Restoration and Conservation of Delicate Materials With Mold

Introduction

The problem is: how to conserve and restore delicate materials such as leather or vellum books, paper books, documents, archival records, art works and textiles after water damage once they have mold without damaging the object. Most of the commonly used mold treatments such as regular heat sterilization, methyl bromide, ethylene oxide and ozone bleaching can damage or destroy the delicate structure of a leather or vellum books, paper books, documents, archival records, art works or textile being treated while they are killing the mold or bacteria. This risk to the materials, not to mention damage to the environment, are now of critical importance. The solution is a two step process: vacuum freeze drying and plasma fumigation.

Most water-damaged materials will show signs of mold growth after a short time. Initially, water damaged documents and books have to be blast frozen to minimize large ice blocks which can further damage leather or vellum books, paper books, documents, archival records, art works and textiles. Next, normal freeze drying is used to remove the moisture from water damaged materials. Unfortunately, normal freeze drying has its drawbacks. Freeze drying removes the water, but not the mold and/or bacteria. Continue reading »

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When The Power Goes Out – Business Entrepreneurs Can’t Give In

During Super Bowl 47 something rather unexpected happened, the power went out during the second half. Well, half the stadium’s power went out that is, and yet, the show must go on. The game was delayed 35-minutes, the problem was fixed and the game continued, after all, it was the Super Bowl, and after a long fought season, that game had to be played. Some would say that the chances of that happening, the power going out, is next to impossible. Well, if you know anything about New Orleans, you should be too awfully surprised, I wasn’t.

Now then, let’s talk about this and how things like this happen to us all in the real world. For instance, let’s say you run a business; what do you do when things go wrong, do you immediately look for blame, huddle the team, work on the crisis, or search of opportunity in the process. How about all those things simultaneously? Interestingly enough, the San Francisco 49s had their power off so their Telex Headsets were not working, they should have huddled the team and strategized or had another half-time locker room type talk.

That’s what the Baltimore Ravens did, but let me ask you something, what would you have done in the those darkest minutes? As an entrepreneur or business leader you cannot give in or give up, you must continually perform, and be up for the challenge. Continue reading »

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Major Shocks To Complex Systems – Reverberations Before Cascading Failures Considered

Not long ago, I was talking to an investor friend of mine who also happens to be a mathematician. We were discussing complex systems, and ETF derivative algorithm tracking schemes. We got to talking about what the stock markets look like when they are topsy and how there could be a major hit, then extreme volatile activity, and then just when you think everything is stabilizing, it falls apart. We also see this in biological systems like the human body after someone has a heart attack, breaks a hip, or has a serious bout with a virus or bacterial infection.

Indeed, we could say the same for most complex systems whether it be a car, aircraft, or a piece of machinery. Occasionally something takes a strong hit, and it is damaged inside, although it runs a little rough, everything appears to be okay, but it’s not. It’s going through reverberations, and on the verge of a cascading failure event. It seems as if we can predict equipment failure, biological failures, and even major stock market pullbacks or collapses based on the rates of change, through mathematics.

There is an interesting book on this topic, it’s available as an eBook, indeed, if this topic interests you, then I think you should read it. Continue reading »

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An Action Learning Coach Can Help Transform Your Organization

Action learning might be a new term to you, but the process has been around for over sixty years. In recent years, however, executives across the United States caught on to the effectiveness and value of this type of learning so it has had a resurgence in popularity. In fact, since 2004 it has increased in corporate popularity by over 50 percent, and many experts agree that the process works best when led by an action learning coach with specific expertise in this area.

Action learning is an educational process that involves working together as a group and learning as a group. The group tackles issues and reflects on everyone’s actions toward that issue. Through this process, learners gain knowledge through physical action rather than traditional learning techniques. The problem-solving capabilities of this form of learning stem from the diversity group members bring to the group dynamic.

The Basic Principles
There are many different facets of action learning but, generally speaking, this type of learning is based on four principles: Continue reading »

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How Personal Development Training Impacts Business Success

Many business owners avoid personal development training, believing that self-improvement won’t necessarily impact their company’s success. It requires them to face certain aspects of their personality that they may not like, even pointing out their weaknesses-both personal and professional. While investing in self-improvement can seem like a scary task at first, the rewards are typically immeasurable. In fact, research has shown that business owners’ personal development plays a huge role in the success of their organizations.

Overcoming Limitations
Whether they consciously know it or not, most business owners set limitations for themselves. But success isn’t measured by these limitations-it’s measured by how they excel past them. Personal development training helps break down limiting behaviors and shows business owners how to adopt more sound practices while empowering the way they think.

Stop Self-Sabotaging
If someone were to tell business owners that they were hindering their own success, they’d say they were crazy. Continue reading »

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Trust: Long Earned But Quickly Burned

If there is no trust there is no relationship. Period! Trust goes hand in hand with love. Without trust love cannot long exist and, if love cannot exist, you are left with only distrust and fear. If fear is allowed to reign in a relationship, whether it be personal or organizational, it will always lead to diminished performance in every category. Without trust, leadership is like a dog chasing its tail… it will expend a lot of energy, but it will never get anywhere. There will be no foundation on which to build. Trust is quite simply the glue that holds relationships together.

Another important aspect of trust is that it is something that must be earned. It cannot be coerced and it certainly cannot be demanded. I have heard people say many times, “Just trust me on this”. That is always a red flag for me. Why? Because if you have already earned my trust you won’t have to ask for it, and you certainly won’t have to remind me to trust you! Asking me to trust you is a sure sign that I might not want to. The fact is, it takes time to establish and build a trusting relationship. It is not something you can command someone to do, nor should they necessarily take you at your word either until you have proven that you are trustworthy.

My grandfather used to tell me that it took a long while to establish trust, but only a short while to lose it. At the time I didn’t realize how true those words were. Continue reading »

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How Using a Quarterly Business Review Can Help You Be Seen As a Trusted Business Advisor

I speak with lots of IT Solution Providers and Managed Service Providers who tell me that their clients see them as the “IT Guy” when how they really want to be seen is as the clients “Trusted Business Advisor“.

So how can you change your clients perception of you? By being more focused on business, and talking less tech. Someone a client can approach not just to fix the computers, but as someone they actively involve in their business plans.

This is where Quarterly Business Reviews (QBR’s) come in.

What is a Quarterly Business Review?

A Quarterly Business Review is, as the name suggests, a meeting with your client on a quarterly basis where you discuss their business and how you can support them. Continue reading »

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Utilizing the Versatility of the Carmate 7 X 14 V Sport

Are you shopping for trailers and trying to decide which one is the best for you? One of the biggest decisions that you’ll need to make is whether an open or enclosed trailer would meet your needs the best. There are several of both options on the market. If you own your own business or just need a trailer for personal use, we suggest the Carmate 7 x 14 V Sport.

The one-piece aluminum roof will protect the interior contents from rain storms, snow or even debris. Additionally, the walls allow you to add custom options like cabinets or shelving for things like helmets, custom racks for hanging an organizing tools and accessories for your lawn mowing or crafting business, camping or hunting, lighting for convenient access any time of day or any other custom options that you can imagine. It’s best to visit with your local trailer dealership about your ideas to see how they can help you design a trailer.

The Carmate 7 x 14 V-Sport also has several features that most customers really like. It has a GVWR of 7,000# and with wide interior box width of 76 inches. The unit has a standard 36″ side man door as well as double rear doors (73″ x 68″) that allow for easy loading and unloading as well as access to the interior at any time with optional ramp door. Continue reading »

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Underground Bunkers – Your Safe Haven in Times of Emergencies

If you are looking for an Underground Bunker Construction company, you needn’t look very far as there are quality and highly valued companies that specialize in constructing safety bunkers and shelters. Having been in the business for almost two decades gives them a lot of experience and knowledge on how to construct safety shelters that will shield you and your family in a time of crisis or emergency. They personally visit the construction sites and oversee the work as it gets done. They ensure that high quality of workmanship and professionalism is maintained during the entire course of the project. They are companies that directly take up these types of projects and do not act as brokers to mediate work to others nor do they outsource their jobs. Thus you can be totally sure that you will be getting the best service and quality construction when you contact the best companies in the business. They also do everything possible and take all necessary precautions to ensure that your complete privacy is maintained.

Tips on Construction

There are a lot of points to be noted while building an underground bomb shelter. Continue reading »

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Tips On Building Your Own Survival Shelters

Survival shelters contribute to being a life saving advantage to residential and corporate properties. In the times where the threats to human existence involve nuclear, biological and chemical risks due to various factors like nuclear plants and the rising possibilities of war. A bomb shelter provides a safe place of stay for the occupants till the situations improve. This article discusses about the various tips to be considered when building bomb shelters.

Equipments Available
A wide range of bomb shelter equipments are available that enable you to make strong and resistant shelters. Your shelter is as good as your weakest point. This makes it very essential to plan the design and construction of the shelter in detail and after consulting with your family and friends who already have shelters of this sort. You may also go through the website of the survival shelter suppliers to know about the different equipments offered by them. Blast resistant doors are considered to be among the most important parts of the construction. These doors are resistant to gas, radiation, heat and physical impact of explosions. These doors ensure that your entry and exit spots are secured. NBC filters are necessary to ensure that the air you breathe is filtered. This is significant in the event of nuclear explosions or bomb blasts which produce a lot of poisonous gas which can lead to death or permanent impairment in the affected individual’s health. Other equipments you may require to consider are partition walls, beds and such basic items that will be required during your stay in the shelter. Continue reading »

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