Ebuni | Wide Comb French Beak Hair Clip – Best hair clip ever

first_imgSize (approx max dimensions): 12cm x 5cm x 4cm The confidence hair clip Happy with my purchase SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-09-13 02:01:50Reviewed Item Ebuni | Wide Comb French Beak Hair Clip with Teeth – Tortoiseshell (Brown)Rating 4.4 / 5  stars, based on  7  reviews Quality metal spring Strong Glossy Plastic with hand applied finish Really secure clip Colour: Tortoiseshell / Brown Features of Ebuni | Wide Comb French Beak Hair Clip with Teeth – Tortoiseshell (Brown)Made in FranceStrong Glossy Plastic with hand applied finishQuality metal springColour: Tortoiseshell / BrownSize (approx max dimensions): 12cm x 5cm x 4cmMade in France Works really well even on my slippery fine hair. I twist my hair and then it doesnt slide out. This would be too big if i didnt have a lot of fine hair, but would also be big enough for at least a half up style on very thick hair. Its quite big, so check the dimensions before buying. High quality and large enough , love it. Expencive but worth the money. I love this hair clip so easy to use so comfortable and great for holding up my thick and heavy hair i wear this with confidence knowing my hair looks good this is a hair clip were you just have to have a spare one l love it and so well made my only let down is they don’t make them in colours other than brown shades l would love a collection of them in differant colours especially for the summer time. I struggled to find these in the shops, the dog chewed my last one so i was glad to find this. The quality is good, plastic is strong. I have just past the shoulder hair and i can twist up and put this in. It then stays up all day, no grips or spray. Much like the other spring clips with jaws but in my opinion more grown up. The best hair clip i have ever had. Its made of plastic but not the hard plastic like the most of the others so is flexible and won’t snap like the other do. It hold my hair well and my hair is think. I want to buy another one but they are unavailable. Please bring them back again. Posted on September 13, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories ClawsTags Ebunilast_img read more

Ethanol export dynamics changing

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Just four years ago, more than 80% of U.S. ethanol exports went to Brazil, Canada and the European Union. That has changed significantly by 2015.Exports to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Philippines and India experienced the strongest growth in 2014. While the UAE is largely importing U.S. ethanol to blend with its gasoline that is later re-exported, and India is importing for industrial purpose, the Philippines has a blend mandate in place. Domestic production in the Philippines has been unable to meet its 10% blend mandate making imports necessary.Currently, the United States has a 55% market share in the Philippines and the Council is hopeful there is room to capture more. To help nurture this market, the U.S. Grains Council and its partners, Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, have planned a busy summer with missions heading to the Philippines and other growing markets like China, Indonesia, India and Japan.last_img read more

Label language continues to confuse consumers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I have always been curious about what goes through a person’s mind while shopping at the grocery store.In the past couple of weeks, I have read several articles regarding consumer surveys, gauging consumer wants and purchasing habits when at the grocery store. I shared one such article in my weekly online newsletter titled, “Informed Consumers Won’t Pay More For ‘Natural’.” In this experiment researchers at Arizona State University polled 663 beef eaters about their willingness to pay for steak labeled with different attributes, one of which being natural. Half of the participants were provided with the definition of natural and half were not.In summary, those who were provided the definition of “natural” were not willing to pay the extra price per pound for the natural label alone. However, those consumers who were not informed on the definition were willing to pay a premium for the product. This leads me to ask the following question: Are you an informed consumer?In case it wasn’t clear, and often it’s not, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service considers all fresh meat “natural.” However, beef that carries a “natural” label cannot contain any artificial flavors, coloring, chemical preservatives or other artificial ingredients. Additionally, natural products must not be more than “minimally processed.” Ground beef falls under the minimally processed umbrella, so it can be labeled natural.Label claims on food can be very confusing to consumers, and adding unnecessary information would only add to that confusion. Some additional label claims include: free range, pasture raised, antibiotic free, partially produced with genetic engineering and a whole list of others. While some of these statements accurately describe a product, they may also be misleading.Research tends to show that many consumers are not always informed with regards to claims on food labels. Another study from Oklahoma State University polled 1,000 consumers, of which 8 of 10 supported mandatory labeling of DNA on food products. This one leaves me scratching my head. I understand that most consumers probably receive little gain from understanding genetics and DNA, but I would sure hope that they understand that the vast majority of food comes from living organisms. Somewhere along the line it appears those folks removed from science and agriculture have forgotten that very simple, but important concept.Ilya Somin, in an editorial for the Washington Post, purposed the following label in the event that the government mandated a DNA label claim:WARNING: This product contains deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The Surgeon General has determined that DNA is linked to a variety of diseases in both animals and humans. In some configurations, it is a risk factor for cancer and heart disease. Pregnant women are at very high risk of passing on DNA to their children.While I share this suggested label in good humor, it just goes to show the value of unbiased scientific research, which happens to be one of the guiding principles of the Extension system. Take some time to research some of the food labels of the various products that you purchase and become and informed consumer. There is a wealth of information on a food label, from nutrition, production practices, and marketing.last_img read more

Storage vs. Tankless Water Heaters

first_imgLast week I suggested some ways to reduce your hot water use. This is almost always the easiest way to save energy with water heating—it’s the “low-hanging fruit” to be sure. Over the next few weeks, I’ll get into water heating options. To start, let’s look at the differences between “storage” and “tankless” water heaters.The vast majority of homes have storage-type water heaters. There’s an insulated tank and either a gas burner or electric heating element (often two elements) to heat the water. An advantage of storage water heaters is that you don’t need a very large gas burner or a really high electric current flow to heat the water. The gas burner or element can chug along for hours, gradually warming up water in the tank. The water remains “thermally stratified” so that water drawn off from the top is always the hottest and even after 90% of the hot water is used up, the delivered water is still at full temperature. Storage electric water heaters also allow “off-peak” electricity to be used—more about this in a future column.While storage water heaters are the most common, there’s a lot of interest in tankless models—sometimes referred to as “on-demand” or “instantaneous” water heaters. The advantage of these is that you don’t have water sitting all the time, losing energy through the tank walls. (Even with insulation, heat loss occurs.)As with storage water heaters, tankless models can be either gas-fired or electric. For very small loads, such as with a remote lavatory that has only a sink (with a low-flow aerator), an electric tankless water heater can make a lot of sense since it obviates the need for running a gas line. But for whole-house needs—where a central water heater serves one or more bathrooms with showers, the kitchen sink, dishwasher, and clothes washer—a gas-fired tankless water heater is almost always a better choice than electric.Providing enough electric current to instantaneously heat 4-5 gallons per minute (gpm), boosting the temperature more than 60 degrees F (as might be necessary if two showers are being used at the same time, or if a dishwasher or clothes washer is being used while someone is showering) would take a huge amount of electric current—on the order of 40 to 60 amps. Providing so much electricity would require special wiring and special circuit breakers, which are expensive. And from a big-picture standpoint, if a lot of people used these tankless electric water heaters, utility companies would have to build more power plants to have adequate electricity available during periods of time with high use of hot water, such as during the morning shower period. Utility companies love storage water heaters, because they spread out the demand.If you decide to go with a whole-house, gas-fired (natural gas or propane) tankless water heater, be aware that because the burners on tankless water heaters are so large—150,000 to 200,000 Btu/hour, vs. 40,000 Btu/hour for a typical gas-fired storage water heater—larger-diameter gas lines are required (usually 3/4-inch instead of 5/8-inch). And to burn that much gas, a lot of air flow is required, which necessitates a large flue, and there is potential for significant air leakage if not properly installed.Another issue with tankless gas water heaters is pilot vs. pilotless ignition. Tankless water heaters used to all have pilot lights, which burned gas all the time. The wasted energy from these pilot lights (about 5,000 Btu/hour) was about the same as the heat loss through the insulated walls of a storage water heater, so you didn’t end up with much energy savings.Most new tankless water heaters have electronic ignition, and if you’re thinking of a tankless water heater I’d go with this option. The gas burner is ignited using an electrical spark. With pilotless ignition, today’s gas-fired tankless water heaters offer the highest efficiency of any water heater, except heat-pump models, which I’ll cover in a future column.A few gas-fired tankless water heaters made by the Korean companies Takagi and Navien have “condensing technology” with an Energy Factor of up to 0.98 (Energy Factor is a measure of efficiency). Non-condensing, pilotless tankless water heaters have Energy Factors of .82 to .87, while conventional storage water heaters have energy factors of .58 to about .67 (up to .80 for condensing models).So which is better: a storage or a tankless water heater? Despite the potential for higher efficiency with tankless technology, it will surprise a lot of my readers to learn that I’m partial to storage water heaters for most situations. They are less expensive, less prone to mechanical problems, and, with electric models, offer the potential for using off-peak electricity—which is significantly less expensive than propane. Storage water heaters also encourage thrift when showering, since there’s a finite amount of hot water.last_img read more

How to Create an Animated Envelope in After Effects

first_imgLearn to create line art animation for your videos in this step-by-step After Effects tutorial.Line art refers to a style that uses generally one color and one stroke weight. In this tutorial, we will create a line art envelope icon that animates on and off for use in looping gifs. Here’s the finished product:You can watch the tutorial below.Download Free Animated Envelope TemplateWant to follow along with the tutorial? Simply download the free project file by hitting the button below.DOWNLOAD FREE ANIMATED ENVELOPE PROJECT FILE FOR AFTER EFFECTS Step 0Create a new composition. Since we’re working with a .gif output, we don’t need to adhere to any broadcast standards. For this piece, we’re working with a 640 by 640 pixel composition size, 5 seconds long, at 29.97 frames per second.Step 1Make a new white solid to serve as your background.Step 2The next step is to get the circle in place. Double click on the Ellipse Tool and change the fill to none and the stroke to 10px, then pick a dark color for the line. This will draw a circle the same size as your composition, which in this case is 640 by 640. Twirl into the shape layer to access the contents and change the size of the ellipse to 450 by 450. A circle is a nice, clean way to frame our icon, and it sets up an easy exit at the end of the animation when it swallows the icon.To animate on the circle, we use the trim paths. Add a trim path to the ellipse group and keyframe both the end and offset property. The end should start at 0% and animate on to 100% in 1 second. At the same time, the offset should animate from 30 degrees to 90 degrees.Finally you will want to use round caps and round joins on the stroke of your circle. Throughout this tutorial, all strokes should be 10 pixels thick with round caps and joins.Step 3Now we need an envelope. This begins with a rectangle. You can double click on the rectangle tool with nothing selected to produce a rectangle the same size as your composition and then edit the details by twirling down into the contents of the new layer. This rectangle should have a white fill, the same color as your background, and a black stroke, the same color as your circle. This project will use only these two colors. You should also match the stroke of the circle in thickness and roundness. Change the size of the envelope to 300 by 175 pixels.We animate this layer on by adding trim paths, and instead of animating the end of the path from 0 to 100, we animate both the start and end from 50 to 0 for the start and 100 for the end. This trims the path to write on from the middle outward. This should produce a line that writes on from corner to corner.You will want to easy ease the first keyframes, but leave the last one linear so the animation starts slowly and accelerates to a constant speed by the time the animation has completed.Step 4That leads us to the next section, where we animate on the flap of the envelope. We create the flap by duplicating the “envelope back” layer and converting the rectangle path to points. It is also best to parent the flap to the back and position the envelope lower so that when the flap opens, the image is balanced.This will allow us to remove one of the points and move another to form a triangle. I recommend using the grid to line up the middle point exactly in a predictable position. We can remove the keyframes for the start of the trim paths and only use the end property to animate on the flap from 0 to 100. This should begin one frame before the “envelope back” completes and end around 20 seconds in. You will want to change the first keyframe to linear and the last to eased. This will create a smooth transition and the illusion that the envelope and the flap share the same back line.Now you’ll likely notice the fill of the flap is making an ugly little overhang. You can keyframe the opacity of the file so that it is not visible before the animation completes. Once the trim paths is finished writing on the flap, you can set the opacity to 100. Set these keyframes to be hold keyframes if you like or just situate them right against each other.Finally, we need this flap to open. To do this, we will simple keyframe the path. Twirl into the contents of the shape and keyframe the path. The start state should be flap-down. The end state should be the open envelope. Just move the middle point up to the new position. You’ll want both of those keyframes eased, and you’ll want to pull the handles of the last keyframe to have 100% influence. This makes a nice acceleration curve for the movement.Step 5If we’re going to put a letter in the envelope, we need to form the front of the envelope. We will again duplicate the “envelope back” layer, convert the rectangle to points, and instead of deleting points, add one in the middle of the top line. Bring that point to match the location of the tip of the flap. This layer will remain mostly unchanged. You should also parent it to the envelope back. This layer doesn’t need to animate on, and you should trim it in time to exist only after the trim paths have resolved for the layers that make up the envelope. You can just delete the trim paths from this layer entirely. This layer should also live above the envelope back but below the flap.Step 6So we have an envelope that animates on and then opens up. Now we need a letter to come out of the envelope. We can again duplicate the envelope back so we don’t have to tweak any fills or strokes. And we may want to solo this layer as we’re working on it and rename it “letter” or something useful.This layer is going to be the page that exits the envelope and flops over. However, this will only be one half of the flop. The bend that happens in the paper is made of two layers, and together they form the illusion that one piece of paper is flopping out of an envelope.To make the first part of the flow we will first enlarge the rectangle path in the letter layer. Then we will add another rectangle path and convert that to a bezier path. We then make it taller and add points to the top to make the curve.Then we will add a merge paths to these and set the merge method to “intersect,” so we will only see where the two paths overlap each other. After that, we can move the rectangle path up and down to reveal more or less of the curved path. We then set keyframes to make the rectangle change position and move all the way up the layer until only one line is visible at the top of the shape.This layer should be between the envelope’s back and front. However, it also needs to be above the flap after the flap opens up. So you should split the flap layer (command+shift+d) and position the second flap behind the letter. You will need to time the letter’s emergence and animation to not intersect strangely with the flap.Step 7You can create the second half of the flopping letter by duplicating and flipping the first letter and then time reversing its keyframes so the rectangle moves from revealing only a line at the top of the “paper” to the straight rectangle section. I recommend parenting the second paper to the first so when you keyframe the paper’s position, the two move together. Then, it’s a matter of lining up the timing so that as the paper appears to come out and flop over, it continues that motion in the second layer. You will need to alter the graph editor by easing their keyframes to give it a pleasing motion. But, once they’re lined up right, the trick is complete!You will want the paper to change position to rise up a little as it flops. You can set keyframes for the position to make that happen. Just remember to ease your keyframes so it doesn’t look jerky.Step 8The last thing to do is add some embellishments. Now that the whole piece is moving around and animating on as you would expect, I recommend putting a burst of some kind at the start when the write on of the circle and envelope end. You can make a burst using shape layers by animating a rectangle from size and position 0,0 out to size 0,55 and position 0,-375 over about 10 frames and ease the keyframes. In the middle of those keyframes, however, you’ll want the size to be 0,155 and position to be 0,170 — and set the middle keyframes to “auto bezier,” which you can do by holding alt and clicking the keyframe until it becomes a circle. Then go into the graph editor and change the influence handles of the first keyframes to 0%. This causes a nice burst on.Then you just need to use the repeater to make an array of 6 of these changing their rotation to 60 degrees. I then duplicate a group containing all those rotating at 30 degrees and scaling it up. But then you have two different strokes from the scale. So you should remove the stroke from one of the groups and drag the other stroke below the two groups. This applies the stroke to the contents of the groups after transformation so it won’t deform the stroke at all. Next, you can set it to round, 10 pixels thick, and give it a dash of 20, a gap of 30, and a dash of 60 to complete the look. Line up this layer with the envelope’s completion, and it really calls attention to the frame. You may want to trim the layer down so you don’t need to see the first few frames and only get the exciting bits of the animation.I highly recommend watching the video tutorial to get all the step-by-step nuances. And if you had trouble with the tutorial, download the project file and really dive in.Do you have tips about line art animation? Share in the comments.last_img read more

Adityanath to contest bypoll

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will contest Assembly bypoll after the presidential elections in July, rather than opt for the somewhat safer route through the State’s Legislative Council that many of his predecessors have resorted to.Two former chief ministers — Mayawati (2007-2012) and Akhilesh Yadav (2012-2017) — chose to enter the U.P. Assembly via the Upper House that depends on indirect elections through an electoral college of MLAs and teacher constituencies, rather than direct election to the Lower House. “He (Yogi Adityanath) will be contesting elections to the Assembly. Some party MLA will have to vacate a seat for him to contest,” a senior BJP leader told The Hindu.As of now the most likely seat appears to be the Gorakhpur City Assembly seat, held by the Chief Minister’s close associate Radha Mohan Das Agarwal. BJP leaders, however, have not disclosed which seat Mr Adityanath would choose. . Mr Adityanath’s deputy, Keshav Prasad Maurya, too, will have to quit his Lok Sabha seat of Phulpur and contest polls, but he might be given the option of entering the Assembly via the Legislative Council. High-voltage campaign“Yogi Aditynathji’s election is unlikely to be low key, and the campaign will have a spin off in other States as a show piece,” said a senior leader. “The brownie points of a BJP Chief Minister not shying away from a bypoll in a State where previous chief ministers have done so is also important,” said the source. “All this, of course, will happen only after the Presidential polls scheduled for July. As per the electoral college, an MP’s votes have more weightage than an MLA’s although votes from U.P. Assembly have the highest value,” said the source. Thus the bypoll could well be held by September. Parrikar’s entryBypolls will also have to be held in Goa for Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to be elected to the Assembly. As of now, Mr Parrikar is still a Rajya Sabha MP from U.P., a high value vote in the Presidential polls. The NDA is short of 18,000 votes in the total electoral college of 10,98,882 votes, with a halfway mark of 5,49,442 votes.last_img read more