Wednesday, 31 March 2010

On self esteem

As I re-read Gloria Stienem's fantastic book 'Revolution From Within: A Book on Self Esteem', I came across Amit Verma's post on a similar theme where he quotes Douglas Adams:
"Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, ‘This is an interesting world I find myself in, an interesting hole I find myself in, fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!’ This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it’s still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything’s going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for.
Link via @amitverma

Monday, 8 March 2010

Surprise finds

Right below tips on How to Clean a Burnt Frying Pan (my latest problem in life), I find 'Best Way to Unblock Arteries'.
Google searches can be such fun.
PS: In case you are indeed curious to know how to scour your frying pan, AND if you are a real dummy, go through the details below:

"Hate cleaning that greasy frying pan? You can clean it quickly and easily with white vinegar!

.Difficulty: Easy

Instructions.
Things You'll Need:
•Greasy frying pan
•Water
•White vinegar
•Paper towels or newspapers

Step 1
Eliminate all loose grease waste from your frying pan using a paper towel or old newspaper. Dispose of the oily paper towels or newspapers in your garbage. Dispose of your used oil by following your local recycling program rules.

Step 2
Place the frying pan on the stove burner and fill the pan 1/3 with water and add a small amount of dish soap (1/2 teaspoon or so) and about a tablespoon of white vinegar.

Step 3
Heat the frying pan until the water is very warm but not too hot for you to handle.

Step 4
Remove the pan from the burner and let it sit for a few minutes to cool off so don't burn your hands. The solution will release the grease from the bottom of the pan and make it easier to clean.

Step 5
Wash the pan with a scrub brush or sponge using the heated solution of water, soap and vinegar.

Step 6
Rinse thoroughly with warm water."

More methods:
Method 1. Sprinkle baking soda on the charred or burned area of the pan. Add liberal amounts of vinegar. You will have a messy baking soda and vinegar mix. Let it stand for 20 minutes. Rinse the pan.

Method 2. Put the pot in a heavy plastic kitchen bag (make sure that there are no holes). Put ammonia on the burned area on the pot and tie the bag so that no air gets in or out. Let the bag sit outside for a day. After a day, scrub out the mess and rinse with water.

Method 3. Submerse the pan in water and add lots of ice. Add liberal amounts of salt and swirl it around until the burnt mess is removed.

Method 4. Submerse the pot in hot water and put baking soda on the burned spots. Let the pan with baking soda sit for a day. After a day, rinse.

Method 5. Submerse the pan with 50 percent vinegar and 50 percent water for a day. Use more vinegar for chars that you feel are really difficult to remove. After a day, rinse the pot with water.

PS 2: I have no clue why I am documenting this stuff.