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Monday, January 19, 2009

New device to quit smoking! Featuring the Electronic Cigarette

Last week I ordered a new gadget that I stumbled upon on the internet: the electronic cigarette. It’s apparently the hottest new thing to help people quit smoking. The electronic cigarette consists of a battery, a cartridge (containing liquid nicotine), and an atomizer which ‘vaporizes’ the nicotine. It looks and tastes like a real cigarette, but contains no toxins or carcinogens which you find in ‘normal’ cigarettes.

I first read about the e-cigarette on this guy’s quit smoking blog, and since he had good experience with it and I was quite amazed by this product, I decided to order my electronic cigarette as well. You can order different kinds of cartridges, with different flavours (tobacco, mint, apple etc) and different nicotine concentrations to slowly break down your nicotine intake and thus quit smoking.

I ordered the New Smoke Premium Starter Kit which has everything you need to get started. It’s even cheaper than traditional smoking in the long run, as you the cigarette battery is rechargeable and the cartridges are quite cheap!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Had some awesome homebrewed beer tonight!

My brew actually came from a restaurant called Granite City that home brews their own beer. So I was a bit inspired to figure out a little more about Home Brewing and the history of such.

"Homebrewing" typically refers to the brewing of beer and similar alcoholic beverages (and sometimes soft drinks) on a very small scale as a hobby for personal consumption, free distribution at social gatherings, amateur brewing competitions or other assorted generally non-commercial reasons.

History of homebrewing
History of beer

Alcohol has been brewed domestically throughout its 7000-year history.

Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, the history of home brewing was circumscribed by taxation and prohibition, largely due to lobbying by large breweries that wished to stamp out the practice. One of the earliest, modern attempts to regulate private production that affected this era was the Inland Revenue Act of 1880 in the United Kingdom; this required a 5-shilling home-brewing license.

In the US, 33 states had prohibited the production of alcohol by 1920. These laws were famously only repealed in 1933 after a period of bootlegging and illegal manufacture gave rise to organised crime. Following the privations of World War II, the cost of the license to citizens still on rationing severely restricted the pursuit of home-brewing as a pastime in the UK.

Liberalization: post 1960

Liberalization began in English-speaking countries in April 1963, when UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Reggie Maudling removed the need for the 1880 brewing license. Australia followed suit in 1972, when Gough Whitlam repealed Australian law prohibiting the brewing of all but the weakest beers and wines as one of his first acts as Prime Minister.

In the US, when prohibition was repealed with the 21st Amendment, home wine-making was legalised. Homebrewing of beer should have also been legalised at this time, but a clerical error omitted the words "and/or beer" from the document which was eventually passed into law. Thus, the home-brewing of beer remained illegal for several decades.

In November 1978, Congress passed a bill repealing Federal restrictions on the homebrewing of small amounts of beer. Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, signed the bill into law in February 1979, and many states soon followed suit. However, this bill left individual states free to pass their own laws limiting production. For example, homebrewing is still illegal in the state of Alabama.

Development of the craft

A DIY fermentation vessel for the first fermentation:a regular bucket in which a fermentation lock has been inserted

The opportunity to produce alcoholic beverages at home was seized upon enthusiastically, although brewing cultures developed differently with trends dictated by the legal and commercial situation of the legalised territories at the time.

In the United Kingdom, many pioneers were home winemakers owing to the greater availability of information and ingredients. These included C.J.J. Berry, who founded wine brewing circles in Hampshire and three other English counties; began producing Amateur Winemaker magazine and eventually published First Steps in Winemaking. Perhaps the most vocal proponent of home beer making was Dave Line, who after also writing for Amateur Winemaker wrote The Big Book of Brewing in 1974.

The United States, having an established home winemaking culture, moved rapidly into the brewing of beer. Within months of legalization, Charlie Papazian founded the Association of Brewers. In 1984, Papazian published The Complete Joy of Home Brewing.

This and Line's work remain popular texts to this day alongside later publications such as Graham Wheeler's Home Brewing: The CAMRA Guide.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Hilarous Video Seems like it could be Amir...

I would like to put out a thank you to the prick whom deleted all my links and helped inspire me to update the blog :-D

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Sterling Silver Jewelry and Geek It Forward Present ArchmailleDesigns

On another blog that I write on regularly I've started a new group, idea and set of tags called "Geek It Forward" with my new idea I've decided to write an article about my cousins sterling silver handmade jewelry website. At first it was a hobby for a couple years until this past year he took some classes on how to create some more advanced pieces at a local college.
If you're a silver jewelry fan you're going to love checking out his website hes got pieces and creations of all shapes and styles. From girly and feminine to tie-guards and other more masculine pieces. Along with his sterling silver jewelry pieces he has Copper and other different types of metals and TONS of different designs and colors.

Best of all if you can't find something you like just put in a request to have it custom made...

Source: http://www.moneyvsdebt.com/2007/06/19/sterling-silver-jewelry-and-geek-it-forward-present-archmailledesigns/

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Big News!


Working on some updates for the site currently.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Alright?! Amir again, wid some new pictures from the hard drive of the broken laptop what i sold on ebay! I still haven't paid Tom back, i think i might of got got away with it due to that i haven't said sorry and has still got his money so that is all good hopefully this whole silly thing is died down. anyway as i am seeking employment i would like to take this opportunity to present my skills so i enclose my cv for perusal purposes.

Curriculum Vitai

Amir Tofangsazan

Date of 20th October 1987

Place of birth: Milton Keynes

Personal statement

I am very hard working and always give no less than a hundred and ten percent. I am able to deal with stress very well in such away it doesn’t affect my work. I believe my customer service skills are very essential to me in my working life. My definition of a good customer service is always treat the customer with the up most respect as you would to another human being the reason why you should do this is because at the end of the day they are the people who help make a company meet two of its primary objective’s these are make a profit and increase the companies market share. My friends and family find me to be very polite, honest, reliable and friendly. My previous employers thought of me to be very punctual, hard working and always being able to meet a target for myself or the company. I have never in my life not met a target so far and I intend very much to keep that record. I find myself to be very dedicated and loyal to all of my previous and future occupations. All I have left to say is I hope you will consider me as it would be my dream come true to work for a company such as yours.

Education and qualifications

Secondary school: Mount Grace School in potters bar, in Hertfordshire

Subjects: Grades:

Maths C

Business Studies (VGCSE = two GCSE’S) C, C

Single Science E

English C

English Literature C

Catering C

Physical Education C

Drama C

History C


Previous employment

Red planet and marketing Dates: October 2003- May 2004

Role and responsibilities

Position: Team manager

What my position was within the company was Team manager the responsibilities that I had for this role are found below.

  • Lead the team
  • Train new members of my team
  • Complete admin tasks
  • Help with the company branch bookkeeping
  • Be punctual
  • And attend all meetings with the managing director

Hollywood fried chicken (Fathers Business part time) Dates:

Role and responsibilities

Position: Dayshift manager

Role and responsibilities: My role and responsibilities was to make sure this company meets its targets for one and for example no less than 60 customers or make no less than two hundred and fifty pounds. I had also to take the responsibility of making sure we had enough stock if we did not enough stock I would have the responsibility to order it. I had to take control of business banking and bookkeeping. Banking for the day shift and bookkeeping overall. Finally if the employees were late or did not even turn up for the day shift I would have to take the responsibility to act on it in a professional and appropriate way. In such away that they know it can not be tolerated within the company.

Here is some picutes:

Dear To Whom It May Concern (Attendance officer)

Subject: Letter for my son Amir Tofangsazan absences

Tuesday 3rd May & Wednesday 4th May: My son was absent due to the fact he took study leave which the head of six form granted him permission providing I gave this letter. In his study leave he went to Bournemouth to do research for his coursework.

Thursday 5th may: Amir was late in the morning due to the fact his bus failed to stop at the bus stop due to the bus was full. he left at 1:00pm meaning he missed his afternoon lesson 5th period due to a part of his contact lens got stuck in his eye therefore he had to go the hospital to remove it from his eye.

Friday 6th May: Amir was unable to attend because it was requested by the doctor not to attend until his eye stopped irritating.

If you require anything further regarding my son’s absences please do not hesitate to call me on my mobile.

Kind Regards

Mrs Tofangsazan

and some legs too!:

anyway i must go as i have things to do so to speak in all truthfulness.


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