Jan 27

Collectors hoard a lot of things, for a lot of reasons. Some collect books; some keep toys. Others are simply obsessed with anything that feature their favorite colors. There are those who deal with psychological disorders that triggered them to hoard addictively. On the other hand, there are those who simply collect as a hobby. Almost everything is being collected – from paintings, movie posters, shoes, fountain pens and so on. Of all the items being collected, military coins are among the less known and less common ones.

These coins originated in the military. Military men first collected these coins which are also known as challenge coins. Nowadays, the tradition of military collection goes beyond the military.

Military coinsOne of the reasons military personnel have in collecting challenge coins is the symbolisms of the military coins. Upon graduation in military school, they will receive their first ever challenge coin. Their first challenge coin may feature their graduation year, their batch motto and logo, and their alma mater’s symbols.

A soldier’s first military coin represents his triumph over academic challenges and the rigorous physical trainings attached to their course. It also promotes a sense of unity among the batchmates. It may serve as identification too.

Once the graduates are hired in the army, air force, marines, navy and coast guard, they will have more chances of acquiring a military coin. Challenge coins are being rewarded to military personnel for various reasons. Just like in ancient Rome where army officers gave their army men coins as a form of payment, though some of them took the coins as a memento that’s worthy to be kept.

When a military man showcased his bravery in line with his work, he may be awarded military coins. Those who display service that is remarkable and worthy of imitation may receive challenge coins as well.

One of the purposes of the modern-day military coin tradition is to boost the morale of those in the military. Those who received challenge coins because of their performance are more motivated to outdo what they had done. Meanwhile, those who are not able to bag a challenge coin will be encouraged to do more and perform better.

A collection of challenge coins acquired by a military man through performances is like a status symbol in their world. Having more challenge coins may mean that one is of higher rank than others.

Apart from services, performances and graduation, a soldier may also acquire a military coin through his membership to different units. However, not all units may have a symbolic coin for their group.

Military coins may also be passed on from one soldier to another. There could be an exchange of challenge coins. There may also be instances when a higher-ranking official secretly gives a military coin to one of his trusted men. When an official retires, he may opt to pass on not just his position but a military coin as well.

Perhaps, one of the most publicized challenge coins awarding was done during the day when American soldiers who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq were recognized for their bravery. The publicity helped in increasing public awareness regarding the ancient-old tradition of those in the military. The coins given may not be sufficient to represent the government’s gratitude for the soldiers’ services. But there noteworthy services will forever be represented with their challenge coins.

Military coins are not just acquired prior and during service in the army. World War II veterans receive challenge coins during special occasions such as anniversaries. With those symbolic coins, their services in the past will be honored continuously.


Jan 19

 

Long Island loan modification is the act of requesting from the bank/lender, to add, alter, remove, substantial terms and conditions in a contract of loan. For purposes of this article, we will assume that this refers to a housing loan. What exactly do lawyers do that make their service more expensive, than say, internet based providers who offer to negotiate your loan for you, usually at half the price, or eBooks that cost $10 to $100?

Loan Document Audit

Lawyers will require you to provide a copy of your loan documents as a basis for your loan modification. Should you not have any, they will get a copy from the bank or lender. They will then perform a thorough auditing of the loan documents and cross reference the same with your financial records. Lawyers will look for gaps in the law. Anything that the bank/lender might have breached i.e. excessive loan costs, lack of full disclosure, an increase of more than 10% from initial to final offer, etc.

File a Case and Reply in Court

Long Island loan modificationGranted, non law firms also perform an audit for loan modification. The problem is, they lack the necessary knowledge to make a full assessment. Even assuming they do find any lapses in the law; they lack the necessary license to file a suit. If they insist on contesting the legality of the loan documents, then banks/lenders are sure to elevate the matter. Can third party providers promise to file a reply in court? Do they have the necessary knowledge to contest legal technicalities that banks/lenders will raise regarding your Long Island loan modification? No they can’t and they won’t.

Even if they do forward your loan modification to a lawyer or firm, no lawyer will rely on the findings of a non lawyer. They will insist on making another audit. This means more time is wasted, and you just paid for an audit 2x. This is only natural because no lawyer or firm will risk their good standing and their license on the say so of a third person.

Confidentiality Agreement

Another reason why it is better to consult with attorneys for your Long Island loan modification is because they are bound by their profession to keep everything they know 100% confidential. The penalty for breaching confidentiality is suspension, disbarment and/or hefty fines. It is only logical that no lawyer will risk their good standing for a grand or two. This is especially because lawyers and law firms have well established contact details and office locations.

On the other hand, some internet based Long Island loan modification providers have small operations within the state, and outsource some, if not all of the work. This means your confidential, personal and financial information i.e. social security number, full name, address, contact number, credit card information, bank statements, etc. will be seen and recorded in several venues. This increases the likelihood that the same will be leaked, making you susceptible to identity theft and credit card fraud.

Case in point, several years ago, there was this company that had the audacity to call themselves Federal Housing Aid (FHA). This was planned to simulate authority. They purported to help distressed home owners, save their homes by filing for loan modification. They utilized a home address within a certain US state, as their business address. But 99% of the operation was outsourced in Asia. The company was a scam. Their CEO was prosecuted, tried and found guilty of multiple counts of fraud. The only thing they did was to send out a pro forma (fill in the blanks) request for loan modification. Those who got approved could have done so themselves. Those who got disapproved could have been better off hiring a law firm that can provide alternative remedies.

Alternative Remedies

In case your Long Island Loan Modification fails, a law firm can provide you with other options. More importantly, these options can be utilized as soon as possible. This is because, for some individuals, the denial of a loan modification is tantamount to eviction.

The common Long Island loan modification is lowering the interest rate and reducing the principal balance.


Jan 19

 

People who use a movable cubicle should be aware that it currently has 15 types. These kinds of cubicles differ have their own differences and similarities.

1. The dry storage cubicle

Because this type of moveablecubicle comes in different dimensions regulated by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization), it is the most common cubicle that is used for shipping dry items. This cubicle is available in 20-feet, 45-feet, 10-feet, and 40-feet.

2. The open top cubicle

movable cubicleThis movable cubicle has a removable top so that tall items can be easily transported. The removable top allows people to pack, unpack, load, and unload items from above the cubicle with a crane. Open top cubicles typically have wooden floors and corrugated steel walls. These cubicles are 20-feet long or 40-feet long. They also have a swiveling door header, removable bows, and a removable tarpaulin. The removable bows maintain the container’s strength.

3. The open side storage cubicle

This kind of movable cubicle has two doors on one side so that there is much wider space for loading and unloading items. It can also carry items with larger widths.

4. The refrigerated ISO (International Organization for Standardization) cubicle

This cubicle is widely used for shipping fruits and vegetables over the road, sea, and rail. It is temperature-regulated so that perishable foods can maintain their freshness in low temperatures. It comes in 40-feet, 20-feet, and 45-feet sizes.

5. The tank

This container can provide long protection to liquid materials during transportation because of its strong steel or other anti-corrosive construction materials.

6. The half-height cubicle

This cubicle is for easily loading and unloading materials such as stones and coal. Its height is half the height of full-sized cubicles.

7. The intermediate bulk shift cubicle

This cubicle can carry liquids or materials in batches. It is designed to transport those things to a place where they can be further packed. They will be shipped to a final destination after further packaging is done.

8. The special purpose cubicle

This cubicle transports weapons. It is constructed out of materials that can prevent these things from hurting other people.

9. The flat rack cubicle

This cubicle has two steel walls on both ends and a softwood floor. The two walls can either be folded or fixed. The walls keep the items securely attached during transportation. This cubicle is available in 20-feet and 40-feet sizes.

10. The tunnel cubicle

This cubicle has doors at both of its ends. This will allow people to quickly load and unload items.

11. The double doors cubicle

This cubicle has two doors on one side. The doors provide a wider room for people to load and unload items. This container is available in 40-feet and 20-feet sizes.

12. The thermal cubicle

This cubicle controls the amount of heat that will enter it. It is suitable for shipping items that are sensitive to heat such as chemicals and drugs.

13. The cargo storage roll cubicle

This cubicle can transport stacks or sets of items with its thick wire mesh and rollers. The rollers allow the wire mesh to move easily as the cubicle folds and unfolds itself. Different wire mesh colors are available so that the cubicle can look lively.

14. The car cubicle

This cubicle can transport a car over a long distance. To prevent the car from damage or from moving, the cubicle will fold its sides to help the car fit snugly.

15. The drum

This circular cubicle can ship bulky liquids or powders. It should be transported on pallets by a fork truck for easy handling. It can also be moved by turning it to one side while rolling.

No matter what kind of items that people want to store in their movable cubicle, those items will be in safe hands.


Jan 17

 

Neck lanyards are loops of string with a metal or plastic attachment at the end. They look like the typical necklaces. They can hold various small items such as key chains, flash drives, cellphones, whistle, to name a few.

Neck lanyards could last for decades, if properly taken cared of. Therefore, it would not be a surprise if you would have a collection of different lanyards from different organizations, clubs or people throughout the years. They could be more than you need. If the time comes that you think it is time to dispose some of them because you cannot find any other use for them, stop.

There are plenty of uses for your old neck lanyards. The list is actually long. Here are just eight of them.

1. Pet leash. With a little twist here and there, your old lanyards could become your dog’s new leash. Simply sew together the fabric or woven lanyards that you have. At the end of the sewn lanyards, make a loop where you would place the attachment to connect to your dog’s collar. You could also recycle the old attachments from your old lanyards rather than buy new ones.

Neck lanyards

2. Camera straps. From one neck lanyard, you could make 2 camera straps. Cut the lanyard into two. Sew the edges to avoid fraying. Fold the first cut lanyard into two. To join together the two ends, you could use a Velcro. If you intend to make it permanent, then just sew them together. Do the same with the other cut lanyard. Now, your camera is safer and there is less possibility of it to be dropped with these improvised camera straps.

3. Garden ties. Do you know that those old lanyards can have many in your garden? Yes, for one, they make good ties. Straighten those stubborn, drooping branches by tying them to a stick using these sturdy lanyards. Not only that, you could also secure those sacks with some leftover soil by using the lanyards to tie them. Accidental spills and wastes would be eliminated because of that. Small and similar garden tools would not be misplaced if neatly tied together. An old lanyard could do the trick.

4. Handles for your homemade cloth bags. Maybe you like to make your own cloth bags. You could turn these old lanyards into bags’ handles. They make great straps because they are strong and do not break easily. They are perfect for carrying heavy groceries.

5. Accessories. Old lanyards can be recycled to look like new necklaces, bracelets, anklets and even funky earrings for the Halloween. Let your creative juices flow as you mix and match your lanyards to produce stylish accessories. You could even earn from them when you sell these unique accessories. Or, you could give them as gifts to your friends and family.

6. Shoelaces. When you have two lanyards that look the same, you can accessorize your shoes by using your old lanyards as shoelaces. Just cut the lanyards’ metal or plastic attachments. Secure the ends from fraying by putting strips of tape.

7. Belts. They make great belts, too. To make a thicker belt, join 4-5 old lanyards together. Add a buckle at the end. For a more carefree look, use fabric lanyards and just them tie them to hold a skirt or pair of pants.

8. Display. Why don’t you make these old neck lanyards as your official collection items and show them off to your friends and family? Place all your old lanyards into a glass shelf. You could place small information on where, when, and how you got hold of these lanyards to make it more interesting.


Jan 16

There are some people that aren’t convinced that search engine optimization has changed. They will argue up and down that they have discovered a secret formula, or that they have a blueprint that works for them. While there are some people that have found some good ways to market their collateral, you’re going to need to look into a variety of other options that will either make or break your forward progress. It’s all a matter of how you work within the parameters of internet marketing and then build on the right elements moving forward. You may think that you have a secret weapon in regards to traffic generation or any number of arenas, but the truth of the matter is that you can’t build on the marketing channels that are alive and well today without evolution. SEO especially cannot seem to work in the past, but rather the future.

Even though there has been an evolution in regards to marketing, many people will argue that you can work on the antiquated techniques of optimization and still see a push forward. This is an interesting thing to look at because you will see it promoted through a variety of channels. It’s with that in mind that you should look at some issues that you could overcome with antiquated options and some that are going to plague your forward progress. Could antiquated techniques for SEO work today? The short answer is no, and the bigger answer shines light on the techniques that some will try to sell you on.

It’s important to look at the bad techniques and avoid them at all costs. If you don’t know them, you’re going to want to look at the following options that proliferate a lot of professional marketers pages and services overall.

Buying A Ton of Links (Placing Them Immediately)

When you’re going to work with SEO in today’s parameters, you’re going to find that they can help you get a lot of attention online. Links are great when they are pointing to your site from authoritative areas. They are going to give you a great deal of hope moving forward, but they only work within the parameters of marketing if they are unique, earned, and not bought in bulk. Bulk links are not going to help you especially if they are coming from niches that have nothing to do with your page. This becomes evident when you buy them from the wrong source.

Let’s assume that you went this route and you have a website that has a ton of links pointing to it. You’ve purchased them from a link dealer and you start to cycle through the areas that they are placed. You’ll most likely see URLS that are from forums that end in ASP, PHP, and other areas. When you actually go and see them, you will see that your link will get dumped into forums, blogs, and pages that are very old but rank high. What you will also see is that the links that you have in there are amidst 100 or more links from other marketers that think they have found a good area to promote a website. This is something that is going to kill your market share and perhaps delist you from search engines.

Purchasing Traffic From Dealers

SEOLook online for traffic generation and you’re going to find that there are a lot of pages that will send you traffic. Don’t fall for this as it’s going to be terrible. This becomes especially egregious when you end up signing up for a traffic exchange. If you sign up for one of these sites, you may get “free” traffic, but it will be from individuals and people that aren’t paying attention to your page, they are just trying to boost their numbers. Look at the analytics after you have purchased traffic of this type and you will see that the hits will come from one area and that’s it. If you end up signing up for this, you are going to have a diminished return in your investment and may never really get any conversions or real targeted hits. Furthermore, if you’re working with AdSense or any other PPC program as a publisher, you will get banned outright. That’s right, you will get banned and perhaps will not recover with relative ease at all. It’s important that you do not make the mistake of purchasing traffic from dealers at all.

The above elements are just a couple of mistakes that you could make when trying to build market share through older techniques of SEO. It’s important that you understand there is an evolution going on in terms of marketing. The evolution dictates that you change your marketing tactics to reflect what is necessary today. Marketing channels today are far different than the ones that were once available online. You will not be able to gain any sort of leverage if you focus on the wrong arenas and the antiquated techniques that used to get people noticed online, don’t work today. Focus on either hiring someone to build your marketing the right way or learn about the old techniques so that you don’t make the same mistakes over and over again online.