Can synthetic ice be skated on both sides?

Can synthetic ice be skated on both sides? The short answer is yes. I have only come across one product that couldn’t be skated on both sides and that was because it’s a molded thermoplastic material that has only one smooth side surface (that one is a bit of a “lone wolf”).

The better question and one that I discuss with potential clients is why would you ever want to turn it over? Let’s consider this question.

Most products get more efficient (less resistance) the more they are skated on. That sweat equity carves up that nice shiny surface with the sharp skate blades over and over. The more it gets carved up the better the glide because the skate blade has less contact with the smooth new surface. This is where the discussion gets tricky. There is no question about it, some materials wear out faster than others. If you are doing your research and a supplier talks about needing to turn the product over in a few years’ times then you have to be wary of that. We simply tell people straight out – yes you could turn it over (and start over) but you will never need to. Our best materials simply will never wear out. That starts a really good conversation then about different materials used in making synthetic ice.

I have definitely come across materials that needed to be turned over after a few years. That’s pretty surprising considering what most material costs. The owner was certainly not happy about that – but you get what you pay for and he was never informed or knew enough at the time to ask the right questions.

In my view knowing what I know, the only time I would ever recommend for someone to turn one of our panels over would simply be to make the surface look nice and shiny new again and it became so dirty that cleaning became impossible.

It’s always best to ask a potential supplier questions about the material and ask them if they will warranty it for a lifetime! We will if we know how it’s going to be used and we will put that in writing for you.

Five Facts You Need to Know about Human Growth Hormone

Human growth hormones can rewind your body’s internal clock and help you cut down body’s internal fat, build up muscles rapidly, and increase your libido; doing all this by taking energy levels to sky-high. Here are some of the common facts that can help you understand all that you need to know about the human growth hormone.

1. What is human growth hormone?
Your body produces the human growth hormone naturally in the pituitary glands. The hormone, as is evident from its name itself, helps in increasing the density of your bones and mass of body muscles, while helping in cell regeneration and growth. HGH also is helpful for maintenance of all the tissues inside the body, including all the vital organs and the brain.
2. How much HGH can be produced naturally?
In a healthy adult man, every milliliter of circulating blood has less than five nanograms of human growth hormones in it. On the other hand, in the case of a health adult woman, it is twice the quantity for the purpose of child bearing functionality within her body.
3. How can you find out whether you have a deficiency of human growth hormone?
You can ask your physician to conduct a Growth Hormone Test to find out whether your body has a deficiency of the hormone or not. Before conducting the test, you need to fast just the way you do for your annual check-up. In case your body does not produce enough of the hormone, HGH can also be obtained in prescription drugs.
4. Can high doses of growth hormones be dangerous for your body? Do they enlarge your bones and other vital organs?
Many medical professionals have come out with a revelation that the dangers that are associated with growth hormones are often blown out of proportion. There are minimal complications that can be associated with the use of growth hormones. Some people may experience retention of fluids and a rise in their blood sugar level but such cases are extremely rare unless you intake a lot.
5. Association of growth hormones with aging
It is an established fact that growth hormones are highly beneficial for all those kids who have a deficiency. HGH also benefit adults with undetectable or abnormally low natural growth hormone levels. However, the impact of growth hormone on the normal aging adults is a continuous subject of scrutiny by the scientists. It is mostly due to the fact that it has been observed that animals who have a deficiency in growth hormones usually have a long life span while compared to other normal animals. On the other hand, all such animals who have undergone genetic modification for producing extra quantities of growth hormones have shorter life spans.

Best Shoutcast Streams

Shoutcast is one of the most popular internet radio broadcast companies. According to Shoutcast, more than 50,000 internet radio stations are using its service to stream content across genres like sports, community radio, music and more. To cater to the growing demand, many stream hosts have sprung up, including some Canadian Shoutcast hosting companies.

So how is an amateur online radio stream operator to determine which stream host is good for him? Here are ten best Shoutcast streams for you.

StreamGuys- offers professional media streaming and multiple server support. You also receive 24/7 customer support.

Stream101- is one of the oldest Shoutcast stream hosts. It has been providing the service since eight years. The company is dedicated tooffering high quality media streaming for those seeking dependable and professional services.

WaveStreaming- recently came out with a cutting edge web broadcasting platform called They have also developed a special Shoutcast radio player to embed on websites and it is completely free.

VosCast- claims to be the first stream host to provide unlimited bandwidth for Shoutcast hosting. Moreover, there are no limits on the number of listeners you can take on. Hosting plans start from just $6.95. offers a number of features for an aspiring web broadcaster. The company has a number of ShoutCast and Icecast hosting plans. It also offers a free AutoDJ, 99.9 percent up-time and many other facilities.

MixStream- promises to provide a hassle-free Shoutcast and Icecast hosting service. You will also receive access to a number of free streaming tools. All clients receive instant set up and there are no hidden costs. AutoDJ service is also available, for those who want to keep their radio stations streaming 24/7, 356 days a year.

ShoutCheap- promises to get your radio station online in as little as 5 minutes. All Shoutcast streaming plans come with 24/7 customer support. There are about 12 advantages of using ShoutCheap’s streaming plans.

ServerRoom- is offering a free trial on its Shoutcast streaming service. The company is also providing customized Shoutcast streaming setups. If you opt for this service, you will also receive a free mobile radio streaming app (similar to Tune In Radio), customized with your background image and logo.

ViaStreaming- is offering instant activation, free setup, unlimited traffic and flexible billing options. All Shoutcast stream host clients are also eligible for free customer service. The server also supports aacPlus and mp3PRO files.

Museter- claims that it offers unlimited radio hosting (it probably refers to an unlimited traffic plan with limits on number of users and bitrate). is also offering freebies like free customer support, free AutoDJ and more. Plans begin from $6.95 per month.

There are a number of Canadian Shoutcast hosting servers. Before choosing one, analyze your requirements and check the facilities the service is offering and only then decide.