Buttermaking – Make your own butter

February 11, 2008 on 10:02 pm | In Coolstuff | No Comments

Butter made from milk that comes from grass-fed cows is actually GOOD for you. This Buttermaking recipe includes pictures and useful tips on where to get the ingredients and equipment.

NASA Leonid shower flux estimator

November 10, 2007 on 6:45 pm | In Coolstuff | No Comments

This Leonid shower flux estimator applet can tell you

  • What is the best location for viewing the upcoming meteor shower?
  • What night do I need to go out?
  • How active is the shower expected to be?

It comes with many cities worldwide for estimating best viewing times, but to calculate your own local best time use the google maps tip for finding latitude/longitude based on street address (posted below) and then plug that in as a User-Defined location. Huzzah for the Automatic Systematic Articulated Global Meteor Shower FLUXTIMATOR!

Get Latitude and Longitude values from Google Maps

November 10, 2007 on 6:38 pm | In astrology, Coolstuff | No Comments

Here’s a handy way to find latitude/longitude from any street address, from this tooltip at Tech-Recipes.com
Google Maps do not display latitude and longitude values, but there is an easy trick to get these numbers. This technique will provide the latitude and longitude coordinates of the center of the map displayed by Google Maps.

Looking up an address in Google Maps centers the map on that address if it was found. Because this trick provides the latitude and longitude of the center of the map, do not move the map around manually after getting the search result because that will change the center position.

When the location you want is in the center of the map, copy and paste this code into the location bar of your browser and press enter:
javascript:void(prompt('',gApplication.getMap().getCenter()));
A little dialog box will pop up displaying the coordinates which can be copied and pasted for use elsewhere. This code can be bookmarked and then used in the future by selecting the bookmark.

Then you can go to Degrees, Minutes, Seconds and Decimal Degrees Latitude/Longitude Conversions to convert the decimal degrees to minutes and seconds.

Questions You Should Never Ask a Writer

October 13, 2007 on 7:06 am | In Coolstuff | No Comments

This New York Times Op Ed piece was originally written by Doris Lessing in the early 90’s as communism was collapsing. Questions You Should Never Ask a Writer talks about the lingering effects of the language that crept into thought processes without anyone being aware of what was happening. I’ve never thought of “political correctness” being a communist idea from the former Soviet Union. Some of the other behaviors are the same, too…

A Campaign for Forgiveness Research

October 8, 2007 on 8:25 am | In Coolstuff | No Comments

A Campaign for Forgiveness Research contains study results showing how powerful forgiveness is for our health.

Celebrate Every Day!

September 14, 2007 on 7:26 am | In Coolstuff | No Comments

The Earth Calendar is a great way to find out what other people in the world are celebrating about this day. It also has lunar calendars for the current year and next year, including the names given to the full moon. September’s Full Moon is called Harvest Moon, Wine Moon, Singing Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Haligmonath (Holy Month), Witumanoth (Wood Month), Moon When Deer Paw the Earth.

Emotional Freedom Technique – cures everything

September 6, 2007 on 7:54 pm | In Coolstuff | No Comments

There is a good video here – Gary Craigs EFT Video Training Course and a free manual. We heard about EFT earlier this summer. It seems to be based on some of the same principles as qigong, but with a Western psychological flair.

Small rooms discipline the mind. Large rooms distract it. (Leonardo da Vinci)

September 3, 2007 on 12:59 pm | In Coolstuff | No Comments

I read in a magazine somewhere about these plans for small houses – 400 square feet and smaller. You can buy the house plans from Lowe’s, which credits you for the cost of the plans if you buy the materials from them. I think it might have been for a Katrina Cottage, or maybe a Hip & green living in 400 sq. ft. – IdeaBox.

2007 Meteor Showers and Viewing Tips

August 7, 2007 on 7:42 pm | In Coolstuff | No Comments

Sunday, August 12th will be the peak viewing for Perseids meteor shower: StarDate Online | 2007 Meteor Showers and Viewing Tips. This is the only meteor shower this year that peaks on the night of a new moon.

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