How to Choose a Unique & Unusual Costume Theme

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Throughout the years I have come across some very interesting,  unique  & unusual themed costume parties. What I have discovered is, it’s great to be original, however by choosing a difficult or impossible theme, your guests may find it all too hard to think of a suitable costume for the event.

Must Know Tip: It’s an idea to offer costume suggestions when posting out invites, this will help put your guests at ease and will help build their excitement.

Here we will address many of the considerations that need to be made before making a decision on the theme.

o What season is the party to be held in?

o What venue?

o What sought of guests will attend?

o What is the occasion?

Season:

Make sure that your theme party is organized to show case costumes that are compatible with the weather at the time of year you are holding your party. Keeping the theme party and costumes consistent will ensure the comfort of your guests.

Venue:

Always fit your theme to your venue for e.g. look at holding your party on a boat and use one of our themes below like “Noah’s Ark” or “Come Rescue Me”. Maybe your venue may be a nightclub whereby “Come as a Cocktail” or “Change of Sex” – “Playboy Mansion” could be used.

Guests:

Consider who the majority of your guests will be and if they are a little on the conservative side, perhaps stay clear of a raunchy/sexy theme. Keep with a theme that your guests will be comfortable with, ensuring that they will be excited to dress up.

Occasion:

Are you the host of a birthday party, bon voyage, graduation, wedding anniversary or possibly a sweet 16th birthday? Think beyond the norm, choose your theme and start researching what costumes your guests could come in character as. Once again if you make it easy for your guests, you will have them knocking down the door on the night. Think about the occasion and choose something age appropriate if it is a younger persons birthday.

Tip: Research your local costume hire store, libraries, opportunity or thrift stores, internet & so on as they can all be valuable sources of information.

Theme Ideas:

o Come as your favourite dead celebrity or icon

o Come as a cocktail

o Come as a colour from a Rubik Cube

o Change of sex uniform party

o Heaven or Hell

o Come rescue me (think of someone you would like to be rescued by)

o Mad wig party

o Come as an occasion of the year (Christmas, Easter or St Patrick’s Day)

o Come as a title of a book (maybe an autobiography character)

o Come as an animal off Noah’s Ark

o Change of sex, Playboy Mansion

o Come as a video or arcade game character

To ensure the success of your party theme, try a little forethought & planning prior to the event and by addressing some of the points discussed in this article your guests will happily don their costume on the night. This will make for a truly memorable evening and they will wait in anticipation for your next party!

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Genital Herpes – Type 1 Vs Type 2 Which One Would You Rather Have?

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Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the herpes simplex virus. Type 1 causes fever, blisters on the mouth or face which most refer to as oral herpes. Type 2 genital herpes affects the genital area. Both viruses can cause both genital or oral infections but most are inactive and cause no symptoms.

Some infected people have blisters and ulcer outbreaks. A person infected with the virus remain infected for life. Both Type l and Type 2 herpes is spread through direct contact, such as kissing, skin to skin contact and vaginal oral or anal sex. Herpes is often transmitted by people who are unaware they are infected. It can be transmitted with or without symptoms such as sores.

Type 2 herpes produces mild symptoms and most have no recognized symptoms. Herpes can cause recurrent painful genital sores in many adults. Genital herpes can cause fatal infections potentially in infants if the mother is shedding the virus during delivery. If a woman has active genital herpes at time of delivery, there is a risk to the newborn. So a c-section delivery is performed.

Herpes plays a role in heterosexual spread of HIV – HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. Herpes can make people more susceptible to HIV infection. Herpes can also make HIV infected people to be more susceptible to other types of infections. Most people infected with Type 2 genital herpes are not aware of their problem. The primary episode usually occurs within two weeks after the virus is transmitted. Lesions will usually heal within two to four weeks.

Some other symptoms may include fly like symptoms, fever and swollen glands. Some people with the infection may never have lesions or very mild symptoms. There is no treatment. Some antiviral medications can shorten and prevent outbreaks. The correct use of condoms is best but if you or the partner has genital herpes, it is best to abstain from sex.

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A Review Of The Xbox Kinect Console!

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Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect Console motion gaming device uses a wand-like controller as equipment in the 3D realm. This game effectively integrates voice, camera and body sensing into its games, along with all of the essential Xbox attributes. The technology used in this console could be adapted for just about any kind of game.

Special Features

To effect gesture navigation, the hand moves simultaneously with the cursor. The only downside is that it’s not as fast as using a controller. The voice mechanism is designed for acute accuracy – no matter where you happen to be in the game, because it has bi-directional mics. The video chat is also compatible with Windows Live Messenger.

The motion navigation includes all body parts, as opposed to only the arms – and intuitively knows when movements are occurring. For example, the Kinect Sports Volleyball game is aware when a player jumps in the air. This is considered by many as the first time that a feature like this has existed in this type of gaming experience.

Pros

The Xbox Kinect Console motion games include a variety of dancing, sports and exercise titles for which the technology allows for more than its competitors. For example, the games exceed even what is found in a typical arcade, and include ways to adopt and learn real-world motion and strategy skills, such as with “Keyboard Cat” and “Dust-Off”.

Navigation through the menus for music, games and movies is easier using the voice and body, rather than relying upon the hands. This can also cut down on repetitive stress issues that many gamers have faced in the past. This technology may also set a precedent for other games in this regard, which could enhance the gaming experience overall for a very large number of people.

Cons

There is a setup required for each game, which can be a bit awkward, and there is no standardized method for the Xbox Kinect Console menu navigation with the body. Because each game setup is different, this could pose extra challenges for some players and interfere with effecting a smooth gaming experience.

This gaming device’s viewing angle is rather narrow, which can restrict the play area. It also makes it very difficult to include two moving people on the screen simultaneously. Much of the time, a player may be cut out and need to step back into the shot. To get around this, it is possible to get a stand to mount it onto the top of the TV. This will allow a wider camera viewing angle.

A lot of room is required to play this particular console’s games, due to the physical nature of them. A small apartment, for example, may present a difficult challenge to overcome.

Conclusion

The Xbox Kinect Console is definitely a technological breakthrough in terms of using voice and body movement for navigation. The games offered are expected to increase over time. Using the body and voice could also be beneficial for more traditional types of popular warfare games, which could be exciting to see and experience.

Because a lot of space is required to play its games – more so than its competitors, this could be a negative that some people may not be able to address. The narrow camera angle is another issue that could make the experience a little less appealing. Overall, however, this gaming device’s advanced technology that seems easy to learn and use for most people.

From a gaming technology development perspective, only time will tell if the Xbox Kinect Console might represent what the future of gaming for Windows on computers will be.

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Unique Backyard Decorative Ideas

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You may already know that your backyard is more than just an extension of your home. For many, it is a sanctuary, a retreat, a private hideaway – it’s a place for you to get away, to enjoy barbecues with the family or quiet time with a book. Decorating this space to meet your needs and style makes it all the more enjoyable when you spend time here. But if the ordinary backyard decorations aren’t doing it for you, what are some other ideas?

You can be creative in your backyard decorative ideas. Birdhouses are nice and so are garden gnomes, flower gardens and backyard swings. But if you really want to mix it up a bit, here are some ideas you may enjoy:

Sundials- While they’ve been around for a long time, many people have forgotten the beauty and creativity of having one at their home. They will create a beautiful and interesting look in your backyard and also make a great conversation starter. There are many different styles to choose from, including handmade sundials.

Gazing globes- Here’s another  unique  idea that’s been around a while but is really making a comeback since the Victorian period when they were so popular. There are many different colors and sizes of gazing globes. Some come with their own  unique  stands to hold them. Most modern versions are around 10 to 12 inches in diameter but there are globes as large as 20 inches or those that are smaller than 10. The color and size depend on the  unique  look you are going for.

Tiki Torches- Tiki torches and other types of backyard candles or lighting are also increasingly popular yet more  unique  when it comes to backyard décor. You can use them to surround a patio or decorate around the edging of a pool, a barbecue pit and more.

Fountains and Waterfalls- Fountains and waterfalls are another way to add a creative touch to your backyard. There are many which can be purchased and set up easily without requiring any actually holes in your lawn. There are even small versions that can be placed on tops of tables or stands in the backyard and those designed to work in flower beds.

With so many great  unique  backyard decorative ideas, you are ready to start having some fun in the sun this summer with a backyard that makes you feel good to be in it. Can you think of other great ideas for your own backyard paradise? 

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