You see such fantastic stuff out there in real life, on the net, in books, on Pinterest, …

Q : What to do with an old hard drive?

A : Make it into a mirror.

With a little determination, a hex key or a strong drill bit and some force to drill through the 'bolt' points, you get to open the thing. Then, presto!… a pristine, shiny mirror appears.

To hang it, put two nails into the wall in the position of the 'bolt' holes and up she goes, reflecting all.

Often when writing measurements, there's confusion when to use, for instance, for volts,  a lower case 'v' or Upper Case or Capital 'V'.

The rule is :
…if the SI Base Unit—"the letters at the end"—is named after aiperson, like Volts from Alessandro Volta, Hertz—Heinrich Hertz, Amps—André-Marie Ampère, Watts—James Watt, etc, then it begins with an Upper Case or Capital letter—e.g. a 100W globe. In all other cases it's written in lower case, like kg = kilogram, mm = millimetre, etc.


If you want your salad ingredients to stay crisp, instead of going limp, put them in aibowl of cold water with a piece of black coal.

Though this seems odd it does work, the remedy coming from my mother and from hers who was born near the coalfields in Yorkshire.

How does it work? Maybe something to do with coal coming from vegetable matter.

Who knows?

See the 2008 Tour de France peloton continue its climb through the mountains.

made of wire
…from Fantasywire

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't  mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht teh frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The txet can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelms. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by itslef but the wrod as a wlohe.

Ins't taht fnatasitc!

In a great book on house conversions— Converted into Houses—there's this water tower on top of a building in Russian Hill, San Francisco that’s been converted and even includes a garden.

What a brilliant idea.

Though the covers differ between editions, it can still be purchased.


I thought it was Ben ‘biking down a wall’

or is it a dining 'room' ?

from two travellers biking 3,000k
from South Australia to the Top End

This is a telemarketing technique where a machine makes phone calls and records the time of day when a person answers the phone. This technique is used to determine the best time of day for a "real" sales person to call back and get someone at home.

What you can do after answering, if you notice there is no one there, is to immediately start hitting your # (hash) button on the phone, 6 or 7 times, as quickly as possible. This confuses the machine that dialled the call and it kicks your number out of their system.

Gee, what a shame not to have your name in their system any longer !

The three little words are: "Hold On, Please…"

Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off (instead of hanging-up immediately) would make each telemarketing call so much more time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt.

Then when you eventually hear the phone company's "beep-beep-beep" tone, you know it's time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task.

These three little words will help eliminate telephone soliciting.

Give the answer you want to give—not necessarily the one they want to hear.
Or give your answer and repeat it verbatim if asked again … until they get the bloody message.

If you have a caller that won't take "no!" for an answer, or calls back repeatedly, blast an air-horn into the mouthpiece. It's horrendous at your end of the phone—imagine the hideous racket through the caller's headset. O, yes!!

When you get 'ads' enclosed with your phone or utility bill, return these 'ads' with your payment. Let the sending companies throw their own junk mail away.

When you get those 'pre-approved' letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to second mortgages and similar-type junk, do not throw away the return envelope.

Most of these come with postage-paid return envelopes…right? It costs them more than the regular postage IF and WHEN they receive them back. It costs them nothing if you throw them away !

The postage is set according to the weight. So, in that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little, postage-paid return envelopes.

If you didn't get anything else that day, then just send them the envelope back empty! It still costs them the postage.

If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn't on anything you send them.

* Sir Humphrey Appleby from Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister