5 Great Short Books To Read

Here are some of the short novels/books I have read and really enjoyed. Even if you are someone who doesn’t like reading you will enjoy some of these wonderful books.

5- A Descent Into The Maelstrom By Edgar Allan Poe

A very strange yet interesting old man tells the story of the survival of his shipwreck and also how he managed to survive a whirlpool. Mr Poe’s works are often associated with macabre although some parts in the book confirm that, most of the book is about mystery and surprises.

4- Candide By Voltaire

If you like comedy and wits this book is made for you. It will engross you in a world with bizarre politics and different societies. Sometimes the satire is too much but Voltaire knows when it’s enough.

3- Any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Short Stories

As a physician himself Sir Arthur told some of the situation with such depth not seen often in books. All of his stories have wits, intellectuality and mystery. For anyone who loves those three genres, Sir Arthur’s Sherlock Holmes will be perfect for you.

2-The Old Man And The Sea By Ernest Hemingway

Another story about an old man, Ernest Hemingway’s last work, I believe. An old man who fishes hasn’t got a fish for over 80 days. The book reveals how he catches a huge marlin and his struggle to get him back on land. A test of strength between man and nature. Very very short read.

1- The Ebb-Tide By Robert Louis Stevenson

Really liked this, I don’t want to say much about what happens. But the story revolves about a few characters living in Tahiti, all come from different social backgrounds. It’s the classical story where all there problems somehow intervene .

There are so many great books, it is hard to make a definitive list. These are a few I enjoyed.

What Causes a Wildfire?

A recent wildfire in Colorado occurred, it is a phenomenon that happens all year long in many different places. But not many people know how they start and why they occur in certain places more than other.

A wildfire is like a normal fire, certain conditions need to be present for a flame to start then depending on a multitude of  other variables the size and velocity of the fire are defined.

What Causes A Wildfire?

Simple question but not easy to answer. As you probably know you can start a fire with many things, there are two categories of wildfire: of human source and natural cause. Natural causes are more often seen in North America, lighting, volcano’s, swift weather changes. Human Sources occur a lot too, but in other parts of the world such as Asia, Australia, Central and South America. Small things like cigarette butts, animal husbandry, sparks from equipment.

They occur randomly sometimes when a place has rain for a few years then heat settles in. Then those areas are bound to be ignited sooner than later. As seen in the case of the worst wildfire in North America. The Peshtigo fire, which destroyed million dollars  of property and took thousands of lives. The area was suffering massive drought and higher than average temperatures, that and some human activities combined created the biggest wildfire ever in America. The human activities which caused this are  a many but not one is more to blame than the other.

Wild fires in Portugal have been in prominent this year too.  None of the normal human activities which have been common to cause wildfires happen there. But how come over 14,000 wildfires have already happened in Portugal. It is not only a record but the year has yet to finish, September and October could bring further fires.

We have a few techniques to suppress these catastrophes but no way to really know why and how they happen. We have always find many things which could cause it but it always remain inconclusive.

Learn more about the tragedy that happened in the October of 1871.

More on the Peshtigo fire…

Something that wasn’t much talked about in this article but is worth checking out.

More on Wildfire suppression techniques…

Bad Breath Cures

Some people have bad breath 24/7, this is not for those people. This for people who have bad breath at times even if they brush it comes back after a few hours. Imagine being next to your girlfriend’s father and coming close to him to talk about your future. But all he can think about is your horrifying breath.

I will give you 3 tips on how to fix bad breath quickly. Want to get rid of bad breath in restaurant with a special friend, yes there are ways to fix this swiftly.

Tip # 1: Keep your mouth wet, if your mouth get’s dry easily which happens to a lot of people. There is a very easy way to fix this, drink some liquor.  But for some people the mouth keeps getting dry so that fix doesn’t work. If you’re at home or at restaurant, get a lemon and squeeze all the juice in your mouth. The acid keeps your mouth moist and undry.

Tip# 2: This one is effective in restaurants especially. If you sense that your breath is atrocious, ask the waiter for a dish with parsley, ginger, basil or mint. Those things are great combatants of bad breath.

Tip# 3: Ask for a small packet of salt, put it in your pocket without anyone noticing. Tell your party that you need to use the washroom, gorge a bit of water and then pour the salt in your mouth. Gargle it till you think it has done it’s job. Remember hot water and salt is good combo to defeat bacteria in the mouth.

Hemorrhoid Cures

Hemorrhoid is a disease that is quickly expanding and around 4/5 of adults will experience it some point in their lives in Europe & North America. Even if the disease can be very unpleasant there are treatments to prevent it from growing into something bigger.

There are four degree’s of hemorrhoids, the 1st being the least and the 4th being the most dangerous. Those who have the 4th degree might be risking anal cancer. If you bleed from the anus and can’t sit properly you should contact your family doctor or go to the emergency cure. The doctor will probably determine the severity of your condition with a physical examination.

But if your case is less severe there are some home cures you can try out. These cures have been tested and been known to work for people with hemorrhoids.

-Ointments: You can find ointments at a local herb store, find one with a numbing agent such as hazel.

-Most hemorrhoid affected people like to bath in warm water all the time. After a long bath dry the zone with a hair drier.

-Cold packs, place a cold pack on the swelling and it might ease the pain.

-Use moist toilet paper, dry paper may endanger your swelling even more and moist paper has anti bacteria biotic on it.

-Painkillers, they can give a short term relief but might become addicting to some people.

If these hemroids cure don’t work for you, you should check hemorrhoid treatment clinically.

Preparing for a Hurricane

For those living in the golf coast these times can be troubling because of a persistent hurricane season each year. Tropical storm, hurricane, call it what you will they all bring the same thing, destruction. States that are often the target of such violent nature devastation have now become more adapt with some prevention methods.

Dangers Associated With Tropical Storms

More often than not, you have to worry about other things other than the strong wind.

-Floods, these can occur from heavy rain caused by the massive switch in the system, drainage problem or a ditch.

-Storm Surge, this occurs in larger hurricanes such as Katrina, it is what kills the most people.

These are some of the dangers associated with a hurricane. To stop these dangers from harming you, you need materials. Collecting materials such as wood and shutters to block windows is a good idea. You should get the material way before a storm is even announced. Get a generator in case the power is gone in your house while the storm. Also have an evacuation plan, have state size maps. If stuck in a storm you will know the nearest shelter etc…

Those are a few advices to prepare for a storm. Always check your state’s disaster prevention site. They will include news about storms, updates and many tips on surviving if such things occur.

Lawn Fertillizers: Yes or No?

Everyone wants a lawn to be proud of, certainly a lawn more appealing than that of the neighbor.  Some people maintain their lawn naturally without the use of external products such as herbicides and synthetic lawn fertilizers.

Most people buy lawn fertilizers and use them without much knowledge. Indeed it is easy to buy a bag and just spread the material on the soil. But without knowing it’s effects you can damage your lawn. Fertilizers provide you with a lush green lawn, all you have to do is maintain it. I am certainly not against fertilizers but if you can find organic fertilizers, which often cost the double of synthetic ones, you should purchase that. Synthetic lawn fertilizers are mostly filled with toxic waste. 10% could be for fertilizing and the 0ther 90 just toxic waste ready to damage the ecosystem.

Remember synthetic fertilizers might cost less but they have much less content than organic ones which are not harmful.

Top Vacation Destinations

Every summer thousands of people go out in search of a great vacation. Sometimes they end up with something undesirable and other times they get what they paid for. Ask a tourist whats he looking for in a vacation destination, enjoyment and adventure are the most common answers. Here is most fantastic touristic destination I’ve been too.

Thailand

Facts

Small country in South East Asia, slightly larger than Spain, bordering Bruma and Laos from the north. This country had about 13.4 million international visitors in 2007, numbers have been thought to have grown rapidly and should be at  20 million by summer of 2011. Which will be approximately the same number of visitors a year as Mexico and Canada, second only to China in the Asia.

Things To Do

  • Kite Fights, fun and easy, an activity in many Asian cultures. In Thailand this is done as a competition between Women and Men. You can watch or either participate if you can flight a kite.
  • Watching Muay Thai fights. there are 100s of Muay Thai tournaments in Thailand each month, you will probably come across a few. Watching athletes trade thunderous blows with no protection is something amazing.
  • With more than half of the population being Buddhists, there many temples around. Meditation is one of the most relaxing activities, sitting bear feet in a temple with thousands around you meditating is a great sight.

There many things to do in this wonderful country, wine testing tours in Bangkok, meeting the lady boys, diving with sharks(not great white sharks) and many other adventures. Can’t wait to return in a few weeks…

The Facts about Garden Lights

The summer is a time to enjoy the nature, if you don’t have a national park near by you can just stay in your own personalized natural heaven. Which is your garden, a good way to enjoy time in your garden is having some good garden lighting.

The use of  Garden  lights is been ever present in our history, they been around since the first modern houses which include the backyard and front yard gardens. They ease your navigation around your house in nighttime. It is not only for the use accessibility, security but the aesthetic feel too.  There is nothing more unpleasant than having a party and bringing the friends out to the patio to find out that there is no light.

Before you buy a garden light, you should weight in a few things. The light intensity is very important, some lamps such as Malibu Solar‘s are extremely weak after dusk(Solar energy is neat but weak).  You should also think about the battery’s energy capacity. How long can it work? If it doesn’t have a battery how and where are you to plug it?

Those are some of the basic things to consider when buying a LED, once you buy one you will have to get the same many times. If there is something worse than a outdoor led not working it’s several LEDs not working. There are other things to consider too. Here is a good site that helps house owners in need of garden lighting.

The Garden Lighting Shop

The Solution Of AC Leaks

When the heat is so strong, especially in some parts of the world more than others, an air conditioner is essential for a comfortable time at home for you and your family.

AC Leaks are one of the major problems in most households at this time of the year. The AC leaking can be easily stopped if you’re willing to go through a bit of a work.

Instead of calling AC Repair companies you can solve the problem yourself which is a lot more cost effective(even if you have a repair contract with the retailer/manufacturer the chances are your going to be paying a handsome sum to someone).

What Causes AC Leaks?

There are many internal issues that can cause an air conditioner to leak. If you can’t find out what is yours, you might need to call a air conditioner service.

The best situation would be to avoid that, here are some of the air conditioning problems.

  • Hot Air Infiltration

This one is the most common problems, if your ac was installed professionally I doubt the problem was the following so you just might want to skip it.

If water is dripping from the front side(the side with the controls). The problem here is that the warm air from outside is coming inside once it goes in the AC, the cold air and warm air will meet.

Thus creating condensation which will create small liquid drops. Now the water drops will drip on the drain pan and leak downwards, probably falling on your floor, creating a mess.

Like I said if a professional installed the AC this might not occur unless they missed a spot where the warm air could come in from.

The Solution: Whatever that is blocking holes around your AC, use that on the spot where the warm wind is coming from. Usually the material is foam insulation, you get it with the AC product. If you can’t find any use anything else that could cover the area required.

The problem often strikes on new ACs, other problems that require cleaning the dirt on the drain pan are often occurred on much older ACs.

Note(North America): If you have a Danby Air Conditioner, it’s leaking and it’s new this just might be the problem. I have many friends who have had such problems with Danby ACs(who leak notoriously quick).


  • Internal Issues(Drain Hole Block, Dirt on The Drain Pan/AC Vents)

For the previous problem, you didn’t need to remove the AC from the window, but this one requires a bit more effort and work.

The two other most common problems are Drain Hole Block and a Dirty Drain Pan which is the front of the ac(you can just remove it manually on most ACs).

The Drain Hole is what lets the water escape from the back. If it gets block, the water keeps increasing and it gets to an amount where it floods out from the front. This is a situation you certainly want to avoid(I know by experience).

The Solution: Turn the power off, take the AC outside and put it on something solid like cement, concrete, avoid placing it on dirt or grass.
Take a piece of wood(clean) and open drain holes at the back of the metal machine.

Note: If you think it’s the Drain Pan, just manually remove it, clean it with a hose or an air compressor. This problem occurs with an aging AC more often then not.

I hope this little piece helped you with some of the problems your having with your home air conditioner. Some people might suggest air conditioner tools that might help you clean the drain or clear blockages, such as EasyKlear but I would rather do it myself with materials(hose, air compressor) already at my disposal. If you believe the problem is with the ac compressor I would suggest that you find a ac repair or use your guarantee. The same could be said if a problem happens with the ac condenser.

If I couldn’t help you with your air conditioner problem and you can’t afford ac repair or other ac services, you might want to check other sources on the web. I would recommend checking out the following web pages.

Daniel Grummett’s 6 Reasons Why Air Conditioners Leak

Dan Vandervort’s Home Tips: Central AC Repair

And if you just want learn a bit more about your air conditioner you can read Energy Quest’s How Does An Air Conditioner Work?

Fun Facts About Netherland

Everybody seems to love the Dutch these days, especially since they have become such a force in the world cup. Here are a few facts about the small country south of Germany.

It was a Spanish colony till 1579 but then they took their independence.

  • Holland is separated in two provinces, South and North.
  • The main cities are Rotterdam which is South Holland,  The Hague which is also in South Holland and The Capital Amsterdam, which is in North Holland.
  • Holland is a country where people use a lot of different kinds of transportation vehicles . The bicycle being one of them, it is estimated that nearly every inhabitant has one.
  • Holland being a country mostly below sea level is called “Pays Bas” in French, which translates into Low Country.
  • The highest point in the country is called “mountain” it is above 300 meters.
  • Holland has 1000 museums, it  has the highest density of museums in the world.
  • The country side has a lot of windmills which has become somewhat of a symbol.
  • The windmills are not there for scenery purposes but for drainage, if they were not be there The Netherlands would be consistently flooded because of it’s low sea levels.
  • What is the difference between Holland and Netherland? Holland is just a big chunk of the country but not all of it… Netherland is the true name of the kingdom. Holland is about 13% of Netherland.
  • Still lots of the residents wear clogs, an tradition passed down by their ancestors.
  • Holland is well known for it’s gastronomy and variety but the different kinds Cheese are a real attraction too.
  • Most meals of Hollander origin contain potato in some form rather the very popular Cheese.
  • Rhine and Maas are the biggest rivers in Holland.
  • The kingdom contains as many as 300 castles most which are open to public and tourists.