Daily Archives: August 5, 2009

In the 21st century, the center of religion and religious thought will likely be Africa

Why? Shifting demographics is the main reason. As this article, Conceptual Trends and Current Topics, points out,

“The centers of the church’s universality [are] no longer in Geneva, Rome, Athens, Paris, London, New York, but Kinshasa, Buenos Aires, Addis Ababa, and Manila.”

Likewise, with the decline in birthrate in the “canonical Muslim” countries now. It goes without saying that this will have a major affect on the world. What religious leaders in those emerging regions think now will likely be how the rest of the religious world thinks towards the middle and end of the century.


How to fix/revive your dishwasher

I am writing this for anyone who feels their dishwasher is dying or about to die and who has no little or no knowledge of dishwashers. It might help.

I have a Bosch dishwasher. It is about 5 years old. Interestingly, it has four buttons for settings like “extra hot” and a knob — a timer, really — to set it. The knob is actually not digital but analog.

Recently it started making terrible grinding noises. Furthermore, it would not drain properly. Water would come in ok, but when it came time to draining, it has a problem. Plus the dishes would often come out dirty. I thought: rats! I need to get a new one. Instead, I did the following:

— Drained the water. You must do this. If you don’t, eventually you will get mold in your dishwasher. You don’t want that. For one thing, it is gross. For another, it might lead to other problems. So drain your dishwasher and hand dry it with towels.
— Cleaned out the drain area. This should be obvious if you have a clog. Also, don’t put dishes with lots of small things left on them, like rice. That’s often asking for trouble. Wipe them off first.
— Called a plumber. This didn’t help much, actually. In fact, by the time he came, the problem started to improve! He did teach me one thing though…
— Poured white vinegar in the dishwasher. If you have any clogging in the dishwasher (likely from soap), this will help dissolve the clog without damaging the dishwasher. (I don’t think you should use a strong declogging agent like Mr Plumber.) Pour in the vinegar in an emply dishwasher without soap and then run it like a regular load.
— Started using liquid soap. I was using a cheap powder and this may have led to clogging. Also, I heard that those all in ones lead to clogging. I have been using liquid soap for some time now and I find it works better.
— Fixed my soap cup. Mine was broken, and I think this lead to problems with when soap entered the machine and led to problems. By fixing the cup — really, just adjusting the spring that opened the cup door at the right time — my dishes started getting cleaner.
— Powered off the dishwasher. Yes, that’s right. Alot of these dishwashers have microchips in them. I am not sure about mine, but mine seemed “confused” about where in the wash cycle it was in. After powering off the dishwasher, the confusion went away. I believe it actually reset the chips. I could be totally out to lunch here, but try it.

Now, this will not always fix your dishwasher. Before this one, I had an old one that also broke down. When my repair man came over, he looked at the computer board and it was black. It had overheated and fried itself. The cost of fixing it was so much, buying a new dishwasher made sense.

The Homeless and the Internet –

You might not believe that the homeless need access to the Internet. You might think it is a luxury for them. I thought that, but now I think the opposite. While it may not be the best way to help them rise from the streets, it certainly is a good way. The Internet gives them the ability to stay in touch with people and not become even more isolated. It allows them to apply for jobs. It helps them learn and develop skills. It gives them purpose.

There may be more essential things the homeless need besides the Internet. But it’s more important than you or I might think. For more on this, see On the Street and On Facebook: The Homeless Stay Wired – WSJ.com