Creating a mini pond for the balcony

Creating a mini pond for the balcony

I’ve recently become a proud pond owner. Yes, you have read correctly: I now have a mini pond on my balcony! And to build this waterhole was very easy.

A lake or a pond is an important habitat. In it and around it all kinds of plants grow and all kinds of animals cavort. Not only fish but also newts, dragonflies and water striders, for example. Birds use it to bathe in it and drink from it.

So far I have had little interest in ponds. Where should I place one on my six square metre balcony? But then I learned that you don’t really need much space for that. A mini pond that even fits on my balcony? I absolutely had to try it out!

What do you need for a mini pond?

For a self-built mini pond, you only need four things: a container, stones, plants and of course water! Also, you may need a hose and hose reel to fill up the pond. I suggest reading Helpful Garden’s article on the best hose reels currently on the market so you can make an informed choice.

The container required doesn’t even have to be very big. I used an old enamel bowl. But also buckets, pots and tubs are suitable. The bigger the bowl, the more space it offers. Since weight plays a not insignificant role on the balcony, I advise against half wine barrels and zinc tubs. Filled they can …

Calories In A Cup Of Joe

Calories In A Cup Of Joe

Black, cream and sugar, these are the usual options for coffee a few years back. It has evolved thru the years since then. Now, you can get an espresso, flavored, blended, frozen and ice with a wide range of syrups, lighteners and sweeteners. With all these on a cup of your favorite joe, you are left wondering, how many calories is in my cup?

In all actuality, coffee on its own has almost no calories. Starbucks brewed coffee has only 5 calories for the Grande size (16oz) and contains 1 gram of protein. That should be a relief to know for those who drink plain brewed coffee. But hey, I like mine with sugar and cream. So that would be 1 ounce cream and 2 packets of sugar, amounting to about 60-80 calories more. But if you are into blended coffee, then you are in for a shock. Calorie meter goes up to about 500-700 for those types of coffee.

Below is some of the well-loved cup of coffee we ordered from our favorite coffee houses.

Brewed Coffee – Almost all of the studies showing benefits of coffee to a person, is done with regular brewed coffee. Add that information to the fact that it only have 2 calories for an 8oz cup.

Homemade Latte – Latte is a classic Italian Coffee drink that is 1 part espresso, 1 part milk and 1 part foam. It contains 91 calories for an 8oz cup.


Traditional Test Automation vs. Manual Testing

Test Automation Tools Selections


Traditional Test Automation vs. Manual Testing

The most significant benefits of traditional test automation are the decreased test execution time and cost, and increased test coverage for each testing cycle. The downside of test automation is the increased test development cost as on quality assurance. In a typical test automation scheme, each test is first documented by a test engineer then scripted by an automation engineer. The cost benefit of automated testing comes through the repeated execution of the test automation suite. Since the cost of executing an automated test is far less than the cost of executing a manual test, eventually the decreased test execution cost will make up for the increased development costs.

For example, suppose that a test engineer costs your organization $60/hr, and an automation engineer costs your organization $100/hr. The test engineer can create 5 new test cases per hour during test plan development, and can execute 10 test cases per hour during test execution. The automation engineer can develop 2 test cases per hour. Once those test cases are completed, a test engineer can execute and analyze the results of 50 tests in one hour (typically the test engineer will run the tests overnight, or while he is doing some other work, then analyze the results once the test is done).

Suppose you create a test plan with 1000 test cases:

  • For manual testing, your initial test development cost is: 1000 tests * 1 hour/5 test cases *