Power Strip Buying Guide

  • Power strips are defined by their frame, cable, ports, switch, size/shape, and internal defenses.
  • A metal frame protects the power strip from falls and impact which could otherwise crack and jeopardize the internals, risking short-circuit fires.
  • A thick cable protects against accidental cutting, avoiding short-circuits and electrocution. A long cable provides installation flexibility.
  • Quality electrical ports have spark-resistant contact plates and are tight enough to hold the plug but loose enough for ease of plug-in and plug-out.
  • A covered switch protects against accidental turn-offs and turn-ons.
  • A well-sized power strip provides enough space between ports and is shaped for a practical-fit installation.
  • An integrated circuit breaker protects against the malfunction of the power strip or plugged devices from over-current meltdown and combustion.
  • An integrated surge protector stops fast-speed current spikes from reaching sensitive devices such as computers and phones.

Recommendations

  • Tripp Lite PS2408 - Extruded aluminum frame, covered switch, well-spaced molded-plastic ports, long and thick cable, integrated circuit breaker.
  • Tripp Lite Isobar Series - Similar to above, in a compact block-like shape with integrated surge protection up to 3800+ joules.

Scissors Buying Guide

  • Scissors with full-metal construction excel at durability, ease of cleaning, and heat resistance.
  • Scissors with a non-metal handle provide comfort, grip, and thermal/electrical insulation.
  • Great scissors have a sharp cutting edge, tight fulcrum, and completely-rounded design where the only sharp edges are the cutting vertices.
  • Compact Scissor Recommendation: Tweezerman 2000 Shear - Ice-tempered cutting edge, compact design, full stainless steel frame, persistent and re-tightenable fulcrum screw.

Firefighting

  • Fire is a heat-triggered, continuous reaction between fuel and air.
  • The red part of the fire is coolest. Orange is hotter. White is even hotter. Blue is hottest.
  • Hot air rises because it is lighter than cold air. Smoke usually accompanies the hot air's upward draft. Firefighting and fire escape in serious situations should be done with the head and body held low as necessary to avoid the hot air and smoke.
  • Class A fires burn on ordinary combustibles like paper and cloth.
  • Class B fires burn on flammable and combustible liquids like gasoline.
  • Class C fires burn on short-circuits and other electronic causes.
  • Class D fires burn on metal combustion such as with lit magnesium and titanium.
  • Class K fires burn on kitchen oils such as grease and animal fat (much like class B, but the fire burns much hotter).
  • ABC fire extinguishers propel dry powder onto the fire, smothering the fuel from the air while absorbing heat.
  • Non-conductive dry powder is one of the safest ways to put out a fire. Water in small quantities would simply spread a liquid fire (B and K class), add the risk of electrocution in an electrical fire (C class), and energize a metal-combustion fire (D class).
  • Firefighters use water because it is widely available and effective in large volumes. Water has an enormous capacity to absorb heat until becoming steam, which then displaces the air away from the fuel.
  • The temperature of a typical lit match is around 800°C (1500°F).
  • The temperature of a typical fire is around 1000 to 2000°C (1800 to 3600°F).

Marketing Channels

Presentation Channels

  • TV Ads
  • Poster Ads
  • Newspaper Ads
  • Radio Commercials
  • Billboard Ads
  • On-vehicle Ads
  • Company Website Homepage Ads
  • Third-Party Website Banner/Video Ads (ex. from niche blogs to large repositories like Youtube)
  • Forum Ads
  • Event Ads (ex. Superbowl commercials)
  • Event Presentations (ex. scheduled talk/slideshow at farmers' conference)
  • Samples
  • Demonstrations (ex. playable console games at store, self-driving car prototypes on road)
  • Search Engine Ads (ex. Google Adwords)
  • Social Media Ads (ex. Facebook feed ads)
  • Review Articles/Videos (esp. by trusted figures in niche communities)
  • Email or SMS ads (ex. offer sale discounts to registered users)

Cultivation Channels

  • User/customer rapport
  • Blog
  • Knowledge Base (ex. Youtube channel, on-website info center)
  • Company-hosted User Forums
  • Social Media
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Inter-business marketing relationships

Renter's Insurance

External Guides

Building Questions

  • What year was the home built?
  • How many tenants live in the building?
  • What is the home's primary method of heating?
  • Has the building or its contents experienced water damage within the last 5 years?
  • To the best of your knowledge, does the building host any commercial or business activity?

Security Questions

  • Does the home have a fire alarm?
  • Does the home have a smoke detector?
  • Does the home have a burglar alarm?
  • Are any alarms linked to a monitoring centre?
  • Does the home have video surveillance with 24-hour monitoring?

Housing Quality Checklist

Summary: Shelter, air, energy, heating, cooling, internet, noise, bugs, neighborhood, area.

  • Check leaks and holes. Walls, window mesh, baseboard, faucets, ceiling.
  • Check indoor humidity. Ideally 30% - 50%. In excess moisture, use dehumidifier against fungi and rot. In lacking moisture; use humidifier for healthy skin and mucous membrane (boosts immune system strength).
  • Check electrical outlets. Match against region's expected voltage and max current standards. Voltage during use should not fluctuate. Ground must be connected. Excess current should trigger an easily accessible circuit breaker.
  • Check available internet and other telecom services. Prepare well in advance of moving in.
  • Check telling signs of bedbugs, roaches, fungi, and other polluting organisms. Search for spots, excrement, powder, and strange particles.

General-purpose Measuring Tape

Function: Measure object dimensions for design, fit, and handiwork.

Popularity: Semi-common Household Item

Recommendation: Komelon 4930IM (30-feet)

Specs: Nylon-coated metric/imperial combination tape, locking switch and metal hanger.

Reason: Durable frame that survives typical drops to concrete without cracking or disassembly.

Hardware Design

Popular Manufacturing Methods

Movement Tests

  • Drop, blow away, roll away

Handling Tests

  • Sharpness

Industrial Distributors

  • Mcmaster-Carr; a large multi-purpose industrial distributor in North America, with a renowned user interface.
  • Mouser and Digikey are electronics-focused distributors for discrete components and sub-assemblies in both prototype (1-10) and production (1000+) quantities. International distributors to note include Avnet, Arrow, and Newark.

Crowdfunding

Overview

Success Metrics

  • The project has achieved its funding goal.
  • The project has garnered a growing community of supporters.
  • The fulfillment of promises and perks remains clear, on-time, and profitable.
  • The supporters and beneficiaries receive something high quality and truly effective.

Early Adopters are Key

Find and attract the people who are passionate about your project, then encourage them to subscribe to your email list. Launch your campaign only after building a large enough list of early adopters; with their support, you must reach at least 40% of your funding goal within the first few days after launch.

This is no secret and is the single most effective way to launch a successful campaign.

Depending on your project and how well you have guided your audience, expect the focused email list to get anywhere between a 10% and 95% conversion rate. For example, an "order now" button that leads to an email subscription path will get a far higher conversion rate than a "stay on top of our latest updates" button.

Funding Goal

Generally, set this to be just enough to fulfill the project. Better to hit the goal and maybe surpass it, rather than fail while reaching for an artificially inflated amount. Also, keep the value clean and rounded like $10,000 or $45,000.

Sleep

NPS: Sleep and Academic Performance in U.S. Military Training and Education Programs

Action Summary

  • 8.5 to 9.25 hrs of sleep required per night during adolescent and young adult stages in life.
  • Navy recruits scored 11% better academically with 8 hrs of sleep per night compared to 6 hrs (2000 - 2003 study).
  • The 2002 Navy recruit sleep regimen was finalized at 2200 hrs to 0600 hrs to align with adolescent/young adult circadian rhythms.