Friday, September 19, 2014

Retro Electronic Dial

Electronic Dial

Would you like this picture on a product? If so, you can find it at Retro Electronics Land. All segments, shapes, and sizes. Can be customized. Have fun with it!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Are Unknown Apps Accessing Your Twitter Account?

Apps can sometimes end up accessing your Twitter account without you even knowing about it. This Twitter article tells you how to find out if these unknown Twitter apps are indeed accessing your account. And shows you how to easily get rid of them. The article covers lots of other Twitter related stuff as well.

Are Unknown Apps Accessing Your Twitter Account? How to quickly find and delete them. And a bunch of other Twitter related info.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Is Shutting Down? Or Was a Hacker Email Sent Out?

I just received the following email, which said in part, "Dear Tecklers, An end of an era has come.. We, of Team Teckler, are deeply sorry to inform that we are suspending all activities and turning off the website on September 20th, 2014."

However, when I went to the website, there is no corroborating statement that confirms the email.

I'll continue to check back on the website to see if the confirming message eventually shows up.

More info about is at this Teckler article. Includes complete copy of email.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Websites Wall of Shame...

There are some truly tacky, well-known websites out there... You follow a link to one of their pages. You begin to read the page. Suddenly a big, fat pop up ad is shoved in your face, blocking the story you are trying to read. Another low class tactic is you are reading the page and suddenly a video ad starts blasting away at you at full volume.

Frankly I'm sick of it. Not only are these tactics obnoxious, they are a sure-fire way to permanently alienate a visitor. I truly do not understand the stupidity and low class ethics of the websites that engage in these practices.

So, I've decided to start a list of the websites that do this. Maybe they can be shamed into stopping (yeah, right). 

CNBC - As I am reading the first paragraph of an article, the entire page grays out and a pop up covers the page exhorting me to give them my email address. (08/27/2014)

MSNBC - I had read about a third of the way through an article, when a pop up ad appeared. They wanted my email address. (08/27/2014)

NaturalNews -  As I am reading the first paragraph of an article, the entire page grays out and a pop up covers the page exhorting me to give them my email address. (09/01/2014)

CNN - 15-second video ad started blasting away as I was reading the article. (09/01/2014)

Yahoo - Video ad of unknown length suddenly started blasting away at full volume. D@mn near made me spill my morning coffee. This occurred on the Yahoo News homepage. Yahoo is famous for crass advertising practices; and it's a pretty good bet they will never stop. And while we are at it, avoid using Yahoo mail like the plague; unless you like animated, gyrating ads every time you open your inbox. (09/14/2014).

[Stay tuned for more websites as they are discovered and rediscovered.]

Saturday, August 23, 2014

“Top 10 Reasons to Follow Me on Twitter”

  1. You will get to see my spiffy avatar every time you drop by my page. 
  2. You will also get to see my beautiful background picture. 
  3. You get to discover the link to my awesome website. 
  4. I will dazzle you daily with my brilliant, personal thoughts. 
  5. I only share stuff from other websites that are truly interesting. 
  6. I sometimes come up with amazing photos. 
  7. I only retweet stuff that is as good as or better than my own. 
  8. You will never get a Direct Message from me. 
  9. You will never be inundated with hashtags. 
  10. I’ll follow you back (unless you are demented).
What is my Twitter address, you ask? If I ever open an account, I’ll get back to you on that.

Just an experimental photo of mine -

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lightning Detector - How to Predict Lightning Storms - Your Very Own Lightning Strike Predictor / Detector - You Already Have One

Did you know you already have your very own lightning strike detector / predictor? You really do. It's your LED flashlight. When the lightning charge begins to build, the LED's will begin to glow.

Fortunately, this doesn't mean you are about to be personally struck by lightning; particularly so since you are more than likely indoors. The radius of the lightning charge buildup appears to be a few 100 feet or more. More than likely, you will just be subjected to a nearby flash and bang.

If you are interested, here's the true story of how I discovered this. Kind of humorous actually. Who said lightning strike prediction / detection had to be complicated?

Your lightning strike predictor flashlight. Looks bigger than it is; only 3.5 inches long. Paid $4 for it several years ago. I would imagine any LED flashlight would do the job.
Reference words: lightning strike predictor detector prediction LED flashlights

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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This post has been removed and archived. Hopefully, the removal will be permanent.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AdSense application can be denied because of blocked ads on a content site?

A forum post I ran across that says in part, "...but from Google's point of view, the disabling of ads on my one hub had the effect of flagging my entire account as being in violation of Google's TOS and blocking my AdSense application." The complete post is at AdSense application affected by blocked ads...

Friday, August 8, 2014

Senior trying to set a password

An email I received. And, yes. I am a senior.


WINDOWS: Please enter your new password:

USER: “cabbage”

WINDOWS: Sorry, the password must be 8 or more characters.

USER: “boiled cabbage”

WINDOWS: Sorry, the password must contain 1 numerical character.

USER: “1 boiled cabbage”

WINDOWS: Sorry, the password cannot have blank spaces.

USER: “50bloodyboiledcabbages”

WINDOWS: Sorry, the password must contain at least one upper case character.

USER: “50BLOODYboiledcabbages”

WINDOWS: Sorry, the password cannot use more than one upper case character consecutively.

USER: “50BloodyBoiledCabbagesShovedUpYourAssIfYouDon'tGiveMeAccessNow!”

WINDOWS: Sorry, the password cannot contain punctuation.

USER: “ReallyPissedOff50BloodyBoiledCabbagesShovedUpYourAssIfYouDontGiveMeAccessNow”

WINDOWS: Sorry, that password is already in use.

Senior trying to set a password.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Comcast Confessions: why the cable guy is always late

A very interesting post by a guy who is a dispatcher for the cable technicians. Here's the first paragraph:

"I'm sure everyone has gotten cable before. I'm sure everyone has faced a cable technician running late. Here's an interesting article about this truly disgusting enterprise. It is also funny that I can relate to this on a pretty understandable level in regards to my dispatching cable job."

The rest is here. Enjoy.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The World Is a Mess

Shootings happening all over the place.

Planes crashing all over the place.

Terrorist acts all over the place.

Wars all over the place.

Corruption all over the place.

Incompetent and truly stupid politicians all over the place.

Crime all over the place.

Poverty all over the place.

Uncured curable diseases and other curable medical afflictions all over the place. For that matter, private-sector medical corruption all over the place.

Unethical conduct seems to be the societal norm.

And it all just never stops. In fact, lately it keeps getting worse and worse. The way things are going, the whole thing just might implode into total chaos.

We’re not there yet; but if the human race doesn’t clean up its act, a societal destruction point can indeed be reached.

And this concludes today’s cheerful thought.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Geckos Take Over Russian Satellite

There are news media reports that Russia has lost communication with one of their satellites.

This particular experimentation satellite happened to be carrying five geckos, among other species.

The media reports are a cover-up. There is no lost communication between Russia and the satellite.

The true story is the geckos have taken over and gained control of the satellite. The geckos then communicated their ransom demands to Russia.

In short, the geckos have communicated that if more female geckos aren’t sent up immediately, they will crash the satellite into Moscow.

Russia is mulling over its response. It has also been noticed that one of Russia’s missile silos has opened  and is showing increased signs of activity.

Geckos Take Over Russian Satellite


For more nonsense, one can visit my Flash Fiction Library.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Evolution Says We Are All Doomed

During the entire history of evolution, more and more advanced species came into being. There is absolutely no reason to think that evolution is done yet.

Sooner or later, the next advanced species is going to come along.

And when they do, no doubt their first order of business will be to get rid of the previous advanced species; which happens to be us. They probably won’t get rid of all of us; some of us they will keep in zoos.

I hope the food is decent. Maybe they will even give us TV and internet.

Maybe all of this has already happened.

Monday, July 14, 2014

How to Write an Online Article Title - Good / Great / Best

This is a true story and just one example...


I gaze at one of my HubPages articles. The visitors were staying away in droves.

“Something must be done,” thought I.

“What question does one actually type into the search engine when seeking the information contained in this article?” I wondered.

Some research then ensued. A suitably phrased question was eventually decided upon.

I replaced the existing informational article title with the actual question that searchers were entering when seeking the information contained in the article. I then added a dash and some relevant keywords.

Google discovered the new title in due course.

Daily, single-digit traffic has been coming in ever since.

When Google eventually realizes that the article is indeed giving the answers that the searchers are looking for, hopefully those single digits will begin to increase.


This is just one method. There are, of course, many others. Stay tuned...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Top 10 Best Ways to Die

  1. In your sleep.
  2. Unknowingly standing next to a nuclear device when it explodes.
  3. Unexpectedly being tapped on the shoulder by an angel and escorted to a suddenly opened portal.
  4. Being at ground zero when an unreported asteroid decides to drop by.
  5. Sudden cessation of all brain electrical activity due to an unknown cause.
  6. A singularity suddenly forms beneath you and instantaneously turns into a black hole.
  7. Spontaneous molecular disintegration occurring in the space of 1/1000th of a second.
  8. Anti-matter suddenly appears.
  9. Nova at high noon.
  10. Sudden cessation of time and space as we know it.
This odd list was brought to you by The Researcher.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Week of July 4th - And a Happy July 4th and July 4th Weekend for All

A rambunctious week lies ahead; what with July 4th falling on a Friday this year. A paid holiday and a 4-day workweek for many.

Monday through Thursday will be both hectic and cheerful as folks prepare and look forward to the long July 4th weekend.

Many are planning outright road trip mini-vacations. Out-of-town traffic will not be pretty come this Thursday, Friday, and even Saturday. And traffic pretty much everywhere will be chaos and gridlock on Friday.

Many, many fireworks will be making their appearances both Friday and Saturday. Sunday will not be that peaceful either. In addition to the usual July 4th and July 5th public displays, individual stockpiling of cherry bombs, etc is taking place as you read this. And I’ve always wondered how much firepower those roman candles have…

Much other mischief will also be taking place. Leaving driveway and porch lights on all night this July 4th, 5th, and 6th would not be a bad idea. And if you have a garage for your car, use it.

Egg sales will spike as usual. They are not being purchased for diet and nutrition purposes.

And what with the July 4th on Friday thing, hospital and police activity could have a go at new July 4th weekend records. Do try to avoid those two particular adventures...

Hospital billing departments will no doubt be high-fiving each other as usual as this July 4th week runs its course.

The city, county, and state revenue managers are probably already contemplating all that extra money they’re going to get from the plethora of DUI arrests soon to be.

Yep, it’s party week in America. Do have fun. Do be more careful about everything than usual. And do remember that actions have consequences.

May your July 4th week and weekend be a happy, fun, and safe one.


Other thoughts may be added to this post as this July 4th week progresses.


And here's a video I've always liked.

And another.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Spiderwebs Are Your Friend - Another House Cleaning Tip

Leave those spiderwebs aka cobwebs in the ceiling corners alone. They do wonders for getting rid of plant gnats, fruit flies, and the occasional indoor-invading mosquito.

Of course, when the more exuberant spiders start building barricades across doorways and such, then it’s time to break out the broom (or the aforementioned paint brush).

But other than that, it really is ok to pretty much leave them be.

Come to think of it, getting rid of the spiderwebs over or near your bed is probably a good idea. You don’t want to be dive-bombed in the middle of the night.

And, of course, if a black widow comes along… Sorry, dude. Outside you go. Use a brush and a big, paper, grocery bag to capture him. Trying to sweep him into a dustpan and then carrying the dustpan outside is not a good idea. The little critters can move faster than you think.

Now in this case, it's going a little too far. We're talking about the tiny, corner-ceiling spiderwebs.

House Cleaning - Dusting Furniture Isn’t Worth It… And a Dust Cleaning tip.

Seriously, dusting furniture and all the stuff sitting on it just isn’t worth my time. I mean so what if there’s some dust on there?

However, I’ve come up with a solution so that I’m not a total slob.

I simply and only dust one item a day. I do it as a reason to take a break from doing something else. So, in a sense, it’s zero additional labor.

The result? The place still stays more than just functionally clean.

And if you are looking for a dust cleaning tip, here’s a really good one…

Buy and use a new, 4-inch-wide, soft paint brush. The thing moves around every knick-knack or other item part and gets into every nook, cranny, and corner of wherever you are dusting. And it will absolutely never scratch or knick anything.

A paint brush is 10 times better than using water, olive oil, dryer sheets, or any of the other so-called furniture dusting tools I’ve read about. And it is certainly a whole lot better than the whole vacuuming adventure.

I actually learned this trick from a guy that repaired electronic circuit boards. He used the brush to clean off all the dust that had accumulated on it over the years.

So, that’s about it. The ever-flexible paint brush. And maybe only doing a little bit of dusting a day, instead of turning it into the regular, 1-hour project.

House Cleaning - Dusting Furniture Isn’t Worth It… And a Dust Cleaning tip.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Measles Are Back in Town...

Measles aka rubeola are back in the US. And even people who have been vaccinated are getting it.

I’m not going to rehash what the media and the CDC have to say.

Suffice to say that cases are increasing. And the source of the disease is unvaccinated Americans returning from overseas.

Hop over to for a list of symptoms, etc.

Where’s the disease mostly at? All three US coasts, specifically some of the major cities.

So, are you going to the doctor for something anyway? I’m sure they’ll be delighted to throw in a measles vaccination or booster shot as deemed appropriate.

And if you live in a major coastal city, and you’ve got kids going to the local schools… Well, only you can decide.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

I Am Bored What Do I Do - Constructive Things to Do When Bored

What to do when bored. Short, medium, and long-term items. Something for everyone. Both fun things and/or needed things. It is hoped that this list will serve you well. I will also be publishing a version of this list on Bubblews; a website, incidentally, where a lot of bored people go. And they even earn money in the process.

Uninspired? Here's some random ideas if you are bored. Or even if you are not bored.
  • Get that nagging medical problem taken care of.
  • Start a growing-indoor-plants project.
  • Backyard barbecue.
  • Go to a restaurant.
  • Start that hobby you have been putting off.
  • Get up earlier than usual.
  • Buy a kit and put it together.
  • Take a well-deserved nap.
  • Reorganize the basement. You certainly don't have to do it all at once. Just make a good start.
  • Take a vacation trip (short or long). Already had one? There’s no law that says you can’t take another one.
  • Cleanup your hard drive. Do a computer tune-up.
  • Find out the titles of your favorite songs and buy them.
  • Make peace with someone.
  • Write someone a letter.
  • Get a haircut.
  • Reorganize a closet.
  • Start to reorganize the garage; as with the basement, you don't have to do it all at one..
  • Reorganize part of the attic.
  • Look for a better place to live.
  • Research your next car.
  • Research your next computer.
  • How far is the nearest horse riding place?
  • Go roller-skating.
  • How far is the nearest go-cart place?
  • Go bowling.
  • When is the last time you played pinball?
  • Go to an amusement park (expensive, call or look-up how much and if crowded first).
  • Go to the zoo (usually cheap, but call first anyway to be sure).
  • If feasible in your neighborhood, get a bicycle.
  • Look for a better job.

Things to do when bored...

This list was formerly published on one of my other websites. I was bored, so I decided to move it here.And, no. That is not me in the picture. The image came from NASA as a matter of fact (without the text). Come to think of it, visiting the NASA website isn't such a bad idea either. They've got more awesome astronomy pictures than you can shake a stick at.

But wait, there's more...

Here's a Flash Fiction Library List. And by flash fiction, I mean stories 100-400 words in length.

Or there is always The Top 10 Jokes Making the Internet Rounds.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Learning Computer Programming versus Learning How to Play a Computer Game

 A post I made on Bubblews...

This is something that has been bothering me for a long time...

All these intelligent people learning how to play computer games... When, instead, they could be learning how to do computer programming.

Despite the outsource thing, learning computer programming can be a very prosperous and rewarding career.

In other words, there is money to be made; if one wants it.

Why do very intelligent humans beings spend their time learning how to play a computer game, instead of learning how to do computer programming? Which, incidentally, is just as easy.

It’s because they don’t know.

And, for those who don’t know; solving a programming code problem is as much fun as solving a computer game problem.

I’m not kidding; from the heart. I was a software engineer for the last 20 years before retiring. My conclusions are based on experience.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Smog Test Blues - How to Pass the DMV Car Smog Test

This How to Pass the Smog Test Page can help you. It addresses things like:

  • Best gasoline to have in your tank
  • Ethanol
  • Best time of day to take the smog test
  • How your battery, tires, and air filter can affect your smog test results
  • Giving your car a good driving workout before the test
  • Car manuals and mechanics
  • Changing the engine oil before the smog test
  • Fouled spark plugs
  • Being betrayed by your distributor cap, rotor, and worn out spark plug wires
  • Being betrayed by loose or oxidized wire connections
  • Being betrayed by loose, split, or old hoses
  • Avoiding vacuum leaks which invariably can cause a smog test failure
  • Dwell, timing, and idle speed issues
  • Choosing a smog test station
  • Things to do and not do on the way to the smog test station
  • Things to do and not do when at the smog test station
  • Driving with expired tags if you flunk the smog test
  • Smog test referees
  • And some other odds and ends
Hopefully, one way or another, you will get through it. Good luck! :)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Top 10 Nursing Schools in California - Degree Programs

This is just a Public Service Announcement Post to possibly warn people from choosing a nursing school that the State of California and potential employers may not regard as legitimate. Below is a list of schools approved by the State of California. If the school you are considering is not on this list, you might want to reconsider. And do read the note at the end.

State of California Approved Nursing Schools - Last verified August 22, 2014

Associate Degree Programs

(*) Denotes Private Schools
School Name Street Address City Zip Code Phone Number A
Allan Hancock College 800 South College Drive Santa Maria 93454 (805) 922-6966 x3543 X
American River College 4700 College Oak Drive Sacramento 95841 (916) 484-8254
Antelope Valley College 3041 West Avenue K Lancaster 93536-5426 (661) 722-6300 x6402
Bakersfield College 1801 Panorama Drive Bakersfield 93305 (661) 395-4282
Butte Community College 3536 Butte Campus Drive Oroville 95965 (530) 879-4338
Cabrillo College 6500 Soquel Drive Aptos 95003 (831) 479-6280
*Carrington College 8909 Folsom Boulevard Sacramento 95826 (916) 361-1660 X
Cerritos College 11110 Alondra Boulevard Norwalk 90650 (562) 860-2451 x2551
Chabot College 25555 Hesperian Boulevard Hayward 94545 (510) 723-6896
Chaffey College 5885 Haven Avenue Rancho Cucamonga 91737 (909) 652-6672
Citrus College 1000 West Foothill Boulevard Glendora 91741 (626) 914-8791
City College of San Francisco 50 Phelan Avenue San Francisco 94112 (415) 239-3218
*CNI College 702 W. Town & Country Road Orange 92868 (714) 437-9697
College of Marin 835 College Avenue Kentfield 94904 (415) 485-9319
College of San Mateo 1700 West Hillsdale Boulevard San Mateo 94402 (650) 574-6218
College of the Canyons 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road Santa Clarita 91355 (661) 362-3369
College of the Desert 43-500 Monterey Avenue Palm Desert 92260 (760) 568-3093
College of the Redwoods 7351 Tompkins Hill Road Eureka 95501 (707) 476-4214
College of the Sequoias 915 South Mooney Boulevard Visalia 93277 (559) 730-3732
College of the Siskiyous 2001 Campus Drive Yreka 96097 (530) 841-5929 X
Contra Costa College 2600 Mission Bell Drive San Pablo 94806 (510) 215-4103
Copper Mountain College 6162 Rotary Way, PO Box 1398 Joshua Tree 92252 (760) 366-3791
Cuesta College PO Box 8106 San Luis Obispo 93403 (805) 546-3119
Cypress College 9200 Valley View Street Cypress 90630 (714) 484-7283
De Anza College 21250 Stevens Creek Boulevard Cupertino 95014 (408) 864-5618
East Los Angeles College 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez Monterey Park 91754 (323) 265-8896
El Camino College 16007 Crenshaw Boulevard Torrance 90506 (310) 660-3281
El Camino College - Compton Educational Center 1111 Artesia Boulevard Compton 90221 (310) 900-1600 x2700
*Everest College 1819 Excise Avenue Ontario 91761 (909) 484-4311
Evergreen Valley College 3095 Yerba Buena Road San Jose 95135 (408) 270-6448
Fresno City College 1101 East University Avenue Fresno 93741 (559) 244-2604 X
Gavilan College 5055 Santa Teresa Boulevard Gilroy 95020 (408) 848-4883 X
Glendale Community College 1500 North Verdugo Road Glendale 91208 (818) 551-5270
Golden West College 15744 Goldenwest Street Huntington Beach 92647 (714) 895-8285
Grossmont College 8800 Grossmont College Drive El Cajon 92020 (619) 644-7301
Hartnell College 411 Central Avenue Salinas 93901 (831) 770-6146 X
Imperial Valley College 380 East Aten Road Imperial 92251 (760) 355-6348
*ITT Technical Institute, Breckinridge School of Nursing 10863 Gold Center Drive Rancho Cordova 95670 (916) 851-3900
*Kaplan College 9055 Balboa Avenue San Diego 92123 (858) 279-4500 X
Long Beach City College 4901 East Carson Street Long Beach 90808 (562) 938-4166
Los Angeles City College 855 North Vermont Avenue Los Angeles 90029 (323) 953-4000 x2065
Los Angeles County College of Nursing & Allied Health 1237 North Mission Road Los Angeles 90033 (323) 226-4911
Los Angeles Harbor College 1111 Figueroa Place Wilmington 90744 (310) 233-4360
Los Angeles Southwest College 1600 West Imperial Highway Los Angeles 90047 (323) 241-5461
Los Angeles Trade-Tech College 400 West Washington Boulevard Los Angeles 90015 (213) 763-7170
Los Angeles Valley College 5800 Fulton Avenue Valley Glen 91401 (818) 947-2559
Los Medanos College 2700 East Leland Road Pittsburg 94565 (925) 439-2181 x3286
Mendocino College 1000 Hensley Creek Road Ukiah 95482 (707) 468-3099
Merced College 3600 M Street, Box 37 Merced 95348-2898 (209) 384-6123
Merritt College 12500 Campus Drive Oakland 94619 (510) 436-2487
MiraCosta College 1 Barnard Drive Oceanside 92056 (760) 795-6651
Mission College 3000 Mission College Boulevard, MS#19 Santa Clara 95054-1897 (408) 855-5016 X
Modesto Junior College 435 College Avenue Modesto 95350 (209) 575-6362
Monterey Peninsula College 980 Fremont Street Monterey 93940 (831) 646-4258
Moorpark College 7075 Campus Road Moorpark 93021 (805) 378-1433
*Mount St. Mary's College 10 Chester Place Los Angeles 90007 (213) 477-2630
Mt. San Antonio College 1100 North Grand Avenue Walnut 91789 (909) 594-5611 x4560
Mt. San Jacinto College, MVC 23237 La Piedra Road Menifee 92584 (909) 639-5577
Napa Valley College 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway Napa 94558 (707) 253-3132
Ohlone College 39399 Cherry Street Newark 94560 (510) 742-3000
*Pacific Union College 1 Angwin Avenue Angwin 94508 (707) 965-7262
Palomar College 1140 West Mission Road San Marcos 92069-1487 (760) 744-1150 x2279
Pasadena City College 1570 East Colorado Boulevard Pasadena 91106-2003 (626) 585-3378
Pierce College 6201 Winnetka Avenue Woodland Hills 91371 (818) 719-6477
Porterville College 100 E. College Ave. Porterville 93257 (559) 791-2321
Reedley College at Madera Community College Center 30277 Avenue #12 Madera 93638 (559) 675-4800 X
Rio Hondo College 3600 Workman Mill Road Whittier 90601-1699 (562) 908-3421
Riverside City College 4800 Magnolia Avenue Riverside 92506 (909) 222-8407
Sacramento City College 3835 Freeport Boulevard Sacramento 95822 (916) 558-2271 X
Saddleback College 28000 Marguerite Parkway Mission Viejo 92692 (949) 582-4701
San Bernardino Valley College 701 South Mount Vernon San Bernardino 92410 (909) 384-4450
San Diego City College 1313 Park Boulevard San Diego 92101 (619) 388-3441
San Joaquin Delta College 5151 Pacific Avenue Stockton 95207 (209) 954-5454
*San Joaquin Valley College 8344 West Mineral King Visalia 93291 (559) 651-2500
Santa Ana College 1530 West 17th Street Santa Ana 92706-3398 (714) 564-6825
Santa Barbara City College 721 Cliff Drive Santa Barbara 93109 (805) 965-0581 x2366
Santa Monica College 1900 Pico Boulevard Santa Monica 90405 (310) 434-3453
Santa Rosa Junior College 1501 Mendocino Avenue Santa Rosa 95401 (707) 527-4527
Shasta College 1400 Market Street Redding 96001 (530) 339-3606
*Shepherd University 3200 N. San Fernando Road Los Angeles 90065 (323) 550-8888
Sierra College 5000 Rocklin Road Rocklin 95677 (916) 781-6220
Solano Community College 4000 Suisun Valley Road Fairfield 94534-3917 (707) 864-7108
Southwestern College 8100 Gigantic Street San Diego 92154 (619) 482-6352
*Stanbridge College 2041 Business Center Drive, Suite 107 Irvine 92612 (949) 794-9090 x5229
*Unitek College 4670 Auto Mall Parkway Fremont 94538 (510) 249-1060 x300 X
Ventura College 4667 Telegraph Road Ventura 93003 (805) 654-6342
Victor Valley College 18422 Bear Valley Road Victorville 92395 (760) 245-4271 x2285
West Hills College Lemoore 555 College Avenue Lemoore 93245 (559) 925-3490
Yuba College 2088 North Beale Road Marysville 95901 (530) 741-6784
AFT = Accelerated Fast Track; LVN = Admits LVNs only

Baccalaureate Degree Programs

(*) Denotes Private Schools
School Name Street Address City Zip Code Phone Number A
*American University of Health Sciences 1600 East Hill Street, Bldg. 1 Signal Hill 90755 (562) 988-2278 X
*Azusa Pacific University 901 East Alosta Avenue Azusa 91702 (626) 815-5386
*Biola University 13800 Biola Avenue La Mirada 90639 (562) 903-4850
*California Baptist University 8432 Magnolia Avenue Riverside 92504 (951) 343-4700
California State University, Bakersfield 9001 Stockdale Highway Bakersfield 93311-1022 (661) 654-2506
California State University, Channel Islands One University Drive Camarillo 93012-8599 (805) 437-3367
California State University, Chico Holt Hall Room 369 Chico 95929-0200 (530) 898-5891
California State University, East Bay 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., SC-N143 Hayward 94542-3086 (510) 885-3481 X
California State University, Fresno 2345 East San Ramon Avenue Fresno 93740-8031 (559) 278-2041
California State University, Fullerton 800 N. State College Boulevard Fullerton 92834-6868 (657) 278-3336 X
California State University, Long Beach 1250 Bellflower Boulevard Long Beach 90840-0301 (562) 985-4463
California State University, Los Angeles 5151 State University Drive Los Angeles 90032-8171 (323) 343-4700
California State University, Northridge 18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge 91330-8225 (818) 677-5785 X
California State University, Sacramento 6000 J Street Sacramento 95819-6096 (916) 278-6525
California State University, San Bernardino 5500 University Parkway San Bernardino 92407-2397 (909) 537-7627
California State University, San Marcos 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road San Marcos 92096-0001 (760) 750-7550 X
California State University, Stanislaus One University Circle, DBH 260 Turlock 95382 (209) 667-3141
*Concordia University Irvine 1530 Concordia West Irvine 92612-3203 (949) 214-3280 X
*Dominican University of California 50 Acacia Avenue San Rafael 94901-2298 (415) 485-3204
*Holy Names University 3500 Mountain Blvd. Oakland 94619-1699 (510) 436-1127 X X
*Loma Linda University 11262 Campus Street Loma Linda 92350 (909) 558-7718 X
*Mount St. Mary's College 12001 Chalon Road Los Angeles 90049 (310) 954-4230 X
*National University 3678 Aero Court San Diego 92123 (858) 521-3916 X
*Point Loma Nazarene University 3900 Lomaland Drive San Diego 92106-2899 (619) 849-2425 or 7055
*Samuel Merritt University 3100 Summit Street, 3rd Floor Oakland 94609 (510) 869-6511 x3765 X
San Diego State University 5500 Campanile Drive San Diego 92182-4158 (619) 594-2540 X
San Francisco State University 1600 Holloway Avenue San Francisco 94132-4161 (415) 338-1801
*Simpson University 2211 College View Drive Redding 96003 (530) 226-4760
Sonoma State University 1801 East Cotati Avenue Rohnert Park 94928 (707) 664-2465
The Valley Foundation School of Nursing at San Jose State University One Washington Square San Jose 95192-0057 (408) 924-3131
*United States University 830 Bay Blvd. Chula Vista 91911 (619) 477-6310 X
University of California, Irvine College of Health Sciences - Program in Nursing Science - Room 252 Berk Hall Irvine 92697-3959 (949) 824-1514
University of California, Los Angeles 700 Tiverton Avenue, Box 956918 Los Angeles 90095-6918 (310) 825-4321
*University of Phoenix at Modesto (Northern CA Campus) 5330 Pirrone Rd., Bldg. B Salida 95368 (800) 266-2107 x61266
*University of San Francisco 2130 Fulton Street San Francisco 94117-1080 (415) 422-6681
*West Coast University 12215 Victory Blvd North Hollywood 91606 (818) 299-5500 X
*Western Governors University 2900 So. Harbor Blvd., Ste. 201 Santa Ana 92704 (714) 549-1016
AFT = Accelerated Fast Track; LVN = Admits LVNs only

Entry Level Master's Degree Programs

(*) Denotes Private Schools
School Name Street Address City Zip Code Phone Number A
*Azusa Pacific University 901 East Alosta Avenue Azusa 91702 (626) 815-5386 X
*California Baptist University 8432 Magnolia Avenue Riverside 92504 (951) 343-4700
California State University, Dominguez Hills 1000 East Victoria Street Carson 90747 (310) 243-3596
California State University, Fresno 2345 East San Ramon
Fresno 93740-8031 (559) 278-2041
California State University, Long Beach 1250 Bellflower Boulevard Long Beach 90840-0301 (562) 985-4463
California State University, Los Angeles 5151 State University Drive Los Angeles 90032 (323) 343-4700
*Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science 1748 E. 118th Street Los Angeles 90059 (323) 568-3302 X
*Samuel Merritt University 3100 Summit Street, 3rd Floor Oakland 94609 (510) 869-6129 x3765
San Francisco State University 1600 Holloway Avenue San Francisco 94132-4161 (415) 338-1801
Sonoma State University 1801 East Cotati Avenue Rohnert Park 94928 (707) 664-2465 X
*United States University 830 Bay Blvd. Chula Vista 91911 (619) 477-6310 X
University of California, Los Angeles 700 Tiverton Avenue Los Angeles 90095 (310) 825-4321
University of California, San Francisco 2 Koret Way San Francisco 94143-0602 (415) 476-1435 X
*University of San Diego-Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences 5998 Alcala Park San Diego 92110 (619) 260-7608 X
*University of San Francisco 2130 Fulton Street San Francisco 94117-1080 (415) 422-6681
*Western University of Health Sciences 309 East Second Street Pomona 91766-1854 (909) 469-5523
AFT = Accelerated Fast Track; LVN = Admits LVNs only
More information is available at; it is a must-visit website for anyone researching a career in nursing. Among other things, the website also has a warning list about nursing schools that are not approved. And before investing your time and money in a Nursing Degree Program that is approved, be sure the program is enough to:

1. Get licensed.
2. Be accepted by the majority of potential employers.

May your contemplated nursing career be a happy and prosperous one!  

A long, long time ago...

Monday, June 9, 2014

Meritocracy and Society

Why a 100% Meritocratic Society Can Never Work as a Standalone System - Introduction...

Meritocracy is a good thing. In addition to rewarding those who can compete, it generates lots of extra money that can be used to help those who can't. Unfortunately, meritocracy can never work as a standalone system. This is due to the fundamental nature of meritocracy and, of all things, the basic laws of mathematics.

What is a meritocracy? For the purposes of this article, meritocracy is defined as one's survival and success being contingent upon one's ability to compete and contribute to society in such a way as to prosper.

Meritocracy and capitalism have a lot in common. In a "perfect" system, the concept of money could be defined as the method used to quantify one's success.

The Scenario – What would happen if a society were to convert to a 100% meritocracy...

In a meritocracy there will always be winners and losers. In many cases, the loser worked just as hard as the winner. But the winner was just a little bit better at it. The winner thus gets more; and the loser gets less. So far, no problem. And the loser can always try again.

However, resources are finite. For the bottom ~10%, there will always not be enough. There will not be enough shelter. There will not be enough food. There will not be enough health care. There will not be enough of a lot of things. It is inevitable, sooner or later, due to the lack of even the basic necessities of life, the "losers" will fall far enough they lose the ability to try again. Now what with this being a 100% meritocratic scenario, what happens to them?

It is already abundantly demonstrated in our present society one of two alternatives will occur...

Alternative One – The person dies

In our present society...

Homeless people unnecessarily die all the time. Everyone knows living on the streets will eventually destroy most people through attrition: a continual decline of health; the eventual and inevitable being a victim of successive crimes; and finally the loss of ability to defend or survive; and then death.

However, we are not talking about our current society; this is a 100% meritocratic society. Therefore: there are no free job-training programs; there are no homeless shelters; there are no food banks or food programs; there is no free health care; there is no type of charity or handout whatsoever.

Needless to say, this greatly accelerates the attrition; leading to death or the second alternative.

Alternative Two – A new criminal is born

Steal, rob, kill; or die. That pretty much sums it up.

Of course the number of criminals will continually be reduced for the usual reasons: competition among same; attrition through street-living; "eradication" by society via imprisonment, etc.

As the number of criminals are reduced, others will take their place.

The Brutal Mathematics

What happens when the bottom 10% gradually dies; whether it be through Alternative One or Alternative Two?. The answer is simple; they will gradually be replaced by a new 10%. It is a brutal mathematical fact; there will always be a bottom 10%.

Recursion comes into play. As the bottom 10% shrink through death, new bottom 10%'ers will take their place. Along with an expanding criminal element and a shrinking population; riots and other civil unrest could very well become commonplace. 100% meritocracy is equivalent to 100% Darwinism. Both are good, but not at the 100% implementation level.


A 100% meritocracy is not only brutal and full of misery, it is destined to fail.

An 80% to 90% meritocracy, however, would be a good thing. We pretty much have that now. We just need to get better at it.

It should also be noted a meritocracy below 80% will more than likely lead to a country's bankruptcy. This is apparently already happening in some European countries.