Details and Decals

People who have seen early attempts at 3-D modelling remember how neat, clean and artificial many early 3-D models looked. Early computer models captured the shape, accurate proportions, and often the general colour of an object, but not the fine details, and certainly not the imperfections. We minds intuitively sensed there was something not right.


 Film Models

The models earlier generations used for films were prone to the same drawback. They needed some fine detail and ‘grit’ to look realistic. Often this could be covered up with by the lower resolution of the picture, with a slightly ‘dirty’ looking model passing a casual glance. But the same principle still applied- the model couldn’t look like an architect’s diagram.


A process called ‘greebleing’ was developed for many film models of the 1970s. This was just the process of adding details to surfaces to prevent spaceships in Star Wars from looking like simple geometric shapes. The added details served no real function other than adding to the realism of the object. Our minds expect this. Real objects have both overall shapes and minor details. Models must replicate this on a very small scale.


Plastic model Decals

Plastic model decals add to the detail of their respective models. In isolation the decals are often quite simple – emblems, shapes, insignia or just isolated words. But when these simple decals are added to a larger object they are part of the accumulating detail. None of the details are complex on their own, it is the large number of simple details that give the overall impression or complexity, and hence, realism.


Waterslide decals & Inkjet decal paper

Custom decals will be made to a specific design, such as the insignia of a military vehicle or the personal logo of the creator. All the other applied details are less specific, but the overall effect creates a model that is far more convincing.

Advantages of Buying Online


You can shop at any time, drinking coffee while still in your dressing gown.


You can cover so many pages of products in a short amount of time, and find the item(s) you want.

Quick Checks.

You don’t have to worry about buying something you already have at home. You are at home, so you can quickly check to see if you have the item.


There is at least as much variety online as most shops, if not much more. Often out of stock products can still be ordered.

Lower Cost

Items online are subject to minimal storage, transport and display costs. You get the item straight from the warehouse/factory, without paying for a shop assistant and store rent.


Online items can be posted straight to the person you buy the gift for, and there is no extra charge unless they are overseas. Nothing could be simpler and less time consuming than giving the recipient’s postal address. No more lining up at the post office.

No Crowds

No sales pressure. And no Christmas rush


Look at refund policies. As long as an item can be returned there is no real risk.

Make sure you payment system is safe. Talk to your bank about a safe online payment system. PayPal is one option.


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Whether it is diecast models or perfume for girls Australia and New Zealand online site Price Rite Mart had gifts and products for every taste.

Choosing Flooring


Timber Flooring Perth

With all the options for flooring we are spoilt for choice. But it’s not all the aesthetic appeal of a certain wood and financial considerations. Rooms serve different functions, and we should plan for this.


The Room

Look the room and what it will be used for. Will it experience heavy footfall? Will it be subject to safety regulations? Will there be heating under the floorboards/ or perhaps other piping or electrical wiring.


The Overall Picture

Aesthetics look at how all the pieces of something fit together. Pieces that look attractive in isolation can clash when put together. Consider the wall colour, curtains, furnishing and everything else in the room. We need not design around the floor; we might design the rest of the room first install a floor that we know will match. Start looking at the parts of the room that are permanent, and then look at the aspects you want to keep or the objects you want to add.


Parquet flooring – structured mosaic like patterns.

Safety flooring – reduces slip problems.

Laminate – durable best of many types of wood, with no expansion problems.

Floating timber floors Perth – isolation from the subfloor. Great for sound isolation, and easy to replace.

Bamboo flooring Perth – An environmentally sound and lower cost options. Bamboo can be processed to look like many types of wood, and can be made to be quite durable.


Timber floors Perth

When choosing timber floors Perth has many fine options. Consider bamboo, engineered floors and solid timber.

Foreign Reasons

The escape room phenomena has appeared in many countries. It is not difficult to see the precursors to this trend. Escape videos games have been around for more than a generation. And films like the Saw series have a similar premise. Even the James bond book Dr No from the late 1950s has a finale similar to an escape game. But watching the development of the trend does not explain its appeal. Why are escape rooms, and their literary precursors, appealing to us?


A few Chinese journalistic articles have tried to answer this question. They claim modern professional are worked hard in today’s society, keep busy on a strict schedule; this is something that they literally want to escape. Being confined to a small room, even handcuffed, normally shouldn’t   seem like something we should find appealing. But we must remember that it is the escape we are looking forward to. Perhaps we already feel a little confined in our own life, and we want to feel we can escape it, at least symbolically.


Perhaps this should come as no surprise. The term ‘escapism’ has been applied to many form of entertainment for decades. Escape rooms manage to express this more literally, while also being a creative and intellectual exercise.


This is the view of those observing the gamers. But when we participate in the game we experience something different – mostly the dopamine and intense emotion of the situation. Which is not to say we don’t also have the afore mentioned desire to escape our routine lives. Just that we experience a few mild extremes when we do it.


Perhaps it’s what the Australian’s called the ‘claytons’ thing. We can go through the experience in an escape room without actually living experience. There is no risk, only the emotions involved.


Escape room game Sydney

Our motives may differ, which is good lest we all be the same, but try the escape room Sydney siders have found so attractive. Break out of a mindset or bad habit, if not the puzzle before you.

Outdoor Metal

Even with the introduction of plastic and the continual use of traditional wood we still use a fair amount of metal outdoors. Metal railings, fences, backyard furniture and even the occasional sculpture are not unusual. Even with the harsh conditions outside the right metal can still be quite long lasting. It is useful to know the properties of the different materials.


Shaping Methods

Casting – Molten metal is poured into a mould, forming a (usually solid) piece.

Forging – Heated metal is hammered into shape. Rather like a traditional blacksmith.

Extrusion – Molten metal is forced though long pipes, and cools to form tubes.



Iron – Heavy and prone to rust over time. A good primer, paint or galvanizing treatment will prevent rusting, and look rather good. Cast iron tables and chairs make good outdoor furniture, with occasional repainting. Iron fences were once popular, but are replaced by wood or aluminium.

Aluminium – A light and useful metal, which is rust free under moderate conditions. It is less popular for furniture, unless you want something portable, but very popular for fences and barricades. Though it is not easily painted it can be powder coated, giving a fairly good range of colours.

Steel – This is mostly iron alloyed with some other metal and carbon. Combinations that include chromium are virtually rustproof.  These are fine materials, long lasting, but unless they are the rustproof variety they require regular painting.


Balustrade Sydney

Outdoor balustrade fences are often best made of stainless steel or powder coated steel, which is also rust resistant. Unless exposed to extreme salt or chlorine conditions these should be maintenance free.


Pool Fence Sydney

Pool fences are often made from aluminium. This is rust proof, though chlorine from pools will slowly compromise the rust resistant properties. Pool fences should be washed with warm, soapy water every few weeks.

Some Phone Trends

Wi-Fi Phone

We kind of know how this works for us because we have already taken to Wi-Fi for data. Portable phones can connect to a Wi-Fi network and use this for calls, much like we presently use Wi-Fi instead of our own data allotment. The limitations here could be minimal if city wide Wi-Fi becomes the norm; all our calls could be Wi-Fi.


Mobile Augmented Reality

This type of thing was rumoured with Google glass – we are informed of our surroundings as we travel; information about buildings, businesses, opening time, restaurant reviews is at our fingertips. We point our phone, we receive information about the best places to eat and the latest bargains.


Phone Payment

This has always been a question of which system. We long ago grew use to paying electronically. Newer systems look to be near instant money transfers; rather than credit the money transfers straight from the buyers account.


TV phones

Again, not completely new, but streaming the programmes you want instead of tuning into a pre-set schedules channel is now quite common. Many providers, and there are discounts if you have home and phones with the same group. South Korea had TV programmes over the phone line back in 2002, but the bills were very high. Now it is a regular monthly payment, and the service is far better.


Mobile Phone Repairs Sydney

A working phone now supplies more services than ever. ETS Cellular can help with any damaged phone. Don’t miss out on any opportunities; our phones are too important for our lives these days. Get you phone up and working again with ETS Cellular.

Stoneware Cookware

People ask what the best option is for cookware. We like the convenience of non-stick, but know that non-stick Teflon may cause health issues. We like good heating qualities for out pot and pans, but sometimes fail to distinguish between a pan with evenly spread heating and a pan with fast heating. The advantages might depend on what we are cooking. And obviously we prefer something that is long lasting.


Ceramic cookware has its advantages. It doesn’t affect the flavour in any way or add any chemicals to what we eat. It is durable in the sense that it doesn’t scratch, and can be put in the microwave. But it will break if dropped on a hard surface.


Cast iron is the classis cooking medium. It is fairly non-stick if seasoned properly, and the only thing it adds to the food is a little iron, which is actually good for us. A cast iron pan is super durable, probably lasting decades; if anything it will destroy the item it has an accident with. A small disadvantage is that the iron heats evenly, but slowly.


Stoneware uses a combination of materials to get the best combination of features. The blue marble surface is non-stick and hard wearing. Unlike Teflon it will not smoke and release chemical if overheated. It also does not affect the flavour of the food in any way. The aluminium core heats quickly and evenly, which means you can easily control the heating you apply to the food.  It is dishwasher safe for ease of cleaning.


Cookware online Sydney

Order stoneware Cookware online and experience easy cooking. One larger pan can handle most cooking needs, but you may find yourself so impressed that you start ordering more to complete you cooking set.


There has been a lot written in the 20th and 21st century of language and how it connects to the world and society. Structuralism, post-structuralism and deconstruction are three of the better known schools of thought. Despite their differences and opposition to each other they all show language is extremely complex and very much interconnected; the meaning of words connect to other word in the language, and to objects, concepts or experiences in life.


This matter of connecting language and the physical world, or language and human experience, is sensed by multi-language speakers. They know that different languages divide the world up differently. Even when the same object is referred to the languages still work differently. Professional translators understand this better than most people; translating is far more than a matter of substituting words; the entire structure of the languages are different, are translation is a very tricky art.


Learning a second language is one of the few methods know to increase mental ability. This is not the usual reason undertaking such an endeavour; learning languages requires a lot of time and effort. But many people find the task rewarding; it gives them a much wider perspective. And it is often necessary for someone wanting to work or live abroad. A second language can expand you horizons by itself, but it is more likely to expand your horizons by increasing your opportunities. A different culture and its literature are best appreciated in the local tongue.


PTE academic tutoring Sydney

People wanting to study in Australia may need to cultivate their linguistic abilities. Don’t compromise your education with undeveloped English skills, enrol in the best PTE academic coaching Sydney has to offer. There are also Private ielts tutor Sydney based and with extensive experienced in foreign students.


Selective school Ryde/ Selective school Gladesville

Language is the universal element in all forms of study. Better language skills can make all the difference to academic results. The right course can take a young student into selective schools or opportunity classes. There are no tricks; teaching just allows the individuals student to fulfil their potential.

Moving Furniture on Wooden Floors.

Moving in our out, or when buying a new wardrobe or bed, our wooden floors are prone to scratching from heavy objects. It is imperative to protect these floors when moving objects.


Steps to prevent scratching Timber Floor Sydney

  • Use doormats. You will be going in and out all day. Don’t track the garden in with you.
  • Find old sheets, rugs and other larger items that you intend to discard after the move. Line floors with these.
  • Furniture sliders solve just about all the moving problems. As you will roll the furniture rather than carry it you will have an easier time, and the floor will not by marked.
  • If the floor is already covered with material you may find you can use cardboard to slide furniture across the room.
  • Ramboard is a heavy duty floor protection material used during moving. It can be purchased at most hardware stores. Being reusable you only need enough to cover the largest room of the house and the path leading outside.
  • Unlike other times you cannot leave your shoes off when entering the house; you will need to wear shoes to protect your feet when moving heavy objects. We suggest buying some soft sole boots for the move.


Bamboo Flooring Sydney

Bamboo flooring is prone to scratching, though properly aged bamboo and correct processing reduces this issue. We suggest using all the above precautions when moving large household objects.

Watering Down the Truth


A generation or two ago people drank water because it was part of their diet. When they were thirsty they drank more, or had some tea. But somewhere after the 1980s the health experts and their imitators started to tell us how much healthier we would be if we only drank more water. As water was supposedly free from the tap many people took to this advice. But is there much evidence to back up the benefits of drinking more water, or was is just pre-preparation for the bottled water trend?


Actually, our ancestors probably drank a reasonable amount of water, largely because they couldn’t fill up on flavoured milk, latte and soft drinks. They probably ate a lot less sugar too. These day we are finding the need to return to this healthier option. But we might make the mistake of thinking that just adding water to our otherwise poor diet will help. In truth, we need to adjust our entire approach, not just add one healthy ingredient.


Individual Water requirements

Water needs change due to exercise, the environment and your height/weight. 2 litres a day isn’t a bad estimate, but you might need more depending on your lifestyle. If you are exercise it is good to keep a water bottle handy.


Water Health Benefits.

We have been told that water flushes toxins out of our body. This a half-truth; your kidneys flush out toxins, and require water to do this properly. Lack of water prevents out body’s from properly flushing out toxins.


Too Much and Too Pure

Strangely, perfectly pure water will wash out essential micro-nutrients from our body. Individuals drinking pure water from the Himalaya Mountains felt poorly after a few days as their bodies lacked essential salts and other elements.

A similar problem occurs when people drink great amounts of water and consume little food. Out body needs salt and other nutrients to survive. Too much water can cause our body’s salt level to plummet, which is life threatening. Worst of all, low salt levels can be misdiagnosed as dehydration, causing us to drink more water. Have some salt and lemon juice before you drink.



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If you are doing aerobics, yoga, Pilates or going for a massage we suggest drinking water earlier in the day. All things that are beneficial for our health are best when combined with other healthy practices.