Blatant endorsements: Swaro and P & K App

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Subject: Blatant endorsements: Swaro and P & K App
From: David Adams <>
Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2013 08:36:24 +1100
> DEET repellent eats that stuff up

Picaridin! Goes on much more like water, works great...tested out to work
as well as DEET. It doesn't melt plastics and such the way that DEET does.
Some varieties of the Off Skintastic line have isn't hard to
find Picaridin in Aus.

Hazy memory: The ADF and US Army, I believe, put a ton of money into
finding ideal bug repellants. They found some that were 100% effective that
didn't work in the field. Why? People hated putting them on. Picaridin is
so, so much nicer than DEET that I'm willing to use it far more often.
That's super important if you're in an environment with
serious mosquito disease, including parts of northern Aus.

P.S. Agreed on the Pizzey and Knight guide, it really is quite good and a
lot of fun to use. I've found the sounds between Morcombe and Pizzey
complementary in many cases. Visually, P&K is vastly more useful.

On Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 7:52 AM, John Weigel <>wrote:

> My long-suffering maltreated Swarovski EL binoculars were bumped out of
> column when dropped a while back. I contacted the Sydney agent, who asked
> that I send them in for a look. From there they were shipped to Austria for
> repairs. Four weeks later, the binocs were returned, without bill, in
> immaculate condition. Apart from being in perfect realignment, the heavily
> worn green exterior (DEET repellent eats that stuff up) had been replaced,
> the indentation on front ‘brow’ gone, and there is as-new fluidity in the
> focus wheel action. I love those guys.
> The Pizzey and Knight field guide app for Australian birds is wonderful!
> Sure, ‘Mark 1’ will attract plenty of suggestions for improvements for
> future updates (I have a couple), but then, most innovative processes work
> that way – and part of the process is that innovators in the digital
> communications age soon learn about the value of having thick skin.
> Nevertheless, this app is already a fantastic tool – and really fun to use
> - you'd be a mug to not give it a try. A nifty prospective last-minute
> Chrissy present?
> Merry Christmas tomorrow everyone.
> John W

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