Do you have anything to say?

Prior to the ubiquity of the internet, most people were limited in the number of ways they could express their ideas, and the type of audience they could reach. The average person might have exchanged letters, postcards and telephone calls with other individuals. They may have written letters to newspapers and sounded off to their coworkers, or friends at the bar. Many families will be familiar with the tyrannical figure who shouted their opinions at the TV – seemingly oblivious that they were trying to engage with a plastic box. Lucky and opinionated residents of London were free (and still are) to make their way to Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, where they could rant and rage about anything from Feminist Anarchist Veganism to the exploitation of bees for their wax and honey.

These days it’s possible for everyone to say what’s on their mind and to also have an audience which is keen to listen and engage with them. It started off with blogging – people would write down their thoughts and post them on a website periodically for others to read and reply to. Of course, expecting people to read in developed Western countries is quite unrealistic in the modern age, and often considered tantamount to abuse. As a result, video blogging on sites like YouTube began to become incredibly popular. Vloggers provided content that was easily accessible and required a minimum amount of effort to be absorbed. Regular bloggers winced with anguish as they saw their audience disappear overnight to watch videos of people talking about other videos and schoolgirls trying on makeup and costumes in their bedrooms.

The problem, however, with video blogs is that they still require a tiny amount of effort on the part of the audience. They are forced to sit in front of a screen for minutes at a time, unable to get away to grab a soda from the fridge, ‘like’ and ‘lol’ their friends’ Facebook pages and check whether their lemon chicken and egg rolls or four-cheese meat lovers’ pizza has arrived yet.

That’s where the success of the podcast lies – the listener is free to pay as little attention as they want, safe in the knowledge that their entertainment – or, more commonly, infotainment – will carry on regardless of whatever else they are doing. Thus you see people boarding trains while listening to podcasts, driving to work, actually pretending to work, in the gym, at school, flying a plane and pretty much anywhere you can think of, listening to podcasts.

What that means for you and me, is that we no longer have to find ourselves being ignored, or suffering the humiliation of having our arguments comprehensively dismantled as soon as we have made them. We can now sit in our bedrooms and set the world to rights, safe in the knowledge that the only people who will hear us already have a sympathetic ear to what we want to say.

Starting up your own podcast isn’t difficult. At the most basic level, you can talk into your phone or Skype and just record what you are saying. Of course, that might work for people who consciously want to be seen to make as little effort as possible, but for audiences who care about what they listen to, you’d better do your research on microphones from somewhere like this site, and choose which one best matches your needs. If you are going to be doing studio-style presenting and interviewing, a shotgun mic is probably the way to go. To record into your computer, you’ll need an audio interface and some audio editing software. Once you are happy with your audio content, clip it, switch it around, add effects, music and so on until you are happy with your first podcast.

Your podcast isn’t actually a podcast until it’s available to be streamed or downloaded (or broadcast live) on the internet. Broadcasting live without an established audience is kind of like shouting out to anyone who might be listening, while you’re stranded alone on a tiny boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 1670 miles from Ducie Island. Launching your podcast like a traditional blog, and supporting it with social media marketing and forum participation is the way to find new listeners.

How to avoid putting on too much weight as you get older

Being overweight is a topic which must have been addressed, in different ways, millions of times over. As soon as somebody acknowledges that they have become overweight, they often start to show a keen interest in how to shed the new weight and return to normal. It’s something that’s easy to talk about, but much more difficult to do. A multi billion dollar industry has grown up around it.

Much less mentioned is how people actually put the weight on. Slim people don’t usually plan on becoming fat and often don’t believe it will happen to them, regardless of whatever lifestyle they lead. Therefore, there’s not much point in writing for them if they’re not going to read it.

Still, it continues to happen to slim people all around the world. They get fat. Most of them believe that they are ‘temporarily fat’ at first and that somehow, they’ll get back in shape and it’s nothing to worry about. It takes a while of being ‘temporarily fat’ before these people face up to the fact that nothing is changing for them. It’s at this point they wish they’d known how to avoid getting into that state.

Everyone is different, but in developed countries there are a number of common factors linking those who put on non-muscle weight. Perhaps most blamed is the body’s metabolism slowing down. This happens to many people around the age of 30. People notice themselves putting on weight even though they may not have changed their lifestyle in any way  – their eating habits have not changed and they do the same amount of physical activity. It has been suggested that drinking coffee or tea can speed up your metabolism, however these drinks contain drugs which can have other effects on your health.

Another major factor is lifestyle. Throughout school, most kids are physically active every day, playing sports, games, competing and training. In college this drops off a bit, but we still might exercise a couple times a week and we tend to walk a lot. When we start work, especially in office jobs, we start to put on weight as we cease to do physical activity and don’t burn the calories we eat. A simple and very effective way to deal with this is to leave the car at home and cycle to work. There are so many benefits to this, it’s simply amazing. You end up with a healthier body and a healthier bank balance in addition to a calmer state of mind. The combination of exercise and fresh air before work will likely make you much more productive, too, meaning it’s good for your career.

The other major culprit is poor lifestyle choices. Many of us pick up unhealthy habits around college time – smoking, binge drinking, eating junk food, not sleeping enough and so on. Our young bodies can handle the punishment. At first it starts as a series of one-offs or treats. Then it becomes a way of life. College students are often thought to be lazy. This probably comes about from an unhealthy lifestyle. As college ends and we are forced to wear our big boy and big girl pants every day, the smart ones kick the bad lifestyle into touch and start taking care of themselves. Others don’t. Some might get top jobs paying big bucks. These young professionals move to places like New York where they spend their paychecks exploring different restaurants, bars and clubs. This lifestyle is certainly swankier than the one they lived in college, but essentially it’s the same – blowing their money, polluting their bodies with alcohol and fatty, highly processed foods and not sleeping enough.

Bags start appearing under their eyes, their waistline expands to the point where it’s easily noticed even under baggy clothes and they are permanently tired. Even worse, even though they are just about to hit 30, they look around ten years older.

The key to not getting fat is lifestyle. Eat healthily, do exercise. Take responsibility for yourself. There is no point in pointing the blame at your parents, McDonald’s or the government. You are doing this to yourself.

Get set for the future, now

If you look back to books and movies with a sci-fi element from thirty or forty years ago, you can see that a great deal of the technology we use in our daily lives was foreseen all those years ago. Some movies hit the mark closer than others, but, perhaps surprisingly, the fantastic ‘Terminator’ series, launched in 1984 (another year about which many accurate predictions were made), got more right than most: It predicted the internet and its ubiquity, tablets, the prevalence of voice command recognition software amongst other technological breakthroughs. Admittedly, the rise of artificial intelligence has not yet reached a point whereby it decides to annihilate humanity, but let’s give it another couple decades on that.

The reason that such predictions could be so accurate is that writers back then looked at existing technology, often in its infancy or being used exclusively for military purposes, and imagined what effects it would have when it filtered through the population. The term ‘internet’ was first coined in 1974 to describe the first steps that were being made towards what we know the internet to be today. R&D departments knew about nanotechnology and the possibilities to use it in mass production. Thus it was possible to have a crystal ball-like window into the future.

Like the previous generation, we also have a window into the way things are going to be in another thirty years. In developed countries, which dominate the globe, we have already seen the first major separations of man from machine. Cars and airplanes no longer need human pilots, not even remote ones. Computers have the knowledge of human millennia accessible in nanoseconds, and they are building on that knowledge at an exponential rate. Humans have been reduced from steering the direction of research to merely having to ensure these computer ‘brains’ can keep up with their own demands. In many industries, machines make other machines and it won’t be long until computers know to instruct machines to improve their capabilities better than humans can.

Although that may sound slightly menacing, it doesn’t have to. It will almost certainly make many aspects of life better. In the medical field, computers can scan and diagnose patients far better than even the most experienced doctors, and operate more safely and effectively than the most skilled surgeons, with a better prognosis every time. Your consultancy will probably take place using whatever the equivalent of a smartphone is and you’ll receive your diagnosis instantly.

Everything will become even easier and more convenient than it already is. You may well have learned how to fly your drone high and fast, but in a couple of decades it may be far too risky to allow a human to control a drone in a built-up area, as they fly about making deliveries, repairing buildings, catching criminals analyzing the terrain, the oceans, the weather and watching our every move.

We already see online resources such as Google and Wikipedia beginning to replace libraries. Although they are still on very shaky ground, these two sites alone can make a pretty good attempt at answering any question thrown at them. As computers learn to read and use information more and more efficiently, the descendants of Google will be able to answer any question and explain it to you based on your current knowledge. This will allow it to create and control machines which can do any job better than a human. Our roads, airports, farms, mines, hospitals and homes will be built by machines and run by computers.

In thirty years’ time, it is unlikely that we will be able to make such strong predictions about our world’s future. The Artificial General Intelligence Singularity (also predicted in the Terminator series) is expected to happen within a generation from right now. As soon as a computer improves itself and then repeats it, a potentially infinite explosion of intelligence will occur. The consequences of this event are unpredictable and beyond the limits of human intelligence. It would be able to overcome every problem and obstacle it faced.

Whether or not this gives rise to an existential threat to our species is irrelevant as humans would be powerless to stop it.

Here’s why you should get yourself a drone

Drones are stuck somewhere between being novel toys for nerdy enthusiasts and actually useful tools that will one day become as ubiquitous as laptops and smartphones. There isn’t anyone out there who really needs a drone, yet, as the need hasn’t successfully been created. However, when drones finally do make their breakthrough, they’ll appear in all different fields. Drone operators will be employed in all fields of industry, agriculture and commerce, although by the time that happens, humans likely won’t be considered good enough candidates for the job – computers and robots do that kind of thing much better than we do.

Regardless, drones are coming – especially quadcopter drones – and you’d better get used to them. Just take a look at the different models available on the market at RotorCopters to get a good idea of what might suit you. You can use your new drone for all kinds of things:

First up, there is the nerdy aspect, which may soon expand to popular culture in general. Drone battles already take place and it won’t be long until they are fitted out with lasers and different types of bombs to take place in competitive challenges and battles. This could represent a serious challenge to the computer gaming industry. A classic case of art mimics life, mimics art. These developments also have another important dimension, however. Traditional drones have been used in wars for some time now, raining down fire on the government’s enemies from on high. Quadcopters are also being used in bomb disposal and infantry units. A Russian drone armed with an assault cannon and rockets is reported to have accurately destroyed its targets at various distances while moving at speed. Learning about the potential of such weapons is important for our own personal security. They might well put police dogs out of a job.

Drones don’t only have to kill people, though. They can also be equipped to help save people’s lives. In an emergency, a drone can carry vital equipment such as defibrillators and medication to where they are needed much faster than an ambulance. They could also relay live communication between the first responders and those already present at the scene. This scene may be repeated domestically in less drastic circumstances, for example, when you receive a call from your child’s school to tell you that they haven’t brought their gym kit for the third week in a row, you can simply have the drone carry it over there to get to your child in next to no time. This kind of rapid delivery usage is being developed in the hope that it will be attractive to takeaway restaurants and convenience stores, whose customers will pay a premium for ultra-rapid service by drone.

Photography, videography and journalism are all getting to grips with drones, too. These days a wedding video is considered old fashioned if it doesn’t have at least a few flyby shots of the reception party. In tomorrow’s world, the drone will be the new selfie stick, buzzing about around annoying tourists and teenagers pouting for their photos.

Drones will be used on farms to spray crops and herd flocks, they’ll be used in construction to carry materials and perform dangerous tasks at high altitudes. Not being drone-literate will become the equivalent of being computer illiterate today. We can look forward to a world in which our firefighters, police officers and soldiers all sit in some centralized underground bunker, controlling their armies of drones around the clock, every day. And the soldiers, firefighters and police officers will spend every moment of every day watching over us, as robots don’t need to sleep.

Perhaps you won’t need to learn how to use a drone after all, perhaps they will simply respond to voice commands. All you’ll have to do is tell them what you need from the store and to stop off and take some lewd photos of your cute neighbor on the way back.

Then when the drone arrives back from carrying out your instructions, hotly pursued by other drones with flashing lights and badges, you’ll be able to plead the fifth as the drones take you into custody.

The planet still needs saving

Environmental awareness seems to have gone out of fashion of late and the days when people refused to drink their mochas strictly only from recycled cardboard cups and share cars once per week to get to work have disappeared. Perhaps environmentalism was a fad and a bandwagon that just ended up becoming commercialised and then thrown away like all fashions. But the impact of humanity on its host planet has certainly not gone away and continues to pose a serious threat to the survival of our species.

As thing stand, we are chopping down twenty million trees every year just to make chopsticks. Many restaurants and households use disposable chopsticks which, unsurprisingly, are used once and thrown away. Together with the energy that is consumed in chopping down, storing, processing and transporting twenty million trees’ worth of chopsticks every year, plus the destruction of other plants and animals which rely on the trees for their habitat means that we are causing major ecological upheaval in order to be able to throw away our chopsticks after each meal.

You don’t have to stop using chopsticks, just buy your own reusable chopsticks which you can use for the rest of your life and thus help reduce the pointless destruction of the world’s forests.

Another major culprit of environmental destruction is carbon fuel emissions. Sure, there are times when getting in the car is essential. If a crazed psycho is wielding a chainsaw (wasting fuel, too, no doubt) and trying to break into your house, you don’t mind the police jumping in their cars, burning some petrol and coming to save you. If they had to come on their bicycles, they might arrive just as the maniac has finished chopping you into little bits. So, while there is definitely still a place for carbon fuel powered vehicles, we should only use them when really necessary. People who say they’re going out for a nice drive on a Sunday are doing as much damage to the environment as they are to their own health. Going out for a nice walk on Sunday is a way to reconnect with the environment and instead of burning up our limited resources, they’ll be burning off those layers of flab that they have accumulated after years of never using their legs.

If you really find it difficult to walk, or take a bicycle, you can look at getting yourself an e-bike. You won’t be getting much of a workout, but you’ll be able to get from A to B in a short time without using carbon fuel. Check local laws as they’re not always allowed in some jurisdictions.

People who drive to the out of town fancy supermarket and stock up on products from around the world are having a massive negative impact on the global environment. Think about all the energy spent on animal feed, farming, transportation, processing, packaging that involves every worker, plant and product involved in getting those things on the shelf, from the farm worker’s drive to work to the industrial plastic vacuum packing. Humans choose it over the local option as they’re more familiar with the brand, thanks to the massive marketing campaigns behind it. Now think about all the energy spent on that, too.

When the person gets home, they put it in their fridge for a few days, or weeks, perhaps. All that time the fridge is using electricity which usually comes from burning fossil fuels. Eventually the person decides to serve it up in a meal, in which case it might get consumed. However, very often it will be left, in part or whole. Perhaps a spoiled child might refuse to eat it. Either way it’s going in the trash. And there’s a big truck, guzzling lots of fuel, that comes around to take trash away. And so, for the benefit of being able to throw something away, an incredible amount of energy has been used. We throw away around 1.3 billion tonnes of food every year, with an almost unimaginable damaging effect on our environment. And there are around a billion people suffering from starvation and severe hunger at the same time.

Just by making simple changes, you can do something about it. 

A positive change

Are you one of those people who has had the same haircut since forever? Is your wardrobe full of sweaters that you’ve been given each Christmas since you were a teenager? Perhaps you only buy new jeans when you really can’t fit into your current pair any more at all! Hey, there’s nothing wrong with saving those pennies, after all there’s so much more to life than shopping and fashion – seriously, there is!

But do you realize that you could actually be damaging your mental health by holding on to an image which is well past its sell by date? Worse than that – it could be affecting your career or even your social network. Successful and dynamic people like to surround themselves with people who have the same mindset. They attract each other like neodymium magnets – and I’m not just saying that, it’s physics. You can spot successful and dynamic people anywhere. Oh, how? Well they’re the ones who look… successful and dynamic. They’re innovative with their style. They don’t hold onto the same look they had in college once they’re in the board room, thinking “heck, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. They make bold choices, updating their image more often than they update their browsers.

One of the greatest challenges for people who’ve been out of the fashion loop for quite some time is where to start. Do you just try to do something subtle and then wonder if people will notice? Perhaps you abandon all caution and part your hair the other way. Just go ahead and do it! But a better approach is to know the look that you want and achieve it by growing into it.

Think about your hair – perhaps you’ve been hiding your beautiful locks by tying them up in a messy bun every morning? Why not get yourself down to the salon, get your split ends cleared up and add some oomph to your hairstyle? Some highlights, perhaps some pink dye at the ends? Classy! Or maybe you’ve been a bit of a super-straight Susan for too long and you want to go curly, maybe you want a perm? Then go ahead and do it, and throw in some color while you’re at it! Remember, if you want to get anything close to that salon look every day in your own home, you’re going to have to stock up on products, so it’s time to swot up on spray and learn everything you need to know about dryers from sites like Oomphed.

By changing your hair, you make a statement about who you are and who you want to be. By changing your hair, you’ll simply have to change your makeup, your outfits, your shoes and your friends to keep up! Here’s a tip: use some of your savings and treat yourself at one of the best makeup parlors. You’ll look just fabulous when you get back to your desk!

If you want to be fashionable, you need to take a look at what the trendiest people are wearing this week. However, looking is one thing and keeping up is another. But don’t worry, you don’t actually need to do your shopping on Rodeo Drive if you live in Averagetown, USA! Here are some tips to keep you looking cool whatever your budget:

Wear a biker’s jacket and better still, wear it on your shoulders. People will be impressed by the jacket, but even more impressed by the fact that you only had time to sling it across your shoulders. This gives the impression that you are being fashionable without even trying! That’s right, hit ‘em with both barrels!

As for what to wear under your jacket – remember two words – layers and accessories. If you’re trying to show as many layers as possible, start with your underwear and build up. You could wear a net vest with a belt and a scarf. Fingerless lace gloves, or – better still – glove (just the one!)

Whatever shoes you usually wear, throw them out as soon as you get a chance. If you want to make an impression you’re going to have to wear something totally different. Let’s say you usually stumble into your office wearing sneakers. Imagine how their heads are going to turn when you strut in wearing a bright red new set of heels! Don’t worry if they are uncomfortable – you’ll get used to them and comfort is not the point here, remember!

Another fashion tip that works really well is big-small. What this means is if you happen to choose a really big item to wear, like a knit pullover or your biker’s jacket, this should be counterbalanced by something really small such as hot pants or a mini skirt. It doesn’t have to be that way around, though – it’s also cool to wear chinos with a crop top. Kind of a retro cool!

The last and most important tip I can give you is to always wear sunglasses. That’s right, always. Cool people don’t look cool because they wear shades when it’s too bright outside. They look cool because they wear them indoors and at night. So whether you’re driving home at night or stepping into the first meeting of the day, remember: sunglasses are the unofficial celebrities’ uniform.

Becoming Familiar with the Different Options for Braces

There are several types of braces that have been around for a decade now and even more are being invented to improve the quality of braces. Thanks to technology metal braces are not the only option to shaping your teeth. Many teenagers are against having braces because they believe it hurts their appearance and everyone can see them. However, there are some types of braces that are invisible to the eye.

There are a few different types of braces. These types are used for individual purposes, meaning there isn’t a one solution fits all type of deal with braces. It depends on the person’s teeth, how they’re growing, and what the braces would improve. Some braces can be easily removed while others are attached and must stay attached for the duration of the time period recommended. Some people believe that removable braces are the best choice because you don’t have to keep them in and you can remove them at any time. However, they might not correct the issues that metal braces could.

The Types and Primary Usage

Metal, ceramic, lingual, Invisalign, smart brackets, Damon, self-ligating, clear, and invisible braces is the variety that is out there on the market today. Many people do not know about some of these because they are either on the expensive side, or are not a great fit for the common issue. The most common types of braces are the ceramic, Invisalign, and metal.

Ceramic: These braces are created and affixed to each tooth individually. They are held together by rubber bands, which has been a downfall to these for some people. They can match the color of your teeth so that they are not easily seen.

Invisalign: These braces are not considered permanent, like ceramic and metal braces, because they are not really braces, but a tray that is designed to help your teeth form over time of wearing it. You can remove this tray before eating or when your teeth need to be cleaned. This is one of the most expensive type of “braces” one can get.

Metal: These braces are made of metal brackets and ligatures, or rubber bands. This is the oldest form of braces, and the most common as they are durable and long lasting. For children and young adults, you can pick which color rubber bands that you want used. This helps give back a little bit of individuality.

Upcoming Technology

There are many positive things that are to be seen in the near future regarding dental health and oral care. One of the most recent technology addition to the dental field has been the braces that actually give read outs on information regarding the wellbeing of the teeth they are attached to. This is an incredible leap for those who have serious issues and have tried everything possible on the market. If any of these options of braces seems interesting, find out more information today on these and others available. Be sure to check to see if the dentist’s office you are going to can perform installations of several types of braces and not just the common metal type.

Love and Food-Processor Pizza

Back when I was planning my wedding, one of the first things I did was set up my gift registry. Being a new bride and out on my own for the first time, I needed absolutely everything. One of the main things I had on my list was a food processor.

I found two models I especially liked that were available from At my bridal shower I actually received both. I chose the one I liked best to begin using immediately and I put the other one away as a backup for the future. As I said, I was a new bride and living out on my own with my husband Mark, away from home for the first tie in my life.

Of course we had a food processor at home, but the kitchen was my mother’s domain and we were never permitted to “mess with her things” in there, “her things” including the food processor. So it was a bit of a mystery to me, but I figured, how hard can it be? Famous last words. You see, I am one of those people who doesn’t bother to read instruction manuals. I’m not sure why exactly; I’ve just always been that way.

This was true of my new food processor. I set it up in a convenient spot in my kitchen and immediately decided to use it to prepare something for dinner completely from scratch. I decided on a nice, healthy homemade veggie pizza. I even made the crust from scratch, using my new bread maker which had a feature specifically for making pizza dough. Once my crust was ready, it was time to break in my new food processor.

Since I was making a veggie pizza I figured it would make sense and save time if I just put all the vegetables I was going to use as my pizza toppings into the processor at the same time. They would all get mixed and chopped up uniformly and, I reasoned, this would save time and make the pizza look more attractive and appetizing.

I set about getting my toppings ready: onions, green and red bell peppers, banana peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and a personal favorite of both mine and my husband’s, pickles. Once I had everything assembled I got ready to fire up my nifty new food processor. I began feeding the vegetables into the chute, alternating each so I would have a nice uniform mixture.

I was so impressed with my ingenuity in thinking to use the food processor to make my pizza look beautiful that I didn’t pay attention to the setting that the processor was on. It was only as I dropped the last bit of onion into the chute that I realized that maybe I should not have left the processor running through the entire time I was adding each vegetable bit, because what I now had was a not-very-appetizing-looking soup-like mixture.

I wanted to cry.

But then I came up with another ingenious idea. I decided that maybe this would still make a great pizza topping, and that it could possibly become a new favorite.

After all, the ingredients were all in the mixture, so all the flavors would still be there, right?

So I set about to create a whole new masterpiece, confident that Mark would love it and would sing my praises as the Rachel Ray of our home. I spread a generous layer of pizza sauce onto my freshly baked pizza dough as my husband and I both like extra sauce on our pizza, and then I began spooning the pizza topping soup on top of the sauce.

There was quite a bit of it. I thought this was a good thing as we always ordered extra toppings on our pizza. Once I had all of the mixture spread on the pizza crust, I added some shredded cheese and popped it into the oven. The timer went off just as Mark walked in the door. He commented that something smelled wonderful.

I thought so myself. I was so proud of myself as I set the table and prepared to take my creation out of the oven. My creation turned out to be a soppy, mushy mess. The combination of extra sauce and extra-soupy toppings had soaked right through the crust and totally destroyed my masterpiece.

Mark looked at the mess on the table and then at me, eyebrows raised. I admitted that I had not exactly paid close attention to the setting on the food processor and that I had decided to try something new as a result of my faux pas. We had a good laugh about it, and each of us even tried a small bite of the concoction, from close to the edge where it had baked through at least somewhat. Let’s just say that I won’t be making soupizza for dinner again anytime soon!

Since that experience I have still used our food processor to chop and mix pizza toppings, but now I check to make sure it is on the appropriate setting before getting all gung-ho about using it.

At least mark and I have a funny story to share with friends and family about our early days as newlyweds!

All You Need to Know About Dehumidifiers

High humidity may cause damp; it can also cause sickness with the related fungal problems.  If that was not enough it may also attract silverfish, roaches and centipedes.

Air can only take so much water vapor before it becomes saturated or 100% humidified.  Without going into too much mathematics, in an average home with a temperature of 68 degrees F. should ideally be between 30 and 50%.

Condensation is one of the problems in cold, damp properties and can be a losing battle. Your newly painted magnolia walls can end up black, not a good look and not at all healthy.

Mostly you will know if you are getting a humidity problem so the best thing is to take a look at how dehumidifiers work and how they can help.

The parts of your dehumidifier;

Fan Compressor

The fan compressor works to compress and expand the refrigerant gas to cool the dehumidifier’s coils.


As the cooling process generates heat, the reheater acts to capture and collect it keeping it cool along with the compressor cooling coils


The reservoir collects the vaporized water from the atmosphere

How does it all work?

  • The surrounding air is sucked into the dehumidifier by way of a fan
  • The air then comes into contact with the units cooled coils
  • The condensation is attracted to the coils and then drips into the reservoir
  • The air is reheated and recycled back into the room as dry air

A little more on reservoirs

  • The reservoir is inside the unit and collects the vapor in the form of water
  • Some will have a hose attachment so that it can be dumped immediately down the drain
  • The unit will have an automatic shut off should the reservoir become full, although most of them have plenty of capacity and are unlikely to become full very quickly
  • For extreme conditions a dehumidifier with a built-in pump would be better as it regularly pumps the water out of the reservoir (excellent news if you need it on all the time or are not at home to check it)


If your dehumidifier has a humidistat you can set the level of relative humidity, after all you do not want it to be too dry either!


Those little packs of silica gel are your basic desiccant and if you have ever managed to get your cell phone soaked you may find yourself scrambling around looking for enough to dry it out!  That’s because it is good at absorbing moisture.

Desiccant dehumidifiers do not need to cool the air so they work really well in temperatures below freezing.


There are small portable dehumidifiers for small spaces and great big dehumidifiers for restoring property after storm damage and lots in between.

HVAC are the largest and would be installed alongside the property’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning.  They are more likely to be used in places where there is a higher humidity because of indoor pool or spa.

There are specific dehumidifiers for small spaces such as storage areas where there may be a need to keep the powder dry!


  • To give you an idea of how much energy a dehumidifier uses it will be more than a refrigerator and less than one air conditioning unit.
  • To cut down on the energy cost do not use it all day, it is more likely to be more effective at night time.
  • Keep the windows closed especially if it is raining, you do not want it working over time!
  • Keep the humidistat on at around 50% rather than 30% to be healthy and energy saving
  • Ensure good clearance around the dehumidifier, mostly they will expel air from the top but keep it away from walls and other obstacles
  • Keep the area free of dust as much as possible
  • Clean the filter regularly
  • The water collected in the reservoir will not be 100% clean but can be used to water plants

Why buy a dehumidifier

  • The most obvious sign is going to be wet inside the home, then you know you need to do something
  • Less obvious signs are peeling wallpaper or blistering paintwork, perhaps a musty atmosphere, then you may benefit from a room dehumidifier
  • If you have a lot of wood in your home, it may absorb a lot of the humid vapor and cause problems such as buckling of wood, windows may stick so that is another good reason for dehumidifying the space
  • Excessive moisture can weaken the overall structure of a property
  • Dehumidifying will prevent growth of airborne allergens which may cause breathing problems and other health issues

If you want one look no further than Dehumidifier Web, for the website with much more information.


The Airplane From Hell: Where is My Dinner!?

20-Signs-Youre-an-Airplane-NerdI’ve been on some pretty bad airplanes in my time, and you can owe it all to the cruddy service that the airline themselves strive to provide. I know there are plenty of airlines that are looked as being “cheap alternatives”, so you can’t really expect much, but I’ve been on flights that are quite Hollywood-worthy. I can remember this one flight where I had to sit beside a flatulent old man, one that couldn’t hold his farts no matter what (seriously, you could tell him that he would be 20 again if he held in just one fart, and it wouldn’t happen). I’m not here to make fun of old men, as a matter of fact, I’m here to share a very specific story with you guys – it has to do with my trip in the air (from hell!). You see, I’m usually fantastic when it comes to flying. I love seeing the world, no matter how I go about doing it. I work a lot of hours in the office, but they surprise me with business trips every now and then – it’s pretty neat actually. I’m young for the position that I currently hold, and I get to see some of the world while I conduct business.

flying-airplaneI’m not going to sit here and tell you that I’m a patient man, so when it comes to poor service from an airline, I can get pretty ticked off. Look at it this way, I’m already paying hundred (if not thousands) of dollars to be on your plane in the first place, you could at least have a few nut bags ready for me when I get on board! I also can’t stand how some people on coach aren’t allowed to use the first-class washroom – what if I was literally about to poop my pants? Needless to say, I fly on a budget most of the time – I only really reach for high-quality seats when I know the flight is going to be a rather long one.

Airplane-1024x682I was heading to Tokyo for a business trip one morning and I hadn’t had a very good start to the day. I purchased a cup of coffee after I had finally checked through security and found my gate, only to spill the entire thing on my brand new white shirt after the first sip. Was it incredibly hot? Yes. Was it an embarrassing experience? Yes. That isn’t even the worst part, I didn’t have a change of clothes on me at the time. I had to purchase a tourist shirt and wear that the entire way there, it’s a moment I’m not too fond of reliving right now! My day wasn’t going well, so I thought that being able to relax on the flight would help me out a bit. I didn’t realize it was just the beginning of my woes, because flying on a plane really can go either way. Sometimes it’s good, and sometimes it’s downright terrible; other times you’ve just got to take the good with the bad.

I was starving the entire time we were in the air, it’s like as soon as we boarded, my stomach decided that food was needed. I knew I got a meal while I was on the plane, because the trip takes about 12 hours in total. When you’re in the air that long, you’re automatically given a meal – unless the airline just expects their flyers to freeze! I was already alerted that my luggage was going to be late, and I had purchased that from Luggage on Tour specifically for this trip – then another flight attendant came up to me and said “sir, we’ve actually just run out of meals for the flight – would you like some more peanuts?”.

I know she was just doing her job, and I know she has no control over things like meal inventory, but are you serious? No, I wasn’t find with peanuts, I needed a meal! I voiced my opinion, and sat down like the grumpy little flyer I was. 10 minutes later I had a piping hot bowl of beef stew in front of me, who knew complaining would actually work out so well?