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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA – 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz revealed a brand-new compact car on the eve of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The CLA-Class is the company’s latest effort to attract younger buyers to the brand.


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Illuminating Light: The Benefits of Illuminance and Luminance Meters

Light is essential for vision and therefore, particularly necessary for photography, video, or any imagery. It is just as necessary to make use of an illuminance meter or a light meter when producing any sort of imagery for finest results. Light provides us with a surplus of visual information. The forms and colors around us are visible because light from sources around us reflect off of various surfaces, then reach our eyes, which decode the received information, then convey it to our brain. It’s important to realize that any camera is, in effect, a mechanical eye. To help that eye get the most information from its environment, we need to provide it with the appropriate amount of light, and the most precise way of doing that is by use of an illuminance meter, which measures the amount of incident light hitting an object. It’s very important to remember that Luminance and Illuminance is not the same thing. Luminance is the measure of light reflecting off of a given surface or objects while illuminance is the measure of light reaching and hitting that object or surface (also called “incident light”). The visible light spectrum is a relatively small portion of the light spectrum, between 380 nm and 760 nm. It’s key to remember that the term “light” includes the infrared and ultraviolet regions too. These also need to be properly measured and taken into account for certain types of imagery. The detection and control of light is a necessary process and to measure it requires at least a rudimentary understanding of its properties and laws, and proper application of that knowledge. The introduction of new terminology and concepts with regard to light has made it one of the least understood subjects in the field of optics.

So, what exactly are you measuring?

Normally, you’re measuring the total light energy emitted either from a source or falling on a surface with a light meter. This total energy covers a portion of the visible spectrum, and includes both ultraviolet and infrared energy (infrared energy is most commonly associated with heat, another form of energy, but attributed to light). Color, being a property of light, can also be measured and quantified with various light meters and illuminance meters, many of which have built in display measurements integrated into the tools.

So how do I measure light properly?

First and foremost, you have to establish where you need to measure the light from. Both types of light meters, illuminance meters and luminance meters, measure light; but from different sources. If you need to measure the light reflecting of a given surface, you’ll need a luminance light meter such as the LS-100 or LS-110. Both are handheld, compact and lightweight, run off a 9 volt battery, and are connectable to a PC. If you need to measure the light coming to, or hitting your target, you’ll need the assistance of an Illuminance meter such as the TL-1. With an understanding of light and how it affects your subjects, and practice with these tools, your success is assured.

Kris Leeds is a freelance writer for Konica Minolta, a leading provider of illuminance meters and light meters, For more information on spectroradiometers, please visit

Get Your Ex Back by Taking Care of Yourself First

If you have just been dumped by either your boyfriend or girlfriend, the first thing you instinctively want to do is get your ex back. When you’re in the position, the pain of losing someone and being left in the cold can sometimes seem unbearable. If there are loose ends when a relationship comes to a close it strengthens our desire to get back together with our ex exponentially. Because of the pain associated with a breakup, we sometimes develop blinders on how to react to this situation in order to successfully get your ex back. The only true way to get your ex back is by working on yourself first. Read on further as I explain how working on yourself first is the fastest way to getting your ex back.

When you take the time to reevaluate yourself and your priorities during the breakup period, it forces you to focus your energy on yourself and away from the pain of being without your ex. One of the hardest thins to do during a break up is trying to remain occupied mentally and physically. By dedicating this time to reintroduce yourself to the real “you”, you will certainly keep yourself busy on both aspects. If you want to get your ex back, you have to really be OK with yourself first and know exactly what it is you want in a relationship. The only way to know these things is by reevaluating yourself.

There are also more obvious ways of working on yourself in order to get your ex back. These include: going to the gym, taking up a new hobby, making new friends, and concentrating your energy at work.

Renewing your gym membership is a no-brainer when it comes tot he “get your ex back” plan. Your ex needs to know what he or she is missing; and what better way to show them then by showing off your hot new body?

Taking up a new hobby is absolutely necessary in the “get your ex back” plan as well. Taking up new hobbies, trying new things, and making new friends becomes a “trial and error” procedure to help you realize what you like, who like to be around, and how you can make “you” happy. All of these things are like reinventing yourself. As you do this, your ex will take notice… and when your ex notices what they’re missing, you surely will get your ex back in no time.

Why is getting your ex back so important to you? Because a good relationship is one of the most treasured of human interactions. We all want to be loved. There are the great times together, the shared dreams and visions, the mutual likes and dislikes and more. Great relationships are essential for enjoying a good quality of life. They color everything else around us.

Latest Five Biggest Auto Recalls News

The Volkswagen Scandal: We Have Been Here Before
The current scandal has cost VW 1/3 of its market cap, its CEO his job and delivered a potentially fatal blow to the market for “clean diesel” cars because, it turns out, VW wasn't producing “clean diesel”—it was cheating the emissions tests. (Full …
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Sell, sue or stay put: considerations for Volkswagen owners
A recall fix may be coming soon for 2015 and 2016 models, neither of which can be sold until repairs are made. Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation, the country's largest auto dealership chain, said that he was told by VW officials that a software change …
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South Africa regulators to probe local VW unit after emissions scandal
Volkswagen, the world's biggest carmaker, has admitted using software known as a defeat device to ensure it passed U.S. testing for nitrogen oxides and said 11 million of its cars had been fitted with it. The NRCS said it could recall cars if VW was …
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Tinker auto recalling on sight of deer

Tinker stops and stares at the deer before returning to me (unfortunately off camera). It’s him being a bit of a pest wanting attention for his ‘automatic recall’ that alerts me to look around for what set him off. Towards the end of the video you might be able to see the deer moving about while I’m fiddling with leads and dropping cheese!

If you want to know why I recall the Border Terrier in that fashion, check this video.

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Smoke Detectors – Avoid Fires and Save Lives

Fires in the home take many lives each year. They occur most often when the family is sleeping and a properly functioning smoke detector has repeatedly proven to prevent untimely fatalities.

Although the evidence clearly states smoke detectors do save lives many homes do not have properly functioning smoke detectors. There are many reasons for this; some people may object to the expense, for others reasoning may include not having the knowledge to install a smoke detector properly. Some have smoke detectors with dead batteries in them — rendering the device useless. While it is recommended that batteries in each device be replaced every six months a lot of people will simply forget or remove a battery in an over sensitive detector and therefore the smoke detector is essentially useless in the event of a fire.


Is Your Detector Too Sensitive?

Calculations from the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration suggest that large numbers of fires in the home are caused by Christmas trees and holiday lights.  People are reminded to replace batteries at each time change and it is recommended to check them before adding any holiday decorations using electric as a safety measure in the event a fire occurs. While cooking holiday meals the smoke detector may sound the alarm but it is not recommended to take the batteries out.  Tip: If your detector seems too sensitive, use a vacuum cleaner to clean dust out of the device as this can make a big difference.


Smoke Detector Placement

In the United States, local laws vary on placement of smoke detectors in the home. The rule of thumb is one per level and one in the vicinity of each bedroom. Statistically, fatalities that do occur in homes with working smoke detectors are more often than not because most homes have only one per level and while asleep, residents hear the alarm too late.

In some areas, homes that are a new construction involve laws that are a bit stricter and take advantage of newer technologies. New homes must have smoke detectors wired into the electrical system and provide devices in each bedroom. Many families are following suit and adding the wired alarms when updating homes. It’s imperative to work with a professional in this situation. If you’re looking to do this in the Atlanta area, it is imperative to contact an Atlanta electrician before attempting to install any electrical components in the home in order to ensure proper installation and keep safety hazards at bay.

Many state programs provide free smoke detectors to low income residents. However after an Atlanta fire took the lives of three young sisters in 2009; many debates have sparked over the effectiveness of the older model devices. Atlanta electrical contractors are offering area residents advice on how to upgrade to newer wired models.

Protect yourself from fire with safety precautions and smoke detectors that are in working order! Searching for www.mccallent.comElectricians Atlanta? If you need help with installing hard-wired smoke detectors or require  another electrical service for the Atlanta area, contact McCall Enterprises at Electrician Atlanta.


Volkswagen ordered to recall nearly 500,000 vehicles

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said Volkswagen sold nearly half a million diesel cars with software intentionally designed to bypass standards for air pollution.

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Dorm Fires – Why Your Dorm Room is a Blaze Waiting to Happen

Nearly 1,500 fires occur each year in college dorm rooms and fraternity and sorority houses. As a college student, your small living space will be filled with paper, books, clothing, bedding, and other highly combustible materials. A fire can take hold within seconds as a result of cooking, smoking, lighting candles, and overloading electrical outlets within feet of these flammable objects. Take the following precautions to prevent a potentially deadly fire in your dorm room.


Cooking is the number one cause of accidental fire in a dorm environment. Always adhere to your school’s guidelines regarding cooking equipment. If a particular appliance is prohibited, it is usually for good reason. Never place toasters, hot plates, microwave ovens, etc. near beds, drapes, books or clothing. Don’t use appliances with bad or frayed cords and make sure the appliance is UL listed. Keep the equipment clean at all times and remove all grease from its surfaces.

While cooking always pay attention to what you are doing and never walk away. When you are finished, always be sure to turn off the appliance, or better yet get into the habit of unplugging it. A unit with an automatic shut-off feature is your best option. It is also a great idea to keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

Open Flames

One of the biggest contributing factors to dormitory fires is the use of candles and smoking materials. Candles are prohibited on most campuses and for very good reason. Too often candles are placed close to the combustible materials we discussed or candles are left unattended when students leave their rooms or fall asleep. Leave the candles at home so you will not be tempted to use them.

Smoking materials often start dorm fires; especially when they are not extinguished or disposed of properly. Too often, cigarette butts end up in regular garbage cans instead of dedicated ash trays. Falling asleep while smoking or smoking while impaired are equally as dangerous. Follow your school’s rules and only smoke in designated areas.

Electrical Safety

The misuse of electrical outlets in your dorm room can put you at great risk for a dormitory fire. If there are outlets in your room that are too hot to touch or do not hold the plugs properly, discontinue their use immediately and report the issue to your RA.

Do not abuse the use of power strips. While a power strip might be needed for you to plug in one or two additional items, use them sparingly or you may overload the electrical system. Only use power strips with built-in circuit breakers that will shut off automatically if you are drawing too much power.

Make sure any extension cords you are using have a UL label, especially if you picked up a few cheap ones from the Dollar Store. Extension cords are technically made for temporary use, so be careful. Never chain extension cords together and avoid putting them under rugs or furniture.

Other Dorm Fire Hazards

Make sure other electrical items such as hair dryers, curling irons, hair straighteners, clothes irons, space heaters, etc. have an automatic shut-off feature. These are very easily left on by mistake and as a result become a significant fire hazard.

Keep your dorm room relatively neat and free of clutter. If a fire does start, it won’t be fueled by piles of clothing, extra papers, and overflowing garbage cans. If you have a party in your room, get rid of all the trash immediately.

These safety precautions may seem obvious but they are all too easily overlooked with the excitement and hustle and bustle of dorm life. Revisit this list every year to refresh your memory and to make sure your dorm room is fire-hazard free.

Elizabeth Dennis writes for a variety of college and university topics, including dorm living. For information about dorm room furniture, visit our dorm desks buying guide.

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Nissan (NSANY) Announces Recall to Fix Control Panel Issue
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Americans are sick of vehicle recalls
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Jeep Hacker Says IoT Security a Complex Issue
Their hacks led to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to recall 1.4 million vehicles to fix the vulnerability, and put an even greater spotlight on the complex issue of security and the Internet of things (IoT). … a wireless hotspot, the two were able to get …
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America's fading affair with cars
Chuck Mecca plops his lawn chair down in the parking lot of the Chick-fil-A at the Dulles Town Crossing shopping center, smack behind his lipstick-red 1956 Ford F-100 pickup, primped and polished for its turn under the Friday night lights.
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US will punish Fiat Chrysler over recall failures

US will punish Fiat Chrysler over recall failures
WASHINGTON—The chief U.S. government official in charge of auto safety said Thursday that he will punish Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after regulators accused the automaker of flubbing recall fixes and repeatedly failing to notify the U.S. government and …
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2012-2015 Ram Pickups Recalled To Fix Seatbelts, Airbags; 1.9 Million Vehicles
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