Saturday, November 18, 2006

Laser Hair Removal Information

The device was sold to physicians and treatments were offered in a chain of proprietary clinics called Spa Thira, primarily in affluent communities. Consumers basically paid to be guinea pigs. By the time a medical paper appeared in 1997 which observed full regrowth of all hair [3], consumers had already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on treatments. They quickly shifted their marketing strategy away from permanent hair removal to a "hair-management strategy," but word was beginning to get out.
In 1998 a class action suit was brought against the company by a consumer alleging ThermoLase "advertised SoftLight laser hair removal as long lasting with the knowledge that such treatments did not achieve that result." [4] ThermoLase quietly settled out of court later that year. In 1999, following other lawsuits and an annual loss of over $41 million, they began closing or selling their spas. [5] In 2000, with the stock down 92% from its high, ThermoLase was folded back into its parent company, which no longer manufactures or markets SoftLight in the U.S.
Wave 5 lasers: 1997 to present
In 1997 FDA cleared several types of devices that target melanin in the hair (see also flashlamps). As with the earlier devices, these devices were rushed to market without adequate testing of effectiveness.
Incremental improvements in equipment since 1997, such as more ergonomically-designed handpieces and methods of epidermal cooling, have made treatment generally more tolerable and reduced the likelihood of some side effects. The publication of clinical observations have also led to more optimized treatment parameters, but understanding of lasers and their long-term effects on hair and other skin structures is still in the early stages

Full Site Laser Hair Removal Information

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Aerial View Maps

It used to be that I would not know a city until I had been almost everywhere in it. It could literally take months. You see, I've never been able to learn by sectioning off the map and then proceeding in an orderly fashion. Each city has its own logic, and this logic is whimsical. In order to really get to know a city, you have to follow its twists and turns. Given that I did not have time to make this a full-time job, you can see why the last city that I lived in remained difficult for me to navigate almost until the day I moved.

All of that has changed with aerial view maps. This probably seems counterintuitive. For many people, a satellite map is the very worst way to look at a city. Instead of the orderly structure of streets and boulevards, they get to view the seeming randomness of seeing the city artificially placed on top of a dynamic and chaotic landscape. Why, my wife cannot even navigate using an aerial view map!

For me, however, the aerial view map is the very best way to look at things. You see, there was a logic to the city that I was looking for by wandering through it. I can get that logic all at a glance from the aerial view map. I guess that my mind works differently than many people's minds do. Most people like to perceive the logical structure. When they see a map, they get to understand the ordered, arranged part of the city. They can then safely ignore the chaos underlying it.

For me, however, things are different. When I look at an aerial view map, I can see the reasoning behind the city. Looking at the design abstracted from matters of elevation, climate, and local flora just simply confuses me. There seems to be no reason why this street is here and that street is there. It is all haphazard and random.

But looking at an aerial view map, everything is different. I can see the way it all flows together. The city seems to be a compromise struck between the design impulses of the city's creators, and the realities of the landscape. It all fits together so nicely that I can't help feel overjoyed. It is the same feeling that I used to get by wandering through the city. Now, however, it takes much less time.

Aerial Photos

A man came to my mom’s house once, and in his hands were a few aerial photos of her house and property. She was quite surprised, and even more surprised when he said he wanted to sell them to her. Even more shocking was the price, but she chose to buy them anyway and one of the photos hangs in her dining room now. It’s a very cool thing to have, but perhaps the man’s tactics were a little pushy to me.

He must have taken aerial photos of all of the properties around the area and offered them up for sale. I thought perhaps he might have wanted to ask around before he took the shots or perhaps even put an ad in the paper. It’s reminds me of the photographer that takes extra shots of your children at a photo session and then hopes you’ll think they are so cute that you’ll buy more when you come to pick up your package. Perhaps aerial photos are something most people would pass up unless they see them first.

You don’t have to have a man come to take aerial photos of your property in order to see what it might look like from the sky, but this may be the best way. You can find aerial photos on the Internet, but they may not zoom in as close as what the photographer had offered to my mother. I would think this is for privacy reasons, and that is definitely a good thing. Can you imagine finding your property online with a lovely shot of you in your bathing suit in the back yard for everyone in the world to see? I would guess probably not.

If you can’t find aerial photos of your area online, you may have to rely on the man who comes to your door, though this may be something that happens once in a blue moon, if at all. You may have to find a service or person in your area who takes aerial photos and ask them to include your property in their next session. Some of these people either own a helicopter, or they hire someone to fly them around. For a photographer, I can only imagine how much fun this would be. The aerial photos might not be great works of art, but they are probably a whole lot of fun to take.