I am probably one of the worst offenders for wasting water. I take very long showers. I find it very therapeutic. It’s my mediation and thinking time. I feel renewed when it’s time to get out. Frankly, I cherish this special time of the day.
I have to admit that I feel pretty guilty about wasting all that water lately, especially when I have been constantly reading about the drought in California and other western States.
That’s why I took a keen interest in the OrbSys Shower that reportedly saves more than 90 per cent of the water and 80 per cent of the energy one normally uses while washing. It’s the same principle as when the astronauts go into space for years without a fresh supply of water. They wash and drink from recycled water.
Swedish industrial designer Mehrdad Mahdjoubi developed a high-tech purification system that recycles water while you wash. It’s called a closed loop system. He explains, “Hot water falls from the tap to the drain and is instantly purified to drinking water standard and then pumped back out of the showerhead. As the process is quick, the water remains hot and only needs to be reheated very slightly.”
The OrbSys shower is constantly recycling water. You use about five liters of water for a 10 minute shower it is estimated that a regular shower uses 150 liters of water.
The showers have to be professionally installed. It’s worth the savings. I call this a pretty nefty idea. Read more about the OrbSys in the Smithsonisn magazine.
OrbSys shower recycles water as you wash
I will do anything to make bike riding more safe. I know too many people who have gotten severely hurt over the years. There is one road in Miami, the Rickenbacker Causeway, which is known for way too many deadly bike accidents, yet thousands keep riding over it everyday.
One of my friends on a bike got wacked by a car door which suddenly opened on the streets of Manhattan. The door knocked him to the ground. It was nighttime and the driver swears he never saw him. Another friend got sideswiped by a truck in Malibu Canyon, Los Angeles, when he was going around a bend. The truck driver said he never saw him even though he was right in front of him.
Luckily, both friends survived these terrible accidents. I know of others who were not so lucky. If only there were ways to reduce the risk for serious bicyclists. I recently heard of one solution called LifePaint.
It’s owned by Volvo, the car company. All cyclists have to do is spray their clothes and bicycles with this peculiar paint. Watch the video posted above. The goal is to make bike riders easier to see at night. LifePaint an invisible reflective spray that glows under the glare of a car’s headlights. It’s perfect for helmets, bicycles, shoes, backpacks, etc. The paint is transparent so you don’t see anything unusual. Plus, there is no residue so you can’t feel it either. You should be able to buy LifePaint at local bike shops.
More info can be found in Gizmag.com. I would like to know if any of you have heard of LifePaint? How safe is it?
It still amazes me that we can all take photos one minute and post them online to our friends the next. The video and photos below were taken just a few hours ago when Eliot and I went for a stroll in South Pointe Park, steps away from the entrance to our condo in Miami Beach. We saw some pretty amazing things today, a group of friends practicing tightrope walking over water to a bride and groom who just got married on the beach. Awesome!
Image courtesy www.christiemed.com
In the last few years, I have had several friends who almost lost the use of their arms forever after errors were made when they received intravenouses. They truly suffered. Their arms blew up, turned black-and-blue and were filled with excruciating pain.
For some reason, doctors or nurses missed their veins. In one instance, a needle was mistakenly inserted into a muscle. In the second case, the needle fell out of the vein and the fluids circulated in all of the wrong places. And In the third case, my friend got a terrible infection after a physician’s assistant poked her too many times.
If you have been thinking about whether you should buy an Apple watch, I have the answer. The majority of tech reviewers agree that it is a technological wonder and they would love to own one. However, they don’t feel it’s an absolute necessity. (By the way, tech reviewers don’t get to keep their Apple review samples. They may get a press discount, but it’s still pricey).
The Apple watch comes in all kinds of flavors. They start at $349 and jump up to $17,000 for a 38mm 18-karat yellow gold model with a bright red buckle. The good news is that all of the watches, no matter what the price, have the same functions.
I can remember the time when the fitting room in a clothing store used to be a sacred place. When you closed the door behind you, the rest of the world was shut out. You could try on new clothes and pretend to be anyone you wanted to be. It was a fantasyland.
All that came to a halt today when I entered the fitting room at the Express store on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. A sign on the mirror suggested that I take a selfie picture and then share it on the Express Facebook or Twitter page.
I’m no old fool. I realized that sign was not meant for me. No one wants to see me in my undies. It was for the true Express customer, the gal in her 20s or 30s. She was being encouraged to take a photo of herself with the outfit she was trying on. The whole point of a selfie is to share it with others.
I would say that was an invasion of privacy except an Express saleswoman told me they were receiving much higher than expected submissions, many of them racy, some with no clothes at all. I guess young women today love showing off.
Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the “selfie” one of all?”
We can now make a comment on a retweet
I know a lot of you are not on Twitter, but I’m going to tell you about an exciting new development that’s happening on that platform. Maybe this will encourage you to join in on the action.
In the past, if you liked something that someone else tweeted, the only way you could express your approval was by retweeting it.
Now Twitter has updated the retweet function so that you can comment on the original message.
I’m not sure why they labeled this an “Anti-Alzheimer” exercise. A good friend sent it to me. I thought I would share it with you. It’s fun, but don’t take it too seriously.
CAN YOU SEE 10 FACES IN THIS TREE?
THERE’S A FACE IN HERE. CAN YOU SEE IT?
CAN YOU SEE THE THREE WOMEN?
Remember this was just a game. If you find them all, you are not supposedly at the beginning stages of Alzheimer or Dementia! If you can’t find all of them, it’s because I had trouble posting the pictures.
There was an email message here but I removed it to protect the guilty. Listen, I make mistakes all the time, but this one we can all avoid together.