Clearing up broken glass



At my cousins place a few days ago I had the misfortune of toppling a glass that shattered on the floor in the living room. While we collected all the big pieces safely the obvious problem was all the tiny glass pieces that were too small to pick up. Add to that the fact that they have a crawling one year old – the possibility of serious injury was real. Thankfully they had a little trick to clear up the dangerous glass pieces easily.

All they needed was the flour (wheat or Atta) that they used to make chappathis or pooris.  So here is what we did.

1. Take a table spoon of Atta or wheat flour:

Chappathi Flour

 

2. Add a little water and firmly knead it to make it a dough. You now have a soft dough just like bread dough that is slightly sticky, quite soft.

dough

 

3. If possible gently sweep into the area so that all the glass bits are in a limited area.

4. Now start gently tapping the dough on the floor where the glass pieces are present. The glass simply adheres into the dough. Wear gloves to avoid cutting yourself. Move from tile to tile so each area is covered. Gently turn the dough so that you use as much of the surface area as possible. Be careful when doing this. Make sure you tackle the corners properly and also the junction between the floor and the wall.

5. Put your eyes close to the floor and shine a torch beam across the floor and gently move it to see any more glass on the floor. Pat the dough and remove these too.

6. You are now done. Discard the dough into a bin safely. Don’t try to make a chappathi out of it!!

Its been a few days now and their son has crawled a million times in the living room and is cut and scratch free – so we must have done a good job.

If you have a vacuum cleaner you can try using it, but there is a danger of pushing the glass pieces away and leaving lots of tiny pieces behind.

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Multiple twitter accounts with one email ID

You may want to have multiple twitter IDs for different purposes – work related, fun, personal, for links or for a million other reasons. One of the pains with this is that you need a unique email ID for each account. You may have tried email redirect services for this, but this too means that you have to sign up for multiple email IDs.

There’s a quick workaround for this and you can use a single GMAIL ID to sign up for multiple twitter accounts. This is based on a gmail feature where yourname@gmail.com and your.name@gmail.com both can be accessed if you sign in to the yourname@gmail.com ID. Basically you can insert a period (.) anywhere in your username at gmail and it still shows up in your original gmail inbox. Twitter will however identify them as separate email IDs and hence  you can sign up for multiple twitter accounts.

So if your id is yourname@gmail.com, then you can use multiple IDs for seven twitter accounts with:
y.ourname@gmail.com
yo.urname@gmail.com
your.name@gmail.com
yourn.ame@gmail.com
yourna.me@gmail.com
yournam.e@gmail.com
yourname@gmail.com

So if you have a long username then the possibilities are more!

So email sent to any of the following IDs:
y.ourname@gmail.com
yo.urname@gmail.com
your.name@gmail.com
yourn.ame@gmail.com
yourna.me@gmail.com
yournam.e@gmail.com
yourname@gmail.com

can be accessed when you login with the username “yourname@gmail.com”. This means that for activating your multiple twitter handles, you can just use the multiple options and all the activation emails, further notifications, updates and messages from all the twitter handles will be delivered to your main gmail account.

The problem is if you ever need to email twitter about something it becomes difficult as all the emails can be sent from your main ID only. However you rarely need to contact twitter at all.

You can also use this little trick to sign up for multiple accounts in other services like tumblr, etc and make all your activations and notifications more streamlined and accessible from a single gmail login.

This method is not illegal and I see no harm in using it at all as having multiple twitter accounts is perfectly legal.

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