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3 Ways to Make Moving with Kids a Bit Easier

RelocationMoving from your old home to a new, bigger, and better one is both exciting and taxing. You have to plan it in advance and go through the complicated process of packing. This will be even harder if you have kids with you because they can be overexcited and distracting. Here are some things you can do to make the move easier even with kids.

Take Advantage of Their Nap Time

When your kids are napping is the perfect time to pack up fragile and breakable items as well as their toys. If you pack their toys while they’re awake, chances are they will want to play with each one of them, making the process counterproductive. When they’re asleep, though, you can organize their toys and seal the boxes so they can’t find and play with them anymore (for the meantime).

Contact a Mover In Advance

Movers in Salt Lake City UT like mergenthaler.com can be of great help for you to make the moving process faster and easier. Once you find the one you want to hire, ask them to drop off the moving boxes to your home a month or two in advance. Moving with kids is a bit more complicated because they have a lot of clothes and toys. It can even take twice as long, so it’s better to start sooner and get things done faster.

Sell Items Online

The truth is when you have kids, clutter accumulates so much faster. Take advantage of this move by getting rid of some of those, including clothes they’ve already outgrown and toys they don’t play anymore. Holding a garage sale won’t work because your kids might freak out when they see somebody else holding their toys. Instead, sell the items online or donate them to Goodwill while your kids are asleep or in school.

These simple tips will definitely make your move more organized even with the challenge of having kids. Remember them to enjoy the move and start fresh in your new house.

March 17, 2016 at 1:00 amBrain Serve

Finding Underground Water Using Sticks is a Hoax, Right?

Finding Underground Water in New ZealandWe have been dreaming of the new, the absurd, the ambitious, the frightening, and the fantastical since the dawn of, well, us. Thinking feeds imaginative thoughts, while imagination brings ‘food for thought’. A familiar meal would be the occult, or the knowledge of the paranormal. Dig past the dark outer layer of ghosts, monsters and voodoo and you will find an interesting little morsel: water witching. This is unrelated to those broom riders, cauldron stirrers, mind you. Rather, this one refers to the practice of using forked sticks, canes, wires or pendulums to find all sorts things buried beneath us, from water to corpses.

Witching survives to this day, and scientists explain why it really should not have.

Of Powers Unknown

Radiesthesia, divining or dowsing (as it is formally called) originated from Germany in the context of Renaissance Magic. It is exactly what it sound like: the elite forming an obsession with magic, and the masses letting the wonderful pseudoscience spread like a plague. Dowsing, after almost six centuries of practice, qualifies under the Law of Truly Large Numbers; something that is exactly what it sounds like as well.

Dowsing has seen countless successes that reinforced its legitimacy as a science, more so a natural human ability. But, scientists from the United States Geological Survey are having none of it. They say that people can drill and reach groundwater nearly anywhere in the United States, given that they dig deep enough. The majority of the international scientific community dismisses water witching as nothing more than ‘paranormal nonsense’, with some of them offering cash prizes to people who can prove that divining actually works.

A Scientific Prognosis

Water well specialists from Carlyle Drilling tell us that dowsing is simply people convincing themselves that exterior forces are moving whatever tool they have in their hands. This is an established psychological phenomenon called the ideomotor response, where mental images can trigger ‘unconscious movement’ from invested individuals.

But, as we mentioned earlier, only a majority of scientists agree on the effectiveness of divining. Some have attempted — and failed — to disprove the practice at an empirical level. A study aptly financed by the German government tried to end the dowsing movement once and for all using concrete data, publishing the resulting study in the Stanford-reviewed Journal of Scientific Exploration.

Researchers analysed the historical successes at finding water in the arid regions of Sri Lanka, Zaire, Kenya, Namibia and Yemen over the past decade. Drill crews assisted by dowsers found an impressive number of reservoirs, with Sri Lankan diviners finding 691 holes — a 96 percent success rate. The scientists were unable to, in good faith, categorise those instances of water witching as mere ‘lucky guesses’.

Dowsing lives on since the scientific community has yet to hit the final nail on its coffin. Even then, the odds of the centuries-old practice dissipating completely are slim. As long as people believe, and find success in using forked sticks, canes, wires and pendulums to find subterranean wonders, that coffin will not take too long before being uncovered once again.

February 27, 2016 at 12:10 amStudy Section

Mobilegeddon is Here: Are You Prepared?

Mobilegeddon Google, the largest search engine in the world, finally launched its mobile-friendly algorithm update on April 21. As more people are using their smartphones and tablets to browse the Internet, the search engine giant finds it important to provide the most relevant and timely results for their users. The big question is—are you prepared for it?

Pushing the Mobile-friendly Algorithm

In October 2014, Google introduced their Mobile Usability component and used Webmaster Tools to find out which websites have poor optimization settings for mobile. They began sending warnings to site owners, marking the start of their mobile-focused campaigns.

Labeled as mobilegeddon by SEO specialists, many site owners have consulted with experts offering search engine marketing services about what they should do. The answer is simple—to optimize their web pages for the growing mobile population. To test if your site is good enough, Google has offered resources like the Mobile-Friendly Test with a tutorial.

Google reported that since their announcement in February 2015, about 4.7% of sites have adapted and become mobile-friendly. The figures are quite small, but SEO experts believe that it’s only the beginning. With Google’s large index of web pages, they haven’t probably checked and are still resolving the poorly maintained pages on the web.

Should You Focus Only on Mobile Optimization?

Following the algorithm launch, Google said that mobile optimization is only among the 200 factors that they look for in a website. Sites not optimized for mobile will not immediately drop to the bottom of search rankings. They noted on their blog that it’s still possible for non-mobile-friendly sites to rank high if their pages hold content that users find relevant.

The mobile-friendly algorithm update is only among the efforts that Google is putting to serve users better. As a site owner, it’s beneficial to follow what Google has in store because you have the same market—the consumers.

April 24, 2015 at 10:18 amiTech Services