Understanding Laser Marking and Laser Etching Systems

Laser marking and laser etching are becoming more and more important in a growing number of industries. The basic reasons to laser marking or laser etch your products include:

o The mark is extremely durable, permanent and in most cases cannot be removed without destroying the product itself, this is true for laser marking, laser etching, or laser annealing.

o The laser marking process is accurate, 100% repeatable, fast, with very clear sharp results.

o The laser mark or laser etch can quickly and easily be changed without any machine change over, and, without replacing any tools. The changing of a laser marking or laser etch is a simple drag and click computer operation.

o The laser requires no consumables and no additional purchases of added materials or supplies. Therefore the operating and maintenance costs of owning and running the laser marking or laser etching system are virtually non existent.

Laser Basics

The word laser is an acronym for light amplification by simulated emission of radiation. The laser beam is formed in a sealed tube with an electrode set, laser gas, and electrical discharge. The beam is emitted into a telescope which expands the laser beam from a size of approximately 2mm as the beam exits the laser tube up to 7mm to 14 mm for most laser marking or laser etching operations. The expanded beam is directed into a laser head containing two mirrors located on high speed galvo motors. The laser beam is directed off the mirrors though a single element flat field lens to the product being laser marked or etched.

Typically the laser marking or laser etching fields created range in size from 65mm x 65mm [2.5" x 2.5"] at the smallest size to 356mm x 356mm [14.0" x14.0"] square at the largest. The next consideration is the laser beam spot size. This is the size of the focused laser light energy at the laser marking or laser etching point on the product and can vary from approximately 200 micron [micrometers] or .0078″ at the smallest to approximately 540 microns or .021″ for Co2 lasers. The laser beam spot size ranges from approximately 20 microns or .0007″ at the smallest to approximately 70 microns or .0027″ at the largest for Nd:YAG lasers. These small spot sizes and highly focused laser light energy create the detailed, clear, permanent marking that is typical of the laser marking or laser etching process.

Controlling Lasers and Laser Marking Options

Laser markers and laser etchers are controlled via software. Several variables need to be controlled:

1. Laser power as measured in watts

2. Frequency, meaning the pulse frequency of the laser beam

3. Inches per second, meaning the speed that the beam steering mirrors are moving

Determining the correct setting for the laser is the single most important and critical element in the success or failure of the laser marking process. Once the proper settings have been determined and demonstrated a 100% repeatable laser mark can be achieved.

Laser controller software is accessed via a PCI interface card. This sends the digital signals of the computer based marking or etching files to the motors and directs the laser beam to the product being laser marked or laser etched.

There are several different types of laser marking and laser etching and several different considerations in terms of visual results for the laser mark or laser etch.

1. Laser etching produces a visible etching or depression into the material. Laser etching replaces traditional process like mechanical press or pin scribing. Laser etching can be done with either a Co2 or YAG laser on virtually any material surface and to any depth from very light etching to very deep etching. For example, laser etching is used to engrave serial numbers into metal gun frames. Generally speaking with laser etching the material being laser etched is vaporized at the laser etching point due to the typically high power densities of the laser beam at the point of laser etching.

2. Laser marking produces a surface mark with very little engraving and very little disruption of the material surface. This is especially useful in certain industries such as discrete electric components, semi-conductor, electrical fuse, and ceramics where laser etching can actually damage part or change the conductive qualities of the part. Generally in order to produce the laser mark without deep engraving a high speed per inch setting for the galvo head is used.

3. Laser etching and laser marking generally do not produce any color changes and create a colorless impression. There are exceptions as certain plastics will sometimes react to and change color under either Co2 or YAG laser light. Also, in some cases, additives can be incorporate into the materials being laser marked or laser etched in order to produce a color change. Another exception occurs when the wavelength of either the Co2 or YAG laser is changed from those typically used in laser etching and laser marking. This can produce a color change after laser etching on some materials.

4. Laser annealing is another popular form of laser marking. This type of laser marking is generally undertaken with a YAG laser on metal surfaces using lower power, high frequency and slow writing speeds to produce heat on the surface of the product. Laser annealing can be used to replace electro chemical etching and ink marking as the laser annealing process creates a black mark with no etching. Care must be used, as the heat generated can cause iron in some metals to be pulled to the surface, and rust can result if the parts are subjected to sterilization after laser annealing. This can be an especially difficult issue for medical devices

5. Laser ablation is also a popular use for laser marking systems. In this case the laser is used to remove a layer of paint, anodized or some other material covering the surface of the part. For example this process is used to create bear metal contact points on a painted part, to allow battery connection as in cell phones, or to remove paint for identification of parts and manufacturer details.

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High Power Laser Pointer & Portable Laser Applications

“A solution looking for a problem” – Charles H. Townes on the application of lasers.

Since lasers were developed, they have had numerous applications in a number of diverse fields. Listed here are just some of the application for high power laser pointers and portable lasers.

Astronomy

With a brilliant beam stretching for miles into the night sky, high power green and red laser pointers are excellent tools for astronomy. Easy and quick identification and pin pointing stars and other celestial bodies. No need for difficulties, frustration or wasted time pointing with your finger or trying to explain. A laser pointer can be used to identify and pinpoint any object in just a few seconds.

High power portable lasers can also be mounted on telescopes as a visual indicator of where the telescope is pointing. Portable laser is also ideal for mounting on GOTO mounts/telescopes to help direct other people with telescopes and binoculars to an object. With no duty cycle, an on/off switch and very durable construction, a portable laser can be both conveniently and easily mounted on almost any make of telescope and used by hand.

Red light is scattered less by the atmosphere than green light because red light has a longer wave length making green lasers more visible and suitable for astronomy. The light from green lasers also has the advantage of being the wavelength that our eyes are most sensitive to.

Most cheap low powered laser pointers are not effective to be used in astronomy. The beam from these lasers is too weak and easily obscured by ambient light, smog and fog. The beams from high power laser pointers will easily be visible at night in the worst of conditions with the higher powered models even being visible during the day. Perfect for dawn and dusk astronomy.

Photography

Lasers are visually stunning and are used to create very impressive and dynamic photographs. When a camera is used on extended exposure, a high power laser pointer can be used to draw, make pictures and create marvelous visual effects. The proliferation of laser photographs online is a testament to the popularity of lasers and photography.

Lasers and photography is not just limited to lasers pointers and hobbyists. Specialist lasers with short powerful pulses make high speed photography with exposure time of several trillionth of a second possible.

Aiming devices

As a sports person out for some target practice or a soldier on the battlefield, high power laser pointers can help you improve your aim and accuracy. With a range well in excess of 10 miles at night, laser pointers will give you the ability to line up any target in visual range. Even in broad daylight, the green laser dot will be a visible aiming point that can greatly improve accuracy.

Construction/Alignment

On construction and building sites, high power laser pointers and portable lasers are ideal for engineers and site mangers to point out details and features. The laser beam dot is clearly visible in all conditions allowing the quick and efficient identification of features on a site. Effectively saving money through the reduction of wasted time and minimizing errors.

Laser pointers are also used for aligning objects over long distances. High power laser pointers are commonly used by both road construction crews and ground keepers at major sporting venues, world wide.

Avian dispersal

Farmers, airport ground controllers, pet owners and naturalists all use portable lasers as a non lethal method of avian dispersal. Lasers have been instrumental in the reduction of bird strike rates and in effective avian predator management for a number of protected bird species.

Both laser pointers and portable lasers are used by farmers from various countries to supplement their avian dispersal programs. By using our lasers, farmers have been able greatly reduce their cost (rifle or ammunition costs) with zero impact on wildlife and still adhere to local laws for wildlife protection.

Laser shows & entertainment

No rave or dance venue now is complete with out a laser show. The same can be said for any major out door event with the Asian games, Commonwealth games, Afro-Asian games and Olympic games being classic examples.

Both high power laser pointers and portable lasers can also be used with basic optics to create similar light shows on a smaller scale. The shows you can do with lasers range in complexity from a simple star diffraction grating to a more elaborate set ups with galvanometers and dichroic mirrors.

Medical

Lasers in medicine have a wide range of applications range from vision correction and surgery to wound cauterization and the acceleration of soft tissue healing. In brief, the lasers used in are divided into two categories, high power green lasers (3000mW to 10000mW) and low power red and infrared lasers (1mW to 500mW).

High powered lasers are used to cut through tissue and seal/cauterize wounds where as low level lasers are used to treat injuries and promote healing. Though not designed medical use and not to be used with out medical approval, high power laser pointers and portable lasers and infrared laser pointers do in both theory and practice have medical applications.

Non lethal deterrent

Laser pointers and portable lasers are now commonly used by law enforcement agencies and armed forces around the world as a highly effective method of non lethal deterrent. The beam from these lasers can temporarily overwhelm a hostiles visual senses and cause severe disorientation, effectively neutralizing them without resulting in permanent eye damage or the use of force.

Military applications for laser pointers range from painting targets and directing troop movements to warning potential hostiles. Portable lasers are also used by the military to how to warn/deter suspicious or aggressively driven vehicles that approach checkpoints or convoy operations with out using potentially lethal force.

High power laser pointer has been used by a number of coalition force members in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Being durable, field portable and with a beam that can span the largest battlefield, well built high power laser pointers are ideal for the role of non lethal deterrent.

Experiments

Lasers can provide you with hours of fun conducting experiments that provide insights into light, optics, electronics, energy and lots more. Much more beneficial and enjoyable a boring class room or stale text book.

Experiments can range in complexity from some as simple as popping a balloon (heat conduction and reflectivity) to as complicated as bending light (wave propagation).

Camping/Hiking

Laser pointers and portable lasers are great aids for camping and hiking. There is nothing worse than being stuck out in the middle of the bush during the wind and rain and with wet matches and not being able to light a fire. High powered lasers are great for lighting fires. Lasers with a beam that is visible for miles can also be used to signal for help in the event that you are lost or need aid.

Lasers can also provide adequate illumination at night that unlike a normal torch, will not ruin your night vision. High power laser pointer are so light and small, you can hike with them in your pockets and not even notice the weight. The larger laser portable lasers weigh the same as a small flashlight and can easily fit in your back pack. It’s also strong enough to survive the heaviest pounding and roughest trail.

Having Fun

There is nothing like having the coolest high tech gadget with a lethal sky spanning beam to impress your friends. Just imagine the look on their faces when you start popping balloons and lighting matches. Not to mention the attention you’ll get when you use your laser outside at night projecting a bright green/red/blue light that goes for miles. High power laser pointers and portable lasers are definitely not toys but they are a lot of fun.

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EWR Car Service – Newark Airport, NJ

CT Airlink is the service to call when you need airport transportation CT to Newark Airport. We provide airport transportation from anywhere in the state of Connecticut and in Westchester County which means that we offer the best in CT Limo to Newark Airport services and other airports in the region such as JFK. Our celebrated services are for business and personal when you need to travel to or from Newark Airport at the lowest prices you can find.

Advantages of CT Limo Services provided by CT Airlink

There are a number of reasons why you should choose our car service CT to Newark Airport starting with the low, competitive rates that have made our company one of the most popular in the region. However, our exceptional prices are only a starting point to why we offer the best limo service CT to Newark Airport.

On Time Arrival: We understand that you want to get to the airport in a prompt, timely manner in plenty of time to catch your plane. Thanks to our exceptional drivers and staff, we will arrive at your location in plenty of time and take the most direct route to the Newark Airport while avoiding traffic delays to ensure that you arrive with plenty of time to spare.

Clean, Safe Ride: Our limos and other vehicles are clean and properly equipped for a safe ride which is why so many rely upon us as their airport transportation CT to Newark Airport as well as other nearby airports in the region. You will enjoy the comforts of our clean limos while all safety precautions in place so that you can feel comfortable in arriving on time.

Customized Services: Whether you are taking or picking up important clients from the airport, travelling by yourself or with a large group, we offer the best vehicles to meet your needs and exceed your expectations thanks to our services. This means that you will get the proper size ride to and from the airport each and every time when you book with CT Airlink. Why Choose CT Airlink (Limo and Car Service in CT) Airport Transportation Services?

When you are considering the best in car service CT to Newark Airport, CT Airlink certainly offers plenty of reasons why we should be your ride.

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You can book your limo service CT to Newark Airport easily and quickly by going online or calling us at CT Airlink. This means that you can book at your convenience in order to get the right ride for your needs. The on time arrival means you can rest assured that you will get to the airport on time for your flight or to pick up friends, family members, or clients.

Our hassle free services means that Limo Service CT to Newark Airport is your preferred transportation services all for a low, competitive price. We ask you to keep us in mind the next time you need personal transportation services to Newark, New Jersey and other airports in the region.

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Do you need to open a Trustee Bank Account?

We advise you on which type of bank accounts are suitable as per your Trust Deed and Rules.
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Trustee Bank Account

Trustee responsibilities – carrying out your duties
Trusts come in many shapes and sizes, and they all appoint Trustees who have a legal responsibility to act in the best interests of their beneficiaries. The role of Trustee is the most important role within a Trust and carries with it several responsibilities. This can often involve some form of banking and financial management covered in the Trustee Act 2000.

Simpson Financial Services can help you understand the powers you’ve been given
If you are a Trustee and have this responsibility, you will probably need to make sure that you have a Trustee Bank Account set up. You might also need to set up a Trustee Investment Accounts.

Trustees banking facilities
As there are a number of different banks offering a variety of Trustees banking facilities, part of the service Simpson Financial Services offer is to help advise you about how to choose the account most suited to the Trust’s requirements. This means taking into consideration the plethora of different features, ranging from interest rate levels and services to the complications you may incur when setting them up or making account changes.

Professional, expert impartial financial advice is essential
For Trustees investments, the list might be endless. It depends what is and isn’t permitted as per the Trust Deed, which makes obtaining professional and impartial financial advice essential.

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How to Use Instagram to Market a Real Estate Listing

Instagram’s simple platform and focus on photos makes it the perfect app for real estate agents to share their listings. However, agents who aren’t familiar with the platform may not know what kinds of pictures to post. Simply posting a photo of your listing with the address and a description isn’t going to get much attention. You need to create a story around the listing and share multiple photos to tell that story.

The easiest way to start “Instagramming” your listings is to use Instagram during an open house. Below are 7 different pictures you can take to create and share your open house story.

Start with a selfie

A “selfie” is a photo that you take of yourself. Take a selfie in your car, in front of the sign or by the front door. Caption it with something like “Excited to host an open house at 12345 Main Street.”

Your favorite room

Take a photo of your favorite room in the house. In the caption, get your followers to imagine life in that room. For example, if your favorite room is the bathroom with the huge soaking tub, say something like “Can you imagine coming home from a hard day’s work and getting to soak in this tub? Glorious!”

Your favorite outdoor feature

Photograph your favorite outside space. Again, get your followers to imagine themselves living there. “Check out this built in BBQ. Would you love to host summer BBQs at this home?”

Give a shoutout to other agents

A shoutout is a social media referral. If a real estate agent you know comes by the house with clients, snap a picture with them and give them a shoutout in the caption (be sure to use their Instagram handle if they have one.) Your caption could read something like this “Look who stopped by my open house today! Thanks for bringing your buyers @realestateagent.”

Share your “to-do list.”

Write or type a list of things you need to do to prepare for the open house then post a picture. This gives people an idea of the services you provide when hosting an open house. You can also share the owners to do list to educate people on how they should prepare for an open house.

Tools of the Trade

Do you always bring a specific water bottle to open houses? Do you often bake cookies or bring a vase of flowers? Lay out your items and snap a photo. The caption can read something like “Here’s my open house survival kit!”

Get the owners in on the fun

If the homeowners are around, take a photo with them. Tag them and ask them to share the photo on their Instagram and to tag you!

Instagram is easy to use and the perfect platform for real estate agents who are unfamiliar with social media but want to use it to market their listings. With a few clicks of your smartphone camera and some witty captions, you’re next buyer could be one of your Instagram followers.

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Top 5 Ways To Effectively Use Instagram

Instagram is currently used by millions of people worldwide, and for a good reason: taking pictures and sharing them with your friends has never been easier! However, Instagram can be used in a very effective manner, not only for networking but for marketing purposes as well. If you have a business and you would like to promote it in the online environment, then this can be a great promotion tool. Having said that, here are 5 of the best ways to effectively use Instagram:

1. Hashtags Can Work Like Magic!

Twitter uses them, Instagram uses them and recently, Facebook has implemented hashtags as well. As a matter of fact, Instagram users interact mainly via hashtags, this is why you need to learn how to use them in your best interest. This aspect can be particularly useful for businesses who are looking for followers, as it allows them to make their content searchable and it will also trigger a viral effect that will benefit the business in the long run.

2. Photos And Videos Can Tell A Story

A photo can be worth a thousand words, and everybody knows that. Instagram is all about photos, but taking random photos will not take you very far, especially if you plan to use Instagram mainly for marketing purposes. One of the best, fastest and easiest ways to increase brand awareness and to boost sales is to post pictures of your product on a constant basis: they do not even have to be professional, they just need to highlight the main features and functions of the product in question and to appeal to the wide audience.

Same goes for videos: you can share videos with your employees in action, or you can make live product reviews. Regardless of your choice, videos and pictures are very likely to go viral, as people love media files more than text and they are likely to remember them over the years. If you own a new business and you want to make a name for yourself, then pictures and videos will surely come in handy!

3. Contests

People love freebies, discounts and all sorts of promotional offers, this is why you can never go wrong with a contest. A contest is a win-win: your customers will get a free product or service, while you get the chance to increase brand recognition. One great way to use Instagram for contests is to encourage people to share their own pictures of your product, and to reward the most suggestive or original picture. At the same time, you can use various tools that allow you to easily embed an Instagram feed or a hashtag feed into your website.

4. Keep Track Of Your Success

Tracking the success of your Instagram marketing campaign is essential. Fortunately, there are many comprehensive and user-friendly applications that allow you to track the customer growth, to see which are your most popular posts, to determine when is the right time to post content and so on. As irrelevant as these details may seem at first sight, they can actually make a difference.

5. Connect With Your User

Keeping in touch with your customers is important, especially for small and medium enterprises who have a limited target market. You can show your customers that you care about their feedback by simply replying to their comments or questions. This will not only attract user-generated content, but it will also improve credibility and increase the visibility of your business. Do not underestimate the power of your Instagram followers, as they can contribute to the success of your business!

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Porn is Being Ruined

Unbeknownst to the millions of consumers of this world, the adult video business faces many difficulties in modern times. Developments in technology and restrictions by the big corporations that control it make it harder and harder for this industry to succeed.

Internet Porn is Being Ruined
The Rise of Free Content

In today’s adult industry climate, times are tough as the availability of free content continues to grow without posters looking for financial gain. The increased presence of sites providing free streaming videos makes it that much more difficult, and it’s becoming harder and harder to make money in this business. As it struggles to find new ways to bring in profits, it’s also faced with competition from mainstream social networking sites.
Many social media sites try to block out adult content, but only to an extent. Twitter allows adult material, but they simply place warnings over anything suggestive. Tinder is used by many as an adult dating app, and although Snapchat attempts to crack down on such material, its purpose for trading private videos and pictures make it much easier for users to access porn without going through the big adult companies. Although the app attempts to regulate accounts made for adult content, the reality that the private messaging and video chat site also carries use as a porn service is undeniable.
The adult industry has been almost replaced by people all over the world with quick access to camera gear and the ability to post content on various popular sites across the Internet. This modern concept has evolved both technologically and culturally.

Then and Now

In the early years, adult content on the Internet was extremely successful and profitable. Many producers and distributors made millions per year. As technology changed, so did the ability to make a living. One of the first changes was the increase in technology in the mobile phone world. With the creation of super-smart phones, most of our digital lives moved from the standard computer to mobile devices.
With Apple’s iPhone being one of the leaders of this field, the company hit the adult world hard by banning explicit material in its App Store. Also came the rise of what are referred to as “Tube sites.” These sites provide free streaming adult video content much in the same way as YouTube does and make it harder for porn makers and distributors to earn profits as much of the content is pirated. These developments also managed to take place as the economy sank lower and lower.
Adult content is no longer the most prevalent form of online video with the success of mainstream streaming companies such as YouTube, Netflix and many others. Even social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook allow videos to be uploaded. With these companies and their owners gaining more power, the adult industry is forced behind as mainstream brands continue to drive new technology while the adult world lacks it. Large tech brands not only control the services through app stores, search engines and networking sites, but they also control the devices used to access such services, such as smart phones, web streaming TV dongles and even virtual reality devices.
Take a look to this article from the Guardian: How internet killed porn

Porn vs. the World

One of the biggest differences between mainstream video services and adult video sites is that mainstream companies have more pull and control over their material. If a Hollywood movie is pirated and presented on a site, the producers and distributors have the economic power to have the content removed and played only through mainstream providers. The adult industry can have content removed and threaten legal action like big-time Hollywood companies, but it doesn’t have the clout to do so on a large scale.
The adult industry also lacks the sympathy that more “legitimate” companies receive in such situations. Essentially, the adult business lacks the ability to enforce intellectual property protection. Although the adult video world provides content in the same way many others do, law makers don’t care much to assist in the affairs of this industry. Many adult services also run as small businesses. These startups can become successful, but they lack the opportunities to easily garner attention and raise money like their mainstream counterparts.
As another blow, many credit card services refuse to associate with the adult business as fraud, chargebacks and other problems were common. Mainstream tech providers, such as those responsible for video engines and email services, also refuse to associate with the adult world. Many adult companies are forced to handle affairs on their own such as creating their own billing systems, taking care of advertising and handling distribution without specialized help.
Several of these companies now attempt to mesh with the mainstream world to reap some of the major benefits. This may allow more freedom to produce goods, generate income and receive assistance from tech brands. Some adult companies even offer mainstream games, books and graphic novels. In the attempt to tone down the adult aspects of their brands, such companies wish to provide more for users in general by giving them the types of content they can enjoy at any given time.

The Future of Adult Content

There is still hope for the troubled world of adult video. Most people look forward to the development of virtual reality as a means to restore the industry. The problem is that such technology is also being controlled by big businesses. Microsoft, Google and Facebook all have their own versions of developing virtual reality devices, and there’s a great chance they won’t allow adult content by official means if they allow it at all.
However, the adult video business will still create their virtual reality content while mainstream services may offer virtual reality that comes close to adult material. It may come in the form of users trading their own information to allow this to happen. Though large corporations ban adult content, it still seeps through the cracks due to users and companies providing it without labeling themselves as adult vendors. In the tech world, many are becoming more open to allowing such material through.

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Step by Step Guide to Getting Married at San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco City Hall is an amazingly beautiful place to have your wedding ceremony. It’s convenient, inexpensive and available year-round. You won’t need to spend nearly as much time planning a City Hall wedding as you would a traditional wedding, but there are still some things that need to be done in advance. I have been photographing weddings at City Hall for years and decided it would be helpful to provide engaged couples an easy to follow guide to getting married at this fantastic venue. Follow these steps and you can’t go wrong!

1. Make reservations. You are going to have to make 2 reservations. The first one is to book a time to get your marriage license at City Hall. While you are there, you might as well book your wedding date. It is highly recommended that you obtain your license before the day of the actual ceremony. We have photographed a few weddings where the happy couple tried to do it all in one day. We almost missed the ceremony in at least 1 of these cases and it always adds an element of stress that isn’t needed. You can book your ceremony date 90 days in advance. The County Clerk’s office is open from 10am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday and is located on the 1st floor.

2. Choose your location. There are a number of excellent locations to get married within City Hall. The Rotunda is located at the top of the large staircase and is the most common location for couples to have their ceremony. At the time of this writing, the fees were $73 for this location or a private room. The 4th floor balcony and the Mayor’s balcony are some of our favorite locations, but you have to pay extra and reserve them if you want to be sure to secure them. Judges will often take you to these locations if you request them, but only if they have the time. If it’s a crowded day, it probably wont happen so you will need to pay the extra fee. Currently the Mayor’s Balcony costs $1,000 and you can invite extra guests and they will even provide seating. However, I have photographed weddings in these locations dozens of times and the couple didn’t pay an extra dime. It’s certainly a risk so if you have a large number of guests, pay the money!

3. Hire a professional wedding photographer. Yes, this is step 3! Why? Well because if you are going to get married at this beautiful venue you NEED to have great photos taken. If you think you are going to accomplish this with Uncle Jim who is “really great with a camera”, think again! Any type of wedding photography is difficult, but City Hall can be a challenge with its changing light and tough angles. It is strongly recommended that you hire someone who has experience shooting weddings at City Hall. There are quite a few good ones out there, just search on Google or Yelp. Try to find a photographer that specializes in weddings and has done at least 3 weddings at City Hall.

4. Put together your guest list. This is the hard part. San Francisco City Hall only allows 6 guests for a standard wedding. In order to have more, you have to pay. Is this enforced? No. But should you show up with 20 people? No! The room is limited and if you bring this many people you will disrupt others who are having their ceremony around the same time as yours. Keep it under 10 people and you should be safe. Ask your guests to try to stay away from other couples having their pictures taken. It’s the courteous thing to do! If you want to bring a large crowd, arrange it with the Clerk’s office and pay the additional fee. You will be happy you did.

5. What to do on your big day. Most important… Bring your ID’s and the marriage license! You will also need a witness. If you don’t have anyone, your photographer can be your witness. The state only requires one. Check in for your ceremony is 10 minutes before the actual time. You should really plan on arriving at City Hall at least 30 minutes prior the this time to give you a moment to settle in and find possible locations for the ceremony. When you check in, be sure and ask your judge if you can choose your location. Depending on the crowds that day you may be allowed to choose your spot. Often times it will be dictated by what is available, but don’t worry every location is fantastic. If you didn’t choose a Friday or other special date, chances are you will be able to go wherever you want. Just be sure to ask.

6. Your married! What’s next? If you hired a professional photographer, they will most likely take you on a tour of the building to photograph you in some of the best spots. Have fun with this and enjoy the beauty of San Francisco City Hall.

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Internet relationship

Bad and good ways to meet someone online

Just a few years ago it was unthinkable for people to meet someone in person, whom they just met online. Today, it’s the norm. According to some estimates, many more relationships – both gay and bisexual – start with meeting someone online today, than just a few years ago. Even business dealings, like buying or selling a car or laptop, are increasingly being initiated online through sites like Kijiji and Craigslist.
When meeting someone off the internet, you need to take certain precautions. Here at Online Sex Addict, we are committed to promoting safe online meets. Read on to learn how to keep yourself safe when moving forward with a meet with someone that you met over the internet.
Internet relationship: don’t be afraid to take that next step
THE BAD
While an online relationship starts on the internet, it usually goes to the next level fairly quickly – whether it is for closing a business transaction, establishing long-term friendships, casual sex, steady dating and even cohabitation or marriage. And that means you often get to meet the individual in-person. And there lies the risk!
The bad thing about meeting someone through an online medium is that the internet it is a very anonymous place. There are online auction and trading exchanges, chat sites, hook-up services, dating services, relationship brokers and online casual “fling” forums all over the internet. It’s hard to know who is frequenting those sites, and what their intentions are.
While the vast majority of relationship seekers come there just to seek companionship with like minded people – and maybe build on that; the anonymity of online meets gives rise to certain undesirable characteristics:
Just as you wouldn’t invite total strangers into your home, so too you should never invite online strangers into your life without vetting them first
Time wasters and fakers are known to chat up an individual, and then never show up for an in-person meet
Predators will often gain your trust online, and then harm you (rob, rape) when you meet them in-person
Because you can’t do much in advance to confirm their identity, people you meet online could turn out to be scammers. Once you’ve met them in person, and they’ve won your confidence, they could borrow your car, ask you to lend them money, or even steal your identity and make off
Merchandise buyers and sellers are known to have been duped by people they met online, losing their merchandise and money – and sadly even their lives sometimes
There is a lot of bad that can come from meeting someone online, but that does not mean you cannot initiate a safe online relationship – whether professional or personal – over the internet.

THE GOOD
Online meets can often lead to a world of benefits for both parties. You could build successful long-term and mutually beneficial business relationships online, and further them in-person for profit and success. And there are many examples of couples meeting online first, then in person, who have successfully gone on to cement personal bonds and even start families.
So, all in all, if done right, meeting someone online could be a fun experience. And that’s exactly the kind of experience that Online Sex Addict aims to promote by proposing you follow these guidelines:
When initiating an online relationship on a website or forum, make sure you do your own investigation about the site first. Then, seek out recommendations from friends or other users to validate your own findings
Only use reputable sites like Kijiji, Craigslist, OKCupid or eHarmony to initiate a business or personal online relationship. While you are not guaranteed to be protected from the “bad” effects discussed earlier, the chances are far more minimized than if you were to use a lesser-known forum
Never provide too much personal information about yourself at first. Only populate the bare minimum details about yourself on your profile: take a look here electronic meeting advantages disavantages
If available, use the maximum privacy settings at first, and then relax them for selected individuals once your comfort levels have increased
A great way to ensure a safe online meet is to establish voice contact BEFORE you meet in person. And to do that anonymously, you can use tools like Google Voice to protect your privacy (phone number)
A good way to safely meet an online contact in-person is to meet at a time and place of your own choosing – not theirs. Make it a day-time meet if possible, and always in a public place – like a restaurant or a bookstore or mall
Never meet someone without letting those you know and trust know where and when you plan on meeting them. A great location sharing app, like Moby’s Simple Location Sharing app will do the trick for you!
One final piece of advice that anyone will offer you, is to ensure that you never get into a vehicle driven by someone you don’t trust during your initial few in-person meets. Insist on travelling in your own vehicle, or have a friend drop you and pick you up from the “safe zone” agreed ahead of time.

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Casinos Online and Terrestrial Casinos – An Overview

Both terrestrial casino and the casinos online have numerous advantages, depending on the requirement of the individual. Which casino is considered the best? If you shoot this question to the mass then you can expect three types of answers. Some will say they prefer terrestrial casino, on the other hand some will say they prefer online casinos. The rest will prefer to keep quite because they have never visited any casino.

Casinos online are of three types:

Web-based games – Here you do not have to download any software to play the game. You can just play it with the browser support. Though you can play it instantly but you might not get the same graphical effects. Additionally, it will also require a good bandwidth so that your game is spontaneous and does not suffer from intermittent connection.

Download to play games – To play a game of your choice, you will first have to download the game and install it in your computer. You can play the game on your computer after downloading it and can also stay connected with the casino server. The games will have better features and visual effects to improve your gaming experience. The cutting edge technology, applied to develop these games, are from well known reputed software companies who have applied their talent to give you the best.

Live casinos online – These type of casinos have an additional feature apart from the traditional cutting edge graphical representation. Here you can chat with other players while playing the game.

Thus, casinos over the web has a wide variety. But land based casinos generally cannot offer such variations.

No Distractions In Casinos Online

Generally, when you think of casinos, the first thing that flashes in front of your eyes is a noisy big mansion. In the big hall area, there are small tables placed here and there, maintaining some distance. Those tables are surrounded by people, forming small crowds. A lot of colorful lighting and chips are combined with people, shouting on top of their voice.

Moreover, in case of casinos online a player can get feel of “just like being there”. But it is still different because there will be no one to distract you. So you can properly concentrate in your game and give your best shot every time.

Saving Time & Energy

You do not require to travel. It can be accessed from anywhere and anytime. This will save your time as well as money, which you generally spend during traveling. After your days work, it might not be a possible option for you to travel to a casino. But that does not mean that you will never be able to play casino games. The online casinos give the facility of playing casino games at our convenient time.

Attending Your Problem

In case of a terrestrial casino you will have a pit boss who will take care of your problems inside the house. In case of casinos online, you will have the customer service division who will take care of your problems.

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