Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Crucible by Arthur Miller


It is 1692 and a town in Massachusetts has an unnerving undercurrent running through it which threatens to tear apart the peace and harmony on which is it based. The undercurrent is that witchcraft is being practiced within the town and with everyone pointing the finger and suspicions at everyone else, the waters are cloudy as to who is actually guilty of the crime. The Salem witch trails start and suddenly everyone's dirty washing is being aired in public.

Strong Characters

The characters involved have been brought to life by Miller to the point that they can be seen on a daily life. Giles Corey is one such example. He is an ageing man, yet one of strong principles and also of integrity although very traditional in nature. He finds it strange and beyond him that his wife reads books, a point that he airs. This then results in his wife being accused of witchcraft. He remains strong to the end in a scene that is quite emotional. Stones are piled onto his chest in a bid for him to confess to practicing witchcraft - if he confesses, he will live but his family cannot inherit his land if so. His reply is constantly "more weight".

A great play with many twists, highlighting the evil trappings of life such and jealously and revenge and showing how a small event can spiral out of control. You cannot say you are a fan of modern plays unless you have seen this! Essential viewing.

Monday, January 21, 2019

How to silence a smoke detector

Smoke detectorWhen your smoke detector starts chirping at you it wants to tell you to replace the empty 9 Volt block battery with a fresh one. Because this chirping becomes very annoying and more frequent the longer you wait you should act soon and put a new battery in place. To replace the empty pile you need a ladder or other means to reach the detector. Some allow to unscrew the top of the body with the hand, for others you might need a screwdriver to insert into a gap near the latch then pull the screwdriver and the top pops off. Remove the old battery and replace it with a fresh one. Assemble the body again.

Connected or not connected to the grid, that is the question

With a new power source detectors now connected to the grid shall run at least six month, so you should replace it twice a year. As a reminder many people use the dates we go from standard time to daylight savings and back. Items connected to the grid also use a pile as backup in case a fire knocked out electricity. These piles hold up to five years.

Temporarily silencing a chirping smoke detector

If you don't have a 9 Volt block cell handy or cannot reach the detector chirping can make you mad. But many smoke detectors ran into allow to silence them temporary for up to ten hours. Locate the small button facing downwards. You need some item to reach it. A long soup ladle might do the job. Press the button for about a half second. It will beep like when it had detected smoke then be silent. Have a look at that button which now should slowly flash all few seconds. Then you are good for eight to ten hours of tranquility and can finally have a good night sleep without the annoying noises. But sometimes it starts becoming noisy again after a few minutes. So wait say 30 minutes before you actually can be sure it will be silent. If not push the button for another half second again. But keep in mind this helps only temporarily. Go ahead and install a new pile instead. That way you mute the alarm device and can go back to your normal life.


I noticed the button must lit when releasing and to push it twice that it works reliably.

A firefighter was checking the heat detector. I asked him to check the smoke detector only to find out it is connected to the grid without a battery. He recommended to replace it because it chirps as it is too old and needs to be replaced. Will ask my landlord to replace it.

Monday, December 31, 2018

The golden age of arcade video games

The golden age of arcade games is an era in which the popularity and innovations of arcade video games were at their peak. This period started 1978 with the release of Space Invaders until the mid-1990s with the development of personal gaming equipment becoming more powerful than typical arcade games.


By the early 1980s, video game technology had become sophisticated enough to offer good quality graphics and sound, but still remained basically simple. Realistic images and full-screen animations were not yet possible, and only few games used synthesized voices. The success of a game based mainly on gameplay and the fun it provides . This interest in gameplay is the reason why many of these games continue to be enjoyed today despite being outdated by today's standards.

Economic sector

The Golden Age was a moment of great technical and conceptual creativity for arcade video games. The games were developed around a wide variety of genres while designers had to grapple with the strict limits of CPU power and available memory. This period also saw the emergence of arcades, places dedicated exclusively to arcade gaming. At this time, arcade bells are beginning to appear in supermarkets, gas stations, pizza parlors and many other retail businesses eager to generate additional revenue. Popular games then caused especially teenagers to scramble to try out the latest video game attraction.


The most successful companies in this field are probably Atari, particularly in the United States and Namco, particularly in Japan. Other publishers include Bally Midway, Capcom, Cinematronics, Konami, Nintendo, Sega, SNK, Taito and Williams.

Successful games of this golden era

The games below are some of the most popular and influential games of the period. All are in the Top 100 video arcade games according to KLOV.

  • Space Invaders (1978)
  • Asteroids (1979)
  • Galaxian (1979)
  • Lunar Lander (1979)
  • Battlezone (1980)
  • Berzerk (1980)
  • Centipede (1980)
  • Defender (1980)
  • Missile Command (1980)
  • Pac-Man (1980)
  • Star Castle (1980)
  • Warlords (1980)
  • Wizard of Wor (1980)
  • Donkey Kong (1981)
  • Frogger (1981)
  • Galaga (1981)
  • Ms. Pac Man (1981)
  • Qix (1981)
  • Tempest (1981)
  • Amidar (1982)
  • Vanguard (1981)
  • Burgertime (1982)
  • Dig Dug (1982)
  • Joust (1982)
  • Moon Patrol (1982)
  • Pole Position (1982)
  • Q*bert (1982)
  • Robotron 2084 (1982)
  • Time Pilot (1982)
  • Tron (1982)
  • Xevious (1982)
  • Zaxxon (1982)
  • Dragon's Lair (1983)
  • Elevator Action (1983)
  • Spy Hunter (1983)
  • Star Wars (1983)
  • Tapper (1983)

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Event management and teambuilding for companies

Event management and team building for companies ensures optimal sales figures and serves as effective sales training for employees, but also for freelancers inside a company. It also offers solid training options for career changers.

Funacts for businesses

Effective sales training in context of event management ensures best possible sales figures for employees and freelancers. It also presents a solid training option for potential employed lateral entrants, where no basic sales training is required. Before such a training, the employee should, of course, always be taught about his tasks. So she or he knows what opportunities exist to get the job done. This is the only way to ensure that such training is not blocked by employees meaningless, so that they can benefit from the workshops concerned. Funacts outside the company help to relax and make the job easier for everyone.

Bubblesoccer for your event

Bubble Soccer is a recreational activity in which the participants over their torso inflatable, usually transparent, balls (the so-called bubble balls or bumpers balls) and put it to play football. Both the upper body and the head of the players are protected by the inflatable bubble balls. The bubble balls are made of PVC or TPU and when inflated usually have a diameter of one and a half meters. Bubblesoccer thus acts like an airbag in bubble football games, as they protect the players in clashes. This creates a completely different from classic football game principle. Similar to the American football, the players rush to each other at the kick-off and first try to knock over the opponents and thus make their way to the gate.

Event management for private events

Event management for private events offers interested parties who want to book a sales coaching the opportunity to clarify questions in an individual interview and to get in-depth advice on existing options that are available. It makes sense to invite the directly responsible employees in a conversation. So you can discuss topics directly with them in a direct workshop. To find out what expectations and demands are placed on the training. Or to explore whether there is any training need for the employees. Because there are different assessments and opinions that need to be considered and identified in advance for the training program to succeed. This tasks becomes a lot easier in relaxed environments by creating private events with fun games for the employees.

Side events for companies

An ideal solution is provided by side events for companies to implement new sales strategies and to train their employees to pursue new marketing concepts. An interim sales force helps to use the optimal solution to take advantage of new sales strategies and marketing concepts that involve employees. At this point, it is important to emphasize that action can only be as good as a management that lays down this idea. Thus, the supervising sales trainer is obliged to support all necessary measures. And to ensure appropriate advocacy work for their own employees and to support all measures which ensure that all measures of the trainer are not blocked, but supported. Only in this way can a conversion action lead to success for the company.

Event management for clubs

The event management for clubs offer clubs to pursue a strategy to make their own club visible on the Internet. This gives them the opportunity to present the association to existing members, but also new prospects who may want to join, in order to promote them.

Team building

Team building brings together well-working teams formed from various external groups. Teambuilding helps companies in to develop and deploy new strategies. Striking tasks and unfamiliar environments have to be mastered together in order to solve common experiences. Here employees get to know each other in order to master the problem. With the company's interim sales and employee training, a professional sales trainer is ideal for providing content for interim sales and employee training, even if it does not depend on the size of the business.

Human Table Soccer for your events

There's no getting bored if you offer a Human Table Soccer for your event. Team-wise, up to twelve players can play at six bars. Absolute teamwork is required to win the prize. At Human Table Soccer, or human soccer, not only football fans get their money's worth. The fun team event is suitable for both men and women, motor friends as well as for those who can not win the sport so much. At the latest with the kick-off, the teams are activated to peak performance. The life-sized table football is one of three to four stops at the event. To provide variety during the game breaks, we also build a dribbling course, goal wall shooting and a ball speed meter.

Restructuring the sales strategy

A professional sales trainer offers interim sales lines and employee training that does not depend on company size. Any desired restructuring, as often desired by sales organizations, will be accompanied by a coach in your sales organization if companies want to succeed. An absolute prerequisite is a joy in the sale for the one who really wants to be successful, who wants to realize his personal and individual goals. Only when work is fun and both sides of the service or product communicate appropriately can the customer be convinced that he recognizes the benefits. Only if this succeeds, the customer will feel the desire to use and acquire the service or the product. A good coach will help to remove existing blockages that are subject to your own mindset.

An effective seller strategy is not static. Within the target group, therefore, the given facts should be adapted to the product. Effective salesman strategies are basically not static. Instead, you must look at the facts that are given. This takes into account the strategies of the respective product and the respective target group. This can include adolescent end users who appreciate other aspects of products they sell, senior citizens over the age of 70, or managers in their middle class. Thus, prospective sellers should consider considering which target group they want to sell a product before planning a rough course to consolidate the sales strategy.

Soccer dart for your events

At the Soccerdart you shoot Velcro footballs on a giant inflatable dartboard and deliver exciting matches. Soccer Dart is a huge hit at every football party, but also at all other celebrations and happy gatherings. The football dartboard can be easily assembled by one person in a few minutes. Fun for children and adults.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Fashion trends for winter of 2019/2020

What are the fashion trends for winter of 2019 - 2020

Which handbags and shoes are in in the coming season? How are the new fashion colors combined with the products? What kind of materials and fashion accessories will we see in the new fashion collections? Be inspired by upcoming fashion trends to find out.

The Top 10 Fashion Colors of the Winter 2019/2020

Fashion colors have a big effect on sales behavior. Colors can make the outfit coverable or destroy it. Discover which colors are best suited to you. The fashion colors for the winter of 2018/2019 are unusual for those who remember past years. Forgotten are black, brown, gray and dark blue tones, the years gone by. The color trends for the upcoming winter fashion are so unusual and sometimes too bright and delicate that they remind of spring colors. But that's intended.

Padded jackets

Did you have a padded jacket last year that you wore with enthusiasm? Then there is good news. Because padded jackets, also known as Michelin jackets, are in the coming winter season announced again.

Layer fashion

One of the most striking trends of winter fashion is dedicated to simplicity. For the winter itself that's not surprising. But even in the coming season, a large amount of these products will go on sale, which are perfectly matched.

"Boxy Shoulders", sequins and silver

a trend that has been observed in the fashion industry for years is the "boxy shoulders" reminiscent of the "big shoulders" of the 1980s. We will see her again this winter. Although it may seem like a real silver at first sight, it is not. The appearance of silver in the clothing will be announced this winter.

Handbags and shoes in vivid colors and tasteful combinations

Handbags and shoe trends are all about color this winter. Often it is bright and cheerful colors that set the trend this winter. Think of a bright red, which is a top fashion color for the coming winter. Or a bright yellow, blue or the combinations of these colors. The compilation of these colors and will stimulate your imagination. Lozenge shoes and boots will no longer be the exception in the upcoming Saigon. The latest trend in footwear trends for the winter of 2018/2019 are boots specially designed for these colors.

You will see many colorful bags this winter. Especially a combination of the colors of red, orange or purple mixed with yellow, which are currently in fashion. Should not you prefer bright colors or? Then choose between eye-catching accessories, such as a bag in a different color.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

What malls are open on Christmas and New Year's Day and New Year's Eve 2019/2020

What malls are open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Years' Day 2019 to 2020

Can malls and stores be expected to be open on Christmas and New Year's Eve 2019 and New Year's Day 2020?

Unimportant if you live in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal or any other North American city, malls and stores will not be open on New Year's Day and Xmas but likely be open New Year's Eve. It's the same for cities and towns in the USA and Canada for the 2019/2020 season.

All stores are open now on New Year’s Day in the US. Regard that this might not the case for stores in Canada. It’s a big day for returning gifts and also spending the gift cards you got for Christmas as well as looking for bargains for yourself. Malls are open New Year’s Day and people go not only to shop but to grab a meal at the chain restaurants like Cracker Barrel/Outback Steakhouse etc…these tend to be at malls. In the US, liquor stores are regulated by state so you cannot make a blanket statement.

What a service is open usually follows business hours for a Sunday. Call them up before to make sure.  And if you want to visit a restaurant, make a reservation as soon as possible. Train services, bus and metro services might be limited and operate on Sunday schedule.

What's open December 25th 2019 and January 1st 2020

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Emergency and rescue services
  • Most museums
  • Convenience stores
  • Liquor stores

What's closed

  • Malls
  • Grocery stores

Thursday, November 29, 2018

GDPR decision to use Facebook Custom Audience

Is the ruling of the ECJ ruling on Facebook fan pages adequately implemented?

in 2018 an agreement on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was published as the result of the ECJ's Facebook fan pages decision. It should have the goal for Facebook to comply with this judgment. An analysis on the decision of the Facebook Custom Audience.

The European Court of Justice ruling on the Data Protection Regulation

Following a ruling by the European Court of Justice, as confirmed on the 5th of June 2018, Facebook is directly responsible for processing and collection of personal data at the EU level. On its platform Facebook determines all purposes and means of its processing activity. Proof of this is the fact that companies or persons who want to maintain a Facebook fan page, commit themselves with their registration to agree to the terms of use and the data processing of Facebook.

Facebook is not acting as a processor in this questionable relationship, but in computing it determines the purpose and way in which it stores and evaluates the user's data.

On the other hand, the operator of the fan page is also considered responsible, who can define parameters in his pages and the activities developed from them. He can thus define target groups and decide which other activities and campaigns he wants to organize via his fan page. For example, companies that operate Facebook fan pages are classified as jointly responsible according to the ECJ ruling (Art. 26 GDPR).

The implementation of the ECJ ruling of the Bavarian Administrative Court based on Facebook

Following the implementation of the ECJ ruling, Facebook has published an agreement as a result. This provides that the company wants to comply with the requirements of the judgment. However, on closer inspection, there are considerable doubts. The "Agreement" of Facebook presented in this context reflects some elements of the order processing of Article 28 of the GDPR, instead of conforming to Article 26 of the Regulation, which refer to the Joint-Controller Contract. This comes in particular to the course, if an online shop is operated with the participation of Facebook. Here is to be mentioned in particular.

  • Not only data and documented instructions of the customer are processed by Facebook.
  • Employees and employers which have access to personal information need to have a special confidentiality clause, for which they must declare their consent.
  • Under special conditions, Facebook undertakes to delete or otherwise return personal data.
  • Persons in charge who have a Facebook account or have it created by an authorized auditor have the right to scrutinize.
  • As data from the Facebook user is transferred to the US, a reference to existing EU standard contractual clauses must be made.

Further critical points resulting from this ruling to keep in mind

  • Subcontracting is permitted without written permission or a right to object.
  • For requests from stakeholders, the support does not require a required format.
  • No further documentation is needed for organizational and technical measures.
  • Evidence provided in SOC 2 Type II shall be declared as appropriate and so as to comply with all technical and organizational measures.


One should expect a global corporation, such as Facebook, to be aware of the difference between an agreement between a joint controller contract and the article 28 of the Data Protection Regulation. He should work out an agreement on this which contains well-sounding phrases that are almost right under data protection law. This should make it clear to everyone involved that Facebook is the sole person responsible, as they only process data for their own purposes.