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

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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...

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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.

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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.

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

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



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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.

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 cdc.gov 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.