Simple ways to heat your home for less

Warm house

You might think that cranking up the thermostat is the simplest way to heat your home, but there are plenty of other ways to ensure your living space stays toasty – and they can also save you money.

1. Don’t hang clothes over radiators. It might make them dry quicker but it makes the radiator work harder and so use more energy.

2. Turn the thermostat down by one degree. This is a message that keeps rearing its head in a money and heating advice context; some experts believe that you won’t feel the difference and that the ideal temperature to set a thermostat at is between 18°C – 21°C (64°F – 70°F). Read more…

5 Common Hearing Myths Busted

International symbol of deafness or hard of hearing

There are many myths surrounding hearing that sometimes it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s not, particularly when it’s something you don’t want to believe. You don’t have to second guess, or rely on what others have to say; there are specialists and experts to consult who can provide answers and all the advice you should need. For a start though, here are some common myths….busted! Read more…

Privacy Tools: Mask Your Location

No WiFi

A person’s location can be hugely revealing. Here are some tips on how to mask the information your computer and phone transmit automatically.

In the course of writing my book, Dragnet Nation, I tried various strategies to protect my privacy. In this series of book excerpts and adaptations, I distill the lessons from my privacy experiments into tips for readers. – Julia Angwin.

“Where R U?” There’s a reason that is among the most common text messages of the modern age. Read more…

Baby Boomers vs Generation X vs Generation Y

Let’s compare the work performance: Baby Boomers vs Generation X vs Generation Y.

Quick reminder: baby boomers are those born after WWII (after 1945) up to the 1960s. Generation X is the generation born between the 1960s and early 1980s. Generation Y – also known as Millennials – were welcomed into the wonderful world between the mid-1980s and early 2000s.

Ernst & Young did a study on the different work traits of these generations and The Economist displayed the results in a very interesting videographic.  Read more…

2014 Super Bowl Top Rated Commercial

Budweiser Puppy Love

With the largest margin of victory in a Super Bowl in 21 years, the Seattle Seahawks trumped the Denver Broncos by 43 to 8 at Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, 2014 at the MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey.

As has become usual, the Super Bowl commercials attracted a huge amount of attention, even before they were flighted in any of the 58 ad spots on the Fox network or on the ad breaks on the 44 international broadcast partners. With an average cost of $4 million per television broadcast, the ratings obviously are very important to the advertisers.  Read more…

Extreme STOL aircraft

Piper PA-18 Super Cub

Those daring men in their magnificent flying machines! The brave Canadian bush pilots, the South American jungle pilots and the freight pilots operating in crisis zones in Africa. They land and take off in extreme conditions in the world’s most remote and hostile areas.

These pilots have a special skill, a special attitude… and a special airplane. In particular, Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) aircraft that can takeoff and land in less than 200 feet (60 metres) … and down to as little as 30 feet (9 metres)! That’s as little as 10 strides. Basically, takeoff and land in the length of your driveway.  Read more…

Zeitgeist 2013


Looking back at 2013, there were many outstanding moments. The Voyager 1 spacecraft became the first human-made object to enter interstellar space. New animal species were discovered. British researchers successfully cure blindness in mice. There were breakthroughs in cancer and Alzheimer research. Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks.

The most popular searches on Google and hashtags on Twitter, however, trend the 2013 Zeitgeist as follows: Nelson Mandela, Paul Walker, Miley Cyrus, Cory Monteith, Harlem Shake, Under the Dome, Government Shutdown, iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy S4, #bitcoin, #androidgames, #BostonMarathon, #SFBatkid, #SB47 and #Oscars.  Read more…

Who drinks the most wine?

World wine consumption

Nearly all wine is made from cultivars of only one species of grape, the Vitis vinifera grape. From this species about 4,000 varieties of grape have been developed but only a few are used for vinification (winemaking).

Vitis vinifera is used because of its high sugar content which allows, after fermentation, an alcohol content of 10% or slightly higher. Less alcohol makes the wine unstable and prone to bacterial spoilage.

Vinifera is New Latin from the Latin vinifer, wine-producing, which is from the Latin word for wine, vinum. In plain English, vitis vinifera means “common grape vine.”  Read more…

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

Ozone hole 13-09-13

September 16 is the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. It was proclaimed by the UN in 1974, a couple of decades late but… better late than never.

The questions many ask: How big is the hole in the ozone layer? Is it getting bigger? Is it too late?

How big is the ozone hole? Very big! 8.9 million square miles (23 million square kilometres ); only slightly smaller than the whole of North America.  Read more…

ALT key shortcuts

Keyboard ALT key

“Taking shortcuts doesn’t mean shortcutting the end result,” TV chef Sandra Lee tells us. And she certainly knows a thing or two about success. After all, as American mathematician, computer scientist and philosopher Rudy Rucker reiterates, “Traditional science is all about finding shortcuts.”

Knowing the correct shortcuts will make work easier and, in many cases, more fun. In this case, we’re talking computer keyboard ALT key and CTRL key shortcuts.  Read more…