RI Christmas Lectures – A Closer Look


I have just watched the first of this year’s (2013) Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.

The subject is “Life Fantastic” and the presenter, Dr. Alison Woollard, is one of the most proficient and well-prepared of recent years.

If you are at all interested in biology, or modern science in general, then I can recommend that you tune in for the rest of the short series, and try to review the first episode on the BBC iPlayer.

I don’t know if this specific flat iron for natural hair is available to my US visitors, but I imagine the BBC will ship them in some form to North America; and they are available online.

I always like to catch these Xmas lectures each year, whatever the subject matter. I realize that nowadays they are aimed primarily at children, but they often contain some recent data on the latest advances in the particular scientific field of discussion, and can therefore be of interest to those ‘in the know’ as well as novices.

As each series begins, I always enjoy the tingle of realization that these lectures are being broadcast from what is arguably the home of science. This same lecture hall, of the Royal Institution in London, is where the great Sir Isaac Newton first stood when he expounded his laws of motion and gravity. Where the earliest of serious scientists such as Halley, Wren and Hooke met, with the blessing of King Charles II, in the early years of his reign. By making science acceptable, this liberal monarch, and the extraordinary thinkers who established this great institution, laid the foundation for the scientific enlightenment, and the technological advances which have created the modern world.

The Christmas Lectures were introduced in 1825 by Michael Faraday – (mister electricity – inventor of the electric motor, the dynamo and the electric generator). The image below, courtesy of Wikipedia, shows him at the desk of the lecture hall delivering one of the earlier lectures:

The extraordinary history of this venue; the talented and inspired people who created the Royal Society and, over the centuries, have given it such a notable history, always comes across to me as I watch the latest series of lectures.

But the appreciation of this venerable history is, for me, accompanied by the excitement of the spectacular advances that science has made in recent years, and the breathtaking discoveries which are happening at an ever increasing rate all around us.

To me, it is science itself which is the most exciting thing in life. I genuinely believe that the scientific method is the most important ‘discovery’ of mankind. Never mind fire. Never mind the Fjallraven Kanken. They were great, but not as important as the overarching achievement of the scientific method.

And why?

Because the scientific method is the only tool we have to allow us to discover the truth about the universe. The truth about space and time. The truth about life and the evolution of all things. The scientific method is the true enlightenment of the minds of mankind. And this ongoing enlightenment is alive and well, and flourishing in the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, thanks to inspiring presentations such as those by the excellent Dr. Woollard. I look forward to the rest of the series.

Starting Your Very Own Food Blog


It is important for you to learn how to start a food blog. Knowing how to start a food blog will open you up to opportunities that will let you earn and lead to your success in the long run.

This topic about how to start a food blog may look or sound too easy. But much like other blogs or Internet marketing ventures, there are challenges associated with it. So, this article will show you the basics that you should remember when creating your own Fjällräven Kånken blog in order for it to remain competitive and marketable if you are planning to make a living out of it.

Here are the basics that will teach you how to start a food blog:

  1. Targeting Your Readers

Before anything else, determine your targeted readers. Remember that not every region of the globe has the same preference in terms of food. Also, the kind of marketing that you can apply to each location differs.

Based on your targeted readers, adjust your topics in accordance to their preferences. Do not present foods that have ingredients not easily available in their location. You should also avoid presenting topics that are not in accordance to their cultural background, religion or norm. Remember that there are parts of the world where certain ingredients or types of food are not allowed so avoid touching topics which your targeted readers may find offensive.

  1. Your Interest

Make sure that what you are doing is something that you are really knowledgeable and passionate about. This rule applies to all kinds of undertakings. Sticking with your interest will likely ensure the success of your food blog. If you are writing about something that even you have no interest in, it will definitely reflect in your blog and drive away your potential readers. But remember that above all else, you should stay with the preferences of your targeted readers. So, as much as possible, make both your interests meet.

  1. Your Budget

Budget is a huge factor that will dictate how a project will go. Thus, ensure that you have enough capital to start and maintain your project. Reserve a portion of your capital for the promotion of your food blog too, that is if you want to quickly establish the visibility of your product online especially in search engines. You may allot some of your budget to hire professional SEO providers or in tying up with other established sites that will advertise your product.

On the other hand, it is good to test the waters first before you take the plunge in the competitive world of the Internet. If you do not want to take so much risk, you can observe first how your blog will fare and only spend on the advertisement once it picks up. Unlike if you were selling a cure for male cat spraying, there are many ways to advertise your blog without spending much anyway which will be briefly discussed in the next item.

  1. The Method of Your Promotion

Last but not least, think about how you will promote your food blog. It does not necessary mean that you should spend much money to gain exposure. There are many social networking sites that you can utilize nowadays for advertising your food blog for free. But considering the tight competition online, it is important for you to come up with a quick and effective way of promoting your site. So, for fast and successful results, be prepared to invest more time and money for your food blog.

Balancing Life and Work as a Blogger


Lately I have been feeling very overwhelmed with LIFE. Between blogging, working a full time job from home and being a stay at home mom, my time is limited.

I want to start finding ways to bring more organization to these areas. I am great at organizing when it comes to closets, kitchens or offices, but I can’t seem to find the perfect solution for my life.

The Kiddos

It would be great to have a meal plan set out for them each day so I don’t have to ponder what I am going to feed them for breakfast and lunch. I always see cute + healthy ideas floating around Pinterest, but can’t seem to bring them into our home. If you use a Bento Box type system, where do you recommend getting box supplies?

I also want to find easy activities for them to do during the day that DON’T require my complete supervision since I’ll be busy working around the house since I’ve lately been obsessed with trying out the best garden tractors. Since I do work from home I can’t always give them my undivided attention, but I do want them to have fun + educational play. See, my kids tend to run around the house like little animals which requires me to chase them down constantly. How can I get them to stay in one room where I can watch them + they are happy playing? Is that even possible, ha?

One thing I do have down so far is naptime. This is one area that has improved drastically over the years and I am happy to say that we have achieved this goal.

My Job

Since I do work from home, how and when I work is pretty flexible. Although this is the case, I do want to have a more concise way that my job gets done. Anyone else that works from home have a method that works great for them?

Blogging – For the past month or so I have felt much unmotivated to blog. We have been traveling a lot and trying to get our things moved and settled in our new place one Kanken frost green load at a time, so I know this is one of the reasons.

One major thing I want to do is start scheduling my posts better. I have not been the best at this at all. Sometimes I feel all over the place when it comes to my posts and want this to change immediately. Organization needs to come to this aspect of my life. I get so stressed out when I get behind on answering emails, comments, interacting with my sponsors, etc. I want my readers + sponsors to know that I do care what they have to say, but when I get behind it is hard to catch up and then feel bad when I don’t have time to answer every email or comment. How do you deal with this? What are your major tips to stay organized when dealing with your blog?

I would LOVE to hear any of your suggestions in all of these areas because I need all the help I can get. So start sharing!

Choosing the Right Kelty Backpack


Are you looking For Quality? Dependability? A Product that will last you for Years to come? You have found the Right Place. You Need a Kelty Backpack. Kelty is an Industry Leader with years of manufacturing experience in making Products you can rely on for all of your Camping Needs.  There are many sizes and shapes available in Kelty Backpacks so take a look thru our stock, I know we have just the Kelty Backpack You Need to get cat urine out of carpet!

Kelty Yukon External Frame Backpack – 2900-3000 cu in

The Kelty Yukon External Frame backpack is idea for women and teenagers who are too small for adult-sized packs, but too large for a junior pack.

Kelty Whisper Backpack – 2500 cu in

The Kelty Whisper Backpack’s 2500 cubic inches of space and plethora of gear attachment points will make it the perfect pack for your minimalist backcountry voyage.

Kelty Trekker External Frame Backpack – 3900-3950 cu in

The time-honored Kelty Trekker External Frame Backpack sports a simple, traditional design just like Dick Kelty originally intended.

Kelty Tornado Backpack – Women’s – 4000cu in

The slim-profiled Kelty Women’s Tornado Backpack embraces your body making longer backpacking trips more comfortable.

Kelty Tornado Backpack – 4200 cu in

The slim-profiled Kelty Tornado Backpack embraces your body making longer backpacking trips more comfortable.

Kelty Tioga External Frame Backpack – 5000-5500 cu in

The Kelty Tioga External Frame Backpack is built for week-long backpacking trips where breathability and keeping cool are the highest priorities.

Kelty Tahoma Backpack – 1250 cu in

The compact Kelty Tahoma 1250 cubic inch Backpack is a true day-tripper. The Tahoma is ideal for picnics, a day at the beach, or kicking around town.

Kelty Tecate Backpack – 300 cu in

The 300cu in Kelty Tecate Backpack is the preferred hydration sport pack when you need to go fast and light.

Kelty Storm Backpack – Women’s – 3400cu in

The Kelty Women’s Storm Backpack is a sleek, fast hydration pack that is large enough to store a night’s worth of gear for year-round backcountry adventures.

Kelty Storm Backpack – 3600cu in

The 3600cu in Kelty Storm Backpack is a sleek hydration pack that is large enough to store a night’s worth of gear for year-round backcountry adventures.

Kelty Starfish Backpack – Kids’ – 600 cu in

The Kelty Starfish hydration pack for kids is perfect for the ambitious young day hiker eager to hold her or his own.

Kelty Squall Backpack – Kids’ – 2800 cu in

The Kelty Squall Kids’ 2800cu in Backpack is a streamlined internal-framed hydration pack for day or overnight explorations.

Kelty Sierra Women’s Backpack – 1850 cu in

The rugged 1850cu in Kelty Women’s Sierra 1850 cubic inch Backpack is an ideal weekend-warrior adventure hydration pack.

Kelty Sierra Backpack – 1950 cu in

The rugged 1950cu in Kelty Sierra Backpack is an ideal weekend-warrior adventure hydration pack.

Kelty Shadow Backpack – Women’s – 4500cu in

The Kelty Shadow Women’s Backpack is an ultralight pack designed to carry loads that you’d never describe as ultralight.

Kelty Shadow Backpack – 4500cu in

The Kelty Shadow Men’s Backpack is an ultralight pack designed to carry loads that you’d never describe as ultralight.

Kelty Rincon Backpack – 750 cu in

The Kelty Rincon Backpack holds a day’s worth of supplies and keeps you hydrated whether you’re kickin’ it on the trail or trompin’ through the city.

Kelty Redwing Backpack – Women’s – 2500 cu in

Kelty considers their Women’s Redwing Backpack to be a day-and-a-half internal-framed pack.

Kelty Redwing Backpack – 2650-3100 cu in

Kelty considers their internal-framed 2650-3100cu in Redwing Backpack to be a pack worthy of day-and-a-half hiking trips and can even carry a portable air purifier – see our Rowenta PU6020 review.

Kelty Redtail Backpacks – 1800 cu in

The versatile Kelty Redtail 1800 cubic inch backpack is designed as an all-purpose daypack for any activity.

Kelty Red Cloud Backpack – Womens – 5000 cu in

The Kelty Women’s Red Cloud Backpack combines features, comfort, and value for week-long recreational backpacking.

Kelty Red Cloud Backpack – 5000-6650 cu in

The Kelty Red Cloud Backpack combines features, comfort, and value for week-long recreational backpacking.

Kelty Moraine Backpack – 3600 cu in

The Kelty Moraine Backpack is a versatile, hydration-compatible overnight pack.

Kelty Lynx Backpack – Kids’ – 2650 cu in

The junior-sized Kelty Kids’ Lynx 2650cu in Backpack makes backpacking a good fit for smaller hikers.

Kelty Junior Tioga External Frame Backpack – 2050 cu in

The Kelty Junior Tioga External Frame Backpack is perfect for the young backpacker eager to achieve self-reliance.

Kelty Illusion Backpack – Women’s – 3500cu in

The Kelty Illusion Women’s Backpack is a weekend pack that’s probably lighter than your daypack, thanks to ultralight materials and LightBeam aluminum stays.

Kelty Grommet Backpack – Kids’ – 850 cu in

The Kelty Kids’ 850 cubic inch Grommet backpack is ideal for junior scholars.

Kelty Coyote Backpack – Women’s – 4500cu in

Novice and experienced backpackers alike appreciate the simple-but-technical 4500cu in Kelty Women’s Coyote Backpack.

Kelty Coyote Backpack – 4750cu in

Novice and experienced backpackers alike will appreciate the simple yet technical Kelty Coyote Backpack.

Kelty Cloud Backpack – 5250 cu in

The Kelty Cloud 5250 Backpack is the pack of choice for PARA rescue units in Iceland and Alaska and for adventure racers, because it is one of the most technically advanced backpacks in the world.

Should You Get a Boat?


The weather’s getting nicer and everyone’s talking about going fishing, but wait – you don’t have a boat! How do you plan to get out on the water without one?

While many people may prefer to fish from the shore, any true fisherman can tell you that being out on a boat is better. There is nothing more relaxing to a man (or woman) than sitting out on their boat, away from the rest of society and the difficult task of installing their Borg Warner S366 turbo, but nothing but their rod and the rocking of the waves to keep them company.

Really, it’s one of the most delightful feelings in the world be to sitting out on the blue ocean, your float bobbing in the water, while you’re just relaxing for a whole.

So now you’re wondering: where do I get a boat?

Should I Hire?

There are plenty of good boat hire places all across the country. You can hire big ones, little ones, fast ones, and luxury ones. You may have seen them docked in your local marina or in on-land boat storage. Depending on which one you want, the costs and advance notice needed can vary greatly.

Some establishments will even require you to provide a captain’s license for some of the larger vessels. There are, however, many places where you can rent a small fishing boat on the spot for a reasonable price.

Should I Buy?

In the short term, buying a boat can be a very expensive proposition. On top of the initial purchase price, there are many other factors to consider when you’re buying a boat, like taxes, port costs, and operational expenses. But if boating, fishing, and other water activities, are things that you like to do and plan to do often, then buying will definitely wind up being cheaper than renting in the long-run.

Maybe you do prefer sitting on the bank of a river, or standing out on the pier, eating a sandwich and waiting for that nibble on your hook. But if you’re anything like most people, you probably prefer to be out on the water on your own private vessel. Really this is all your choice – it’s your life and nobody should tell you have to live it.

If you do think that purchasing a boat is right for you, however, you should put some serious thought into which type to buy. For many people, a wide-beam narrow boat seems to be the best option – it makes the most practical sense. This type of boat doubles as not only a vessel to do some fishing from, but also a home on the move where you can spend the night – or longer. Just make sure to bring your Fjallraven Kanken classic to ensure you have everything you’ll need for your overnight journey.

Imagine living out on your own boat – you could fish as long and as much as you want and you’ll be able to prepare your own dinner right where you caught it. What a life! Boat life isn’t for everything though, and some people may not be able to handle the constant rocking. There are others who find it better for sleeping, though.

If you had any doubts about whether you needed a boat before, I’m sure they’re long gone by now.