How to Choose a Home Alarm System

Conducting Preliminary Research
1.Survey your home and determine how many windows and doors you want to be “switched,” or integrated into the home security system.
2.Determine possible locations for the control panel and keypads. You might find it convenient to place a keypad close to the front door. You might also want a keypad close to the bedrooms. The control panel commands the system, and the keypads allow you to program the system and turn it, or its components, on and off.
3.Determine how far away windows and doors are from the control panel so that you know how far wires will be routed if you choose a wired alarm system or how far a wireless system needs to communicate with sensors. Keep in mind that it is difficult to install a hard-wired security system unless your house is still under construction.
4.Decide whether you want a monitored security system that will be monitored 24 hours a day. The central monitoring station “watches” your home for a monthly fee. A less expensive alternative is a basic sensor system with a dialer accessory that connects the system to your phone lines and dials preselected numbers if the house’s security is breached.
5.Consider your lifestyle. Does anyone in the family often get up in the middle of the night for a snack? Do you have a large pet that roams the house at night? Such circumstances will influence the type of motion sensor you select and how it is installed. It may also call for you or members of your family to take trips to the keypad to prevent false alarms. 
Choosing the System

6.Consult with a reputable home security system adviser.
7.Choose a system with a control panel that can monitor all the zones you have in your home. Each window or door integrated into the system is considered a zone. A basic system is capable of controlling eight zones. However, many panels permit the addition of expansion modules that allow the system to watch up to 32 zones.
8.Determine if the routing of the wires for a hard-wired security system might be too long. With a wired system, you will have to drill holes in walls where wires will have to be routed. If the wire run appears too long to you, choose a wireless system.
9.Make certain that a wireless system can perform up to the distance of the farthest zone.
1..Be certain that the system you choose can accept fire-protection sensors, carbon monoxide sensors and combustible-gas detectors, anti-freeze-up low-temperature switches (especially in cold climates) and water detectors. Make sure that panic buttons are or can be included.
1..Choose a system that is user-friendly. Make certain that inputting codes into the keypad is not a complicated process and is one that everyone in the family can learn quickly. You don’t want to have to refer to the owner’s manual as you input or try to interpret codes.
1..Work the keypad of the system you select to assure yourself that it is easy to use. Encourage all family members to work the keypad so that you will select one that everyone can use comfortably. 
You may want to include some kind of alarm noisemaker. A blast of a siren or alarm bell not only alerts neighbors that an intruder is in your home, but also can scare the trespasser away.
A motion sensor outside the home can provide an early warning and, when used with a noise-maker, can discourage an intruder from entering your home.   

How to Remove Drop Frames in Premiere

1.Before you begin recording, open the MovieCapture menu and select According Options. (See "Perform a Video Capture in Premiere," under Related Hows, for more on setting up a video capture.)
2.Click to put an X beside Report Dropped Frames.
3.Click OK.
4.Record your video. When you are finished, you will be shown a report identifying dropped frames, if any.
5.Save and name your clip.
6.Drag your clip into the Construction window.
7.With the Construction window selected, click on the Window menu, and then on Construction Window Options. Select the icon size that you want, and then click to display the type of tracks that you are using.
8.Still in the Construction Window Options dialog box, click beside the Track Format that allows you to see each individual frame. Click OK.
9.Move to the bottom of the Construction window. Click on the Zoom In/Out tool. Set it to display each individual frame.
1..Move through the window until you come to the first dropped frame; it appears black or otherwise distorted.
1..Click the Razor tool in the Tool menu at the bottom of the Construction window.
1..With the Razor tool, click on each side of the dropped frame.
1..From the Edit menu, click Cut. The dropped frame is removed and an empty space remains.
1..Click on the Selection tool from the Construction Tool menu.
1..Drag the clip to the immediate right of the empty space where the dropped frame used to be into the empty space.
1..Repeat until all dropped frames have been cut.
1..Save and name your project. 
Tips: Some versions of Adobe Premiere allow you to stop recording when a dropped frame occurs.   

How to Write a Villanelle

1.Consider the subject matter that you wish to address in your poem. It's often a good idea to select the repeating lines ahead of time.
2.Write a three-line stanza in iambic pentameter with an a-b-a rhyme scheme, followed by a second three-line stanza in iambic pentameter with an a-b-a rhyme scheme. Use the first line of the first stanza as the third line of the second stanza.
3.Compose a third three-line stanza in iambic pentameter with an a-b-a rhyme scheme. Use the last line of the first stanza as your third line.
4.Draft a fourth three-line stanza in iambic pentameter with an a-b-a rhyme scheme. Use the first line of the first stanza as your third line.
5.Write a fifth three-line stanza in iambic pentameter with an a-b-a rhyme scheme. Use the last line of the first stanza as your third line.
6.Compose a quatrain in iambic pentameter with an a-b-a rhyme scheme. Use the first and last lines of the first stanza as your third and fourth lines.
7.Revise as needed. 
Use the nonrepeating lines of your poem to accent or alter the meaning of the lines that are being repeated.
A variation on the villanelle, created by Donald Justice, uses varying line lengths and allows slightly different wording in the repeated lines. If you're having difficulty creating a typical villanelle, you might want to consider using this version. You might lose some of the benefit of the exercise by doing so, but in the end a poet's duty is to act in the best interest of the poem. 
Creating a villanelle that surprises and interests the reader may be one of the most difficult tasks a poet can undertake.
Do not be discouraged about forms by peers claiming to be poets. When you hear a poet say how much he or she dislikes writing in form, remember that a great artist sees the opportunities in every canvas, regardless or shape or size. A poor artist sees only the limitations.  Steps:
1.Write a brief statement of the poem's purpose before you begin recounting the story - say, to detail your dog Champ's heroic crusade against backyard birds - followed by an invocation of the Muse.
2.Give a short, general outline of the action of the poem in the statement of the poem's purpose.
3.Invoke the Muse next by first praising her, then by asking her to aid you in the writing of your poem. The Muse of epic poetry was Calliope, but you can also invoke Thalia (Muse of comedy) or Melpomene (Muse of tragedy).
4.Choose a particularly heroic event in the hero's life at which to start. This will be the main action of your poem.
5.Begin the narrative by employing "in medias res" or "framework" narrative. Literally meaning "into the midst of things," this is a poetic convention in which the narrative begins in the middle of the main action and earlier events are retold through flashbacks. The past actions thus form a framework centering around the main action.
6.Confront your hero with dangerous monsters and other incredible adventures. Include vivid and explicit descriptions of warfare (particularly weapons and combat).
7.Use the supernatural to get your protagonist out of tough situations. If your hero or heroine is in a no-win situation, simply send in a god or goddess to help out at the last moment. 
Read a few epic poems, such as the "Aeneid" or the "Iliad," before writing your own.
In the story about Champ the dog, you would begin your narrative at the middle of Champ's life - in the midst of her crusade against birds - and then, in flashbacks, recall her formative years as a puppy. 
Warnings: Be prepared to devote a great deal of time to writing your epic poem. 

How to Create Photos That Can Get You Commercial Modeling Jobs

1.Figure out how you can honestly see yourself being cast. Do you have the "Baywatch" look, or are you the "girl next door" type? Could you be a schoolteacher, businessperson, mom, doctor or plumber?
2.Go through magazines in which you can imagine seeing yourself and study the ads. Look at the expressions of the models and practice re-creating those looks.
3.Make a list of the ad's props - the items that help the photo look more realistic. For example, the desk of a businessperson would have props such as a computer, pen, Rolodex and paper.
4.Show samples of the ads you saw in the magazines to your photographer before the photo session.
5.Make sure the photos you're taking tell a story and that they look like real ads. For example, if you're portraying a student, sit at a desk doing homework. Your expression could show that you're frustrated because you don't understand the assignment. This photo could be an ad for a tutoring company or a private school.
6.Show a wide variety of expressions and emotions in your shots for the greatest chance of success. 
Every photo that you take should look like an ad.
Know your capabilities and your strengths. For example, if you have the "girl next door" look, try to work with that look. 
Warnings: The main reason for failure in this industry is not due to looks or abilities. People fail because they don't know how to create interesting photos that grab the attention of agents, photographers and creative directors at advertising agencies.   

How to Make Bean Tamales

Making the Beans and the Masa
1.Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then turn off the heat. Add the corn husks and weight them down with a plate to completely submerge them.
2.Let them soak for one hour.
3.Heat the 2 tbsp. lard in a large skillet over medium heat. When the lard is hot, add the beans, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and raisins.
4.Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat.
5.If using fresh, store-bought masa, cream the lard, granulated sugar and salt in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add masa and roughly 1/3 to 1/2 cup water gradually to the mixer until all the masa is used.
6.Whip the masa until fairly light and fluffy.
7.Test the masa by taking a small ball and placing it in a glass of water. If the masa floats, it is ready. If it sinks, it needs more water whipped in.
8.If adding more water, do so in very small increments.
9.If using dried masa harina de maiz, cream the lard, granulated sugar and salt and add the masa harina and broth slowly. Whip until the masa is light and fluffy.
1..Test by dropping a ball into a glass of water. 
Tips: Fresh masa is available at Mexican markets. Dry masa harina and corn husks can sometimes be found in supermarkets, depending on where you live. Otherwise, try a Mexican market.  
Assembling the Tamales

1..Drain the corn husks and pick 12 of the nicest, largest ones. Spread a husk on a cutting board or large plate, with the large end facing the top of the board or plate.
1..Pat the husk dry with a paper towel and place about one heaping tablespoon of masa right in the center. Using your fingers or the back of a spoon, spread the masa almost all the way to the sides of the husk and to near the top.
1..Leave most of the lower half of the husk uncovered. Place a tablespoon or two of the bean mixture in a vertical line down the center of the masa.
1..Fold the sides of the husk toward each other and overlap them. Fold the empty bottom half of the husk up against the rest of the filled roll.
1..Pinch the open top of the husk closed and lay the tamale, flap-side down, in a steamer basket. Repeat with the remaining ingredients and make sure the tops of the tamales are pointed upward, if at all possible, in the basket.
1..Steam the tamales for 20 to 30 minutes or until the masa seems fairly firm inside the husk.  
Tips: A bamboo Chinese steamer basket works really well for steaming the tamales. Place a ball of tinfoil in the center of the basket and then lean the tamales against the foil, top side facing up and the flap side down.   

How to Treat a Mosquito Bite

1.Wash the infected area with soap and water as soon as you recognize that you've been bitten. Try to keep the site clean and dry until the irritation abates.
2.Avoid scratching. Although a mosquito bite should itch for only a few days, continual scratching will increase your discomfort and may prolong the itching.
3.Make a paste of baking soda and water, using just enough water to make the paste sticky. Spread the mixture on the bites.
4.Rub soap directly on the bite. This is an oft-repeated home remedy for mosquito bites.
5.Apply an ice pack or ice wrapped in a washcloth to the bite area.
6.Use calamine lotion or a topical anesthetic containing pramoxine to help relieve pain and itching.
7.Purchase 1-percent hydrocortisone cream to alleviate the itching. Follow directions on the package for safe use.
8.Use an anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen or naproxen to reduce any accompanying swelling or redness. 
See "Avoid Mosquito Bites," under Related Hows, for information on methods that will protect you from bites.
If you are traveling to a foreign country - especially the tropics - you may be in danger of contracting malaria from a mosquito bite. See "Malaria - General Information," under Related Sites, for facts you need to know about this illness.
If your mosquito bite becomes red and swollen and if the area around the bite feels warm to the touch, your bite may be infected. Apply an antibiotic cream or ointment. If symptoms do not clear up, consult your doctor. 
In rare cases, you may contract encephalitis from a mosquito bite. If, 5 to 15 days after a mosquito bite, you experience severe headaches, fever, nausea and vomiting, disorientation, chills and/or muscle aches and pain, see your doctor immediately.
If you have specific medical conditions or concerns, we recommend you contact a physician. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.   

How to Find Support for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

1.Call your local hospital and ask for the community education department. Ask about a local IBS support group.
2.Ask your gastroenterologist about a local IBS support group.
3.Use the online message boards and support groups available to IBS sufferers. (See Related Sites.)
4.Seek out new friends that you meet at your gastroenterologist's office. Half of all visits to the gastroenterologist are related to IBS. So you have a 50-50 chance of meeting a fellow IBS sufferer sitting right next to you in the doctor's waiting room. If you meet someone you really connect with, discuss forming your own IBS support group.
5.Talk to your pharmacist. The person who distributes your medications is a walking encyclopedia - she meets hundreds of patients just like you every day and speaks to dozens of doctors and nurses each week. Pharmacists are a tremendous - but underutilized - resource.
6.Go to your local YWCA or continuing education center. Sign up for relaxation classes, yoga lessons and/or self-help instruction. Although these courses are not designed specifically for IBS sufferers, you will meet many people just like you who need to learn how to relax and reduce stress. 
Tips: For more information about support groups, call the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders at (414) 964-1799. 
Warnings: If you have any questions or concerns, contact a physician or other health care professional before engaging in any activity related to health and diet. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.   

How to Harvest and Store Marjoram

1.Pick individual marjoram leaves to use fresh throughout the growing season.
2.Harvest larger amounts by cutting back the entire marjoram plant just before it flowers.
3.Store fresh marjoram in plastic bags in the refrigerator.
4.Freeze marjoram to retain the most flavor and aroma. Freeze entire branches on cookie sheets, then strip the leaves from the stems and put them back into the freezer in plastic containers. Or mix finely chopped marjoram leaves with just enough olive oil or butter to bind them together, and freeze the mixture in ice cube trays.
5.Dry marjoram by spreading leaves on screens or tying stalks into small bundles and hanging them in a warm, dark, dry place.
6.Store dried marjoram leaves in airtight jars. 
Pick marjoram in the morning after the dew has dried on the leaves but before the sun's heat can dissipate the volatile oils that give the plant its distinctive flavor and aroma.
Frozen marjoram tastes much better than the dried form, but it appears limp and unattractive. Use it in stews, casseroles and other dishes when taste matters more than appearance.
Marjoram's oils succumb to heat faster than those of most herbs. To preserve its flavor, add marjoram to cooked dishes just before serving.   

How to Decorate Your Living Room in Mexican Country Style

1.Choose seating for comfort - a modern sofa with plain lines, and chairs that hint at French extraction, combining exposed wood, curved feet and upholstery.
2.Use fabrics based on the level of formality you desire. Brocade works well with formal furnishings, and a homespun linen or cotton is an option for more casual spaces. A handwoven piece such as a patterned rug or blanket can be used to cover an ottoman or chair seat.
3.Be inventive with the coffee table. An oxcart or chicken coop can be modified for this purpose, or you might use an antique trunk.
4.Select end tables of varied styles in wood, glass-topped wrought iron or recycled architectural fragments, such as wooden columns.
5.Dress the windows so that ample daylight is admitted. Simple sheers or panels, perhaps with a wrought-iron rod or carved-wood cornice, are options.
6.Set a handwoven rug in a geometric Mexican-type pattern (even a simple stripe) over a hardwood or tile floor. If you place an area rug over wall-to-wall carpet, be sure to use a special pad to keep it flat.
7.Install a wrought-iron ceiling light fixture. For tabletop lighting, use wrought-iron, glass or pottery lamps.
8.Accessorize with an abundance of folk-art pieces from Mexico - colorful paintings, clay figurines, baskets, pewter, candleholders and carvings of stone or wood. 
Tips: Consider hanging a hammock in a casual living area and using it whenever you have time for a siesta. 
Warnings: Some Mexican furnishings contain lead paint. Always err on the side of caution when dealing with these pieces, especially with children around. You may want to avoid peeling paint altogether or seal it with a wax or hand-rubbed oil finish to keep it (and its lead content) from becoming airborne.   

How to Hold a Jelly Bean Relay

1.Divide everyone up into equal teams.
2.Designate a starting line.
3.Give a teaspoon to each team.
4.Put an empty jar, cup or bottle at a designated second point.
5.Start the race by putting a jelly bean on the spoon of the first person of each team.
6.Have these people hold the spoon at arm's length with the elbow locked. They must run to the container at the other end, drop the jelly bean in, and run back to tag the next person.
7.Send anyone who drops a jelly bean or bends his arm to the end of the line.
8.Award a prize to the first team to drop a certain number of jelly beans into the jar. 
You aren't limited to spoons and jelly beans. Improvise with anything on hand: paper cups and water, beans and forks, buttons and index cards. Use your imagination.
Make the challenge even greater by using a less stable, narrow-mouthed container such as an empty 20-ounce soda bottle.