To defrost or not to defrost…. Which is better?

I have a stand up freezer. I normally defrost it every 9 to 16 months usually at the point where the frost building up on the wire racks starts to bother me. It is one of those things that seem wrong to me when I see it so it just needs to be dealt with. If I was a neater person you might say a little OCD there. (cont)

I have talked to several of my friends that say their freezers always work best (i.e. use less energy and stay colder) when they are loaded full. They will load their freezer full of 2-liters with 70% full of water (soon to be ice) and brown paper bags containing old newspapers in the spaces not occupied with ice cream and those 4 year old zipper bags of blue berries.

I can understand the loaded theory. Every time you open a stand up freezer all the chilled air sinks to the floor outside of the freezer and is instantly replaced by moist air from the room your freezer is in. When the door is closed that air cools and moisture in the air is what is condensing as ice crystals on the racks. Less available air volume to exchange means there is less warm air that needs to be cooled by your freezer. That makes sense.

Another thing that leads to this thinking is that we rural people are occasionally without power for extended periods of time. I don’t think we lose power much more often that city people, but when it is out it can take a while for it to be restored. Small isolated outages may only be for a couple of hours, but when storms take out power for 50,000 people who gets service back first the 100 homes on one of the rural circuits or the 10,000 homes on one in the city? With the power off we start to think of our freezer like a cooler. The more ice the long it will stay cold. Right?

On the other side of things doesn’t more mass mean more energy is needed to keep it cool? I know that is how it works with a hot water heater. It is best to have the smallest you can get away with and have enough hot water for what you need. To over think this a little more I know heat moves from warm bodies to cooler, so it is the insulation power of your freezer that saves you the most energy. Right?

Well I guess I can’t procrastinate any longer. On to defrost…

— Update — September 19th, 2009 —

Well I did break down and defrost the freezer. I think it had been longer than I thought.
I aways hate the unloading processes. I never have enough cooler and fridge space to hold everything and I always discover something that I wish I didn’t have to throw out. Such as the mature steaks from seven years ago.

Freezer before defrosting

Freezer before defrosting

It could still be good right? After all they still eat mammoth that has been in the ground frozen for thousands of years.  I spent the next three hours with my head in the freezer and a small space heater on a card table to my aid. I appropriated a small pink plastic Easter pail and used that to contain the thaw. I drained at least three gallons of water. Most of it I put down the drain, but some escaped to make the floor a wet mess.
I then gave the freezer a good wipe down and plugged it back in. I have photographic proof that the freezer was clean. Don’t expect it to stay that way long, but I figure if I have a picture of it then maybe I will just hang it on front of the freezer next time. A picture is worth a thousand cleanings or something like that.
Clean and ready to go
Clean and ready to go

 Then onto the reload. I did sacrifice 40 pounds of outdated meet. I put the frozen veggies back in. I don’t plan on eating them so it didn’t matter where they are stored. I placed the two liters of water back in along with the collection of 20 oz bottles. They can be handy when you need something to help chill your cooler.  I also do believe it helps keep your freezer running efficiently.

I did learn that you should throw out meat the morning before the trash pickup. I did this a couple of hours after my garbage people visited. That gave it a 7 full days to brew. On top of that we got an extra day since the following week started with a holiday. Ugh!! It stunk so bad that my car reeked just by being parked next to it. The stench permeated and there was no escaping it. The rain that came in the open windows of my car may have helped, but that is another story….

Updating your Facebook Status from Twitter

How to have all your twitter updates show up in your Facebook status.

Here are instructions for integrating your Facebook account and your Twitter account.

I hate to type things twice, so anything that helps me with this I am a big fan of. I have Facebook set to pull all the twitter messages I send and post them as a Facebook status update. If I have something that I only want my friends to see I pop into Facebook and just post it there.  The Twitter application for Facebook does a decent job integrating both accounts. Post once to Twitter and magically it is on Facebook… what could be better?

First you need both a Twitter account and a facebook account. If you don’t have those then take a minute and get that done. Don’t worry. I will wait. Back?

Now let’s start off by having you log into your twitter account.  Once you are logged in select the settings link.Twitter Setting Menu

This brings you to your account management page. Most of the way down you will see a “More Info URL:” Click on the link below it “(You can also add Twitter to your site here)”.

Twitter Apps Link

That will bring you to an application selection page.

Twitter Application Selection Page

Select the Facebook option and click on “continue”…

If you are logged into Facebook already it will start the install process.
Twitter to Facebook Install Page

When it brings up a dialog box asking for access to your Facebook account you will need to select “Allow” for it to work. It should look like the incredibly awesome dialog box below.

Allow Twitter Access to Facebook Dialog Box

Now after that you should get to the Twitter Facebook application page. If you are being unlucky like I am you will get the wonderful Twitter/Facebook error page. Both Facebook and Twitter have been flaky these last couple of months under the pressure of their own popularity. I found that from switching from IE to another browser improved the situation. I tried Google Chrome and that went smoother.

Error Loading Facebook Twitter page - Fail!

You may need to enter your Twitter log in information on Facebook.  You don’t normally have to do this, but I have seen it both ways.

Now give it a try. Enter a message in Twitter.

Twitter What Are You Doing? - Enter your tweet here!
Give is a few seconds and pop over to facebook to see the technological magic.

Watch your Facebook Status Magically update from Twitter
Wow!! Isn’t technology wonderful? It even lets your wall visitors know it was from Twitter. Can it be any better than that?

The applicaton is fairly straight forward. Anything you tweet gets posted to your facebook status exectp for  “@reply” Twitter updates. There is a daily limit to the number of updates set by Facebook, so if you have a heavy tweet day you will want to watch out for that.

Enjoy your extra updating efficiency! You now have time to inform more of your friends what you ate for dinner or what you are watching on TV. Nice!

“What if something breaks or isn’t working right? It hasn’t updated my status in days and I am tweeting!!!”

If you have problems with updates stopping and you haven’t exceeded the Facebook limit something has changed or needs to be reset. Try the following steps.

Click on the “Applications” tab and see the option that says “Edit Applications.” Click on that link.

Facebook Application Menu
Scroll through you application list until you find the twitter app.

Twitter Edit Menu on Facebook
Click on the “edit settings” button to bring up a dialog box.

Twitter Facebook Edit Settings Dialog Box
**Side Note** if you click the add link it will add the twitter application box to your profile. **

Click on the “Additional Permissions” link

Twitter Facebook Edit Twitter Settings Additonal Permissions
Make sure “Publish to streams” is checked.

If you couldn’t find the twitter app in your list of application you will need to reinstall it. Start at the beginning of this post and follow those instructions.
This is what the Bookmark tab looks like if you can’t muster the energy to do that extra click discover it.

Twitter Facebook Settings Bookmarks

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer and may not be those of anyone who linked to this post…. Even though it should be… What is their problem???

Darrin’s Scuba Diving Tweeters List

Scuba Twitter Accounts that I follow

This is a listing of Scuba Diving related twitter accounts I follow. I have separated the list into two groups. One group contains personal accounts and the other list is business accounts.   

You will notice some accounts are marked “Potential bot”. I have nothing against software. I have made a good living with software. Software is great for automating tasks. Twitter to me is about human relationships. If I feel that you are just randomly generating content I will removed you from my follow list. If I just wanted feeds I would use RSS. Not twitter…..  I do give a little leniency to the business accounts. I expect you to want to use twitter to grow your business, but pure retweeting and forwarding will get you the “Potential bot” tag as well. I would love my favorite restaurants to tweet the daily specials automatically…. Oh! And tweeting links on how to make money on twitter…  that also gets you the “Potential bot” tag.

Personal Accounts

Account Name: @agirlcalledm a.k.a. Emily Joy


Tweet Activity:   > 10 a day

% of Tweets Scuba Related: > 5 – 10%

Description/Comments: She is a good tweeter. Even her non-scuba tweets are interesting. She does a nice job! She is a Florida area diver.


Account Name: @angierobertson1 – a.k.a. Angela Robertson


Tweet Activity:  >2 5 a day – Potential bot

% of Tweets Scuba Related: > 25-50%

Description/Comments: She is an east coast scuba diver.


Account Name: @innerspaceyoga – a.k.a. Angela McWilliams


Tweet Activity:  > 10 a day

% of Tweets Scuba Related: 10-25%

Description/Comments: She is a cave diver.


Account Name: @kevingeorge1 – a.k.a. Kevin George


Tweet Activity:  > 25 a day – Potential bot

% of Tweets Scuba Related: 10-25%

Description/Comments:   He is a diver from Texas.


Account Name: @laurz a.k.a. Laura Rena


Tweet Activity:  5 – 10 a day

% of Tweets Scuba Related: 10-25%

Description/Comments:   She is a diver from the east coast. She is thinking about getting her advanced open water. Very good twitterer!!! She does a great job!


Account Name: @scubadivingjim – a.k.a. Jim Bray


Tweet Activity:  5-10 a day

% of Tweets Scuba Related: > 95%

Description/Comments: He is a diving instructor with experience in the Caribbean. He runs the website.


Account Name: @TevisVerrett – a.k.a. Trevis Verrett


Tweet Activity: >10 a day

% of Tweets Scuba Related: > 95%

Description/Comments: He is the CEO of K2 Scuba Online.


Business Accounts

Account Name:@divingfinder a.k.a.



Tweet Activity:  5-10 a week

% of Tweets Scuba Related:  > 95%


Description/Comments:  A directory of scuba diving companies including interactive map.


Account Name:@jraquaticcenter a.k.a. Kathy Lampert of JR Aquatic Center

Location:Niles, MI


Tweet Activity:  5-10 a month

% of Tweets Scuba Related:  > 95%


Description/Comments:  This is one of the local dive shops here. I have bought most of my gear here and got my diving certification through them. A really good store if you are in the area. No I don’t get a discount for the comments. 🙂 Though that would be nice if I did.


Account Name: @scubadivergirls a.k.a. Scuba Diver Girls

Location: San Diego, CA


Tweet Activity:  > 10 a day  

% of Tweets Scuba Related: > 95%

Website: &

Description/Comments: They do a great job building a social following.  They have very nice tweets. They can be commercial without being pushy. Very well done!!


Account Name:@SCUBAGLOBAL a.k.a. southest scuba

Location: Internet


Tweet Activity:  > 25 a day – Potential bot

% of Tweets Scuba Related: 50-75%


Description/Comments: He is a scuba diver and underwater photographer.


Dive Clubs ?

Maybe the next list….

I have more scuba tweeters on my list. I will add them as they get some active tweets, so get tweeting…

The list updated by a human pressing keys on a keyboard August 1, 2009.