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June 7, 2013 at 5:23 am Comments are Disabled

A decal is a plastic, cloth, paper or ceramic with a printed pattern or image. It can be moved to another surface upon contact, usually with the aid of heat or water. The term is short for decalcomania, which is the English version of the French word décalcomanie. It was invented by an engraver from France who later moved to England and perfected the process. He called the craft “decalquer,” a word that means “to copy by tracing.”


A paper or film face-stock makes up the top layer of the label stock, next to an adhesive layer applied to the bottom of the face stock. Follow this with a silicone or release coating layer applied to the upper side of the backing material. Another layer of paper or film liner provides the bottom layer of the label stock.


Decalcomania is a style in 17th century England imported into the United States in 1865. The surrealist Oscar Domínguez took up the technique in 1936, using black gouache spread thinly on a flat surface, which is then pressed onto another surface such as a canvas. Colour soon found its way into the craft when a group called King Features Syndicate marketed a set of decalcomanias bearing full-color pictures in the 50s.


Some kinds of decals include water-slide and vinyl peel-and-stick. A water-slide decal is screen-printed on a layer of water-soluble adhesive on a water-resistant paper with glue that must be loosened prior to application by dipping it into water. Meanwhile, a peel-and-stick decal comes with adhesive backing that can be transferred by peeling off its base. There are also custom stickers available online that are UV resistant, waterproof, and easily cleaned.

You usually find custom sticker designs on automobiles, rooms, and guitars, either as identification or another way to personalize them. Called fleet markings, the law requires decals on all fire and law enforcement vehicles in the US. Artists create the designs in specialized computer software and sent to the machines via cable link for production. They then apply a paper mask to the top of the vinyl design to allow easy application of multiple letters and shapes at one time.

Nowadays, vinyl decals are useful in many areas such as manufacturing, health care, automotive, government, and education. Custom vinyl stickers are screen-printed, die cut, and digitally printed to meet just about any preferred application. Determine the perfect combination of decal vinyl, adhesives, and printing method to achieve the best product for your specifications.

The Borgias Cancelled Early

June 7, 2013 at 2:48 am Comments are Disabled

the_borgias_by_sonofjoeShowtime cancelled The Borgias earlier than original plans. The network announced that the show’s June 16 episode is already the show finale, ending the drama series after only three seasons.

The show originally had a four-season run planned, the same as its Showtime predecessor The Tudors. The Borgias creator Neil Jordan released a statement saying there are a lot of reasons they decided not to continue with a fourth season. He said the final episode, which he wrote, “seemed like the end of a journey for the family.” Jordan said the family was the center of the drama, and that whatever bonded them as a family “dies in this episode.”

One’s End is Another’s Start

The historical fiction show’s ratings hit a series high in its latest episode. Viewers of Season 3 average about 2.4 million, around the same compared to its previous season.The Borgias season 3 finale airs Sunday, June 16, 10/9c on Showtime.

The network is currently prepping another show, The Vatican, starring Friday Night Lights’ Kyle Chandler as Cardinal Thomas Duffy. The network has already called it quits with a number of its high profile, award winning shows including Weeds and The Big C. Another highly rated show, Dexter, premieres its final season this month as well.

Unique Trends in Web Designing

June 5, 2013 at 10:09 am Comments are Disabled

With many unique ideas flowing out of the design community, the past couple of years have seen a great change in the way developers build websites. This allows developers keep up with the ever-changing algorithms of search engines.

In the Philippines, Filipino web developers continue to offer design services that allow businesses to maintain good traffic despite the constant changes in online marketing. To do this, these developers keep themselves updated with the latest ideas in Web designing.

Most of these design ideas have been around for a long time. Still, many unique ideas are expected to flourish this year, including:

Mobile First Designs

Responsive design isn’t limited to full websites that scale down to smaller ones. Filipino developers now start with mobile web designs and then build their way up.

It’s often easier to plan the most important interface elements first and then try to put them all into a mobile layout. If they don’t all fit, you’ll then have to drop a few. At the same time, you can also plan the way your layout will respond, as the window grows larger. This way, you’ll also have room to include a sidebar or even two, along with other page elements.

As long as everything works, most desktop users will be happy with any layout. But this is much more difficult to do on mobile platforms. This makes starting out with mobile platforms also useful while planning larger designs.

Infinite Scrolling

Due to the popularity of Twitter and Tumblr’s unique layouts, social media websites are now applying the infinite scroll effect into their dashboards, timelines, and user feeds. This effect has gained traction enough that even Pinterest is now using it on its homepage.

Although the importance of infinite scrolling is questionable, this trend is useful when you need to load information without creating a specific pagination style.

It’s important to be aware of the trends in Web designing if you’re using online marketing. Contact Filipino developers offering Web design services to learn more about these trends.

Life Starts After Retirement

June 5, 2013 at 7:09 am Comments are Disabled

People say that life begins at 40, but for some, life starts after retirement. This is the point where all you need to do is enjoy the money you earned after years of hard work. Retirees, however, should spend their money wisely by investing it on worthwhile things. One example would be an overseas property.

Buying a Property Abroad

Many retirees today contact companies like Unique Living to seek advice and assistance regarding buying a property abroad. These real estate companies are knowledgeable enough about notable property markets around the world. As overseas properties are quite costly, their assistance is very important to ensure you’re getting your money’s worth.

In France

Everybody would love to live in France with its famous sceneries and attractions. It is, in fact, one of the most visited countries in the world. Just imagine living in Paris and getting the chance to seethe Eiffel Tower everyday. Bonjour!

In Italy

Italy features the world’s best tasting wines, along with many historic monuments and sceneries. Living here will allow retirees enjoy the one-of-a-kind Italian food and festivals.

In Portugal

This country, located in Southwestern Europe,offers many attractive hot spots such as the Algarve and Madeira, and Lisbon. You’ll really love living here after knowing that Portugal was ranked 27th in the 2010 Human Development Index, which means it is among the countries with the highest quality of life.

In Spain

Spain ranks second to Italy in terms of most number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and tops the list of the highest number of World Heritage Cities. Buying a property here means access to great beaches, fun nightlife, cultural attractions and historic cities.

Investing money in a property abroad is a great idea. Other than the luxury and the comfort it provide the buyer, selling it later on won’t also be difficult with its increasing resale value. All you need is a reliable real estate company to help you find the best property in the most desirable part of the world.

The Unique Living team boasts of over 20 years combined experience in finding luxury properties for our clients, searching for Villas, Estates, Apartments and chalets for sale in prime locations across Southern Europe and well known destinations around the world. For assistance with overseas investment, contact them at +44(0) 207-148-6480.

TSA Removes All Invasive Airport X-Ray Scanning Technology

June 4, 2013 at 2:35 am Comments are Disabled

Provision_xrayIn what is a relief for air travelers, the Transportation Security Administration announced it has finished removing all the X-ray scanner technology from all airports in the US that produces those graphic and controversial images of passengers passing through airport security.

In a letter released Thursday, TSA administrator John Pistole tells the House Homeland Security committee that as of May 16, 2013, all airport scanners in the US equipped with the ability to produce the penetrating images will now only show a generic outline of a passenger. A colored box will pop up in the scanner screens if the full-body scanner detects a possible forbidden item.

The TSA had at least two weeks more to beat the deadline of modifying scanners to conform with passenger rights and complaints. The scanning technology was originally set to be modified by June 2012 under the Federal Aviation Administration’s Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

The controversial scanners, which was first deployed by the TSA in 2008, sparked public criticisms as the technology, while being able to detect hidden contraband compared to traditional X-rays, also created images that appeared as if they were “virtual nudes.” Many people called this an invasion of privacy and questions were raised on whether the scanning devices truly lacks the ability to store the images, as the TSA claims.

Categorized Inbox For Gmail

May 31, 2013 at 5:13 am Comments are Disabled

gmailThings are about to change in a mail account near you. Gmail will improve the way it organizes email.

According to Google, users of the webmail will enjoy new styles and features soon. The development will mainly focus on automatic sorting of new mails. Incoming mails will directly go into specific groups. The webmail will have respective email folders for messages from your family and friends, social networking sites notifications, offers from shopping websites. Even bills and mailing lists will have their own folders.

Stay Tuned

Gmail users who access their email through their smartphones or computers will experience the new feature over the next few weeks. The new feature is not available yet, but Google advised users to check their webmail every now and then for any updates. This innovation will surely add to Gmail users’ overall experience, but this is not the first. Other email platforms already implemented similar ideas.


Many people will look forward to experience Gmail’s new features. The additional features are nice, but some users might not be happy with it. Gmail users who want to use the webmail just the way it is must not worry. The categorized groups are optional and it is still up to them if they will switch.

Forbes’ 15 Most Powerful Couples In The World

May 23, 2013 at 6:23 am Comments are Disabled

The top 100 ladies on Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women range from politicians, CEOs, activists, billionaires, and celebrities, and all are at the top of their game. This year, some of the women in the list have been honored enough to have a partner who is as equally influential.

The power couples are a testament that whether they’re tackling global crises or ruling the world, it sometimes takes two. Here’s a look at the Forbes’ list of the world’s 15 most influential couples:

obamaBarack and Michelle Obama

The current First Lady of the United States is enjoying a 67% approval rating from Americans, making her more popular the her husband. With the public a part of their love story, the President has never been shy about expressing his admiration for the FLOTUS. In his election night victory speech, the president-elect then gushed as he said, “I have never been prouder to watch the rest of America fall in love with you too as our nation’s first lady.”

Bill and Melinda Gates


As if being the World’s Richest Man is not enough, Bill Gates is also the World’s Most Generous man thanks to the work of the foundation that he founded and runs with wife Melinda Gates. The couple’s Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave away $3.4 billion last year, have boosted its efforts of ridding the world of polio by 2018, and plan to give modern contraceptives to another 120 million women by 2020 with an annual donation of $140 million. Melinda, an alumnus of Duke University, delivered a commencement address at her alma mater this spring and encouraged the Class of 2013 to recognize “the boundless dignity of all people.”