The Universe and Me

Friday, February 17, 2012

The genealogy chart goes ever on

If you absolutely need to know how in the world all those Tolkien characters are related to each other, they're working on making it less complicated at

The Tolkien Project.

Friday, February 03, 2012

No monopoly on common sense

I don't drink but if I did and had some vodka around the house, This Old House magazine suggests some other uses for it: Link
  • Erase Window Streaks - Use diluted spray
  • Shine Chrome - Soak in soft cloth & wipe fixtures
  • Deodorize Laundry - removes musty smells
  • Remove Rust from Screws - leave in for a few hours, wipe clean
  • Preserve Cut Flowers - it inhibits production of ethylene, which makes flowers wilt.
  • Remove Stains from Upholstery - takes out ink, grass, and some foods.
  • Kill Weeds - Mix 1 ounce of vodka, a few drops of liquid dish soap, and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.
  • Clean Mold and Mildew - Spray on, let sit up to 30 minutes, scrub clean.
  • Soothe Aching Muscles - make a frozen pack with equal parts vodka and water.
  • Stop Odors - use diluted spritz insides of shoes and boots