We wish you happy holiday and a great new year 2013!
We wish you happy holiday and a great new year 2013!
Here are some more tricks, perhaps for your Christmas or New Years dinner? Explained by Professor Wiseman from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK in this video. As some of those tricks involve fire, kids should not be doing this alone.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everybody!
The hair dressers always tell me what nice thick hair I have. And 2 minutes later they advise me that I should do something against the dandruff and the dry, aggravated scalp and sell me expensive shampoos. But even some of those shampoos and hair treatments at the hair dresser show only limited results.
So instead of buying expensive shampoos or setting up a production line to make our own body care products, we are going again old-chool and try a simple olive oil treatment.
It leads to soft, silky hair and removes dandruff. However, it will probably not remove the cause of dandruff, so you would have to repeat that treatment.
You only need:
A while ago a friend gave me some rose bushes. And I was very happy when they bloomed during the whole summer, over and over again, which was a nice experience for me as a beginning gardener.
Sometimes I was wondering what kind of wasp-like bugs were sitting on the plant. But I thought that this is normal in a garden.
One afternoon I was horrified to see that a larger amount of leaves were eaten nearly blank.
I found 1 caterpillar but that was it. On the internet I found that those were sawflies whose caterpillars feed on leaves and breed in the soil and pots.
I also had to regularly wash off the plant lice with a dish detergent which seemed to work acceptable but I had to repeat it every few days.
I wanted to get something effective against these bugs, but not using any chemical pesticides.
So I found information about the Neem tree and tried it.
The Neem tree (Azadirachta indica)is mainly found in Asia and in Africa, as it thrives in tropical and subtropical climate. Even in arid areas it can sustain, as long as it does not get too cold or droughts are too extreme. Especially in India it has been used for centuries as pesticide, fertilizer, for cosmetics and body care, for medical treatment. It is called the “village pharmacy”. This is also caused by a compound called azadirachtin which is found in the seeds.
It is said to defend against 200 pests but does not harm any useful insects like bees or butterflies. Neem interferes with the fertility and reproduction process of pests.
If you are also interested in treating your plants with Neem, you can try the following:
If you want to use it for indoor pot plants, you should also separate the powder by sifting as otherwise the powder builds a crust.
I paid around 6 EUR for 250 gram of grounded Neem seeds and 12 EUR for 2 pounds of Neem cake. The prices might of course vary depending on the country, shop and amounts you are buying.
You can also buy the leaves, bark and Neem oil for similar treatments or other usage like body care products. Some companies also offer ready-made Neem products, which might be more expensive as if you make them yourself.
Here you can find some interesting information: http://www.neemfoundation.org
In Europe and in the USA the toilets are hooked up to your regular water system meaning that many gallons of fresh water are still wasted on each flush. The optimal usage for a dual flush toilet is to connect it to your grey water capture system. Then you are maximizing your water conservation. Changing toilet types in your home is a great half step but, it is your grey water capture system that really makes it a smart move.
Rain water capture:
Simple grey water system:
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*Tell your plumber to add a water pump and connect the system to your rain water capture tanks so that you have a strong flow to your toilet..
Sustainability as defined by the common vernacular is the act of being sustained or being nourished. To sustain, is a form of prolonged up keep. When we speak about being self –sustainable we are literally saying that are needs for survival are met indefinitely. These days we hear a lot about sustainability in business sector and in regard to environmental conservation. Consider humanities dynamic ability for contrast. If there is a good form of sustainability, would it not also stand that an evil form of sustainability exist as well?
Sustainability defined generally has a positive connotation attached to its meaning. But the sad fact is that there are many evil forms of sustainability. Dumping our trash into landfills is a completely sustainable practice. Just like flushing runoff water into a river, lake or sea. Whether or not it is good for the environment is a different question. The fact is Humanity has been polluting the environment in one form or another for centuries. There is no reason not to suspect that such acts will continue. Negative concepts can be sustainable in our society like war, poverty, and taxation.
Quick march to the point Man! We must be diligent in discerning the meaning behind the various forms of sustainability on offer. Sound bites using the concept of sustainability which on the surface may seem harmless could contain a more insidious meaning. Arm yourself against these potential abuses of rhetoric, by staying well informed on current events. Consider possible outcomes of implementing such actions. Then scrutinize the potential benefits as measured by a strong ethical and moral consciousness.
A Technocon is defined as a person who uses technology to achieve self-sustainability. Self-sustainability is defined as achieving a state of continual self-supply. So how does a one become a Technocon? A Technocon is a state of being in which a natural development of skills and knowledge is achieved by the conversion of one’s life style into a sustainable format. For instance, building a self-sustaining domicile could lead to a person acquiring an expert knowledge of the systems needed for continual self- supply.
Self-sustainability cannot be achieved without cost, education, and a want for change or self-improvement. It is because of this that the implementation of a self-supply concept for a domicile is often thought of as a journey one undertakes. That is if the owner is very hands on in the building, planning and development of their future home. It is always possible to hire someone else to build such properties and there are some who make a good living doing so. The true mark of a Technocon is their comprehensive understanding of how their living environment works.
Though the concept of self –sustainability is not new and has been attempted by many communities with mixed degrees of success and failure. Some critics have postulated that self-supply is not possible based on pervious trails made in the 1960’s with the concept of the hippy commune. A hippy commune defined is a farm or property on which many people work together to form a system of self -supply.
These types of communities often suffer from common problems that emerge during times of scarcity.
-Community decent and want during a shortage of items that were once plentiful food stuffs.
-Community inaction due to lack of general consent to fix a pending problem or address a need.
-community hyper sensitivity tied directly to the health of the community.
Large groups of people rarely can maintain a common interest and a ruling structure with a purely democratic nature may lead to the failure of the community. These communities thrive or die based on member initiative. Though there is a range of different governing styles for such communities with different strengths and weakness, large communities of this natural need a strong charter with a clear propose defined by the common beliefs.
What is different today? We have technologies these communities did not have during their time. It is possible to take a regular house and transform it into a self—sustaining micro farm using readily available technology. The internet makes it possible to collect materials and knowledge on how to implement the needed environmental systems. Forums, chat rooms, and blogs make it possible to share the collective experiences of those who are already living the lifestyle. Even the ability to organize delivery of items like solar panels and building materials are more progressive than in earlier decades.
The future is now. The sun has begun to set on the age of the combustible engine. The trans warp dc electric motor is designed not only to replace your motor but your transmission as well. For as little as $5,475.00 and as much as $7,250.00 you can convert your old car into a green machine.Â If you do it yourself.Â That’s right, that 1985 Toyota you got handed down from your brother can become a state of the art driving machine….well, loosely speaking of course. Well,Â 100 percent green nonetheless. No emissions check! Less maintenance costs!
You need to replace the gas tank with an electric refueling cable and pack the trunk with a battery bank and you are good to go. Of course the product is depending on your level of commitment . For each type of car there will be a need for custom work on the motor mount and speed control among others things. Wiring may give you a headache if you are not familiar with the electrical diagrams for cars or trucks. So it is even more helpful if you have some mechanical experience with that make of vehicle.
This segment is perhaps the most important as it represents the key stone of self- sustainable living. Because this topic is so important and many of us are being introduced to this topic for the first time, we will go into depth. There are many different types of items you can use to achieve the same results. We will show you a number of Hydroponic systems that are cheap during this series. The You tube videos we have featured is a perfect demonstration of a basic hydroponic system. We have already tested the method and found it to be very workable and inexpensive. Ultimately to achieve totally sustainability you will have to be able to grow seedlings to mature plants from one generation to the next.
A battery holder, C cell or D cell.
A small magnet
Some magnet wire Enamel coated 22 gauge strip about 2 feet.
Wire 18 or 20 gauge, remove the plastic insulation from the wires (you will need less than a foot of this wire per motor)
Small plastic tube. (like a Pen…)
We start by making the armature, using the magnet wire. The armature is the part of the motor that moves. To make the armature nice and round, we wrap it around a cylindrical coil form, as an ex. The pen. The diameter should be related to the wire size. Thin wire requires a small form, thick wire requires a larger form. Leaving a couple of inches of wire free at one end, wrap 25 or 30 turns around the coil form. The coil will end up looking like the photo: X