A Detailed Look at the Nissan Leaf

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Posted by JR Olson | Posted in Alternative Fuel Vehicles | Posted on 30-06-2016

For those who don’t know, the Leaf is Nissan’s first electrically powered vehicle, and it is fun and comfortable to drive. Released back in 2010, the Nissan Leaf is a gem; it’s what you can call “Nissan’s electric brainchild.” Let’s take a look at what this amazing car has to offer.

Features

There are countless amazing features that come standard on the Nissan Leaf. For starters, the car is extremely efficient. This doesn’t mean that it is efficient only because of its electric motor. It also comes with regenerative brakes, a smooth aerodynamic body, and LED headlights, which are perhaps the Leaf’s most outstanding feature. Why? For the simple reason that they don’t even use half the energy that is consumed by traditional headlights.

Most interestingly, the Leaf gets substantially more mileage for every kilowatt, and it comes with a home charging dock that allows you to refuel it right in the comfort of your home. There’s no need for you to worry about waiting in long lines at the gas station anymore. A major reason why the Nissan Leaf has acquired such immense popularity is because it helps you bid farewell to expensive tune-ups and oil changes. There are fewer moving parts, which proves that the Leaf truly is low maintenance.

A Few Facts

The Leaf can communicate with your cell phone. You heard that right—the Leaf has the potential to communicate with your cell phone through an email system that is basically meant to manage its charging system. This means that when the batteries are charged, you will receive an email notification.

It is made from recycled water bottles. Seriously, a full 60 percent of the plastic in the Leaf’s interior is made out of recycled material—used water bottles in particular. The best part is that at the end of its lifecycle, 99 percent of the Leaf can be recycled.

The Leaf has Lithium-ion batteries, which come with a 100,000 mile, 8-year warranty. The batteries are recyclable as well, considering that no chemical changes occur in Lithium with the passage of time.

A General Overview

The car is nothing short of a miracle. Although it has a rather modernistic look, it is rather conventional in terms of driving. The Leaf is one of the most silent cars available on the market, so you won’t hear a single unwanted noise out of it. No matter what speed you are driving at, the Leaf tends to remain on the quiet side.

As a whole, the Nissan Leaf is extremely easy to drive and comes with a sturdy pick-up. Its pick-up time has been claimed to be around 0 to 62 mph in 11.5 seconds, which is impressive. Its electric motor provides excellent torque, which makes it run like the wind as soon as you hit the accelerator. The Leaf’s steering has been given a tad bit of weight, but that is meant to provide security to the driver and passengers when the vehicle is being driven at faster speeds.

All in all, this is an amazing car to drive, and if you want to have an “out-of-this-world” driving experience, then the Nissan Leaf is meant for you.

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Marv Hector writes on car repair, car modification, car mechanics, auto accidents, safe driving, traffic law and other kindred subjects.

All About Bamboo Fishing Poles

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Posted by JR Olson | Posted in Green Living, Shopping And Product Reviews | Posted on 29-06-2016

Most modern fishing is done with expensive and occasionally complex rods and reels. While that works just fine most of the time, that’s not how it was always done. Even in this day and age, many people can’t afford modern fishing rods and other sophisticated equipment. The good news is that such equipment is not necessary for successful fishing. Many people forgo the fancy reels and use simple cane fishing rods made from bamboo.

About Bamboo Fishing Poles

Bamboo is an incredibly strong yet flexible material that lends itself well to cane fishing. It has enough give to bend when there’s a large fish on your line, but it is also strong enough not to break in such circumstances. Bamboo cane poles are also much easier to make, mostly because they’re so simple. They’re composed of a stick of bamboo roughly 10 feet long (although longer or shorter poles can be used) and a fishing line tied to the pole in an arbor knot close to where the grip would be.

The only drawback to bamboo fishing poles is that the bamboo itself needs to be maintained, something that can take some work for those who are used to graphite rods. Too much moisture will warp a bamboo fishing pole, so experts recommend wiping it down with a dry cotton cloth after it is used. It should also be kept someplace dry when in storage.

Using a Bamboo Cane Fishing Pole

Cane fishing requires a different technique than reel fishing, since there is no reel to speak of. There is no drag system, and the amount of line you have to pull in never changes. You also need to fight the fish by raising the rod tip, although you may need to lower the tip closer to the water if you’ve hooked a particularly large fish. This can be tricky for those who are more used to reeling in fish, but once you get the hang of it, the fight becomes simpler. You also don’t need to worry much about your pole breaking; bamboo is very strong and can withstand the weight of most fish.

There are three kinds of ways to fish with a bamboo cane pole. The first is to use a cork placed no more than three feet above the hook. The cork floats on the surface of the water and acts as a bobber when a fish is on the hook. When the cork sinks down, it means there is something on your hook, and you should pull it up.

The second method of fishing with a bamboo cane pole is with a loose line. This is ideal for shallower water that is very still. No cork is used, so you will have to feel for any fish on your line.

Finally, tight-line fishing is intended for deeper water. Like loose-line fishing, tight-line fishing doesn’t rely on a cork, but it can be used in busy water as well as in silent and still water. Since the line is closer to the bottom of the water, it is an excellent method for catching catfish.

Bamboo fishing poles may seem old-fashioned, but they are still popular among fishing purists. The poles themselves are simpler and easy to use, and although the bamboo requires extra care, the poles themselves are perfect for those who don’t have a lot of money to spend on expensive fishing equipment.

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Winston Kenmore enjoys fishing, hiking, camping, hunting, surfing, playing competitive sports and keeping a healthy lifestyle in general. Readers who share a passion for fishing should visit the Nueltin Fly-in Lodges to further their interest.

Tools and Utensils Required for a Pedicure

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Posted by JR Olson | Posted in Fashion & Accessories | Posted on 29-06-2016

Who doesn’t love a pedicure? After a long day, a cold winter or a hard hike, nothing’s better than sitting back in one of those salon massage chairs, soaking your feet in hot water and closing your eyes as your feet are rubbed and exfoliated.

But for a lot of us, going to the spa for a pedicure on a regular basis isn’t realistic. We’re either too busy (it’s a time-consuming splurge!) or can’t afford the high costs associated with taking care of our feet. Instead, we are forced to do our own pedicures at home. Read on for the how-to on giving yourself the best at-home pedicure, from tools you need to techniques you should apply.

Gather Necessary Materials

For the perfect pedicure, you’ll need nail clippers, a nail file, nail polish remover, cuticle cream, an exfoliating brush or loofah, lotion and nail polish (optional). All of these you can purchase at your local grocery store or cosmetics counter and can be very basic. Don’t worry about spending a lot of money on a fancy loofah or moisturizer; anything will do. You’ll also want a tub of warm water to soak your feet in and perhaps some soft music to relax to.

Trim and Shape

You’ll want to start by trimming and shaping your nails. Soak your toes for a few minutes first, and then start on one foot. First, remove any old nail polish. Then begin by trimming down long toenails and gently filing the nail into your preferred shape. Also file in one motion, starting at one corner of the nail and dragging the file to the other then beginning again with the first corner. Filing in a back-and-forth motion can tear the nail. When you finish with one foot, re-submerge it for another soaking and repeat the process on the next foot.

Bathe and Exfoliate

Let your feet soak for about 10-20 minutes, allowing dead skin to soften. You can add a few drops of moisturizing oils to the water if desired. Once you’ve soaked, it’s time to exfoliate. Grab your loofah and lather it up with a soap of your choice, and gently begin working on your feet, massaging the loofah from your heels to your toes to back up and around the ankles.

You can also use an exfoliating scrub if you’d like, massaging it around the toes, removing all dead skin. When you’ve finished, dry your feet with a soft towel and apply cuticle cream at the base of your toenails. Let the cream soak for a bit, and then very gently push back your cuticles with a cuticle pusher.

Moisturize and Paint

Once your cuticles have been pushed back and your feet exfoliated, you’re ready for moisturizer. Choose a scented lotion that you like, and massage the lotion into your feet and your legs. Moisturizer is essential as it helps protect the skin from drying and cracking. Massages also help keep the nerve endings in your feet become stimulated, which improves blood circulation. Who knew, a pedicure is enjoyable and good for your health!

Once you’ve thoroughly applied your moisturizer, you’re ready to paint your toes if you desire. Start at the base of each toe and apply color by swiping the brush upwards in smooth strokes, working from one side of the toes to the other. Make sure each layer of polish has completely dried before applying the next.

Repeat the pedicure process regularly–and show off your happy toes!

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Kyle Johnson is a fashion fanatic who writes on manicures, pedicures, hair styles, fashion trends, fashion accessories and other similar topics; readers looking to maintain a stylish appearance should take a peek at an elegant pedicure chair from a reputable outfit.