Woodheater glass cleaning

The glass of woodheater was very very dirty. I cleaned it using wet pieces of paper dipped in the wood ash I had taken out of the woodheater. How does this work so well? Wood ash is alkaline so it acts like soap on the glass with just enough abrasion to get into the thicker layers on the glass. After about 15 minutes that glass looked like new. Zero dollars spent.

A bad leader gets worse

For the past weeks, the NSW (still) premier Berejiklian has made big announcements about the vaccination rate in NSW. She tried to sell this to the public as her achievement, while the daily cases went from hundreds to well over 1000. It was Berejiklian who imposed a lockdown way too late and thereby the NSW crisis started. She even ridiculed others who quickly and timely decided for lockdowns as a means to stop virus spread.

The sudden and dramatic increase in vaccination rate in NSW is to a large extent a result of fear among the public in view of the large number of new infections per day. It is certainly not a success for Berejiklian.

The late NSW lockdown is nothing but a consequence of involving the business lobby directly or indirectly in the government decision making process. And we all know how close the liberal government is to business. Lockdown is bad for business and no-lockdown is bad for the health of the population and ultimately bad for the nation.


A big solar radio burst

Solar radio bursts are short duration radio wave emissions from the sun’s surface usually coinciding with coronal mass ejection events (disturbances on the sun’s surface). These bursts are like a radio transmitter on the sun and the signal can well be received on earth. In fact, unlike terrestrial radio, the solar radio bursts cover a wide spectrum of frequencies from UHF down to HF (shortwave). Solar radio bursts are relatively rare. Now, with the onset of a new solar cycle (# 25) they occur more frequently and the above image shows such an event recorded by a solar observatory in Australia on 26th August, 2021 at about 23:22 UTC (GMT).