Tips on Travelling Light

Although going on vacation is fun and exciting, having to pack for it is anything but. There are many things you can you do to make packing for your next vacation a breeze. By implementing some of these suggestions next time you are travelling, it will make packing a lot easier and hassle free. But before reading on, be sure to purchase the best lightweight luggage you can find!

Shoes can take up a lot of space so really consider how many pairs your will need and use during your travel. Your selection of shoes is dependent on what activities you participate in, so consider what you will be doing when choosing which shoes to pack.

Placing small items in zippered compartments is a good idea because it cuts down on clutter in the main compartment of your suitcase, but also keeps the items all in one place making them easier to locate as needed. Another consideration would be to place these small items in plastic zip bags to keep them from getting lost.

Rolling thin articles of clothing allow for efficient use of space and can prevent heavy fold lines that can happen when flat folding. When rolling shirts you should fold the sleeves towards the centre before rolling. Also start to roll the garment starting at the bottom edge.

Zipping your clothes before packing can make them easier to fold in an efficient manner, and also keeps them neat by preventing additional wrinkles. Preventing heavy creases on clothing in advance can save you time on making clothing look presentable once your arrive at your destination.

Packing a bag that can be compressed can cut down on wasted space because it allows all of the space inside the bag to be used, but also allows for the bag to be pressed down to fit into smaller areas than a more solid purse would.

The number of pairs of jeans is dependent on what you will be doing during your travels and the weather as well. Jeans can be versatile, but if you’re going to attend more formal events like those surrounding a wedding or business meetings you may not need jeans at all.

It’s important to bring what items you need while travelling, but take the time to think about what you are packing and whether or not you will use it. It doesn’t do any good to pack unnecessary items, especially those items that will only take up space without being used.

When packing the bag, your should put flat folded articles of clothing towards the centre of the back and then pack the rolled garments to fill in around the edges. Smaller items can be put in zipping bags and placed in the zippered compartments of the luggage.

When packing for travel, it is important to pay attention to what will be needed and what will not. Do not make an emotional decision on an item, such as providing too many options for shoes or accessories. Take the time to pack carefully, and you will have everything you need, but none of the extra expenses of packing too much.

Dangers of using ducted heating

Ducted heating is used widely in colder climates as it quickly heats spaces while being relatively energy efficient. While it provides the benefits of adequate heating, it comes with a plethora of quite serious dangers of which users should be aware. While ducted heating itself is not essentially that dangerous, if not properly maintained and serviced, it can become a problem leading to inefficient burning of the fuels and dirty ducts, which pose safety and health risks.

The first and possibly most serious threat from ducted heating is that, if not serviced frequently, the system stops burning properly, creating carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is both odourless and colourless, which makes it a significant risk to human health. It is extremely toxic and can cause headaches, fatigue, chest pains and nausea, which can lead to unconsciousness and death. It is also extremely flammable. This means that a slow buildup of carbon monoxide can slowly suffocate you while also turning your home into an area of compressed flammable gas, which is a huge fire hazard.

Moreover, dirty or clogged ducts pose fire hazards. With dust collecting inside, along with the possibilities of animal dropping and other particles, as the pipes become hot, this debris serves as kindling to a duct fire. This can happen quite quickly and can appear unnoticeable at first, but it can lead to an extremely dangerous explosion.

The dirt which finds its way into ducted heating systems also poses risks to human health. Dust and pollen which is made up of a variety of particles, some of which are allergens, can cause illness within the house. By recirculating the dust back into the air, it can cause asthma attacks for sufferers while also increasing the likelihood of exacerbating allergies.

Equally, the possibility of animal droppings in the ducts can run the risk of inviting illness into your home. Warm, cosy ducts are the ideal place for mice to nest. While they enjoy the comfort of the heated area, their droppings and nesting material not only provide fuel for a fire but also carry diseases and illnesses which will then circulate into the house.

A further issue is an insulation. Both fibreglass and asbestos insulation are a problem. Fibreglass particles may find their way into the duct, getting caught inside, and recirculating into your lungs. As fibreglass is an irritant, it can cause a plethora of respiratory issues. Equally, though not used in new buildings anymore, asbestos was an insulator used in old houses, and many homeowners are still unaware that their homes have asbestos. This material can get into the duct and when recirculated into the air, can increase the risk of cancer.

Lastly, condensation inside the ducts can cause mould and other fungi. Mould releases spores which travel through the air, and if recirculated by the system, can land on other parts of the home, increasing the mould problem. Equally, when inhaled, spores can cause terrible illnesses in humans.

To limit the dangers of using ducted heating, it is best to have your systems serviced every two years. This will ensure that it is cleaned and functionally evaluated to ensure all safety risks are limited. That is why you should visit Snowman ducted heating service right now to be safe.

The History of the Guitar


You may be an avid guitarist, but your knowledge of the instrument may be limited to the chords and sounds it produces. Its history may elude you. The definition of a guitar may interest you as well, brought to you by Online Guitar Tab.

The guitar’s ancestors influenced its development. You may want to know how it evolved, and which instruments are similar to it.

What is a guitar?

Before delving into the history of the guitar, you must know what it is. There are similar instruments so you may want to distinguish it from them.

Professional musicians and music professors define it as having a flat back, a wooden sound board, a neck with frets, and most of the time, sides that are curved inward.

The earliest record of an instrument with similar features is a stone carving of a 3300-year-old Hittite guitar at Alaca Hyuk, Turkey.

With sides that wound inward, an almost flat back and a neck with frets, it nearly fit the definition.

The World’s Oldest Guitar 

Which is the oldest, preserved, guitar-like instrument? The answer is this three-stringed, tanbur that belonged to Har-Mose, a famous Egyptian singer during his time. Sen-Mut, the architect to then Queen Hatshepsut, employed him to entertain her court. The court buried Har-Mose close to Sen-Mut upon his death. You can see his instrument at the Archaeological Museum in Cairo.

How the guitar evolved

To know how the modern guitar came to be, you must know which instruments came before it. That will give you an idea of how its structure changed over time.

1. Bowl Harps

People in ancient Eygpt, Babylon, and Sumeria did not have the technical resources or know-how to create instruments like the guitar. They put together bowl harps using sticks and the gut strings of animals. Despite their crudeness, they served to entertain members of royal courts during the time.

2. The Tanbur

As civilizations grew and progressed, people made changes to their instruments. Ancient Sumerians and Egyptians played the tanbur, an egg-shaped instrument. Obviously, it was not similar to the guitar, which has curved-in sides. It probably developed when musicians tried to include more notes to bowl harps. They lengthened the neck to add more strings.

3. The Lute

The Spanish Moors introduced the oud to Spaniards. Unlike modern guitars, it was fretless. The lute’s neck was also shorter than its modern successors. It had a raised, vaulted back, not similar to those of modern guitars. Its peghead was angular, and it had more strings than a guitar.

Similar Instruments

The suffix “tar” in the word “guitar” is ancient Sanskrit for “string.” Many instruments played in Central Asia end with the suffix “tar”, with a prefix which shows the number of strings it has. Of course, they are all relatives of the modern guitar.

1. Dotar

A dotar, an instrument commonly found in Turkestan, has two strings. It usually plays lower notes if it is part of a string quartet, as it sounds a semitone lower than its previous tuning.

2. Sitar

A sitar, the iconic musical instrument of India, has three strings. It developed from the Persian sitar, but the Indians enhanced it and made it their own.

3. The Chartar

The chartar, which has four strings, has more versatility. It is still a feature in many Indian string quartets and can play higher notes.


The guitar has a rich history. It is portable, versatile, and remains highly popular to this day. It also has many relatives that are popular in the Middle East and Central Asia. Its ancient predecessors contributed much to the way it sounds.

Is Religion Bullshit? This guy sure as hell thinks so

“George Carlin the Mark Twain prize winner for services to comedy gives a unique insight into religion and God in this thrilling piece.”.

Many of us have different religions and beliefs, but do have an open mind when watching this video and think of his ideas!