Eminem – Short Biography

The story of Eminem is similar to that of his songs, it needs a little censoring. Some may not be appropriate for those viewed as too young, but here I feel it's important to look at why his music, and inevitably Eminem himself, appears so angry. Everywhere you look in his life from his hard child hood with an unstable cruel mother, to his well-publicized and rocky relationship with wife Kim, you see that Eminem raps about what he knows. His life is the subject of his music and he makes no excuses. But a hard upbringing only propelled him into superstardom as you can read in magazines like The Source and XXL. Eminem took his humble beginnings and built a career.

Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers) was born on October 17, 1972, in Kansas City, Missouri where he lived for twelve years until he moved to Detroit. He never had much of a chance to make friends moving every other month because his mother continued to get evicted for the lack of pay. Eminem went to school up to the 9th grade where he failed three times before dropping out. He then continued to strive for that record deal to make him famous. While trying to achieve his goal he little Haile Jade Scott was born on December 25, 1995 with long time girlfriend Kim Scott. (Eminem homepage) Eminem continued to rap after the birth of his daughter entering into 97 Rap Olympics in Las Angeles that produced 1,500 to the 1st place winner. Eminem furiously came in 2nd deservingly needing the money not knowing that a few producers had seen him from Interscope. Finally he had the opportunity to show what he made of with Dr. Dre, Dr. Dre was so impressed after hearing Eminem free styling on a Los Angeles radio station that he put out a manhunt for the Michigan rhymer. (Eminem homepage) is a famous rap producer that wanted to open the doors for Eminem. The two instantly hit it off, recording four songs in the there first six hours of working – three that made it to his first LP. (Eminem Bio.) Now officially making it, Marshall and Dre set to make his second LP. The album became the Marshall Mathers LP and won 3 Grammies and was the first rap album ever to be nominated 'Album of the Year', selling more than 8 million records in the United States alone. (Eminem Bio.) Eminem continues to succeed with the his partners who started his career for him although he continues to face many difficult times between the media, his mother and the long conflicting relationship between him and his girlfriend. After they had broken up they had obviously still talked, either about there relationship of for the sake of their daughter Hailie who means more to Eminem then anyone in the world at this point of his life. I wanted to be a family to Kim and Hailie and raise my daughter the right way and not cut on her like my father did to me. My family is all I have ever cooked for and all I've ever tried to protect. The only thing I'm scared of is being taken away from my little girl. (Chuck Weiner) Eminem was also scared to raise a family and was not sure if he would have sufficient funds or know how too. When my daughter was born I was so scared I would not be able to raise her and support her, as a father should. Her first two Christmases we had nothing, but this last Christmas, when she turned three she had so many f * ckin 'presents under the tree, she kept opening them saying,' this one's for me too? ' My daughter was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth. But she's got one now! (Chuck Weiner) Eminem can not help but to spoil his little girl being that he feels it was deteriorating that way his mother treated him. If my mother is f * ckin 'cruel enough, knowing she did not help me get where I'm at, try to take food out of my mouth and out of my daughter's mouth, try to take me for everything that I have, then I'm not holding back on this album. She's always been out to get me, and now she knows I have money so she will not leave alone. I know that's not a nice thing to say about your mother, but unfortunately it's true. (Chuck Weiner) Eminem has so much hate toward his mother that has built up in all the last years in his life that he will do anything to keep Hailie happy and keep a healthy relationship between the two of them. His mom on the other he can not seem to forgive because of all of the challenge and trouble that she has put him thread.

Eminem has psychologically turned 360 degrees through his life. From the fighting and confusion with his mother, never meeting his father to being one the largest success stories in rap history. The best example is an experiment of Eminems anger management, after he had started to rise he would get opinions from people saying "Your white, why are you rapping" & "Go play Rock and Role" and he said that you have upset him angrier and angrier and he emphasized it through his lyrics. Eminem was probably born as a kid with no chemical imbalances, but after his mother put him thread so much hell after he grew up he may have a chemical imbalance and not be able to control some of his emotions that he pays when people disrespect him . When he is presented on TV he looks as if he is always sad of something is always bothering him that he can not be proud of his achievements of happy to be where he is and it's got everything to do with his child and recent terrible interactions he's had with friends, family and rivals.

Who’s Got the Right to Decide If a Consumer Should Sell Their Airline Miles?

Frequent flier miles – many people get excited when they heard those words. How many of you have signed up for credit cards or shopped in certain places just to get an extra 500 to 1,000 points? A lot of you, right? But, did you know that even though you have bought and paid for these frequent flier miles, you cannot sell these miles.

Surprising isn’t it? Well, it’s even more surprising to find out that, while you can’t sell your miles, your favorite airline has been doing just that. Sites like Points.com can purchase miles from you at significantly less than what you would be getting in a free market. And, a lot less than the amount of money that the airlines are making off of their frequent flier mile programs.

Confused? Then, let’s get you some background on the subject. The frequent flier mile programs were first created as rewards for customer loyalty. These miles could be turned into discounts or credits for airplane tickets. But, soon this changed from just a customer loyalty program into a commodity that could be earned in different ways, including buying from a certain store or using a certain credit card.

Basically, you began to pay to get those loyalty miles. And, in turn, airlines began to make a profit off of these sales because of their relationships with the vendors. As the profits grew bigger from these sales, the airlines began to put more and more restrictions on how you could use your miles and when. The rise of the blackout periods took over.

So, consumers had a ton of miles that they couldn’t use or were getting ready to expire. Now, with panic setting in, they decided to do the next best thing. Sell those miles, get some cash and finally get some benefit out of their miles. Frequent flier brokers began popping up to service this segment of the market and help out the frequent flier in need.

Yet, the airline industry couldn’t just leave this well enough alone. Fearing that this simple exchange of goods would threaten them, they began intimidating their most precious commodity: the consumer. They would disable accounts or take away miles from anyone who dared to sell what was rightfully theirs.

The right to buy and sell frequent flier miles continues to be fought on many grounds, including the courtroom (check out the Delta SkyMiles case from a few years back). There are proponents and opponents on both ends of the spectrum.

Nokia N76 – Seriously Beautiful

Can intelligence meet art? Nokia says ‘yes’, as it presents before the audience the Nokia N76. The handset comes in a sleek, loud fashionable red – black colour, and gives a tough competition to the RAZR series. The bold looks is complimented well with the advance ergonomics, making Nokia N76 a good example of style and technology. And the device has gained such popularity that the famous singer Travis now collaborates with it. Though the device has been marketed for its multimedia prowess, its design is also worth a mention. For, Nokia N76 takes inspiration from its competitors and optimises it to present a beautiful package.

The attractive clamshell comes with a mirror-like finish in the top panel, and exudes a brilliant shine. The feel is further optimized by a high resolution screen (though a little small as compared to the space available). For easy access to music, the Nokia N76 includes quick-access multimedia playback buttons below the LCD. And the users can operate the keys, without really opening the device. Nokia N76 also comes with customizable multimedia keys, which can be configured as per the frequently used multimedia programs.

Inside, the Nokia N76 is occupied with a RAZR like keypad- flat, aesthetically pleasing and very impressive. When you move into a darker environment, an ambient light sensor will activate the keypad’s backlight in a shade of brilliant blue. This makes the handset very exciting.

But the handset does have a major designing flaw. Where on one side, the 3.5mm slot on the top edge saves the headset connector from protruding from the sides of the pocket, on the other it restricts the top lid of the clamshell from opening fully when the headset is plugged in. Which means if you have an incoming call, when you are listening to your favourite track, you first have to unplug your headset, and the receive the call. Also, the lack of spring mechanism makes the Nokia N76 little shy to open fully. Which means the clamshell needs the care of both hands to open fully.

Other attraction of Nokia N76 includes Series 60 platform prowess, quad band GSM, 3G, 2MP camera, multimedia player and 26MB of internal memory.

Treadmill Deck Info: Treadmill Decks Materials and Warranty

Treadmill deck is the material that forms the hard surface on which you run. In other words it’s the supportive surface. This article distinguishes the decking from the tread belt which is the belt that moves across the decking.

Important

Treadmill manufacturers don’t provide a great deal of information about the actual construction materials of their decks. These days most treadmills, especially if priced above $1,000 are constructed with decently strong tread decks (usually medium density fibreboard with a duo phenolic coating – all discussed in detail below).

However, strength isn’t the be all and end all. If strength were most important, more treadmill manufacturers would use metal. Metal is used, but not extensively.

What are decking construction objectives?

Like I said above, if strength was the only objective, metal or steel decks would rule the day. But strength isn’t the only objective. Quality decking should:

  • Be strong
  • Be durable
  • Have some elasticity (i.e. slightly flexible, but not bouncy)
  • Minimize noise (i.e. muffle noise if possible)
  • Have a smooth surface to minimize tread belt friction

What materials are used?

Often you’ll see reference to solid wood, medium density fibreboard (MDF), and metal as materials used for treadmill decks. For coating you’ll usually read about phenolic coating. The article explains these different materials.

Materials

1. Medium density fibreboard (MDF)

MDF is created by breaking down wood into fibres (sawdust) and then forming the fibres into a solid treadmill deck with wax and resin. The usual thickness is 3/4″ to 1″. You can read more about MDF here.

MDF is the predominant material used for treadmill decks.

2. Solid wood

The deck is made out of 3/4″ to 1″ solid wood. The trouble with solid wood is it’s hard to find a piece of wood that is perfect. MDF, although not perfect either, ensures a consistency that’s hard to find with solid wood.

Particle board: Particle board is no the same as MDF. Particle board is not fibre-based. It’s a solid wood composite product. The result is that particle board is much weaker than MDF. MDF is denser and stronger.

Avoid treadmills with decks using particle board. You’ll be lucky to get a year out of it.

3. Metal

Metal decks are not nearly as prevalent as solid wood or MDF decks. It’s heavier and doesn’t create as “soft” of a surface as wood or MDF. Running on metal or steel simply isn’t as enjoyable as on solid wood or MDF.

What material do I recommend?

MDF deck that is duo or triple coated with phenolic resin coating.

The coating

Some treadmills are coated on both sides (duo-coating, sometimes also referred to as triple-coating), while lower-quality treadmills coat only 1 side of a treadmill deck. The better deck is coated on both sides which helps reduce warping. It’s also better for reducing friction with the tread deck along the entire surface area on which the tread belt moves.

Best material used for coating:

Phenolic: This is the best coating material. You’ll pay more for phenolic coating, but it’s worth it.

What is phenolic resin coating?

Phenolic resin coating is a plastic resin. When a treadmill deck is coated with phenolic resin, wax the wood deck is unnecessary.

Can you build your own if your original deck breaks?

Yes, but it’s not advisable unless you really know what you’re doing. Simply slamming in a sheet of plywood or MDF isn’t going to do it. There’s properly coating the deck and ensuring it securely attaches to the treadmill.

The last thing you want is your deck to break apart when running or walking.

This is why having a lifetime warranty on your treadmill deck is important. Decks often break or crack (especially with lower-priced treadmills).

Decking Considerations

Replacement frequency

The range in the number of hours of use treadmill decks are good for is astounding. Some lower-end treadmill decks are designed for 500 hours, while other warranty their decks for life. Naturally the intensity of use and weight of users will impact the duration of a treadmill deck.

Is it reversible?

Some treadmill manufacturers make reversible tread decks so that you can get more mileage out of them.

Is reversible good?

It depends. Some manufacturers make treadmill decks that are warrantied for a lifetime without having to reverse them. Others don’t come with a lifetime warranty and can’t be reversed. These may have the shortest lifespan. Then there are treadmills with reversible decks which in theory doubles the lifespan of the treadmill deck.

The warranty

Ideally, the treadmill you buy will have a lifetime warranty on the deck. This is indicative the manufacturer stands behind the deck and in the event the deck fails, you get a replacement.

Cushioning technology

Cushioning technology is pretty cool these days. Treadmill cushioning technology includes the amount of, type of, and quality of the treadmill cushioning.