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How To Build Your Perfect Hi-tech House?

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Building a smart home is not a dream anymore. It is not hard to build as long as you know how to approach the idea in the right way. We have seen technology and interior designing go hand-in-hand to the extent that we can enable inanimate objects using Wi-Fi.

There is certainly a growing trend of smart homes that focus on health and energy. Automated lights, curtains, and the best studio monitors for home recording are just some of those devices you will find in a perfect tech-home.

But Why Build A High-tech House?

One most primary reason to build a high tech home is because of lifestyle. Technology is a part of modern life; we use it in some form or the other every day. If you could somehow bind all the technology you use on a daily basis, you will find a hub of convenience, comfort, relaxation, entertainment, and communication.

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The other reason is smart energy saving and economy. Smart technology does not depend on the fluctuating energy prices or on utility providers; instead, they use a source like geothermal, wind and solar. Also, modern energy sources and corresponding systems require far less maintenance compared to traditional methods and are much more long-lasting.

Getting Started

There are a lot of standalone gadgets that are available in the market today ranging from glass that changes from transparent to opaque and remote control curtain tracks, as well as other lighting, entertainment and surveillance systems.

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There are many manufacturers that have launched products that can be controlled via a remote. A good home automation system should be seamless. Ideally, you would want to end up with something that has a single touch panel for everything.

Planning Ahead

It may sound all good to set up an autonomous system for our home, but it is a daunting task. It might take up to a few years to complete your dream home too. You need to think about certain products and features that you would want in your home, take a good look at the infrastructure of your house, and be open for aftercare if you want to upgrade later or if anything goes wrong. For an ideal automated home, you should carefully look at:

1. Voice control
Once you begin turning on the heater or changing the lights with your own voice, there is absolutely no turning back. Today, we have two main choices for controlling a home with a voice – Google Home (Google Assistant) and Amazon Echo (Alexa Assistant).

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Google is a newer platform than Alexa and has the advantage of the inbuilt Google Assistant, thereby allowing you to search for information faster. On the other hand, Alexa has been around for a longer time and is easier to control smart home devices.

Echo and Google more or less work with a wide array of devices. But, which one is right for you? While Echo has been in the game for quite some time, Google is new and it is worth noting that there are many more great features that are yet to come.

2. Lighting
Lighting is the simplest to look at for equipping it your smartphone. You get smart bulbs to fit most standard fittings. Some systems like the Phillips Hue range consist of a hub that communicates with compatible bulbs. This means that instead of being controlled by your phone, it is fitted with motion sensors that communicate directly with the hub.

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Some lighting systems have bulbs that communicate with the Wi-Fi system. Therefore, you can control them whenever you want via the Cloud or your smartphone. These bulbs, for example, LIFX range bulbs tend to be more expensive than the hub system because there is no single point of failure. In the case of Phillips Hue range, if the main hub dies, the smart lighting system dies.

3. Security
Security is another aspect you should always look for when you are setting up your smart home. There is a wide range of devices related to security like motion detectors, cameras, etc. While setting up security is a bit on the complicated side, you could get some personal advice from a security retailer or company like Maplin, which offers a Smart Home Survey. But, if you wish to do it alone, you can go for a kit that includes a hub and range of devices like the Panasonic Home Safety Starter Pack.

security tech houseThe most important thing to do here is to audit what you need to secure to make your house safe. There is no point in fixing cameras or motion detectors only in one aspect of your house, you have to prioritize it according to the possibility of a break-in.
Finally, Setting Up the Budget

The cost of building a smart home is going to be huge. But luckily, there are some devices that are not so expensive. These inexpensive controls have lesser components and capabilities that high-end brands, but will fit an average homemaker just fine.
Practically, your dream setup will still outstrip your budget; therefore, you need to be ready to scale down your ambitions. Scaling down is less about cutting cost and more about prioritizing what you want in your house.

Final Thoughts About Hi-tech House

Using the latest technology for your house is the smartest thing to do in today’s times. Not only it is genuinely useful, these appliances will save time and stress; they also make your house look incredibly valuable. A high-tech home incorporates convenience and innovations and will be capable of adapting to future technology.

Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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Best Way To Learn Music? Online Lessons!

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There are good reasons why every parent wants their children to learn how to play music: it leads to considerable improvements in cognitive development, and playing a musical instrument is one of life’s greatest joys. People of all ages should play, and thankfully learning has never been easier.

Whereas in the past you had to physically go to the local music teacher, who was simply the guy with posters on the telephone poles near you, the internet has changed the game. Let’s take a look at all the reasons why learning music online is the best.

Unparalleled Teacher Selection

When you’re learning to play music, it’s very important that your personality and musical inclinations are in sync with your teacher. When you take live online music lessons today you’ll find that you’re more likely to find a teacher who is the right match.

Now, video and audio equipment is ubiquitous, and anybody can teach from anywhere in the world. You don’t need expensive gear: a device with a screen, video, and a microphone can get the job done.

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Perhaps you and your teacher both like classical music, but what if their focus is on modern avant-garde composers and you want to play baroque fugues? You’ll have significantly more options to choose from when you look for teachers online, which helps you find a specialist in your chosen niche.

Unbeatable Convenience

Our daily lives are so busy in this modern age, that “what would you do with an extra hour?” is a commonly asked question. When you take lessons online it spares you having to commute, and you can spend this time practicing music instead of remaining stuck in traffic or sitting on a busy bus.

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If the online lesson is 40 minutes long, then 40 minutes is the entire amount of time that gets consumed from your life. Freeing up the time immediately before and after the lesson is especially important. The best time to practice happens to be right before your lesson, so your fingers get limber and you freshen up on the material, and immediately after, when the lesson is still foremost in your mind.

Did you remember to bring to your lesson all your music books and equipment, such as a metronome or tuner? When you take lessons online, you don’t need to transport an instrument or class materials. This saves you from having to physically lug these things around town, and a lesson will never be spoiled because you didn’t have everything you need to play.

Music: A Life-Long Gift

Whether your goal is to play Carnegie Hall, at your local bar with friends, or simply alone to amuse yourself, taking music lessons will give you the tools to enjoy a lifetime of pleasure. Not only does playing music enrich your life, it also changes the way you hear and appreciate music.

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Being able to play music is one of life’s greatest privileges; given how many people want to learn how to play and how much time we all spend in front of a screen, it makes perfect sense to bring these two things together and learn how to play music online today.

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Behind The Mask: New Documentary On DeadMau5

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Guest post by Jorge Ramos

The great DeadMau5 has teamed up with the people from Tidal, a streaming music platform, in order to do and release a new documentary about him. The piece is now available exclusively on their platform and is about the artist’s last presentation during the 2019 Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida.

Joel Zimmerman has been in the industry for a long time, since 1998 he’s been working on the plates, but only got to mix and produce his first album during 2005, “Get Scraped”. A year later “Vexillology” both with little information on the internet about the sales, mainly because he was known online, but wasn´t in the public eye.

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After 2 years, the producer launched” Random Album Title” being internationally claimed. The song “Brazil” has been sampled by many artists, such as Kylie Minogue, and reached number 3 on the UK Official Charts Company during 2008. “For Lack of a Better Name” was dropped during September 2009, and made it even better reaching UK #1 dance album.

“4×4=12” was released in 2010, under Virgin Records, one hour and ten minutes of progressive House and techno house music, that received a 66 out of 100 by Metacritic, although it was recognized didn’t scale that high on the charts.

During 2012 he released “Album Title goes here”, which had the same lunch as the preview’s album. But 2 years later in 2014, he dropped “While 1 is less than 2” the album was critically acclaimed Billboard gave it a 4,5/5, and Spin an 8/10, making it to the No.1 both in the US and UK dance/ Techno Charts. The next record was “W:/2016Album/” was dropped in 2016 with a regular performance overall.

His music is famous and so are his remixes. If you are one to bet in the NFL odds, you probably heard his cover of Rope, a remix from the Foo Fighters original, being played during the commercials throughout the last seasons.

Being as famous and notorious as he is, the Canadian DJ, producer and composer has reached global renown. That’s why there’s this new documentary coming out, it is called “Wild Things: Life Inside The mau5trap” and it’s a 25-minute piece about his last show during Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida.

The film, made by the music streaming platform TIDAL, “shows rare behind-the-scenes footage and exploring the musical perspectives and processes of the mau5trap collective” according to the site Mixmag. They added that they’d show the whole group, featuring artists such as Rinzen, Monstergetdown, No Mana, Jay Robinson, and Zimmerman himself.

The documentary is especially looking to give us an optic in the building of his career, how the big mouse head is now global icon not related uniquely to Disney’s mascot, Mickey Mouse. That’s worth mentioning, they had a legal dispute that was settled out of court.

The iconic Mau5head, is so famous that is playable and appears as an Easter egg in many videogames, such as Rocket League. Most of the concerts he plays are attended by thousands of people wearing a copy of said headwear.

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Going back to Deadmau5’ career he’s been in a little pause after a rough couple of years. In October of 2018, he twitted comments that were taken as “blatantly homophobic and transphobic” and had to apologize later on.

A few days after the incident he commented during a gaming stream that a track made by Slushii was “AIDS Music” and that for him it was “Autistic Sh?=”, to which Slushii didn´t hesitate to respond and said it was very disappointing for him. Zimmerman had to publicly apologize for it too.

And most lately in February 2019, the DJ was banned from the gaming streaming platform Twitch for hate speech after throwing homophobic slurs at a player. It happened during a match of Battle Royale in the Unknown Battlegrounds.

Controversy apart, his career and music are still there to enjoy. The DJ’s new Documentary is now available only in TIDAL and it might be a very interesting segment about a nonetheless iconic figure of the Electronic Genre.

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Make Your Corporate Party Unforgettable With Circus Acts For Hire

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The circus reminds us of something fun and exciting and, at the same time, a bit nostalgic because it reminds us of childhood when we mostly enjoyed performances and acrobatics. And most people probably think that corporate events can’t fit into the same context with circus entertainment, but they are wrong.

Business owners and executives organize corporate events for several reasons. Gatherings outside the company are an excellent way of strengthening corporate culture. People seeing each other in a more relaxed atmosphere than the office can get along better than when someone is supervising them all the time.

If you want to create a great party that your guests will remember for a long time, think about circus acts for hire. That’s something you can’t see often. Your invitees will be pleasantly surprised with the show, as something outstanding that pops out of the dull routine of organizing corporate events.

Themed Party

Whether you have an in-house party planner or you hire an agency to help, you can always suggest your ideas on how to make your event unforgettable. Depending on what your goal is and who are the guests, party organizers can come up with the topic of the gathering.

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Circus acts are not suitable for events that require focus and full attention, like seminars, presentations, or award ceremonies. These performers are a better fit with the informal gathering, with a goal to have fun, relax, and create better connections between colleagues and business associates.

Some casual get-togethers can be in the form of a themed party. It should represent a company culture and, at the same time, be exciting and fun. This type of party suits for minor companies, with a friendly atmosphere and tight relations among employees. Bigger organizations prefer more formal events, but they can sometimes make an exception and let their employees and associates have fun and relax.

Victorian Theme

You planned a casual event, but without too much noise or excitement. One suggestion can be a Victorian party, which can be a great option for events like auctions or fundraisings. You can hire jugglers, mime artists, or living statues.

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These artists perform independently, without the participation of the audience. Whether inside or outside, you can revive decadent Victorian period with circus acts reminding of how people entertained back in the days.

Carnival or Circus Theme

If you want to have a family-friendly corporate event, you can opt for a carnival-themed party. In this case, you can stage a real spectacle with magicians, fire dancers, acrobats, or any other type of entertainers. Think of renting the tent or an open space suitable for an improvised fair.

Some performers, such as already mentioned mime artists, living statues, or human tables, can wade through the crowd. More active artists with additional equipment will need a particular stage or space to do tricks and acrobatics. This segment of your corporate event can be announced, and you can leave it as a surprise.

Playing with Fire

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Artists who use fire in their performances are a spectacle. While people will be delighted with their flame play, guest safety and space safety should be a priority for a party organizer. Generally, fire performers are not a good option for corporate events that take place indoors. There is always the risk of a flame getting in touch with some hazardous material or substance.

However, if you still want a fire spectacle indoors, cooperate only with reputable agencies whose performers are fully insured and who deliver full safety equipment. Check the area where you plan to stage the show and make sure there are enough fire extinguishers.

Ask a company to send someone to check the place before the party. If the experts estimate it’s not safe to perform a show for some reason, you can find many other circus acts that can be a decent replacement for fire artists. A full list of circus performances is on this link.

There is no doubt that your business event will attract a lot of attention if you organize an impressive party for the guests. It can be a great way to promote and bring other benefits to the company if you succeed in having an outstanding corporate event.

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10 Benefits Of Music In Our Schools

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Guest article written by Bobby Sanchez.

In the age when digitalization is changing everything from future workplaces and occupations to the way we educate children, art and music become even more critical. Even the companies at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence like Chinese Alibaba give music a special place in education. Alibaba founder Jack Ma said: “I think we should teach our kids sports, music, painting – the arts – to make sure that they are different. Everything we teach should make them different from machines.”

10 Benefits Of Music In Our Schools
Even without the threat of being replaced with AI machines, there are significant benefits of music education. Music in schools can positively impact students in many levels, and we made a list of 10 most significant benefits of music in our schools.

Importance of music education

Music education can spark success in other subjects. The study showed that students that played music instruments had improved brain development. Benefits of music education are numerous, and here are some of the most important.

1. Improved test scores
Programs with an excellent music education can amp up your test scores in other subjects. A study showed that the students involved in some sort of musical education achieve better SAT scores. The 20% difference is quite an improvement and should not be overlooked.

2. Better cognitive skills
Music education can boost students spatial intelligence, which means they have improved the ability to visualize elements that go together. This can be helpful in math, art, engineering, and computer problems. This can make students highly effective.

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3. Increased memory capacity

Playing music and improvising, or just following the sheet, students that practice is playing an instrument use memory to perform. Similar to muscle memory in sports, actual brain memory used in music can benefit students greatly in their academic chores.

4. Coordination mastery
Playing an instrument is a skill, and practicing playing a guitar or piano (or any other instrument) can improve hand-eye coordination. It will also benefit the motor skills, which translates ideally into studying skillset.

5. Language development
Musical education has a direct impact on language skills because it develops specific parts of the brain and the way information is processed, which improves language skills like reading, literacy, and reading comprehension. If you struggle with literature assignments, EduBirdie AU can help when student life becomes too complicated or overwhelming.

6. Become more creative
Playing music instruments lights up many parts of the brain. This results in various benefits, and one of them is a spark in creativity. Music education enhances creative, critical, and abstract thinking. It helps with problem-solving, as well as with improvisations.

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7. Math skills

This coincides with spatial intelligence improvement, but since math is base for so many fields, it’s worth mentioning that music education improves math skills. Percussion and rhythm instruments are especially effective in achieving better math results.

8. Social intelligence and development
There are several ways music education improves social status. Besides the apparent benefits of self-esteem and boost in social interactions, music develops an appreciation for other people. Musical education emphasizes supporting each other and striving for a common goal, which, in the end, plays a significant role in emotional intelligence.


9. Reducing stress

Listening, as well as active participation in music, can significantly reduce stress level. Music is one of the joys people have, and it’s a natural way to relax and get stress relief from likable music. Another benefit to overall physical and mental condition is through breathing and posture exercises that music education provides, and they all benefit the stress reduction.

10. Discipline
It looks seamless when Angus Young crushes his Gibson guitar on “Let there be rock” rock anthem, but it takes enormous practice time and discipline to transform the talent into a hall of fame performance. Hours and hours of practice time and discipline within the performance itself can be beneficial to other academic needs.

Bottom line

The importance of music education is, without a doubt, exceptional. It’s worth it if you just get pointers for general knowledge on history, compositors or facts. Learning how you can make or perform music adds another useful layer that translates into better performance in other subjects. Playing an instrument or singing often needs great teamwork, coordination, and a complex set of skills to perform at a high level. Music in schools Is crucial part that separates essential people skills in the face of the upcoming machine-driven economy. Music helps your brain development; it can boost creativity but also other brain enhancements that include improved math skills.

Guest article written by: Bobby Sanchez is a seasoned professional freelancer with the passion for content creation. With academic writing needs in focus, he will deliver the same passion to a case study, report writing, or research paper. Years of experience as a highly-skilled freelance writer means he understands what it takes to make quality content, and it’s his mission to share his ability with others.

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How Sleep Helps To Lower Your Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure is a dangerous condition that damages your heart and affects millions of people worldwide. And, with a busy life, you’re living in today, it’s becoming harder and harder to get enough rest each night. But, trying to go through life without getting enough sleep is very detrimental to your health. In fact, according to research, as an adult, if you’re getting less than 7 hours of sleep each night you’re increasing your chances of developing high blood pressure and other health conditions like weight gain, sleep apnea, heart disease, etc. Sleep is the most effective way of helping your body get rid of excess stress hormones that accumulate during the day.

Lack of sleep increases your stress hormone levels which increases inflammation in your body. Inflammation causes your blood vessels to become narrow and constricted which increases your blood pressure levels. Nowadays, not many people get enough sleep, which is why there is a rise in the number of people developing obesity. If you’re obese you will most likely develop sleep apnea which affects the quality of your sleep. Sleep apnea obstructs the proper flow of oxygen to your body which increases your chances of developing diabetes, stroke, and cardiovascular disease in obese people.

Readjusting your inner clock


Before the invention of the light bulb, our ancestors got up with the sun and went to sleep sometime after sundown. They were never fatigued or spent at the end of the day because they lived according to the rhythm of life. Like the animals that are active during the summer and rested during the winter, they allowed their bodies to rest according to the seasons. Fast forward to today, one way to help you readjust your inner clock and get in touch with your circadian rhythms is to take melatonin, a substance your body produces naturally that will help you get deep sleep.

Another way is to turn down all your electronics, TV, and other devices by 10 pm at the latest. When you don’t get enough sleep it affects your mood, behavior, makes you more susceptible to pain, and weakens your immune system.

What is hypertension or high blood pressure?

Hypertension also is known as high blood pressure occurs when there is too much pressure in your arteries which prevents blood from being properly pumped through your body. This causes your heart to work extra hard to pump blood which puts a strain on your heart reducing its functioning capacity. After some time, hypertension can cause serious cardiovascular diseases like stroke and congestive heart failure.

Having a weak heart makes you susceptible to other vulnerabilities as you grow older. However, high blood pressure is a treatable condition. With a healthy diet, exercise, and enough sleep your blood pressure can be well maintained. Also, it’s advisable to get regular blood pressure checkups to help take care of any early symptoms before they become serious problems later.

How you can use sleep to help with high blood pressure

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If your family has a history of hypertension, you should get checked because high blood pressure is hereditary. Catching it early will help reduce your risk of having bigger problems in the future. Sleep is an important part of your treatment plan just like diet and exercise.

Get a comfortable mattress

If your bed causes you to wake up in the morning with aches and pains, it’s time to get an upgrade. Sleeping on the same mattress for more than 8 years means that you aren’t sleeping well and you’re so accustomed to it that you don’t realize it. Getting the right mattress that suits your personal preference and sleeping needs is a good step at attaining deep sleep. Mattresses that have great cushioning, comfort, and support like the Casper mattresses, for example, will help in getting rid of aches and pains to give you a good night’s rest. There will be less tossing and turning in the middle of the night and your body will be well-rested and rejuvenated the next day.

Practice good sleep hygiene

Apart from your mattress, you should change your view on sleep and how it can help manage your blood pressure. This includes the things you can do to help get a good night’s rest like; Avoid eating carbs that give you energy before you go to sleep because he will keep you awake. A lighter meal is better a few hours before you go to bed to allow your body proper digestion. Also, switch off all your electronic devices 30 minutes before bed.

Take a warm shower, read a relaxing book, or whatever relaxes your body and mind before bed to promote sleep. Once you’re under the covers, focus on sleeping so that your brain associates your bed with sleeping. Doing this every night helps you to fall asleep faster when you enter your bed.

Using beddings infused with celliant

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As part of your bed, the beddings you use also have to be made of the right material. Although this might be a product that isn’t familiar with everyone, celliant is a technology that is used in sportswear to help increase blood flow in the athlete’s body to help them perform better and reduce pain. The fiber that is used is insulated with thermo-reactive minerals that convert the heat from your body into infrared light. This light helps to increase blood flow to your body providing more oxygen to your organs and essential nutrients that help reduce body soreness. Increasing your blood flow as you sleep with celliant-infused beddings will also help in improving your blood pressure levels.

Other things you can do to help improve your blood pressure include; deep breathing or meditation, reducing your sugar and carbs intake, no smoking, losing weight, managing your stress levels, cutting back on caffeine, eating more foods rich in potassium, reducing sodium intake, and exercising regularly.

Final thoughts

High blood pressure is a treatable condition that doesn’t have to disrupt your daily life. Sleep is an integral part of your life and when you get enough sleep it not only helps manage your blood pressure, it also improves your mood and the health of your brain. When you live in harmony with your body you reap numerous benefits.

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