How to make DEET-free mosquito repellant from Essential Oils and iso-propyl alcohol

It’s already common knowledge that you can make your own baby and sensitive skin friendly Aedes Aegypti Mosquito repellant (Deer, 2016, February 7) from essential oils. Very useful given the high price of DEET based mosquito repellant in supermarket as this picture I took in Hi-Lo Supermarket clearly shows.

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Also a very necessary defense against the dreaded Zika Virus, now linked to microcephaly in babies, Zika myelitis (Deer, 2016, March 11) and Guillain-Barré syndrome.

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Given the fact that Mosquito Repellent Laundry Soap and the Blue Power Castile Soap cannot stop the Aedes Aegypti mosquito (Deer, 2016, May 26) that carries the Zika Virus, protectin that’s gentler than DEET and stays longer on the skin is needed.

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So are there any alternatives to Blue Power Castile Soap or DEET that won’t leave me smelling like lemongrass or irritate blistered skin?

How to make you own DEET free Repellant – Longer lasting and sweet smelling

First gather the following ingredients:

  • Castor oil
  • Catnip Oil
  • Citronella Oil
  • Clove oil
  • Garlic oil
  • Geranium
  • iso-propyl alcohol
  • Lemongrass oil
  • Neem oil
  • Pimento oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Soy Oil

To make the repellant, simply blend the dried ingredients above in pure iso-propyl alcohol, white rum or even vodka (Loop News, 2016, January 25) to an emulsion-like puree. Then leave to seep for at least two (2) days. After it’s done seeping, strain using an ultra fine mesh cloth, keeping the puree to make more later.

The alcohol suspension of essential oils is highly concentrated and the active ingredients Neem Oil and Citronella Oil will repel most mosquitoes for at least three (3) hours after application. This as the other oils lower the boiling point, making the mixture stay around far longer than Blue Power Castile Soap and giving the active ingredients a more pleasant fragrance.

Best of all, it won’t irritate the skin. Sharing is caring so share this with your friends today.

References:

  1. Loop News. (2016, January 25). How to make your own mosquito repellent. Retrieved from http://www.loopjamaica.com/content/loop-beauty-how-make-your-own-mosquito-repellent
  2. Deer, L. (2016, February 7). How to make non-DEET Mosquito Repellant and learn to love Zika Virus. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2016/02/non-DEET-Mosquito-Repellant-love-Zika-Virus.html
  3. Deer, L. (2016, March 11). How the Zika Virus now connected to Microcephaly, acute myelitis and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2016/03/Zika-Virus-Microcephaly-acute-myelitis-Guillain-Barre-syndrome-jamaica.html
  4. Deer, L. (2016, May 26). Why the Blue Power Mosquito Repellent Laundry Soap and Castile Soap cannot stop Zika Virus. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2016/05/blue-power-mosquito-repellent-Castile-soap.html

How Miitomo is becoming a Ghost town as Pokemon Go Field Testing had begun

Miitomo, Nintendo’s Mobile social Network that launched with 1 million users (Deer, 2016, March 26) in three (3) days, is not on its deathbed.

How Miitomo is becoming a Ghost town as Pokemon Go Field Testing had begun

This is after only two (2) months out in the wild, with data from a SurveyMonkey Intelligence report (Perez, 2016, May 27) suggesting the churn rate of the app is 50%. Simply put, 50% of people who originally downloaded the game the first week didn’t open and play it the following week.

This is terrible especially when the weekly activity stats for the Miitomo Social Network is compared to other popular apps like Candy Crush Jelly Saga and Clash of Titans.

  • 20% weekly churn rate for Clash of Titans
  • 23% weekly churn rate for Candy Crush Jelly Saga
  • 48% weekly churn rate for Miitomo

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The number of users actively engaging in the app has also dropped considerably for the peak of 10 million unique users worldwide in May 2016:

  • 22% of peak users for Clash of Titans
  • 32% of peak users for Clash of Titans
  • 74% of peak users for Miitomo

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This translates to about 2.5 million active users. Clearly Nintendo just launched Miitomo to fill a gap and didn’t intend it to be a serious Mobile Social Network. If they’d upgraded it with Nintendo Avatar characters (Deer, 2016, March 7) and made it into a Mobile Social Game, then it would have a much higher level of engagement.

Still, I’m sitting patiently and awaiting the real game from Nintendo, that being Pokemon Go (Deer, 2016, March 7), now that testing has started in the Japan, Australia, New Zealand and now the US of A (CNET News, 2016, May 25) and may soon come to the Caribbean.

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2016, March 7). How Pokemon Go field testing going Global might include Jamaica. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/how-pokemon-go-field-testing-going-global-might-include-jamaica/
  2. Deer, L. (2016, March 26). How Nintendo’s Miitomo Social Gaming Network amassed 1 million users in 3 days. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/03/26/how-nintendos-Miitomo-social-gaming-network-amassed-1-million-users-in-3-days/
  3. CNET News. (2016, May 25).  Pokemon Go US beta begins, battle mechanics detailed. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/news/pokemon-go-us-beta-begins-battle-mechanics-detailed/
  4. Perez, S. (2016, May 27). Nintendo’s first mobile game Miitomo is turning into a ghost town. Retrieved from http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/26/nintendos-first-game-Miitomo-is-turning-into-a-ghost-town/

 

How Pac-Man 256 game coming to Xbox, PlayStation, PC’s and Steam June 21

Pac-Man 256 (Deer, 2015, September 29), the endless runner-styled action game, is coming exclusively via digital channels to Xbox Live, the PlayStation Network, PC’s and Steam (Cowan, 2016, May 23) on Tuesday June 21st, 2016.

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Developer Hipster Whale was inspired to make the Pac-Man 256 for iOS and Android by a glitch (Deer, 2015, September 29) present in the original Pac-Man arcade game from 1980.

This latest iteration of Pac-Man 256 will include a four (4) person multiplayer mode to tackle Pac-Man‘s infamous kill screen by gobbling up pellets and killing ghosts, scoring and running from the apocalyptic, glitch filled doom chasing right behind them.

Check out the trailer for Pac-Man 256!

The trailer reveals that Pac Man 256b will have:

  • Multiple maze layouts and tile sets
  • Unlockable skins

The skins, inspired by series entries like Pac-Mania and Pac-Man Championship Edition, add a nostalgic air to the console versions of the game. Points earned by all four (4) players feed into a shared score during each game, making it necessary to work as a team to achieve point-boosting combos and chains.

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Developer Hipster Whale had previously released Crossy Road, another hit, addictive smartphone-optimized control game that awarded skilled players with bonus unlockables over the course of gameplay.

Hopefully the Pac Man 256 game on Xbox Live, the PlayStation Network, PC’s and Steam with its additional set of challenges can live up the hype that the Mobile Game has generated.

Here’s the link:

Pac Man 256 on Apple iTunes Store

Pac Man 256 on Google Play Store

References:

  1. Cowan, D. (2016, May 23). ‘Pac-Man 256’ heads to consoles with bonus multiplayer mode in June. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/pac-man-256-hits-consoles-pcs-in-june/
  2. Deer, L. (2015, September 29). Why Pac-Man 256 Endless Runner is more addictive than Candy Crush Saga. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/why-pac-man-256-endless-runner-is-more-addictive-than-candy-crush-saga/

 

 

How the Mathpix helps solve handwritten Mathematics Problems

Humans, it seems, are so lazy, they’ll make an App to do anything that they find unpleasant.

Yet another App that can solve Mathematics called Mathpix (Lumb, 2016, May 19) exists. This App, available free for download only for the Apple iPhone, is now a friend to anyone toting a Smartphone and holding a grudge against mathematics.

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There is already another App called PhotoMath App (Deer, 2014, October 29) from Microblink, a company that specializes in Banking Security. They made is as a way to demonstrate their OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology used for securely reading cheques.

So how does Mathpix improve upon the PhotoMath App? 

Mathpix solves Handwritten Math Problems – Dream of a free TI-84 Graphics Calculator fulfilled

Created by Stanford PhD student Nico Jimenez with assistance from Stanford grad student Paul Ferrell and High School students Michael Lee and August Trollback, it claims to be the first App to visually recognize and solve handwritten math problems. Here’s a demonstration of the Mathpix App in action as shown on Mr. Jimenez YouTube channel.

The Mathpix App reminds me of my BlueFox project (Deer, 2011, February 13) I was working on at Glenmuir High School back in 1996. Back then, I had the crazy idea of writing a computer program using Turbo Pascal to create a Graphics calculator program that could work on a regular computer.

I partially succeeded, as it was able to solve and graph Quadratic Equations, but It couldn’t do high order polynomials or integrals. So personally, it feels good that twenty (20) years later, the idea has finally being brought to life by Nico Jimenez and his team.

Recognizing handwritten problems (Singleton, 2016, May 20) may be the advantage over the PhotoMath App, which can only recognize printed math problems or problems written properly in block capitals. The interface is also a lot more familiar, looking like a typical camera interface just before you take a picture. Simply point, Aim and solve.

You still need to write your equation properly, as it won’t be able to decipher your chicken scratch writing. However, like the PhotoMath App, it’ll give you the answer with step-by-step instructions on how to solve it and display graphs and charts when a graphical solution is required. A lot of math problems, such a Third order differentials, integration and solving polynomials with powers higher than two (2) require more computing muscle than the Smartphone can produce.

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To this ends, the Mathpix App taps into a Server to solve more mathematically demanding problems, making having an Internet connection necessary.  Due to my prediction of a high demand for this Mathpix App, it’ll eventually come to Google Android sonnet than later; right now it’s Summer, so few students want to hear anything math related.

Come September 2016, this App on your smartphone will make buying a TI-84 Graphics calculator completely unnecessary, saving Jamaicans money on getting specialized graphics calculators.

Here’s the link

Mathpix on the Apple iTunes Store

Mathpix Website

References

  1. Deer, L. (2011, February 13). IBM and the Watson. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/ibm-watson/
  2. Deer, L. (2014, October 29). How Microblink’s PhotoMath App Solves Algebraic Math Equations and makes Online Banking Safer. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/10/microblink-photomath-solves-algebraic.html
  3. Lumb, D. (2016, May 19). Point your phone at an equation and Mathpix will solve it. Retrieved from http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/19/point-your-phone-at-an-equation-and-Mathpix-will-solve-it/
  4. Singleton, M. (2016, May 20). Mathpix will solve handwritten math equations for you. Retrieved from http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2016/5/20/11723200/Mathpix-will-solve-handwritten-math-equations-for-you

 

How Motorola Razr making an Android comeback at Lenovo Tech World

Looks like the Motorola Razr is back!

After having been a successful product back in 2004, when it was launched, with 130 million units were sold in total. Google had purchased them (Deer, 2011, August 13) back in August 2011 only to sell Motorola to Lenovo (Kastrenakes, 2014, January 29) in January 2014.

Well, the Motorola Razr is set for a comeback on Thursday June 9th 2016 (Lai, 2016, May 20) at the Lenovo Tech World as per this teaser video of how it felt back in the 90’s to be rockin’ this phone back in 2005.

The Tech show will ooze with nostalgic Gen X’ers and Millennials trying out this vintage product returned from the dead, most likely in the original clamshell (Sivanandan, 2016, May 20) form factor. The rumoured Motorola Razr may also be running a scaled down version of Google Android (McMah, 2016, May 21), possible paired via Bluetooth with the Moto X device.

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This will be somewhat like the WiMe Talkase (Deer, 2014, November 9), allowing you to receive calls without having to back out your expensive precious in public. One thing for sure, with Maria Sharapova might want to dust off her old Motorola Razr.

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If this smartphone makes a comeback, the Moto X smartphones (Deer, 2015, August 3) will find themselves demoted to second place at their own show. This may indeed be, the Christmas gift for 2016 many have been waiting to give that special one to rekindle the nostalgia of what it meant to be cool in the 90’s.

So once again….Hello Moto!

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2011, August 13). Google Acquires Motorola Mobility – Weapon of Choice in the IP and Set Top Box Wars. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/google-acquires-motorola-mobility/
  2. Deer, L. (2014, November 9). How WiMe’s Talkase Kickstarter indicates Bluetooth Micro-SIM Phone Smartwatch Device Trend. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/11/wimes-talkase-kickstarter-why-bluetooth.html
  3. Deer, L. (2015, August 3). Motorola launches Moto smartphones to challenge the Apple iPhone 6S. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/motorola-launches-moto-smartphones/
  4. Kastrenakes, J. (2014, January 29). Google sells Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. Retrieved from http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/29/5358620/lenovo-reportedly-buying-motorola-mobility-from-google
  5. Lai, R. (2016, May 20). Motorola’s legendary RAZR flip phone is making a comeback. Retrieved from http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/20/moto-razr-flip-phone-teaser/
  6. McMah, L. (2016, May 21). Motorola hints at return of Razr phone next month. Retrieved from http://www.news.com.au/technology/gadgets/mobile-phones/motorola-hints-at-return-of-razr-phone-next-month/news-story/1e15fbc89107b25330cc3ab486e40d12

Sivanandan, A. (2016, May 20). New Motorola RAZR Arriving On June 9? Retrieved from http://www.ibtimes.com/new-motorola-razr-ar