glass http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8074/all en-US Armor Etch can be a cheap fix for your scratched eyeglasses http://www.wisebread.com/armor-etch-can-be-a-cheap-fix-for-your-scratched-eyeglasses <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/armor-etch-can-be-a-cheap-fix-for-your-scratched-eyeglasses" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/JhLu46KNiXp7kyHyZJrdw0yMd_b3s5lm4F8mTHYx8x8/mtime:1295000571/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/goggles4u-glasses.jpg" alt="Torley&#039;s glasses" title="Torley&#039;s glasses" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My wife recently scratched up her eyeglasses which we bought at a bargain from an online store (perhaps another story for another post). Holding them up to the light, the flaws were visible. Thankfully, searching the web yielded answers in short order, although they took some time to compile, so I'm sharing my experiences with you.</p> <p>Many reviewers have suggested <strong>using Armour Etch to remove glasses' antiglare coating</strong>, and thus, the scratches. Note that this ONLY applies to plastic/polycarbonate lenses in general &mdash; <font color="#ff0000"><strong>do NOT use it on actual glass glasses</strong></font>, because it'll &quot;frost&quot; and RUIN them. I also recommend not doing the following if you only possess one pair of glasses... have a backup! After weighing our options: ~US$50 for a new pair of glasses vs. $10 for a small (3 oz.) bottle of Armour Etch, we opted to use the latter for an experiment.</p> <p>I procured a bottle from eBay, and the <strong>process was very simple</strong>.</p> <h2>Here's exactly what I did:</h2> <ul> <li>Wear vinyl gloves.</li> <li>Hold the glasses facing away from you, with one hand holding onto the frames.</li> <li>Pour a gumdrop-sized dollop of Armour Etch on each lens, then rub it in circles with your fingers. It'll feel sort of gritty and textured. Rather relaxing, really.</li> <li>Avoid rubbing Armour Etch onto the frames &mdash; my wife's glasses didn't experience problems with some slop, but others have reported discoloration and other adverse affects.</li> <li>Keep rubbing for about a couple minutes or so.</li> <li>Rinse the glasses under warm water, taking care to remove as much residue as possible. This is tricky.</li> <li>Dry your glasses off with a soft cloth. Don't make the mistake of using paper towel as I initially did, because not only is it composed of abrasive wood fiber, it sheds off onto the glasses, defeating the purpose of cleaning with them.</li> <li>Hold your glasses up to the light to view the results.</li> </ul> <p>Then, I placed the glasses back on my wife's face. She was wowed by the noticeable difference, and while they appeared visibly more glare-y (obviously since the antiglare coating had mostly been removed), the clarity of vision is worth it so far.</p> <p>It's not as comprehensive as a new pair of glasses, and not even as reassuring as getting those new glasses on a budget &mdash; US$100 is just too much, see <a href="http://glassyeyes.blogspot.com/">GlassyEyes</a> for why! &mdash; but it's a <strong>fun little experiment to try at your own risk</strong>. I was comforted having read through dozens of reports before me. Also, some have suggested cleaning with other materials like toothpaste, but I haven't tried that yet. Maybe next time, or if you have, do tell.</p> <h2>Related resources</h2> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf947057.tip.html"><strong>Repairing Scratched Eyeglasses</strong></a> - The bulk of the reviews I read.</li> <li><a href="http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/002890.php"><strong>Armour Etch mentioned on Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools</strong></a> - KK is an influential voice if he quotes you, and not just because one of his books was required reading for the stars of <em>The Matrix</em>: at times, he's like a high-tech Heloise.</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Do</em> you <em>have an eyeglasses-related tip? Share it with us in the comments!</em></strong></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/torley-wong">Torley Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/armor-etch-can-be-a-cheap-fix-for-your-scratched-eyeglasses">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-1-cent-cell-phone-protector-and-other-hacks">The 1-Cent Cell Phone Protector, and Other Hacks.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-a-crafty-airbrush-out-of-old-junk">Make a crafty airbrush out of old junk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eyeglasses-stores-are-for-suckers-readers-tip">Eyeglasses Stores are for Suckers (reader&#039;s tip)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-magic-marker-money-safe">The Magic Marker Money Safe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/instructables-for-the-extreme-cheap-lifestyle">Instructables for the Extreme Cheap Lifestyle</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY armor armour cheap cool etch eyeglass eyeglasses fix glass glasses scratch tool workaround Wed, 04 Mar 2009 06:15:40 +0000 Torley Wong 2890 at http://www.wisebread.com Optical Illusions That Make You Fatter and Your Wallet Lighter http://www.wisebread.com/optical-illusions-that-make-you-fatter-and-your-wallet-lighter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/optical-illusions-that-make-you-fatter-and-your-wallet-lighter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/a64BqImj2-IU4Bq66WgL6Pkldifwd9jLwlfqnZh0xGM/mtime:1331237600/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/599988_63372292.jpg" alt="man and giant plate" title="man and giant plate" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of my best friends, a long time ago, told me that the key to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-portion-control-to-lose-weight" title="How to Use Portion Control to Lose Weight">food portion sizes</a> was this: &quot;Eat from small plates, drink from taller glasses.&quot; It's a piece of advice I had forgotten, especially after moving to the U.S. where portion sizes seem to have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous. But in a book I'm currently reading called &quot;Mindless Eating&quot; this advice about container sizes is validated by Dr. Brian Wansink, Ph.D, a man who clearly knows his stuff. And optical illusions are at the root of it all. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-psychology-of-salaries-do-you-want-to-know-how-much-your-coworkers-make" title="The Psychology of Salaries: Do You Want to Know How Much Your Coworkers Make?">The Psychology of Salaries: Do You Want to Know How Much Your Coworkers Make?</a>)</p> <p>I think back to my childhood, to one of the first really cool tricks I was shown by a teacher. A physics teacher actually, but it could have been a math teacher or a chemist. Anyway, the illusion is shown below, crudely illustrated by myself.</p> <p><strong>Take a look at Lincoln's Stovepipe hat. Is it longer than it is wide?</strong></p> <p><img width="195" height="195" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/epdfzfw3VMCgaNHEywn2LrrldZw602UndGcdP_fGTTg/mtime:1301030567/files/fruganomics/u17/tophatillusion_copy.jpg" alt="top hat" title="top hat" /></p> <p>As you already know this is an optical illusion, then you already know the answer is a trick. The width and the height are identical. Now, replace that top hat with two glasses, one a tall thin glass and one short and fat. Here we have the issue of serving sizes when it comes to anything from juice to alcohol.</p> <p>Even seasoned bar staff have way more trouble pouring an accurate drink into a short glass than they do a tall one. Usually, they pour more into the short, fat glass. And this is a big problem when trying to pour yourself one serving of orange juice, milk or anything else. If you use the short glass you are always going to overpour, leading to larger portions, weight gain and, of course, less time between grocery trips. Now consider the next optical illusion.</p> <p><strong>Which white circle is larger? The left or the right?</strong></p> <p><img width="399" height="211" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/TnAcsWNYkBAuRNKJ1C2SXGrW0N5kAvP1fQFi75dXkTA/mtime:1301030567/files/fruganomics/u17/circles.jpg" alt="circles" title="circles" /></p> <p>Once again, it's all just a matter of perception. The circles are in fact identical in size. BUT, they look different due to their surroundings. The circle on the right is dwarfed by the large black circles, the one on the left overpowers them.</p> <p>This, when applied to food and plate sizes, is perhaps the most important change you can make to you home life. Serve your food on beautiful large plates and you will naturally serve yourself more of everything. Our animal brain wants to fill the plate, and we were always told to finish what was on our plates as children. But on a smaller plate, less food will fill it. Here's a quick example.</p> <p><img width="400" height="231" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/zPhjyaxCYNDS7NgRFw-19NNqoST_8UY9gUbKAcE24O4/mtime:1301030568/files/fruganomics/u17/plates.jpg" alt="plates" title="plates" /></p> <p>Both food portions are identical in size. In studies Dr. Wansink performed, people ate what was in front of them and if it looked like more, they felt more full. In fact, one study involved a burger that was simply flattened out and placed inside a larger bun. Because it looked like a larger burger, the people in the study felt more satisfied.</p> <p>Now, if you are using the larger plates at home, chances are you're over-serving yourself on a nightly basis. That again means more calories per meal and more food to buy more often. It's not good for you, it's certainly not good for your wallet. And it can all be avoided by simply getting smaller plates (which to be honest are harder to find, but worth the effort. Dinner plates have significantly increased in size since the 1950's, no doubt to accommodate our growing demand for more food).</p> <p><strong>There's an old saying in cuisine...&quot;the first bite is with the eye.&quot;</strong></p> <p>I believe this to be true on many levels, and not just one of taste perception. If we see a bigger meal, we'll feel more full. If we see a big plate with a small amount of food, we're already thinking &quot;hmmm, that's not going to be enough.&quot; It's also worth noting that these days, time plays a big factor in our eating habits. Like the French, we all need to slow down and enjoy our food. Take longer, smaller mouthfuls. And above all, we need to let our bodies tell us when we are full, not signals like an empty plate or glass.</p> <p>As a Wise Bread reader, you're already smart about where you shop for your food. You also need to be smart about how you eat it. Smaller portions are better for your waistline and your wallet. Don't get fooled by optical illusions.</p> <p><img align="left" width="240" height="240" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/cdn/farfuture/af2zQeJruL8W5MrlfkQdx9Hphv6T-GrDlwzJKriD2wA/mtime:1301030566/files/fruganomics/u17/51TFRGSOMjL__AA240_.jpg" alt="Mindless Eating" title="Mindless Eating" /></p> <p><em>You can find a copy of Dr. Wansink's excellent book at Amazon (grab the paperback, it's cheaper.) I haven't even scratched the surface of the stories he tells about our mindless eating habits. An eye-opening read and well worth your time.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0553384481?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread07-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0553384481">Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think</a><img width="1" height="1" alt="" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wisebread07-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0553384481" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/optical-illusions-that-make-you-fatter-and-your-wallet-lighter">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/concession-stand-treats-a-license-to-print-money">Concession stand treats – a license to print money.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-sleek-marketing-ploys-aimed-at-getting-more-of-your-grocery-money">5 Sleek Marketing Ploys Aimed at Getting More of Your Grocery Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/making-a-good-and-memorable-first-impression">Making a good and memorable first impression.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-think-youre-a-carnivore">So, You Think You&#039;re a Carnivore?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-gettin-baptized-in-the-watahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh-epiphany">The Gettin&#039;-Baptized-in-the-Watah Epiphany</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Food and Drink container diet eating Food glass illusion mindless eating plate Mon, 29 Oct 2007 18:02:06 +0000 Paul Michael 1332 at http://www.wisebread.com