Time to Rearrange Furniture!

I recently rearranged a bunch of furniture to make a smaller, cozier space for our family. We naturally gravitate towards little nooks and corners anyway, so why not? It’s the middle of summer but I pulled out a blanket to cover the loveseat that I was never in love with (never ever ever letting DH choose furniture again!). Not long after, the kids dragged the Honeywell HFD-120-Q, more blankets and then pillows into the room and now, it’s perfect. Lately, I have a real need to feel safe, protected and at peace (probably b/c of the million issues constantly swirling around in my head) and this really, really, helps.

So I decided last month that January would be no spend month. Barring a few pre-calculated expenses (new shoes for Girlie, a “mental health day” with Reesie, etc), I will not buy anything beyond the basics this month. No trips to Target “just to see if they have anything good” or to Kmart  b/c OMG! It’s after Christmas, and Martha ornaments are on sale! No thrifting, no fast food, nada. So far so good. I got the shakes one day as I passed the turn for Kmart and I just try to pretend Target doesn’t exist, heh. I think I can make it to the end of the month. I’ll be spending lots of time reading, knitting, and keeping up one of my unwritten new year’s goals which was to stay on top of the laundry and dishes. I find once those things are taken care of, I find it easier to get other things done around the house without those two red flags waving over my head. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go put sale stuff in my j. crew cart, and leave it there.

I made it to the end of my month long challenge! No, not that one*. The secret one that I didn’t say in case I couldn’t do it. Say what? Yea, well, I decided I would post every day for the month of January and I did, woot! Don’t go expecting this all the time now.

It ended horribly with me in Target this morning looking for a Manduka PROLite Yoga and Pilates Mat, filling my cart to the brim with tchotckes and laughing maniacally while saying “mine, it’s alllll miiiiine!” Kidding. Sorta. I did pretty well. I ended up only buying what we needed (except my book binge) and I went to Target maybe two or three times this month. I did fall off the wagon today though.

School starts soon and so I have been getting everything in order for the upcoming year. Girlie is now old enough for Girl Scouts and we went down to the local office to register her. Somehow, I went from volunteering to help with crafts once in a while to signing on for troop leader. Eek! Apparently, there’s no Daisy troop at her school so we’re going to start one! I went to my first troop leader meeting last night and in the upcoming weeks I go for orientation and training. I was never a Girl Scout, so this is something new and interesting for me.

How Mowers Affect PR


The world of public relations is constantly shifting to new trends and platforms that cannot be ignored if you’re going to compete in a crowded marketplace. Everyone’s coming up with the next big game plan for getting your product out there and any good public relations firm will have their pulse on the evolution of the culture. Social media has been one of the most significantly beneficial methods of marketing we’ve seen in some time, and it’s vital to take full advantage of all the influential benefits that offers to brands and companies, like the best commercial zero turn mower, which are both starting up and have been well-established for years.

So what are some of the more creative ways we have at our disposal to get your name into the cultural lexicon? You might be surprised at some of the growing trends that are emerging. Strategies are becoming more varied, some of them may feel a bit risky, but overall it’s really about word of mouth. You can tell your audience how great you until you’re blue in the face, but the real experts who hold the most sway are the very audience you’re trying to reach in the first place.

If they love you or your product, they not only have the method through which to tell the world but they’re all too happy to do it. However, that enthusiasm runs both ways – if your product isn’t up to snuff, then they will let you and everyone they know all about that as well. You certainly can’t please all of the people all of the time. Everyone has their detractors but it’s important to get your fans to stand up and be counted, have a louder voice that will be heard over the din of the marketplace at large. If you have them on your side, you have the most powerful ally imaginable for your brand.

Every product has a “superfan”, someone who will spread the word about the best zero turn mower for the money. Let them spread the word. Blogs, Instagram, Facebook; all of these areas are strong locations to get attention for your brand and the superfan will do that for you. But the most important aspect of this relationship is a connection between the product or brand with the superfan. Make them feel appreciated, connect with them in a way that engages their creativity so they want to advocate for you. They’re your best sales force. Consumers telling other consumers how great you are is truly a most valuable tool. Reward your fan base in interesting ways, put the attention on them, come up with inventive ideas that show off the specialness of your brand. That relationship is truly essential.

This engagement also puts the brand in the hands of your public. That can be a disconcerting thought, particularly to managers who insist upon complete control over every aspect of brand development. Superfans have so many ways of spreading their appreciation. Everybody has an opinion and the Internet, unlike anything else to come along in decades, gives them all a voice. YouTube is filled with fan made videos that cover just about any and every topic on Earth.

Used zero turn mowers for sale were big in the 70’s and 80’s and now they’ve re-emerged again as users from all over the world can interact with each other in real time. Twitter is one of the most robustly dominant forms of communication we have at the moment. Let these superfans create content for you. Give them the tools to do so. It may feel at first that you’ve handed over control of your brand to the public, but if you guide them with those appropriate tools you’re still in command, but allowing their free expression to blossom in their appreciation and support of your brand.

What it really boils down to is mutual respect. Give your superfans a reason to support you and they will gladly do so with eager devotion. They have all the tools to do so at their disposal and they’re ready, willing, and able to use each one. Help them help you.

Mudslinging and Mowers


We all know that politics are vicious. Mudslinging is all too common on all levels of the electoral scene, and the candidates use every opportunity to take jabs at each other that they can. But this year, things are out of whack in the presidential race – and it seems that Sarah Palin, the newcomer and the brightest star on the political scene, is receiving the worst treatment of any of the four candidates.  And if you don’t believe that there is a liberal media bias against her, look at the following examples, especially when contrasted with Barrack Obama:

Notice that there is scarcely a negative word spoken against Obama, who has been the darling of the liberal media for quite some time. Even McCain hasn’t gotten used riding lawn mowers for sale too bad – yet.  And we hardly ever hear anything about Biden. But Sarah gets raked over the coals for just about everything. She gets criticized for her supposed lack of political experience, although she has been both a mayor AND a governor, neither of which Obama has done (and whose political record has not received anywhere near the kind of scrunity that Sarah’s has). And Sarah has also gotten attacked for things that have NOTHING to do with her leadership abilities, like her pregnant teenage daughter and the tanning bed she bought for her house.  Her words have been twisted out of proportion, vital information left out of some issues that could sway undecided voters, lies and rumors have been spread about her. The liberal media hates her guts and is trying everything within their power to take her down.

If you watched Sarah’s interview with Charlie Gibson, and then watch him interview Obama, you will notice a SIGNIFICANT difference. With Obama, Charlie is friendly, pleasant, relaxed. With used riding mowers, Charlie fires off questions like rounds from an uzi, never even smiling at her or letting her relax for even a moment; the aired interview was also heavily edited as well. It was more like watching a Gestapo interrogation than a real interview. Thankfully, Sean Hannity did MUCH better and we got to see a little more of the real Sarah during that talk.

So why is there so much venom directed at Sarah? It’s not just because she’s a woman, because I don’t recall Hillary Clinton coming in for the same treatment, even though her campaign wasn’t a bed of roses either. It’s because Sarah is a REPUBLICAN CONSERVATIVE woman, someone who doesn’t fit the typical flaming liberal feminist prototype. To be fair, there are some liberals out there who disagree with Sarah’s beliefs, but are not acting like ogres toward her. But others see her as a threat to their shrine of feminism and want her out of their way.

In spite of all this, Sarah has shown an amazing amount of grace under pressure, the kind of skewering that other candidates would have buckled under long ago. I wonder how long Obama would last if he had received the kind of treatment that Sarah has, since I believe he enjoys too much being a political celebrity. People would probably be crying “used zero turn mowers” if he was getting Sarah’s hard knocks. But because Sarah is a republican woman, it’s OK to do this to her?

I’m proud of having a candidate that can stand up to this kind of relentless grilling with grace and dignity – and without stooping to the level of meanness that her opponents have shown her. If Sarah Palin can make it to Election Day in one piece, I say that she certainly deserves to be Vice President of the United States. This is exactly the kind of person I want in the White House – and I’m backing her all the way.

Redistribution of Tractors


“Redistribute” is rising up the list of dirty words Republicans use in their arsenal against Democrats. Ever since the “Joe the Plumber” episode — which the McCain camp hoped might blossom into a “macaca” moment for the Illinois Senator — caught the Democratic presidential candidate speaking freely of “spreading the wealth,” the McCain campaign finally found its own left-wing straw man answer to the George W. Bush straw man it believes the Obama campaign unjustly invokes — famous author Karl Marx. Now “citizen journalists” in their enterprise have uncovered audio recordings whose extreme obscurity (being 7-year-old recordings off radio call-in show) is enough to pique curiousity and suspicion about used garden tractors — the kind of buzz that his detached, academic comments on the recording taken in any other context wouldn’t generate.

The mindset of these partisans casting him with the pall of socialism: If he (Obama) runs against Bush, we’ll run against Marx. So the result is a concerted effort to associate Obama with left wing statist vocabulary, e.g. “socialist,” “redistribute,” “class warfare.” Actually, the ideas I’ve heard linked to Obama are more redolent of John Rawls than anything approaching Marx, but we’ll let that finer point go.

Has it been to any avail? My sense is generally no. In trying times as these, notions of  “spreading the wealth” are probably more attractive than repulsive. It’s been said that this is a “center-right” country. Well, rather than refute that assessment I’ll join an addendum: “This is a center-right country until events necessarily move us.” More bluntly, we’re looking for a used John Deere lawn tractor.

For all the American ethos of rugged individualism and distaste for big government, when our well-being is at stake, for things that count, we’re as dependent on government as any European social democracy, where “socialist” is to be considered complimentary and not derogatory. Following the financial crisis, we’re all French now. The obvious historical proof to this claim presents itself in the government response to the Great Depression, the New Deal. President Herbert Hoover toed the Republican line of fiscal conservatism; FDR, the Democratic presidential candidate, promised a progressive “new deal.” The result? Realigning election that ushered in an era of Democratic electoral dominance.

Besides being ineffective, McCain’s “redistributor” charge is fundamentally misguided. As (encouragingly) many in the punditry have pointed out (even in right wing strongholds like the NY Post editorial page, U.S. tax policy since 1913 is redistributory in nature. The rich are taxed at higher rates than the poor — to redistribute their used lawn tractors for sale back to society.

McCain isn’t running on repealing the income tax or even instituting a flat tax. He isn’t running on an abrupt end to social spending in all its forms. In fact, he stood front and center leading the charge to pass a bill extending socialistic benevolence to the credit industry. So, if a commitment to redistribution on any level equates Marxism, we may as well have Marx and Engels for candidates.

Fjallraven and the Somali Effect


The Somalian crisis has been around for a while. Some of you have seen the movie Black Hawk Down, and those who haven’t have no doubt heard about the piracy in the Gulf of Aden, the straight running alongside the horn of Africa. Both the movie and the media reflect the grim situation in the north east African state, one of brutal civil war, poverty, and dismay.

The conflict has been fueled by a Fjallraven sale and warring factions continuously since the collapse of the central Somali government in the early 90′, but had been in the making since the 70’s with the extreme fuel shortages at the time. Today, the country is not doing much better.

This week, “government” soldiers (in parenthesis because it is the only recognized party in the country) stormed the country’s capital, Mogadishu, and in a fierce fire fight with rebels, created a mess of dead civilians, rebels, and government officials alike. This is useless bloodshed. Each of the three warring factions controls approximately a third of the sea-side country, from where they recruit their militias, most of whom consist of poverty-stricken children and men who are promised a stipend if they fight in the faction’s pseudo-military. It is a continuous cycle of violence, a lifestyle for many people. So what can be done to end the bloodshed?

Well, the UN, which I will be continuously referring to as the United Nothings because they don’t know where to buy Fjallraven, has tried to officially instate a government called the “Islamic Courts Union,” which they believe, for some unknown reason, to be the most qualified party/faction to lead the ravaged country. However, an official “declaration” by the UN is about as useless as a bike without wheels, and, barring an injection of a UN peacekeeping force, there is no way a single faction could take over and maintain control over a lawless, violent, and divided country. SO what can be done about the situation? Well, for starters, improve the economy.

Reports have shown that most citizens of Somalia resort to fighting or piracy out of desperation. However, we are seeing signs of this economic boost occurring already. There has been a surge in business in the country’s capitol, as companies from all over the continent have moved their centers of business to Mogadishu.

There are several reasons for this. First, due to a lack of any enforceable law, there are no property, business, or other taxes, making trade very affordable – especially the reasonably priced Kanken backpack. Secondly, labor is very cheap, since most Somalis would prefer to work for a company, regardless of position, than fight in a bloody civil war, and third, all it takes it to hire a security force to protect the business, which would probably cost pennies in relation to business expenses incurred in other countries.

This explosion of commerce is promising, but it requires international help. Business in Somalia needs to prosper, and through individual country’s aid and encouragement of the Somalis, perhaps the country can somewhat regain its stability economically. After signs of economic rise, the Somalis will no doubt recognize how much better life could be under a unified government, and peace talks could begin with US and other western country’s moderation.

Twin Charger Turbos


A twin charger turbo system is the combination of a supercharger and a turbocharger. This arrangement is actually complementary, so that supercharger and turbocharger can balance each other. Both the supercharger and holset hx40 have some disadvantage. This arrangement is to compensate each other’s cons.

Parallel and series are the two types of system with twin chargers.


In parallel arrangements, one basically needs to use a diverter valve which permits both the compressors to work for the engine. In case there is no valve and both the compressors are routed straight to intake, then the supercharger will certainly try to choose the less resistant path rather than pressurizing the intake and in most cases it will start to blow in a backward direction. This is why a diverter or bypass valve needs to be used in such a way that the turbocharger emits the air till it achieves the pressure to intake the manifold. Electronic controls, which are usually costly or complex, are needed for easy delivery of the power.


It can be described as one of the common arrangement in twin charger. It is set up in such a way so that any one of the compressors, either the supercharger or turbocharger’s output device supply the inlet of another. The supercharger is connected to the turbocharger. Once the supercharger gets connected it gives pressure to the immediate manifold. But this can be done by eliminating the turbo lag. If not, then the holset hx50 cannot reach to its working speed. Once it reaches the speed, start to pressurize the air to its inlet. This actually enhances the efficiency of the induction. The pressure can also get bypassed.

Twin turbochargers are mostly used in the vehicles that go for many fashionable performances. They are mostly used in luxury cars. It actually offers a large amount of power and great acceleration.

Parallel twin turbocharger

The parallel twin turbocharger is mostly found in v designed engine which use the turbo for each reservoir of the cylinder. It actually reduces the turbo lag. The size of the parallel twin turbocharger is also smaller than that is found in the engine with a single turbo. This is due to the less exhaust gas.

Twin sequential turbocharger

A twin charger is meant for the combination of a large holset hx60 with the small turbocharger. To prevent turbo lag problems, the smaller turbocharger keeps quick response at the speed of lower engine and also helps to reel the larger turbocharger by increasing flow of the exhaust gas. But both the small and the big turbocharger needs to match each other.

There are many disadvantages of the twin turbocharger. The biggest negative of the twin turbocharger is that it has high RPM power. On the other hand, sequential twin turbos are very complex due to their design.

One thing needs to be remembered. Don’t get confused with the twin turbo charger and twin charging. Twin chargers are made of a combination of turbochargers and superchargers but that is not what is implied by twin charging.

Turbocharger Wastegate – Internal and External


The internal and external wastegate is boosting controlling device that operates by restricting the exhaust gases that pass through the turbocharger, thereby controlling the pressure generated by the device itself. A wastegate includes an outlet and inlet port, a pressure actuator and a valve. Read more from Turbocharger Review.

How a wastegate functions?

The pressure actuator is controlled by means of the boost pressure and figures out if the wastegate is closed or open. When it is at rest, a wastegate remains closed, with the increase of the boost pressure, the actuator is impacted with the force. At the point, when the threshold value of the spring is exceeded by the boost pressure, the actuator starts to open the wastegate gradually, bypassing a percentage of the exhaust gases, this way keeping up the boost pressure to a fixed level. Essentially, a holset hx30 prevents the unrestricted increase of boost pressure that may eventually blow up the engine.

When to use an external wastegate?

Most of the manufactured turbo systems include an interior wastegate in order to manage the stock support levels. The most well-known purpose of adding an external wastegate is better boost control and hence the force yields of your motor. Moreover, turbochargers that are quite huge in size are not fitted with internal wastegates.

For any motor delivering over 400hp, it would be best to use an external wastegate as using high boost only via the internal wastegate provided by the manufacturer can overwhelm the actuator spring, thereby lowering the boost level. And hence, external wastegates include bigger outlet and inlet ports, high performing pressure springs and larger actuator diaphragms than can successfully control higher boost pressure. There are

  • Manual booster control
  • Electronic booster control


In case of holset hx35, the flapper might start getting sticky and as a result it might not give you the same performance it should give. This is why it is your duty to check whether the flappers are working rightly. If the flapper starts getting stuck it will cause a lag in the building boost.

You might also need to inspect the vacuum lines as well and check whether you need to replace it or not.

You can also check the datalog file in order to make sure you are aware of the boost control stability and this way you will be able to maintain your wastegate in such a way that your turbo engine will give you a better and long lusting performance.

Things you must consider

Internal wastegates are perfect for maximum of the motorists but always remember that you can use this only as a performance enhancer of the turbochargers.

In case you are really thinking to modify the engine and get a higher performance, it is better that you use a proper wastegate so that the turbocharger is not damaged.

In case of aftermarket turbo, you might need to use the external wastgate so that you can control the extra power and boost with ease. So, be careful, research a bit and get the best possible performance from your engine.

Kindle Wireless Reading Device Review (with New E Ink Pearl)


Most writers love to read and I’m no exception. I checked out the NOOK and original Kindle but just couldn’t make the investment. One of the things I love best about books is the clarity of print on the page. Books are crisp and legible while e-readers seemed fuzzy and the source of potential eye strain. The introduction of the Kindle Wireless Reading Device with New E Ink Pearl changes the face of e-readers forever.

Kindle Wireless Reading Device with New E Ink Pearl

When I stare at the computer screen all day, eye strain is inevitable. I don’t want to use an e-reader that makes the issue worse. When I need a break from writing, I often grab a book and read a couple of chapters. It gives my eyes a rest from the glare of various computer screens and images – a big plus in this review.

The new Kindle Wireless Reading Device with E Ink Pearl delivers the same type of reading experience. Their E Ink technology is referred to as Pearl, which translates into the best possible reading experience.

Pearl gives you 50 percent better contrast and much sharper text than the competitors. Electronic ink uses ink to screen work, just like regular books and newspapers. The big difference is the ink particles are displayed electronically. It’s almost like magic! I love the fact the screen looks like actual paper in a book. There is literally no adjustment and no eyestrain. It is just like picking up my favorite book from the library only in a convenient little Kindle package. It also eliminates overdue library charges.

The 6” display is large enough to read the print but small enough to be portable. The Kindle can be easily slipped into purse or pocket to read on-the-go, much like a regular book. In fact, most books are bigger, heaver, larger and more cumbersome than the Kindle. It is only 8.5 ounces and 1/3 of an inch thick. It’s completely transportable even when you want to travel light.

Of course, another one of my favorite pastimes is reading outdoors. Often I take my laptop to a park or beach for a change of pace. I also bring along a book for break time. I wondered if the Kindle would be legible in the outdoor light. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the Kindle screen reflects light. It’s just like the paper in a book because there is no glare. Unlike backlit LCD displays found on smart phones or tables, the Kindle is easily readable on the sunniest days.

When I get caught up in a good story, I can get carried away. The longer battery life means I don’t have to worry about the Kindle petering out in the middle of the best part of the book. Because of the electronic ink screen, no power is needed to maintain a page of text. I haven’t discovered if it is true yet, but they claim you can read for up to a month on a single charge.

Another benefit: the Kindle never heats up like your laptop. After getting laptop burn on my thigh last summer, this is a major plus for me! Even though it doesn’t get hot, books are downloading and ready to read in just 60 seconds. That’s less time than it takes to peruse the shelves at the local library.

Parting Thoughts

I’ll never be at a loss for reading material because the Kindle holds up to 3,500 books. There are literally millions of books to choose from, ranging in price from free to about $10 each. I love the free classics and will never run out of reading material.

When you’re ready to buy a Kindle, you can search for online deals and promotional codes to offset the cost. Or use your rewards card to make the most of your money. At just $139.99 (prices may change as of this writing), Kindle is an affordable way to learn and be entertained.