Archive for September, 2011

Beauty School Scholarship

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Have you dreamed about becoming a cosmetologist or beautician? Technical Schools Guide lets you easily search for cosmetology schools in your area, but what if you are trying to find ways to help pay for beauty or cosmetology school? Beauty Schools Marketing Group recently launched a quarterly $2,500 scholarship that will be awarded to one lucky winner at the end of each entry period. All you have to do is fill out an application form to be entered into the beauty school scholarship contest. If you are selected as the winner, you will win $2,500 that will be applied to your beauty school tuition.

What are you waiting for? Find a cosmetology school in your area and then apply for a beauty school scholarship!


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Top 100 Books of All Time

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

It’s hard to say what makes a great book. Is it the characters? The plot? The witty writing? Or is it a mix of a lot of little things? A lot of sources provide a list of  top 100 books of all time. Since literature is subjective, there’s not a conclusive list that cotnains the top 100 books of all time. However, the below books made Time’s top 100 books of all time list. If you love to snuggle up with a good book on a cozy afternoon, you may want to check out the top 100 books of all time. Maybe you can set a goal to read 5 a year? Reading can help improve your vocabulary and make you a well rounded person who is familiar with diferent places and different eras.

A – B
•The Adventures of Augie March (1953), by Saul Bellow
•All the King’s Men (1946), by Robert Penn Warren
•American Pastoral (1997), by Philip Roth
•An American Tragedy (1925), by Theodore Dreiser
•Animal Farm (1946), by George Orwell
•Appointment in Samarra (1934), by John O’Hara
•Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (1970), by Judy Blume
•The Assistant (1957), by Bernard Malamud
•At Swim-Two-Birds (1938), by Flann O’Brien
•Atonement (2002), by Ian McEwan
•Beloved (1987), by Toni Morrison
•The Berlin Stories (1946), by Christopher Isherwood
•The Big Sleep (1939), by Raymond Chandler
•The Blind Assassin (2000), by Margaret Atwood
•Blood Meridian (1986), by Cormac McCarthy
•Brideshead Revisited (1946), by Evelyn Waugh
•The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927), by Thornton Wilder

C – D
•Call It Sleep (1935), by Henry Roth
•Catch-22 (1961), by Joseph Heller
•The Catcher in the Rye (1951), by J.D. Salinger
•A Clockwork Orange (1963), by Anthony Burgess
•The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967), by William Styron
•The Corrections (2001), by Jonathan Franzen
•The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), by Thomas Pynchon
•A Dance to the Music of Time (1951), by Anthony Powell
•The Day of the Locust (1939), by Nathanael West
•Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927), by Willa Cather
•A Death in the Family (1958), by James Agee
•The Death of the Heart (1958), by Elizabeth Bowen
•Deliverance (1970), by James Dickey
•Dog Soldiers (1974), by Robert Stone

F – G
•Falconer (1977), by John Cheever
•The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969), by John Fowles
•The Golden Notebook (1962), by Doris Lessing
•Go Tell it on the Mountain (1953), by James Baldwin
•Gone With the Wind (1936), by Margaret Mitchell
•The Grapes of Wrath (1939), by John Steinbeck
•Gravity’s Rainbow (1973), by Thomas Pynchon
•The Great Gatsby (1925), by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H – I
•A Handful of Dust (1934), by Evelyn Waugh
•The Heart is A Lonely Hunter (1940), by Carson McCullers
•The Heart of the Matter (1948), by Graham Greene
•Herzog (1964), by Saul Bellow
•Housekeeping (1981), by Marilynne Robinson
•A House for Mr. Biswas (1962), by V.S. Naipaul
•I, Claudius (1934), by Robert Graves
•Infinite Jest (1996), by David Foster Wallace
•Invisible Man (1952), by Ralph Ellison

L – N
•Light in August (1932), by William Faulkner
•The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (1950), by C.S. Lewis
•Lolita (1955), by Vladimir Nabokov
•Lord of the Flies (1955), by William Golding
•The Lord of the Rings (1954), by J.R.R. Tolkien
•Loving (1945), by Henry Green
•Lucky Jim (1954), by Kingsley Amis
•The Man Who Loved Children (1940), by Christina Stead
•Midnight’s Children (1981), by Salman Rushdie
•Money (1984), by Martin Amis
•The Moviegoer (1961), by Walker Percy
•Mrs. Dalloway (1925), by Virginia Woolf
•Naked Lunch (1959), by William Burroughs
•Native Son (1940), by Richard Wright
•Neuromancer (1984), by William Gibson
•Never Let Me Go (2005), by Kazuo Ishiguro
•1984 (1948), by George Orwell

O – R
•On the Road (1957), by Jack Kerouac
•One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962), by Ken Kesey
•The Painted Bird (1965), by Jerzy Kosinski
•Pale Fire (1962), by Vladimir Nabokov
•A Passage to India (1924), by E.M. Forster
•Play It As It Lays (1970), by Joan Didion
•Portnoy’s Complaint (1969), by Philip Roth
•Possession (1990), by A.S. Byatt
•The Power and the Glory (1939), by Graham Greene
•The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), by Muriel Spark
•Rabbit, Run (1960), by John Updike
•Ragtime (1975), by E.L. Doctorow
•The Recognitions (1955), by William Gaddis
•Red Harvest (1929), by Dashiell Hammett
•Revolutionary Road (1961), by Richard Yates

S – T
•The Sheltering Sky (1949), by Paul Bowles
•Slaughterhouse Five (1969), by Kurt Vonnegut
•Snow Crash (1992), by Neal Stephenson
•The Sot-Weed Factor (1960), by John Barth
•The Sound and the Fury (1929), by William Faulkner
•The Sportswriter (1986), by Richard Ford
•The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1964), by John le Carre
•The Sun Also Rises (1926), by Ernest Hemingway
•Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), by Zora Neale Hurston
•Things Fall Apart (1959), by Chinua Achebe
•To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), by Harper Lee
•To the Lighthouse (1927), by Virginia Woolf
•Tropic of Cancer (1934), by Henry Miller

U – W
•Ubik (1969), by Philip K. Dick
•Under the Net (1954), by Iris Murdoch
•Under the Volcano (1947), by Malcolm Lowry
•Watchmen (1986), by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
•White Noise (1985), by Don DeLillo
•White Teeth (2000), by Zadie Smith
•Wide Sargasso Sea (1966), by Jean Rhys

Graphic Novels
•Berlin: City of Stones (2000), by Jason Lutes
•Blankets (2003), by Craig Thompson
•Bone (2004), by Jeff Smith
•The Boulevard of Broken Dreams (2002), by Kim Deitch
•The Dark Knight Returns (1986), by Frank Miller
•David Boring (2000), by Daniel Clowes
•Ed the Happy Clown (1989), by Chester Brown
•Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (2000), by Chris Ware
•Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories (2003), by Gilbert Hernandez
•Watchmen (1986), by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons


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HVAC & 3D Technology

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

When you think 3D, what comes to mind? Probably not heating and air conditioning. But the craze that’s swept the nation isn’t limited just to the big screen. In January 2011, a company called QA Graphics developed a library full of 3D renderings of equipment from common, big-name product lines.

The idea is to have a more accurate model to reference when monitoring a facility’s mechanical equipment, and it works with building automation system software to provide more comprehensive cutaways with animation and detail. TS-E012398

Having this kind of detail in a building automation system helps temperature controllers, which tell the heating and cooling network what to do, to more accurately maintain standardized temperature levels. I know – sounds a little like artificial intelligence is taking over the world, right? But it helps in buildings that need to be temperature-controlled and in businesses where employees would otherwise be at war over the thermostats.

At first, the equipment library included more than 40 models of air compressors, boilers, cooling towers, air handling units, rooftop units, generators, pumps and more. In September, QA Graphics expanded it to include 11 more models of chillers, rooftop units, air handling units and electrical components. The company plans to continue expanding the model line to include water system equipment, fuel oil systems and more.

It’s an HVAC technician’s dream! Imagine being able to work in a field where you didn’t always have to take apart what you were working on to find what was wrong. With this software, it could be possible to just consult an animated model representation of the equipment and perform basic visual diagnostics. Maybe that’s not too far from reality with tools like this out there!

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Why Postsecondary Education is Important

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
SS-86543143Post secondary education is so important. Having a high school diploma is a great accomplishment but unless you are a genius, super talented or drop dead gorgeous it is not get you where you want to be. There are so many options for postsecondary information. College or community college is a great option but is sometimes unattainable to some people. Technical schools are a fantastic option for those who want to get a higher education and learn something that will help turn their passion into profession. Technical schools are flexible and are great choices for those seeking an education in a specific field.

At a technical school there are several different career fields to study. Whether you are interested in design, computers, business, marketing, accounting or working in the medical career there are education options for you. Many of the programs are short and give you the adequate education and on site job training. Getting a degree, diploma, or certificate at a trade school is a great way to get a fast education that will help you get a job after you finish school.

Overall, technical schools are typically quicker, more flexible, and more affordable way to get a post secondary education. For those who are interested in a particular medical field and want a good education in a shorter amount of time learning a trade is a great idea. A great education is the secret to getting a great job that you will love.

Working Conditions of HVAC Technicians

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

HVAC technicians can enjoy rewarding careers by providing climate-control in our homes and businesses. Air conditioning and heat are some of our greatest comforts during the hot summer months and chilly wintertime. 

Anywhere climate-control equipment needs to be installed, repaired or serviced, HVAC technicians will find work.  Many technicians relish the fact that their job allows them to travel, often be outside, and do what they enjoy most—work with their hands! However, because of the nature of their job, HVAC technicians face many risks in their working conditions including electrical shock, burns, muscle strains or other injuries from working with heavy equipment.

If you’re considering a career as a HVAC technician it’s important to be aware of occupational dangers and working conditions. It’s also important to find a program that prepares you with safety knowledge.

Potential hazards that HVAC technicians are at risk for:
-Exposure to harmful gases such as carbon monoxide
-Falling from heights
-Exposure to harmful chemicals
-Harsh weather conditions
-Long hours and traveling

We joke that working too much is a health hazard, but the last risk on our list is quite serious.  During peak times like the hottest months of summer and snowstorms in the winter, technicians can expect to work overtime and unusual hours.  HVAC technicians may work evening shifts, weekend shifts or be on call.  Tired and overworked technicians unfortunately can make harmful or fatal mistakes such as falling asleep while driving or accidental electrocution.

While this isn’t meant to scare you from an HVAC technician career, it will hopefully make you more aware of the risks and working conditions the career may entail.  Look for an HVAC training program that offers plenty of courses that focus on how to avoid risks and safety practices.  Here’s to a successful and safe HVAC technician career!


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