Fishing is one of the activities that men love and women simply don’t understand. It’s soothing, calming and it involves a lot of silence and doing basically nothing. It’s one of the most commonly practiced recreational activities (and sport activities for that matter) by Australian men. It puts you in a calm state of mind and you completely forget about the stress that everyday life brings. And even though I don’t go fishing as much as I’d like to anymore, because of family and work responsibilities, whenever I have a day off or some free time on my hands, I plan a fishing trip. Read More
The Bible is the only revelation of God’s true will and nature. In my opinion, every Christian has to read it thoroughly to become wiser, better and righteous. It’s the heartwarming messages we want to hear, the understanding of who God is and how He wants us to live our lives filled with love, freedom and faith. It’s the words that embrace us and make us feel safe, it’s the personal journey you go through while reading it and the fascinating stories of Jesus’s kindness and sincere love for the human mind. The Bible is all of this and so much more. God made sure that we will “rightly handle the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) and if we understand how to read the Bible, we will be on the right path to do that.
Even though “the book of all books” seems a bit forgotten by the modern society, many Christians throughout the world still see it as the most important tool in learning the truth about life. And if we don’t want to adapt to the Bible, the Bible is made to adapt to our busy and modern needs and schedules. After centuries of surviving, God’s wise words can be easily found and purchased on the internet, just a click away from our random Google search or our daily newspaper read. If you don’t have the time to go to the bookstore, you can purchase the Good News Bible online in a matter of seconds. Reading the Bible is not just learning the epic adventures of God, it’s about surrendering yourself and letting Him enter into your life and guide you with His humbleness.
Our Lord brings salvation with His presence, so don’t be afraid to tell Him your inner thoughts and to show Him your inner self. The most important thing you can do is talk to Him: through prayer, through the Bible, through songs and simply through glory. We have to accept the authority of the Bible as the ultimate deciding factor on issues that are concerning every Christian in the world and we have to maintain our daily prayer as our healing task of utmost importance. We need to read the Bible regularly and with understanding because only like that we will believe in the words of our savior. Bible reading can be pretty discouraging for some, especially for new Christians. That’s why if you are searching for a simple written Bible, look for the Good News Bible online so you could appreciate and enjoy God’s wise words in totality. The Good News Bible provides an understandable language for everyone, from kids to adults and especially for newcomers who expect their faith to grow better and stronger.
We must stay fully awake if we sincerely want to welcome God in our lives. Just raise your voice to the Lord and He will hear you, glorify His name and celebrate His will and He will bring hope into your life. This will be the start of a new journey for each and every one of us that will restore our lost faith and will bring back the light and happiness in our mortal, everyday lives.
As much as we want to play interior designers oftentimes, there is a reason why this is an academic discipline: because there are rules and theory to be learned before you can practice it. However, some people can’t help it, and the desire to design and decorate their home is bigger than the satisfaction of hiring a professional. And while this is a choice, it doesn’t mean that some of us won’t be good at it. Having a clear idea of how you want your rooms to look like is a good starting point. Avoiding a few common mistakes that literally make designers cringe of disgust is another boosting step you can take to pull out a great interior designing move on your own.
Choosing the wrong sofas + decorating them the wrong way
When I say ‘wrong’ I don’t mean that the sofa does not follow the latest trends; we all have different tastes and preferences and there’s simply no discussion about it. However, if your sofa isn’t long enough or deep enough to accommodate you for an afternoon nap, you’ve made a mistake. Look for modern sofas that are long or have an additional piece which can be attached to one end to provide more length. Also, the sofa needs to be deep instead of shallow, as shallow sofas often look like they belong in a dentist’s waiting room. Most modern sofas today are made with the basic comfort in mind, along with a dose of designer creativity in the looks. Another important thing to have in mind is decorating the sofas. The worst way to do this is by stuffing them with too much pillows. Too much pillows may be a good choice for the bedroom, but not for the living room. Sofas are rather small seating options and limiting the seating space even more is just absurd.
Hanging art work at eye level height
You can’t just place a large art piece on the wall on eye level height. There’s too little space between the colour scheme used on the painting and the colours dominating the sofas and the rest of the room décor. And when these two colour booms meets, you’d have a mess that will cause you a headache every time you enter that room. Art pieces should be hanged at about 1.5 metres above the floor, so they’re pleasant to look at for both you and your guests.
Accessories: small rooms, big rooms
Not taking the size of the room in consideration when you’re choosing decorations is a beginner’s mistake. It’s a rule of thumb that spacious rooms can tolerate a bigger number of accessories, while smaller rooms need as little as possible. That being said, be very careful with decorative elements for your rooms and choose them according to the room’s style and of course, the size.
Sauna – the only existing Finnish word that can be found in the English dictionary. In Finnish the word “sauna” means “bath” or “bathhouse”. It’s actually a word that many countries all over the world borrowed to name one of the most delightful places to be. For the rest of the world, the sauna is a luxury spa experience, a place where we feel fancy and (let’s be honest) sexy, but for Finnish people the little hot room is part of their history and a core of their traditions.
In that little barely lit hot room filled with wooden panels, naked men are seated in silence. They’re sweating and enjoying the calmness that’s embracing them. One of them is gently hitting his body with a fresh branch of birch like a mantra, another one pours hot water on his legs and shoulders with a ladle. You can hear someone silently whispering. Everything is so quiet, so still and so peaceful. In a manner of seconds a warm wave touches their bodies from head to toes and covers them with millions of sweat drops. The water thrown on the warm rocks is called “loyly”. The more loyly there is, the better the sauna, or at least that’s what Finnish people say.
This bathing ritual is not a scene from an oriental novel, it’s a tradition that’s been repeated for thousands and thousands of years all over Finland. In the past, the sauna was used a lot by people who worked on the fields. After a long day at the field, people needed to clean their bodies and rest their muscles and the sauna was the best place to do that. In traditional saunas, women were normally giving birth because they were considered the cleanest rooms in the house. According to Finnish tradition, the sauna was not just the cleanest, but the most sacred place in the house as well. They say that “the sauna is the poor man’s pharmacy” because these hot steamed rooms really offer a lot of health benefits for the body and the mind.
Today, Finland is a nation of a bit over 5 million people and they have a sauna for almost every person, or more than 3 million saunas. You can find them in homes, offices, hotels, sport centers, ships and even underground in the mines. Even though it sounds crazy to us, a 99% of Finnish people visit saunas at least once a week. For them, the sauna is a place where you can relax your brain from the modern society that never stops, that’s always busy and very noisy. Once you enter in that meditative place you forget about talking and overthinking and let your muscles and your mind guide you into blissfulness.
And all of us are a step closer to have that blissfulness at home as well with the newest self-contained sauna that made all the sauna lovers around the world go nuts about it. The self-contained sauna is a friendly product for your home and for yourself because it’s practical, portable and will save you a lot of money and many trips to the spa. Although it’s not the traditional Finnish sauna, it’s a modern version of it, a product that’s adjusted to our 21st century needs and the best of all, you can purchase it from your home, your office or even from the train when you’re coming back from work. You can bring Finland in Australia with the dome-shaped sauna that will allow you to get inside, lie down and get lost. The sauna will warm you and it will clean you from inside and out, so do something good for yourself today and look for the closest self-contained sauna store and don’t regret the money at all. Allow “the sauna blissfulness” in your life and you’ll feel what a difference a day at the sauna will make.
Dreams are involuntary images and stories that your mind creates while you sleep. Your dreams can be fun, entertaining, romantic or boring, but they can also be really strange, disturbing and horrifying. Dreams are usually full of your common everyday experiences but with their own vivid and bizarre twists. We all dream – even those of us who don’t remember the dream the next day. But why do we dream?
There are several hypotheses and possible explanations as to why we dream. Some experts and researchers believe that dreams represent our unconscious wishes and desires, while others believe that we dream to process all the information we’ve gathered throughout the day. Some researchers believe that dreams have no purpose or meaning and are simply senseless activities of the sleeping brain. Others think that dreams are important for our mental, physical, and emotional health, and they work as a form of psychotherapy.
What does it mean when you dream about someone?
Just as there are so many opinions as to why do we dream, there are also countless of different views and opinions as to what our dreams mean. According to many experts, our dreams have no connection to our real thoughts and feelings, and they are just weird stories and images that don’t relate to real life. However, others say that our dreams reflect our deepest emotions, thoughts, desires and fears. By interpreting your dreams, you may be able to develop insight into your own life.
Romantic dreams and dreams about people you are familiar with are very common. Dreams about the person you are in a relationship with or the person you love can leave you feeling happy and excited. According to Sigmund Freud, dreaming of someone you love is fulfilling a wish you have to see that person. So, if you haven’t seen your loved one for a while or you’re feeling sad and lovely, you might have a chance to see them in your dreams.
This type of dream can also give you a clue about how to improve your current relationship. The most important thing is to consider what you were doing and how you felt in the dream. Your subconscious may be telling you to focus on certain parts of your relationship (or your partner) you are not particularly happy with. However, your subconscious may also be telling you to do more of what does make you a happy and content person.
If you had a dream that your loved one cheated on you, it could mean that you miss the intimacy you two used to share. However, if you dream that you’re the one who cheats, you are afraid of losing your loved one, so your dream reflects your fear. The actual emotion you felt during the dream, can also tell you a lot.
How to interpret your dreams?
When it comes to interpreting romantic dreams there are no rules. True analysis and interpretation comes down to how you felt in your dream. However you decide to interpret your dreams, it is acceptable. Dreams are mysterious and very personal and only you know what your dreams truly represent.
If you think that your dreams have a meaning, then you should dig deeper into your mind and find out that meaning. Some dreams are the result of your wish fulfillment, while others are just the result of your brain processing pain or sadness that you have experienced throughout life. Once you understand the reasons why you’re dreaming of certain people, you may learn something important about yourself.
Up until last week, I practically had no idea what roller derby really is. All I knew was that it’s a female-dominated sport played on roller skates and that was it. But last Friday I came across an interesting article about the increasing popularity of roller derby in South Africa, which kindled the fire of curiosity in me and got me researching and gathering information about this unique sport. So, if you are interested in learning the basics of roller derby, then you are exactly where you need to be.
The Rules of Roller Derby
Every sport comes with its own rules, and roller derby is no exception. One roller derby match is made up of a series of two-minute countdown jams during which the two teams try to score as many points as possible. At the beginning of each jam, the two teams send five players onto the elliptical track: one point scorer and four blockers (one of which – the pivot – is a special kind of blocker).
The players are identified by their helmets – the jammers (or the point scorers) wear helmets with one or two stars, whereas the pivots wear striped ones. The active jammers score points by legally passing opposing skaters on their second and subsequent passes.
The most remarkable thing about this sport is the fact that the blockers are both defensive and offensive players, as they are trying their best to protect their jammer from the opposing players and stop the opposing jammer from scoring points at the same time. That’s precisely what makes this sport a high-adrenaline one.
Roller Derby Gear
When it comes to gear for roller derby, you should know that professional derby skaters are always well-equipped and protected, which means that you should be as well if you want to fully experience the beauty of this incomparable physical activity. Given the fact that roller derby is a very dynamic and aggressive sport (the players are allowed to shove their opponents and hit specific parts of their bodies), playing it without the right gear for roller derby is never a smart idea. A careful derby skater owns and uses a tough and comfortable helmet, a nice mouth guard, quality knee pads, elbow pads, and of course durable roller skates that fit them perfectly. Wearing stable yet agreeable roller skates means having a great base, for in this game everything starts and ends on skates.
I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely going to see a roller derby bout soon and enjoy everything it has to offer. Who knows, maybe the whole watching experience will inspire me to become a skater myself. I’ll let you know if that happens.
I am one of those types of motorcycle owners who don’t think of their motorcycle just as means of transportation. For me, my motorcycle is like my treasure, my most prized possession, my therapist and the enhancer of my style. Which is why you won’t see me take my baby for servicing in a motorcycle service shop. I know pretty much everything I need to about the model I have and how to maintain it. Don’t think of it as some kind of a biker’s pride, but more like a passion and an interest of mine. I do it because it’s my pleasure to do it.
So this post is for all of you who own a motorcycle and don’t see it just as a fast way to get from point A to point B. Maintaining your motorcycle doesn’t have to be a hard task or something to panic about. It should be easy, pleasant and effective if you have the right motorcycle tools.
Changing the Oil the Right Way
Changing the oil of your motorcycle should be very easy and straightforward process. Nothing too complex, you just need to take the old oil out and put in new one. However, oil isn’t water. It needs to be properly stored and then disposed in the right manner. For that you need to own an oil drain pan where you’d store the old oil and prepare it for transportation to a recycle centre or your local auto shop.
Lubing the Cables
A proper cable lube is an essential must for the smooth functioning of your motorcycle. You want the throttle, the clutch cables and the engine entirely to function as smoothly as possible. This can always be done manually, but using a tool is far easier and more effective. A slight mess may result if you use excess lube, so use a rag and wrap it around the bottom for prevention.
Among the most important motorcycle tools any owner of a bike should have in his garage is a bike stand. You can’t call yourself a biker if you don’t have this piece of equipment for inspecting and maintaining/parking the bike. Bike stands come in many sizes and designs, but all of them serve the same purpose: to lift and lock your bike assuring it will never fall off. Some bike stands are designed for specific bike models, so make sure you look for the right specifics when you’re getting yours.
Wrenches and Pliers
These are simply indispensable for any motorcycle owner for adjusting certain little pieces on the bike. Wrenches come in a set of different sizes, since you never know for what part of your bike will you come to need them eventually.
These would be the essentials according to me. Of course, some motorcycles that are way bigger and have a lot more complex construction would require a lot more maintenance motorcycle tools. And some models would simply ask you to take them to their service centres as their repair system may be one of a kind.
No matter how much we love our homes, there’s always room for some improvement style-wise. Just as much as trends change, your style can change. I recently underwent such an experience when all of a sudden I grew tired of my dining room interior. Since I love entertaining guests at home, I love organising family gatherings and formal dinner parties every now and then, so the dining room is the part of my home that gets as many visits as the living room does which is why the décor is more than important. Though my guests come over for hearty delicious meals and entertaining conversations, I like giving them food for the eyes as well through the use of wall ornaments which I like to match in colour with tablecloths and create a certain contrast with the napkins.
Despite this colour play, I still felt like something was missing even though I also used the sideboard as a decorating spot for some candles and flower arrangements. As much as I had the mindset of a minimalist and preferred keeping a rather open space dining area, I felt that it was actually the sideboard that could get replaced. After looking through dining cabinets in shops and catalogues, I had a revealing moment followed by an idea: Why not use a cabinet instead of the sideboard?
Overcoming my minimalist urge to dispose of the sideboard altogether, I found its purpose in the hall (now it serves as the perfect spot for keys) and made way for a cabinet. Cabinets are supposed to be both functional and stylish, so I had to look beyond just storage space and think of the design as well. A design mismatch could result in making the cabinet seem out of place and even create visual clutter so always be careful when choosing.
Having seen a variety of dining cabinets, and spending hours of indecisiveness, I was able to make the purchase. Once I brought the charm of the cabinet in my home, it seems that my style and habits also shifted. I realised I was no longer the staunch minimalist. Though I didn’t go overboard with the decorating, I also didn’t go back to the usual “less is more” rule. Using my mother’s beautiful china as a base décor detail, I tried to steer away from the full china look and broke the pattern with an intricate candle stand, vintage cookbook and display teacups and platters.
I feared I’d get a crammed outcome, but luckily, I still had plenty of space left which I used during dinner parties for storing all the goods, such as cakes and drinks, and kept them at hand without also cramming the table. You can imagine the faces of my family and friends when they saw this drastic change, partly because of being amazed by my decorating skills and the other part because of not being the minimalist they thought I was. After getting all the positive feedback, I now try and create a different look whenever I get the chance to change the dynamic of every party by adding various colour papers inside the cabinet. I haven’t made up my mind yet for painting all of it in either black or white, but it’s a possibility. Cabinets are still very much a trend, all it takes is finding the right ways to decorate them.
“The most powerful weapon in the world, as far as I’m concerned, is the camera.”
This quote can make you see some things from a certain perspective. Get it? Professional photographers create better photos not by having the most expensive cameras and accessories at their disposal, but because they know how to perfectly capture a moment.
However, this does not mean that you can produce a quality image with a cheap camera. And furthermore, you’d be able to put more life in your images by having the right accessories. You might have the eye to spot a unique moment, or set a great scene for imagery, but you’ll need to arm yourself with a decent DSLR camera, preferably with double digit megapixels and a decent sensor size. And with the internet at your disposal and the number of shops that sell cameras and camera accessories in Australia, you’ll have plenty of choices to pick from.
You probably wouldn’t want to over-do it on your initial purchase. If you don’t own a camera already, buying one along with few other pieces of the most essential equipment will be sufficient enough to create quality photos.
Remember, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” It is you who is in control. Hence, pay attention to things like lighting and composition. Also, positioning yourself at the right angle is key to making outstanding photos. Still, the power of the lens is what can make or break a photograph; it’s what it takes to leave a viewer in awe or unimpressed. Even though lenses are top-sold camera accessories in Australia, the lens’ spec sheet leaves many (particularly those new to photography) a bit confused. In short, here’s what those numbers represent:
- the focal length (defines the lens’ angle of view)
- the aperture (describes how much light it can gather)
- the format (sensor size it’s designed to work with)
- the mount (whether or not it can physically fit on your camera)
- the image stabilization (optical stabilization for minimizing or ignoring blurring effects of hand shaking)
The key is making sure the lens physically fits into your camera. And again, you don’t have to buy all the different kinds of lenses as you will most likely end up not using all of them. Buy a few, or just rent them. Renting camera accessories and gear is a smart way to try out the equipment without actually buying it, which is something a lot of photographers (newbies and pros as well) take advantage of.
Besides lens, there are other accessories designed to make ‘taking great photos’ much easier. An extra set of battery will ensure you don’t run out of power in a crucial moment, for example. An SSD card will increase your storage capacity, allowing you to experiment and take as much photos as you want without deleting most of them in concern for not having enough space.
Bottom line is, when shopping for camera equipment, you have to pay attention to many things – specifications, compatibility, price, etc. The right gear however, is your one way ticket to making incredible shots. Broaden your horizons to reach beyond the unreachable!
An inspection cameras is basically a small camera and LED lights attached by a long flexible cable to a handle with an LCD screen that is usually detachable. This is a versatile tool that has many practical applications and one of them is not taking selfies. The usefulness of an inspection camera is pretty obvious. It allows you to look into hard to reach areas that you otherwise couldn’t. You can use them to look down a drain, into a wall cavity, under an appliance, basically any tight and dark spaces that the naked eye cant reach.
Thanks to the massive drop in cost of LCD screens and cameras, you can now find an inspection camera Australia shops at a fair price. Just a decade ago, an inspection camera Australia wide used to cost thousands of dollars and today they have become nearly a commodity since the price range is around $200-$300. Another great thing is that technology has greatly improved over the past few years and many of the new models include a number of premium features such as the ability to record video and audio, rechargeable batteries, and so on. Whether you are an electrician, a plumber, or a mechanic, you too can now afford this tool.
With all the various models of inspection cameras available on the market, when it comes to choosing one, it is good to know which features matter and which ones not as much. The two main things you should focus on are image quality and flexibility. If the cable is too short or too stiff, you simply will not be able to reach certain places. A camera with at least one meter long cable should be enough to do the job. As far as the stiffness of the cable is concerned, if you have a more bendable cable, it will be much easier to maneuver around tight corners or squeeze through obstacles. But, a stiffer and ticker cable means that you can go through blockages. This means that you should choose a cable that best suits your needs or find the right balance. Image quality is obviously another important feature. Higher resolution means that you will get a more accurate diagnosis. You also might want to get an inspection camera that has an SD card included so you can record videos and pictures and save them on a PC via a USB cable for later analysis. Another handy feature is a detachable LCD which enables you to maneuver the camera with one hand and keep an eye on the display with the other hand. This makes operating much easier.
So before purchasing an inspection camera, consider all the features and your budget and buy the one you think is most suitable for your needs.
Living alone in a small flat in Darwin at 29, having my share of a hard day’s night from the comfort of my home and spending most of my free time deeply engaged in playing all sorts of addictive strategy games might sound like living the dream for the tech savvy like myself. However, as of late, all of this has started to take its toll on my mental health. Nothing serious, just the mean reds that sometimes can really hang you up the most.
Two months ago, I felt as if every cell of my body was screaming for a change, something had to be rearranged, but what precious, what? Yes, the lack of company did not only result in lack of cheer but also in a Gollum-like atmosphere in my head. No, I’m not going crazy, I just spend too much time staring at a screen. So that’s when it dawned on me that I desperately need to bring about a more lively vibe to my robotic surroundings.
Cats, dogs and so many tech gadgets and cables don’t go together, so I decided I’m not down for that. The next obvious thing on the list were plants, but believe me, as much as I am able to keep a warrior priestess alive, no plant has ever thrived under my watch. I regularly forget to water them on time, then I try to make up for it all at once and I end up drowning dehydrated plants, end of story, happens every time. Read More
How many devices do you have in your household that require batteries to perform their function? If you have children, chances are their number is quite big. From toys and baby monitors, to TV remotes, garage door remote, wall clocks, etc., there is barely a home that does not need these tiny miracles of technology.
Some of these batteries need to be replaced quite frequently (like those in toys), while others less often (such as the ones in wall clocks). The fact is, it will turn out you’ve spent a small fortune just on batteries. Think about it, why not invest in rechargeable battery packs and save yourself the trouble, time and money you’d spend on replacing batteries basically every other week?
While you may think it is cheaper to buy a standard pack of batteries, the truth is, investing in a rechargeable battery pack can help you save more money in the long run. Coming at about $60 (for a typical charger and a four rechargeable AAA battery pack), rechargeable batteries can be charged up to about 1,000 times which will save you a lot in just a year. Both the rechargeable AA battery pack and rechargeable AAA battery pack come in 3 types:
- Nickel Cadmium – these are known for their long lifespan, however, they have a lower voltage potential than the other two types.
- Nickel-Metal Hydride – have a higher voltage than the nickel cadmium but require more charging.
- Lithium-Ion – the most expensive of all three types, these batteries have the ability to store more energy and last longer between charges. They make the ideal choice for battery-operated tools and are also a better option for the environment as they don’t contain harmful toxins.
By choosing rechargeable batteries over standard alkaline ones, you will not only save money, you will also help the environment. Did you know that Australians throw away about 8000 tons of used batteries every year?And here’s the bad news- on the landfill, toxic metals and chemicals can leak from these batteries and contaminate the environment. One great thing about rechargeable batteries is that they are surprisingly easy to recycle. Furthermore, they can be recharged and reused numerous times, which in turn results in less waste on the landfills.
It is true that after recharging them for many, many times, even rechargeable batteries will eventually die. However, recycling them can prevent toxins from spreading in the environment. So, be a conscious citizen and don’t throw your rechargeable batteries (or alkaline ones) in the regular garbage. Click here to find a site to recycle the batteries you no longer need and do the right thing.