We spend a lot of time on our feet. Even when we are not walking or standing we need our feet for driving cars or pedalling bikes. Feet seem unimportant for sleeping or sitting, until we have a problem and realize how difficult it is sit sleep with painful feet. A few tricks can reduce problems and help us care for our feet.


Foot Odour

Foot odour is an issue with some people. But solutions are often not too difficult. Soaking feet in a tub of warm but strong tea removes many problems. This dries the skin slightly, and reduces the amount of sweating. It is often only necessary to do this once per week, and the cheapest types of tea seem most effective.


Putting some bicarbonate of Soda and cornflour in the shoes also seems to help odour problems.


Cracked Feet

Heel, and occasionally other part of the feet, can become calloused and cracked. Soaking in the following mixture can all but remove the problem.

  • 2 parts warm water
  • 1 part white vinegar.
  • 1 part Listerine.


Soak feet for 20 minutes, then rub the feet with an old towel. This will remove dead skin. Moisturise afterward. Repeat treatment monthly.


Sore Feet

There are many possible reasons for this. If a particular pair of shoes causes problems you can probably narrow down the cause, and perhaps stop wearing them. Else, arch supports or toe-spaces can remove many issues. See a specialist as soon as possible, lest problems develop further.


Socks Online

Changing the type of socks worn can make a significant difference. Cotton sock let the foot breathe more, and also soak up some moisture; these can be idea for summer. The downside is that they are not as warm and tend to wear out quickly. Sock are cheaper than dealing with foot issues. Buy plenty of comfortable summer and winter socks, and spend your time on important issues rather than minor foot irritants.






The carbon footprint of a process or manufactured item is rather like the joke about statistics being worse than lies. The statistical figures are accurate, but may leave the reader with a very misleading impression.


Carbon footprints refer to the amount of greenhouse gas (CO2) produced by any manufacturing process.  For calculation purposes this process is extended to include all transport involved, both for raw materials and delivery of the final products. Ideally the carbon footprint figure reflects the total amount of greenhouse gasses emitted by the time the product reaches the consumer.


Of course this can be misleading. It is quite possible for two products to have used the same amount of CO2 and other gasses during manufacture, only for one of those products produce more gas through regular use. The carbon footprint is an accurate number, but it only looks at the problems created by item production, not by item use. This need to be considered when looking at environmental impact.


An example of this would be different cars. A large amount of CO2 is created when manufacturing the cars, but a car that is cheaper to run, uses less fuel, and emits less pollution, would be far preferable in environmental terms.


Another consideration is Carbon footprint compared to a product’s lifespan. A product that lasts longer is usually preferable to a similar product that has to be replaced; there will be more CO2 produce in manufacturing the replacement. Of course, this is complicated by products becoming obsolete over time, and the fact that they may produce pollution in regular use. A chair that last for 20 years is better than a chair that only lasts 5. But a computer that lasts 20 years is of little advantage as it will be considered obsolete and in need of replacement long before the 20 years is up. It will also produce CO2 through the electricity it uses.


People often consider recycling to be a good thing, but this issue can be complicated. The recycling process can often produce more CO2; even the transportation of the recycled products is a factor.


The GHG footprint (Greenhouse Gas footprint) includes gasses other than CO2, giving a better estimate of the impact a manufacturing process has. Another method is the LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) which tries to include all the environmental impact a product will have from before it is manufactured to after it is disposed of.




Respectable paying careers that don’t require degrees

Pilot – you need to pass several tests that require a fair degree of intelligence, and you need excellent eyesight. But if you are suited to this type of work that shouldn’t pose a problem. Commercial licenses and transport pilot licences require 200 or 1500 hours of flight time respectively.


Crane and life operators- Well paid for construction work, which is always in some demand and the fifth highest industry in Australia. This requires working at heights, a high risk work licence and a traineeship.


Mining – Some of the higher positions require degrees, but there are many high paying positions that are suited to those who are able to tolerate extreme conditions and are physically fit and strong.


Entrepreneurs – This may be the only field where the less qualified earn more than the over qualified, but there is no way to be sure of anything in this field.  There is no way of ever knowing how many entrepreneurs failed, but it must be a large majority. The successful may become billionaires, but that is only a handful. The field requires a lot of creativity, marketing sense, perseverance, ability to read people, and several personal attributes that nobody has a name for.


Best Degrees for Well Paid Careers.

Petroleum engineering –

Actuarial Maths –

Nuclear engineering

Chemical engineering

Electronics/computing/communication engineering.

Because all these things will be constantly expanding in the future.


Career Paths that are Fast Becoming Obsolete, or less in demand.

  • Travel agent – Because the average person does this online.
  • Switchboard Operator – because it is almost entirely automated.
  • Semiconductor processor – technology and computers increase, but automation means there are fewer people needed for this work.
  • Door-to-Door salesperson – It all online.
  • Mail carrier- automated sorting, delivery companies and drones will replace most of this.
  • Reporting- for all the education this requires there are fewer jobs, and average pay.
  • Typists, secretaries and word processors – Because IT specialist and managers can type themselves. Personal assistants may still be useful.

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A Little More Motivation a Little More Action, Please. Part 2

Getting Out of a Depressed Rut

This is one of the lousiest things to deal with. It is one of the few time in life where I might recommend lowering your standards, and just encourage you to get tasks done for the sake of some satisfaction. It might be better to enjoy the process, but you can’t when you are depressed. Depression will pass, and connecting with other people will help. Cleaning your house and sorting out daily habits also helps, and means you will wake up to a much better life when you do feel motivated again.


Having too many goals will cause you problems. But having one seemingly unachievable large goal is also a problem for motivation. Having a few small goals that can give you a sense of achievement, and a larger task that can be subdivided into smaller pieces for a sense of progress, is probably the best compromise.


Smile. Even if you don’t feel great the action actually has a positive effect on your mood. Try holding a pencil between your teeth. This seems to have the same effect. Eating healthy food is essential. Processed food seems to connect to so many mental illnesses; eliminate this possibility. And avoid stimulants as these tend to have bad ‘comedown’ effect a few hours later.


Listen to positive music and watch the occasional positive film. Watching a superhero overcome an impossible obstacle does a lot for motivation. Do exercise, and try to wake up as early as possible. Getting up late makes you feel the day is half over and the glass is half full. Getting up early, watching cartoons like we did as children, and realizing you have a whole day to get things done can change many mindsets.


Insolvable problems:

This is where motivation overlaps with other problems. It’s partly effort, partly the fact that the answer to the situation eludes us. If there is a deadline this can be extremely stressful. Even if not, we aren’t fully right till we have the answer. Thinking outside the box, realizing the problem does not exist in isolation but is part of the whole interacting cosmos, will help. Our minds tend to divide things into different categories and subjects; but the world is not necessarily divided that way. Try looking at a problem from different angles; try doing something unrelated to the problem and let your unconscious mind do some work. And remember that you may be asking the wrong question. A new problem may not be solved by a traditional method. Remind yourself to be habit breaking.


Motivation is getting things done. It should not be confused with knowing what to do; though sometimse both of these problems occur at once. Deciding what to do is important; you need to know what to do before you start putting in the effort.


All that being said, never make important decisions in a hurry, or while tired or frustrated. Sometimes it is better to get a solid night’s sleep before attempting something that need’s your full attention. Writing ideas down before bed and reviewing them in the morning will give you some perspective on the mixed nature of tired, stressed thought. Tired thinking is unconventional, yielding creative ideas that can be equally inspired or impractical. You are in a good position to judge this when you cease to be tired. Make decision when you are thinking clearly; do the labour when it has to be done.




There is a thinner boundary than expected between a person’s mind and their environment. It varies with the emotional sensitivity of the individual, but the environment affects our way of thinking. We care less about order and honest in a disorganized environment. We might continue to be honest of our own volition, but we don’t feel the same as when we are in an organized situation.


Some studies have shown that people are less honest when they are in an area that is littered and covered in graffiti. An untidy house appears to have a similar effect, even as the mess is our own. We might know we are supposed to be honest, especially in tidy surroundings, but the idea seems less relavent when we are buried in a mess. And is we are inclined to be dishonest with ourselves in such an environment we may cause ourselves some severe confusion.


It is not unusual for depressed people to be negligent when it comes to tidying the house. But this may well lead to a downward spiral. The untidy environment discourages them from caring; part of this lack of caring is not trying to sort themselves out, and part of this ties to the fact that they don’t feel they have to be honest with themselves. Truth is coherent. When we live in an incoherent world we stop caring about making ourselves coherent; we don’t care about contradictions and we don’t try to sort is all out.


We tend to sense the way behaviour overlaps in different aspects of our life. If a person has a messy house it is hard to believe they are a meticulous accountant who pays their tax on time. Maybe a few people do have this contradictory nature, but there are more individuals who once had it altogether only to let it slide over time. Tidying the house would be the first step to getting back on track.


Cleaning your environment is a way of gaining mastery of yourself. The individual doesn’t feel as helpless, and they become better at managing their life and emotions.


Home Cleaning

Professional home cleaners are great at looking after the details and maintaining a household’s upkeep. If an individual can keep their bookshelves in order the professional cleaner is there to do the dusting. But even when somebody else is helping clean house the individual life feels better for it.