My Weight Is Reducing Slowly But Surely

Introduction

Since my last post on body weight (Excel Templates for Body Weight Records) I have continued to try and lose weight. Well slowly but surely my weight is reducing and I have my latest graph to demonstrate it below (select it to enlarge it):

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My Weight Loss Graph for 2015 up to 27th July.

I have struggled to lose 35 pounds (2½ stones) over a 10 year period. I recall saying I wanted to retire at the correct weight, but that never happened. Well I’m nearly there so I hope those struggling to lose weight can gain some cheer from this article.

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Which Lamp Do I Need Lighting Chart?

Introduction

Since the decline of incandescent lamps there have been many alternatives made available based on fluorescent tubes bent in many ways to condense a long tube into a confined space. I had my first Philips SL prismatic Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) lamps soon after they came on the general market back in the 1980’s. I only recently sent my last one to recycling after deciding that even my shed could do better than have one of those long time warm-up devices.

In the early days of low energy lighting there was nothing better than the good old fluorescent tube, usually confined to kitchens and garages in the British house. I still have two twin fluorescents in my kitchen. If you want the room lit with no shadows that’s the way to do it. After much searching in 2003 I found some streamlined fluorescents fit for the modern era to replace my old fluorescent ‘chunky boxes’. Unfortunately they’ve gone off the market and I am struggling to find a decent looking replacement that doesn’t cost a fortune. There were some problems with the ones I used. They had a self destruct mechanism built in. The plastic fixings for holding the wires in place on the frame all deteriorated under the ultraviolet light given out by fluorescent tubes. I replaced them with zip ties but they suffer from the same problem.

To get back to the point of this article, which is to advise on the brightness of replacement lamps, I have chosen to publish a chart by espares lighting chart which seems to relate to the UK/European market and another by ovo-logo which relates to the American market and appears to suggest their lamps emit more light than European lamps, e.g. UK/European 100W ≅ 1300 lumens, American 100W ≅ 1600 lumens (see A USA Lighting Chart). Continue reading Which Lamp Do I Need Lighting Chart?

Repairing Rotten Garden Seat Legs

Introduction

I have two teak garden seats which spend all their time outdoors on the lawn or patio. They go back to the 1980’s and the bottom of all the legs has rotted where they are perpetually in contact with the ground. I first noticed the problem while I was cleaning and sanding them ready for repainting and had them upside down. I dug a penknife into the underside of the end of each leg only to find the wood was soft and easily dug out. I had painted them with exterior paint several times over the years but this wood wasn’t good to paint anymore. I had noticed a deterioration in the wood previously when I painted them but just put plenty of paint on the bottom of the legs after letting the wood dry out. The problematic area was in the bottom 5mm to 10mm of each leg and It had got to the point where the wood was crumbling away and the legs were no longer all of the same length. I had to find a method of repairing rotten garden seat legs. Continue reading Repairing Rotten Garden Seat Legs

WordPress Fatal Error Out of Memory

How I Resolved ‘Fatal Error Out of Memory‘ For A Single Post

After much editing  of my WordPress post entitled ‘How A Toilet Silent Fill Valve Works‘ , since I wrote it in May 2014, (there must have been at least 150 edits, and I changed it from a page to a post too) I suddenly had this ‘Fatal Error Out of Memory’ script on the WordPress White Screen of Death when I tried to edit it:

Fatal error: Out of memory (allocated 54001664) (tried to allocate 49253 bytes) in /homepages/22/d382273723/htdocs/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 1380 Continue reading WordPress Fatal Error Out of Memory

Postures And Movements Requiring Agility

Introduction

As people grow older they often lose their agility and so lose their ability to take up certain postures and movements requiring agility. This article offers a list of postures and movements requiring agility which I have concocted and tried. I would expect these postures and movements requiring agility to be easily formed by healthy young people under the age of thirty, but not by older people over sixty, for example, unless they do regular exercises to maintain their flexibility. Continue reading Postures And Movements Requiring Agility

Bionic Prosthetic Hand Suited To The 21st Century

Introduction

bionic prosthetic hand

I listened to the BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show on 23rd June and heard a great article about a young woman who had been given a bionic prosthetic hand suited to the 21st century. Her name is Nicky Ashwell and here she is in the following video tweet being interviewed by Jeremy Vine who went on to receive this bebionic logo handshake. Continue reading Bionic Prosthetic Hand Suited To The 21st Century

Magnetic Levitation Using A Superconductor

Before demonstrating magnetic levitation this video shows a small magnet being cooled to a superconducting temperature using liquid nitrogen. Once cooled the superconducting magnet is shown performing magnetic levitation above a section of magnetic track as seen in the featured image.

Further in the video the magnet is kept longer at superconducting temperatures by building a container of  liquid nitrogen around it. It is then seen being whizzed along by hand while levitating above, clinging to the side and hanging below, a Möbius strip track plastered in neodymium magnets. Continue reading Magnetic Levitation Using A Superconductor

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