The Cubist: the first episode of the crazy series “Billion Dollar Factory”!

IP Leanware announces the launch of the first event episode of its “Billion Dollar Factory” web series. Named The Cubist , it is above all a tribute to The Artist, the most Oscar-winning French film in the history of cinema (with 5 Oscars – including Best Film).

It is thus by being transported in the world of the film The Artist that you will be able to discover the first adventure lived by the factory  Billion Dollar Factory , become Thousand Dollar Factory for the occasion. You will find Hugues O’Boss, William Liever and Albert Sceptyk in 1927, plunged into a morose period of crises, poor performance, and, strong competition due to the American factories of mass production. Hugues O’Boss then decides to call on Marcus Hetting and the IP Leanware team to stabilize their productions.

It’s against a background of black and white film, tap and jazz music that Mickael Oach, Jeannet Cloud and Javier Assix help the Thousand Dollar Factory! With the help of the first Braincube calculator, the IP Leanware retro team will be able to analyze the production data of the plant and discover the parameters to implement to improve the process performance.

Based on Hypercubic analysis, the Braincube calculator is a revolution reversing the world of static. Dedicated to improving performance, it is based on facts (complete data analysis) and not just on the expertise already acquired. Thus the data analyzes make it possible to reproduce the conditions necessary for the good performance.

Discover now The Cubist , the first episode of the series “Billion Dollar Factory” which will immerse you in the nostalgia of the silent cinema and the universe of The Artist. Featuring a team of tap dancers, specialized in improving industrial performances and finding solutions to Thousand Dollar Factory’s production problems – all on a very lively jazz tune!

Why prepare for your funeral pre-arrangements

Many people aged 55 or 60 think they can spend a few more decades with their loved ones. After all, life expectancy in the Canadian population is quite high, reaching in 2007 an average of 80.34 years per person (representing the 16 th position in the world!). These encouraging figures, however, will lead some people to postpone the preparation of their eventual deaths, galvanized by the energy that still flows in their veins. Then, unfortunately, their departure will sometimes come at a completely unexpected time and they will find themselves unprepared in the face of death.

It is extremely difficult to accept that we will leave this world, we must agree. However, without rejoicing in the inevitable, it seems essential to take certain precautions in order not to leave his own heirs with difficulties resulting from our lack of foresight. The funeral pre-arrangements are part of the arrangements made by a quarter of Quebecers today to avoid leaving the heavy burden to others to organize and pay for his own funeral. Today, let’s take a look at this still unknown arrangement of many Quebecers.

Basic knowledge to have on the subject

Basically, the funeral pre-arrangement is an agreement made with a funeral home so that it can deal with the different aspects of your funeral (ceremonies, embalming methods, etc.) when you leave the terrestrial world. It is said that it is a form of death insurance that allows its subscribers to pay the full amount of the funeral BEFORE it takes place: instead of paying a monthly payment until death, the full amount of a stroke.

Avoid sudden price inflation

The use of pre-arrangements ensures your heirs that they will not have to take out a single dollar from their wallet to meet your last wishes. The reason for this insurance is simple: the contract allows you to set the price permanently, regardless of whether you have to die on the spot or 30 years later. Since the majority of the funeral expenses will be placed in trust, so in an account that is inaccessible to the administrators of the funeral home, the money will have time to grow and allow it to not lose the exchange.

Choose exactly how we will be celebrated

By treating yourself with the people who will be responsible for organizing your ceremony, you can ensure that you will trust those who will be the organizers. You have the freedom to choose exactly everything that will be included in the event (up to the type of flowers purchased!) Since it is you who will pay for the organization. In the case of death insurance received by an heir, it could be a little more tempting for the heir to reduce the funeral budget in order to cash the balance of the premium …

A type of contract protected by law

Since elder abuse has unfortunately been all too common in recent years in Quebec (and certainly is still so), lawmakers have decided that funeral pre-arrangements would be subject to a law, allowing the government to tighten funeral homes that do not respect certain basic rules of ethics. Entered into force in 1988, this law is currently under the control of the OPC.

Do not wait until it’s too late or your resources are limited to take action! Even a man in his fifties has nothing to lose by setting up his own funeral as soon as he will be free from heavy weight.

Laval en fleurs, a floral competition

In Canada, or at least in the province of Quebec, the city of Laval is known for a multitude of things. First, it has the third largest population after Montreal and Quebec City. Then, she suffers from a serious problem of reputation following the decay of two mayors in the space of a few months, Gilles Vaillancourt and Alexandre Duplessis. Fortunately, there are not only negative things about the city’s neighbor: Laval en fleurs, which happens year after year, is a very interesting event for horticulture enthusiasts in Quebec.

The horticulture capital

First of all, you must know that the city qualifies itself as the horticultural capital of Quebec. There are more than 130 companies working in the field of plants: be they greenhouses or greenhouses, Laval is growing a lot of things every year. The Laval Technopole is even one of its four flagships to attract families and skilled labor in the city!

An embellishment contest

In 2013, Laval hopes to win one of Quebec’s flagships, which stem from a horticultural classification program designed to encourage municipalities in the province to beautify their spaces through flowers and plants. The City of Laval, in collaboration with Laval en Fleurs, plans to award a total of over $ 2,000 in prizes to all those who will participate in this contest!

The operation is simple: people register online (the deadline is unfortunately exceeded for 2013) and they have the right to make any type of development. Three types of categories are introduced this year: residential, commercial and institutional prices and finally, professional prices. Let’s take a closer look at how it works:

  • Residential prices: First of all, you can be rewarded for the beauty of your front garden according to the state of its maintenance, the diversity in the arrangement made, the originality and the beauty as a whole as well as the addition of the Laval emblem, lavatère. Then, rewards are also awarded for the beauty of the balcony, the originality of the facade as well as for the ecological aspect of a development carried out by a resident.
  • Commercial prices: Two commercial prizes will also be awarded during the contest. In the first place, a company will also be rewarded for having built a floral arrangement for its facade, according to criteria similar to the price of the residential category. The horticultural merit will be attributed to a company specifically established in this sector.
  • The price of the professional: Finally, there will also be a landscaping professional who will be rewarded for his good work, whether for a front lawn or for a rear parterre made at a resident of Laval.

Finally take note that the date of the unveiling of the winners has still not been served to the public. This is a file that is to follow!

Doubts weigh on the administration of Laval en Fleurs

Unfortunately, the eternal specter of corruption and fraud hit Laval again in the last hours: the Sûreté du Québec recently announced that it was investigating the administration of Laval en Fleurs because his former CEO apparently would have done away with $ 200,000 in the space of a few years. Already that Mathieu Lavoie was paying a salary that was contested by several members of the organization, his way of managing Laval en Fleurs caused great discomfort at the time. Let’s hope the summer celebrations will not be tainted by the police squad’s strike.

Free flowers for residents

While the inhabitants of the city must instead turn to a florist in Montreal, the people of Laval, for their part, have the chance to receive flowers for free from Laval en Fleurs. Proof of residence is of course necessary for the claim to take place, but it is entitled to perennials, annuals and even a bag of potting soil. In 2013, the spring flowers ceremony was held on June 8; fortunately, the event occurs again in the fall, specifically on September 14, providing fall perennials and chrysanthemums to the population. Even children can receive pretty little gifts, is not it wonderful?

Storytelling Art or how to tell stories over the canvases!

For art lovers or simply lovers of beautiful things, a new movement has appeared Storytelling Art! And we will see that it exists on canvases, but also on unusual objects such as iPhone cases .

The principle of Storytelling Art? Tell stories through the paintings. This trendy movement was invented by Marc Ferrero . Desiring to create a mix of comics and paintings, he chose to extend stories through the paintings. In a very modern style and in sets inspired by the Comics, the artist relies on 3 main characters, which he illustrates and stages throughout his works.

But to understand where this idea comes from, you have to look at its path. This autodidact, passionate about TV series and movies from the 70s, is primarily a designer. Frustrated by the lack of space imposed by the comic strip, he decided to adapt his art large format version. Not decided to give up his ideas and characters, he invented Storytelling art to tell his stories. He then creates Lisa L’Aventura, the blonde diva, an English dandy and an afficionado of Argentinian tango and puts them in scene in urban decorations.

Over the years and after numerous exhibitions between Milan, Rome, London, New York, Paris and Kyoto, he has directed more than 5,000 works in private collections.

Originality continues! With his success the artist has chosen to decline his works on various media, including, surely the most original, the iPhone case . Justifying this, by wanting to make art accessible to all and so that everyone can own a work of art, he creates a collection of iPhone cases in limited editions. We find our 3 characters on our protective shells and personalize our smartphones with original visuals.

 

The wine “made in USA”

The United States is the fourth largest wine producer in the world behind the French, Italian and Spanish. They are also fourth in terms of cultivated area, with 450 hectares, making it one of the largest wholesalers and consumers in the world …

Since the end of Prohibition, the United States has embarked on the cultivation of French varietals, which make their success by their good adaptability of the American climate. The latter is also similar to that found in Europe, Mediterranean and oceanic type.

That said, a specific American peculiarity could certainly surprise the European model! Wine production is not treated in the same way, from producer to processor. They are even two very distinct roles, since the cultivation of bunches of grapes is a trade and their transformation another, both linked by a contract.

The price of a bottle does not depend on “the house” but on a deal with the grape variety used annually. In fact, we are witnessing a relic of Prohibition: it is therefore a strict federal and state regulation put in place, symbolized by the “Three-tier System”, which governs the distribution of American wines.

All wine must therefore pass successively by an importer, a wholesaler and then a restaurant owner in order to be finally offered for consumption. This regulation has the effect of increasing up to 4 times the price of a bottle, since the latter is subcontracted by different services … Nevertheless, this system, true to the model of liberalism, succeeds in the United States . And worse than that: it would even surpass the preachers of wine, namely the French!

A discreet news item in France concerns the “Paris judgment” of 1976, which made French wine producers pale in competition with their American counterparts. They then saw their white and red wines at the top of the podium, during a blind tasting. Following this, wine prices flew to the United States and French producers have long shunned their comrades United States.

It is safe to say that if the French remain a quality reference, others also claim and seize a market now highly competitive with the “Old World”, namely France, Italy and the United States. Spain!

Outfits to clothe your procession

Whether you are the mother of the bride, the sister or the best friend, you will certainly find what will make you happy in mymariée.com , which offers beautiful event outfits in festive colors. You will also find beautiful little children’s dresses that can also be associated with the dress of the bride. During our visit to mymariée’s bridal shop show booth, it was Eva, her little girl, who introduced us to her favorite models. A cute graceful doll who probably inherited it from her mum.

Lolita Lempicka wedding dress for Ekyog

The year 2012 will clearly be spoiled by collaboration between ready-to-wear and major couture brands. After Delphine Manivet for La Redoute, it’s the turn of the designer Lolita Lempicka to collaborate with Ekyog, the first ecological clothing brand in France. The shooting of the wedding dress collection took place on a September afternoon, during Fashion Week in Paris. A deliciously whimsical painting, like the magical world of Lolita Lempicka. Star of the whole, a very delicate chaste wedding dress.

A responsible and eco-friendly wedding dress:

What attracts our attention to this collaboration is of course the ecological action of Ekyog designer Nathalie Lebas-Vautier, this collection, just like the other Ekyog clothes, as well as the bridal dresses were designed from natural and organic materials, origins of a reverential sector to the environment. Part of the income will be donated to the Terre d’Ekyog Club, which is leading humanitarian projects all over the world, such as the education of children and the protection of the Amazon forest. Support for the evolution of organic production, as well as the production of wells in Madagascar.

This beautiful wedding dress was put on sale March 20, 2012, priced at € 495. So interested?

The history of Stout beer

Most Americans regard Stout as thick, dark, and very strong beers. It is also a common misconception that these black beers are more potent, simply because of their appearance.

There are many variations of stout beer style. Some are dry and some are sweet, others are very hoppy and some stout are breaking records in terms of alcohol content for a beer. All have this common characteristic of a roasted flavor that distinguishes them from all other beer styles. Usually, this roasted character comes from the use of roasted barley, which is barley grain that has not been malted, but very kilned. The process imparts a unique character to the grain and creates flavors ranging from unsweetened chocolate to the bitter taste of coffee.

In the late 1700s, some English breweries produced a large amount of very black and very strong beer, which was exported abroad, especially in the Baltic region. This variation was called the  Imperial Russian Stout . Brewed at an extreme strength, around 8-11% alcohol, and packaged for months or even years before being eaten, these beers were very popular in the Russian imperial court.

The first stout was officially marketed in the 1730s. Early versions of this drink were from Ireland, popularized by the Guinness Company.

Stout beer is made up of many types of malt. Other variants can be used such as oatmeal, which gives a soft character and a creamy foam to the beer. Irish Stout are the most famous types of this beer. They have an international reputation thanks to their extreme quality.

However, since the early 2000s, it is Quebec that holds the title of the best producer of stout beers in the world. In fact, over the last 10 years, microbreweries in Quebec have been the most influential in the world of beer internationally. In the past, Quebec microbreweries were inspired by the techniques of Belgian and German brewers. Today is the opposite.

Quebec producers have developed their own beer styles and have even created their own yeast strains. Stout beers from Quebec even made such a difference when, in 2011, La Criminelle beer, from the microbreweries La voie malte, won the best stout of the year award. This 10% black beer has broken new ground with unique flavors and a fine use of malt and hops. Other Quebecers such as the Stout Impériale of the microbrewery La Barberie and the Vache Folle, the microbrasserie Charlevoix have also received numerous awards in international competitions. There is no doubt that in the coming years, Quebec will be recognized as the main resource in the world of quality beers, along with Belgium and Germany.

Color wedding dress

You will prepare your wedding, you are concerned about the choice of your wedding dress. You want to forget the white too classic, a color imposed by tradition. Nowadays, a wedding dress in color is very trendy. However, many women are still hesitant about changing the monotony in the eyes of the entourage. But be aware that putting on a colored dress will enhance the beauty of your body even more. Only choose well in the catalog wedding dresswhich combines well with your complexion. Anyway, there is no law in the world that prevents you from wearing a colored wedding dress. It is up to you then to choose what your heart recommends. Color red, green, blue, … All the colors are now available for the dresses and they all go to wonder with the wedding dresses including black. We can adopt a unique color for a dress or associate some colors. But it is strongly recommended to associate at most 3 colors and not more. That way you will not give a clown image to your wedding ceremony. Here are a few color combinations to avoid: Green and Blue, Brown and Black, Pink and Red, Black and Navy, Purple and Plum, Parma and Lavender.

The color of the wedding dress embodies the value of the woman who wears it and at the same time promotes the princess side desired by most brides. Otherwise, dare color because it will also give an open mind, daring to young couples. Not to mention that, choosing a colored wedding dress will make this day a unique and uneven day.

So, if you are a future bride you can visit the wedding dress shop you find the different wedding dresses color.

Plan your own funeral pre-arrangement

A funeral pre-arrangement is an opportunity to carefully plan the funeral of a deceased person. It is not a difficult or complicated task and it can give you a freedom of mind that you will need during a grieving. Funeral pre-arrangements can eliminate some of the anxiety that can accompany mortality.

Simply, a pre-arrangement is a convenient and simple way of determining an individual’s willingness for a burial in advance. Prior funeral arrangement offers the option of choosing the preferred type of services and contour instructions for the final arrangements.

If you are planning your own burial, the funeral pre-arrangement can also serve as a guide for family and friends. That the forecast can be valuable in a time of stress. In anticipation of need, you and your family can discuss together, decide together and act together, on what will meet the needs of each, with regard to a funeral service.

It should be noted that all types of funeral home can be taken beforehand, which can be done at the funeral home or in the comfort of your own home, if you prefer.

Most people plan an orderly end to life with a will, appropriate life insurance benefits and retirement plan. The pre-funeral arrangement is part of this kind of wise planning. The biggest advantage is that with prior arrangement, choices can be made in a less emotional setting. These choices include the professional services required, the type of casket, suggestions for the funeral service and preference for burial, burial or cremation. Decisions made in advance can be made with less haste and without worry about death and the pressure of immediate decisions.

When discussing a pre-arranged funeral arrangement with a funeral director, it’s your opportunity to ask questions and get clear, concise answers. It’s time to make sure you understand what services are being delivered and why. It is also time to determine what the costs involved are. With this information, smart and informed decisions can be made.

When a death occurs, a period of adjustment begins for family and friends. Prior arrangement of funeral allows them to save the task of making important decisions about the final arrangements during a period of emotional stress.

Funeral can be taken in advance and prepaid at a funeral home in your city. The planning process can still be long and take more than just a discussion. Think of it as an open and honest conversation in a relaxed atmosphere. Trust and openness are an integral part of this relationship. When planning a meeting with a funeral director to discuss a prior arrangement, there will be two steps to the process. The first is an informal question and answers where you begin to determine and understand your needs. Then comes the more formal exchange of information and the registration of your wishes. A record of your wishes will be kept on file for future reference and may be revised upon request.

There are several important things you should consider. You can carefully consider the type of arrangements you will need in consultation with family, friends or clergy as well as the funeral director. You will probably want to follow religious practices as planned by your church. Be attentive to your family members who will be left by discussing your ideas with them and allowing them to offer their suggestions. Make general suggestions that can be adapted or adjusted to make the funeral more meaningful for the participants. Do not be too restrictive for those you love with unrealistic or even impossible demands. Be flexible. You must think of your arrangements as suggestions that will help those who will be involved at the time of death. Consider also, that the main reason for the funeral rite is to allow the survivors the opportunity to meet their own emotional and psychological needs.

The luthier: the best friend of your instrument

A luthier, from the French word luth , manufactures or repairs stringed instruments. For those outside the world of violin making, the term could be more closely associated with acoustic guitar making, but people who make mandolins, banjos, violins, cellos, dancanons, ukuleles, and other stringed instruments are also luthiers .

The luthiers themselves sometimes have to distinguish between plucked or scraped string instruments and the making of instruments that are used with a bow. In some cases, the luthiers perform only the repair of the instruments, without having the capacity to manufacture them.

In our modern era of automated design, assembly lines and prefabricated products, luthiers stands out as old-world craftsmen. The art of making and repairing stringed instruments goes back to antiquity, evoking a love for music. The luthier is a musician’s best friend, keeping his string instrument in excellent condition to increase the instrument’s life and maintain sound quality.

Many non-professional musicians playing music for personal pleasure may not be aware that luthiers exist or that instruments can (and should) be adjusted over time. The constant tension of the wood created by the strings, the environmental factors and other circumstances can combine to slowly push an instrument towards a deterioration This reduces by a factor known as playability, but a visit to the luthier is all that is necessary to give a personal mark to an instrument

Luthiers can also repair many types of physical damage. A common type of damage is a bumpy soundboard (at the top of the guitar), or at the back. It is often a physical trauma that crossed the finish line of the instrument and entered the wood. A luthier can clean, seal, patch and finish for the damaged area.

If the buzz strings, if the action is at the top, if a precious or sentimental instrument is damaged, or if your instrument has spent years in the closet, a luthier is the person to call . Under his supervision, your instrument will find all its charm. Often, professionals buy top of the range guitars and will immediately bring it to the luthier for this one he puts a personalized touch by improving certain points such as the height between the strings and the neck.

Music stores routinely provide luthier services to provide a complementary service to their customers who purchase instruments. If you instrument is valuable to you, you should perhaps check the sources of your instrument maker. Often small workshops are the best compared to big box stores. It is also worth paying a little more expensive to have the services of a very experienced luthier, if your instrument is important to you.