Plastic is just too expensive, no matter how you look at it.

wnpbbThat’s what leading U.S. brewer Anheuser-Busch found when it experimented in the summer of 1998 with bottles made from polyethylene naphthalate (PEN). The biggest advantage of the PEN bottle was that it stayed rigid under heat, which allowed for in-bottle pasteurization.

“You can pasteurize the bottle with beer in it, and if you get it to the place where it’s going to be drunk fast enough, it’s a quite excellent bottle,” says Allan Silverman, a vice president with the Constar unit of Crown Cork & Seal, Philadelphia, which blowmolded the bottles.

Time was the major problem. Although PEN has a tighter molecular structure than PET, its barrier still is insufficient, meaning it doesn’t yield a good enough shelf life, Silverman says: “You could have given it away or charged a million dollars – it wouldn’t have worked. The barrier isn’t good enough.”

To make plastic bottles with a sufficient barrier requires a multi-layer structure. These designs tend to push the bottle’s price significantly beyond glass and aluminum.

The price ain’t right

Price was the reason Anheuser-Busch recently terminated another trial of a plastic beer bottle: a test market in Dallas and Phoenix, Ariz., convenience stores. The three-layer bottle comprises a layer of oxygen-scavenging copolyester between two layers of PET, with more oxygen-scavenging material in the closure liner.

Anheuser-Busch concluded the test market after six weeks because of disappointing

snoringkillSnoring is a loud, disruptive noise emitted from the throat during sleep that causes a multitude of health problems as well as issue between partners who sleep together. When some sort of obstruction causes a blockage in the airway, either in the nasal passage or in the throat, the snorer is unable to take in a normal level of oxygen. There are several causes of snoring including allergies causing nasal blockage, heavy drinking, obesity causing a narrowed airway and most often, a blockage in the throat due to the tongue. During sleep, the muscles of the mouth relax and the tongue can fall back into the throat leading to not only the nuisance of snoring, but also deadly repercussions. Chronic snoring can lead to sleep apnea, a permanent condition that requires treatment as it is a serious breathing issue. Mild or sporadic snoring, as well as snoring due to nasal blockage, is not necessarily a serious condition although it does indicate an improper intake of oxygen. While it is also recommended that mild snoring be treated it is not likely to lead to heart disease as chronic snoring or sleep apnea.

The least of all problems associated with chronic snoring, as well as sleep apnea, is prolonged fatigue which can lead to extreme exhaustion. When regular sleep patterns are interrupted by chronic snoring, daily dysfunction emerges as a result of lack of sleep. However, this extreme exhaustion, after years of chronic snoring, can lead to periodically falling asleep during the day, even while driving. Proper amount of sleep is absolutely essential to the entire well-being.

Because snoring is a result of an obstruction leading to the improper intake of air during sleep, consistently low oxygen intake can result in heart disease, leading to fatal heart attacks and strokes. The proper intake of oxygen is crucial for the holistic well-being of each and every person. Oxygen is taken in during inhalation and transported throughout the blood stream by red blood cells and then used by your body. Oxygen allows blood to effectively pump through the body because it fuels the heart. A strong and regular heartbeat is necessary for the body to function efficiently throughout the day without feeling fatigued, groggy or ill.

There are ways, however, to alleviate the dangers of snoring.

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The consumer mindset has contributed greatly to the beerscape. “Drivers of imported beer growth include the ‘mainstreaming’ of imported beer brands,” says the report. “Twenty years ago, the only consumers of imported beer were beer connoisseurs and foreigners. Today, though imports remain an upscale product, consumers from every economic, social and cultural group consume imports on occasion.”

ibdsbImports have delivered the mass that craft beers never could. While microbrews and other specialties were racking up impressive annual gains of between 22 and 42 percent from a relatively tiny base between 1991 and 1996, imports, with a more significant base, were beginning to register increases in the low double-digits. The craft explosion left a halo around imports as well–and it’s the foreign beers that have continued to benefit as domestic specialties have sagged (actually off by 1 to 2 percent in ’98, says BMC).

So it’s a bittersweet legacy left by the major micro excitement of the mid-’90s. “Once content with mass-produced domestic lagers, consumers are more frequently opting for higher-quality, fuller-bodied, rich-tasting beers,” notes the report. “In addition, the brand preference set for any given beer drinker is likely to have expanded. Where once a consumer would be loyal to a single brand, he or she is now more likely to select different brands based on the consumption occasion. Of no lesser importance is consumers’ current willingness to pay a premium for high-end brands.”

That circumstance could describe domestic specialties

wafybYes, both ways of blogging can earn you money. Whether you want to create your own website or you want to write articles for people who own sites, you can still earn from them. But what will really earn you more is by creating your own! Other than working for other people, you can learn how to create your own blog then actually make your own blog, and then earn all for yourself! This is one thing that they don’t teach when you learn how to create your own blog. They always say that you can use this skill to work for other people or create your own. They also tell you that both will keep you earning but what they don’t tell you is creating your own blog site will earn you two to three times more than working for someone.

How so? There may be expenses in the beginning of creating your own blog like domain rent and many more but it is very positive that the earnings will be more than your expenses. In fact, every year you will only get to spend fifty dollars at most and your earnings can be fifty dollars at least per month.

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Chitown at night!Not a lot of people really have any idea what kind of work it takes in order to open up a successful restaurant in either Chicago, or really any big city in the United States. I can only imagine what some of my friends in Europe feel because the barriers there is opening your own business are pretty amazing. I had a friend named Nick who told me about a restaurant that he opened up in Athens about 20 years ago and he said that it was all very corruption based. I think not a lot has changed there. If you want to open up something that stood the test of time, you had to make sure that there were some pockets filled, and that you had just the right kind of protection in order to continue running your business successfully.

Chicago may not be the absolute picture of honest business, but all the other hand we certainly are not some of those places in Europe. Times do change a lot Chicago and I quite frankly am glad that I didn’t make a move to Los Angeles in the 1990s when I was thinking about it. Yes, I would probably have a far more expensive house and perhaps a little bit of a larger business, but at the same time I simply would not have had the kind of characters that have come into my restaurant over the years …

acSay the word camouflage to a naturalist and she tends to think immediately of the chameleon, a small lizard that changes color to blend in with its surroundings. But the chameleon is far from alone in its ability to adapt by disguising itself in response to changes in its environment or to danger. A variety of mammals, birds, insects, spiders, and denizens of the deep have developed comparable traits.

Camouflage, however, is not the only trick Mother Nature has up her evolutionary sleeve. Deception is everywhere in the animal kingdom, adding magic, mystery, and depth to our experiences in nature. Understanding the defensive and offensive measures creatures employ gives us a deeper appreciation of the world around us.

To children, perhaps, all grasshoppers look more or less alike. In basic configuration, in fact, they are possessed of a certain bilateral symmetry, with two eyes, two large jumping legs, and so forth. But grasshoppers certainly are not all uniformly green, as I imagined when I was growing up in Missouri. Some grasshoppers are patterned to resemble so closely the sand they perch on that you can’t see them until they jump, startling you with their sudden motion.

Protective coloration in the form of camouflage is one of nature’s best tricks. The wings of some butterflies, like the curve-toothed geometer, appear to be leaves complete with central veins. This fine attribute allows them to blend into the foliage on a tree

galrCommon sense prevents most gardeners from planting hybrid tea roses in large numbers on slopes, banks, and hillsides. For starters, how would one maneuver from bush to bush to pick off all those Japanese beetles? And where would anyone find enough time to prune each bush? Moreover, the cost (both environmental and financial) of chemicals often used to fight black spot and rust on masses of high-maintenance cultivars could well prove prohibitive.

Yet there is a way to use roses to create broad, romantic sweeps of color. Today’s so-called ground-cover roses attract few pests, need little or no pruning, and seldom suffer from black spot or other blights common to the genus Rosa. Produced by hybridizers determined to eliminate the need for chemical pesticides in the garden, ground-cover roses are characterized by low, spreading growth, extreme cold hardiness (USDA zones usually range from 3 or 4 to 9), and repeat (sometimes recurrent, even perpetual) bloom. More rightly, these easy-care beauties should be dubbed procumbent roses, notes English rosarian Peter Beales in his encyclopedic Classic Roses (Henry Holt; $55), now in its second edition. Unlike ivy, vinca, or other true ground covers that hug the earth with countless rootlets, ground-cover roses employ long, flowery canes to create the illusion of a blanket of blossoms.

To create drift without sacrificing tidiness, consider massing roses whose habit is more wide than tall. Choose a single hue or, to lighten the look, interplant

mhasasMusic has filled my house – and my life – since I can remember. Although I consider myself primarily a visual person, I find I best measure and reexperience the rhythms and cadences of my life by the music I’ve heard, sung, and danced to. Like virtually all American children, I’m sure I was taught all the toddler standbys, such as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and “Three Blind Mice,” but the earliest song I can recall with any accuracy is “Goody, Goody” as vocalized by the jazz great Ella Fitzgerald. When asked what songs I preferred as a child, I can say with perfect certainty that, along with the Ella, I was weaned on Broadway show tunes. My father, an avid pianist, enjoyed an enormous repertory of songs from the 1930s and ’40s, which he played, and sang, at every opportunity on our family piano. When my sisters and I were little and we still lived on Long Island, New York, my parents treated us to an annual outing in New York City to see a new musical. We collected the long-playing records of our favorite shows and we learned their lyrics.

The year I turned II, we moved into Manhattan so my father could pursue a career in music. Soon he was playing jazz piano in local clubs, an occupation that consumed his nights for four years. For me, these were the years of learning the scores to