Welcome back to my blog. You know that I am the one who always reminds you how the Internet has altered the face of the planet, all for good in my opinion. As an information and Communication technology student at the University of Zagreb, I am poised to offer my services in making the Web more accessible as a resource whatever your goal may be. Learn new things, watch videos and have fun, read opinions and keep up to date with the news. It is all part of the process of modern life.

While preparing some material for class, I was unexpectedly robbed in my own apartment. I didn’t think that I lived in a bad area of town, but now I am beginning to wonder. My friends say it can happen anywhere. You just must learn how to protect yourself. Self defense is a big subject among the students because things have happened to each and every one. Not all were life-threatening situations, but scary enough to prompt learning a martial art or getting a gun permit. I don’t want to go that far although I fear a recurrence. I can’t lock up my belongings as I need quick access to them. I am looking for a home defense weapon that isn’t a gun.

Of course, I went on the Internet to see what alternative methods were recommended and if I could buy them online. I found hundreds of articles that helped me sort through this maze in no time. I immediately rejected a number of items such as a knife, a collapsible police metal baton (gives a good conk on the head), brass knuckles (you must have the guts to use them), and tear gas (I don’t expect a riot). I can put in an alarm or just wear a small body version all the time. That doesn’t sound practical. What I liked best was pepper spray, manufactured by Mace. It is a chemical self defense spray that will knock your opponent for a loop for up to an hour. Made of chili extract and several other ingredients, it attacks the eyes and nose, causing a painful burning sensation. You can immobilize a person of any size with a quick douse to the face.

Now I know you can defend yourself without a gun. The spray, an inflammatory agent, seems appropriate for a student. I can carry it on campus at night or around the city. I can have another can on hand at home. I have checked with local authorities and have ascertained that pepper spray is completely legal. It is threatening, but doesn’t kill. I am surprised I didn’t think about this before. It is inexpensive, practical, small, and effective. Carrying it identifies you as a person assuming the worse, but after being robbed, perhaps I am. I feel safer and more secure, especially when at home. On campus, there is safety in numbers.

Embarrassing Medical Questions

Sometimes I come up with the oddest questions. I don’t always ask them directly to people as they could be embarrassing medical questions. I am interested in human behavior, ambition, and physical being. It all comes together to form an individual. It is fascinating to me how diverse we are and I want to know what accounts for it. I concentrate on cultural differences in basic practices like the way we dress, put on makeup (if you are a woman), and present ourselves to the world. For example, I have notices the vast number of ads on TV and in women’s magazines for eyelash extensions and mascara. Why this emphasis on the eyes? Is it cross cultural? I think so. It is seems to be popular worldwide from the US to the Middle East. Women love to flutter their lashes to gain attention. They find that thick, long ones make them look exotic and glamorous. Who doesn’t want that? Thus, eye makeup is a billion dollar business from a global perspective. Ladies can choose from the American, London, or Paris look. It gives them a world of choices so they never get bored with their daily routine. I am basing this opinion on observation. A friend has shared with me the fact that she wears eyelash extensions because she isn’t happy with the thin ones Mother Nature gave her.

I was a bit surprised that she gave away her cosmetic secret, but she had Eyelashes to Die For, so who cares? My curiosity has been satisfied about what women want for personal enhancement. I still had a question touching on the medical: do eyelashes grow back after eyelash extensions? In other words, does regular use of false lashes, adhesive glue, and harsh removers take a toll on your natural eyelashes? If it does, why on earth would women engage in the practice? I know some are sensitive to these lashes and the ingredients in the glue. When they pull the extensions off, they can have redness, irritation, or small bumps. Some lashes fall out. My friend said it is a matter of abuse: how often a woman uses them. If you are judicious in application of the glue and don’t leave the lashes on too long, your underlying ones will remain intact. If they do come out due to allergies, they will grow back, just like the eyebrows or the hair on your head. Some falls out every time you wash it.

If you don’t have friends to ask these oddball, quasi medical questions, the Internet is full of answers on virtually every subject. I love that about modern digital life. You can sit in the confines of your own home and search anything. In seconds you have answers, sometimes from “experts.” You will have to scroll through your search results to get the most accurate responses. You get to know the bogus sites from the legitimate ones. I would choose the Mayo Clinic, for example, over a cosmetic product site when asking my eyelash question.

AA Powerhouse

When I want to know more about something—it can be any subject—I go on line like the rest of the world. I can rely on the Internet to provide ample information from which I can glean the data I want to get. How on earth could we get by without it? My grandma used to go to the public library. She had a card and then could survey the holdings on her subject and check out a book. She would either read it then and there or take it home and spend hours scanning for relevant information. This worked well if the library had a great array of books. Not all subjects were adequately covered. She would be delighted to see that almost anything that exists as information is on the Web. She would have saved valuable time and could, instead, be home making her fabulous banana bread. I know she did like the trips to the library as a social occasion. She often encountered friends and family while there. Surfing the Internet is a lonely, solitary task.

But it works. When I wanted to find out about the best flashlight that uses AA batteries, you can bet I did so in a matter of minutes. I had purchased a huge quantity of them for my computer mouse so I thought since I needed a flashlight, it might as well use the same type. I love online investigations as I get the results I seek. I am now more knowledgeable about an LED flashlight. You bet I am going to buy it soon. Probably at a discount on a household or hunting supply website. My new AA powerhouse arrived in a matter of days. I carry it around to see how it makes its magic. You would be surprised how often you need that extra illumination. The light can be dim or nonexistent. If you need to find your car in a parking lot, this is a great help. You can read in bed, while camping, in a movie, or the garage while working on a DIY project.

The model I got was a Rayovac “Value Bright” gelly grip LED flashlight that produces five lumens of light that illuminates for a distance of up to 22 meters. I would say that is all I need for most purposes. Gelly grip means that the handle is easy to grasp. In point of fact, it molds to your hand so you won’t drop it. It is incredibly comfortable and easy to use. So, a flashlight has important considerations beyond lighting your way. Plus, this model is durable and can be dropped with incurring any damage. I have been known to have slippery hands so this is a plus. If you want super bright LED output, you can get one that will run on heavy duty AA batteries. Need I say more. I have piles of them. Beyond these features, you just need to decide on size and color.