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Asteroid 2005 YU55 passing by Earth

Asteroid 2005 YU55 passing by Earth

In my very short existence on this planet, I have seen and experienced very little cool space stuff. I have seen a lunar eclipse a solar eclipse and a few shooting stars. (Shooting stars are not the rare actually. Go lie on your lawn one evening for an hour. I bet you will see one).

Tomorrow at around about 6pm South African time, Asteroid 2005 YU55 or (chunky as I would like to call him) will be passing by earth.

The asteroid will be passing a little bit closer than the moon’s orbit. Don’t worry this will have no detectable influence on the tides of the earth and also no effect on the tectonic plates. To give you an idea, the moon is 3475 km in diameter this asteroid only 400 meters.

Amateur astronomers will need a telescope with an aperture of 15cm (6inches) to view this beauty passing by.

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My Birthday

Saturday morning I awoke to the delectable smell of a fresh cup of coffee and sweet kisses from my darling husband Peter. After slurping up the coffee and getting my lazy body out of bed, I had to get ready to go out for breakfast. The best part about this breakfast was that I had won it from Daddy’s deals, and thus it was free! We took a slow drive from Sandton to Johannesburg city and then from there a short but interesting journey to Bedfordview’s Caffe Zucchero.

The rest of my afternoon was spent sleeping and shopping and then being lazy. At 18:00 my family arrived and we all headed off to the Full Stop Café in Parktown to meet up with some more friends. Our table was outside in a lovely courtyard flooded by candle light, with fairy lights dazzling up the trees and a warm cosy fire burning in a fire pit. The atmosphere was amazing, the service good and food delicious.  3 hours of conversation, laughing, talking, and 600 grams of lamb shank later I was ready to head off to Billy the B.U.M.S to dance and be merry with my friends till wee hours of the morning.

That is exactly what we did!

It is always nice to get a new gadget or electronic toy to play with, but how do we dispose of it when it is outdated or broken?

What is classified as E-waste?

All end of life, old or discarded appliances that use electricity can be classified as E-waste. These include;

  • Large household appliances
  • Small household appliances
  • Office equipment
  • Telecommunications Equipment
  • Electronic and Electric Tools
  • Consumer and Entertainment Electronics
  • Light bulbs and Batteries

Why not just throw it away with normal household refuse?

  • E-Waste contains recyclable materials like metals, glass, and plastics.
  • E-Waste contains hazardous materials like mercury that need special handling and recycling methods.

How can I dispose of E-Waste?

  • E-Waste can be refurbished for reuse by someone else.
  • E-Waste can be dismantled and the components can be individually recycled into new products.

Where can I dispose of E-Waste in South Africa?

You can find bins at E-Waste Initiative Partners.

These partners are:

Have lookout for E-Waste bins at Makro stores nationwide.

Also visit www.ewasa.org for more info on collection points.

For information on recycling go to http://www.desco.co.za/

To recycle lamps and batteries go to http://www.reclite.co.za/ for collections sites.

For any other recycling information visit http://www.recycling.co.za/ .

I hope you found this how to informative and that it will make it easier to dispose of those old electronics and without harming the environment.

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To use this site, you must be registered with them. Registering is easy as pie. And once you’ve joined (membership is free) you’ll be able to purchase full retail versions of games delivered straight to your desktop, complete with automatic updates and in-game community features.

I show you how to create your very own free account here.

  • Genre: Simulation
  • Price: R249.95
  • Publisher: EA Games
  • Platform: PC

The Sims 3 has captured my imagination for many years now. It is a magical little world where players create, customise and manage both Sims and the houses they live in. My mind explodes with creative ideas when it comes to dress-up and decorating beautiful homes in this virtual playground. Watching these virtual people explore and live their lives is always fun.

Catch the full review here!

  • Genre: Simulation
  • Price: R 349.99
  • Publisher: EA Games
  • Platform: PC and Mac

For those who dare to a take a stroll through the dark ages, The Sims Medieval is a true knight’s tale!

The Sims Medieval is built with the Sims engine and characters have the same realism and level of detail as the bestselling simulation series. What makes The Sims Medieval different? It’s not an expansion pack – it’s a stand-alone addition to The Sims 3 series and has a magical, medieval world filled with a multitude of new characters. Players will find themselves enchanted by a detailed kingdom from the Middle Ages that needs to be built and managed.

Catch the full review here!

Why connect to Xbox LIVE through a PC if you can just do it through an Xbox? Because it makes managing your account just so much easier!

You can:

  • Change your Gamertag and Avatar.
  • Check messages.
  • Find friends.
  • Buy games for your PC and Xbox.

I show you how here.

  • Genre: Platform Adventure
  • Price: $9.99 (USD)
  • Publisher: Available through Steam
  • Platform: PC

Terraria might look like a game from the early 90s, but believe it or not, 16-bit graphics are all the rage right now (think Minecraft) and the gameplay in this side-scrolling world builder will not leave you wanting more.

Catch the full review here !

Sweet Treats

These scrumptious little treats are fantastic for a chill out Sunday tea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puff Pastry Sweet Treats

  • Preparation 5 – 10 minutes
  • Baking 10 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius

Ingredients:

1 x rolls Puff pastry

1 cup Sugar/ Castor Sugar

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 Egg

 

How to:

Roll the defrosted puff pastry out onto the counter and cut 20 or so strips.

Now we need to weave the strips together. This is very simple.

Place half the strips horizontally and fold every second strip back from the middle as shown below.

Place one strip vertically and fold the rest back, now repeat the process. Your complete weaved sheet of pastry should look something like this.

Use a cookie cutter to cut the pastry into circles or just cut into squares with a knife. This is all up to how you like it. I like the round ones better because they look good!

Beat the egg and spread egg onto pastry.

Mix the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle a good amount of the sugar onto the pastry. Don’t be shy, these are sweet treats and they need a good amount of sugar to make sweet.

Now for the remainder of pastry (or you can just use another roll of pastry). Pour the rest of the sugar onto the leftover sheet of pastry and roll the pastry from both sides till they meet in the middle.

 

 

 

 

 

Then cut it into 1 cm pieces. Lay flat on the baking and sprinkle with some more sugar.

Bake in a pre-heated oven for 10 minutes or till slightly brown. Let it cool down completely before serving.

The sweet treats are super tasty with hot beverages like tea or coffee.