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The All-American History of the Adriondeck Chair

As summer comes about, it is time once again to be bombarded by advertisements for that ever famous coffee-house staple: the Adriondeck chair. These chairs are characterized by their low, squatty appearance, yet amazing comfort and grace all year round. They are particularly known for their high and wide fan-type back.

While this chair was once a regional favorite of those living in New York, it has become a summertime staple throughout the United States, with people loving and enjoying its comfort from New York to New Orleans. People are immediately attracted to this chair for the aesthetic quality it brings, along with the comfort it provides. While a favorite by far, many people don’t know how the Adriondeck chair got its name, or the rise to fame that it took.

This Adriondeck chair was built at the forefront of a new century, with people excited about what new technology would bring for tomorrow. Except instead of going forward with these new things, many were taking a step back and enjoying the finer things in life. The first known chair was built in 1903, by an American pioneer who would unknowingly change the way Americans consider their summer lounging for the rest of time.

The original Adriondeck chair was built by a New York man named Thomas Lee. Lee had a summer home in the Adriondack Mountain region of New York (the namesake of the chair itself), and was looking for a way to enjoy the summer air in comfort. Through a series of several trial and error experiments putting together different types of prototype chairs, Lee came up with a design not too dissimilar from what we now know today as the Adriondeck chair. This first crude attempt at putting a chair together from scratch was known for similar traits that we know the Adriondack chair for now: the tall, fan-shaped back, and wide arm rest.

The Adriondeck chair had soon become quite popular, after perfecting the first prototype models. Demand soon became high for these chairs, and Thomas couldn’t handle the demand by himself. Lee offered the design and production opportunity to a local carpenter by the name of Harry Bunnell. Bunnell was attracted to the idea, as he needed a way to make money throughout the snowy winter months when his services could not be rendered. Lee approached him to build the chairs, as they were selling quite well for the time. To start, it worked well for both parties: the original agreement called for Bunnell to build the chairs, and split the money with Lee for creating the original design of the chair to begin with.

As the Adriondeck chairs became mass produced, they were soon shipped across the country, to those who could afford them. This resulted in several different copycat designs, produced by other regional builders throughout the nation. History tells us that Bunnell took it upon himself to file a sole patent on the chair, including the name and design. The original builder of the chair, Thomas Lee, was not named as a co-applicant, removing him all patent protections of his chair. The United States Patent Office approved Bunnell’s application (as he was the first producer of record of these chairs), and patent number 794,444 belonged solely to him and the design of the Adriondeck chair. Bunnell now possessed the sole right to profit for the chair, and continued to manufacture it for over 20 years.

Today, Adriondeck chairs can be found nearly everywhere across the United States – from coffee houses to front porches. And with their comfort and aesthetic pleasure, they bring charm and class wherever they go across the United States, built with the heart and spirit of the American worker.

Joe Cortez is a freelance writer with diverse interests including home and garden, outdoor furniture and backyard living, with a particular interest in Americana Outdoor Furniture As a media professional, his work has been featured on CNN and the CBS Evening News. He writes for In Style Patio and The North Cedar Company

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Palm Pixi Plus – Enjoy Everything at One Platform

Nowadays there are a large number of smartly packed mobile phones available in the market that will let you get advantage of experiencing almost everything at single platform, and Palm Pixi Plus is one among them. This smart gadget has come in existence in the June month of current year containing highly advanced stuff that is equal to 92.5 grams.

Physical Charm

Palm Pixi Plus is truly a magnetizing device fitted in a black colored outfit that gives it a graceful appearance with 111 x 55 x 10.9 mm. Moving towards the display, you will notice 2.63 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen capable of handling 320 x 400 pixels resolution objects and supports up to 256K colors. Apart from this, there is a QWERTY keyboard and few other additional facilities like accelerometer sensor for UI auto rotate and proximity sensor for auto turn-off.

Functions Smartly

There is no doubt that smart things attract people, this one is also blessed by lots of smart features such as Document viewer, navigation system with A-GPS support, AT&T Navigator. You will find it operated on Palm webOS along with Qualcomm MSM7627 600 MHz processor, dedicated graphics accelerator CPU. GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps, EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps, 3G HSDPA, 7.2Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76Mbps, WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, WAP 2.0 / HTML browser, Bluetooth and USB can be utilized as internet connectivity and data sharing options. All smart communication options viz. SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email and IM can be experienced on Palm Pixi Plus. And coming to storage capacity, 8 GB space has been provided internally, but you can’t extend it further.

Brings lots of Fun & Entertainment

Palm Pixi Plus takes good care even of your leisure time as it has brought 2 megapixel camera with LED flash facility and Geo-tagging feature. By using this tool, you will be able to get still pictures up to 1600×1200 pixels resolution and good quality video clips. Apart from imaging, audio/video experience can also be taken on this excellent smart phone in the formats like MP3/WAV/eAAC+ audio and MP4/H.264/H.263 video. Next to this, it also has some embedded games to draw the attention of gaming lovers.

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Frank Sherman, A Voice For Sustainability

Strategic – holistic – sustainable – green… the latest easy listening buzz words to some; a form of holy grail to architect Frank Sherman, who applies an ever evolving mastery of problem solving and group dynamics to helping clients realize their creative green visions. According to Frank, “that sometimes means helping them discover their creative visions.”

A principal with the Chrisner Group – a strategic green building solutions provider; also founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council’s NJ Chapter (USGBC NJ), past chair of National USGBC’s steering committee, and board member elect for National’s NE Corridor Regional Council – Frank has devoted endless hours to developing chapters and chapter networks into a series of regional councils and placing them into the context of the larger USGBC organization. Of late, he has also become a student and an advocate of USGBC National’s new cutting edge consensus-building tool, Dynamic Governance. Dynamic Governance was first developed in Europe as “Sociocracy,” and was adopted by USGBC as a way of making decisions with maximum cooperation and minimum friction – “particularly useful when there are a lot of strong minded people,” Frank noted. The method was renamed Dynamic Governance early on by USGBC Vice Chair, Sandy Wiggans, because no one could imagine “Sociocracy” playing over here, he said.

Having observed the rapid growth of USGBC with something akin to wonder, this was all heady stuff to me. We often hear that ‘Life is a River.” I decided that USGBC is a River. And in this case that Frank Sherman is a River.

In any case, he is not a linear thinker, he noted.

This is true. Our broad discussion touched upon the potential effects of the new consensus-building approach as it is slowly being introduced across the nation; the potential effects of LEED as it is applied and hopefully monitored across the nation; and, coming back to earth, we zeroed in upon his newest professional challenge – a plan to bring sustainable solutions to an entire distressed neighborhood in West Philadelphia.

As it aggressively seeks investment, the East Parkside, Philadelphia project is now in the advanced stages of planning and the birth pangs of implementing those plans. Frank and his partner, Scott Chrisner’s roles will be to bring rigorous, integrated green design decision-making to the process. The goal will be to have the whole project emerge as a high performance, mixed use, pedestrian-friendly, green neighborhood adhering to LEED standards. “It is all about the quality of thought going into designing the buildings – not about amount of green stuff you throw at the buildings,” he said. “Green building is about good design and intelligent design decision-making. If you define your design problem correctly you can come up with creative solutions that don’t cost more, such as site planning. How the building is oriented can greatly affect the energy performance of the building. Fundamental decisions about how to marry the building’s envelope technologies with the building’s systems technologies make a big difference; as do how you are able to use natural resources such as solar and ventilation resources.”

In East Parkside these design decision-making skills will be leveled at a seriously distressed 20-block inner city neighborhood from which most of those who could leave, have left. What is really exciting to him is being involved in a project which will be able to look at environmental benefits on a wide scale, not just as they apply single buildings. Potentially that can be very powerful, he said. Down the road, he hopes to work with partners who are able to measure impacts: environmental, economic and social.

Frank Sherman and his partner base their business on measuring environmental performance, he said, noting that LEED has developed products and methodologies that provide recertifications which encourage monitoring ongoing. “People can learn a lot through measuring and monitoring their buildings,” he said. “It is very wise to invest in appropriate ways to so measure.”

The bottom line is that because of this orientation, Frank Sherman looks for certain qualities, commitments and beliefs in clients. He wants clients to be collaborators in exploring green building solutions. Given his commitment to sustainability, he wants to work with those who are as committed to creating high performance green buildings as he is.

Jacqueline Herships is a publicist and communications strategist working to build public understanding of Sustainability, Green Building, Smart Growth, Community Redevelopment and the Environment. Her column “Spotlight on Green Builders” appears in the USGBC-NJ newsletter. For further information: jacqueline@jacquelineherships.com http://jacquelineherships.com

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Talking About Facebook Everywhere

I always talk to a lot of people about Facebook on any given day in my world. It is my personal hobby of the major number of choices when I start to join social networking online. So I’m sure that if I am somewhere and someone in the room is talking about Facebook then I can hear it and integrate easily with the conversation.

 

Because of this I have discovered that the words page and profile are being used interchangeably when they are actually two very different functions of Facebook and they have two very different uses as well.

 

I hear people saying that they post things to “their” Facebook page and that they don’t want their business connections to connect with them on their personal page.

 

So I thought I would take this opportunity to clear up some of the Facebook terminology and explain the differences and what each thin means.

 

Facebook Profile


This is the thing you automatically get if you go to Facebook.com and sign up for an account. This area is all about you. It asks for you name, your hometown, your current city, your birthday, who you are in a relationship with and even your anniversary.

 

Since none of these things apply to your business the answers should not be about your business either. These questions should contain answers about YOU, the person.

 

Through things like lists and security settings you can keep people from finding you that you don’t want to find you and you get to choose who you become “friends” with since on a profile both people have to either accept or ignore a friend request.

 

Since a profile is a person it also needs to be relatively limited as to the amount of business promotion that is done on it. Your Facebook Profile is NOT the place to sell on Facebook.

 

Facebook Page


A Facebook page on the other hand can be all about your business. It can be about your products, your website, your company or really anything else you want it to be about. If you are going to run promotions on Facebook then a Page is the place to do it.

 

When you create a page on Facebook you are asked completely different questions. Things like hours, address, website, parking information and your mission.

 

You can put your company logo as the picture on your page, whereas on your personal profile you are supposed to put…a picture of…you. You can create as many pages as you want to, but you can only have one profile.

 

Words of caution, even on a page be careful just how much you “sell stuff”. People are not on Facebook to be sold to. They are there to socialize and get to know each other. So the best practice is to offer a lot of value and free information and filter in some sales offers or business announcements here and there.

 

Facebook Friends


In your Profile you have “Friends”. This is Facebook’s name for all of the people you are connected to on Facebook. This can be actual friends, family or customers and even potential customers.

 

It is up to you who you become friends with on Facebook. Anyone who wants to be connected with you will have to put in a friend request. You then have to option of accepting them as a friend or ignoring their friend request and basically telling Facebook that you do not want to be friends with that person.

 

It is the same if you want to be friends with someone else. That person will have to agree to connect with you on their Facebook profile.

 

Facebook Fans (or likes…)


In a Page (They used to be called Fan Pages) anyone can “like” a page. As the page owner you have no say over who can like your page and who can’t. Anyone who does “like” your page will show up on that page in the list of people who like it and now any time you post something to that page those people will see that stuff on their news feed.

 

Also depending on that individual person’s settings all of their friends will also see that they “liked” your page and they may come and investigate and in turn “like” it as well.

 

Someone on Facebook can like a page by going to that page and clicking the small “Like” button at the top of the page. Once they do that then your stuff shows up on their news feed whenever you post to the page.

 

So as you may be starting to realize Facebook has taken some basic words and changed their meaning within the context of their site. And as the site continues to grow this will only become more pervasive.

 

Hopefully this has helped clear up some of the confusion about what people are talking about exactly when they are talking about Facebook and you will be able to visualize exactly the right thing and join in the conversation.

 

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Abraham Lincoln and the 10,000-Hour Rule

The Beatles did it before becoming world famous. Bill Gates did it before becoming one of the world’s richest men. And Abraham Lincoln did it before becoming one of America’s most honored President.

Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers, maintains that anyone who expects to become world-class at anything had better plan on doing it.

And what is IT?

IT is practicing thousands and thousands of hours. Gladwell says 10,000 hours.

In the case of the Beatles, they played night after night in Hamburg, Germany’s strip clubs. Here’s how John Lennon remembered the experience: “We got better and got more confidence. We couldn’t help it with all the experience playing all night long….In Hamburg, we had to play for eight hours, so we really had to find a new way of playing.” When the Beatles returned to Liverpool, they had become a seasoned, musically disciplined band with their own sound.

In the case of Bill Gates, he started doing his 10,000 hours when he was in the eighth grade. His high school purchased a teletype machine that was linked to a mainframe computer in Seattle. Gates and his buddy Paul Allen used that system to the limit, then found a way to get computer time at a software company where they spent literally thousands of hours learning how to use the new technology. Here’s Bill Gates on that topic: “It was my obsession. I skipped athletics. I went up there at night. We were programming on weekends. It would be a rare week that we wouldn’t get twenty or thirty hours in.”

And Lincoln? Historian Gerald J. Prokopowicz writes: “Over the 25 years that he practiced law, Lincoln (and his partners) handled an average of more than two-hundred cases a year, an awesome workload.”

Do the math. Two-hundred cases for twenty-five years come to 5000 cases. (Actually there were more than 5000 cases.) Let’s say Lincoln spent just two hours on each case. (On some he certainly spent less time, on others far more.) That easily comes to the magic number 10,000 hours that Gladwell has written about.

Lincoln, like everybody who has ever made a lasting mark in any field, got to be good at what he/she was doing by putting in thousands of hours of practice.

Gene Griessman, Ph.D. is a professional speaker and Lincoln portrayer. He is author of The Words Lincoln Lived By and co-author of Lincoln Speaks To Leaders: 20 Powerful Lessons From America’s 16th President, with Pat Williams and Peggy Matthews Rose. Griessman’s website is http://www.presidentlincoln.com

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Think Preppy Plaid

This season, look for lots of plaid…but not the grungy plaid many have grown up believing was the only look.  Ditch the flannel and go for the cool cotton fabrics that define a great looking plaid men’s shirt.  So how can you pull it off without looking like you were just pulled out of the grunge era of the 1990s?  Actually, it’s easier than you think.  

Unlike the flannel plaid shirts that looked better the more unkempt they were, the light cotton versions of contemporary day offer a closer fit, the preppy buttoned collar and vibrant colors.  The collars are also shorter this season.  Pair with sporty chinos and leather boat shoes and you’re good to go.

It’s all in the fit.  Be sure your selection fits well across the shoulders, the arms (tip: a slimmer sleeve is what you’re going for) and the length.  Remember, it’s about a neat look and that’s only achieved with a shirt that’s tucked in.

You’re not a lumberjack – so be sure the rest of your appearance follows the preppy trend and not so much the rugged path.  A long sleeve is a must – it looks great rolled up to the elbow.  And if it’s a tie you need to add, choose a solid color that matches the shirt for a crisp look that’s both casual and professional.

Another great thing about plaid oxfords is their versatility.  They work well with shorts, jeans and dressier pants and either with or without front pockets.  Try wearing a plain tee underneath for a laid back appearance.  Look for color combinations that include oranges, reds, shades of blue and even grey.  

Finally, you’ll want to choose quality fabrics from respected design labels.  You’ll be wearing this right on through the cooler months, so you want to get the best bang for your buck.  

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