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… except when it becomes overwhelming and confusing. With the transition to digital cable signals over the last decade, we’ve seen a lot of technological changes in the entertainment devices we bring into our homes. Flat-panel TV screens, wireless networks, Blu-ray readers and always-on connectivity have become the standard. But with those advances comes a whole slew of new information as we learn to use our devices to the fullest.
For those of us who never dipped our toes in the equipment one-upmanship that began with hi-fi stereos in the 1970s, it can be a little dizzying. So many people put a premium on the individual components of their audio and video equipment that a simple trip to the store for a TV upgrade can become a nightmare of acronyms, add-ons

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, gold-tipped connectors and a sea of numerical specs.
Flat-panel LCD and LED screens have become the center of every home entertainment system, but it’s the home theater aficionados that have driven technological development. The confusing array of products for sale is satisfying prey for the armchair gadget hunter, but what about the rest of us?
If you just want an easy, no-hassle way to listen to the sounds that accompany your television, there’s the all-in-one home theater setup, which combines surround-sound speakers with a central receiver that you can easily plug into your TV, collapsing all those options into one simple purchase.

How to Clean Bathtub Jets

Adding a bathtub with jets to your home is a great way to add a little luxury to your everyday life. From soothing sore muscles to calming the mind with a relaxing soak, jetted tubs have many benefits. But just like many of the other items in your bathroom

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, they can also harbor bacteria and have significant soap scum build up as a result of bubbles, body oils, and soap. Even if you can¡¯t see it, it¡¯s important to clean out the jets of your bathtub regularly to ensure that they continue to function properly and to ensure that you¡¯re actually bathing in clean water and not with gross germs.
It¡¯s a good idea to avoid using certain products in jetted tubs — such as baby oil and bubble bath — to reduce the amount of buildup to begin with. and to refill the tub with warm water and then run the jets for 15 to 20 minutes to clear them out after each use. But even the most cautious homeowners will still need to do a deep clean of their jets once per month if they regularly use their bathtub

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. This requires just a few simple steps.
Fill the tub with hot water to at least three inches above the height of the jets. Add two to four teaspoons of powdered dishwasher detergent (or another low-foaming disinfectant). For a deep clean, you can also add up to one-half cup of bleach. Run the jets for 15 minutes, and then turn off and drain the bathtub. Refill the bathtub with cool water and run the jets for another 15 minutes. Drain again, and your jets should be free and clear of all the soap scum and germs that you¡¯d rather not have joining you the next time you settle in for a relaxing bath.

Quick Tips: What is CorePower yoga?

Its name may emphasize one specific piece of anatomy, but CorePower Yoga offers a full-body workout that you’ll feel from head to toe. The classes, offered exclusively at CorePower Yoga studios across the country, feature a variety of yoga styles for beginners through advanced students. But all studios have two things in common: They all focus on core strength and an empowering, health-focused environment.
The first CorePower Yoga studio (CPY for short) was opened in Denver in 2002; since then, it has opened more than 50 locations in more than 10 states. According to Brendan Bell, manager of Austin’s Monarch Studio location, each CorePower Yoga facility is designed to provide members with a top-notch experience — complete with luxurious locker rooms; apparel and gear shops; energizing playlists; and beautiful

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, climate-controlled practice spaces. The brand’s mission statement is to “share our authentic passion for yoga and healthy living to inspire everyone to live their most extraordinary life.” [Source: CorePower Yoga]
CorePower Yoga studios offer several class options, ranging from Level 1 (introductory) to Level 3 (advanced). Level 1 is taught at room temperature, while Levels 2 and 3 are taught in a heated room to increase heart rate and calorie burn. In addition, CorePower Yoga also offers a Hot Yoga option — following a set sequence of 26 postures in a 105-degree room, similar to Bikram Yoga — along with a Yoga Sculpt class that uses hand weights, a Hot Power Fusion class that merges several styles into one, and a slower-paced CoreRestore class that focuses on athletic recovery. The cost is on par with other forms of yoga, too. All new students get a free week of yoga

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, and drop-in classes range from $17-20 and monthly memberships range from $109/month to $139/month.
“Our classes are generally on the higher-intensity end, but we do strive for a good balance,” says Bell. “We focus on burning calories and building strength, but also on the complete emotional and spiritual experience, as well.”
In addition to traditional yoga sequences (such as sun salutations) classes usually include a significant number of abdominal moves, as well as breathing and meditation exercises. Students are also encouraged to get involved in CorePower Yoga community events, like nonprofit volunteering options, wellness cleanses and boot camps.
One important distinction: You can only take CorePower Yoga classes at CorePower Yoga studios. But that probably won’t stop you from seeing classes on other studio or gym schedules with names like “core yoga” or “power yoga,” neither of which are trademarked. These terms most likely refer to a similar style of yoga — faster, Vinyasa-flow style classes, focused more on building strength and burning calories than on yoga’s restorative or relaxing properties — but they do not have any relation with the brand.

1958 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88

It might have been hard at the time for the loyal Olds?mobile customer to believe, but somewhere deep inside, the 1958 models, including the 1958 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88, were based on the same shells that had served the ’57s. That’s because the ’58s had new looks from front to back and roof to road.
Styled under the direction of Art Ross, who had headed the Oldsmobile Studio since 1947, the 1958 Oldses broke with recent marque styling trends. The elliptical “jet-intake” grille of prior years was replaced by a full-width horizontal-bar grille and massive bumper. “Hockey-stick” side trim gave way to a projectile shape in front and horizontal strakes in the rear, which gave the unfortunate impression of being on a collision course with each other.
Revised roofs featured an undivided backlight, which alleviated criticism of the three-piece window used on the ’57s. About the only visual tip that this was an Olds?mobile was the continued use of high-mounted, round taillights. Wheel?base was up by a half inch (to 122.5), and ’58s were 2.2 inches wider than the ’57s.
The anchor of the 1958 Olds lineup was the Dynamic 88 series. (Like quad headlights and optional air suspension, the Dynamic sobriquet was new.) Powered by a standard 265-bhp “economy” version of the Olds 371-cid V-8, it came in seven models, including a $2,834 Holiday two-door hardtop that drew 50,7897 orders.
The original Alaskan White-over-Banff Blue Dynamic 88 hardtop coupe featured here is owned by John Strewe, of Lake Zurich, Illinois. It is equipped with optional power steering and brakes

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, a radio, whitewall tires, and Hydra-Matic automatic transmission in place of the standard three-speed synchromesh transmission.