Liam J Cross


Welcome to my content writing portfolio.

This page is essentially a compilation of some of the articles that I have written for clients over the past few months. It always helps to get a feel for the writer you’re hiring before you enter into business with them – it wouldn’t be fun hiring someone just because. So if you’re looking to learn about my style of writing and want to get a better feel for the type of content I provide, then this is the page for you.

These articles were all written by me. As part of the deal I also pick out relevant images with links to their source, include hyperlinks to similar content and provide you with appealing formatting too. I have written over a hundred articles of this nature, but this page would be too long if I included them all, so I’ve decided to pick out five. I feel these five showcase my capabilities across a few different fields of content providing. This means that they range from the more informational side of it, all the way through to the more entertainment-based forms.

If you wish to see a sample that relates to your business I am more than happy to provide you with that free of charge. I can hook you up with a free sample article that I will write on whatever topic you like, just to give you a feel for my writing in direct relation to your niche/business.

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Three Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Asphalt

Let’s start things simply, with something you probably do know: asphalt is the most widely used material in paving across the globe. It is used literally everywhere, and is all around you at all times. Which surely spurs the question: but how can I be around something so much and not know things about it? What could possibly be so interesting?

Well, let’s find out.

Here is a list of three interesting things you probably didn’t know about asphalt.

1: Nothing Is More Recyclable

There aren’t many materials on this earth, if any, that come close to the recyclability of this wondrous material. But with a recycle rate of over 99%, how could they come close?

Yes, you did read that right.

When asphalt has reached its usage limit, is milled and taken away, almost all of that material is successfully recycled and subsequently re-laid someplace else. Chances are the very pavement in your street, the one you walk on each and every day, was probably a pavement or a road somewhere else at some stage in its lifespan. Pretty cool isn’t it?

2: Asphalt Rules The Roost

If I were to ask you how many miles of pavement exist in modern-day America, what would your answer be? Well, if you were to guess somewhere within the region of 2.4 million, you’d end up being pretty close.

Around 95% of all pavement in the US is asphalt, and that is because of the simple fact that it is the strongest, most sustainable, and as a result of this, most affordable pavement material in modern-day society. Why would the government opt for anything other?

3: Smoother Road Surfaces Can Improve A Nation’s Annual Fuel Consumption By Around 7 Billion Gallons

Take all the reasons we’ve given as to why asphalt is so effective and efficient, and what do you get? One beautifully smooth driving surface!

Turns out this is not only a good thing for governments, because they have to spend less money on repairs and servicing, but it’s also just as much a good thing for the road users of the world. Studies carried out by the United States Department of Transportation show that properly lain, smooth and well graded asphalt, can boost fuel efficiency by up to 4.5%, and can also reduce the nation’s annual fuel consumption by around 7 billion gallons. That is equivalent to taking a staggering 10 million cars off of our roads each and every year.

When you take a numbers and statistics like those and multiply them by a large time frame, you’re looking at a considerably smaller hole in your pocket.

The Undisputed Conqueror Of Paving Materials

With this list of interesting, yet highly complimentary facts, there’s no doubting the reasons behind asphalt’s sheer domination. It’s perhaps one of the least discussed materials out there, given its widespread, and highly-effective usage. Though thankfully, you have now learnt something new, so you can get out there and educate the world on this brilliant resource.

And when I say the world, I mean your mom and dad. Maybe your grandpa. But still, every little helps.


Three Common Household Items and How Often Science Says They Need to be Cleaned

A clean home makes for a happy home. Happy because none of your guests are forced to sit in your filth when they come over for a nice cup of coffee and a chat.

According to science though, the majority of us out there are doing it all wrong. Of course, we do clean our homes, but for the most part probably not as often as we should; as often as we’re supposed to. Sometimes it’s easily done. When surfaces and rooms and areas look clean, we simply assume they are – without even considering all the bacteria that is hidden beyond the obvious.

That is the main reason cleaning is so important.

So important in fact, that science says we should clean the following list of items way more regularly than we probably do.

1: The Bathtub

This particular item can be very deceiving in terms of its cleanliness. Of course, it always appears clean because it is always filled with soap and water, so the surface of it is cleaned simply through usage. Though it’s not the surface we should be worrying about. It’s the microscopic germs we need to concern ourselves with.

Science says cleaning your bathtub at least once a week should be absolutely compulsory. This may sound a little obsessive, but it won’t after you’ve read this next part. Recent studies have shown that your bathtub is way, way less hygienic than your toilet – but it gets worse.

Science also found that in all the tubs tested, 26% came back containing skin infection-causing bacteria. It sounds horrifying alone, but when you compare this to the trash cans that were tested, of which only 6% came back shown to contain the same bacteria, it sounds like something from a horror movie.

The statistics speak for themselves… Clean your bathtub!

2: Microwave

We’re taking a trip to the kitchen next.

We’ve all heard the theory of reheating days-old food in the microwave so that the bacteria that has formed on it is killed, making it safe to eat again. But let me tell you, if this is a habit of yours, you might want to rethink it…

New research has pointed towards this more than likely being a myth; that the microwave energy doesn’t kill off the bacteria. So you should probably stop with the whole reheating old food thing.

Keeping the microwave splash-free has just become vitally important, and to achieve this, we recommend wiping it down once a week and thoroughly deep cleaning it twice a month – that way you can dine in peace and without infection…

3: Bed Linens

And finally, to the bedroom.

Contrary to popular belief, your bed sheets and covers don’t get all that filthy. It’s obvious why people would think that, given the fact that the bed is where we lay sweating for eight hours a night, but studies have proven otherwise.

It’s to do with dust mites, and our limited exposure when static beneath the sheets. Because we aren’t moving as much, the dust mites don’t tend to cling onto us, and as a result, our beds aren’t quite as dirty as we might think.

Still though, let’s not be disgusting. It’s always a good idea to wash your bed linens every one to two weeks, just to be on the safe side. For the utter utopia that is freshly-washed sheets if not for hygienic purposes.

Fret No Longer

There you have it, you no longer have to spend your time fretting over when will be a good time to clean these specific items, because now you know the most optimal. And that is from a scientific standpoint too, meaning you can rest assured that your cleaning is done appropriately.

Hey, you can’t argue with science.


Bitmap vs Vector in Printing

Before we dive into the what and where, let us assess exactly what these two are.

Bitmap

A Bitmap image is made up of pixels that band together to form the entire image. When zooming in on Bitmap images, you’ll begin to notice that they become pixilated, as shown in the picture above.

Vector

Vector images consist of numerous shapes that are outlined from mathematical equations, resulting in a maintained fine quality upon zooming in.

Let the Battle Begin

Now that you have a basic understanding of the differences between the two file types, it’s time to dive right in there with the strengths and weaknesses of each one when it comes to their usage – predominantly in printing.

The Strengths of a Bitmap

In our big wide world, there are a ton of different things that Bitmap images can come in handy for. Let’s have a look into what some of these good uses might include.

Let’s say you’re an artist, a painter or a photographer – something like that – and you want to print off your work so that you can keep it in a collection, then a high resolution Bitmap image could be ideal for you.

Because of the way that Bitmaps are structured, they can be moulded, manipulated and edited in a whole host of varying ways. Photoshop is one of the main benefits here, because with Bitmap images, you can edit them in Photoshop much more efficiently than a Vector image.

The Strengths of a Vector

On the other end of the spectrum we have Vectors, who don’t use pixels as you already know. It’s because of this that Vectors are useful in other ways though, and here are a few of those uses.

So we’ve already thought about how Bitmap images are definitely ideal for photographers who are looking to create those beautiful, high-quality photographs, but Vectors are also useful for creating images in an artistic sense.

If a company wants to design a high-quality logo or if an artist wants to print out one of their intricately-designed, technologically-created pieces, the brilliant quality of Vector images will help these specific examples to shine.

Concluding Sentiments

In summary, the essential message here is that both Vectors and Bitmaps come in incredibly useful in the world of photographs and images. It’s just like a lot of things in life: there are many different types of things and options of things to suit specific purposes, and it’s exactly like that in this scenario too.

Bitmaps, as we said, tend to be optimal when creating images of a real-life nature, things like photographs and pictures, and they are also useful for basic forms of images too, like graphs and charts.

Vectors on the other hand, are best utilized when creating more intricate and detailed images, such as logos and highly-complex, digitally-created art pieces and pictures.

So there you have it, the basic differences between Vectors and Bitmaps and a few examples of where each of them can come in handy, now you’re finally ready to make those pesky decisions all on your own!


The Roads Of Our Land: Five Confusing Canadian Road Signs

Road signs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and can depict a huge variety of possible hazards or junctions or roads that cross paths with animals. The majority of these road signs are easy to understand and are understood by the majority of our fellow Canadians. But some of them just appear to be downright strange.

Of course, being out on the roads a lot, we have come across the strangest signs that Canada has to offer, and some of them have left us rather stumped. So from there, we decided to compile a list of these crazy signs so that we could present them to you.

Do you think you know road signs? Keep reading to find out.

1: Rocky Road, Or Half-Smoked Cigarette?

This of course alludes to tough terrain ahead, but it does look a little strange. We were thinking that maybe they’d have garnered a better understanding if they’d just included a photograph of a certain flavour of ice cream – everyone would recognise that!

2: Beaver Foetus Ahead

We aren’t entirely sure why they made it look so creepy, but this sign essentially says that the area is inhabited by beavers. Or beaver foetuses, as this particular image seems to depict. Whatever you do, don’t run over the pregnant beaver!

3: You’re About To Get T-Boned By Some Sort Of Flying Truck

Our only guess is that this sign means that there are trucks in the area, maybe they’re merging from a side-road or are turning at some sort of construction site maybe. What we aren’t sure of is why the truck is seemingly flying through mid-air, approaching innocent passers-by as they drive nonchalantly down the highway…

4: Some Giant Vegetables? Or Just A Really Tiny Shed?

This sign is put in place to inform the good road-users of Canada that there’s giant produce for sale nearby. And when they say giant, they really mean giant. Look at the size of those things… We can’t decide if those are some super huge, genetically modified vegetables, or if they’ve just put them into the world’s smallest shed.

5: Some Sort Of Death Ceremony?

Nope.

Apparently this is supposed to mean free shipping. We aren’t quite sure where in this sign that is supposed to be shown, but that’s what it’s meant to be getting at. It looks more like some sort of burial ritual, or maybe a sale on crippled hands and an urn to put them in.

Have You Seen Any Bizarre Signs On Your Travels?

If you have, please let us know. We’d love to see some more of our nation’s whacky signs. There are plenty out there, so no-doubt you will have seen some before.

As Canadians, these signs aren’t quite as bad as we’re making them out to be, and we do actually understand them. We just feel sorry for anyone from outside of the country who might come across these signs, they’ll probably think that Canada has gone insane!

(All images: http://www.slice.ca/travel/photos/confusing-canadian-highway-signs-decoded-by-an-american/)


Golf? Of Course You Can – Three Mistakes Amateur Players Make

Golf – if you’ve ever tried your hand at the game, even if that simply means pinging (or at least trying to ping) a few drives down a driving range, you’ll have surely realized just how difficult it is. If you’re a member of the smaller percentage of those who managed to stick around long enough to get at least half good at the game, even then you’ll know all about bad days, and more annoyingly, how often you still have them.

Truth is, it’s a long and winding road that we must walk (or rather, cart) down to become a good golfer, but what if that road could be shortened, if only slightly? Well it probably can.

If you’re new to the sport, and are looking to improve, make sure to avoid doing these. It’ll save you a lot of wasted time. And probably money too from breaking all of your clubs.

Trying to Swing Like Bubba

If you’re new to the game, and are yet to master the complex art of a proper golf swing, then you’re going to be highly disappointed when I tell you that trying to drive as far as Bubba Watson just isn’t going to happen.

He has practiced that swing more times than you’ve envisioned yourself creaming one three-hundred yards down the middle of the fairway (which is a lot) and has perfected it. Trying to swing that hard, high and fast is just impractical for a beginner. Slow it down and focus on hitting the ball.

As I’m sure you’ve learned by now, that’s already hard enough as it is.

Attempting the Impossible

So you’re in rough that you’d struggle to fight your way out of with a lawnmower, let alone a golf club. But to heck with it you think, why not just go for it?

Well the answer is quite simple: you just aren’t going to make it out of there. Save yourself the hassle and take your drop like a man. You’ll retain the majority of your dignity, not end up with triple digits on your scorecard, and will most likely save a lot of your poor little pitching wedges’ lives too.

Hunting the Pin

It’s during these early stages that you tend to forget that you aren’t Rory McIlroy, and that if you aim for a pin that is tucked away at the far right of the green in a thinning bend with a bunker just to the right of it, that you’re going to end up with a sandy ball.

Why limit yourself to such a small area?

You haven’t developed that sort of ball control yet, so just aim for the middle of the green and take the two-putt. Who knows? Maybe you’ll finally catch a little luck and make it in one. But whatever you do aim for the centre, it sure beats hacking it back and forth over the green time and time again as if you’re playing tennis instead of golf, the pin being the net.

Resist the Urges

You aren’t good yet, and you won’t get good anytime soon if you keep attempting to make shots that are above your level of capability. Play it smooth and simple, and when you learn to do that well, maybe then consider moving up to the more advanced stuff.

You didn’t just hop right onto a bicycle and ride off into the sunset, so don’t come to the course expecting to be under par. Keep those training wheels on until you have mastered the basics, the poor fairway has seen enough divots this season!