Which baby Monitor Should you Get? Lorex and D-Link Compared

Which baby Monitor Should you Get? Lorex and D-Link Compared

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Baby monitors used to use 2-way radio technology to allow you to listen for cries at the other end of the house.  Today; it’s all about video.  While you can still find the old audio-only monitors for about $30-40 if you look hard, most monitor manufacturers offer easy to set up and use video feeds; and those are by far the most popular sellers today.  The main difference; do you want to watch Junior on one of their supplied handheld screens, or on your smartphone.  I tried one of each; the LorexBaby Care ‘N Share 3.5” Video Baby Monitor, and the D-Link Wi-Fi Baby Camera.

Both had most of the same major features, but one did emerge a clear winner for me.  Here’s why….

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CRAZY: Olympic Venues are Ghost Towns Post-Games

CRAZY: Olympic Venues are Ghost Towns Post-Games

The Olympic Games are always proceded by a furious amount of building as host cities construct arenas, pools, ski jumps, Olympic villages, and anything else the games demand. While some of the buildings are repurposed after the athletes depart, others are left to rot. Click the link to see more.

1952, Helsinki Ahvenisto Swimming Pool
1952, Helsinki
Ahvenisto Swimming Pool

The Dishwasher that self-diagnoses its problems

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The Dishwasher that self-diagnoses its problems

Our old dishwasher is on its last legs, and I’m excited! I’ve been educating myself about what’s new in dishwasher technology, and I’m pleased to find: LOTS.  So when my current “box-with-sprinker-head-inside” dishwasher finally gives up the ghost, I’m ready to swoop in with a new choice right away.  At the top of my list; LG’s dishwashers.  Here’s why…

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Disaster DIY: I got wax on my Stella McCartney Falabella bag!

My Falabella bag.
My Falabella bag.

New Year’s Eve…I took my beautiful royal purple Stella McCartney Falabella bag out for a night on the town, or at a house party. I had kept it tucked safely out of sight all evening, while glasses clinked and candles flickered.  When I got up the next morning, the full light of day, there it was.  What looked like a candle exploded all over one side of the bag. Dried wax shrapnel clung to its soft vegan sides, and blazed white across its faux snake or stingray skin. Those of you who’ve saved up for a bit of arm candy art will understand, there’s no feeling like seeing your hard-earned “investment Bag” ruined. I imagine it might also feel like smashing up your brand new car, breaking an heirloom dish, or otherwise ruining something you can’t (or can’t afford to) replace. I have no idea how it happened, and can only guess someone knocked over a candle and my bag caught it. And then the tipper slipped quietly away.

Splotchy, gummy white wax on my bag.
Splotchy, gummy white wax on my bag.

I called Stella’s flagship store to ask for assistance; what does one do with a vegan, very expensive bag that’s covered with wax?  I was disappointed to find the store no help whatsoever in making recommendations about how the bag should be cleaned.  The person on the phone couldn’t even tell me what fabric the bag is made from. (Polyurethane, I was finally able to find) They did recommend a dry cleaner in New York who told me I was welcome to ship the bag, at my cost, of course, to them for a look-see, but they could make no promises.  I passed.

Then I popped in on a local dry cleaner, who looked at my bag, and pronounced he could “try” to clean it, but he may just ruin it,  and that, “would be your own fault, your own liability. I would take no responsibility”. Hardly the vote of confidence.

I then made a few calls, most notably to a very kind and helpful woman at Valiant Cleaners in Calgary.  LeeAnn using e a paper towel and a warm iron or a hair dryer  to try heat up and blot the wax out of the fabric.  She warned me to be careful of burning the fabric.

Noted.

Another friend suggested a trick she uses to get candle wax out of tablecloths: freeze the cloth in the freezer, then scrape off all the excess wax.  She too then uses the old paper towel and warm iron trick.

Ironing the wax out of the delicate fabric
Ironing the wax out of the delicate fabric

So I took the plunge; figuring it could spot test these tricks and stop at any point if it got too messy or started to wreck things.

  1. Freeze the fabric for several hours.  Use your fingernails to scrape off the excess wax.  Your bag is going to be bright scratch white where the wax was.  Don’t be alarmed. If necessary, refreeze and re-scrape. It’s important to get off as much wax as you can first.
  2.  Slide a book inside the bag to give you a firm and steady work surface for the iron to work.
  3. Put the iron on its lowest setting (you can always increase the heat if you need to), and apply a clean folded paper towel to the fabric over the wax remnants. Wiggle the iron over the towel until you start to see the wax wicking up through the paper towel. Increase the heat in small increments if you need to.  Reposition the paper towel and get a clean spot.  Continue until the wax stops seeping into the paper towel.
  4. Let the bag cool and sit and then give it a good look.  Re-do above as needed.

This worked for me, and although in certain lights, the sheen of the fabric does show tiny hints of stain, by and large no one but me would ever know what the bag’s been through.

Good as new.
Good as new.

Got tips on how you removed wax from fabric, or how you saved a pricey bag?  Share with us all in Comments, below.

I Love Fitness Trackers, but the Ibitz Unity Misses the Mark. Here’s Why…

I Love Fitness Trackers, but the Ibitz Unity Misses the Mark. Here’s Why…

For the price, the Ibitz is a decent, and very basic step counter. But to me it’s missing some of those key elements I mentioned above, that make monitoring your fitness fun and entertaining — and that keep you wearing it. There’s no display whatsoever, so there’s no way to know how close or far you are from your step goal; you need to log on to the phone and sync the tracker to get that info.

The Mystery of the Lost Balloon Expedition to the North Pole

The Mystery of the Lost Balloon Expedition to the North Pole

A really fascinating post via atlasobscura.com:

polar2imageFew images are more strange and haunting than those discovered on some frozen film in 1930. They reveal the mysterious fate of the S. A. Andrée Arctic Balloon Expedition of 1897, where a hot air balloon meant to sail over the North Pole instead crashed into the ice.