InfolificInfolific http://infolific.com We write. You learn. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:56:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Stop in Weippe, Idaho On the Lewis and Clark Trail http://infolific.com/travel/usa/weippe-idaho-lewis-and-clark-trail/ Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:56:31 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/weippe-idaho-lewis-and-clark-trail/ Following the trail of Lewis and Clark, my husband and I stopped for coffee in Weippe, Idaho, a hamlet on the high mountain prairie where the Nez Perce fed the starving Corps of Discovery in 1805. Walking up a slight hill from First Stop Java, [...]

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Professional Software Development http://infolific.com/technology/careers/professional-software-development/ Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:55:29 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/careers/professional-software-development/ Years ago I read Code Complete from Steve McConnell. It is one of my favorite software development books that isn't programming language specific. I think it's such a great piece of work that whenever a client of mine starts to talk about coding standards, I [...]

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General Recognition: Not All Freshwater Fish Are the Same http://infolific.com/pets/fish-in-the-wild/general-recognition/ Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:53:44 +0000 Max Lepley http://infolific.com/pets/fish-in-the-wild/general-recognition/ While to us it may be difficult to tell apart fish of the same species — even sometimes of different species — it is important for the fishes themselves to be able to do so. For example, fish that reacted in the same way to [...]

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Two Project Management Metaphors http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/two-project-management-metaphors/ Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:52:13 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/project-management/two-project-management-metaphors/ I recently got through the book, The Blind Men and the Elephant by David Schmaltz. The sub-heading of this book is “mastering project work”. That, along with recommendations from others, prompted me to buy the book expecting to read about processes and techniques for managing [...]

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National Parks Visitor's Guide http://infolific.com/travel/national-parks-visitors-guide/ Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:51:35 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/travel/national-parks-visitors-guide/ A handy matrix comparing the facilities and amenities of the US National Parks. This won't replace a travel book or in-depth research on the web, but you can't beat it for providing a quick way to narrow down your options. And if you've got friends like mine I'm sure you know the value of keeping the number of choices people have to choose from at a minimum!

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2 Types of Choking Emergencies and How to Help with First Aid http://infolific.com/health-and-fitness/first-aid/choking/ Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:48:33 +0000 Peter Alexandrou http://infolific.com/health-and-fitness/first-aid/choking/ Normally, when we swallow food, a little flap called the epiglottis blocks the airway (trachea) so that the food is pushed down the esophagus down to the stomach. But sometimes this process doesn't work and the food gets stuck resulting in a blocked airway. This [...]

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Training Your Dog http://infolific.com/pets/dogs/training-your-dog/ Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:46:04 +0000 George Vinci http://infolific.com/pets/dogs/training-your-dog/ A Very, Very Well-Trained Dog The object of training is to teach your dog to understand and respond to simple commands. This will make everyday life more harmonious and enjoyable for you both. Training is much easier if your pet is confident, happy, and eager [...]

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Can You Dive With Chronic Sinus and Ear Problems? http://infolific.com/leisure/scuba-diving/can-you-dive-with-chronic-sinus-and-ear-problems/ Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:43:49 +0000 Douglas Bigler http://infolific.com/leisure/scuba-diving/can-you-dive-with-chronic-sinus-and-ear-problems/ Q. One exercise that's required for scuba training is an emergency swimming ascent. I don't think that I'll be able to do that and here's why: My entire life, I've suffered with ear problems (infections as a kid and as an adult difficulty in equalizing [...]

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Have Fun at the Wamego Tulip Festival in Kansas http://infolific.com/travel/usa/wamego-tulip-festival/ Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:41:47 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/wamego-tulip-festival/ I don't know what I love more at the Wamego Tulip Festival — the nearly 20,000 tulips blooming in this Kansas town or the authentic Old Dutch Mill windmill, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Built in the 1870s by Dutch immigrant John Schonhoff, [...]

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Sport Enhancing Drugs http://infolific.com/health-and-fitness/fitness/sport-enhancing-drugs/ Sun, 08 Jan 2017 19:40:30 +0000 Peter Alexandrou http://infolific.com/health-and-fitness/fitness/sport-enhancing-drugs/ The use of sport enhancing substances has been around for a very long time. Many athletes may feel pressured into using them simply because sports have become so competitive, often involving large amount of money, so they feel they need every possible edge over other [...]

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The Role of Human Guinea Pigs in Drug Tests http://infolific.com/health-and-fitness/the-role-of-human-guinea-pigs-in-drug-tests/ Sat, 07 Jan 2017 19:39:27 +0000 Peter Alexandrou http://infolific.com/health-and-fitness/the-role-of-human-guinea-pigs-in-drug-tests/ Before a new drug can be offered to the public, its manufacturer must prove that it is safe and effective. To do this, scientists must test the drug in human beings. As it turns out, this human testing, referred to as clinical trials, is the [...]

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24 High-Res National Park Maps http://infolific.com/travel/national-park-maps/ Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:38:44 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/travel/national-park-maps/ I don't know about you, but one of the first things I look for when considering a trip to a national park is a map. I want something that will give me a good overview of the park including some of the main attractions (like [...]

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Mutual Fund Investing Strategy: Taking Advantage Of the Skills Of Others http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/mutual-fund-investing-strategy/ Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:35:20 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/mutual-fund-investing-strategy/ Many people will tell you that Mutual Fund Investing isn't actually a strategy, but I disagree. When you invest in mutual funds, you and many other investors are pooling money together and trusting a professional fund manager to achieve your investment goals. That makes this [...]

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Flying Food: Some Fish Will Happily Eat Insects http://infolific.com/pets/fish-in-the-wild/flying-food/ Wed, 04 Jan 2017 19:33:40 +0000 Max Lepley http://infolific.com/pets/fish-in-the-wild/flying-food/ Virtually all species of fish live their lives underwater. Those that do emerge, usually do so only for short spells and in these cases it is often to escape unforgiving conditions. For example, Clarias catfish escape from pools where the water level is dropping and [...]

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Purchasing and Quarantining Pet Lizards http://infolific.com/pets/lizards/purchase-and-quarantine/ Tue, 03 Jan 2017 19:32:59 +0000 George Vinci http://infolific.com/pets/lizards/purchase-and-quarantine/ Endangered Species Regulations Today many species of wild animals and plants are threatened by the destruction of habitats by fire, lumbering, use of insecticidal and herbicidal sprays, and not least, by hunting for the leather industry. In order to save what can still possibly be [...]

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Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park http://infolific.com/travel/usa/great-smoky-mountains-national-park/ Mon, 02 Jan 2017 19:31:17 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/travel/usa/great-smoky-mountains-national-park/ If you live in Northeastern US you don't have many options for visiting a national park within driving distance. You can head up to Acadia National Park in Maine or down to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. However, for the quintessential national park experience your [...]

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Patzeria Perfect Pizza of New York http://infolific.com/travel/usa/patzeria-perfect-pizza/ Sun, 01 Jan 2017 19:29:45 +0000 Special Contributor http://infolific.com/travel/usa/patzeria-perfect-pizza/ One of the joys of being in New York City is being able to enjoy delicious pizza by the slice at a low price. Patzeria Perfect Pizza is located at 231 W 46th St. between Broadway and 7th Avenue. I discovered this little pizzeria while [...]

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Do Athletes Need Extra Protein? http://infolific.com/health-and-fitness/fitness/do-athletes-need-extra-protein/ Sat, 31 Dec 2016 19:28:51 +0000 Peter Alexandrou http://infolific.com/health-and-fitness/fitness/do-athletes-need-extra-protein/ Any serious body builder would swear by protein supplements. They don't go anywhere without their protein shakes or their protein bars. But one needs to ask, is this necessary? Does it really help or is it just another marketing scam that has made a few [...]

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How Schooling Works Among Freshwater Fish http://infolific.com/pets/fish-in-the-wild/how-schooling-works/ Fri, 30 Dec 2016 19:26:52 +0000 Max Lepley http://infolific.com/pets/fish-in-the-wild/how-schooling-works/ Schools of fish can consist of just two or three fish or over a million. Some species form huge schools, such as the grey mullet in the Caspian Sea, whose schools may extend for an incredible 60 miles (100 km). But irrespective of the species [...]

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Chinchilla Treats http://infolific.com/pets/chinchillas/chinchilla-treats/ Thu, 29 Dec 2016 19:26:32 +0000 Chris Celnar http://infolific.com/pets/chinchillas/chinchilla-treats/ A varied diet is important to maintain the health of your chinchilla. Treats also provide a way to build trust. While raisins are clearly favored by our chinchillas, we also try other products to provide variety and balance. Carrot Cake Treats These treats currently rank [...]

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Stonewall Jackson Heritage Arts and Crafts Jubilee in West Virginia http://infolific.com/travel/usa/stonewall-jackson-heritage-arts-and-crafts-jubilee/ Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:24:05 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/stonewall-jackson-heritage-arts-and-crafts-jubilee/ What started as a small gathering of crafters and musicians more than 25 years ago has grown into one of West Virginia's finest festivals — the Stonewall Jackson Heritage Arts and Crafts Jubilee. This exciting 4-day event is held over Labor Day weekend near Weston [...]

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Williams Reindeer Farm, Alaska http://infolific.com/travel/usa/williams-reindeer-farm/ Tue, 27 Dec 2016 19:21:22 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/williams-reindeer-farm/ Near Palmer, Alaska, I discovered a very unique attraction–the Williams Reindeer Farm. I thoroughly enjoyed letting friendly reindeer eat out of my hand–a gooey experience that was an adventure in itself–as well as learning all about these interesting animals. For instance, I found out that [...]

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Fixed Bid Follies http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/fixed-bid-follies/ Mon, 26 Dec 2016 19:20:24 +0000 Special Contributor http://infolific.com/technology/it-consulting/fixed-bid-follies/ A couple of months ago, my family was in the mood for a change. We had some extra money lying around after paying for our trip to Ireland (highly recommended, btw), so we decided to invest in some home improvements. As a general policy, I [...]

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All About Mutual Funds: 5,500 Words Should About Do It http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/all-about-mutual-funds/ Sun, 25 Dec 2016 19:19:47 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/money-management/investing/all-about-mutual-funds/ A Mutual Fund is, in essence, a pool of money from several investors that is managed by a professional money manager or “Fund Manager” for a fee. Granted, that's a simplistic description for a complex type of security but from an investor's perspective, it's a [...]

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Do You Have a Good Job? http://infolific.com/technology/careers/do-you-have-a-good-job/ Sat, 24 Dec 2016 19:18:45 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/technology/careers/do-you-have-a-good-job/ In yesterday's post, I described a few tips for finding a new job. That posting assumed you already knew you wanted a new job. But how to you get to the point of deciding it's time to move on? It's not necessarily an easy thing [...]

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