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The reason For Stress

Very true. Had to think about that for a while as one does when Eckhart  has profound words. Thinking is good we don’t do enough of it. I mean constructive thinking. We are entertained by so many things we never actually sit and think about creative  ideas any more. I think I speak for a lot of us.

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Amazing Uses For Silver Foil

Hey this is amazing. The one I love is improving your WiFi signal. Did not know.

This video shows heaps of great ideas for the uses of Silver Foil

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7 Ways to Clean Up With Salt

7 interesting ways to make that Salt Shaker spice things up! 

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Hey What A Good Gift – Break in Case of Emergency!

Hey what a good gift idea.
I am always looking for something different as a gift and this Phone cover fits the criteria for me. It will fit iPhone and Android phones.
In fact between now and Christmas I am going to post anything I see that would make an unusual, thoughtful and of course financially in the reach of most, gift ideas.

You can buy this here: http://amzn.to/1L9xJk8

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Great Food Ideas

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Learn For Free

Here is a chance to learn something for free – No excuses now

Here is a list of websites that have ‘Free’ online courses

Khan Academy
Academic Earth
Stanford Online
MIT Open Courseware
Open Yale Courses
BBC Learning
Carnegie Mellon University OLI
University of Reddit

IDEAS, INSPIRATION & NEWS (websites which deliver educational content meant to entertain you and stimulate your brain)

Big Think
BBC Future
Seriously Amazing
How Stuff Works
Discovery News
National Geographic
Science News
Popular Science
YouTube Edu

DIY & HOW-TO’S (Don’t know how to do that? Want to learn how to do it yourself? Here are some great websites.)

Wonder How To
Do it yourself


OpenStax CNX
Open Textbooks
Textbook Revolution
E-books Directory
Books Should Be Free
Classic Reader
Read Print
Project Gutenberg
AudioBooks For Free
Poem Hunter
MIT Classics
Many Books
Open Textbooks BCcampus
Open Textbook Library


Directory of Open Access Journals
Wiley Open Access
Springer Open
Oxford Open
Elsevier Open Access
Open Access Library


BBC Languages
Learn A Language
Foreign Services Institute
My Languages
Surface Languages
OpenCulture’s Language links


GA Dash
Code Avengers
The Code Player
Code School
Programming Motherf*?$%#
Bucky’s room
Learn Code the Hard Way
Mozilla Developer Network
Microsoft Virtual Academy


Learning Yoga
Learn Meditation
Free Meditation
Online Meditation
Do Yoga With Me
Yoga Learning Center


Exposure Guide
The Bastards Book of Photography
Cambridge in Color
Best Photo Lessons
Photography Course
Production Now
Learn About Film
Film School Online


Google Cultural Institute


Music Theory
Music Theory Videos
Furmanczyk Academy of Music
Dave Conservatoire
Petrucci Music Library
Justin Guitar
Guitar Lessons
Piano Lessons
Zebra Keys
Play Bass Now


The Chess Website
First Aid for Free
First Aid Web
Wolfram Demonstrations Project


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10 Awesome Green Ideas

Hotel offers free meal to guests who are willing to generate electricity

The Crown Plaza Hotel in Copenhagen , Denmark , is offering a free meal to any guest who is able to produce electricity for the hotel on an exercise bike attached to a generator. Guests will have to produce at least 10 watt hours of electricity – roughly 15 minutes of cycling for someone of average fitness. They will then be given meal vouchers worth $36 (26 euros). Source.

Disco pub gets electricity produced by people dancing at specially modified dance floor

All the flashing strobes and pounding speakers at the dance club are massive consumers of electrical power. So Bar Surya, in London, re-outfitted its floor with springs that, when compressed by dancers, could produce electrical current that would be stored in batteries and used to offset some of the club’s electrical burden. The club’s owner, Andrew Charalambous, said the dance floor can now power 60 percent of the club’s energy needs.

Company creates a desktop printer that doesn’t use ink nor paper

Who says printers only use paper to print documents? It’s time for you to meet the PrePeat Printer then. Different from conventional printers, PrePeat adopts a thermal head to print on specially-made plastic sheets. These plastic sheets are not merely water-proof, but could be easily erased, just feed the sheets through the printer again, and a different temperature will erase everything or just write over it. Also claimed by the manufacturer, such one sheet could be used up to 1,000 times so that you’ll reduce your expenses on paper for sure.

University constructs a green roof as a gathering place

Green design is an enormously popular trend in modern architecture, just take a look at this amazing green roof at the School of Art , Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore . This 5-story facility sweeps a wooded corner of the campus with an organic, vegetated form that blends landscape and structure, nature and high-tech and symbolizes the creativity it houses. The roofs serve as informal gathering spaces challenging linear ideas and stirring perception. The roofs create open space, insulate the building, cool the surrounding air and harvest rainwater for landscaping irrigation. Planted grasses mix with native greenery to colonize the building and bond it to the setting. (Link)

Designer creates a sink that uses wasted water to grow a plant

Made of polished stained concrete, the Zen Garden Sink has a channel that allows the water used while washing your hands to water a plant. Created by young Montreal designer Jean-Michel Gauvreau the sink comes in single or double basin model. The sink is designed in a way you won’t get your plants all soapy. There is a main drain at the bottom of the basin for soapy grime. Your little plant friend just gets whatever you choose to dole out. (Link)

Designer creates a shower that forces you to leave when you’ve wasted too much water

20% of our total domestic energy usage is from hot water for showering and bathing. That’s over 6 times the energy usage of domestic lighting. So designer Tommaso Colia came up with his eco-friendly shower design that will force you to get out when you take too long and waste much water. The eco_drop shower features beautiful concentric circles that will rise to force you to stop showering when you take too long, and accordingly save water. (Link)

Designer creates light-switch that changes colors to teach children how to save energy

Teaching the importance of energy conservation is the goal of this design from Tim Holley. He calls it Tio, and it’s a ghost-shaped light switch that gives kids a visual reminder of how much energy they’ve used by leaving lights on. Tio starts out green and smiling. If the light is left on for more than four hours, he turns yellow and looks shocked. And if you dare to leave that light on for more than eight hours, sweet little Tio turns into a raging red hulk, complete with frowny mouth and angry eyes. But he won’t just visually remind your kids about their energy habits; information from the light switch is sent to Tio’s computer program so the entire family can see how they’re doing. In a brilliant piece of visual positive reinforcement, Holley’s program lets kids grow a “virtual tree†which gets bigger and healthier the more energy they save. (Link)

Environmental company creates a staple-free stapler to avoid staple pollution

Staples are supposed to be so bad to the environment that a company decided to create a staple-free stapler. This product promises to make collation eco-friendly. Instead of using those thin metal planet-killers, the staple-free stapler “cuts out tiny strips of paper and uses the strips to stitch up to five pieces of paper together.” You can even order them customized with your corporate logo so you can, you know, brag about what your company is doing to stop the staple epidemic. (Link)

Designer creates an iPhone charger powered by a hand grip

A green idea that gives you a great hand workout as well. Charge your iPhone by a hand grip! This concept is called You can work it out, designed by Mac Funamizu.

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Cheap Date Ideas

Hey, I don’t mean being a cheap skate. If you’re on a tight budget, but don’t want to appear broke, and would rather like to give a good impression. Here are some money-saving suggestions.

Eating out

Now this is one way you can blow your budget. An evening at a restaurant can be as much as what you would pay for groceries for a whole week. You need to come up with some innovative ideas on how to dine your new interest. After all you don’t want to spend money that you can’t afford on someone who by the end of the night you might find is not quite what you expected and don’t intend to see them again. Painful.

Here are some suggestions.

1. Go for coffee first. That doesn’t stretch the budget too much and a cake or cookie is not as expensive as say a lunch. It’s actually a nice informal way to get to know someone as well.

2. Try asking him or her for breakfast. You would both have to be early risers if it was during the week, but maybe you could make it Saturday morning or Saturday or Sunday mid morning. Cook up a great feast, Bacon, Eggs , Pancakes, French toast, fruit and yogurt, Mimosa (inexpensive champagne and orange juice. If the weather is nice have it outside.

3. Invite your date for dinner. If you have a BBQ, ask her or him around for a BBQ. It can be inexpensive and a nice informal dinner with a couple of beers or glasses of wine. Again if the weather is pleasant, eat outside. It’s a great way to get to know someone (and how well they can cook). If you don’t have a BBQ and you are not good at cooking , ask your Mother to cook for you. No harm in asking, she can only say yes or no.

4. Have a Picnic. Now I am all for picnics. Get some wine, or juice, make some sandwiches or go buy some. Then go to a local park or nice area for such an activity. (don’t forget the mosquito spray and a blanket to sit on if there is not picnic tables)


This also can also put a hole in your budget if not planned well. Hopefully you have chosen someone with simple tastes. If this person is high maintenance, you had better give him or her a miss until you can financially support her or his tastes.

Here are some inexpensive things to do:

1. Movies – Find out what he or she likes in Movies. Find one that you are both compatible with. Quickly pass the food area. Here’s an idea – arrive to the movies late (not so you will miss the start) then you won’t have time to buy popcorn and all the expensive junk they sell at the movies.

2. Rent Movies at home. After the BBQ you can watch a movie. Another way to get to know them.

3. Music in the Park – Often there is a free music festival in your local park area. They can often be very entertaining. Check out the newspaper for some free events that may be of interest.

4. Beach walking – If you went to the beach for a picnic, often there are activities at the beach you can do. People watching is good and just chatting.

5. Get friends together – Ask some friends around to meet you new attraction. That way you can see if she or he likes your friends. Play cards or play some other games together. They might be competitive and pout when they lose or they might be social butterflies and your friends will love them.

6. Hiking – If you are in an area that has great hiking trails go on a hike. (this is only ok though if your interest is of the physical type)

7. Sex – Well if any of the above went well. It’s free and it’s fun.

Hope this has given you some ideas of what you can do when you need to entertain on the cheap and make it enjoyable at the same time.

It is really not about the money it is about making yourself available and putting effort into making someone have an enjoyable time.


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