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Fire-resistant bags are the latest hoverboard accessory

HovervaultAfter fires, explosions, recalls and bans, it seems like owning a hoverboard is just testing fate. If you must, at least take some precautions.

Aiming to give hoverboard-owners a little more peace of mind, an Australian company has built the Hovervault, a product it’s marketing as a fire-resistant bag that will prevent a malfunctioning hoverboard from burning your house down. Designed to allow users to charge their hoverboard in the bag, as well as transport it, it claims to add an extra level of protection…...read more

 

 

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Oil Painting: Solvents and Resins by Vijay Kanth

by: Vijay Kanth
The properties of the various solvents and resins used in an oil painting

Solvents are added to oil paints for temporary change, they are designed to work in a way such that they evaporate consistently and completely as the oil paint dries. (Technically, the more correct term is diluents, as not all are solvents, but it’s not the term very commonly used.) Solvents are also used to soften resins, making mediums, cleaning up, and also for cleaning brushes. It is very essential to use solvents in a well-ventilated room and you need to remember that they are flammable (catch fire easily).

Turpentine is the traditional solvent used in the oil painting. It’s actually based on tree resin and has a very fast evaporation rate, releasing harmful vapors. It could also be absorbed through healthy skin. Try using only artist quality turpentine as the industrial variety you will find in hardware stores probably contains impurities; it needs to be colorless, like water. It is also known as spirit of turpentine, oil of turpentine, genuine turpentine, English turpentine, distilled turpentine; double rectified turpentine, or even simply turps.

Mineral spirits is based on pure petroleum and has a moderate evaporation rate, releasing harmful vapors. It is not absorbed through healthy skin like turpentine. Mineral spirits is less expensive than turpentine. Mineral spirits is a stronger solvent than odorless mineral spirits, also called as white spirits.

Odorless mineral spirits is based on petroleum and has a reasonable evaporation rate. It is again not absorbed through healthy skin. It’s quite expensive than normal mineral spirits as it has had some of the harmful perfumed solvents removed. Good brands include Turpenoid, Thin-ex, and Gamsol.

Tip: Test the quality of a solvent by putting a little on a drop of paper and to let it evaporate. If it doesn’t leave any resident, stain, or smell, it needs to be good enough for oil painting.

Resins are used to increase the shine of oil paint, reduce the color, reduce drying time of a medium, and add body to drying oils. The most used one is a natural resin known as Damar that should be mixed with turpentine as it would not thoroughly dissolve when mixed with mineral spirits. Damar could also be used as a varnish.

 

Work From Home In 2016: The Top 100 Companies For Remote Jobs

(Nick Keppol/Flickr)As technology gives us the freedom to work from anywhere, more and more people are prizing the ability to do so.

Many companies are responding with flexible work schedules, and seeming to acknowledge the trend, the Department of Labor just announced that in 2017 it will resume its contingent workforce survey, which was last conducted in 2005.

FlexJobs, an online service devoted to listing telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time and freelance work opportunities, is a prime resource for the segment of the workforce in search of such opportunities..read more

Consent makes you better at sex

Sexy-consentNever take sex advice from George Lawlor. The 19-year-old Warwick University student made headlines in October when, after receiving a Facebook invite to a campus event titled “I Heart Consent,” he wrote an essay for The Tab Warwick about why he didn’t “need” consent education. He included an image of him holding a sign that read “This is not what a rapist looks like.”

While the essay sparked a massive online debate as to whether or not Lawlor was, indeed, what a rapist looked like (hint: a rapist is defined by their actions, not their appearance) or whether the young man needs consent education (um, obviously), rarely did the conversation include why else one might want to practice consent in the sack…….read more

 

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