Arctic Freezer 33 eSports ONE: The Little Beast That Cooled

The latest cooler from Arctic is here and it is pretty sweet. Howdy howdy guys ponchato here and today we’re taking a look at the Arctic Freezer 33 eSports One, brand spankin’ new and promising strong performance with low noise. But who doesn’t promise that these days? Let’s find out how it holds up to the claim. The Freezer 33 eSports One was released just a few weeks ago in December of 2017 at a launch price of $40 USD (though Arctic is running an introductory price of only $30). It’s compatible with AM4, LGA 1151 and LGA 2011/2066 sockets.

The eSports One comes in at 150mm tall, 123mm wide, and 88mm deep. Because it has a 120mm fan and it’s only 150mm tall, I’d consider this a compact full tower cooler, about 5-10mm shorter than a typical full tower cooler. That means it should fit in basically anything that’s not a low profile case. The fan comes in 4 colors: red, green, yellow, or white, and does not have any LEDs.

It’s rated for 200 to 1800RPM, a fairly wide range, and uses a fluid dynamic bearing which is near the top in terms of bearing quality. The heat sink has 4 heat pipes 6mm in diameter, typical for a cooler of this size, and comes with extra fan clips for a push/pull configuration. Arctic says it’s good for a TDP up to 200W, which will cover nearly every consumer CPU available.

One interesting aspect is that the fins on the eSports One are folded down on the edges – this forces air all the way through the heat sink instead of coming out the sides to play keno games canada with pleasure. Another optimization is that the heat pipes are all offset from each other, which should spread heat more evenly on the fins and further increase cooling capacity. Beyond that, the eSports One has direct contact heat pipes and a thermal coating, likely a special powder coating mix for higher thermal conductivity to the air.

Inside the box you’ll find the extra fan clips, Intel backplate, motherboard mounting screws, Arctic MX-4 thermal paste, rubber vibration dampers for an extra fan, mounting brackets, and screws to attach them. The reason it doesn’t come with an AM4 backplate is the eSports One uses the stock backplate if you’re mounting it to a Ryzen system. Quick side note: The Freezer 33 eSports One is basically the Freezer 33 eSports Edition with a single fan, rather than two. Back in November of 2017, Arctic switched over to digital-only copies of their manuals to save paper. Makes sense, since most people are probably only going to look at the manual once if they even read it at all. Arctic’s digital manual is actually pretty nice, laid out by socket and it even has installation videos.

Of course, reading things and following directions is for nerds so I just jumped into it without reading anything. First thing’s first you’ll have to take the fan off the heat sink. It’s just held on with tension so you simply lift up on the fan clips to unhook them from the fan.

Next you’ll need to remove the AM4 mounting clips from the motherboard if they’re not already off – I do like coolers that install with the stock mounting clips, but those usually only allow horizontal installation, with the fan exhausting toward the top of the case instead of toward the back. Important bit here: don’t forget to peel off the plastic protector on the bottom of the heat sink. It’s pretty hard to transfer heat through plastic. Next you need to attach the mounting brackets to the heat sink. The first time I put them on, I had them arching out away from the tower, which is backwards.

Fortunately they’re held on with just one screw, so flipping them around to face the right way isn’t a problem. The eSports One actually can’t be installed horizontally – it has to be vertical. That’s good though since it exhausts toward the back of the case like this.

I used the thermal paste included with the cooler and applied it in a line perpendicular to the heat pipes. It probably doesn’t matter, but at this point I pretty much just do that out of habit. I set the cooler down on the CPU, lined up the mounting brackets with the mounting holes, and screwed it down. Whenever you’re installing a CPU cooler, you should tighten down each screw a little bit at a time and in a star pattern, similar to what you’d do when tightening lug nuts on a car.

That way you get even pressure over the entire contact area and you don’t risk putting too much stress on the back plate, motherboard, or CPU. Once it’s all tightened down, all you have to do is install the fan. As you can see here, the eSports ONE fan fits entirely behind the RAM slots, so RAM clearance isn’t an issue. Clip in the fan brackets, plug in the PWM lead to the motherboard, and it’s all set. The test system here is my Ryzen 3 1200 overclocked to 4.1GHz at 1.35V on an MSI B350M Gaming Pro motherboard, using two 4GB sticks of DDR4-2400 memory from Team Group.

The GPU is a passively cooled Nvidia GT 1030 and the power supply is a Seasonic Focus Plus 850FX, which can run passively below about 30% load. That means the only sound produced by this system is from the CPU cooler itself. I run all the tests in open air, decibel levels are recorded from 4 inches in front of the fan, and temperatures are reported as deltas; degrees above ambient temperature. The stock Ryzen 3 cooler, AMD’s wraith stealth, is included for comparison.

Here are the idle noise and delta results. At idle, the eSports One is actually silent – the fan completely stops at 0% speed. The minimum startup speed is 10% which puts it right at 200RPM, the minimum RPM rating for the fan. It’s still too quiet to be audible at this speed, so I skipped playing back the audio; all you can hear is noise from the mic itself. Compared to the Ryzen stock cooler, there’s really not much difference at idle; both are nearly silent and both hit a delta of around 7 degrees Celsius. Now here are the noise and delta results at full speed and under full load.

As you can see, quite a big difference. The eSports One hits 56dBA, moderately loud, but maintains a delta of only 36C. Compare that with the Ryzen stock cooler which is much quieter, but also much hotter: 48dBA but a 55 degree delta. These two charts only show the outlying conditions though, the next charts show a much better complete picture. Here is the RPM vs PWM percentage. It’s not extremely important in the real world, but I like to include it to show the quality of the fan speed controller.

The ideal result is a straight line from the fan’s minimum RPM to maximum RPM, which would give the finest control over fan speed and therefore temperatures and noise. The Freezer 33’s fan actually has a very high quality speed controller, since it’s pretty dang close to a perfect result. The Wraith Stealth’s is linear, but reaches maximum speed at 80% PWM, limiting the granularity of control. Next we’ll look at the temperature delta versus RPM. This graph shows a few things: first, diminishing returns of increased fan speed and second, whether the cooler is limited by airflow or by the heat pipe’s ability to transfer heat.

These two coolers give an easy example of both; the Wraith Stealth is limited by airflow. Since the temperature delta pretty much goes down linearly with increased fan speed and doesn’t reach a plateau, you can tell there’s more room for the cooler to improve. Being a top-down configuration though, increasing airflow is difficult since the motherboard is right in the middle of the airflow channel.

On the other hand, the Freezer 33 is limited by its heat pipes. Toward the bottom of the curve, the RPM continues to increase while the temperature delta stays nearly flat. That means increasing airflow more won’t really decrease temperatures; the heat sink itself is the limiting factor here. Finally, we’ll look at the most important graph: delta vs noise level. Ultimately this is the chart that matters most in the real world for comparing coolers; how loud is it, and how well does it cool. The Wraith Stealth starts at a nearly 65 degree delta, and only goes down to 55 at full speed.

The Arctic cooler’s results are pretty interesting in that they show the effect of diminishing returns very dramatically. Going from 20% fan speed to 30% drops the temperature delta by nearly 10 degrees while barely changing the sound level. Go from 30 to 40%, and the delta drops by only 4 degrees while sound increases by 1dB. As you increase the speed further from there, noise continues to increase by about 3dB for every 10% increase in fan speed, but the delta levels off rapidly. In fact, going from 60% to 100% fan speed increases noise by over 10dB while only dropping the delta 1 degree.

In short, like with most coolers there’s very little to be gained by turning up the eSports One’s fan speed past about 50%. The Freezer 33 eSports One is a good cooler in general, but I think it shines for one main reason: it has a 120mm fan and it can still fit in nearly any case because of its height. And my hat is off to Arctic for making just about the simplest installation possible: 6 screws, stock back plate, and no funky angles or difficult to thread junk.

If it weren’t for me putting the mounting brackets on backwards, installation from start to finish would have only taken about 90 seconds, total – it’s obvious that Arctic put work into making this as simple and straightforward as possible. I like that. And as a completely subjective opinion, I love how this cooler looks. It’s black from top to bottom, other than the CPU contact, and the fan just looks nice.

Plus, I like the fact that it doesn’t have LEDs; I’m a big fan of bright colors, but not a big fan of bright lights. The eSports One does that right. In terms of raw performance, I’d put this cooler a bit above average. The unfortunate reality is there just isn’t that much room left for temperature improvement in tower coolers, so even a “well above average” cooler is only going to differ by a few degrees at most. Ultimately it comes down to noise level, and I think the eSports One excels there. If you limit the fan speed to 40 or 50%, you’ll only be a couple degrees warmer than max speed, but the noise level will be very nearly silent.

In fact, I’d argue that if you have an actively cooled GPU (you probably do) or a mechanical hard drive (also pretty common), you won’t be able to hear the eSports One over either of them. That, combined with a dead simple installation, makes the Freezer 33 eSports One a great choice for an aftermarket cooler. If you want to pick one up, click the link in the description. If you wanna get notified of new videos as soon as they’re up, hit subscribe then click the bell icon to enable notifications. So guys if you liked this video hit the like button, if you want to see more hit subscribe, and if you have any questions on the Freezer 33 eSports One or these results, leave them in the comments below.

Thanks for watching, I hope I helped, and I’ll see you in the next video.

Games Like Starcraft

Hello and welcome to games like Starcraft 2 I made a list of games that are still relevant today, without historical context, and I tried to prioritize science fiction over a fantasy. But still you will find few fantasy games here, because they are simply amazing. Universe at War: Earth Assault This game is the closest thing to Starcraft gaming style in terms of storytelling. Unique looking aliens have invaded the Earth and they are raping and pillaging everything. Ok, I don’t know about the raping part, I might made that up, but who cares, our planet is in danger, and a little bit of propaganda always helps. You can play standard story mode, you can create your own scenArios or you can declare war to your friend or sister. Universe at War is well rated game and probably a must try for every Starcraft fan. Command & Conquer 4 Earth is in danger again and it’s up to you to help mankind fight epic war against alien forces. You can play the campaign solo or you can join forces with your mom and play co-op multiplayer mode. That option is really cool.

Almost as a cyborg bounty hunter riding a velociraptor riding a fire-breathing shark cool. Yeah. Planetary Annihilation: Titans Do you know a book called The Little Prince? Well, you will have a little planet here too. That’s the end of similarities. Titans is the huge stand-alone expansion of Planetary Annihilation game, which includes the base game and adds tons of new features. So if you bought this game without this expansion you should be mad. And people are, believe me. So, in Titans you can play the game alone or dive into multiplayer battles. Reviews are mostly positive, so I think you can give it a try. But better wait for a sale, because it’s not cheap. Warcraft 3 Warcraft series started in a year 1994 and it looked like that. Not impressive, but at that time it was jewel of technology, amazing game with constantly evolving concept of Real Time Strategy. Warcraft 3 came out in a 2002 and it still looks amazing.

Not long ago, in 2018, Blizzard issued an update for it, supporting widescreen monitors and making it look like a new game. Seriously, look at it – it was released 16 years ago. You know what else was released 16 years ago? Total War Medieval. Look at those flat units. It was actually OK in 2002. So, Warcraft 3 is really the closest thing to Starcraft 2: the same unit control, same building style, upgrade mechanics, it even has matchmaking system and other cool stuff. Main difference – it’s not sci-fi, it’s fantasy and it has heroes – powerful units that can gain levels by killing others. And everything rotates about them. Never played? I envy you, please, give it a try. Forged Battalion At the end of 21st century the effects of climate change have devastated the world and military force called “the Collective” has spread across the globe. As part of the resistance group, you have to join a fight.

Weird But Good Strategies

Pocket Card Jockey Weird doesn’t always equal good, but this unexpected hybrid of equine racing and solitaire seems to have hit all the right spots. But, seeing as its headed by the developers of the pokemon series, it doesn’t seem so surprising. Released just last year, the adorable card jockey has left quite a mark on its players thank to its addicting, strategic gameplay. Playing as an amateur jockey, your way up the leaderboard begins by mastering the art of solitaire. Using a simplified form of the popular cardgame, clear the cards on the screen and use the stockpile to get yourself out of corner. Your success and failure determine your horse’s attitude, letting you place horses in the best position for victory or having them run loose on the field. Level up, retire, breed, then do it all over again. It’s an exciting cycle of enjoyment. Just one more level, and next thing you know, you’ve been playing for hours on end. Simple, fun, and ultimately rewarding. It receives a PlayScore of 8.25. 3. Stella Glow The fight between good and evil is blurred in this game filled with Witches. Stella Glow introduces a unique gameplay element not commonly found in the JRPG scene: building relationships with your party members.

As far as the story is concerned — an Evil witch is cursing your entire village — the most important is how you engage your friends. Your relationships with them will decide how the game progresses and how it ends. It’s as strategic as building impenetrable defenses and attacking the enemy front lines. Along with his friend Lisette, he must unite the four elemental witches with his extraordinary powers. Fight monsters, explore the world, and acquaint yourself with the songs of the witches. It’s the final game to come from the creators of Luminous Arc and it’s a worthy send off as the company files for bankruptcy. It receives a PlayScore of 8.65 2. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker With the success of the Digital Devil and Persona series, the Megami Tensei universe from ATLUS is continuously growing with more and more games. The Devil Survivor series is among its latest spin-offs. Just like your regular Megami Tensei game, follow a group of high-school students in a post-apocalyptic Japan invaded by demons. They work together by summoning their very own demons using their cell phones to save the world of Record Breaker. This game doubles the entire content from the original Devil Survivor 2 game such as a new female character, fully voiced acting, a harder difficulty setting and a new scenario that takes place during the game’s key moment. Make difficult choices, go on a demonic killing spree, and collect various demons throughout the game. It has a PlayScore of 8.82 Here are the Runners-up before we reveal the number one: 11. Toki Tori 3D. Tickle your brain with the mind-bending puzzles of the world’s cutest chicken.

Jump around platforms, and experience the definitive Toki Tori game. It has a PlayScore of 7.78. 12. Dillon’s Rolling Western. The feisty armadillo’s first entrance to the strategic cowboy adventure. Fight against the evil grocks, and help those cows live another day. It has a PlayScore of 7.73. 13. Hey! PIKMIN. A deviation from the traditional Pikmin game. Go on a platforming adventure with the color-coded Pikmins in this worthy spinoff. It has a PlayScore of 7.72. 14. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars. Tom Clancy’s turn-based strategy in the style of the classic XCOM series. Play your roles in battle as Gunners, Snipers, and Medics. It has a PlayScore of 7.68. 15. The Delusions of Von Sottendorff and His Square Mind. One of the 3DS’ quirkiest titles, help the titular find his way out his large manor with the power of wit. Packed with interesting visuals and thought-provoking puzzles,It has a PlayScore of 7.54. 1. And the best Strategy Game on the 3DS so far is SteamWorld Heist In this turn-based strategy game, journey across the seven galaxies along with the nebula’s greatest mechanical pirates.

Enter a steampunk world populated by sentient automatons. As a band of do-gooding buccaneers, invade a collection of randomly generated ships filled with conniving villains and their clueless minions. Running off with their treasure’s won’t be easy though. Enter the sidescrolling battlefield and shoot it out in dynamic turn-based combat. Get into position, take aim, and let your bullets ricochet off walls and unsuspecting foes. Luck isn’t a winner’s weapon, so use your strategic skills to take them down…or upgrade your weapon to make life easier. Despite its simplicity, it’s ingenious concept has won the hearts of critics and gamers alike. It brings both style and substance to the SteamWorld series, and it receives a PlayScore of 8.96


Classic All Time Strategies

Mercenaries Saga 2 Inspired by the classic strategy RPGs, this second title to the Mercenaries Saga does well enough to scratch your tactical itch. Packed with the quirks and cliches of the genre, this turn-based strategy has no intentions of reinventing the proverbial wheel. But for its price, it becomes a perfect substitute for fans looking to fill in the void left by the beloved Final Fantasy Tactics. Playing as the Order of the Silver Eagle’s captain, Claude, you must venture around the kingdom to find an atidote for the Prince’s poison. Lead your troops up North, and help them fight against the men and beasts that stand in your way. With its lush pixel visuals and intuitive UI, the game nails its target aesthetics, giving us a feel of the classics while bringing something new to the table. While story seems a bit thin, and the same can be said for its strategic mechanics, it succeeds in becoming a friendly introduction for strategy starters on the console. More friendly games here:

With an addicting gameplay, and a low, low price, this game is a steal. And it has a PlayScore of 7.89. 6. Quell Reflect The Nintendo eShop is also home to some super interesting games. F K Digital’s “ice puzzle” game takes you to an interesting zen-like experience. This keeps you on your toes as you lead every droplet of water collect every bead of glass found in each level. You might think it’s gonna be easy, but as you go along it’s 100 levels, it gets more and more complex. Using the 3DS’ stylus, navigate your way through each of these perilous levels with a mind as relaxed as the tide. Sure, it gets difficult in the long run, but the game’s tranquil pacing doesn’t really stress you out. In a few minutes, you’ll be asking for more droplets to guide rather than throwing your 3DS out of frustration. For only 4 dollars or less, enjoy a relaxing puzzle experience that requires no hair-pulling emotions and other stress-inducing activities. It receives a PlayScore of 7.95 5. Code Name S.T.E.A.M. From the makers of the Fire Emblem, Intelligent Systems brings new faces to the 3DS’ turn-based strategy lineup.

Straying from the usual JRPG style, their newest IP opts for a more western look. Of course, with their superpowered theme, the cel-shaded artstyle is totally appropriate. Join the Agents of STEAM as they power through alien-like forces in standard, comic book fashion. With their oddball cast of characters, hilarity is an expected side-effect. Set in a fictional steampunk London, navigate through their narrative and encounter familiar names–like Abraham, Peter Pan, Tom Sawyer and more–all intertwined by a great civil war. Cloaked in their wacky suits and voiced by notable pop icons, the game is an absolute joy to unravel. Memorable as their characters may be, the game has received mixed reviews for its high difficulties and convoluted plot. However, its rewarding mix of action, turn-based strategy, and utter silliness should be enough to balance the weights.

Making of sliced tomato luffa soap

Today we are making sliced tomato luffa soap. The tomato powder used is thought to improve skin texture and protect cells from free radical damage. Crafting this soap takes six simple steps: Prep.

Base. Additives. Mold. Package. Label. Let’s get started!

Gather the ingredients and equipment. Create a safe workspace that is clean and secluded from children & pets. We recommend wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves, an apron, goggles, gloves, a mask and a hair net. Cut thirty-two ounces of soap into small cubes. Weigh twenty-four ounces of soap, and place into a microwave safe glass container.

Tomato Soap

Ready Tomato Soap. Image by DOBRE MYLO™

We are selecting a microwave to melt the soap, but you could alternatively use a crock-pot, double boiler or saucepan on a stovetop using low heat. Melt the soap slowly until liquid. Avoid boiling as it may impact performance.

In this recipe we will be adding Vine Ripe Tomato Fragrance Oil, Stained Glass Santa Red Liquid Color, and tomato powder. Measure and add twenty-one milliliters of fragrance oil, eight drops of color, and one teaspoon of tomato powder. The tomato powder will not completely dissolve which will add some natural speckles. Place a luffa slice in each mold, and pour the red soap base over it leaving a 1/4 inch of space at the top. Spritz with alcohol and let completely cool. For this recipe, we will repeat steps two, three, and four for our green layer of soap.

Weigh and melt eight ounces of soap. To incorporate green color, add 1/8 of the soap color cube to the melted soap. Stir until fully blended. When the green soap reaches 130 degrees Fahrenheit; it is ready to pour into the mold. Spritz the red cooled soap and fully fill each cavity with the green soap. Spritz with alcohol to pop any soap bubbles.

When the soap is fully cooled, unmold. Detergent Free Soap may need to sit for a few days to fully cure. In humid weather conditions, it must be packaged immediately to avoid sweating.

We have chosen to wrap this soap in plastic wrap with a raffia tie. We recommend labeling that includes the product name, size, company name, contact information, directions for use, and ingredients in descending order of predominance. Get creative; here are a few labels we made for inspiration. Share your soap with others! Give it to family or friends.

It makes a perfect teacher gift, bridal shower favor, or gift basket item. You can even start your own business making products like this.

Backgammon Playing Strategies

The most basic rule of the game is that single checkers are vulnerable and if you don’t want them to start all over after being hit by your opponent’s checkers you got to have two or more checkers on a point. This is the starting point for all the backgammon strategies that you’ll read about and this is what you have to memorize during the game.

The most logical approach is to run as fast as you can to the end point while leaving exposed checkers, but putting all your focus on a fast game maybe sounds reasonable, but it’s not a winning game plan. Instead, there are better gaming strategies that you can take, and the results will be a lot better.

Wise distribution of checkers

A good backgammon player is a player who knows how to distribute his checkers in a wise and responsible way. As a rule, it’s wiser to have 2 checkers on two points rather than 4 checkers distributed on 4 points- i.e. to have even distribution of the checkers. Even distribution will help you become more flexible and your control and safety will upgrade.

Choose strategy

You can choose to play an offensive or defensive game, but be sure to be flexible about it too. If your opponent is playing a harsh defensive game, maybe you should consider to slow down your race and to concentrate on hitting his checkers.


A good strategy is to form a block by building points without gaps between them in front of your opponent checkers in your home board. Start your blockade on those points specifically: 4, 5 and 7. Try to do it as early as you can and your control of the checkers movement will be better. Later you can concentrate on moving your own checkers.

Hitting checkers

The most important thing is to hit the most advanced checkers. A good hit can confuse your opponent and ruin his whole playing strategy. Don’t take risks when you attack checkers, if you know that the risk for your checkers might grow because of the attack, consider other options. Hitting is not always the best move!

Establish Anchors

Anchors are defensive points in the opponent’s home board. They will help you to have a safer landing point after you get hit and also disturb your opponent’s attempts to make his home board.
Try to establish anchor points as early as you can and keep them as much as you can. If you see that you become significantly behind, start moving the anchors towards your home board.

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Nevil Shute’s – On The Beach

Many classic science fiction novels are passed over or age out of relevance. Such is not the case with Nevil Shutes On the Beach. The novel’s relevance and the fact that it was made into a now-classic 1959 film with Ava Gardener, Gregory Peck, Anthony Perkins, and Fred Astaire (playing one of the few serious roles of his career) has helped its legacy.

The book takes place in Australia after WWIII has left every but Australia a nuclear wasteland. Our protagonist, Dwight Towers, is an American submarine captain who happened to be stationed in Australia while the rest of the world was destroyed “in a matter of minutes”. Although Australia is livable it is clear that in a matter of months the nuclear fallout will sweep down and kill the remainder of the world’s population. For all intents and purposed everyone in the world is dead, except for a mysterious Morse code signal coming in from Oregon.

Albeit a bleak concept, the book is fairly optimistic with characters living out their dreams and not dwelling on the fact they only have a few months to live. The book explores the different ways people find meaning in the last months of their lives.  It is great and has something for both science fiction fans, and people looking for an uplifting read about the end of the world.

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What is an open-door policy?

An open-door policy is much more than propping open an office door, although that certainly is a start. (I would be very suspect of an individual who always keeps an office door closed.) Colleagues, administrators, other division or department employees, customers or students (who really are customers) all must communicate with you. And one of the most important communications involves face-to- face or one-on- one communication. Have you ever sat down to write a letter, an email or even to “tweet” a message to someone and thought, “I really don’t even know this person. How should I begin this email?” You do not want to appear too forward or presumptuous, but you need to communicate something. Such thoughts may be entirely appropriate and even necessary. However, they do slow down efficient communication.

Why is an open-door policy important?

Now, by contrast, suppose this person who we will call Joe, even though new to the organization, had engaged you in conversation several times in the hallway, usually kept his office door open and just this morning acknowledged you at the door and invited you to come in his office. Joe created a very friendly atmosphere and even shared some important information with you about the project you are currently pursuing. You were only there less than five minutes. Now you are sitting down in your own office. You think of a very important idea or question about your project and want to query Joe. You start typing an email, “Hi Joe, about that project you mentioned…” You get right to the point and efficient and effective communication is taking place.

The above scenario might involve any of the colleagues, administrators, other division or department employees, customers or students referenced above; or it might involve still others. However, the scenario certainly underscores the importance of something as simple as an open-door policy. Additionally, Joe will similarly be able to communicate back to you.

Are you approachable?

But such efficient and effective communication may never have taken place, or even been possible, if Joe had not had an open-door policy – both physically and by the atmosphere, he created when he invited you into his office. Are you like Joe? Or, are you so caught up in your own little world, with your own myriad of problems and concerns, that you really do not have time for other people? Or, do you give this impression even though you really do have time for other people and want to be approachable? Either way, other people at your work are not going to engage and communicate with you the same as they would with Joe.

Develop a rapport with people. The benefits will far outweigh the value of the time invested. Even when you are extremely busy with your work or special project, let other people know they are important enough for you to take time out of your busy day to acknowledge and spend at least a few minutes with them.

Although there were other notable professors in my many years as a college student pursuing college degrees and during my tenure at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, there are only two, who really stood out as exceptionally approachable and extraordinarily effective teachers. These were Mr. Gray at Frisbee Junior High School in Kittery, Maine, and Mr. Rhodes at Robert W. Traip Academy also in Kittery, Maine (who later taught Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, NH). If anyone reading this ever attended these schools and knew these individuals (who undoubtedly have passed on now), I am sure you would agree. They immensely enjoyed their work, were extremely knowledgeable about their subjects (health and history) and were highly respected by students, parents, colleagues, nd administrators. And they consistently employed and open-door policy.

As always, your comments are most appreciated and welcome.

Soft and Hard in Blackjack

For the individuals who are interested in learning how to play blackjack, the slang language used in the game may sound funny at times. For example, soft and hard hands are the key terms identified in the game. Therefore, it is good to understand how to play them in the right manner especially to people who wishes to become skilled blackjack player.

Hard Blackjack Hands

The hand is associated with any two-card that does not have an ace.

For instance

  1.  10-2=hard 12
  2. 8-7=hard 15
  3.  10-6=hard 16
  4.  9-4=hard13
  5.  7-7=hard 14

In the hard hand, the player is mainly busted with only one hit. Therefore, whenever the player hits the hard hands, he/she must be prepared to exceed 21 and bust.

In order to play the hard hand, it is good to familiarize with the blackjack strategy chart. This will first help to realize the best ways to play the game properly and make it instinctively. The game will always follow some basic rules.

Firstly, it is necessary to assume the dealer a ten in the hole. This require you to add a total of 10 to the cards held by the dealer so to estimate the total. For example, when the up card of the dealer is 10, you should assume that he has 20. Therefore, the estimated total is mainly what you require to win the hand at any given moment.

Soft Blackjack Hands

This type of hand is associated with two cards that contain an ace. For instance:

  1.  A-2=Soft 13
  2. A-3= soft 14
  3.  A-4=soft 15
  4. A-6=soft 17
  5.  A-6=soft 16

In this case, the soft hand cannot be busted by just making a single hit. When you are dealt soft hand, it is not easy to be busted with the first hit. The major thing you can do is to improve the hand. This caused by the fact that in blackjack an ace is not countable to one or eleven. If you are dealt a soft hand, the dealer will always associate your hand with 3 or 13, 4 or 14, and 5 or 15. Determining the value of the Ace is a personal choice.

Playing soft blackjack hand depends on the understanding of the required plans. Notably, when played well it offers wide profitable opportunities to the player. Whenever the dealer is trouble, the up card is a 4, 5 and 6, the player can double down the hand and maximize the profit using a soft hand. The best thing is to combine the skills of card counting with soft blackjack hands with the aim of improving the chances of winning,

Casinos concentrate more on hard 12 since it is difficult to define whether to hit or stand. Most of the experts are always aware that doubling down a hard 12 is mainly profitable when the deck is your favour.

Also, different casino manipulates the blackjack rules to ensure the dealer hits a soft 17. This is because the rule increases the house edge against the player. In case, the dealer is given an opportunity to hit a soft 17, the house receives a free chance to improve their hand for you.

In conclusion, hard and soft hand are relevant in blackjack table. They are differentiated by on single ace card. This means in the case when the two cards you are dealt is an Ace, then you deserve a soft hand. This is interesting to realize that one single card can affect and make a big difference in the game. Therefore, experts should seek to realize the key rules and strategies needed to win a blackjack game.

The 55 secret Rules in Design and Advertising: Workflow 3

Iffyness can stem from a lack of self confidence. If you are not sure which version is to be the final one, try one of these approaches:

  • Set up a contest 
  • and let your tummy be the judge. If you have got more than two possible finalists, put them in direct competition to each other. If you are working on a print job, print out all versions. Stack them up, turn them around (so you see the blank backside of the sheets) and randomly pick two. Place these next to each other – now act on impulse: pick the one your stomach likes best. Put the winner aside and pick the next two, eliminating half of the stack like that. After round one, repeat until you have only one final left.
  • Compare your possible finals with the earliest version. Another possibility is comparing each of your potentials with your earliest comp, or outline. By doing that, you can see the benefits and disadvantages more clearly.
  • Add context. If you are doing a print ad, open up the magazine or newspaper in question. If you have done that already at an earlier stage (which I recommend in any case), do it again. Play around by placing print-outs of your different comps in the magazine. Which one looks best in their natural surrounding?
  • Outline possible follow-up variations. A
  • ssume this is to be the start of a series. Which version is most flexible while emphasizing the CI?
  • Ask for an outsider’s opinion. For that, you have three possibilities:
    • Your friends and family. People not in the business. They can point out flaws and open your eyes for things you haven’t considered. They give you a glimpse at the real world’s perception of a comp, even if it seems worthless: I like blue better than cyan because blue is my favorite color can be valuable information.
    • Fellow designers. If they are not your enemies, they can give you a professional opinion and lead you the right way.
    • A design related community. Various websites form a community where creatives can post their comps and get feedback from other community members.

Here we go!

These are the 5 Rules of Workflow and Getting it Done I consider vital for creatives. They are not intended to be ultimate rules – rather guides that have proved to be useful and work for us. Maybe they can help you come to better results with your work – being in the creative business myself, I wanted to share them with you. Can you relate to these guidelines? Also, possibly you have a rule of your own I haven’t mentioned? Share your thoughts!

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You might be familiar with accidents turning out to be a major benefit of your design. If you know this, why not extend your options? In the realm of creative freedom, you can stumble over most interesting approaches by simply playing around. Sure you know your stuff, but you can do so much better.

Experiment! Color Dodge instead of Color Burn! Make the dashed line 1 mm instead of 1 px! Make that gradient radial! Use another brush! Add a third layer mask! Make 


 If you are not a perfectionist, you are not a designer

Tell me: in Photoshop and Illustrator, how much time do you spend at 6400% magnification? How often do you hit Ctrl+Z because you think a line is placed half a millimeter too low? How extensive is your changelog for an average composition?

Because we know that even the most minor change of an element’s attribute can make the difference between Hillary and Britney, we blatantly take the word perfectionist as a compliment.

It comes with the job and a certain amount of self-respe

it different! Play around! You may come to interesting results by simply using what you left behind as you grew older: your play instinct.

ct. You have no other choice than to identify yourself with your work – because on the reverse side, your work will always identify with you. that is why you should always, always, always quintuple check your design before calling it a final. Then again, we have one rule left:

 There is no such thing as the final version

This, our final rule of workflow in design and advertising, is a vital one. With possibilities given and creative juices flowing, you will usually have a hard time deciding that this is it. Instead, you go on and on, changing this, tweaking that, adding and deleting, sharpening and softening, enhancing and simplifying. And again, it is in the nature of our profession. Because there is not a single way to do it, but at least a couple, if not a thousand possible avenues, we have to possess the integrity and self-confidence to set an end to a design.

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It is always easy to neglect these things, especially as a creative. Sometimes, you are in a state of flux, you are being overly productive and in the middle of it, and you do not want to stop. Taking a break in order to eat, drink and sleep is hard. Gee, even standing up to go for a pee is. But it is necessary – not only to keep her runnin, but to maintain the level of quality. So if you feel tired, sleep, for heaven’s sake! Wake up in the morning and you’ll be thankful that you listened to me.

 Time is a rare commodity. Spend it wisely

Let’s be honest, friends: being on time isn’t exactly one of our most renowned values. We might be excellent designers, but sometimes, we could just be not so late. Can you refer to this?

Well, many creatives I know can. Its because of the nature of our business. Read rule #1 of Workflow: You laugh at nine to five. So it is necessary to undertake certain steps to ensure our punctuality and credibility.

  • Don’t take on more than you can manage. When you start off in the design field, you’ll probably take every job you can. You’re in your early years and besides needing the money, you’ll want to gain experience – and referrers, because you know that your happy clients are the best source for new jobs. And this is my point exactly: Happy clients generate new clients. You won’t do your client a favor by delivering crappy and unsolid work due to a lack of time – nor will you do yourself a favor.
  • do not wait for the last moment to start work. Even if you think that you are able to do a job standing on your head, you should start working on it early. The longer you are in the business, the more you learn that a project’s true extent is being disclosed in the process. So do not make the mistake of underestimating your workload. This directly reflects on our next tip for time management

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