The Passive and Supportive Stepford Wife

Some of us ladies have a horror of becoming something of a Stepford Wife; that squeaky clean, air-headed, submissive little house person who does not have a thought of her own beyond an imaginative dinner menu to please her lord and master.

There are women who buy into this garbage, especially the wives of busy senior corporate executives which wifely duties entail standing by good old George or Fred or whatever his name is at every major company function, the epitome of wifely splendor in every respect – coiffed, perfumed and beautifully dressed to the envy of every other lady present. Such women produce perfect buffets at twenty minutes notice for ninety without turning a hair. Personally if my husband suggested we might entertain a dozen executives for dinner at three days notice I would check myself into an asylum and hide there until the pension matured.

Contrary to mine and just about every other intelligent woman's opinion, are these ladies really leading satisfied and fulfilled existences? Can virtual enslavement really be that much fun? Most of them would lead us to think that it is, but women caught up in the corporate merry go round of competitive high achievement are brain trained to support such statements regardless of their actual feelings.

Who began this nonsense anyway? Who decided it was unacceptable to wear the same outfit to two functions consecutively? Who made it a rule that sophistication had to go hand in hand with a complete loss of humor? Why do these elegant ladies never smile / stumble / fart? Must all resemblance to the human race as a species be removed before one is considered to be special enough to entertain at boardroom level?

There are, it is believed, certain compensations for having to appear at every company social function behaving as if one's brain has been picked – most of them monetary or, appropriately enough – plastic.

To all you junior executive wives with an ambition to push Herbert up the corporate ladder as fast as possible – get a life, girls, there are more important things to worry about than whether the table is properly dressed or should Mavis be wearing more expensive shoes than the wife of who ever happens to be the head peaceut this week.

Using Space in Photography Tips

No I am not talking about the dark black area above us that we see at night. I am talking about the space of the photograph within the borders of the photo. You see there are various areas that you can use the space in your photograph. If you know how to use the space in your photo right you can take much better shots. If you do not use the space right you can end up with photos that just seem off and are not visually pleasant.

First off, there are two different types of space when it comes to photography.

Negative Space

This type of space is the space that is in relation to the object of importance of the image but not the object itself. The negative space is the are on the photo that does not include the object or focal point of interest. For example, the negative space of a picture of a soccer ball with a white background is the white background.

Positive Space

I am really sure that you can guess what positive space is now that you know negative space. Yes, it is the space that enterprises of the object or focal point of interest in the photograph. This area is where you are going to want your viewer to pay the most attention to.

Many photographers only pay attention to the positive space but in reality the negative space plays a major role in the photo as well. Knowing how to master the use of negative space can make the positive space that much more appealing. The amount of this negative area that you use can make your photo either look trapped and lacking in space or like its liberated and open.

The background of the subject can have a very large role in the picture. The background is the negative space and usually does one of two things in photography. It either is neutral and blank or it is filled with things that contribute to the object of importance.

The use of the space in your photograph is what can really make your photo work or feel as if it is missing something. Experiment with this and do not be afraid to try different things out.

Platinum Wedding Bands Part 1

It is not necessary to know all about platinum to pick out a platinum wedding band but knowing the price of platinum will obviously help.

This is the first of a three part series on platinum wedding bands. Firstly lets get familiar with what platinum is.

Platinum is a metal that melts at double the temperature of gold so it is very hard and strong. It is also quite rare. In fact so rare that all the platinum in the world currently would likely fit in your living room and it takes about ten tones of ore to refine one ounce of platinum.

Platinum is associated with wealth due to its rarity and so now you get, platinum cards, platinum awards in music and the like.

Platinum jewelry should be at least 95% pure. Gold jewelry does not usually have that degree of purity. Only gold coins and gold bars have a purity of 9.99 percent hopefully. America, platinum jewelry contains either 90% or 95% pure platinum. By comparison, 18 carat gold is 75% pure and 14 carat is 58% pure gold.

Platinum is very distinctive and hard wearing. It does not tarnish or lose its rich white luster. It tends to be twice the cost of gold also.

Platinum jewelry made in America should contain either 90% or 95% pure platinum and platinum jewelry marked "IRIDPLAT" contains 90% platinum and 10% iridium. When marked "PLAT," an item is at least 95% platinum, with 5% Ruthenium. In Europe, platinum is identified by the following marks: 950 or PT950.

Platinum has been used throughout the centuries The ancient Egyptians used platinum. The American Incas also, and it has been used by royalty and famous jewelery houses such as Faberge, Cartier and Tiffanies for years so Platinum is an ideal precious metal for wedding bands.

In part two of Platinum Wedding Bands we find out how to select a platinum wedding band and what to watch out for.

Part 2 of Platinum Wedding Bands is available on http://platinum-price.org

Electrical Training With Apprenticeships

Electrical training is generally a combination of classroom and hands-on training, often under the auspices of labor union apprenticeship programs that last for several years. While there are some basic classes for do-it-yourselfers that are short and sweet, most electrical training does not happen overnight. It's one of the most responsible trades, and can be fraught with safety problems if you do not have the right training. In order to undertake the schooling you must be committed to the program and to pursuing the career of electrician.

Electrical apprenticeship training is physically tough as well as mentally rigorous. You must be able to do extensive climbing on scaffolding and ladders, pulling of wiring and ropes, crawling around floors and rafters and under crawlspaces, crouching, and working in quarters that are bound and cramped.

To complete electrical training satisfactorily you'll need to be able to lift up to 50 pounds frequently. Your ability to follow very detailed instructions must be top notch. You can not be color blind, as wiring is generally keyed by color. You may be working outdoors intensively so the ability to withstand the elements for long periods is a requirement as well.

Satisfactory completion of apprentice electrical training is no dead end. In fact, the only restrictions on your electrical career are your ambition and your imagination. Of course, your ability is a factor as well, but completion of a satisfactory five year apprenticeship speaks well to that.

Apprentices can continue their work as journey level electricians. They can continue their education and gain further hands-on experience and progress to foreperson, superintendent or even a self-employed contractor. Many current electrical and construction contractors in their own successful businesses began their electrical training as apprentices.

One of the areas of electrical work, and one that the electrical training focuses on intensively is that of installation and maintenance of such automatic controls as electronic circuitry for industry.

Apprentices, once graduated, can go on to government work, either with their local municipality, their county, state or the US government. They can also take on some supervision and administrative roles with their own labor union. Study, experience, and continued electrical training are the makings of union leadership. Labor-management relationships may be a specialization for those who immerse themselves in electrical training and show themselves to have skills in communication and diplomacy.

Being selected for labor union electrical training is not easy. The unions are selective about who they choose. Candidates must be of good character and most demonstrate an aptitude for electrical work, the motivation to complete the training and go on to a successful electrical career and they demonstrate that they have the personality to work well with others, take direction, and relate well with customers. All electrical training candidates who pass the preliminary application process must then be interviewed by union representatives and electrical employees. If they do not have an impressive school record, they can not show that they have math and science aptitude and have not been able to prove their reliability they will not be for the apprentice electrical training program.