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10 Classics Car Names and their Origins

What's in a name? The majority of classic car manufacturers and their marques are normally named after the company founder. Everyone is familiar with EnzoFerrari, what would Henry Roycehave been without Charles Rolls and David Dunbar Buick, all world famous for vintage cars. After owners, the places the cars where manufactured is also a popular choice, Vauxhall from the district in London where the company was originally founded. The Pilgrim fathers on the Mayflower, landing at PlymouthRock, despite the Chrysler logo, did not  give rise to the well knownChrysler marque but a simple agricultural brand of string. While an American, Wilbur Gunn, from Ohio called his vintage vehicles after the river flowing through the town of his birth – Lagonda. Here are some of the more exotic stories behind a few household names in classic cars.

Alvis – A British car manufacturer whose name was created by shortening aluminium to AL and adding VIS the latin for strong. Cadillac and De Soto, both Ameri…

Top 5 Android Launchers: The Best of Android Application Developers Packed Into One

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Get the best of Application Developers through the Application Launcher Android phone has earned its name for its customizable and open-ended nature. The customization can be done to such an extent, that even the user interface can be manipulated at will of the user. Android Application Developers burn their midnight oil to come up with unique apps. Tools like launchers are one of them. As an introduction to launchers, these are the basic interface of the device. The launchers take the responsibility on how apps are placed, from where the widgets are accessed. It also helps in rearranging the app on-screen. This lens would be taking up some of the best launcher there is and elucidate on them. Some of the Best Launcher There is For Android Phones in 2013 2013 has been quite an eventful year for the mobile application development. There have been ground breaking achievements in every field of mobile OS including iPhone and Windows phone. But the year also witnessed the development of t…

Double Chocolate Brownies

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Double Chocolate Brownies

3/4 cup melted butter
3/4 cup AP flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 eggs, large
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
zest from 1 lemon

Combine all the ingredients into a bowl, except for the chocolate chips, mix well.  Add the chocolate chips.  

Pour into a 9 x 9 greased pan, bake in a 350F oven for about 30 minutes.  I used different sized tins and adjusted the timing, it was about 25 minutes, depending on how truffley you prefer your brownies. 

Espresso Whipped Cream

Whipping Cream
Finely ground espresso beans
sugar (optional)

Whip the cream, add the sugar about 1/2 way through whipping (if using).  Stir in as little or as much ground espresso beans as desired.  I prefer not to use sugar, that's just me.

Serve with various different fruits, cherries, strawberries, blueberries.  All work well.




Gazpacho

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Gazpacho

The heat and humidity here today are through the roof.  This is the first meal of the day, hunger just wasn't around for me today.  I would highly recommend this cold, refreshing soup on those days you just can't face turning on the stove or lighting up the BBQ (those are rare I know).  With an avocado relish to spoon on top, delicious!!!

Gazpacho



1/2 cucumber, seeded and peeled, diced
1 pint orange or yellow tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 pint red tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 onion, roughly chopped
1 - 2 sweet red bell peppers, roughly chopped

Place all of the above in a food processor or blender and pulse until just slightly chunky.  I did mine in two batches, one I pureed, the other I left chunkier.  Place in a container in the fridge for at least 2 hours.  This soup is meant to be served cold.

Avocado Relish

1 lime, juiced
1 avocado, diced
1/2 sweet red bell pepper, diced
Italian parsley or cilantro, roughly chopped

Place all in a bowl and gently mix toge…

Dangerous Acts After Eating a Meal

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We all probably remember our moms telling us not to run out and play too soon after eating or not to jump into the pool and start swimming right after a meal.  Sometimes the advice we get runs the course from urban myths, half truths, to possibly very useful.  So what is safe to do these days in an age where warning labels seem to be on everything and concerns about our health and safety  reigns supreme.  Well, let us not get too far down the path of trying to over analyze everything we eat and assess what is safe to do from a physical exertion perspective.  Nevertheless, it is prudent to understand some of the basic good advice out there and these revelations may be pretty surprising. What is Unsafe To Do After Eating a Big Meal 1.  I think smoking is never good for you and if you engaged in the habit, find a way to quit.  But studies have revealed that if you smoke right after eating your meal, the intake of all the bad toxins from the smoke has a greater adverse impact on your hea…

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5 Website Development Tricks to Monetize Your E-business

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Smart yet simple tricks that help businesses to monetize their website development efforts E-commerce website development is set to drive business in the times to come. With multiple-channel distribution catering to fragmented user base e-commerce could become the one-stop hub for driving business ROIs. Let’s take a look at the top 5 website development tricks to monetize your e-business: Make it Work! Prior to launch of your website ensure that it runs properly on at-least three well-known web browsers. As per StatCounter, the most popular web browser as of January 2013 are Google Chrome 37% usage share, Internet Explorer with 26% usage share, Firefox with 23% usage share followed by Opera and Others with 3% and 2% share respectively. Hence, test your website on the top performing browsers as it will increase the likelihood of your site getting more traffic and in turn more conversions. Highlight Actionable Areas Place appropriate call to action options such as contact details, e-mail a…

15 Best Alternatives to Google Reader

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Just like other Google apps, the Google Reader is a very useful tool as this web-based aggregator allows you to read and build a reading list on Atom and RSS feeds, regardless if you are online and offline. However, due to the decline of use in recent years, Google has decided to kill it, so here are the best alternatives to Google Reader so you will not be left out hanging. 15. Flipboard For those who use iOS to check out their RSS feeds, Flipboard offers an extensive array of features. A revolutionary social news app, it collects the content from social media and other websites into something that looks like a magazine with fun and unique layouts, so you can enjoy browsing them. 14. The Old Reader While the Old Reader was designed to look and operate a lot like the Google Reader, it is, however, a much better option as it allows you to browse your contents, share it with your friends, and add some notes and comments as well. 13. Newsblur Also available on iPhone, iPad, and other An…

Top Steps You Need to Know Before Website Design

There are many facets of web design. If you think that hiring an efficient web designer would end the task, probably you are on a wrong track. For a successful website, you have to do a lot of things. Careful planning is important to save cost, time and effort along with money, in the long run. Below are some top steps you need to know before boarding on a web design: Market analysis Analysing certain components like target market, niche, site evaluation and tracking methods would give you the direction for building your website, thus helping to make it a grand success and little mistakes. Purpose of creating What is the purpose of creating the website? Is it for trading? Is it for auctioning? Know your purpose before you decide on designing. Targeting the right audience It is essential to keep in mind that aiming for the correct set of audience would help you to save time while designing and also bring in the right kind of visitors to your site. Include elements in the design such t…

4 essential rules of effective logo design

A logo is an essential part of your company brand. It works together with elements such as your website, collateral, brand promise, and marketing efforts to set the tone for your company as a whole in the public arena. And while this sounds simple enough, many logos tend to overshoot or fall short. Let’s see if your logo makes the grade and consider four essential rules for successful logo design.
Test Your Logo Before sharing the rules of logo design, let’s start out by grading the latest logo you’ve created. Spend a minute and answer the 14 questions below (you can do it in your head): Get one point for each “yes” belowDoes your logo work horizontally?Does your logo have both horizontal and vertical options?Does your logo work in black and white?Does your logo work on both black and white backgrounds without a box around it?Can you sketch all non-typography elements in five seconds or less?Did you buy the font you used in the logo?Do you have less than two fonts?  Subtract one poin…