Sports paintings allow fans and athletes to save a moment in time and remember it forever. Sports art collectors, myself included, usually immediately think of a framed photograph to hang on our wall, which usually include an autograph by the player as well. As a matter of fact, a picture was the only kind of sports artwork that Id even known about, aside from memorabilia such as a bat, baseball, hockey stick or jersey. This was before I saw the sports paintings by sports artist Adam Port.

In 2006, Port was featured on The Best Damn Sports Show Period on Fox Sports. He presented former Detroit Piston basketball player, and then co-host of the show, John Salley, with one of his famous basketball paintings. The artwork spoke for itself, as did Salleys reaction, which is typically the same for everyone – staring in amazement as they realize that its a painting, not a picture.

Salley isnt the only athlete to have this reaction. Port has created football paintings for Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens, Justin Tuck of the New York Giants, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks (although he was on the Denver Nuggets at the time of the painting), Rod Gilbert of the New York Rangers, Michael Jordan and John Stocktons Basketball Hall of Fame induction class, and most recently, a recreation of the Charles M. Conlon pictures, which were turned into baseball paintings. The Conlon paintings once again had Port featured on Fox Sports, This Week in Baseball.

After seeing Ports sports art, I now consider paintings of sports just as much as an option as a picture, stick, puck, bat, ball or jersey. As a matter of fact, Ports sports paintings are like nothing Ive ever seen before. They are so realistic that you might never be able to tell that its a painting until youre told, or youre standing face to face with it.

If youre a sports fan, sports art collector or an athlete you must see Adams artwork. Maybe you have no interest in sports at all, but youre an artist, or maybe youre not even an artist, you still should take a look at his sports paintings.

Country/R&B singer Mary McBride might be best described with a simple equation. Take a soulful voice finely suited to sing every patron of a New York dive bar into a musical coma. Add in the legacy of Merle Haggard and Janis Joplin. Factor in a taste for musical theater. Subtract the striving for corporate success tracksand youll get Mary McBride.

A leading voice in the recent resurgence of Americana-styled country and blues, McBride has an extended family of forefathers, fans and soon-to-be-fans ready to welcome her on to the national media stage. Originally from Louisiana, McBride moved herself and an ingrained love of traditional Southern sounds to New York City to pursue a musical career that began with short sets in an Irish Pub on Sunday afternoons.

Finding her home in country roots helped lead McBride to the theme behind her new album The Way Home. The tracks are embroidered with country, R&B, soul and rock influences, making McBride a living testament to the melting pot of musical culture in New York City, and the whole country. R&B is closely aligned with a country sound, she asserts. But I really wanted the record to be a mix and not a straight country or a straight soul record. Departing from earlier writing patterns where entire albums were laid out in two-week frenzies, McBride says The Way Home is a more thoughtful record with a range of sounds and a specific theme of wanting to feel included and wanting to feel at home.

It is this theme that McBrides current tour, The Home Tour, is built on. We are playing in rural communities, places that support affordable housing. We have a stop at a housing complex called the Chesca Apartments on the edge of Navajo nation. Later, we are playing in a farm workers community, and in Detroit, we are playing for Freedom Housea place for immigrants who seek asylum, she explains. And thats whats so exciting about this tour: every date will be completely different.

ARE YOU A COUNTRY FAN? Did you watch the CMT Awards last night? Who deserved the wins and who got robbed? Some of our faves: Carrie Underwood’s two awards (you go, girl!) and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” steal for Group Video of the Year. And shockerTaylor went home empty-handed. Let us know who YOU would’ve picked!

The American music artist Jamey Johnson country singer was born in Montgomery, Alabama on July 14th 1975. In 2005 when he was working for BNA Records his single under the name The Dollar was grandly released. In 2008 he signed to Mercury, dropping BNA in the year of 2006 and his second album That Lonesome Song was released. Two more singles In Color and High Cost of Living were produced. Jamey Johnson country singer worked with the legends like GeorgeStrait, Trace Adkins, Joe Nicholas and James Otto.

In 2006 Give It Away which he wrote with Cannon and Bill Anderson became famous. The song became the 41st number on Billboard country charts. In 2007 with Trace Adkins Jamey Johnson co wrote Ladies Love Country Boys and I Got My Game On of which the first one became Adkins number one. The Nicholas album Real Things contained this song and Shes All Lady recorded by Jamey Johnson on The Dollar.

Further, Johnson was involved in the Fox Television series, Nashville. His album That Lonesome Song was available only online. He signed Mercury Nashville Records in 2008 and in March 2008 In Color was emancipated. In Color written with James Otto and Lee Thomas Miller entered in Top 40 during June 2008 and reached 9th position on the country charts during January 2009 and then later on High Cost Of Living entered top 40 reaching 34. Lonesome song released in August 2008 and was certified gold by RIAA in April 2009. My Way To You came out in July 2009 which was a lead to his third album and emancipated to radio on July 13 2009.

In 51st Grammy Awards, Jamey Johnson country singer won Best County Album, Best County Song, Best Male County Vocal Performance and Academy of country Musics 2009 award as the hit song for that year.

Singer Featherweight is probably is the best known sewing machine in the entire industry. This tiny machine was created by the Singer Company between 1933 and 1964. Due to its small size, it has quickly become one of the world’s most famous sewing machines. Also called “The Perfect Portable”, Singer Featherweight enjoys tremendous popularity among quilters and sewers from all over the world. Here are top five reasons to use a Singer Featherweight sewing machine:

Reduced Size

If you will be setting your machine in a multi-function area, then you will appreciate the reduced size of the Featherweight. This machine weights about 11 pounds, which makes it ideal for sewers and quilters who need a machine to take to classes or “on location.” Its small size enhanced its versatility and made it more popular.

Increased Portability

Singer Featherweight is not only small and lightweight, but highly portable. Many sewing machines of the era weighted over 30 pounds. The Featherweight changed all that with its fitted carrying case, tip up bed extension, and lightweight aluminum housing. This model was less heavy than its predecessors and suitable for home use. The fold-up aspect allows it to be tucked into a cubical wooden case.

Sewing Ability

This sewing machine allows you to quickly and easily create pearl edge finishes, lettuce edges, ruffles and other decorative details. Whether it’s a simple blouse, a backpack, or a complicated quilt, the Singer Featherweight can do the job. You won’t find a more durable workhorse, even in a new sewing machine. Creative elements such as programmable needle up/down and drop feed and twin needle capabilities will enhance your ability to create decorative quilting and stitching.

Ease of Use

If you are new to sewing, the electronic speed control feature will make you feel at ease. Despite its small size, the Singer Featherweight is regarded as a fine usable sewing machine. You can easily wind the bobbin, make buttonholes, and change the presser foot. Featherweights are an ideal starting point to get beginners comfortable until they are able to use more sophisticated machines.

An Established Brand

Singer machines were first manufactured in 1851. This industry leading brand is famous worldwide for its revolutionary products. The spirit of practical design and creative innovation characterized the Singer Company from the beginning. Some of the best selling sewing machines created by the skilled inventors behind this brand include the Singer Featherweight, Singer model 66, Singer model 99, and Singer model 12K fiddle-bed. The brand alone is a guarantee of superb quality.

At the University of Southampton our MSc Instrumental Analytical Chemistry masters degree is structured around a solid core comprised of the three main analytical techniques. These comprise: mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction.

Modules within this chemistry masters programme make use of a range of learning, teaching and assessment methods based around a core of lectures, practical experimentation, and private research and study.

As well as summative coursework assignments, many modules on this chemistry masters degree will also make use of formative coursework in the form of short reports and presentations. Formative development will be in the form of reflective, peer group and tutor-led exercises – both theoretical and practical.

Group and team working are also a key component of this chemistry masters programme, with some coursework being carried out in groups and the learning results presented to the class. A key theme throughout the programme is that of management of facilities, projects and people, which provides an alternative dimension to learning.

Taught modules on this chemistry masters programme primarily consist of core material and are delivered in the form of lectures, partly with integral small group exercises and practical experimentation, which has a strong individual and hands-on ethic. As a student you will benefit from unhindered access to a dedicated educational instrument-based laboratory.

Senior Lecturer Dr Simon Coles, said of this chemistry masters programme: -This qualification will enable graduates to embark on rewarding managerial and scientific careers both in industry and academia. Around the world, new universities are being established and innovative companies are being launched. They are investing in the latest analytical equipment and will want to recruit people who know how to get the most out of it.-

Find out more about this chemistry masters programme by visiting the University of Southampton’s Chemistry website. The address is www.southampton.ac.uk/chemistry

Find out more about this chemistry masters programme by visiting the University of Southampton’s Chemistry website. The address is www.southampton.ac.uk/chemistry

Akai MPC sounds are gaining a lot of popularity nowadays. These are the very popular and well respected series of electronic musical instruments. Akai MPC sounds was produced by a company of Japan called Akai since 1988. Akai MPC sounds are basically intended for the functioning as drum machine, which is very powerful. Akai MPC sounds are made from the design ideas from the machines like the sequential circuits inc. Linn’s own Linn 9000 and studio 440. It combines a very powerful MIDI sequencer having the ability to sample the sounds of one’s own.

The samples that are latest in the Akai MPC sounds are having powerful features like sampling, interfacing, storage, and the facilities of sound manipulation. These features are helpful in broadening the use of instrument that are beyond just rhythm tracks and drum. There are different models of Akai MPC sounds, which are MPC 60, MPC 3000, MPC 2000, MPC 2000XL, MPC 4000, MPC 2500, MPC 1000 samples, and many more.

The above mentioned models are arranged as per their release dates. MPC 60 is actually a 16 voice polyphonic. This model is very much similar to Linn 9000. MPC 60 was released in 1988. With a 750 KB memory standard, which is expandable to 1.5 MB, this model was the first one of Akai Company. This model is popular for its swing setting and the sequencer is very much powerful as well as flexible. MPC 3000 was the improved version of MPC 60 with the addition of stereo sampling of 16-bit 44.1 kHz. It also had increased memory with 32 voice polyphony and other effects and filters. It was released in 1994.

Then, MPC 2000 was introduced in 1997. It is a 64-track sampler/sequencer. But, this model was discontinued in 2000. This model had a memory of 2 MB and expandable to 32 MB with a sampling of 44.1 kHz. MPC 2000XL was similar to the MPC 2000. It has many new features that include 4 pad bank keys. MPC 4000 was released in 2002. This model was the top of the range flagship product of Akai. It has 16 velocity and pads that are pressure sensitive. Then MPC 2500 was introduced, which is the mid range of Akai MPC sounds with a USB port.

MPC 1000 samples have special features 32 voice stereo sampling with 64-track sequencing. MPC 1000 samples also have pressure sensitive MPC pads.

Author Bio: The author is an expert in the field of Akai MPC sounds. He is also very knowledgeable about MPC 1000 samples. For more information, visit

This editorial is about the Twenty-One different types of medical instruments. HNM Medical publishes editorial describing in detail about surgical procedures and medical instruments such as dilator, pessary, forceps and other medical tools.

Medical Instrument: #3 Knife Handle Alias: Scalpel Used for: This handle will hold the blade in position. Detail Info: Mainly for the 15, 11, 10 knife blades.

Medical Instrument: #7 Knife Handle Used for: For attaching knife blade. Detail Info: Can be used with a blade 15.

Medical Instrument: 10 Blade Alias: Skin Blade Used for: For making skin cuts. Detail Info: Attaches to a #3 Handle.

Medical Instrument: 15 Blade Used for: A blade that has various functions Detail Info: Mainly for #7 or #3.

Medical Instrument: 11 Blade Used for: To cut Detail Info: Is mainly used to cut laparoscopic trocars with surgical instrument sets.

Medical Instrument: Neuro-Spine Surgery Alias: The hockey stick Used for: Dissection

Medical Instrument: Adenoid Curette Used for: Curetting Detail Info: Used during the process of andenoid-ectomies.

Medical Instrument: Alexander Periosteotome Used for: Dissection Detail Info: Mainly found during the chest vascular sets

Medical Instrument: Angled Debakey Used for: To grab Detail Info: Used for a tonsillectomy.

Medical Instrument: AP Suction Alias: Used for suction of the tonsils Used for: Suction

Medical Instrument: Babcock Used for: Grasping Detail Info: For Grasping soft tissue, lymph nodes and bowel tissue.

Medical Instrument: Beaver Blade Handle Used for: Cutting Detail Info: Typically for small orthopedic surgeries such as hand & foot surgery.

Medical Instrument: Rib Shear Used for: Cutting Detail Info: Large bone cutting shear

Medical Instrument: Electrocautery Pencil Alias: Bovie Used for: coagulation Detail Info: In order for it to do its job which is cutting and coagulation of the tissue. It needs to plug into and (ESU) electro surgical unit. The patient will have to have a grounding pad in order for it to work.

Medical Instrument: Breast Template Alias: Cookie Cutter Used for: A template Detail Info: Used for the restoration of nipples during breast procedure.

Medical Instrument: Brun Currette Used for: Curretting bone Detail Info: Available with many cup sizes and varying degrees of angle for the head.

Medical Instrument: Finochietto Used for: To retract Detail Info: Mostly for thoracic surgery, used to spread and retract the rib cage.

Medical Instrument: Sayer Elevator Alias: Butter Knife Used for: Breaking septal or nasal bone.

Medical Instrument: Carmault Used for: Clamp Detail Info: The same size as a peon and larger to the Kelly, it clamps the bowel with its carmault.

Medical Instrument: Cartilage Block Used for: Cutting surface. Detail Info: During the process of rhinoplasty surgery, the cartilage block is used for preparation of the grafts.

Medical Instrument: Cartilage Crusher Used for: To crush Detail Info: During nose surgeries to crush the cartilage for re-implantation.

A “Medical Instruments Part 1” editorial is by Mike Q.

Medical practitioners have recently found that listening to instrumental music have created a strong impact on mind, body and soul. Many people are getting stressed easily due to the current lifestyle and after a day’s hassles, if you settle down to listen to good music it would soothe your tension. Doctors are now increasingly becoming to use music system for treating patients with chronic illness like cardiovascular problem, diabetes and cancer. It is proved by research that when a patient listens to good rhythm of music for 30 minutes daily he can sleep properly without having to use medication. It forms an effective relaxation therapy to heal your wounds and lower the blood pressure rate. Again, it is highly beneficial to patients with migraine who can visibly see the difference in intensity of the headache after hearing music.

Rap beats are quite popular and ideal for any functions and gathering. Adolescents are so fond of the beat system; they often start dancing to the tunes once they hear to their favorite singer or album. Recently surgeons have given music therapy for patients during the surgery and found that the patients are able to relax sooner after the surgical process. It also makes your immunity strong thereby increasing the metabolism of the body. Further, music also has healing power and a person will fell pain only in the brain and hence the therapy is used for healing wounds. It reduces the sense of vomiting and nausea and individuals are shown to recover at fast rate from the illness after hearing to music.

In addition to the countless physical benefits, music also cures one’s mind and develops mental power. It will produce positive energy levels in you and students are highly benefited when they listen to music before taking exams. Survey indicates that students who were allowed to hear music scored higher marks than other students for SAT exam. Any type of working activity will considerably be improved by listening music. Apart from school going students, people of all ages are benefited by hearing stimulating music daily. It would certainly improve cognitive development and reasoning ability. You have several options for hearing music nowadays, since you can download the music album in the mobile phone and plug in to your ears to hear the instrumental music while you are commuting to your office or college. For getting instant energy, listen to your singer in his rap beats of latest songs. You can get plenty of such notes and albums of music online which can be used for relaxing your mind and for getting fresh energy.

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Many people I know believe that in order to be truly artistic a person has to be an artist. They must paint, draw or take brilliant photographs to have artistic talent. While These traits may make someone an artist, I believe that it takes something entirely different to be artistic. It is possible for literally anyone to live in ways that are artistic.

One of the most important aspects of being an artistic person is to be confident in yourself. Lack of self-confidence does not get anyone very far in living creatively. Look for positive qualities about yourself and dwell on those. If you think you are good at a particular activity you should practice it to become even better.

Think about the things you love to do most. I suggest that you can be artistic doing just about anything. Whether you love to sew, cook, or play soccer, you can do things in a way that is artistic and intriguing.

One of my favorite things to do is garden. I used to not think much about the way that I arranged or tended my garden. However, recently I have begun to see gardening in a whole new way. I have realized that I can arrange my flowers and plants in creative ways. I can care for them with tenderness and help them to grow to their highest potential. I have learned that being artistic is more about perspective than it is about what is actually being done.

Being artistic is all about seeing the world creatively and allowing yourself to do the things you enjoy and enjoy the things you do. Consider how you can do your favorite things in new ways. Think about how preparing a meal can become more than just cooking food. Look for ways to incorporate beauty and fine detail into your food and into your presentation. Being artistic is about going a step further than what is typical. If you love to play a sport, look for ways to play that sport with energy and grace. Almost anyone can hit a volleyball over a net, but few people can do it in a way that looks unique and graceful.

You will never be artistic in anything unless you are enjoying yourself. Don’t take life too seriously, but instead, look for ways to have fun and relax no matter what the circumstance.

Mariners and other boat navigators today have quite the opportunity to be able to use the marine GPS (global positioning system). With such device, they can detect any foreign targets at sea. But mariners should not solely rely on marine charts. Just in case something goes wrong with the chartplotters, the boat will be in danger to land targets that are not seen by the naked eye from afar. So it’s better to have separate navigation software on board. Navigation software helps in providing ease and safety during travel. These devices are also easily held and read from the start, with the exemption of the marine weather fax.
A compass first and foremost, is needed for determining boat heading. A compass system with compass transducer is ideal for marine navigation. With an equipment like this, you can incorporate lock bearing when auto-piloting to keep the vessel on course. The compass’ digital and analogue display will then show any deviation from locked bearing and the direction to steer to achieve the desired heading. The same equipment may also be fixed to the boat so that it won’t fall off or go missing. You may also purchase packed system that shows not just the boat’s heading but also depth. Another instrument that is need for marine navigation is the analogue rudder angle display. This shows the rudder position as indicated by a pointer. The rudder angle is the determinable space between a ruder and another part of the boat, that affects the overall steering. The recent rudder angle display instruments offer increased expanded indications.
Your navigation software must also consist of vessel speed and wind speed display tools. There is a complete system pack with one Graphic display, DPU (data processing unit), Speed and Depth Pods. Such instrument can also be incorporated with remote control, autopilot tool, and Man Overboard. You can also integrate via the transducer, the wind speed display. Knowing how fast the boat or the wind is, helps in the navigation and pre-cautionary measures. With regards to weather condition, you will also need a maritime weather fax. Such navigational instruments scan and print out real weather charts and satellite images. It provides clear images quietly and fully automatic operation may be provided through a programmable scheduler timer, allowing you to determine the weather the way weather administrators do.