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Month: September 2016

Three Exercises You Can Do From the Comfort of Your Basement

Posted on September 17, 2016  in Exercise Machine

Hardcore gamers expose themselves to potentially life-changing bad habits such as lack of sleep, lack of proper nutrition, and lack of exercise. Now, I’m not saying that we all do, but the risks we expose ourselves to as gamers are real. So are the hazards. Inasmuch as every individual’s mileage may vary when it come to questions of the effects that a hardcore gamer’s lifestyle has, the fact remains that action must be done to correct a lifetime of bad habits.

Hardcore gamersLuckily, there are a multitude of options out there for all of us. There obviously isn’t a lack of options; only a lack of willpower and a lack of effort, as well as plenty of excuses. Exercising has been made such an easy thing to do even for the laziest, unhealthiest slob out there; there really isn’t a reason you and I can’t take a 15-minute break in the day, or even as you play video games, to get a bit of exercise worked into the routine.

We’ll show you just how easy you can incorporate workouts to your gaming schedule.

Walk, Don’t Run

The ever-present treadmill has made it easy for people of all walks of life to exercise in the comfort of their own homes; you could too in front of your TV screen. Research from the Mayo Clinic shows that even just 10-minute intervals of regular brisk walking already reduces your risk of diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as improve your mood, balance, and coordination. Furthermore, treadmills are no longer the expensive investment they once were when they first came out in the market; second hand models of top-quality treadmills can be had for pennies on the dollar, but when reading some of the best reviews on walking treadmills, you’ll see the same is true when investing in a new one. Think of using your treadmill during pauses; sprint while you wait on a load screen, walk on a cinematic trailer…there’s a whole load of things you can incorporate walking and running into.

I’ve Got a Bike, You Can Ride It If You Like

Excuse the Pink Floyd reference. What is true for the treadmill is true for the bike; stationary bikes are an excellent way of getting your 10-minute workout while you slay demons and conquer new worlds. Furthermore, they are so easy to use as you play that you can use them INDEFINITELY as you play. Think about going 100% of your capability as you play your favorite first-person shooter; it’s so easy to incorporate a stationary bike to your gaming. In fact, it could enhance your gaming experience to a whole new level.

Resistance Training? Yes, of Course!

You just read that right; you CAN do your resistance training as you game. In the same way you would take pauses to stand up, you can fill that dead air out with some quality reps. From push-ups, which don’t need machines at all, to a simple chin-up bar, to a full-fledged exercise machine, there exists a solution for any budget. Do 10 reps when your in-game character respawns!

Gaming doesn’t have to be an unhealthy passion; the possibilities are endless if you just put your mind to it. There is a solution for every budget out there; there isn’t any remedy for laziness. Get off the couch, drop, and give me ten!

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Month: September 2016

Great Recycling Ideas for Comic Books You’ve Outgrown

Posted on September 14, 2016  in Comics

Ah, comic books. The collection of graphics with text that have made many a childhood the world over.

Where do old comic books go to rest?

Do they end up stashed up in your basement, consigned to a life of clutter and dust in a box?

Far too often, emotions get in the way of how we treat our old comics.

But the thing is, not all of us are rabid collectors, and not all of us have the time nor living space to accommodate our beloved literature.

To say that you will eventually get rid of them by selling them for their perceived “market value” is a cop-out; not all of our comics anyway are worth the mylar they are bagged into, for most of us.

Only a select few comics will actually be of any interest to most collectors, and if you expect that your comics will be flying off their dusty boxes and bins, you’re deluding yourself.

The reality of adulthood most of the time demands us to let go of these things.

Great Recycling Ideas for Comic BooksThe comic books we have read have served their purpose in providing us hours and hours of entertainment as children, as teens, as adults. Many times, repurposing them is a better investment than have them collect dust and attract vermin.

So how should you dispose of your comic books? Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to recycle them at no cost – let’s take a look at how we can repurpose the pieces of our childhood again.

And perhaps, in one way or another, be of similar purpose for someone out there.

Donate Them

The best way to repurpose your old comic collections cluttering your house is to donate them. Many establishments are only too willing to accept your donations; from public libraries, dental clinics (remember those Archie comics you read while waiting in the dentist’s office?), children’s hospitals, homeless shelters, barbershops, hairdressers, and orphanages throughout your area. This way, you could give the gift of countless hours of being immersed in Gotham City to a child somewhere waiting for the dreaded dentist’s appointment. Also check out charities that have literacy and education as their advocacy; this will ensure that your prized comic books will have been used for a noble purpose. Contact them and see if they will accept your donation; chances are, they will only be too happy to take those boxes out of your hands.

Use them in Art Projects

Feeling creative? There are countless applications for your comic books in the realm of art. Did you know you could use them to design footwear, such as comic inspired flats? Did you know you could repurpose their pages as wallpaper? The possibilities of using comic books for art projects are just endless; comics are a perfect piece for any design project involving snazzy design.

If All Else Fails, Ditch Them….Responsibly

Sometimes, neither donation nor design will provide a good way to repurpose your comics. Sometimes, people just don’t want them, and sometimes, you will need the space right away. Fortunately, you have plenty of options as to how you can dispose of the paper they are printed on. Simply send them over to your preferred waste disposal method; if you don’t already own a waste disposal machine, Down the Sink will have plenty of options for you that are
obviously explained on the website. Regardless of your preferred method, disposing old comic books will have the paper they are printed onto repurposed into new paper products, and in turn saving more trees.

Letting go is never easy; but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. Take solace in the fact that there are many ways you can repurpose your old comics, and give someone else the gift of the fun that the same comics have given you.

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Month: September 2016

Storing Your Comics in the Garage the Right Way

Posted on September 14, 2016  in Comics

How can you prepare your most prized tomes for the inevitability of storage in your garage? How can your collection of relics from eons past stand up to the test of time? How can you keep them in pristine condition within the excesses of that busy, dank, and grimy corner of your home, despite bagging and boarding them to the best of your abilities?

These are all questions that we want to help you answer.

The Problems of Storing Comics in Your Garage

The reason that storing comics in a garage is not advisable anywhere is one or a combination of the following things: humidity, temperature, security, and the possibility of pests making a safe haven out of your most valued, prized, and cherished graphic novels.

Humidity and Temperature Considerations

Comics in the Garage the Right WayAnother important consideration you need to keep in mind is that using your garage as storage is that it will pose a host of uncontrollable environmental variables that you are exposing to your comic books. Using Mylar or polyester bags will not completely protect your graphic novels from the ever-present threat that is humidity and heat. Although Mylar itself is impermeable, you need to ensure that they are fully air-tight.

Security from Burglary and Pests

Another key consideration to keep in mind is that of physical security. Generally speaking, garages are very easy to break into; and the fact that some garages are shared make them even pose more of a risk. Garages are also very prone to being completely forgotten about – how many times have you forgotten to shut the door on your garage (admit it; it happens to the best of us)? Furthermore, it’s not only the humanoids you have to worry about; you also have to worry about the varmints that get into said bags and boards. Ever have to purchase a box of rare comics only to find out that a family of mice has been calling it their home for 20 odd years? Yes, that happens. More often than you think.

If You Must…

Though nothing in this world can ever be completely safe, there will always be plenty of ways to mitigate your risks. Although storing your graphic novels in the garage is not the optimal choice of storage, sometimes there isn’t just a choice. If you have to do this, make sure that the temperature and humidity play around 70 degrees Fahrenheit and 50% relative humidity, respectively. You can invest in a garage dehumidifier and a garage thermostat to ensure that you achieve these levels. Then, discourage pests from frequenting your storage unit with mousetraps and insect bait in and around it. Finally, improve your physical security – this is important not just for your high-valued collection, but also for your own safety. Granted, there are a number of “smart” garage doors that are automated and notify you if it’s been closed or opened (Garage Automatics has a great number of suggestions for this, if you’re the type – just login to http://www.garageautomatics.com/buyers-guide/).

After all, to a real collector, protecting that extremely rare Action Comics No. 1 issue is worth a king’s ransom. Even if you don’t own the rarest comic book of all time, the sentimental value that comes with your personal collection is worth the protecting just as much.

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