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Favorite Summer Activities And The Power Behind Them

By Article Contributor, Saturday, September 7, 2013

This summer, some of the best activities that we can participate in are all outdoors. Everybody enjoys going to major events, and getting the most out of our summer experience. One thing that we don’t often stop to think about is the amount of power it takes to run each activity.

Until you are the one setting up an event, you don’t realize how much thought and effort go into planning for the amount of electricity required. Every single detail is well thought out. Some aspects have to be planned months in advance, many of which the participants don’t even notice. Electricity is one of those things that as a guest you don’t think about, but is crucial to it all. Some of our favorite activities could not be run without the proper power supply.

Outdoor Concerts

Outdoor Concert 389x258 Favorite Summer Activities And The Power Behind ThemOutdoor concerts are a summer tradition for many. There are many different kinds of concerts that are played, from country groups on the state fairgrounds, to every other kind of band played at the best outdoor venues.

USANA Amphitheatre is located in West Valley City, Utah, and is named after the nutritional supplement manufacturer. One of the things that make this venue great is the backdrop. Instead of your typical concert venue, the Wasatch Mountains outline the amphitheater. USANA amphitheater opened in 2003 and since then has been a fixture in the music scene.

With a seating capacity of 20,000, it is important that the power is functioning properly at this venue. While attending you may not think about the electricity behind the lights, sound, and visual effects, but that is essential to the production. Next time you attend an outdoor event such as this, take the time to enjoy the lights and sounds, as well as appreciate the power that went behind the production.


Baseball Player Kid Field 389x259 Favorite Summer Activities And The Power Behind ThemOn September 2, 1880, the first baseball game was played at night with the help of the electrical light and carbon arc lamps, which had just been invented. This was the first time that nine innings could be played after the sun had fallen. The lighting wasn’t the best quality, and it was hard for spectators to see the plays.

More attempts were made and, in 1896, arc lights were installed in Union Street Ground. On July 4, two games were played by day and the last at night with the help of the lights. The third game was completely unsuccessful. The lights were not powerful enough, and the ball kept on getting lost in the dark. The outfielders weren’t even visible to the spectators. The first professional night baseball game was played on May 2, 1930 in a Western League game between a Des Moines, IA team and a Wichita, KS team. It wasn’t until five years later on May 24, 1935 that the MLB had their first ever night game.

Since this time, baseball stadiums have evolved even further, until it was possible to enjoy a good game at any time of night. Power is now one of the most critical elements of play. Between the scoreboard, the concession stands, and the lighting when dusk hits, electricity used to fuel everything seems to be almost as critical as the players themselves.

Although we might not think of it often, power is one of the most essential elements of our summer activities. Instead of taking it for granted, next time you are at one of these events, take note of the power that is making the event possible.

Article by +Cassie Costner who writes for She enjoys learning about how outdoor events are made possible by the power that stays behind the scenes.

3 Great Ten Pin Bowling Tips to Improve your Game

By leoparker123, Thursday, December 6, 2012

bowling main crash 3 Great Ten Pin Bowling Tips to Improve your GameTen pin bowling is one of the most entertaining and enjoyable sports out there but the level of enjoyment is almost always directly proportional to how well you’re playing. But, as with most sports, you can improve your performance significantly through practice.

There are also a fair few hints and tips when it comes to ten pin bowling which will be extremely helpful in improving your strike rate and bowling consistency. Obviously, no amount of tips can replace getting out on the lanes and practicing for yourself but if you know the basics right from the beginning, it should make it a good deal easier to get into your stride and becoming as proficient at bowling as you desire.

In order to get your bowling game up to scratch, you’ll need to know some of the basics and if you’re just starting out, some of these beginners’ ten pin bowling tips will certainly stand you in good stead out on the lanes:

Bowling Tip #1 – Foot Positioning is Key

The positioning of your feet will probably have a much bigger impact on your accuracy than you would think. The tendency for most bowlers is to have their right foot pointing towards the pins (if they’re right handed) and vice versa. However, you should aim to have you left foot pointing to the pins when you release as this is likely to improve your accuracy considerably. If accuracy is something that you have been struggling with, then try this tip and see if it improves your bowling consistency.

Bowling Tip #2 – Get your Head in the Game

Concentration is one of the biggest elements to master when it comes to getting great at ten pin bowling because few things are more off-putting than have something put you off your bowl mid-swing. If you want to become the best at bowling, you need to be able to get your head in the game and in the zone so that you can block out any distractions – which there are sure to be plenty of at any bowling alley.

Bowling Tip #3 – Get your Timing Right

Timing is everything when it comes to ten pin bowling. Mistiming the release of the bowling ball by even a second can have a big impact on the accuracy of the throw. Many bowlers who are just starting out will either make the mistake of releasing the ball too early, or hanging onto the ball for too long and not releasing it until they have reached the top of their upswing. Both of these scenarios are likely to lead to an inaccurate and/or low speed bowl.  The optimal time to release the ball is just prior to reaching the top of upswing as this will help to ensure both the accuracy and speed of the ball.


Leo is a sports and lifestyle blogger who loves nothing better than spending his time down the local lanes honing his ten pin bowling technique. He writes for a number of sports and lifestyle blogs and regularly writes content on behalf of bowling apparel retailers Bowling Concepts and is a particularly big fan of their great selection of Charlie Sheen bowling shirts.

Tips for Taking Up Golf on a Limited Budget

By WriterEvan, Saturday, September 1, 2012

golf Tips for Taking Up Golf on a Limited BudgetTaking up golf is a fantastic way to develop a fun hobby and make good use of your leisure time. Golf is great for socializing, keeping up your sporting edge, or simply getting some time to clear your head. Daily life can be so stressful at times that we simply need to get away, and hitting the golf course is a great way to do it. Fresh air, beautiful landscapes, peace and quiet–golf is a leisure sport if there ever was one. Unfortunately, one of the things keeping many interested people away from golf is the price tag. So how can you get into golf without breaking the bank? Continue reading

Get Into The Pulse Of V8 Supercar Racing!

By 1001shops, Monday, May 28, 2012

V8 super cars Get Into The Pulse Of V8 Supercar Racing!Visit any Australian state, and you’ll find a V8 Supercar event there. In fact, V8 Supercar Racing is the only professional sport that boasts of being conducted in every state in Australia. Close to a quarter million visitors line up to each V8 Supercar race event.

V8 Supercar Racing Formats

Each racing series follows either a sprint race or an endurance race format; each format includes rounds for race qualification, practice and racing.

1. Race Type: Endurance Races

During endurance races (500 to 1000 kilometers), cars with fuel capacity of 120 liters are used. Pit stops are compulsory for tire, fuel and driver changes.

  • 500 Kilometer Endurance Races:  These were held at Sandown but were moved to Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. However, the race will be shifted back to Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway in 2012.
  • 1000 Kilometer Endurance Race: These are conducted at Bathurst, NSW. They comprise 161 laps of the Mount Panorama circuit, driving through two long straights which contract with fast blind corners on the mountain top. The same rules of compulsory pit stops apply here too. 24 tires per car are granted for the weekend race format. The Bathurst 1000 is known as the “Great Race”. This race has been the standard for domestic motor racing in Australia for several years, even before the V8 Supercar category was developed.

2. Race Type: Sprint Races

For sprint races, pit stops are not compulsory anymore. However, all teams must spend at least 50 liters of fuel per race.  Racing teams are granted 12 car tires for changes for the weekend sprint races.

Warm Up And Qualifying Rounds

  • Warm Up: There’s usually a warm up session that takes 20 minutes before the start of an endurance race.
  • Practice: Two 1 hour sessions of practice are the norm for sprint races. The practice sessions are shorter but many more for endurance races –two or four sessions of varying lengths.
  • Qualification:  Drivers have to complete two legs. The first leg takes 20 minutes, in which all 30 drives compete. The second leg takes 15 minutes and only 20 of the drivers compete. The top 10 drivers are identified, and are made to a lap each, where each driver sets his fastest time.

Weekend V8 Racing Australian Specials

Weekends see V8 Supercar sprints of 100 to 200 kilometers conducted on purpose-built racetracks and street circuits. In Sydney, two 250 kilometer sprint races are held over the weekend. On the Gold Coast, weekend races include two 300 kilometer sprints. Long distance endurance races ranging from 500 kilometers to 1000 kilometers are held at Philip Island and at Bathurst.

Adelaide is also home to the Clipsal 500, which is a shortened version of the Grand Prix Circuit that used to be held here formerly. The race takes on a carnival-like feeling, with stalls, banners, enthusiastic clothing, tattoos and a coming together of socialites, celebrities and screaming fans 200,000 strong.

Every Saturday and Sunday, two 250 kilometer races are conducted. The Clipsal 500 has made it to the V8 Supercar Hall of Fame, having won several awards.

The Australian International V8 Supercars Championship

This motor racing competition, open to Australia’s Touring Car category awards titles for Driver, Teams and Manufacturers. The 1000 kilometer endurance race at Bathurst has contributed to this championship’s results since 1999.

The Caterpillar Grand Finale

This race is held in late November at the Eastern Creek Raceway near Sydney. It is considered the crowning glory of the year’s races; it’s the final round of the entire season. It’s usually staged over a three day weekend, Friday to Sunday. The practice race is held on Friday, and after a qualifying race of 40 minutes on Saturday, three 120 kilometer races are held. The final race takes place on Sunday, and the winner is adjudged based on points accumulated in all three races.

V8 Supercar Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame was instituted in 1999 to conduct the end-of-year prize-giving ceremony.  Drivers who have won various races over the year are awarded prizes based on points won.  The V8 Supercar Hall of Fame was instituted in order to recognize and award past champions and prominent racing figures in the history of supercar racing in Australia.

Alicia has been writing about Adrenalin gift ideas for the past three years. Her favourite topics include V8 race experience, skydiving, hot air ballooning, and other adventures she has experienced for herself.