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Multiband’s Social Media State Fair

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

August 2013 Social Media State Fair

This month, Multiman is hosting some week-long State Fair challenges – and we want you to participate!

Winners of each competition will earn 50 Points - so make sure that you’re sending in your pictures and voting on your favorites!

Visit Multiband’s Facebook Page to see the current competitors!

Customer-Nominated Great Jobs

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Josephine Velasquez
Marble Davis wanted to speak to Josephine’s supervisor to let us know she was attentive, able to listen and has a patient voice. She knew to call the customer back when the phone dropped the call and not knowing that she was having phone issues at the time. She stated what a great job Josephine did by resolving her matter and was very patient. Great job, Josephine!

Doug Nayes
Customer Barbara Pflaumer wants to commend Doug for his persistance in working to resolve the issue she is having. She has older TVs and she informed me that Doug is continuing to research solutions for her so that she can utilize her DIRECTV services. Keep up the great work, Doug!

Fun Facts about Solar Energy

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

As we all know, Multiband is a diverse and ever-expansive company. Have you visited multibandusa.com/divisions and discovered all the various aspects of Multiband? If you haven’t, you should!

One of Multiband’s lesser-known yet very exciting divisions (Renewable Energy) actually deals with Solar Energy options – let’s explore some fun facts about Solar Energy!

Did you Know?

    - Less than 5% of the stars in the Milky Way are brighter or more massive than the sun?
    - Every second, 600 million tons of protons are converted into helium atoms in the Sun to be released as energy. Humankind only needs, on average, about 1/10,000 that amount of energy for its total consumption.
    - The Sun is 93 million miles away from the Earth. It takes 8.3 minutes for light to travel this distance.
    - The Sun is expected to exhaust its supply of hydrogen in about 5 billion years, at which time it will collapse under its own weight and become very hot. Eventually, it will become big enough to swallow the orbits of Venus and even Earth.
    - Solar has less than 1% adoption rate in the United States – how can you help improve this statistic?
    - Solar panels are strung together like Christmas tree lights – that means, if one panel goes out, the whole system goes down. It also means that typical solar arrays are very sensitive to shading (everything either adds or takes away from total system performance). That’s why microinverters are so interesting – each panel becomes its own production plant.
    - Solar panel technology hasn’t changed much in the last 10 years.

    (This information was taken from http://solarenergyfactsblog.com/interesting-facts-about-solar-energy/.)

    5 Surprising Facts about the 4th of July!

    Friday, July 5th, 2013

    1. John Adams thought Americans would celebrate July 2

    The Continental Congress officially declared its freedom from British rule on July 2, 1776, the day that John Adams wrongly thought would be commemorated by future generations. July Fourth, meanwhile, marks the day Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. As copies of the declaration spread across the colonies, celebrations kicked off. Americans lit bonfires, fired celebratory shots from their guns, rang bells, and took down symbols of the British monarchy. At that point, the Boston Tea Party and the Battles of Lexington and Concord had already happened, but the American Revolutionary War wouldn’t end until the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1783.

    2. Three presidents died on the Fourth of July

    John Adams and Thomas Jefferson passed away within hours of each other on July 4, 1826. The two had been political rivals and then friends later in life, and both signed the Declaration of Independence. James Monroe, the nation’s fifth president, was the next U.S. leader to die, and he passed away on July 4, 1831. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, is the only U.S. chief to have been born on the Fourth of July. Fabulous 4th of July Facts: The 13 Original Colonies

    3. Songs in today’s patriotic canon don’t have Revolutionary roots

    Before the Revolution, “Yankee Doodle” was originally sung by British military officers who mocked the unorganized and buckskin-wearing “Yankees” with whom they fought during the French and Indian War. Our national anthem didn’t originate in the war for independence, either. The “Star Spangled Banner” is a poem Francis Scott Key wrote in 1814, when the British relentlessly attacked Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. It was later put to music and became the official national anthem in 1931.

    4. The oldest celebration is in the smallest state

    It took some time for the Independence Day parties to become the extravagant fireworks-filled spectacles they are today. Most celebrations didn’t become regular until the 19th century, but the Bristol Fourth of July Parade in Bristol, R.I., claims to be the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States, held every year since 1785.

    5. The number of Fourth of July revelers has increased by more than a hundredfold

    Only 2.5 million people lived in the United States when the colonies first declared independence, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Today, the nation is much bigger than 13 wee states and it’s more crowded, too. This estimated population on for July 4, 2013, is 316.2 million people.

    All info provided by livescience.com

    12 Common Historical Misconceptions

    Friday, June 28th, 2013

    1. The pyramids of Giza were built by slaves.Source: The Guardian

    The pyramids of Giza were built by slaves.

    Contrary to popular belief, slaves were not forced to build the pyramids in Egypt. Excavated tombs near the pyramids support the theory that they were paid Egyptian laborers, who took great pride in their work and serving the pharaoh.

    2. Emperor Nero played the fiddle while he watched Rome burn.Source: History.com

    Emperor Nero played the fiddle while he watched Rome burn.

    According to Tacitus, a historian at the time, Nero was not actually in Rome when the fire broke out, he was in his villa in Antium (about 30 miles away).

    When Nero heard about the fire he rushed back to Rome to organize relief efforts.

    Also, it would have been impossible for Nero to have played the fiddle; it did not exist at the time.

    3. People during the Middle Ages had a low life expectancy.Source: Wikipedia

    People during the Middle Ages had a low life expectancy.

    While life expectancy in the Middle Ages was low, it did not mean that people died of old age in their thirties and forties. People actually lived well into their sixties.

    4. The Vikings wore horns on their helmets.Source: The Straight Dope

    The Vikings wore horns on their helmets.

    There is no evidence that Vikings wore horns on their helmets during battles. Our modern image of Vikings wearing horned helmets originates from an 1876 production of the opera Der Ring des Nibelungen. The costume designer, Carl Emil Doepler, created horned helmets for the Viking characters for use in the production.

    5. Marco Polo introduced pasta to Italy.Source: Wikipedia

    Marco Polo introduced pasta to Italy.

    The story goes that Marco Polo brought back pasta from his travels to China. Most historians agree that Arabs introduced pasta to Italy in the late 7th century, during their conquest of Sicily. This was almost 600 years before Marco Polo was born.

    6. Christopher Columbus proved that the Earth was round.Source: Biography.com

    Christopher Columbus proved that the Earth was round.

    Educated Europeans at the time knew that the Earth was spherical, in fact it had been known since at least since the time of Aristotle.

    The reason Columbus had a hard time getting support for his voyage was because scholars at the time disagreed with his estimate of the distance to India. Columbus believed the size of the Earth was much smaller.

    7. Pilgrims wore all black, and their hats had a buckle on them.Source: Sail 1620

    Pilgrims wore all black, and their hats had a buckle on them.

    Pilgrims did not wear all wear black clothing with square white collars and cuffs. Their fashion was actually based on the late Elizabethan era, and they wore bright, solid colors (reds, greens, yellows, and purples).

    They also didn’t wear buckles on their hats (called capotains), shoes, or waists. The image we associate with Pilgrims was actually created in the 19th century, when buckles became a kind of emblem of quaintness.

    8. The Salem witch trials lead to people being burned at the stake.Source: Smithsonian.com

    The Salem witch trials lead to people being burned at the stake.

    The Salem witch trials of 1692 led to the arrests of 150 men and women, of whom 31 were tried and 20 were sentenced to death.

    While 20 people were executed, none of them were burned at the stake. Nineteen of the victims were hanged, while one was crushed to death under heavy stones, in a method known as peine forte et dure.

    9. Napoleon Bonaparte was unusually short.Source: Wikipedia

    Napoleon Bonaparte was unusually short.

    Napoleon’s official height was 5’7”, which was above average height for the time period.

    The reason for the confusion about his height stems from the difference in measuring systems between Britain and France at the time. French inches were longer than Britain’s imperial inches. His French height was recorded as 5’2”, however Britain never adjusted for the difference.

    10. Marie Antoinette said, “Let them eat cake.”Source: Wikipedia

    Marie Antoinette said, “Let them eat cake.”

    Marie Antoinette never said, “Let them eat cake.” The quote is commonly attributed to her, however it was actually from philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s autobiography, Confessions, in which he recalls a story he once heard of a great princess who when told that the peasants had no bread replied, “Let them eat brioche.”

    It is unlikely that Rousseau could be writing about Marie Antoinette, as she was only 10 years old when his book was written in 1765.

    11. Van Gogh sliced off his ear.Source: History.com

    Van Gogh sliced off his ear.

    The infamous story goes that in 1888, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, suffering from severe depression, cut off his left ear with a razor, wrapped it in a newspaper and then handed it to a prostitute named Rachel.

    The reality is that he didn’t slice off his entire ear, just a portion of his left lobe.

    Some historians, though, believe that Van Gogh actually lost part of his ear in a fight with his friend, the French artist Paul Gauguin.

    12.Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicking over a lantern started the Great Chicago Fire.Source: Smithsonian.com

    Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicking over a lantern started the Great Chicago Fire.

    A story published in the Chicago Republican stated that Mrs. O’Leary was milking a cow in her barn and that the cow kicked over the lamp, which caused the fire.

    While the fire did begin in her barn, Mrs. O’Leary always maintained that her entire family was asleep in the house when it started.

    Years later, in 1893, Michael Ahern, the reporter who wrote the story, admitted he had made it up.

    All info by buzzfeed.com

    10 Best Hikes in the US – Time for Multiman to Get Outside and Go for a Hike!

    Friday, June 14th, 2013

    Summer is finally here – and Multiman is excited to take advantage of the beautiful weather and scenery around him!

    Here are the 10 Best Hikes in the US – have you visited any of them?

    1. Denali National Park – Alaska
    2. Mount Whitney – California
    3. Arches National Park – Utah
    4. Zion National Park – Utah
    5. John Muir Trail – California
    6. Glacier National Park – Montana
    7. Yosemite National Park – California
    8. Grand Canyon National Park
    9. Appalachian National Trail – from Georgia to Maine
    10. Pacific Coast Trail – West US, from Mexico to Canada

    Check out this article for full descriptions on all of these beautiful places in our own backyard!

    Make the Most of Your Summer

    Thursday, June 6th, 2013

    Multiman’s Top 20 Stress Relievers

    Friday, May 31st, 2013

    Feeling stressed? Don’t know how to relieve that stress? Multiman is here to help! Below are 25 ways to relieve stress.

    1. Take 30 min a day to organize yourself.

    2. Eat healthier!

    3. Try a detox diet – release those harsh chemicals!

    4. Do something nice for someone else.

    5. Keep a journal.

    6. Sleep. But don’t over do it.

    7. Exercise that body!

    8. Take a bubble bath.

    9. Take a walk.

    10. Wake up a little earlier.

    11. Do something creative.

    12. Listen to music.

    13. Take a break from technology.

    14. Laugh!

    15. Call a friend.

    16. Meditate.

    17. Make time for what makes you happy.

    18. Make time for friends and family.

    19. Stretch!

    20. Give/receive hugs.

    Multiband wishes everyone an early Memorial Day!

    Friday, May 24th, 2013

    Are you ready for the long weekend? Don’t what to do? Well, Multiman is here to help you brainstorm.

    Here are five things you can do during the long weekend:

    1. Sleep in – get that 7 to 9 hours your body has been craving for a long time!

    2. Spend time with the family – pitch a tent in the backyard and play some lawn games. It’s that easy!

    3. Get that home improvement project done – the cabinets are not going to fix themselves!

    4. Grill something – when you’re done fixing the grill, toss on some burgers and dogs!

    5. Honor our military members – that’s what the holiday is for in the first place! Fly the flag, attend a local ceremony, or say your prayers for those who have/continue to serve.

    Multiband Associates Give Back

    Friday, May 17th, 2013

    Chris Adams, of Minnetonka, MN, is in her 7th year of being a Leader for the Girl Scouts – what can you do to give back?

    We’ve all heard of the Girl Scouts, but Chris Adams considers herself one of the lucky few who get to know the organization well. “Sometimes, I wonder who’s getting the most benefit – me or the girls,” Adams expresses about her experiences as a Girl Scout Leader.

    Chris started being a Leader 7 years ago when her daughter was interested in joining but there were no Leaders in her area. So she stepped in, and now she couldn’t imagine not being a part of the organization. “Girls learn about being empowered and see how they affect their communities and the world around them, teaching to be people of courage, confidence and character; I just can’t see myself giving it up!”

    Check out your local Girl or Boy Scout Troops to see
    how you can help out today!