2 June, 2020
Pen: A Review Pen is an unusual pen with a combination of unique features. It is made from cotton butyrate resin, which is apparently quite strong and lacks the strong odor associated with other Noodler’s pens. The resin is completely clear, so you can see the pen’s inner workings as well as whatever color of ink you’ve chosen. The barrel unscrews to reveal an interesting push/pull converter that draws in a large quantity of ink (1.9ml) with two plunges. You can also purchase the 308 non-disposable ink cartridge if you prefer. The pen can be completely disassembled for cleaning and maintenance or just for tinkering, if you like. The pen comes in a standard Noodler’s cardboard box. It’s nothing special. Inside is a leaflet explaining the parts of the pen and how to fill it. Mask (Wear a Mask, Save Yourself, the World) The Times Group is urging everyone to wear a mask when they step out of home. Not an N95, not even a surgical mask — these scarce commodities should be reserved for healthcare workers. A plain, home-made thingummy that would fit snugly over your nose and mouth would do. The idea is to reduce the virus load that you take in or you send out. Most people infected by Sars-Cov-2 do not show active symptoms. They just carry the virus inside them and emit them wherever they go. There are different views on whether the virus stays in the air for some time after an infected person has coughed or sneezed out a zillion of them, or it poses a danger only on the surfaces where they land and lies in wait for a straying hand to hitch a ride to a bodily orifice. In either case, a mask would help. No mask is airtight. If it were, the wearer would suffocate. But it would keep out virus-laden droplets issuing from an infected person. And it would keep an infected person’s virus-carrying fluids from polluting the air around her, or, at least, pollute the air a whole lot less. Someone who wears a mask in times of Covid-19 would help themselves and others. The best course, of course, is to stay at home. But if one must foray out, foray wearing a mask. Glass CleanerDid you know that dirt on windows can degrade your glass over time? That means your windows won’t last as long if they are dirty.Most people don’t realize that there is a lot to know about glass cleaning. If not done right, you’ll be left with unsightly streaks or afilmy residue. How to Make the Best Glass Cleaner You can get sparkling windows with a DIY glass cleaning solution made from items in your pantry. Not only is this option affordable, but it’s also better for your health and the environment. Did you know that store-bought window cleaners contain harmful chemicals? Common ingredients include ammonium hydroxide and hexoxyethanol. These are eye and throat irritants and can affect organs. Instead, opt to clean windows with vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar breaks down streaky film on your glass. All you do is mix one part white vinegar with 10 parts warm water in a spray bottle. The Best Way to Clean Glass • First, lay a towel on your window sill to collect drips. This will protect the material of your sill. • Then, spray your vinegar solution all over the glass. Using a lint-free cloth, rub the glass in a circular motion to get rid of all the dirt. • Next, wipe the window with vertical strokes followed by horizontal swipes. • You can also use a squeegee to wipe the solution. • If your windows are really dirty, such as the exterior windows after winter,start by giving it a good wipe with a soapy rag first. • Stubborn stains and paint will need extra cleaning. Then proceed to clean the windows with the instructions above. For Large Windows • If your windows are too large to clean with a spray bottle and a cloth, there is hope. • Use the same vinegar solution except put it in a bucket. Then, dip a sponge in the bucket and wet your entire window with it. • Use a damp squeegee (not a dry one) to wipe the window from top to bottom. Wipe the edge of the squeegee after each swipe. • Get a long-handled squeegee to get to the top of your windows inside and outside your home. • Use Distilled Water • A little known secret about the best way to clean glass is to use distilled water. • Tap water may have many impurities, especially if you have hard water. And though you can’t see it with your eye, the minerals will lead to streaks on your windows. • Unlike floors and countertops, glass is unforgiving. So while tap water is fine to clean the rest of your house, choose distilled for glass cleaning. • You can buy it in a big jug at the grocery store for less than a dollar. Or you could also make your own distilled water if you prefer.