Other Ways to Use a Storage Container

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If you just use your imagination, storage containers are more than just what they seem. Below are some ideas to turn your boring storage container into something else entirely:


Container houses are fairly commonplace given the large surplus of storage containers, the ingenuity of modern architects and the call for a greener living through recycling. The fixed shape and dimensions of a cargo container is irrelevant given the fact that you can connect and stack containers in endless configurations. If you like the idea of sustainable living and the nostalgic fun of stacking Lego blocks together, then storage container architecture can fulfill both.

Temporary shelter

Disasters happen all the time. We can never prevent disasters, but we can always prepare for it. Unlike tents, storage containers are durable enough to withstand aftershocks and prolonged usage. Deployment is a little bit more complicated, yes; but remember that containers are compatible with most modes of transportation such as trains, trucks, ships and aircraft. Helicopter deployment is also feasible for inaccessible and isolated areas.


Storage containerContainer architecture also extends to commercial buildings. For hotels, it has the advantage of easy construction and deployment (as well as re-deployment) without compromising durability. It is also a great way to advertise your business and offer something new and edgy to your customers.

Retail space

The portability offered by cargo containers make them excellent options for opening retail spaces in new territory. If you want to open up a branch of your business, you can “test the waters” by deploying container buildings first.


Unexpected events such as renovations or disasters can threaten school operations. Clearly, this is never an option for such institutions. Storage containers can be swiftly converted to fully functional classrooms or school offices that can save time and money. Container classrooms presented a brilliant solution of classroom shortages in third world countries in some parts of Africa.


Instead of constructing sheds and shacks, cargo containers can provide a cheaper and more secure alternative as a temporary or even a permanent garage. For ease of access, roll-up doors can be incorporated into the design. The steel body of containers provides added protection to the elements and weather effects with the advantage of being earthquake resistant.


Mobile, fully-furnished and self-sufficient clinics made from containers can provide a state with a quick means to react to medical emergencies from epidemics and disasters as well as for humanitarian purposes overseas. When the typhoon Haiyan struck the island of Leyte in the central Philippines, Clinic in a Can (exactly what is says in the tin), was instrumental in providing medical assistance.

Swimming pool

Remove the top part of a container, put tiles in the interior and valves to control water and voila, you have an instant pool. Besides being transportable, pools made from storage container eliminate digging and hence, are immensely simpler and cheaper to produce.


Containers can be used as nurseries for crops as well as full-pledged greenhouses. When you move out, you can move your plants and crops with you without much hassle. Hydroponic technology can sometimes be incorporated inside the “portable green houses.”

Research and training facility

When a building can only be temporarily used, cargo containers shine in their ability to produce sturdy but mobile structures. Some military bodies use container buildings as training facilities and barracks for military trainees. Besides being reusable, deployment is simplified since all you need to do is to leave the container building in the site which eliminates lengthy set-up and pack-up. The protection its steel body and frame provides to the personnel cannot be underestimated.

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4 Tips to Make a Motivational Speaker’s Job Easier

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It’s not easy to become a motivational speaker as all the attention is on you. However, you can still make your job easier by implementing some techniques. Here are four of them.

1.Use index cards when listing your pointers.

Index cards are more traditional since a lot of motivational speakers already use teleprompters, screen projectors, or tablets for their speech. However, for rookie speakers, using things that are harder to control may not be a good idea since nervousness and humiliation can rob them of their concentration. Sometimes, looking at a complete list is also confusing, especially when the motivational speaker does a lot of ad lib. He may get lost and when that happens, the audience will surely take notice of it.

Index cards are easy to use as they can be flipped or dropped easily when already used. They are ideal for listing pointers or for listing reminders, such as when to tell an anecdote, give a joke, or introduce a visual presentation. They can also be easily hidden on the podium or when carried on stage won’t appear as awkward as when you carry a tablet.

2.Have a bottle of water close by.

Half of a motivational speaker’s power is in his voice—how he projects it, applies dynamics, and emphasizes words and phrases. Hence, obvious changes in the voice will also affect the delivery of a speech.

Motivational speakerTalking for several minutes straight is tiring for your vocal cords. In five to 10 minutes, you may already feel dryness in your throat. After 15 minutes, you may already feel itchiness. In 20 minutes, you may already feel the need to cough and rest your voice. There is no way experienced motivational speakers can avoid that, but they can do something to manage their throat very well.

The most practical and effective way to do that is to sip small amounts of lukewarm water every few minutes. This will relieve your tiring vocal cords without having to consume a lot of time off. In addition, you can learn different techniques to modulate your voice or different ways to phase your delivery in a not-so-tiring way.

3.Choose a microphone that is most comfortable for you.

Did you know that holding a microphone is one thing that makes a motivational speaker nervous? As you know, a nervous speaker is rarely effective in delivering his speech.

Holding a microphone is not a natural part of having a conversation. It is a constant reminder that the speaker is indeed in front of an audience and has to be in the limelight for several minutes, which makes the whole speech even more distressing.

He wouldn’t be able to speak normal and pretend that the event is no different from having everyday conversation with the mic in his hand. Many nervous motivational speakers hold the mic shaking while some point the mic all over the place as a part of their natural hand gestures. Either way, a microphone sometimes reveals more about how a motivational speaker really feels on stage.

Instead of distressing yourself over a simple microphone, better request something that will make you feel more comfortable, something that will make you forget that the mic is there. You can choose a headset type or a lavalier/lapel microphone. You’ll be able to speak more naturally when you are not holding anything.

4.Divide your speech and allot a certain time limit for each part.

Most motivational speakers are given time limit on their speech, especially if several others have to take the stage before or after them. That limit makes many speakers even more nervous, wondering if they can really finish the speech in time or if they can deliver in a natural voice if they have to hurry. Since time is usually non-negotiable, might as well do the time allotment yourself so you know when to rush and when to slow down. This will also give you the opportunity to skip less important parts if you are already running out of time.

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A Game of Challenge Coins in the Military

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The game of challenge coins in the military has something to do with drinking and strengthening the camaraderie among military men. It is not clear when the tradition really started, but an interesting story happened during World War II that might have started it all.

Interesting Origin

The story about a soldier of the flying squadron being saved by his medallion has been told for so many times. The tradition of providing a custom medallion (now coin) to all the members of a particular squadron started from there. To make sure that the tradition of carrying the medallion will never die, a new tradition of posting a challenge was declared.

Anyone can make a challenge at any given time and place. It was more of a one on one challenge that time. The soldiers must carry their challenge coins wherever they go. One soldier would challenge another, and if the one who were challenged failed to show his coin, he is obliged to buy the challenger a drink. However, if the one challenged showed his coin, then the person who initiated the challenge would be the one to buy a drink.

challenge coinsThe tradition of initiating a massive challenge might have started when the US military were faced with the task to occupy Germany. At that time, one Pfennig coin of West Germany was equivalent to less than one US penny. No one would bother saving their Pfennigs, unless they got nothing else.

Each time the service men gathered in a bar, one of them usually declares a Pfennig check challenge. The men must show the contents of their pockets. If a soldier had a Pfennig in his pocket, then it was a sign that he was broke. If a soldier did not have a Pfennig, then it was a sign that he had money and should buy the drinks for the next round.

The same tradition has been adapted ever since. It was no longer a one on one challenge, but a group challenge.

The Modern Day Challenge Coin Game

The rules in the modern day military challenge coin game are the same as that of Pfennig check. This time, instead of using Pfennig, they use the challenge coins issued to each member of a particular unit. When someone calls for a challenge, each member must be able to show his coin. A member who fails to bring his coin along will need to pay a penalty. He must buy each one of his group members a drink of their choice for the next round.

The challenge coin game aims to improve the camaraderie of soldiers who belong to the same unit. It is a great way to renew their bond together as a team.

There are other groups or organizations that follow the challenge coin game of the military, and adapted the same rules. However, the penalty could be the same or different from that of the military. The groups who tried the game noticed that they became closer as a team.

You can impose other penalties, aside from buying a drink. It could be a week’s worth of cleaning materials, pantry stocks, or cleaning duty. You can make the loser host a once a week tea party for a month, or pay for your spa visit. Think of a penalty that would help bring the whole team closer than before. You will not only create good vibes among members, you will get a free treat too.

Modern challenge coins come in colorful designs, different shapes and sizes, different materials, various styles for the edges, and other options that your chosen provider can offer. All you need to do is choose the most suitable material for your coin and budget.

Challenge Coins 4 Less have a sterling reputation for top quality, on-time delivery and unbeatable prices. Our challenge coins designs are the finest you can get.

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Golf shoes: a brief history

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Several pieces of golf equipment – the golf ball and clubs among them – have very colorful histories. The evolution of the golf ball is thought to be very much intertwined with the evolution of the game itself. But the development of golf shoes is unique because it is not just a reflection of developments related to the game. The transformation of golf shoes is also a story of fashion trends developing over time.

One of the earliest references to golf footwear can be traced back to 1857 when the Scottish publication, ‘The Golfer’s Manual’ suggested that beginners simply buy large shoes and equip them with nails and sprigs for the sake of achieving enough grip (while the outcome’s rather crude, it does work well enough).

Some of the shoes used in golf are the Gillies and the Kilties. The Gillies, which derived its name from the word “gille” meaning “boy”, are tongue-less Oxfords that feature fringed laces. They are used in golf by being worn with long trousers (those that extend ten centimeters below the knee) and argyle socks.

On the other hand, the once-popular golf shoe known as kilties, are essentially oxfords equipped with fringed leather that covers their laces and eyelets.

The 1857 suggestion of using nails proved to be unsafe and in 1891, the first pair of golf shoes with separate screw-in spikes was introduced. The screw-in spikes proved safer than the nails but they were soon banned from golf clubs because they damaged the greens more often than not.

A few years later, in 1906, saddle oxfords were introduced and have become the standard, classic golfing footwear. Saddle oxfords have an extra piece of leather (as you’d expect, it’s similar in shape to a saddle) that surrounds the laces. These saddles have one crucial function – to hold the foot tight during running and fast sprints.

The first golf professional to wear white buck golfing shoes that have different-colored leather trimmings was Gene Sarazen (born Eugenio Saraceni) – this was back in the early 1920s.

The 1980s saw the trend of golf shoes switching from being stiff to being more flexible. Cushioning and foot support became a point of focus to golf footwear brands and they started using materials that can ensure comfort.

In the 1990s, golf shoes started having plastic and non-metal cleats instead of the metal spikes that damaged the greens of golf courses. Aside from being more suitable to the golf course’s grassy terrains, these plastic cleats provided more comfort and they made metal spikes a thing of the past.

In recent history, one of the people who pushed for the development of such shoes is Tiger Woods, who used his celebrity status to propel the creation of a new generation of products.

Golf shoes2010 saw spikeless shoes as a golf shoe trend when Fred Couples was seen wearing those shoes with a dimpled rubber exterior. Until now, golf footwear remains on the path of development. Because of technology, manufacturers of golfing footwear began incorporating performance elements borrowed from other sports, like running and soccer.

The 1857 publication which first recorded references of golfing footwear provided the legacy of a constant search for innovation and for efficiency. Hence, it is no hyperbole to say that footwear make a golf player’s game better in several ways. Golf’s long and colorful history identified several vital things that golf footwear must provide to players namely: balance, stability, and flexibility.

Still, even as time goes by, the key to an effective golf shoe pair remains rooted in comfort. So, whatever improvements might come in the next few years, rest assured that comfort will never be compromised.

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Rating the Skills of Content Writers

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Content writers are pretty much like online journalists. They write informative, trending, and useful stuff for Ezine Articles, commercial blogs, education sites, and similar places on the web. Freelance online journalists typically know how to tweak their work to be more readable and accessible on the screen for its viewers.Their work ends when they send their completed articles to the publisher who does the rest of the job.

A content writer for corporate or business blogs, however, frequently has to wear more hats than your usual online writer. There’s a lot riding on the back of the corporate content writer. A website either makes it or drowns in the quagmire of SEO oblivion.It is the content writer’s job to create the right content to make sure that the website will stay on top of the search engine results page (SERP) and be more visible to its target audience, opening more possibilities for sales or other equivalent conversion.

Content writerCorporate web writers are usually expected to possess sophisticated verbal and technical writing skills, and some level of proficiency in web design and marketing techniques. Not all content writers are created equal, though, and a company has to be more specific in its job specifications to be able to find the perfect fit for its content writing requirements.

The battle for page ranking supremacy used to go in the way of websites that optimize sites for search engines through the clever use and appearance of keywords. The changing algorithms of search engines,however, have changed the entire SERP landscape. Quality content matters, not just in the eyes of the web users, but in the parameters set by search engines as well.

Getting the website on the top page is already a rough road, but that is just the icing on the cake. Most web users scan through the text on the results page and click on the website that seems useful. A website with highly optimized and relevant micro content or meta description tags usually takes the cake.

Providing a meta description is an opportunity to advertise a website’s content. These short paragraphs should make use of keywords astutely and include a compelling description of the website to lure a searcher to click. This sounds like a job for a content writer who is a wordsmith and a web master at the same time.

A content writer, more than anything, creates the website content that draws and retains visitors to a site. Quality content means posts that are relevant, useful, accurate, and timely. In some instances, the content writer may also be given a role in the web page design process to ensure consistency and uniformity.

Work assignments often vary, but content writers are routinely asked to do the following tasks:

•Provide content based on specifications given by a client

•Edit and polish print documents prior to online publication

•Design web pages for readability and accessibility

•Research and write web content from scratch

•Create intranet content from scratch

•Proofread web pages prior to publication

Special tasks may include testing and editing of forms for usability and website evaluation for search-ability, readability, legibility, interactivity, and strategy.

Every work assignment has varying skills requirement, but every content writer should be competent in writing titles and creating content for meta descriptions. The online writer is also expected to know how to write HTML and XML.

Professional content writers with specialist or technical skills can write alt-text for images, provide content of no frames tag, and write long desc for frames, iframes tag, and images. They are also involved in the training of new staff writers.

A content writer works in a fast-paced and technology-driven field and must keep up with the changes and the ever growing competition by continuously enhancing technical and writing skills.

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Mini Awards evoke elegance and sophistication

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In sport, it is tradition for award-giving bodies to use trophies and medals as signs of appreciation for competitors who have the best standing in their events because it requires effort and excellence to do so. As such, these symbols of high achievement must physically possess both qualities, most evident in the materials used to make them: gold, silver, or other like metals. Additionally, the design of these trinkets is suited to a style to convey respectability and discipline.

awardpinsOutside the sports world, things are not so different. One can usually find corporate, political, military, and pedagogical institutions to observe the same tradition. Military personnel with stand out services, business executives achieving milestones for their companies, and outstanding students pioneering in their fields of study find themselves the recipients of similar trinkets. Plaques and plates line their desks or mantles, but along with these baubles one can also find smaller valuables: honorary badges and award pins. In formal ceremonies, these smaller niceties are proudly displayed and attached to clothes (on lapels or collars) as they add to the style and help elevate the occasion to a more respectable sophisticated level.

One often wonders why memories of such ceremonies or occasions warrant great respect from professionals, but it is indeed the so-called trinkets themselves that give off such effect. To look no further, proof of this can be found in the very craftsmanship of these lapel award pins and badges. At the source makers of these trinkets, usually artisans, practice a level of discipline and eye to detail few possess, and you’ll see these qualities transferred during the design and execution processes, starting with the plans. These are hand-drawn and customized to standard specifications. Afterwards, computer processing follows and error-and-quality checks are applied multiple times even before manufacturing. On execution time, these steps are done to perfection: surface stamping, molding formation and cutting, soldering, plating, all done with machines then polishing, cleaning, and coloring of the surface by hands. Finally, products are finished off by baking in 450 F degrees heat, and in some cases to be applied with epoxy for higher quality and protection. Embellishments and additions are sometimes added to showcase a sophistication and taste level suited to more expensive tastes: examples are contemporary clasps, designer stamps or beautiful decals found at the back, double design, danglers or extensions, lenticular or fuzzy image, and mechanically-complicated pins fitted with LED, spinners, and sliders. The majority of current manufacturing can be found in China, but some bespoke companies or respected artisans can be located in the US/UK.

In addition to craftsmanship, historical evidence shows that two qualities, power and prestige, can also be associated with lapel award pins and badges. During the reigns of Lenin and Mao Zedong in the USSR and the People’s Republic of China respectively, badges were worn to show belongingness to the Communist Party. Later, Czechoslovakian teenagers and Communist sympathizers grew partial to donning Mao lapel buttons as symbols of a counter culture movement that grew post-1968 Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. During the period before the Soviet Union’s dissolution, use of the pins and badges spread to sports, military, and political spheres and eventually to ordinary everyday behavior. Following these historical precedents, practitioners of the popular Guru Maharaj Ji displayed their admiration through buttons, badges, and pins with large images of him. Instances of older historical associations of power can also be found in the wearing of award pins during the Olympics by Western countries like the United Kingdom. Taking all of these into account might shed light to why rest of the world has adopted a similar view of significance for such trinkets.

In much of today, pop culture has also become enamored with lapel trinkets, and for fanatics, collecting them has become a niche hobby. Particularly lucrative are designs of popular characters from Disney, Hello Kitty, comic books, and corporations such as McDonald’s, Hard Rock Cafe, etc.

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