Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Laser Cost

Laser cost has dropped over the last few years to a level that most people or small companies can afford.

I remember when I 1st started laser technology in 1991 the laser cost was quite incredible with the big 40 watt gas lasers costing over 100,000$. Now they are almost cheap. I have seen the laser cost at about 1000$ for a small system now, which is ideal for the small operator, however do not expect professional results from one of these systems.

The laser cost has reduced, but so also has the cost of all the other components from beam tables to programmers, but again you get what you pay for and this is what my article is about today.

Just because the laser cost is getting cheaper from some "laser companies" does not mean that you are getting a good deal. In fact quite the opposite is normally true. The cheaper the show, normally the cheaper the product. I mean it stands to reason that you will not get a top of the range show for almost no investment.

If you want a great show, do not let the laser cost influence you too much. Take into consideration the skill of the operator, what projects they have done before and how experienced they are.

Also a laser is not just a laser. There are different beam qualities and different wavelengths to take into consideration and this will play a huge effect in the end result of the show. Beam focal points need to be thought of, especially when displaying graphics because if the beam divergence is too big, the quality of the graphics will be poor.

A cheap show that does not work is actually very expensive and a more expensive show that does what you want is actually really great value for money. The special effects of a film are normally the 2nd most expensive part of a movie to to the special handling they require so I suggest that you do not let your local light company handle such a specialized product.

Focus a little more on the final outcome of the show and the value of the production and this will without doubt justify paying a little more for the laser cost.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

How to Act at a Meet and Greet

Meet and greets are a stepping stone for some to connect with other couples or singles with similar interests and to enjoy a casual evening in a relaxed setting. For those unsure of how to carry themselves and to understand the type of behavior expected at these events, follow the tips mentioned here for a smoother evening.

Practice treating the ones you meet in the manner in which you would want to be treated. Be kind and considerate of others' feelings.

Smile and introduce yourself to others and remember to relax and behave in a non-aggressive manner. If you are not interested in a particular person, still continue to behave nicely.

Accept rejections with respect and continue to move about the meet and greet to get to know as many people as you can throughout the evening. There is always the possibility they may connect you with someone you want to spend more time with.

Control your drinking so you always keep your composure and can still function, especially if you have to drive home afterwards.

Refrain from negative talk of others in the groups. If you encounter someone that is aggressive and you are not interested, simply move away to another area of the meet and greet event.

Adopt a no drugs rule and stick to it. Keep your partner aware of your encounters. Smoke only in the areas assigned for such.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

How to Attend a Bar Mitzvah

So you've been invited to a bar mitzvah. If this is your first, you may not know what the celebration is all about, let alone what to wear, what gift to bring and what kind of festivities take place. The good news is that you can look forward to one great party--and with a little bit of preparation you'll blend in with the whole meshpucha (Yiddish for family). Read on to learn more.

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Understand what a bar mitzvah is. A bar mitzvah celebrates a Jewish boy's rite of passage into adulthood and usually takes place when he's around 13 years old. It begins with a formal ceremony and usually takes place in a synagogue during Saturday morning services. The bar mitzvah boy reads from the Torah, leads the congregation in prayer and usually talks about a community service project he conducted as part of his preparation.

Get ready for lots of fun after the ceremony. Sometimes the reception can take place immediately afterwards. Other times it can be a nighttime party or a luncheon the following day. It's usually fairly similar to a wedding with catered food, floral arrangements, favors and a disc jockey or band.

Dress in a suit or dress for the ceremony. Women need to make sure their arms are covered if the ceremony is held in a conservative synagogue. For the party, suits are also appropriate unless the invitation says black tie--which is very unusual. Women can wear cocktail dresses for evening affairs and suits or more casual skirt outfits and dresses for luncheons.

Bring a gift similar slightly lower in scale to what you'd give at a wedding. A cash savings bond is always a great idea, or you can give books, camping equipment, an iPod, a watch or anything else you think would appeal to a 13 year old boy. The Hebrew representation of the word "life" is the same as the number 18, so people often give cash or checks in multiples of $18, such as $36 or $180.

Expect a kosher menu if the reception is at a synagogue. This means no dairy and meat products served at the same time--fish and dairy may be served together, but not fish and meat or poultry.

Enjoy a party filled with dancing, games and often a candle lighting ceremony, where the bar mitzvah boy asks the people closest to him to light the 13 candles on his cake.

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