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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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How to: Use Dlvr.it

Dlvr.it is an online social media tool that creates pathways for you to automatically share information between social media sites like your blog, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and more.

In basics, dlvr.it takes Internet content (eg: a blog post) in the form of an RSS feed and redistributes it to locations of your choosing. But first, you need to be registered with this site to use it.

Creating an account and using this account is free.  I show you how to do this here.

It is always nice to get a new gadget or electronic toy to play with, but how do we dispose of it when it is outdated or broken?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

Steam is one of the largest and most popular online gaming stores in the world. You can download thousands of games and connect with players from around the world. It allows you to chat to your friends and even setup games on your local network.

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: 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 !

Archery

After years of wanting to get involved in archery and having to save up for more important things than hobbies, I finally just closed my eyes and bought myself a bow.  Buying a bow is not something you do without doing a little bit of research. Find out where to purchase the one that will suit not only your wallet but also yourself.

Getting started:

What you need to know before purchasing your bow.

1.       Which eye is dominant?

In a lot of cases, a right handed person might not have a dominant right eye. To check which eye is dominant you can do the following. Take note that you will buy your bow according to which eye is dominant, not which hand is dominant. 

·         Extend both hands in front of your face. Place your hands together to make a triangle like in this picture.

·         Keep both eyes open and look through the triangle at any small object.  The object must be in the centre of the triangle. 

·         Close your left eye. If the object stays in view you are right eye dominant. If the object does not stay in view you are left eye dominant. You can repeat the test, by looking through the triangle again with both eyes open and closing the right eye. If the object stays in view you are left eye dominant. If the object does not stay in view you are right eye dominant.

2.       What is your draw length?

Take a measurement of your “wingspan”, this is fingertip to fingertip. (If you know your height this should be exactly the same as your “wingspan”.  Here is how to calculate your draw length.

If you are 1.7 meters the formula would like as follows.

170cm / 2.5 = 68cm

68cm / 2.54 = 26.77inch (this part converts it to inches)

The above is my draw length, but my bow is still set at 25inches because I use a trigger/release.

3.       Price range. Bows range from about R2500 – R12000 for a naked bow. (Bow with no extra’s added on) Then there are some extras to make your bow more accurate and reduce the noise.  This is what I added on to my bow. 

·         Sight

·         Arrow Rest

Arrow rest helps guide the arrow when releasing it. The one I chose is actually called a whisker biscuit. Due to it being a little circle of whiskers that support your arrow.

Other arrow rests look like the picture below where it is a forked piece of metal that lifts up when you draw the string back.

·         Stabilizer

This obviously helps stabilize the bow when aiming.

·         Peep

The peep is used with the site to aim.  The peep can be set higher or lower on the draw string when setting up the bow for the archer.

·         Sling

When drawing the bow, to ensure a natural shot, the archer must not grip the bow but let it rest again his/her hand. This will ensure that when releasing the arrow the “grip’ on it will not influance the shot. The sling is there to stop the bow from falling to the ground when the arrow is released.

·         Release

When setting up the bow a little loop it put onto the bow string for the release to clip on.  This is then basically a trigger that you release to shoot the arrow instead of using your fingers to hold the string when drawing it back.

·         Carry case

·         Couple of arrows 

·         Butt

The butt is just a backing to stick targets on, so your arrows won’t pierce the target or shoot through.

 

·         Targets

 

The final product looks like the below picture when all the extras have been added.

My “Mission Craze” cost + – R2500. The extras I bought were all beginner level; (sight, whisker biscuit, stabilizer, peep, sling, release, carry bag and 6 arrows) which came to an additional R1900.  A butt will cost you an extra R600 and targets are about R10 per paper target.

All the information I have added above is for the bow I bought. This is a compound bow not a recurve bow or crossbow.

iPad 2

My husband recently purchased himself an IPad 2. Even though we paid a small fortune for it, I know it is worth the money.  Why you may ask? Because he now has an extra limb. Peter has made use of the Ipad2 like no one I have ever seen.  This is very easy to do, due to the amount of cheap or free apps available.   Below are apps I think people need to get 1st for their Ipad if acquiring such a nice little device.

1.       App shopper

This app lets you filter the app store to find apps that are free, have changed price and even find paid apps that are now free. You can filter on categories, such as games or utilities and create a wish list so that you can see when the app you want is on special! This is a great way to fill up on free apps before you’re prepared to start investing in paid apps.

2.       Twitter mobile

This is the app released by Twitter themselves. It’s actually one of the best Twitter apps, and it’s free!

3.       MobileRSS HD Free

This is a Google RSS feed reader. It downloads all pictures from your feeds when you start it up, so you don’t have to wait for them to load every time you start reading another feed.

4.       Viber

Viber is awesome for voice and text communication to any other iOS device over the internet. This is the app to replace WhatsApp at the price of NOTHING! A must have!

5.       Facetime

Facetime is like Skype. You can video call another person who has Facetime installed.  This is yet another free way of communicating over the internet via your iPad or iPhone.

6.       iBooks

Very cool eBook reader.

7.       ARCreader

This is an eBook reader for all you comic book lovers. It support CBZ and CBR formats too!

8.       Epicurious

For the ladies and gentlemen who love to play in the kitchen, Epicurious is the way to go.  Just enter the name of the dish you want to cook and it provides you with a list of mouth watering recipes.

9.       TuneIn Radio

This is exactly what the name says. You can select from a list of genres and it will display the radio stations that fall into that category. Click and play.

10.   Evernote

This is a handy little tool for saving notes to the cloud. Your notes will automatically sync to all your devices, including PC, Mac, iOS, Blackberry and Android.

There are millions of little games available for the iPad, but that is a blog for another time.