Midrange Home Theater Gear

When I was a kid, there was no better source of entertainment for me than the movie theater. And honestly, this is still the case. Movies have been a lifelong passion of mine, thanks in large part I’m sure to the fact that both my mother and father took me to the cinema on such a regular basis. In my opinion, watching a film in the theaters as opposed to watching the DVD or Blu-Ray at home is a vastly different experience. At home, you don’t get the communal atmosphere that the hoard of fellow cinemagoers provides, nor you do have the wildly overpriced concessions. However, tech companies are doing whatever it is they can to simulate the theater experience at home. There’s not much they can do about acquiring an audience, but what they do do is they produce home theater equipment that, depending on the product, can provide a picture and a sound remarkably similar to that provided by the multiplex. Is this gear costly? Yes, it certainly can be. But there are products on the market that won’t completely break the bank and will still give your home theater the movie theater feel.

The Television

Of course, the first thing to consider is the television, the item that actually screens the movie. You want to go big here. Obviously you can’t totally rival the size of the gargantuan silver screen at your local multiplex, but you should definitely think big. Investing in a 3D television is not a bad idea these days either, given the amount of films that are being shot in the third dimension these days. The LG 55LX6500 55 inch 3D 1080p 240 Hz LED plus LCD HDTV is the recommended model. The makers of this model have improved it from the last one, thanks to the addition of the 3D technology, internet capabilities and a higher contrast ratio. This TV will provide a crisp, clear picture on a large enough screen. At $1527.99, it’s a real bargain.

The Receiver

In order to simplify the wiring and enhance the sound, any good home theater setup is going to need a solid receiver. The Onkyo HT-RC160 7.2-Channel A/V Surround Home Theater Receiver is the product to go with here. It’s a remarkable reliable brand, and when you look at consumer reviews, it receives the most glowing by far. Plus, having a Surround Sound 7.2 system will give you room to grow. At $499.95, it may be a little on the higher end, but it’s not as pricey as a lot of other, inferior models.

The Blu-Ray Device

Now, what do you play the movie in? DVD players, while still good, are becoming increasingly obsolete. Blu-Ray is where it’s at now. The average cost of a Blu-Ray player is floating around $130 these days. You should consider getting one that does more than a standard player however. The PlayStation 3 Slim 160 GB Edition runs at $299.99, and is one marvelous device. Not only is it a premiere video game console for graphics, but unlike Xbox 360, it will play Blu-Rays. At most locations, you will also typically receive a select video game and movie with the purchase of this model.

The Speakers

Finally, you need to consider speakers. If you thought that, say, “Iron Man” was made to be heard in anything other than surround sound, you’re dead wrong. For your speaker setup, you’re going to want two back-side speakers and two front-side speakers. At $199.99 a piece, the Polk Audio Monitor 70 3-way floor-standing speaker provides astonishing sound quality for its price. You’re also going to need a center speaker. The Polk Audio CS20 Center Channel Speaker is as big as it is high quality, and runs at $169.99. Last but not least, you need a subwoofer. Once again, Polk has the best midrange one available, called the Polk Audio PSW 10 10-inch monitor series powered subwoofer. This one only runs $79.99 as well.

These products will help you setup the ultimate home theater that will impress your friends, and will do so without completely obliterating your bank account. If you want to simulate the movie going experience to the fullest, you’re going to have to invite a couple hundred people and cook up a lot of unhealthy, salty foods. These devices won’t help with that, but they are a good start to be sure.

Zack Mandell is a movie enthusiast and owner of www.movieroomreviews.com and writer of movie reviews. He writes extensively about the movie industry for sites such as Gossip Center, Yahoo, NowPublic, and Helium.

Why Choose Men’s Gold Wedding Rings?

With so many precious and contemporary materials currently available for men’s wedding bands, it can be easy to lose sight of the original standard: gold. Why choose gold when there are less expensive and more durable materials on the market? It turns out that there are plenty of reasons why gold remains a relevant and smart choice for men’s wedding bands. Here are five major benefits of men’s gold wedding rings.

An incomparable luxury look

Why is gold so highly sought after? It turns out there is at least one very good reason. Gold is the only naturally occurring yellow metal, a trait that has been recognized as something unusual and special for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians prized gold over all other metals for use in their opulent jewelry, believing its distinct yellow hue was symbolically linked to the sun. Gold has historically been the choice of royalty all over the world, and even to modern peoples it still has an undeniably regal look.

A timeless value

Largely due to its unique exclusivity, gold has retained a high value throughout most of human existence, and has even served as a form of currency. While ancient monies were actually made out of gold or a gold alloy, gold has even helped establish some more modern forms of paper currency via the gold standard. This monetary system ensured the value and thus affirmed the validity of certain types of money by backing them with a pre-determined equivalent amount of gold.
Unlike other precious metals like platinum, which can experience significant dips in price with market fluctuations, gold tends to hold fast to its high value. In recent years gold prices have steadily (and at times dramatically) climbed, making shoppers and investors alike seek it out even more fervently.

Versatility in design

Though many people know gold to be a naturally soft material, they might not realize that it is in fact the most ductile and malleable metal known to man. Gold can be beaten into a sheet so thin that it becomes see-through. This incredible malleability means that gold can be rendered into a number of intricate designs in a way that virtually no other material can. Gold men’s wedding rings can range from ultra modern and contemporary in style to opulent decorative designs.

A rainbow of color options

Gold’s inherent softness means that most men’s gold wedding rings employ an alloy to make them durable enough for everyday wear. While gold is naturally yellow in color, the necessity to alloy gold has in turn yielded a number of possible color options. After yellow gold, the most popular color seen in men’s gold wedding rings is white gold, which is often chosen as a less expensive alternative to platinum. White gold commonly uses silver, nickel or palladium (for higher end alloys) as alloying agents.
Rose gold has an antique look that has recently become very sought after. This gold color is created by alloying pure gold with copper or copper and silver. While not as commonly seen as rose gold, other striking choices for men’s gold wedding rings include green gold and grey gold. Green gold offers more of an olivine color, and is alloyed with silver (with sometimes a little cadmium for even more of a true green). Grey gold uses a specific formulation of copper, silver and manganese, resulting in a warm taupe-like shade.

Affordable choices

Men’s gold wedding rings are available in a variety of different karat purities, which reflect the percentage of pure gold utilized versus alloying material. While higher purities like 18K or 20K can become quite costly, commonly seen 10K gold is quite cost-effective. This allows even those with more humble budgets to buy these coveted rings.

Other materials may come and go, but gold has held fast throughout history. Gold has been the standard for men’s wedding rings for thousands of years, and it will doubtlessly continue to be the apex of wedding bands for many more years to come.

Author Name/Pen Name: Tanya Zilinskas Naouri

Author Bio: Tanya is editor for Just Men’s Ring She is interested to write Men’s Wedding Ring  as well as men’s fashionable trends like to share her words on the same.

Grill These Foods for a Healthy BBQ

Backyard party! Who can resist that? Backyard party means a lot of Fs. This includes family, friends, fun and of course, FOOD! Speaking of food, it can be very hard to say no, most especially if you are in a middle of a great conversation. Munching plus great conversation are 2 things that are hard to separate. That means, you might be eating more than what you should have. And we all know that it will ruin your entire dietary plan.

So, what’s the best solution for that?

Are you going to say no to delicious grilled foods? (Not a chance)

Are you going to leave the party? (Are you crazy?)

Or, are you going to have grilled foods that are healthy? (This might be an answered prayer.)

Obviously, the third option is the best. Some people might think that it is impossible. Well, they are going to eat their words. Listed below are healthy foods which you can grill. Munch up on those and you won’t have to worry about your weight.

Corn. I’m sure that you know this one. Corns are very popular on BBQ parties! This is a real treat because it’s healthy and it’s very easy to do. To get that perfect grilled cob, you can wrap it in a foil first. To make it tastier, you can add your favorite herbs as well.

Nutritional Value: Rich in phosphorus, iron, zinc and has Vitamin B. Also, it has small amounts of Vitamin A, E and potassium.

Tofu. Since tofu sticks quickly, I would suggest that you spray your grill with non – stick cooking spray. You can marinate it in a barbeque sauce, soy sauce or vinaigrette. Use whatever your tongue pleases.

Nutritional Value: Tofu has protein, calcium, and Iron.

Eggplant. Why don’t you create an eggplant kebab? Remember, don’t cut it thinly. I would advise you to put the eggplants in salted water for 10 – 15 minutes before grilling it. This is to remove the bitterness of the vegetable.

Nutritional Value: Eggplants are known to be a great source of dietary fiber. And do you know that it contains very less calories.

Salmon. You can make your very own Grilled Rosemary – Salmon Skewers. Use rosemary branches as skewers. Isn’t that smart? Ensure that you will properly oil your grill. You wouldn’t want your salmon to stick there. The taste of minced rosemary is to die for!

Nutritional Value: It is a good source of Omega 3. Apart from that, it’s also a source of low calorie Vitamin A, B Complex, selenium and protein.

Chicken. Before grilling your chicken, you might want to marinate it in onions, peppers and olive oil. It would be very delicious. For sure, your friends would go crazy for your chicken BBQ.

Nutritional Value: It is a fine source of protein. You can also get calcium and potassium from it.

Who says that healthy food should be tasteless? The above options proved that wrong. You can still enjoy your BBQ party even without the fattening steaks and greasy meals. Start a new trend of having a very healthy BBQ party with your family and friends.

Tommy is a content contributor and freelance writer for edrugstore.

Player Profiles for U.S. Open

Even though there are no games being played right now, NFL fans just experienced one of their most exciting weekends of the year. In late April, the NFL held its annual draft, in which the 32 teams pick the best players out of the NCAA over the course of seven rounds. The general managers of these teams make their picks using a lot of information available to them. Many of the players who choose to enter the draft are invited to participate in the NFL combine, a weeklong extravaganza in February where general managers, coaches, scouts and other interested NFL personnel put these players through an exorbitant amount of exercises and drills.

Other than watching NCAA games on television, this is the best way for a scout to see what a young player is all about. After this combine, and even beforehand, scouts usually compile player profiles for these individual draft prospects. A player profile is a succinct guide to an athlete’s strengths, weaknesses, habits and, in rare cases, vices. This kind of player profile is found in a majority of team sports that use a draft, including basketball and baseball as well. An individual sport like tennis does not have this same kind of formal player profiles. There is simply no need for them. But it is fun for many sports writers to write a sort of profile for these athletes as well though. Why not do so for players looking to compete at this year’s forthcoming US Open?

Novak Djokovic
Last year’s US Open champion, Novak Djokovic, is an exceptional athlete. There are some, including former tennis titan Pete Sampras, who claim that Djokovic is currently playing the best tennis anyone has seen since the beginning of the Open era in 1968. Djokovic’s style of exemplary play derives from his phenomenal power, especially on the baseline. His backhand, even from deep in the court, is known to be fateful, due to his unrivaled precision. While many players with such offensive ability tend to sacrifice defensive skills, Djokovic is not such a player. Thanks to superior agility and a startling ability to read the court, his defensive skills are stellar. Djokovic’s x-factor is his passion for the game. He never slacks. His hustle is enough to keep him in any game.

Samantha Stosur
Samantha Stosur won the US Open last year on the women’s side. She is currently ranked number five in the world. She has become such an accomplished player thanks to on the net play that frightens even the best opponents. Unlike most players in today’s game, she rushes the net after her serve, a style most players are not accustomed to. She has a lethal forehand ground-stroke. She is also very versatile in the way she serves. All in all, she is one of the more unpredictable forces on the tour. Her backhand, and her inability to perform in clutch scenarios, have been her weaknesses throughout her career.

Roger Federer
Roger Federer was once named the best tennis player of all-time by the Tennis Channel. It’s hard to argue with this. While most players specialize on certain types of surfaces, Federer is known for his superb ability to adapt to any surface he is playing on. He is as good on the baseline as he is on the net. He is one of the fastest players in the game, which makes his ability to cover all parts of the court nearly impossible for opposing players to deliver lethal blows. Many have stated that his unbelievably powerful forehand motion may be the best shot any player currently possesses in the game of tennis. Djokovic and Federer have played 24 times, and Federer has won 14 of these matches. Their head-to-head matches are defined by powerful shots and a fast-paced tempo.

Victoria Azarenka
Djokovic’s female counterpart as the number one ranked player in the world is Victoria Azarenka. Like Djokovic, Azarenka is known for power that shakes her opponents. She is powerful no matter the type of shot. No matter where opponents put the ball, Azarenka has the ability to send it back like a rocket. Her speed, while solid, is her main weakness. She is by no means slow, but there are faster plays on the tennis circuit to be sure. In the five matches that Azarenka and Samantha Stosur have played, Azarenka has won all of them. As good as Stosur is, she has simply yet not found a way to combat Azarenka’s wicked force.

With all the players currently making the rounds in the tennis game, it would take hours to compile accurate profiles for all of them. But these players are certain to make a big splash at the US Open come the fall. It’s nice to know what to expect from them.

Author bio: Jerome Manson is a sports enthusiast who enjoys both watching games and writing about them. When he is not cheering on his team from the stands, Jerome is blogging about 2012 US Open tennis for selectaticket.com.

How to stop cheating for loved ones

Cheating is a popular game. It is a popular game to be with someone else emotionally and sexually when you have already established that you are serious about one main person. It has become so popular that it is seen as the norm in the western culture. It is nothing “˜new under the sun’ and it is not something alarming or surprising if someone finds out that you have been cheating. It is as common as the air we breathe. What is not so common is how to stop cheating. However, if we know how to stop it, then it would help to create a lot of happy and fulfilling relationships.

  • Observe what triggers off your cheating. It is not enough to know why you cheat. When you make a mental note of what triggers you off or how you cheat, then you can control yourself better by avoiding certain things. It can be your guide to stop cheating.
  • Write down the things that are valuable to you. When you put your values into focus, you may realize that cheating is destroying what you stand for and transforming you into a weak, pathetic individual with no strong character of upright morals and values.
  • After you write down your values, it is significantly important to examine why you cheat. Write down all your reasons for cheating, and ask yourself this question “is it worth it?” Is it worth it to treat your partner with disrespect, neglect, hurt and selfishness?


  • Afterwards, scrutinize your relationship. Look at the areas that could have been improved with a little more intimacy, affection and care. Look deeply into your relationships and try to find out the needs that were not met. After this assessment, you can be true about your emotions about the relationship and now you can think clearly about what you need to do to move forward.
  • When you think about your values, think about your reasons for doing things and assess what your relationship is about. You can now have a new drawing board of choices . . . what are you going to do now? If you come to the conclusion that the relationship is still valuable to you then, it is best break off all ties from outside the main relationship. Determine within yourself that you will stay faithful in the relationship.
  • If your main relationship is no longer important to you, then you need to be honest with your partner and leave instead of hurting each other.

Some tips and warnings..

  • Trying to change bad habits may be difficult; therefore, you may need professional help. A counsellor or therapist may be useful to you and help you get over some of your bad behaviours.
  • If you are cheating out of revenge, remember that two wrongs do not make a right.
  • Remember that cheating is very hurtful emotionally as well as physically. It can be risky behaviour. One of you might contract a sexually transmitted disease outside of the relationship and then you infect each other. This further compounds the problem and makes the situation sour. It is best to go your separate ways if cheating is difficult to stop. There is no sense in destroying each other.

Bob is a free lancer writer and content builder of many sites. Apart from writing he understands Love, carrying, relationship and he knows how to maintain it.

How To Date Multiple Women

In order for us men to commit to any 1 particular woman we need to have a good understanding of everything that’s out there. This being said, having sex with a lot of women simultaneously is a great way to get that understanding.

Don’t make the mistake of dating a small amount of women exclusively as this eventually leads to marriage and unhappiness. Test the waters before you commit, that’s the only way you’ll ever know if SHE is really worth it.

Dating multiple women isn’t hard and this article is here to show you the most important things you need to be aware of when trying to do it.

From the start, everything should be out in the open.

You need to establish some very clear boundaries from the beginning. Otherwise, these women will class you as unfaithful, even if you never agreed to commit. If you put your cards on the table they won’t be able to justify their anger after seeing you with other girls because they chose to date you under the conditions discussed at the beginning of the “relationship”.

These days more and more women do not expect you to jump into a serious relationship (good news) so I would say it’s quite common for them to eventually agree on entering a casual, non-committed arrangement.

The only downside is the fact that it’s pretty rare for casual relationships to go on for very long; eventually somebody will start having feelings and desires of intimacy. That’s why it’s paramount to stick to the initial boundaries if you want to avoid entering a relationship that you didn’t want in the first place.

Suit up!

I don’t want to give any lessons on safe sex here but it’s a very important issue that has some serious health and life changing implications. If you’re in a committed relationship with a woman, it’s normal to have her go on the pill and have unprotected sex.

If you’re with more than one woman chances of catching a nasty STD are quite high. If you somehow manage to elude that, it’s only a matter of time until you get one pregnant and that will be the end of your game. Play it cool, be intelligent about it and you can continue the fun for as long as you like.

There should be little to no romance

Although you made everything clear from the beginning, if you start having romantic dates with any of these women they are bound to get the wrong idea. It’s great to work on keeping the girls interested but the moment one of the falls in love with you its game over. The more you spend on romantic dates, the more she thinks that you’re looking for something other than casual fun.

To keep seeing more than one woman make sure you keep the dates casual and modest, this way there’s never going to be any confusion.

Sleepovers are for girlfriends

It’s vital that whatever happens or how inconvenient it might seem you should never spend the night together. Once this happens you’re basically asking her to have a relationship.

First it happens once, then more and more until it becomes a routine and she sleeping at your place all the time. The best way to avoid this is to never let it happen in the first place.

If you did good at the begging and created this “fuck buddy” relationship then asking her to leave, or leaving yourself shouldn’t be a problem. If things seem more difficult just come up with a bad excuse that you either have something important in the morning or you can’t sleep well with another person. Either way she’s probably not going to believe you but at least it might work. Women hate being used and you need to make her less aware of the fact that you’re doing exactly that.

Unconditional sex deserves appreciation

You want your arrangements to work for as long as they can and in order to do this you still need to show every one of these girls that they are special and that you appreciate them for what they are. This is a good way of showing her that you’re not just using her for sex but in fact you like being in her company. Make sure you don’t confuse this with telling her that you love her as that will only mess everything up.

Make sure you tell her that you consider her a good friend, this will allow her to justify the relationship to her friends and you must know what an important role her friends play in all of this. You guys are just friends with benefits and there’s nothing wrong in you sleeping with other women.
If she puts the boyfriend tag on you, then you’ll become a lying, cheating and manipulative sun of a bitch. Avoid this by clarifying the nature of your relationship from the very beginning.

It’s still you

When most guys start seeing more than one woman their whole world lights up. They feel like their some sort of super alpha male that nobody can touch. Women will spot this a mile away and if they feel that you’re taking them for granted they’ll do everything they can to take you off your pedestal.

Don’t go bragging to everyone of how big of a player you are, that will always come back to bite you in the ass and it will also put off all other potentials.

Be modest and discreet about everything, this is the key to maintaining a casual sex relationship.

You’re not the only player

You need to be very honest with yourself here; if you’re having sex with more women do you think the girls won’t want to have their options open too?

If you want to take complete ownership of a girl then you’re going to have to step into a serious relationship, unless you’re some sort of Arabian rich guy.

It’s also important to mention that the moment a woman senses some sort of jealousy towards another man she knows that you see him as a worthy adversary and want to know why that’s happening. It also shows her that you have feelings for her and again will try to lure you into a relationship.
Jealousy could also have an opposite reaction, “how dare you! When you’re sleeping with these other women and I’m not saying anything” – this will class you as a hypocrite and she will lose a lot of respect for you.

Whatever happens, NEVER show jealousy to any of the women you are seeing!

Beware of their nesting habits

By nature, women are nesters. They will purposefully leave their stuff at the houses of men they are interested in having a committed relationship with. It usually starts off with a toothbrush and some hair ties and eventually leads to a mortgage and 2 ugly babies.

Items left behind are also a warning to other women. If they see things around your house they will immediately think that you’re cheating and this will make them very reluctant in getting down to do the horizontal folk dance.

These belongings also provide women with an excuse to come back and see you and quite often we won’t really want to see them again, especially if they were bad in the sack.

To avoid this, before she leaves make sure you ask her if she left anything behind, if she says no, do a quick sweep and bring back anything that you find.

Finally, don’t forget about the sheets. There are all sorts of girly things that get left behind, especially if things got a little messy.

Keep quiet and off the radar

Because of your original arrangement, she’s probably already suspecting that you’re seeing other women. There’s no reason why you should be bringing this up for discussion.

Make it a rule that when you are with one woman, you never ever speak about the others. If she asks (and she will) try to be as quick and discreet as possible. The moment she asks you’ll find yourself discussing the terms of the relationship again, if you’re not honest about what’s going on you’ll find yourself in a relationship with terms that you don’t really want.

Whenever I was with a girl that was NOT seeing anyone else, even though we discussed it from the beginning, when the topic comes up she will either feel offended or say that it’s unfair for you to be having fun while she isn’t. This will usually result in 2 possible outcomes, 1 she wants you to start a committed relationship and 2 she will make it her mission to see other men.

That’s why the secret behind it all is to NEVER mention it after the initial discussion. This way she will continue with your relationship terms and remain blissfully ignorant of your relations with the other women.

Know where you stand

When you’re dating a lot of beautiful women, simultaneously, it’s only natural to have your head way above the clouds. It’s important to remember that these women are not your possessions and the moment you start treating them as such you will lose them.

You are nothing more but a friend that they have sex with. Until you step into a committed relationship or actually make a proposal you’ll have no rightful ownership of one particular woman. They have other friends for other things (dancing, movies, shopping etc) and you should be grateful that you’re the friend that get’s to sleep with them.

Don’t take things to seriously, you are supposed to be having fun, If you’re not having fun then you’re obviously doing something wrong. Also, if you ever meet a girl that you believe is truly special, think very carefully before you give her up for this lifestyle otherwise you’ll soon discover that regret, is a very nasty emotion.

This is the sort of stuff I discuss on my blog and in the free eBook I give out to all fellow bros. If you want to increase your success with women visit The Player Guide – a place where the “dating” mindset is thrown out the window in favor of more direct (and fruitful) methods of meeting and seducing women.

This is the sort of stuff I discuss on my blog and in the free eBook I give out to all fellow bros. If you want to increase your success with women visit The Player Guide – a place where the “dating” mindset is thrown out the window in favor of more direct (and fruitful) methods of meeting and seducing women.

How to Get over a Crush

Getting over a crush can be very difficult. It is especially challenging when both of you interacted on a regular basis, and possibly formed some kind of connection. Deciding to move on after spending much of your time obsessing over someone will not be a quick, painless process. You will have to undo a lot of damage to your psyche by increasing your self-worth. Fortunately, if you are persistent this goal can be achieved, allowing you to move on and perhaps love again.
Before you begin, you should think about your situation objectively. There are many reasons someone may decide to completely cut them self off from a former love interest. The most common reason is generally unrequited love. If the person you have doted on for months or years does not return these same feelings, it is always best to move on. The longer you had these feelings for this person the more difficult it will be to dissolve the self-created bond.
The first part of the process will involve separating yourself from that person entirely for at least 3 months. This means you should not attempt to contact him or her by telephone, email or in person. Seeing the person regularly will just make it harder for you to get him or her out of your thoughts. If you use a social networking site, like Facebook, and he or she is currently on your friends list delete him or her.

Invest time in yourself. Think about your best qualities and make every effort to remember just how special you are. Love yourself and learn to appreciate all the things that make you unique. Take your former beloved off the symbolic pedestal. Put yourself first in all things; make your betterment a key focus. Do not become overly selfish, but still recognize that your happiness should be your number one priority.

Indulge in other activities. Renew your interest in different hobbies. Take a few classes, or learn something new on your own. You may make it a point to finish a couple books you have always wanted to read, enroll in a cooking class, learn to paint, among other interesting activities. This will ensure you spend less time thinking about your crush and more time actually doing something productive.

Invest in a makeover. This will work just as well for men too. Change out your wardrobe and give a few pieces to charity. Cut your hair or tweak your appearance in any number of ways. Doing these little things will increase your sense of self-satisfaction and self-worth. Write in a daily journal. You may track your thought patterns over the next few months to see how many your thoughts and feelings have changed over the period.

Finally, go out and meet new people. You don’t need to go clubbing, which may prove counter-productive. Settings that are more intimate will allow you to involve yourself in active discussions that can lead to long-lasting friendships.

Tips and Warnings

Don’t be too eager to rush into a relationship to get over your crush. You may simply end up transferring those feelings to someone else prematurely.

Doris is a free lancer writer and content builder of many sites and she loves to write the content – How to get over someone.

5 Wicked Graphics for T-shirts

I’ve noticed the wide range of labels now embellishing their merchandise with amazing designs and graphics. Some are gothic themed, using skulls, wings, gothic script text etc… whilst others use 100% original in-house artwork. Stand out this summer and check out the wicked designs and graphics in the 2012 collections.

1. Cuckoos Nest Out There T Shirt
This faded black, ribbed crew neck is one of my favourites from Cuckoos Nest. I love the juxtaposition of a countryman and his gun dog contrasted against the video game style aliens dropping down from the mountainous backdrop. The image on the reverse shows the man walking away from the scene. The distressed metal Cuckoos Nest logo embossed rivet is featured on the short sleeve – not bad for £30.

2. Blood Brother Consume Or Die T Shirt
In white and made from pure cotton with a ribbed crew neck design and short sleeves. This wicked T-shirt shows three grey scale images printed on the front, featuring a bunch of American dollars, a gun and two roses with the apt text ‘Consume Or Die’ printed in white and black. Blood Brother signature woven logo tag is sewn to the reverse bottom right corner. Buy this for £35.

3. King Krash Crew Neck T Shirt
Retro American muscle cars are cool, simple as that. I believe this is a 69 Chevy Camaro street rod, printed in faded washed out colours. There’s the signature King Krash logo in black on the reverse right shoulder. Bring back the spirit of the 70s with King Krash for around £73.

4. Delta Tribe – Rebel
Delta Tribe is a London based clothing label situated in trendy Soho. Their 100% in-house art is aimed towards the young fashion consumer. Delta Tribe is the uniform for an eclectic, modern, urban youth. I selected their Rebel T-shirt as the art is so bold, and I love the detailed skull and flag. Find these wicked T-shirts for around £25.

5. Divine Trash Finger Girl T Shirt
A topless girl flipping the bird is sexy. This black, crew neck T-shirt is 100% cotton.  Check out Divine Trash and their brand new range of Risky Logo T-shirts – and only around £25.

If you have been inspired by my selections and fancy a few wicked graphics on your torso, check out the infinite amount of summer T-shirt collections on the web and high street.

James Harris writes mainly about fashion and cars and all things gentleman.

5 Great Swimming Exercises

Swimming is one of the best exercises for us. It is especially good for those who can’t do high impact activities, since the water supports the weight of the body. However, it can get pretty boring doing nothing but laps across the pool. Here are five other exercises you can add to your routine that can help you to build muscle, shed unwanted fat and get a good full body workout while in the pool.

Treading Water

Some people like hanging out at the side of the pool just to chat with friends or look good and show off their new swimsuit. But if you want to do a bit more than just lounge around the side of the pool, you can still chat with your friends, but instead of hanging around outside the pool, you should go into the pool. Go to where the water is just a bit too deep for you to touch the bottom of the pool and tread water as you talk to your friend. By simply swimming in place and treading water, you can burn about 45 to 50 calories for every ten minutes you spend talking.

Side Leg Lifts and Knee Raises

The great thing about exercising in water is that, while it is very low impact, the water also adds resistance to your movements. This means that any exercise you do outside of the water will be just a little bit harder and more challenging when in the water. You can use this to your advantage and get a good leg workout by doing side leg lifts (works your glutes, hips and outer thighs) and knee raises (works your quadriceps and ab muscles) in waist or chest deep water. Do as many of these as you are comfortable and repeat with the opposite leg.

Submerged “Baywatch Run”

Running in water can be very challenging. You have to work harder to push the water out of the way with your body and so you actually get tired faster as your muscles have to really work to keep you moving. I call this the “Baywatch Run” because running in water always reminds me of the scenes of Pam Anderson dashing through the waves to save someone in super slow motion. Well, if you run in water you’ll basically be running in slow motion, too, so it seemed a fitting name. This exercise not only works your normal running muscles of your legs and arms, but it is also great for your abs since they have to work hard to keep your body upright in the water.

Kickbacks

This is a more traditional swimming exercise. Beginner swimmers are often taught how to swim by supporting their chest on a pool noodle and kicking with their legs. Well you can do the same and if you don’t have a pool noodle you can simple hang on to the side of the swimming pool. Try different types of kicks. Keeping your legs straight when you kick really works your glutes and back muscles, while bending them at the knees works your quads and hamstrings. Alternate your kicks, but just try not to splash too much if there are a lot of other people in the pool.

Tummy Toning Twists

This exercise is great for your obliques, the muscles that run along the sides of your stomach and really cinch your waist and show off your abs. Do it by standing with your back against the side of the pool, with your arms out on both sides to support you. Raise your knees to a 90 degree angle, as if you were sitting in a chair. Then twist your lower body to the right and bring both feet down for a “dip”. Pull them back in so your knees are bent again and return to the center. Repeat on left side for one repetition.

These exercises can keep you from getting bored when working out in the pool. As with any new routine, start off slow and don’t push too hard the first few times.

Thomas is a freelance writer and content contributor for Access rx.

An overview of blood types

Most people know what their blood type is, but most people have no clue what a blood type means, or what the differences are between the various blood types. A cursory knowledge just tells you that there is some difference between various types of blood, and that difference is the reason why some blood is incompatible with a person of a different blood type.

A breakdown of blood types
There are four blood types:

  1. Type A
  2. Type B
  3. Type AB
  4. Type O

The difference between blood types comes down to the rate and presence of certain proteins in the blood, which are called antigens, and they are connected to the red blood cells. This typing system is the most common system used in the world, and is referred to as the ABO blood typing system. Most blood types are passed down through the genes from a person’s parents, so most families and the members in the family all have the same blood type- although this is not always the case in some rare circumstances.

How the blood typing test works
Once a person’s blood is drawn from their vein, the blood is put into a test tube and mixed with certain antibodies. The antibodies are specifically chosen to work against Type A and Type B blood. Once the mixing of the antibodies and the blood is finished, a doctor will check to see if some of the blood cells connected with each other. If that is the case, then that means the blood reacted to one of the antibodies (the Type A or Type B ones.) Next is the step known as back typing, in which the serum of the blood is tested against a Type A and a Type B blood sample from another person. If the antibodies match, it determines what blood type it is. Type O blood does not react to either of the Type A or Type B antibodies. The other step when typing blood is to test for the rh factor. If a person’s blood tests rh positive as well as Type A, then that person’s complete blood type would be Type A (positive.) Likewise, if a person tests as rh negative, that would mean their blood type is negative, as well as one of the ABO types.

What blood type really means
Most people will have no use for blood type, until they either give or receive a blood transplant, or donate or receive an organ transplant of some kind.

  • Type A can only give or receive blood and organs to or from people with either Type A or Type O.
  • Type B can only give or receive blood and organs to or from people with either Type B or Type O.
  • Type AB can receive all types.
  • Type O can only receive Type O.

Dave is a freelance writer who specializes in health and medicine articles. His work can be seen at www.HealthTestingCenters.com.