Monday, June 6, 2011

Repel or kill insects, many other uses for vodka, theirs and mine

Vodka has been enjoyed since at least the early Middle Ages, and is well known as one of the world's most popular spirits. Its versatility in mixing and high alcohol content have made it extremely popular in cocktails, and it is still widely enjoyed 'neat' (straight up) in much of Eastern and Northern Europe.
Vodka also has a long history of use as medicine, having been sold by druggists to cure everything from infertility to colic and the plague. While some of those historic promoters were half-cocked, it's true that vodka has a wide range of potential uses beyond serving as a relaxer and social lubricant.
Why would you want to do anything else with vodka but drink it? It is widely available, effective and less toxic than many of the chemical alternatives you might use for these tasks.
That was from GoodHousekeeping's "The Daily Green" Go Green section on this page

I have tried the vodka/water solution as a glass cleaner and it works as well as Denatured Alcohol at about 1/5th the price and with less offensive fumes. I have also tried the shampoo mixture and it works excellent.

On the field or out on the job I have used it for many things, such as cleaning up metal after handling it during phases of construction, great on countertops for making them look as new as possi\ble, removes paint splatters and bad cut edges. removes glue from seams when gluing formica and it picks up dust better than anything I know, just dampen a rag with the mixture you used to wash windows and go over the surface areas with it quickly.

This could go on forever... Wainscoting.. to clean it and remove small scratches or dull spots on the surface. take a rag and wipe it very quickly with the grain of the wood just once per section. Do not use circular motion and do not hit a spot twice unless it is thoroughly dry. When you do this you will be softening the existing finish and laying it back in again. The results are very close to a fresh new coat of finish, but you must not play with it. Allow any area that you've touched about 15 minutes to harden again before going over it again to prevent blotching (this also works well with older panel doors, trim-work and stairway banisters. I never tried it on furniture and never would, not with the cheap finishes they use in assembly).
  • 1. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The solvent dissolves the adhesive.
  • 2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean. The alcohol in the vodka kills mold and mildew.
  • 3. To clean your eyeglasses, simply wipe the lenses with a soft, clean cloth dampened with vodka. The alcohol in the vodka cleans the glass and kills germs.
  • 4. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.
  • 5. Spray vodka on vomit stains, scrub with a brush, then blot dry.
  • 6. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.
  • 7. Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.
  • 8. Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle and spray bees or wasps to kill them.
  • 9. Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water in a Ziplock freezer bag, and freeze for a slushy, refreshable ice pack for aches, pain, or black eyes.
  • 10. Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed lavender flowers, fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly and set in the sun for three days. Strain liquid through a coffee filter then apply the tincture to aches and pains.
  • 11. Make your own mouthwash by mixing nine tablespoons powered cinnamon with one cup vodka. Seal in an airtight container for two weeks. Strain through a coffee filter then mix with warm water and rinse your mouth. Don’t swallow.
  • 12. Using a q-tip, apply vodka to a cold sore to help it dry out.
  • 13. If a blister opens, pour vodka over the raw skin as a local anesthetic that also disinfects the exposed dermis.
  • 14. To treat dandruff, mix one cup vodka with two teaspoons crushed rosemary, let sit for two days, strain through a coffee filter and massage into your scalp and let dry.
  • 15. To treat an earache put a few drops of vodka in your ear. Let set for a few minutes. Then drain. The vodka will kill the bacteria that are causing pain in your ear.
  • 16. To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.
  • 17. To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka.
  • 18. Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.
  • 19. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the poison oil from your skin.
  • 20. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.
  • 21 Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.
  • 22 Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the Urushiol oil from your skin.
  • 23 Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.
  • 24 Keep your clothes smelling fresher with vodka — really! Simply spritz your duds with the stuff, then hang to dry in a well-ventilated area. (Do a spot-test first to be safe.) 
  • 25 Keep freshly cut flowers lasting longer. Add a few drops vodka with a teaspoon of sugar to the water in the vase to keep cut flowers looking healthier and fresher longer.

How to make your own organic mosquito repellent

This section is from DIY Network's page linked here

It's been a wet, hot Summer over much of the world, which means the mosquitoes are going to be plentiful, hungry, and ticked off. (Little known fact: all mosquitoes are angry. Always.) So what can we do to protect ourselves from being attacked by swarms of bitter bugs? The easiest thing to do, of course, is stay inside; well-sealed windows and doors do a terrific job keeping out unwanted, blood-sucking guests. However, if you absolutely MUST go outside, you'll need to be prepared with some sort of bug repellent.

When faced with the proposition of being blitzed by a battalion of biting bugs, most people make a beeline to their local store to pick up some OFF Spray, or similar DEET-laden repellent. Store-bought bug sprays are fine, but
some people have serious skin reactions to DEET, which if sprayed directly onto plastic can cause it to bubble and warp. Would you want to put that on your skin? If you're like me, and you enjoy rolling your own bug-off juice, here's an effective recipe that I find keeps the mosquitoes away just as well as the name brand stuff.


  1. 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar
  2. 1/3 cup witch hazel (or cheap vodka)
  3. 5 drops of citronella or eucalyptus essential oil
  1. Spray bottle
  2. Funnel

A few minutes


Ok, this is pretty tough, so make sure you follow along closely. I don't want you getting confused.

  1. Using the funnel, pour all the liquid ingredients into the spray bottle.
  2. Shake the bottle to mix the liquids.
Tada! You're now holding a bottle of effective, organic bug repellent. You can also spray your DIY repellent around areas that you'd rather not have bugs, such as the picnic table or your dog's head. Unlike the store-bought sprays, this stuff isn't water-proof (or sweat-proof, for that matter), so you'll need to reapply as necessary. Unfortunately, it won't keep ticks at bay, so you might have to use the DEET version if you're going to be traipsing into the deep woods. However, if you're just looking for a little extra protection during your next barbecue, this might be right up your alley. 

One of the sources, (Miss Charming’s Vodka Page), others listed above and some from email.

[Full Film Post] The Doors - The Soft Parade

The Doors
The Soft Parade (1991)
"Info posted below the film, enjoy..."

This film is in HQ flv [download it here], but if you want Divx avi or mpeg version send me email requesting it and I'll send it to you for free.

This film was made using input from all the band members. What results is a film that shows the real Jim Morrison and the other band members. 

What surprised me the most was the way that they all obviously worked together to make the music what it was, rather than the media's bullshit story about it just being an accident that they all "just happened tyo meet" and Jim Just happened to get lucky and things "just happened" that resulted in bringing us the music of The Doors.

BULLSHIT! and I've always known it to be bullshit.

First of all, that loud mouthed and opinionated radio disk jockey is the first Media Whore. Most often it is through that little self loving, yet useless wannabe that we first hear of a band , and they do it at a high cost. They lie, exaggerate, over emphasize, slander and those sluts make a damn good living doing it. Which by the way is their version of "doin it" is expressing opinions on things and people they basically know nothing about.

Do I sound pissed? Damn right I am. I turned my American Radio off almost 20 years ago just to keep myself from killin some of the punks.

Anyway, with that off my chest I hope you watched the film and in doing so I hope you noticed that they worked hard to make that music and deserve full credit for every bit of effort in doing so.

IMDB says this about the film, on this page [here] too...

User rating: Ten stars out of 10
"This documentary is so awesome because it does so very well at showcasing Jim Morrison and his legendary band The Doors at their absolute best with their last televised performance in 1969. It also has an excellent, fun look into their private archives as well as very interesting and insightful interviews. It is in this documentary that you get an awesome look at The Doors as entertainers and as real people. If you're a fan, then this one is most definitely for you."

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Amzing Secrets of Water (Still Unknown, but looked at) Full Film

Water Study
"The Amazing Secrets of Water"

Water is both heavier and lighter than any element. Everything floats on it and everything sinks in it. It can clean anything. It ti the worlds strongest solvent. It can break stone, lift mountains. It records information, has a memory and holds your memory... All of this is and more studied in this film. But the end result is that we still know next to nothing about water.

And we abuse it,,,, hmmm....

Watch the film and follow some links. See if you don't start to understand water more, respect it more and begin to appreciate it more.

Download this version [HERE} or email me for free HQ version in avi, mpeg, or any other version.

The New Mystery of Water

(the content from this portion has been 

taken from LiveScience's page here..) 

Strange Stuff,  Water's unique properties:

  • The solid form floats on the liquid form. This property also explains why water pipes will burst when they freeze - something opposite of nearly every other simple substance. Mercury thermometers, for instance, do not explode when the temperature drops below the freezing point of mercury.
  • The temperatures at which water boils and freezes are both higher than other molecules of similar size.  
  • Water has a large heat capacity; it can take in a lot of heat without its temperature increasing very much. This makes it an especially good coolant for a car radiator, and it's the main reason temperatures are moderate for coastal communities - as the ocean is slow to cool down or warm up.
  • The high surface tension of water - its tendency to fight being pulled apart - explains why it forms droplets and why it climbs up the sides of a straw. It may also play a part in how the water strider walks on water.  
The solid form of water -- ice -- floats instead of sinking, as with most substances. Water stores heat very well. And its high surface tension shows how its molecules hate coming apart. Understanding the peculiarities of water requires detailed study of its molecular interactions. "We think we understand everything there is about a single water molecule," Saykally said. "What we don't understand so well is how they interact with each other."
A single molecule of water looks like a letter V, with one oxygen atom at the bottom point and two hydrogen atoms at the top. These atoms share some of their negatively charged electrons, forming a strong connection called a covalent bond.
The oxygen atom grabs more of the shared electrons, which makes it slightly negative, leaving the hydrogen ends slightly positive. This small shift in charge is what attracts water molecules to each other.
Saykally describes each water molecule as having hands and feet. The hands are the positively charged hydrogen atoms, while the feet dangle off the negative side of the oxygen.
"Hands can't grab hands and feet can't grab feet," Saykally said, but hands can latch onto feet, in what is called a hydrogen bond.
Hydrogen bonds are 10 times weaker than covalent bonds, but they are the key to water's mysteries.
I only posted a tiny portion of that page. Go [HERE] and read some more, you'll be impressed.

Science & Technology,s View

WATER would seem to be relatively easy for scientists to understand. It is the only natural substance on Earth that is found as a gas, liquid, and solid. It covers 70 percent of Earth’s surface, makes up 60 percent of the human body, and constitutes 90 percent of a person’s blood.
However, the water molecule is far from simple. Given its low molecular weight, water at ambient conditions should be a gas instead of a liquid. Its boiling point is nearly 200°C higher than expected compared with similar-size molecules. And, unlike most substances, when ice melts, the water molecules pack more closely together than they do when frozen, which is why ice cubes float. In addition to its familiar liquid phase, water has at least 3 other liquidlike phases and up to 14 solid phases.
Water’s unusual properties have unexpected effects on the thermodynamic behavior of its phases. For example, temperature and pressure affect the molecules differently when water approaches its boiling point than when it is close to freezing. Heating already hot water increases its isothermal compressibility and heat capacity and reduces its density, but heating cold water has the opposite effect. Also, applying pressure reduces the mobility of the molecules in hot water but increases their mobility in cold water. Ice melts when slight pressure is applied, but under high pressure, liquid freezes.
Understanding water is important to a range of research areas from geosciences to biological systems to astrophysics. But explaining the anomalous properties of this mysterious molecule has challenged both theorists and experimentalists. Scientists began to simulate liquid water almost 40 years ago. Yet, they continue to pursue more accurate models so they can better analyze this surprisingly complex molecule.
The revolution in supercomputing has been a boon to such research. To simulate even a few hundred atoms requires supercomputing capabilities, such as those available with Livermore’s unclassified supercomputer, Thunder. Funded by the Laboratory’s Multiprogrammatic and Institutional Computing Initiative, Thunder can process 23 trillion operations per second. In June 2005, it ranked seventh on the Top500 List, the leading industry authority for high-performance computing.
By designing algorithms to exploit Thunder’s capabilities, a team of Livermore researchers, led by chemist Christopher Mundy, has made important contributions to the study of water and its properties. With funding from the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program, Mundy’s team examined the behavior of water at the molecular level under changing conditions. The team’s models reproduced the bulk properties of liquid water. With this improved capability, researchers can better understand the many phases of water and predict the behavior of more complex molecular fluids.

(Great Film, Huh?)