needs to be typed. It can also make true tapping sounds just like sounds on a regular keyboard.

Maximizing your typing space is another benefit of these keyboards. Typically, a smart phone, tablet or PDA comes with a generally small touch keyboard. People with fat fingers can become uncomfortable with such a small keyboard. The projection keyboard provides a large key that is almost equivalent to a normal computer keyboard. Through this demonstration, anyone can easily pass their data to small devices used in communications.

The maintenance of the virtue keyboard is very simple, which is another great benefit for the user. Unlike ordinary keyboards, this technology does not use wires or moving parts. These parts also increase the bulky size, which was eliminated when the keyboard was laser powered. If water or other liquid spills, parts at the other end will be damaged. The virtue keyboard is not affected by these factors, so that their maintenance becomes simple and simple, because they do not seem to be damaged.

Protecting Public Art With Anti-Graffiti Coatings Varnishing Murals – Testimonial

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By Scott M. Haskins, Mural Conservator

Forethought about protecting murals from graffiti is an essential part of the planning for art in a public place.

First of all, you need to understand the “why” before you can discuss the types of protective varnish to use form anti-graffiti protection.

These insights are offered to you by  the professionals hired by the City of Los Angeles to consult on protecting and preserving art, paintings and murals, Fine Art Conservation Laboratories.

Murals are part of a community’s heritage, part of the architecture, part of a community’s vibe and culture. They are not just a decoration. In the professional mural conservation field, when asked how long should art last, we think in terms of “generations.”

Professionals mural conservators (restorers) are bound by Ethics and Standards of Practice. These standards would theoretically imply:
1.      We do no harm to the original artwork... the materials we use should not cause harm to the original mural as they age or if they have to be removed
2.      This means, also, that anything we do to the mural should be reversible or safely removable in the future... even distant future.

Here’s the problem to be solved: Murals painted in acrylic paint remain very soluble-dissolvable (Keim and oil to a lesser degree but still...) forever. So, cleaning with anything except water is a problem. Of course, none of the stuff sprayed, spilled or deposited on murals is cleanable-removable in water. Solvents and citrus based strippers used to remove graffiti also attack-remove the original paint.

In other words, ANYTHING that is used to varnish the mural, will become part of the mural because it cannot be removed safely (for the artwork). So, let that idea percolate for a moment... if the varnish yellows, that will be the look of the mural in the future and there will be no way possible to remove the yellow. If the varnish cracks and peels (obviously unevenly) then you can’t remove it to redo it later.

This photo shows a hazy brown varnish layer over the artwork.

Despite this warning or inevitable negative situation, some entities have chosen a chemically unstable hard resin “permanent” protective varnish over a chemically stable sacrificial layering of removable or “thinnable” varnish. I think their choice is based on ignorance based on the opinions of non-conservation-preservation services within their bureaucratic channels, not because there has been a logical choice specifically for the benefit of artwork/murals.

The two schools of thought
for the choice of protective layer or varnish are:

1. The City of Los Angeles has adopted a policy, with the excuse of future minimal maintenance, to use a “permanent” hard coating. The name is “GCP 1000
Polyurethane Topcoat. Here is the link for application instructions. I suppose that because this is a commercial product, that this appeals to bureaucrats. I’ve also been told that some graffiti can be removed from this protective layer with a commercial cleaner called Goo Gone (another long term preservation problem).

The Office of Cultural Affairs chose this material at the recommendation of their graffiti abatement contractor. The photo below shows a brown varnish under the graffiti. This was a permanent hard coating applied over a sacrificial varnish, that was not yellowed or brown.

2. A “sacrificial” varnish layer is one that is applied so thickly that when tagged, the graffiti can be removed along with a layer of varnish without having to remove all the varnish. This means that the cleaning-removal solutions don’t come into contact with the original paint. After the graffiti removal, the surface needs to be re-protected or in other words, the sacrificial varnish layers need to be reapplied.

The resin used for the sacrificial layers is not a commercially available product, but can be purchased from conservation suppliers. The resin used is Rohm and Haas’ Paraloid B72. We usually spray apply 4 heavy coats of 15% solids (in xylene solvent). Then we follow up with 4-5 coats of 30% applied with rollers as thickly as can be possible applied without creating drips. On the mural in the video below, the artist originally thought to apply the thicker sacrificial layer only up on the wall about 8’. But yielded to reason when I showed him the nefarious techniques some vandals use to spray way up high on walls. So, we applied all the layers over the entire mural.

This photo shows the before and after of removing a decade of graffiti off of a thick protective sacrificial varnish.

Here is a quick video of applying the sacrificial varnish layer to a new mural at street level in Northridge (Los Angeles), CA and a short testimonial for our collaboration.

If you found this article interesting, please leave a constructive comment and give this webpage a “thumbs up.” Thanks!

Contact info for participants on this project

Roger Dolan, Lead Artist 818 902 1218

Don Larson, Northridge Beautification Foundation 818 401 5522

Scott Sterling, General Contractor 818 321 8644

About the Author, Scott M. Haskins: Click on this link

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Stay In Paris

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When you plan a long stay in Paris for any length of time, you should look into a few things before getting started. You will find many things to do as the seasons change.

How to choose sports in Paris:
Unbelievably Paris offers 360 different sports. You can check with your nearest travel agent and they can assist you in finding out what would best fit your wants before going.  There are many parks in different areas that a person can just go to relax as well as play some football or soccer. Perhaps you can have a picnic while you are there. Swimming is a popular sport for fun as well as exercise, most hotels have swimming pools but you can also go to the many public pools and private owned ones too.

You can visit the stadium in Paris to enjoy your favourite sport. There is always something going on at a stadium to make give you a relaxing enjoying night out.

How to choose schools in Paris:
If you are planning to make your stay long term, so you can go to school that’s great.  Paris has 13 universities for you to choose from making Paris known as the European University Capital.  Over 300,000 students attend school each year. The King of France started the first school and academy in his palace the year of 800. He wanted everyone to have the chance of a lifetime to learn. During the months of September through November, the welcome center is open to help the students find accommodation, jobs, get bank accounts or whatever they may need for their long term stay.

How to find Gay spots in Paris:
Paris is open-minded for the Gay and Lesbian, letting these people be-their own person.  Dozens of bars, restaurants, hotels and many more things are open for them. Wherever you see a “rainbow flag,” it is for the gay and lesbian crowds. Join the association for gay and lesbian tourists, they provide a meeting point for groups on Saturday.  Find an apartment in the gay community and make your life a happy one on a day-to-day basis.  Check out the Gay travel agency where they have tours and events for everyone. Paris also provides clubs with the gay and lesbians in mind.

How to protect your belongings:
Safety is something everyone needs to be aware of. There are many pickpockets out there walking the streets so keep the wallets in your back pocket, make sure your bags are securely fastened. Hang onto those cell phones; everyone likes those free minutes. If someone should walk up and offer their services to you, make a visit to the official sales point to let it be known. The official sales point can give you information on safety a list of all the police stations as well.

Paris City is doing all they can to provide fresh air, which is polluted, caused from the surplus of traffic. Air is constantly being monitored; when the pollution is high, the media is alerted. Warnings are put out for the children, elderly, and pregnant women in mind.  When the pollution is high, all outdoors sports are cancelled until it goes down. Although the air is generally good, the city is encouraging the people to use the public transport, cycling, and roller-blading more. This would cut down the pollution and make it safer for everyone.

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