Month: May 2016

How to not get a hangover and what to do if you have one

Drinking alcohol has its benefits and drawbacks. Among the drawback is getting a hangover the morning after. Hangovers are the unpleasant after-math of alcohol intoxication. They come knocking hard when alcohol might have let the body, and so are defined by various horrific symptoms such as headache, dizziness, tiredness, thirst, nausea as well as a lack of appetite. The seriousness of hangovers differs between people, but most folks concur they are not exceptionally pleasant.

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Unsurprisingly, different types of “hangover cures” exist, a few of which are proclaimed to be effective. The proofs behind them are however not sufficient, and most have not even been examined. But, there really are several strategies that have revealed some potential.

Here are 3 proof-based methods of preventing hangovers, or, at least, make them less severe.

1. Drink in Moderation, or Not at All
The seriousness of hangovers increases with respect to the quantity of booze consumed. That is why the most effective way to avoid hangovers would be to drink in moderation (or to abstain totally). The quantity of alcohol needed to cause a hangover differs between folks. Most folks only need 1 or 2 drinks, while some need considerably more. About 23% of individuals tend not to get hangover, no matter the quantity of booze they consume.

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However, moderation isn’t necessarily a viable alternative. Many folks love drinking and, therefore, are ready to consume booze despite understanding they could regret it the morning after. Bottom Line: The intensity of hangovers is associated with the quantity of booze consumed. Drinking in moderation, or not at all, is the one easiest method to prevent a hangover.

2. Prevent Drink with Congeners – Hazardous By-Products of Booze Production
Ethanol is the primary active ingredient in alcoholic drinks. When ethanol (simply known as booze in this post) is made by sugar-fermenting yeasts, by-products called congeners are formed at the same time. Congeners are hazardous substances formed in little quantities when alcohol is produced. Common congeners are isopentanol, acetone, and methanol. Alcoholic drinks with high levels of congeners seem to raise intensity as well as the frequency of hangovers, compared to drinks that have low quantity. Examples of drinks full of congeners are tequila, cognac, and whiskey.

However, colorless drinks like gin, vodka, and rum, are composed of low quantities of congeners. And virtually no congeners are contained in vodka in any way. Several types of research have compared the consequences of whiskey (high in congeners) and vodka (low in congeners). Both the intensity as well as frequency of hangovers was discovered to be greater in whiskey. Two studies have found a common congener, methanol, to be highly related to hangover symptoms.

Bottom Line: The seriousness of hangovers could be significantly reduced by drinking clear drinks (low in congeners), such as vodka, gin or rum.

3. Drink a Lot of Water

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Alcohol is a diuretic, getting you to pee more than when you drink an equivalent quantity of pure water. That is why alcohol can cause dehydration. It could lead to symptoms like fatigue, headache, thirst, and dry mouth although dehydration isn’t regarded as the main cause for hangovers. Luckily, dehydration is quite easy to prevent. Only ensure that you drink enough water. An excellent rule would be to drink a glass of water (or another non-alcoholic drink) between booze, and also to drink a minimum of one large glass of water before sleeping.

Bottom Line: Drinking a lot of water can reduce a few of the primary symptoms of hangovers, including headache and thirst.

New Fun Products for Geeks in the Office

New Fun Products for Geeks in the Office

Sometimes finding the right thing to show off your geekery is hard. Maybe you want something cool for your desk at the office, or maybe just want something fun to look at next to your desktop. Either way, keep reading to find out about three new fun products to show off your geekery.

For fans of the new Fallout installment, this Vault 111 mouse and headphone set is the perfect, eye-catching product for your desk. Compatible with any operating system, the mouse is designed for a gamer. It features an optical sensor for pixel-perfect precision, game-reactive lighting, and a rubberized coating for a better grip. The headset is made to be comfortable for hours of gameplay, with incredible sound that will allow you to hear the Deathclaws coming for you from all directions.

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If you don’t want to proclaim what fandom you are a part of that’s totally fine. There are tons of geeky items that you can enjoy. For instance, how about a chainsaw proof iPhone charging cable? Yes, you read that right. No more broken chargers or exposed wires where the rubber wore down. This Titan cable can withstand even a chainsaw attacking it, making it more durable than you during the zombie apocalypse. ivpv_titan_charging_cable

The newest Star Wars movie has almost everyone craving new merch regardless if they liked the film or not. Have these Star Wars Geeki Tikis on your desk and you’ll have everyone around staring with envy. With enough options to make it hard to choose, they have Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, R2-D2, a Stormtrooper, and Yoda available. I’d suggest buying extras because you know someone’s going to want to “borrow” one.

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Have geeky items you’d like to recommend? Let me know in the comments!

Video Game News/Reviews: Dark Souls III

Video Game News-Reviews- Dark Souls III.jpgBoasting about 30 hours of game play, Dark Souls III is basically par for the course when it comes to the Dark Souls brand. If you are a fan of the relatively difficult learning curve, the lush backgrounds and the epic boss fights, you will definitely feel at home here. When it comes to the basic tenets of Dark Souls, if it is not broken, don’t fix it.

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However, there are enough good new features in Dark Souls III to keep even the most jaded players coming back for more. The featured game mechanic, the new weapon ability, give the player new ways to melee or crowd control with the slightly sped up combat. It seems that the developers listened to the critiques of players who felt that the first two Dark Souls were slightly defensive and slow. The action has definitely been sped up here to create a more manic atmosphere.

Graphics have not been upgraded drastically; you will notice some hiccups in the admittedly great backgrounds when the screen fills up with enemies. This is slightly disappointing considering that the base frame rate is 30 fps, not 60. However, the immersive plot of the game may keep you enticed even when the technical problems occur.

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Photo from: Patrick Klepek

One of the biggest critiques of the Dark Souls III is that it too closely resembles last year’s breakthrough adventure game Bloodborne, with some of the enemy types seemingly lifted straight from that game. This is potentially frustrating if you are a hardcore fan of the genre as a whole.

Keep in touch with us for future video game news/reviews!

Rewards Programs are Essential to Keeping Customers Coming Back.

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Rewards programs are something that I take advantage of whenever possible. They are an incentive for me to continue using a company’s product. You will find reward programs with various credit card companies, restaurants, and clothing stores, to name a few. It is a great marketing tool to keep you coming back for more. Essentially, it is like training a dog. If you want the dog to sit, you must give the dog a treat if it obeys a command. No, I am not likening humans to dogs, but if you think about it, we enjoy treats too and if we buy, just as the dog sits, we get a treat.
I am especially drawn in by the awards that I receive via email or mail, that award me $15 off if I redeem $15 or more in the store or online. From the comfort of my home, I go to their website, shop a while and secure the deal. Sometimes you can save more by going to the store and buying there to avoid shipping and handling.
There are also “cash back” awards where you earn pennies on the dollar each time you use your credit card. Again, this is a nice treat after logging in to pay a credit card bill and see that you have earned $5.86 in reward money that you can use towards your payment. Not to dampen the spirit of rewards, but if all you do is charge and pay the minimum, they are happy to give you $5.86 as they take $25.00 in interest from you each month. Make sure you do your math when choosing credit cards and the interest rates associated with them.