Sustainable development : Grow vegetables you can regrow – at home

To start let me give the definition of Sustainable development,
According to wikipedia,

Sustainable development is an organizing principle for human life on a finite planet. It posits a desirable future state for human societies in which living conditions and resource-use meet human needs without undermining the sustainability of natural systems and the environment, so that future generations may also have their needs met.

In simple terms, Sustainable development is a way of living that does minimum damage and alterations to the ecosystem and natural resources, in other words production that can be sustained forever with minimum human implication, as opposed to the production model that needs to be started from the beginning every time.

In this spirit here’s some cool tips that will allow you to em-barque on this journey by growing your own vegetables the sustainable way:

1- Grow Scallions :
You can regrow scallions by leaving an inch attached to the roots and place them in a small glass with a little water in a well-lit room.
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2- Grow Celery:
Cut off the base of the celery and place it in a saucer or shallow bowl of warm water in the sun. Leaves will begin to thicken and grow in the middle of the base, then transfer the celery to soil.
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3- Grow Bok Choy:
Bok choy can be regrown by placing the root end in water in a well-lit area. In 1-2 weeks , you can transplant it to a pot with soil and grow a full new head.
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4- Grow Romaine Lettuce:
Put romaine lettuce stumps in a 1/2 inch of water. Re-water to keep water level at 1/2 inch. After a few days, roots and new leaves will appear and you can transplant it into soil.
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5- Grow Cilantro:
The stems of cilantro will grown when placed in a glass of water. Once the roots are long enough, transplant to soil in a pot in a well-lit room. Full plant takes a couple months.
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6- Grow Basil:
Put clippings from basil with 3 to 4-inch stems in a glass of water and place it in direct sunlight. When the roots are about 2 inches long, plant them in pots to and in time it will grow a full basil plant.

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Oscar Pistorius Guilty or unlucky

Reading about the case of Oscar Pistorius who shot and killed his girlfriend thinking she was an intruder.

Here’s what bothers me in his story:
- If you have an intruder in your house, wouldn’t you go check and tell your gf who happend to be in the house with you, before shooting on whomever is hiding in the bathroom?
- If you are shot at while you are in the bathroom wouldn’t you scream, and if it’s the case, why Oscar would continue shooting?

If this was a case involving an able man, there’s no doubts he’s guilty!
But, because he’s diabled, many factors come into play:
- did not check on gf because he wanted to make less sound ( or was unable to move quickly in case he didn’t have the legs)
- did not stop after hearing shouting, due to ears ringing as a result of firing while lying on the ground (thus not hearing well).

Bottom line he is either guilty or really a very unlucky guy!

The independent republic of Crimea

Putin is one of the smartest and most powerful politicians in the world, when the Ukrainian protests started, i thought they would fade away soon, they did not, they led to a coup, ousting the Ukranian president (who was accused of high level of corruption).

The ousting of Russia ally bothered Russia, that played it’s influence in the Russian minorities regions,especially Crimea which have a Russian speakers majority.

My first though was that Crimea will seek independence à la Kosovo, and why not, it was added to Ukraine in 1954 and it was given as a kind of a gift 10 years after it’s original inhabitant the Tatar were forced to relocate (An estimated 46% of the deportees died from hunger and disease), so what is Crimea to Ukraine, historically? nothing much … just a recent gift!

Indeed Crimea declared independence from Ukraine, but now it’s holding a referendum to join the Russian federation, if it does, there will be European and American sanctions on Russia, if it doesn’t it can become an independent country and later try again to join Russia at the same time Russia will avoid confrontation with the West. And that’s the plan Putin have in mind!

Russia will probably rig the election in a way that the referendum vote against joining Russia, this way Russia saves face and avoid confrontation, the situation is cooled down and the door will still be open for annexation in the near or far future!

So here you go, that why in the coming years we’ll hear of  The independent republic of Crimea .

Update: Crimea actually decided to join Russia, so my analysis was wrong.

What is Growth Hacking? define growth hacking!

A buzz word that have been repeated a lot lately and that started to surface beginning 2013, the word is “Growth Hacking” and it’s variations like Growth Hacker , to growth hack etc…

As the Manager/ founder of an advertising company and a pioneer in viral marketing, i was obviously curious…
especially when having worked in advertising for almost 10 years and managing my own firm for close to 8 years.

So i started researching the different strategies used in Growth hacking, and to my surprise the only thing new was the name … I mean these strategies … we have been using since ever, and it’s mainly basic and advanced marketing techniques!

But then again, there’s always a reason behind the use of a name, Growth hacking is not target at selling goods or products, it is simply the techniques used to Grow the user base of a website or mobile application.

Growth hacking include any marketing strategies that can be used to achieve this goal, from guest blogging to advertising through ad networks or even contacting the press!

It is a general term that groups different strategies from SEO optimization to press relations

In short, it’s not a new discipline, it’s simply a categorization of some strategies that can be helpful to grow the userbase of a company.

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2 Wasp queens woken from hibernation

Finding the Wasp Queens:

While getting some wood for the chimney, i found 2 wasps laying one next to another (less than 2 cm distance) on the same wood log, this log used to be located in the middle of a big wood log pile ( back in autumn) .

I was curious because, on this top of this same pile of logs (that was covered by a black plastic sheet) we had to use chemicals to exterminate 2 hives of wasps, back in summer, so there was hundreds of dead wasps between the wood logs, but that was back then – in summer – since then the bodies of the dead wasp have long decomposed.

Also, i found a Queen wasp a month ago in midst of another pile of logs, she moved a bit, so i killed it.

But since a couple of weeks, the temperature has been around -7°C to -14°C, so when i found these 2 wasps sleeping, i noticed that the wings were between their legs, so i realized they were sleeping – hibernating, but i know that only queen wasps hibernate through winter, all normal wasps die … so i was surprised how come both queens were hibernating one next to another, i had to test the theory.

Generally wasps reproduce between a single young queen and a male drone in the vicinity of their nesting area. After successfully mating the drones sperm cells are stored in a tightly packed ball inside the queen. The sperm are kept stored in a dormant state until the following spring. At a certain time of year (often around autumn time) the bulk of the wasp colony dies away leaving only the young mated queens alive. During this time they leave the nest and find a suitable area to hibernate for the winter.

After emerging from hibernation during early spring the young queens search for a suitable nesting site. Upon finding an area for her future colony the queen usually constructs a basic paper nest into which she will begin to lay eggs. This varies from species to species in specifics as not all wasps live in paper nests.

 

 

Wasps as pets at home:

I put both wasps in a glass jar, and took them home (temperature: + 19°C to +21°C °), a couple of hours late both Wasps woke up see the pictures and video below:

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Queens Wasps re-hibernate ?

I had to keep the wasps in another room, this other room has a temperature of +14°C , so after spending the night in that room, today the wasps are either sleeping again or are simply dead ( but i noticed one of them have the wings between legs – thus probably hibernating, will update this blog with further information) for now i will not re-introduce the wasp to +20°C again, i need to research a bit about wasps before doing so.

- this blog post will be updated -

I you are a scientists studying wasp, and would need me to do a specific experiment feel free to contact me, also you are free to use my observations.

 

Update:
I was unable to release them for fear they will attack me or nest near my house, so i kept them hoping they would hibernate again (room temperature was around 14 degree Celcius/ covered from light.
The basically went in/out of sleep …. On April 5, i checked them, they were both dead, a couple days prior both were still alive.
Death theories: there were too many factors that could have influenced them, but they did resist 2 month in captivity without being fed and without being in hibernation stage. the 2 plausible theories : they ran out of oxygen or their starved, either way i’m not very proud of this experiment!

 

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Imitating Success – celebrities teachers for society!

I just watched a speech by Jack Gleeson (video below), an Irish actor, best know for playing Joffery Bartheon in the HBO television series Game of Thrones, speaking at the Oxford Union (most prestigious debating society,  established for 190 years, aiming to promote debate and discussion in Oxford University)

Jack mentioned several interesting ideas that i would like to talk about and weigh in.

To start with Jamie Tehrani from Durham university theory: Evolutionary psychology behind fascination with celebrities

Imitating success:The theory centers around the Anthropological notion of Prestige (high social status – admiration or respect)
This prestige is bestowed upon individuals who possess certain adaptive skills like “superior hunting technique”
This prestige is bestowed upon the individuals so that the community can learn from them through imitation.
My opinion: I think in this case, the prestige is not bestowed but earned, it might be true that the others will imitate and will respect this individual, but it’s not due to a prestige by itself but by the survival instinct and the hope of having a better life.

The side effects of imitating success:
The successful hunter might have a ritual, and the people who want to imitate him adapt a ritual as well as the hunting technique.

According to Tehrani theory we have a evolutionary and psychological instinct to imitate celebrities, thus the celebrities have became a social role model, normal people are interested in knowing what they wear, what car they drive, how they live etc…(see: celebrity brand association – marketing wise).

Celebrity worship syndrome: complete dissolution of the self in favor of another: form of religious hysteria.

Celebrities teachers of society ?
Have celebrities became the teachers of society? can we influence the masses through celebrities?
Will we start imitating the town drunk, who posses prestige due to an original fame which faded away a long time ago?
During the last few decades, this celebrity or prestige is granted on the basis of a none adaptive skills – or no skills for that matter, the actor, singer, reality TV star … the majority of these people have nothing of value to offer to the masses.

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Max vabor theory of charisma, Celebrities have a charisma that is accepted by us as a willing domination (not challenged like the police authority etc …), that’s why politicians often require celebrity endorsement or celebrity status to feel legitimated in the eyes of the public (called gentle charisma).

Chris Rojek a professor in sociology says: “Celebrities are informal life coaches. By watching them, people learn how to groom, learn how to wear their hair, learn what to say, learn what opinions are sexy, learn what’s right-on and not right-on. They’re assimilating all sorts of life-skills,”

And thus the logic of: Influencers  outreach in advertising.

Can celebrities be used to guide society/ manipulate society ?From what we have just learned, a couple very important question are raised:
Can celebrities be used to guide society?
by ensuring that everything covered by the media and published by them is according to a best behavior or certain global good agenda for the country & humanity?
Can celebrities be used to manipulate society?
Guiding society is surely not happening, all the screw ups the celebrities are doing is definitely not guidance material, if there’s something they are spreading it’s misguidance: several divorces, frequent flashing of private body parts, singing almost naked … Unless you want to believe this is all a part of a corruption plan  some secret organization have for humanity! But in authoritarian countries, the celebrity could be and are used to manipulate societies!

Godaddy domain renewal Coupons not working in 2014 !

This year godaddy is inactivating the coupons one by one, which can be annoying for people with many domains : Godaddy renewal coupons not working

Godaddy has a marketing strategy of offering coupons for cheap .com domain registration the 1st year (2$, 5$ etc …)The next year renewal would automatically be $ 12.99 or even $ 14.99 unless you had a coupon for renewals as-well, making the renewal less costly and more like the many other domain registrars that charge around  $8 or $9.