Friday, November 27

How to Build the Cage for an African Grey

These magnificent birds are a favored option when it comes to a pet bird. And they are not even new on the pet scene. They have made their way through history as far back as during the ancient Egyptians’ time, which is about over 4000 years ago. Even kings keep them. And if you are planning to keep one as a pet, you need to know how to build or find the best cage for an African Grey.

Facts Firsts on African Grey Parrots


Many adore these birds for their outstanding features. It’s interesting plumage blend well with its overall look. Add to this is the fact that they possess very flexible mouths and vocal chords. Most of these impressive birds start to imitate the words and sounds that they hear once they turn six months old. There are still a few that do so only until they reach two years old, however.

As its name suggests, this medium-sized parrot has a mottled grey colored feather, a large black bill and white mask that encloses its yellow eyes. It also has a noticeable red vent and tail.

They are also noted to be monogamous and are often depicted to be nesting atop a tree with a hole for her hatchlings.

Another interesting thing about these parrots is the fact that they can outlive their owners. With an average lifespan of more than 60 years, these fragile looking creatures may just actually outlive you. It may even get to experience life with your son’s or daughter’s son and/or daughter. If provided with appropriate care, these birds may just stay with you for years to come.

There are two species of these birds that are of interest to breeders. These are the Timneh Parrot and the Congo African Parrot. The former is smaller and has a deeper hue than the latter.

Breeding African grey parrots can be challenging, especially if you are not well aware of everything that it requires to remain healthy and well. As these birds have specific requirements, you need to make sure to meet all these needs to ensure their overall health and behavior.

How to Build the Best Cage for an African Grey

One of the things that you need to provide for your feathered friend is an appropriate housing. It will need one that will provide enough wing space where it could fly up and about without feeling restricted. It should also be a place that will be safe at all times. Any object placed inside the cage should be one that will make it properly stimulated and rested. Nothing placed inside the housing that would endanger the life of your dear parrot. No sharp, dented, or loose edges that may cause harm to your pet bird should be anywhere in or near the cage.

When building or choosing a cage for African Grey parrot, one that can offer more space is always a better option. A lot of space will make your parrot feel at ease while inside its new home. It is also a good thing to have a bird cage that is built with an opening at the top of it and one that allows your feathered friend to scale from one level or perch to another. This will give your bird more chances to exercise its wings, feet and grip.

Of all the available options for a bird cage, you should never consider one with a round shape as it has been noted that a cage with this design to have caused psychological problems to the parrot. These birds are said to be temperamental in nature, and having them kept in a round shaped bird cages won’t help with their mood swings.


Choosing A Golf Driver


Is there anything more satisfying than hitting a nice straight drive deep down the middle of the fairway? Probably not. “Why can’t we hit that shot every hole”, we wonder. Well there is a reason for lacking distance or accuracy off the tee, you just might not have the right driver. Sure you paid 300$ or more for the top of the line club of your favorite brand, but you never checked if the driver was right for your swing, did you? Lets go over some of the things you should be looking for in a driver.

Club Length

Now there isn’t going to be a ton of difference in the length of the drivers, unless you are very tall or short and need one specially ordered. Most will be between 44 to 46 inches long. Now that little bit of length can do a big difference as it may be too hard to swing a longer club around. The basic rule is, the shorter the club the more control you will have. Just take a look at your irons, which do you have more control over, your 9I or your 5I?

Shaft Stiffness and Kick

Firstly lets talk about shaft stiffness, then we’ll get into “kick”. In general your shaft’s stiffness should be based on your club-head speed. Normally if your swinging at or over 95 MPH you can start looking at stiff shaft instead of a regular, but I say “looking” loosely because again there are more factors than just swing speed. And if you are swinging the club at around 115 MPH you can start looking into x-stiff shafts. Two important factors that will come into play is your tempo and your swing type.

If your swing is smooth all the way through you may need a different shaft than a player that whips the club and has a more quick tempo swing. Finally we must look at the shaft’s characteristics as well, like the type of kick it will have. All shafts are made with different “kick” points, in other words it’s he point on the shaft where the club will effectively “flex”. If you have a low kick shaft, the flex will be more towards the bottom of the shaft, mid kick will be a little higher and high kick will be well, high. All these types of kick will affect the launch of the ball because the whip from the flex will either react quicker or slower depending or your swing. This is something of a point of attention because it will have to be combined with the loft and spin from your club-head, which happens to be next on the menu.

Club Loft and Spin

Ideally no spin is good spin, the less spin you put on a drive, the further it will go. That being said it is impossible to have no spin, and every swing you make is different so it will have to be tested with trial and error for the most part. As I mentioned before the launch angle will depend on the loft of the club and your swing correlated with the kick from your shaft. Normally this varies from 8 to 10 degrees of loft but you can find the odd driver with an exceptional loft.  The intention here is to get enough launch out of the club without having it go too high or having to much spin.  You want hang-time, not a balloon that looks like its coming back at you.

Brand Loyalty

Everybody has a favorite brand and you should always look to choose something you feel comfortable with, even if you might not have the perfect fitted driver.  If you cant find the right specifications for your club with the brand  you want however, try other brands, because these days every company knows what works for clubs and they all use the same basic makes and models.  In fact if you look at one of the new driver’s out there, the R9, you can configure the kick of the shaft apparently and use the weights to change the ball flight even more.  That’s pretty amazing for just one club, but it isn’t for everyone, so go try it out. As they say though : 90% of golf is mental, the other 10%, is in your head.  So with that in mind have fun looking for exactly what you are looking for in a driver and I hope this had some helpful hints of direction towards your next purchase.

Latest Hair Treatment for Baldness

Hair Thinning is a common male problem. Although some prefers to go hairless and look like Vin Diesel and The Rock, many still fear the process of loosing their hair. Seeing your glorious lock starting to go thin can really affect how you see yourself and others as well. Once you see the signs of the condition, you would want to find out the best treatment for baldness.

Most men will experience hair loss at one point in time. Resources indicate that about 50% of men (and women) in the US start to experience thinning hair by the time they reach 40 years of age.


Causes of Hair Loss

There are several reasons why men experience hair fall. Many blame their genes. While there is a greater tendency that your baldness may have been hereditary, there are still other factors that may also be considered.

With male-pattern baldness, a male steroid hormone that binds to receptors in your scalp and is called dihydrotestosterone or DHT. The same hormone that is responsible for the development of the male genitalia during pregnancy also causes the hair follicles to shrink, weaken, and later on die, especially if you are genetically prone to hair loss. This process, known as miniaturization, soon result to a complete end of hair growth in the area of the head with DHT-affected hair follicles.

There are other factors that cn cause hair loss. Poisoning, radiation, medication, infection, hormone disorders, even your diet can cause hair fall. Then there are these physical stressors, such as a sudden weight loss or pregnancy, as well as physical or emotional shocks, can also lead to temporary hair loss.

Temporary hair loss may also be caused by certain medical conditions like coronary heart disease and prostate problems for men. Hormonal changes in women can also cause this type of hair loss. (more…)

How to Care for a Leopard Gecko

Background and Nature of Leopards

Leopard geckos also called panther gecko is one of the best pets to keep, which are not difficult to care for and comes in a variety of colors.

Leopard geckos mostly live on the ground and are exceptionally known for their existent eyelids which most geckos don’t have. Geckos do not blink or move their eyelids but the leopard gecko does, this makes them exceptional and special. The leopard gecko is the largest breed of geckos.

Leopard geckos are mostly found in the desert and they like to feel warm and dry. Therefore, when setting up a tank for your pet gecko, don’t forget to add a heat source to keep it warm and make the tank conducive.

Leopard gecko does not have sticky hands like the rest of geckos which make climbing an impossible thing to do therefor the dwell on the ground.

Geckos love to eat insects like cockroach, crickets, and worms. These insects add great nutritional value to them and geckos do not need to be fed daily. You can feed them twice a week but good and stable drinking water should be provided for them to help them stay hydrated.


Precaution to Caring for Leopard Gecko

Leopards geckos care easily for without much stress. You can provide it with a tank (preferably glass tank) for you to monitor it easily and take good care of it. The tank serves as it’s home and it makes the gecko more comfortable because it is afraid of predators and shy in nature.

Geckos are shy in nature and will require a secret place of hiding in the tank and also will need a climbing place. You don’t have to worry about the gecko escaping when you provide it a climbing space because it leaves on the ground. The Exo Terra Reptile Cave is an exceptional solution to make your gecko happy and comfortable. (more…)

Detroit or Pittsburgh? Everybody Wins


Now whether you’re an avid hockey fan or just someone who watches a game every now and then, you still have to appreciate the fact that with all the great battles that have gone on in this year’s playoff, this game 7 is going to be an epic finally to one great series. Who’s going to win? That we can’t be sure. Story-lines have been set however, so that both teams deserve it.

Firstly you have the classic battle of experience versus youth.

Proven winners in Nik Lidstrom, Chris Osgood, Brian Rafalski, Kris Draper, Tomas Holmstrom and many others. Most of the core players on the Detroit Red Wings roster have been playing for the team since they were drafted or at least since their early years in the NHL. You just cant force chemistry, but this team has had it from the start and has only continued growing together into what is now considered the powerhouse team or the “class” of the league. Few are contenders, even fewer are winners, and the Red Wings are winners. (more…)

360 How To: Maiden’s Prayer


If you ever had a Chelsea Sidecar you’ll probably get a similar taste but the Maiden’s Prayer has the orange juice which will give you an extra little sugar rush.

The ingredients you’ll need for this drink are as follows:

– 1 measure of gin
– 1 measure of triple sec
– 1 teaspoon of orange juice
– 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
– a twist of lemon peel

Once you have all the ingredients what you need to do is shake the gin, triple sec, orange juice and lemon juice vigorously with ice cubes until you find its well frosted. Next all there is left to do is strain the mix into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the twist of lemon peel.


The Best Ribs In Town?

Is this it? Can my search really be over? You see I am a rib tester. It’s what I do. Every first visit to a restaurant is a mandatory rib test and let me tell you the competition is steep. There have been fails, nice tries, close but no cigars, one quarter short of a dollars but usually they all are rated mediocre.

Well a few days ago I decided to go one step up as far as price went to see if there would really be a difference in the rib quality. Believe me there was. I had to declare it the winner. Between all the places I’ve tried them, franchises and local restaurants, the best of the best came from “Bâton Rouge”. Perfectly cooked, fall off the bone meat, with just the greatest sauce.


How important is a daily yoga practice?


If your asking yourself how important is a daily yoga practice, I would tell you that there is no definitive answer to this. You should know that yoga is a good physical exercise and can help increase your fitness level. It as been proven that exercising regularly increases the amount of endorphin in your brain. Endorphin is like a drug: it makes you feel good and its addictive. So this means it can affect your mood in a positive way and make you an addict of physical activity which is great. (more…)

Not Your Everyday Party : 360 Blog At The Fantasia Party

A great little 360 blog adventure, the fantasia party

What is a fantasia party

A fantasia party is basically like taking your significant other and your friends to an adult product store, except the store comes to you. That’s right the party comes to you : a representative from either a store or company brings all kinds of adult products, some you can taste, some you can examine and others you’ve never even heard about.

The point of all this is to be able to examine these products from the comfort of you own home, so it might save you what could be an awkward situation at a public store. If your thinking “well buying these things in front of my friends wont make me more comfortable” that’s ok, because the purchases can be made in another room in complete privacy.

Here are some of the products you can find at these kinds of parties :
Lubricants, massage oils, Erotic female and male toys, board games, books… (more…)

Murphy’s Lesser Known Laws


We have all heard of Murphy’s laws, or at least lived them that’s for sure. You know, anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, etc, etc. Well here are a few Murphy forgot to write the first time around. It’s his, lets say, “updated version.”

Murphy’s Lesser Known Laws

1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

2. He who laughs last, thinks slowest.

3. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

4. Those who live by the sword, get shot by those who don’t.

5. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

6. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.

7. If you lined up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try to pass them, five or six at a time, on a hill, in the fog.

8. If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.

9. The things that come to those who wait will be the things left by those who got there first.

10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day, drinking beer.

11. Flashlight: A metal tube used to store dead batteries.

12. The shinbone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.

13. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

14. When you go into court, you are putting yourself in the hands of 12 people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.