Bio Systems Staff Fly Fishing Trip

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I know you were wondering.

A fly rod magically showed up on my doorstep in August. Someone knew I was itching to try fly fishing.

A 9′, 5wt 4pc rod/reel set from Redington. It’s their Crosswater – a perfect rod for beginners I’m told 😉

My friends had a hike planned in RMNP for the next weekend. I wanted to go – but I also wanted to try my hand at this fly fishing thing. I “Googled” the hike and found they would be passing some lakes on their way to the top. SO forget the whole hike, I would go, but stop 1/2 way and make my attempt. They could grab me on their way back down.

I went to my local fly shop  to help me find the best fly rod, where the guys were super fab and helped me to set up my line and pick out a few flies appropriate for where I was going. They also introduced me to floatant and rented me two fly fishing videos to watch. Word. I had no clue what I was doing!

Fast forward to the day of the hike.

Packed up and ready to go, we headed out and up.

We hiked for over an hour before we reached the lake.

This was my stop.

My friends took a few obligatory ‘first’ pics and headed on their way.Later I would find out that they were making bets on how many fish (or lack thereof) I would catch.

Where’s the love peeps?!

I tried my hand at swinging the line around for about 2 hours. At one point I got it caught in a tree behind me and a man came to my rescue and actually climbed up the tree about 10ft to unhook me. Another time I wasn’t so lucky and just broke it off. I expected this. It comes with the territory of learning how to cast a 9′ rod. With bait fishing I was used to casting with much smaller rods and of course it’s a totally different method to boot.

There were a few other fishermen wet wading along side me that day. No one was catching anything. I took the opportunity to relax, enjoy my beautiful surroundings and practice my casts. I knew my friends would be making their way back down shortly – so I moved on down to the outlet for just a few more casts.

Not to be disappointed.

And yes I have the death grip on that fish.

I need to work on that.

Honestly, I’m not even sure what kind it was. I think it was a cutthroat – but I could be wrong. I was so excited I didn’t look at it close enough.

Success. The End.

Or not really – I doubt this will ever end.

I’m hooked.

Living with Eczema: Tips on How to Manage the Pain and Itch

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Living with eczema is a tough challenge; however, it is a challenge that affected people can effectively manipulate, eventually. In the beginning, trying to manage it and playing with its own fire might not come easy but as you venture, you will definitely figure out how to play the cards in its own game.

Managing the pain, itch and other effects that eczema brings with it is never going to be easy. It will take a lot of patience and endurance and aside from these, you will also need to be equipped with enough knowledge as to what can be done when faced with flare-ups.

Tips and Advices

  • Consult a doctor and take the right medications.

Depending on your approach, you may first consult a doctor before doing any of the other advices or you may try the other tips first and have your doctor’s consultation as a last resort. At some point in time, you will have to see a professional to help you manage your case.

For eczema, doctors may prescribe steroidal creams that may have some side effects. However, there are also eczema creams that have not shown negative after effects. Some of the common effective creams for treating eczema or its symptoms are calendula lotion, healing ointments and fucibet cream which can be bought from pharmacies. Fucibet cream is usually prescribed for older eczema patients; it is also  possible to buy fucibet cream with an online retailer like Independent Pharmacy.

  • Get to know what triggers your eczema.

Whenever your skin gets irritated or you get flare-ups, try to monitor what activity you just did or what food and drinks you have just taken. You may list it down so you can remember what triggers your eczema flare ups. In the future, you will have to avoid these things in order to save yourself from eczema attacks.

  • Wear comfortable clothes.

One of the most common rule for eczema is to wear comfortable clothes as much as possible. This way, your sensitive skin will not be irritated further. Wearing tight clothes or clothes made of synthetic materials or wool will only irritate the skin–and so, try to choose cotton material for your clothing.

  • Manage your stress levels.

Yes, there is a stress-induced eczema. Although stress is not the direct cause of eczema, stress levels still greatly affect eczema flare-ups because of the relationship between the immune system and eczema, itself. And so, it’s best to try out some stress-reduction techniques or relaxation techniques that will help you manage your own stress levels.

how to stop eczema itch

  • Always moisturize skin.

People who are affected with eczema tend to have extremely dry skin. The dry skin then becomes annoyingly itchy especially when flare-ups happen. That being said, it is extremely important to moisturize the skin all the time. Remember to choose moisturizers that are gentle to the skin and non-irritating.

  • Go for non-irritating products.

When choosing products for showering, washing clothes, or even for make-ups; try your best to end up with the most gentle products that are gentle enough for babies. This assures you that your skin will not react to the contents of the product and this way, flare-ups won’t be triggered. And so, never forget to check the label on the packaging of the product whenever you go grocery shopping. 

  • Don’t scratch your skin.

Scratching will only make the flare-ups worse and itchier; instead of scratching, get your cold compress and place it against the affected areas to soothe the pain and itch, take a bath or moisturize your skin. No matter what, do not scratch.

A Quick Overview on Data Acquisition System and Its Specifications

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When people hear the words “data acquisition”, they often directly think of big data used by data analysts in the business world. However, in the field of science and engineering, data acquisition systems refer to collecting data from the real world to determine its physical conditions.

That said, data such as temperature, current, water level, weather, wind direction are some of what data acquisition systems (DAQ) deal with. To start the intro to DAQ Systems, let us briefly look into how DAQ systems.

DAQ Process

Data acquisition systems convert signals into digital values which a computer can read and interpret. The process starts with placing the data acquisition device in its desired location; this electronic device contains sensors that turn physical parameters into electrical signals. These sensor signals are then processed by a signal-conditioning circuitry which convert the current signals into digital values. Lastly, these conditioned signals are then sent to analog-to-digital converters which does the final conversion into digital values appropriate for the computers to read.

DAQ Specifications

  • Resolution

This refers to the number of measurement values that a data acquisition system can provide.

Most commonly, if not universally, resolution is listed as bits. With the help of input range, the resolution can tell the smallest change detectable in the input.

For applications that require low sample rates but high resolution, 20-bit and 24-bit are commonly used; whereas, for applications requiring high-speed resolution, 8-bit converters are usually preferred.

  • Accuracy

A common misconception is that accuracy and resolution are just one specification; they are actually different from one another. Even though a DAQ system can resolve a signal, it does not necessarily mean that the inputs are accurate. Accuracy is actually one of the most important specification to every data acquisition system.

  • Channels

The number of channels is one of the clearest specification to consider when choosing a data acquisition system. The number of channels will depend according to the number of signals you wish to measure.

Other than the number of channels, it’s also important to determine if the system has both differential and single-ended inputs. In addition, try to determine if there are any hidden analog inputs in that system.

errors in DAQ systems

DAQ Errors

  • Noise

An error that will always be present in every data acquisition system is noise. Usually, the noise is generated from the external system and often from cabling. For every data acquisition system, as well, there is an internal noise. The noise is mostly measured by acquiring a series of samples by shorting the inputs at the device connector.

  • Non linearity

Non linearity refers to the difference between the input or plotted measurement, the ideal measurement and the actual voltage. This error has two components; the differential nonlinearity and the integral non linearity.

  • Input offset

The input offset refers to the constant difference between the measured input and the actual input voltage, assuming all other errors are zero.

  • Grain error

Assuming there are no other errors, gain error refers to the difference in the slope in volts between the ideal system and the actual system. However, in the real world where there are other errors, gain error refers to error in the measurement during the full-scale reading.

The Guide to Choosing the Right Computer Repair Specialist

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Hearing horror stories about computer repair technicians who were scammers have circulated internet forums concerning computer repairs. In many cases, these repair technicians made the customers’ computer conditions even worse. Other situations are filled with stories of overcharging service fees.

Because of these horror stories, people dealing with computer problems end up dealing with the problem by themselves—and in turn, causing even bigger problems. They may have also been forced to go to repair shops in the nearest malls—wherein service fees are also priced high considering many factors. All this because they do not want to risk being scammed or overcharged.

Fortunately, Bidvine offers a list of reliable and trustworthy computer repair specialists or technicians for those of you who have been looking up “computer repair specialists near me” on your search engines.

But before going through the list and picking the most promising one, let us have a look into another important list—that is the list of qualities which a great computer repair specialist must possess.

hiring the best computer repair technician

The Qualities

  1. A reliable computer repair specialist is someone who has had previous experiences in actually fixing a computer. You may want to ask details about their experience as a technician. Furthermore, you may also inquire if they attend seminars or classes in order to learn about the newest hardware and computer systems.
  1. A good computer technician may be able to complete the job in one to three hours. However, it may be best for you to ask them ahead about their estimated completion time just in case your situation is much more complex and will require more hours.
  1. A great repair technician will also be able to provide clear answers for questions you have concerning the problem of your computer. Unreliable technicians may just brush off certain questions you ask or if not, they will give you ambiguous and vague general answers even when you ask for specifics.
  1. Good repair technicians are mostly easy to talk to as well, either on the phone or in person. If they do not give off an approachable and positive vibe, you might have to reconsider them as your option.
  1. A consistent service rate is also an indicator of professionalism when it comes to repair technicians. Sketchy repair specialists may adjust their prices when it comes to even the smallest changes in the situation. For example, even if their original rate was a flat rate, they might change their mind and make it hourly.

The Bottom Line

Hiring a computer repair technician may be tricky especially if they do not come from commercial repair companies. However, reliable ones are actually around the corner—but you will really have to use the quality checklist in order to detect sketchy modus. Moreover, in order to avoid being scammed or overcharged, you must always be wary. The internet is also a good place to look your repair technicians up, those who are not scammers will have definite details such as contact number, address, experience etc. on their website profiles. However, do keep in mind that scammers may also easily do this. Overall, be cautious and do not trust easily; ask as many details as you want if it helps you build trust.