Showing posts with label Misc. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Misc. Show all posts

How to and the Best Way to Dust Anything

This Includes Dusting Furniture, Knickknacks, Blinds, Walls, Computers, Keyboards, You Name It


Standard 4-inch wide paintbrush.
The thing lasts "forever". This one is several years old.

Buy and use a new, soft-bristle, 4-inch wide paint brush at your local hardware store. The bristles move around every crevice or other item part and gets into every nook, cranny, and corner of wherever you are dusting. And it will absolutely never scratch or nick anything.

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

I actually learned this trick from a guy that repaired electronic circuit boards. Before making repairs, he would use a brush to clean off all the dust that had accumulated on them over the years. Serendipity is a wonderful thing.

So, that’s about it. The ever-flexible paint brush. And maybe only doing a little bit of dusting a day at most, as opposed to the usual 1-hour, weekly project.


And a Personal Note for Those of Us Who Are Slobs


A little dust never hurt anybody...

Dusting just isn't worth it to me, but I found a way to deal with it.

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

However, I’ve come up with a solution so that I’m not a total slob. That paint brush is handy indeed.

I simply dust only one area or a few items at a time and only when I feel like it. I do it as a way to take a break from doing something else. So in a sense, it’s zero additional labor.

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

A Note About Spider Webs

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

Now admittedly this is a bit much.

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

But other than that, it really is ok to pretty much leave them be. However, getting rid of the spider webs in your bedroom is a good idea. You don’t want to be dive-bombed in the middle of the night.

And of course, if a black widow or its kin comes along… Sorry, little dude, banishment or death. If you decide banishment; use a broom or brush and a big, paper grocery bag or other large container to capture him; the farther away you take him, the better. Sweeping or brushing him into a dustpan and then trying to take him outside is not a good idea. The little critters can move faster than you think.

As a side note, here's a page on vinegar and baking soda cleaning and other uses.

List of Things That Will Happen When Hell Freezes Over

Otherwise Known as Things That Will Never Happen

Things that will happen when hell freezes over aka things that will never happen.


Though it wasn't planned that way, some of the items here turned out to be serious. In fact, parts of this list are quite brutal. However, there is also humor scattered here and there.

Yes, friends. This page is dedicated to listing all things that will happen when hell freezes over, otherwise known as things that will never happen. Got a really good one? Add it in the comments section below! We'll add them to the list. You can include religion, politics, business, life, and pretty much anything else that comes to mind. An open forum. Have fun. Many items here are from contributors from a previous project. Contradictory views are expressed.

Things That Will Happen When Hell Freezes Over


  • Peace on earth goodwill toward men.
  • The national debt will be paid off.
  • Politicians become honest.
  • People will make educated decisions when voting.
  • CEO's become honest.
  • The medical industry becomes honest.
  • The banking industry becomes honest.
  • The credit card companies become honest.
  • The insurance industry becomes honest.
  • The auto repair industry becomes honest.
  • Printer ink cartridges will no longer have a 300% markup.
  • Adobe software stops paper saturation draining of printer cartridges.
  • American corporations become loyal to America.

  • Robocalls will go away.
  • Telephone solicitors will go away.
  • Spammers will go away.
  • Junk mail will go away.
  • You will never again hear on TV, "But wait! There's more!"
  • You will never again hear on TV, "But wait! If you order now...!"
  • Daytime TV shows will get some class.
  • The preachers on TV will stop asking for money.
  • When the children of celebrities stop writing humiliating tell-all books about their parents.
  • Jehovah Witnesses leave people alone.
  • Dogs stop licking their private parts.
  • Cats will actually give a F about what their owners want.

  • Someone will live a full life without ever once having something stolen from them.
  • Someone will live a full life without ever once being falsely accused of something.

  • Dry cleaners apologize and reimburse you when they ruin your clothes.
  • Supermarkets put the best deals on the middle shelves.
  • Pay day loan services stop robbing people blind.
  • Cable companies stop robbing people blind.

  • Offices really do go paperless.
  • There is meritocracy in the corporate world.

  • The Supreme Court, Congress, and the President become aware of the 10th amendment.
  • Cities, counties, and states become aware of the 4th, 5th, 8th, and 9th amendments.
  • You have civil rights even when you don't have money.

  • Flies and chihuahuas stop being obnoxious.
  • Cockroaches, fleas, bedbugs, mosquitoes, and supermarket front door panhandlers stop wanting to be your friend.
  • Lawyers incorporate ethics into their strategies.
  • The news media becomes unbiased.

  • When the food supplies of the planet are evenly distributed.
  • When people's status and worth are not determined by how much money they make.
  • Life becomes fair.
  • Fear and worry stop being a major part of life.

How a Cat Retreats from a Fight

A True Story 

How a Cat Retreats from a Fight

At my desk I was; I heard a screeching howl; I looked out the window.

Two cats.

The first and younger cat, ears flat, hair and tail straight up. And howls, hisses, and other noises he did continue to make. He was directly facing the other cat. The other, older cat was two to three feet away, facing sideways to the younger cat and was completely, utterly, totally motionless. And very, very silent.

This went on for about a minute or two.

And then, ever so slowly, the older, motionless, silent cat moved a paw . A mere twitch at best. A long pause. And then the older cat moved another paw, again barely a twitch. Another long pause.

The younger cat remained still and watching. The older cat then very slowly took an actual step forward, away from the younger cat. The younger cat still remained motionless. Another long pause. The older cat then took another step. Another pause. And then another step. And then another, slowly and gradually moving away from the younger cat. This drama continued for a good five minutes. Until finally the retreating, older cat disappeared around the corner of the house a short distance away; the first cat remaining motionless and observing the entire time.

And that is how an older cat retreats from a fight with a younger cat. Nature is not pretty.

Stuffed Groundhog Day

"Where's those stupid clouds when you need 'em!?!"

Unhappy with what the groundhog had to say about the next six weeks? Well then, have him stuffed.

What with Valentines Day less than two weeks later, the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

Simply take him to the taxidermist, plenty of time to get the job done.

If the intended recipient is a man, he will love it.

If the intended recipient is a woman, then there may be a little more work that needs to be done.
  1. First, be sure all the fleas are really gone.
  2. Glue a little sign on him that says "Teddy Bear".
  3. Glue a little, red heart underneath.
You are done (hopefully not in more ways than one). Your results may vary.

Phil is exempt from all this. Why? Because I like him. Get your own groundhog.

Daylight Savings Time Begins Sunday, March 11, 2018, 2:00 am; East and West Coast, Central, Mountain. More info.

All about and dealing with the Daylight Savings Time (DST) changes in the US and around the world, plus some resource links. Technically, it's actually called " Daylight Saving Time ", without the "s". But we all seem determined to add that extra letter and we all seem fine with it. This page briefly covers:
  • The what and why of daylight savings time and some timezone notes
  • The current US schedule for when daylight savings time begins and ends
  • Where is daylight savings time in the US and some timezone notes
  • Dealing with changing all the clocks
  • Daylight savings time around the world


Why Have and What Is Daylight Savings Time? 

This page is US-centric; but except for the start and end dates, it's pretty much all the same.

The purpose of Daylight Savings Time is to conserve energy. There is some dispute as to whether this objective is accomplished or not. The methodology used is to move one hour of sunlight from the morning to the evening by resetting the clocks.

The official abbreviation for Daylight Savings Time is DST (Standard Time being ST). So, for the east and west coast time zones for example, the designations change from EST and PST to EDT and PDT.

When Does Daylight Savings Time Start and End in 2018?

Daylight Saving Time Begins: Sunday, March 11, 2018, 2:00 am (dates updated yearly)

To move one hour of sunlight from the morning to the evening, clocks are reset ahead one hour every spring. Currently this is done on the second Sunday of every March at 2:00 a.m. At the appointed time, the clocks are reset forward to 3:00 a.m. ("spring forward").

Daylight Saving Time Ends: Sunday, November 4, 2018, 2:00 am (dates updated yearly)

To make things as they were and move that extra sunlight hour back to the morning, clocks are reset back one hour every fall. Currently this is done the first Sunday of every November at 2:00 a.m. At the appointed time, the clocks are reset from 2:00 a.m. back to 1:00 a.m. ("fall back"). Generally, folks aren't amused when this happens; they have become used to not having to commute home in the dark every evening.

Where Is Daylight Savings Time? East and West Coast. More.

Not all of the US engages in this adventure. Both Hawaii and most of Arizona decided they wanted nothing to do with it. Most US territories also do not observe Daylight Savings Time. These entities remain on Standard Time year-round.

The Clock-Changing Reality... 

 Be glad you don't have to mess with this one...
Yb (Ytterbium) Lattice Atomic Clock (NIST)

What one is "supposed" to do is reset all the clocks before going to bed. However, more often than not, this usually does not happen. The clocks generally get reset Sunday throughout the day, usually because there are so many of them. Personally, I start doing the resetting beginning mid Saturday morning. By the time I go to bed, I've pretty much already adjusted to the time change.

The various computer and computer-related clocks are invariably checked to see if they were indeed coordinated enough to do what they are supposed to do.

If you are looking to reset everything accurately right down to the precise second, you can do so at www.time.gov. Daylight Savings Time changes are also supposed to be the bi-annual reminder to check and/or change your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and batteries.

Daylight Saving Time Around the World

DST World Overview List

  • Canada is as the US; most provinces and territories take it, some leave it. Mexico is the same.
  • Central and South America mostly want nothing to do with Daylight Savings Time; however, Chile and parts of Brazil do indeed do DST.
  • Europe mostly does do Daylight Savings Time. Russia, China, and all of Asia want absolutely nothing to do with it.
  • Australia is as the US, Canada and Mexico; majority do, but some don't.
  • Africa is 90% don't do DST and 10% do do DST.
Looks like our species can't even agree on what time it is. But that's OK, we somehow still manage to keep muddling along. In all seriousness, geography and cultural differences do sometimes necessitate adjustments.

Non US daylight savings time start and end dates can usually be found at www.timeanddate.com.

World Time Zone Non Standard Abbreviations

There sure are a lot of them... Not only that, many of the abbreviations are not unique. The whole thing is a complete, non-standardized mess. The reason is each country makes up their own, locally relevant designations. The timeanddate website appears to have the best compilation of the non-standardized world time zone abbreviations currently being used.

There is also a World Standardized Time Zone and and a World Standardized Time Code

  • GMT (0/-/+) is the time zone abbreviation for Greenwich  Mean Time. Many other time zones will refer to themselves as GMT, plus or minus the number of hours difference between their timezone and the GMT timezone.
  • UTC (0/-/+) is the time code abbreviation for Coordinated Universal Time or Universal Coordinated Time. This is the military and civilian standard mostly used these days.
Neither GMT nor UTC observes DST; instead the -/+ offsets are adjusted at the local level. In other words, as Daylight Saving Time comes and goes, the GMT/UTC offsets change. As an example, for the US East Coast, the UTC offset changes from -5 to -4 during DST. For the US West Coast, the UTC offset changes from -8 to -7 during DST.

UTC / GMT Map

"-" means it's an hour earlier. **   "+" means it's an hour later.
Note that each timezone also has its own letter designation.
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Random List of Examples (during non daylight saving times):

  • 0 London; Paris
  • -5 New York; Quebec; US East Coast. (-4 during DST)
  • -6 Winnipeg; Dallas
  • -7 Denver; Edmonton
  • -8 Los Angeles; San Francisco; US West Coast (-7 during DST)
  • -10 Honolulu
  • +1 Berlin
  • +3 Moscow
  • +8 Shanghai; Perth
  • +9 Tokyo
  • +10 Sydney
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Positive and Happy Words List in the English Language

The Most Beautiful and Nicest Words in the World

These happy and positive words in the English language were contributed by writers for writers in a project of mine awhile back These words show that the world can indeed be a positive, happy, and wonderful place. This list has also been referred to as the nicest, most lovely, sweetest, stunning, greatest, and most beautiful words in the English language and world. Most of the words are standalone, a few are contextual. Just the mere act of reading this list can make you feel good.

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Greetings Love Healing
Serenity Mellifluous Hug
Empathy Peaceful Joy
Life Caring Sharing
Friend Forgiveness Trust
Kindness Lovely Cure
Exquisite Soothing Hope
Thanks Welcome Acknowledgement
Compassion Sympathy Tenderness
Synergy Synchronicity Serendipity
Perfection Chocolate Champagne
Ethics Honesty Integrity
Simplicity Complexity Recursion
Music Art Humor
Discovery Insight Revelation
Beautiful Pristine Glorious
Freedom Privacy Independence
Home Shelter Food
Gorgeous Awesome Amazing
Success Prosperity Money
Faithfulness Loyalty Ally
Sunrise Rain Moonlight
Elegance Symmetry Balance
Wonderment Appreciation Gratitude
Plethora Plenitude Bonanza
Communication Interaction Mutuality
Courtesy Respect Graciousness
Mom Dad Children
Remembering Forgetting Awareness
Optimism Destiny Expectation
Smile Hello Please
Happiness Sweet Karma
Beginning Ending Closure

And last, but not least; whether it be a loan application or accepted for a new job:


Bird Pictures by John James Audubon and More

Top 10 Free Public Domain John James Audubon Bird Pictures and Some Other Wildlife Images

Actually, I ended up with 14. Under promise and over deliver is always a good motto. These bird pictures and images were gathered from the nooks and crannies of various, free, public domain, government archives. Suitable for inclusion in articles, pinning, emailing, printing, using for backgrounds, etc. Simply right-click an image to get started. After the John James Audubon canvas collection are a few other favorite wildlife pictures.

B1 - Birds - Farmyard Fowls, c. 1827


B2 - King Rail ( Rallus Elegans ) Birds of America. London: 1827 - 1838


B3 - Rock Grous from Birds of America London: 1827 - 1838


B4 - Bird and Fish - Osprey and Weakfish, 1829


B5 - Red-headed duck ( Fuligula Ferina ) Birds of America London: 1827-1838


B6 - Roseate Spoonbill from The Birds of America London: 1827-1838


B7 - Bald Eagle from Birds of America London: 1827-1838


B8 - Little Blue Heron from Birds of America London: 1827-1838


B9 - American Egret ( Casmerodius Albus ) Birds of America. London: 1827-1838


BB10 - Ivory-billed Woodpecker ( Campephilus principalis ) Birds of America. London: 1827 - 1838


BB11 - California Partridge, also called Valley Quail ( Perdix californica ) Birds of America. London: 1827 - 1838


BB12 - Bird - Blue Jay


BB13 - Oyster Catcher ( Haematopus Palliatus ) from Birds of America London: 1827 - 1838


BB14 - Bird - Blue Yellow Back Warbler, 1812


This concludes the series of John James Audubon bird picture images. What follows are just some serendipitous bird pictures I happen to like. We have two peacocks, four eagles, a duck worthy of the name, and a pterodactyl that just happened to drop by. These picture images were likewise gathered from various, free, public domain, government archives. And likewise suitable for etc., etc., etc.

P1 - A peacock being a peacock.


P2 - A peacock thinking of being a peacock.


E1 - An eagle in flight.


E2 - An eagle in your face.


E3 - A hungry eagle in flight.


E4 - The eagle has landed.


M1 - This is the duck known to trigger anatidaephobia


M2 - A pterodactyl wondering if he is a bird or a flying reptile.


Meanwhile, I noticed there is not a single owl in the lot. I like owls, so here is a resource for the missing owls.

The How to, Best, and Cheap Way to Clean Your Glasses – And a Warning to Never Use Paper Products for Drying


It is amazing how many people ruin their glasses every year. Before they know it, the lenses are full of scratches and need to be replaced.

This page is as much about what not to do as well as do when it comes to cleaning glasses.

Many lenses are made of polycarbonate or other plastics. Kleenex, paper towels, and other paper products scratch plastic. For some reason, many optometrists do not automatically volunteer this information when giving you your new glasses.

How Do I Clean My Glasses?

  1. I run them under the faucet.
  2. Moisten my fingers and rub them on a non-abrasive, non-lotion soap bar. A drop of dish washing soap is also an option.
  3. Lightly rub and soap the lenses, surrounding frames and nose pads.
  4. Run the lenses under the faucet again, lightly rubbing them with my thumb and fingers until all the soap residue is completely gone.
  5. Then rub them dry with a nice, clean, big, fluffy bath towel or equivalent.
And that’s all there is to it.

Did I mention...
  • Never use Kleenex or other tissues.
  • Never use paper towels.
  • Never use any paper-based products whatsoever.
Paper products do indeed scratch plastic.

Hopefully this page will save at least one person unnecessary grief, aggravation, and expense.

A Review of the Computer Chess Lv.100 Game App Published by Unbalance Corp for Windows 10

To make a long story short, it's a fun chess game app for Windows 10 with more settings and options than you can shake a passed pawn at.

There are two versions, a free version and an ad-free version priced at a couple dollars and change. I found the free version to be fine. The single ad displayed at the lower left of the screen has so far been unobtrusive and unobnoxious. If you later decide you do not want any ads, you can return to the Microsoft Store and have them removed for $2.49 (last time I checked). Side note: The Chess Lv.100 game app is available all over town, not just the Microsoft Store.

The board and pieces are pleasant to look at and cause minimal or no eye strain. And while we are on the subject of eye strain, you show me any chess or other game with a bright white background and I will show you my rapidly departing shadow. Such games are murder on the eyes and you could very well pay the price 20 to 30 years down the road in the form of adult macular degeneration.

There are 100 levels of difficulty. When you install the game, it will start you at level 30 as white. I found the game beatable at this level, however it didn't rollover and play dead either. It did make an occasional non-advantageous move for itself now and again

As for all the settings and options, I still haven't discovered or figured them all out yet; haven't found much in the way of a help menu or instructions. It's kind of a trial and error sort of thing where you click whatever to see what happens and figure it out from there.

When you start a new game, you are given the usual choices and more. I noticed there are recording options and settings as well

During the game you can click the settings button for more options. You can highlight the last move, legal moves, threats, etc. You can change the graphics and even tell it to play music.

If the game makes a move where you are not sure what just happened, you do not need to click the Undo button. Click the back-arrows button to see what happened, then click the forward-arrows button when ready to resume the game.

If you are quitting for the day and it's an unfinished game, simply close the app. When you reopen the app, the game will resume where you left off.

Level 31 and it's definitely not rolling over and playing dead. This image is from the free version; you are not seeing the usual ad at lower-left below where it says "Normal Mode" because it was changing ads when I did the PrtScn.

I'm having fun with it and plan to gradually work my way up the levels. I must win playing both black and white before I'll allow myself to move up to the next level. And I won't allow myself to undue blunders; already did a couple of those as a matter of fact, but managed to fight my way back and win. I consider it a virtual certainty it will be regularly shutting me down long before I get anywhere near level 100, but it's going to be fun getting to that point.

If level 30 turns out to be a walk in the park and actually causes you to be bored, then a larger incrementation may indeed be in order; only you can decide. Personally, I haven't played in years and am rusty; after a few games I still haven't gotten that all-encompassing "flow" back yet. May all your chess games be stimulating, enlightening, and fun.

Alas, I must make a rather sad update...

I see that I posted the original review around six months ago. Just recently, a new ad function has been introduced. When you win a game, a full screen ad suddenly bursts upon the scene with full audio. Clicking the usual "x" makes it go away. Then you can still go back to the completed game to admire your handiwork, leastwise that's what I do.

December 2016 Update

I'm rather proud of this one, though Level 40 isn't exactly a barnburner in the awesomeness department. It certainly made me work for it though.

Checkmate

The adventure continues...

October 2017 Update

Once you are in the 40's range, the darned thing really makes one have to think. The good news is the game will still sometimes make opening moves that are downright insulting. The "bad" news is from that point forward, there are very few "gifts".

If you overlook something or otherwise make a mistake, the game will immediately nail you for it. Also at this range level, the game plays somewhat aggressive offense as well as defense. One really does have to think ahead a few moves for the entire and every part of the board.

Personally, now whenever I see a mess developing: I'll study it for awhile, then sign off for awhile; then sign back on after a few hours or even days and study it some more, then maybe sign off again. I might do this several times before finally making a move. Needless to say, my games have now turned into long term adventures. Totally fine with that and loving it.


January 2018 Update

They've started using animated ads. Not good.

February 2018 Update

They may have stopped with the animated ads. Leastwise there weren't any last time I was there.

February 2018 Update #2

Animated ads still in play, but somehow not as obnoxious.

February 2018 Update #3

Now they are doing announcing ads even when you lose.

The Concept of 0 and 1 and Does -0 Exist

Alternate titles

  • How to Interpret 0 and 1
  • The Numbers 0 and 1 Defines Nonexistence versus Existence 
  • What Is the Mathematical and Metaphysical Concept and Significance of the Numbers 0 and 1
  • 1 - The First Non Zero Number - What Is the Meaning of Zero and One

 

The Basic Interpretation of 0 and 1

This is a somewhat metaphysical approach as to the existence, meaning, concept, and significance of the numbers 0 and 1. What are the meanings of 0 and 1? What does 0 and 1 really signify?

Zero and One are the most important numbers of all the numbers in the universe. Zero and One defines the difference between existence (1) and nonexistence (0). All other numbers signifying existence can only exist when 1 exists. One is the opposite of none.

1 and 0 are the demarcation defining what is and what is not.

All numbers other than 1 are more of 1 or are none.

0 and 1 are the only numbers times themselves that are themselves. All other numbers become other numbers.

A successful division of 1 by a number other than 1 can only occur when the 1 is not a true 1. The 1 was, in fact, the sum of smaller 1's.

1 is not the first prime number. Contrary to popular belief, 1 is not a prime number at all.

0 exists when 1 or 1's do not exist. -1 cannot exist unless 1 exists. -0 does not exist. or does it?

Does -0 Exist?

If -0 equals 1, then -1 would equal 0; but it does not. So in math, -0 does not exist.

Logic and metaphysical logic, however could be different. Negative can mean not or can mean opposite. A Not 1 means it is equal to anything other than one. A opposite to one would be equal to 0. So not 1 and opposite to 1 have different meanings.

Applying the same logic to zero, however, gives us different results. A not 0 means it is equal to anything other than 0; an opposite to 0 means it is equal to anything other than 0. So not 0 and opposite to 0 are equal, whereas not 1 and opposite to 1 are not.

It therefore follows that stating -0 is also stating that the concept of not is the same as the concept of opposite. In other words, not equals opposite. That is not true. The meaning of not does not mean the same as the meaning of opposite. So -0 must be interpreted as a false statement, thus -0 does indeed not exist.

The Diverse or Abstract Interpretation of 1 and the Universe

The concept of the number 1 is greatly dependent on the undefined premise of "one what?". Every time science thinks it has found a true one, it invariably turns out to not be so. As an example, the atom was once thought to be the one true basic building block of the universe. But then it turned out the atoms were composed of the smaller 1's of electrons, protons, and neutrons. And now we have quarks, leptons, strangelets, etc. to deal with.

Who knows? Maybe there is no true 1. Everything will always be discovered to be composed of something smaller. However, in its most basic form (if we can ever find it), all else derives from 1. 1 is the definition, reality, concept, and source of all existence.

The Binary Base 2 Numbering System

Nothing versus something is the root of the binary system of numbers.

We use Base 10 in our day-to-day living. Base 10 has ten numbers (0-9) and orders of magnitude that are times ten. The lowest-order number represents itself times one. The next-order number represents itself times ten. The next order number represents itself times 10x10 or itself times 100. And so on.

An example would be the number 742. This number means that there are:
  • two 1’s,
  • four 10’s,
  • and seven 100’s.
Which represents 2 + 40 + 700; for a total of 742.

The base 2 binary number system uses the same structure, the only difference being the order of magnitude. Base 2 has two numbers (0 and 1) and orders of magnitude that are times two. The lowest-order number represents itself times one. The next-order number represents itself times 2. The next order number represents itself times 2x2 or itself times 4. And so on.

An example would be the number 110. This number means that there are:
  • No 1’s,
  • one 2,
  • and one 4.
Which represents 0 + 2 + 4; for a total of 6.

Other binary examples are:
  • 0=0, 1=1
  • 10=2, 11=3
  • 100=4, 101=5, 110=6, 111=7
  • 1000=8, 1001=9, 1010=10, 1011=11, 1100=12, 1101=13, 1110=14, 1111=15
  • 10000=16

Binary is the mathematical representation of how the universe encodes itself.

1 and the Base 10 Pyramid

 And what page about the number 1 would be complete without the usual acknowledgement of the series of 1's times themselves (squared)...

  • 1² = 1
  • 11² = 121
  • 111² = 12321
  • 1111² = 1234321
  • 11111² = 123454321
  • 111111² = 12345654321
  • 1111111² = 1234567654321
  • 11111111² = 123456787654321
  • 111111111² = 12345678987654321

The binary paradigm is the foundation of the universe, including fractals (recursive geometric shapes) and chaos theory (the butterfly effect).

NASA deep space photo demonstrating fractals and chaos theory

There is no reason to believe the concept of "many" excludes multiple realities.

A visual representation of the theory of parallel and/or alternate universes

Humankind relative to the universe


There are no extra pieces in the universe (-Deepak Chopra). You are here for a reason.

How Much Platinum / Palladium / Rhodium in Catalytic Converters – And Approximate Worth

Platinum, rhodium and palladium are some of the elements known as platinum-group metals, otherwise known as PGM's.

The PGM's reside in the honeycomb region of the catalytic converter. The much-older catalytic converters originally used pellets, before the more efficient and less expensive honeycomb design came into use.

The amounts and proportions of PGM's depends on the age and type of vehicle.
  • Cars, light-duty trucks, and motorcycles average total is 2-6 grams.
  • Larger-engine SUV's and trucks average total can range anywhere from 6-30 grams.
28.35 grams equals an avoirdupois ounce. 31.1 grams equals a troy ounce.

Gasoline-powered-vehicle catalytic converters use all three of the aforementioned rare-earth metals. Diesel-powered-vehicle catalytic converters use only platinum and rhodium.

How Much Is a Catalytic Converter Worth?


The Short Answer...

Depending on the age and type of vehicle, the PGM's in a catalytic converter can be worth anywhere from $180 to a very rare $900. The new and/or smaller cars being closer to $200. The larger, older vehicles being closer to $500 and up. As for that $900, maybe if you own a tank. Do keep in mind that what the PGM's are worth is not what you will be paid. There is the labor, cost of metal extraction, overhead, and the buyer's expected profit margin; not to mention the greed factor. It would also be wise to be able to prove ownership. Otherwise, a phone call might be being made while you are talking with the potential buyer. Driving in with the actual vehicle or at least the vehicle's paperwork will give you more legitimacy and probably even a higher price. And for goodness sake, do ask around and shop around.

The Longer Answer...

As a general rule: the older the vehicle, the more platinum present in the catalytic converter. Because of the high cost of platinum, industry continually strives to reduce the amount of platinum necessary by the use of other metals and materials and/or design changes

Platinum has been currently bouncing around the $1000 an ounce or $32 a gram range as of early February, 2018. Palladium has been increasing in value over the last year and has oscillated above/below the $1050 an ounce or $34 a gram range. Rhodium has almost doubled in value over the last year and is around $1800 an ounce or $58 a gram. Needless to say, prices fluctuate greatly; the value and quantity ratio of the three metals aren't exactly carved in stone either. Current prices and price-ratios can be found here for platinum and palladium, note the adjustable historical charts further down their page. Rhodium prices can be found here. Price information resources come and go. If the links stop working, a Google search will quickly find you a new one.

Catalytic converters really don't add much salvage value to a scrapped or totaled car anymore, exceptions of course being the much older and larger vehicles. And of course, thefts are still happening  from those vehicles whose catalytic converters are easily accessible.

It turns out the information to write this page was not easy to find. Fortunately, I stumbled across much of  it buried in a government-archived article written by the USGS about cerium recovery from catalytic converters. The article has more information scattered around about catalytic converters, what recyclers might be willing to pay for them, platinum and the other PGM's, other recycling information, etc. [Update. As of February 2018, prices stated in the referenced government article are woefully obsolete, but the rest of the information is still valid.]

Platinum Nugget. Source: USGS

Doing Screenshots and Shortcuts in Windows 10

How to do, take, make a screenshot or print screen with Windows PC. And how to create shortcuts in Windows 10. By doing the one-time shortcut creations, it makes the screenshot procedure about a 15-second task going forward.


How to create WIN10 shortcuts and how to quickly and easily use the PrtScn key and MS Paint to make and save Windows PC screenshots. The secret is to make some shortcut icons. Then it really is just a matter of PrtScn, Paint, Ctrl-V, and save or print. Here's how...

How to Create Windows 10 Shortcuts


First, one has to find the Paint Program. Microsoft for some reason decided to be cute and put "Accessories" under "W" instead of  "A".
  1. Click the 4-square, lower-left, Windows 10 start icon. Or tap the same-looking keyboard key.
  2. Scroll down, if necessary, and select "All apps"
  3. Scroll down and select "Windows Accessories".
  4. Scroll down and right-click "Paint". Select "Pin to taskbar".
  5.  Right-click again and select "Pin to start". Drag it on your graphic menu to upper-left or wherever else is convenient.
  6. Drag it from your graphic menu to your desktop, this will create a shortcut there as well. 
You now have three easy-access shortcuts to the Paint Program.

How to Do a Print Screen aka Screenshot

  1. Press the "PrtScn" key, probably located near upper-right on keyboard.
  2. Open Paint Program using any one of your new shortcut buttons.
  3. Do Ctrl-V. The image will display in the Paint Program.
  4. The Paint Program side menu options enable saving in various formats and locations, etc. And you can print.
  5. As a side note, the "Crop" and "Rotate" functions listed in the across-the-top Paint Program menu options are highly convenient. So is the "Resize" function, but beware resolution degradation.

Reference page for:

  • How to make the three Windows 10 shortcuts
  • How to capture and save screen shots in Windows

What Is a Zark / Zerk / Zirk / Zork / Zurk - The Short Definitions and Uses Compendium

Z a/e/i/o/u RK

I decided to research the land of zurk, zork, zirk, zerk, and zark. Someone had to do it. Interestingly, different spellcheckers each have their own different subset of pet peeves concerning these words.

Zark Definition

Looks like zark came into being, courtesy of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It apparently can also be used as a swear word. Merely use it in place of the “F” word.

Zerk Definition

A zerk is a grease fitting. Somehow I don’t think this particular definition will come up too often in conversations.

Zerk is also another word for crazy; as in, “He went zerk when Zurk said no.”

Zerk can also be used to refer to acceleration and deceleration; examples being, we zerk when the light turns green and we zerk when we come to a stop sign.

Zerk can also be used as a verb, as in zerking from the scene.

Zirk Definition

The act of conning or taking advantage of someone. One can zirk someone; and one can be zirked by someone. Example, “I know he zirked me on that deal.”

Zork Definition

A well-known computer game.

Zurk Definition

Zurk is still awaiting admittance to the English language. The word as yet remains undefined. Zurk, as with some of the others, is also a surname. When someone with the Zurk surname does something notable, we will then have our zurk definition.

Zirk - Zerk - Zork - Zark - Zurk

Zarkness, Zerkness, Zirkness, Zorkness, Zurkness are all popular user names.

As for zarkdom, zerkdom, zirkdom, zorkdom, and zurkdom; excepting for usage in some fictional stories, these words are likewise still awaiting usage and definitions in the English language. I figure it is only a matter of time.

And this concludes the what is, uses for, and definitions of zork / zerk / zark / zirk / zurk.

How to Prevent Divorce

A serious list of reasons that cause couples to divorce and what one can sometimes do to prevent divorce. Mainly it is simply self-awareness, early detection, and communication are all that is needed.

Reasons People Divorce

Here is a list of things that couples have said can cause divorce. In some cases, solutions are possible.
  • Infidelity
  • One party too involved in their career or working too much. Emotional neglect.
  • Different views on religion or politics. At the beginning of a marriage, both parties don’t think it’s a big deal. But over time, the disagreements become cumulative and can move to the forefront.
  • Failure to communicate. One person or the other fails to tell the other of a concern that is on their mind. Instead they just let the “issue” build up. In time, the emotion becomes out of proportion to the actual concern.
  • Failure to communicate. A misunderstanding develops that neither party realizes until it is too late.
  • Lack of trust developing over time. Caused by the other items listed here.
  • Money. Lack of money induces a never ending stress. Over time, blame issues may develop.
  • Marrying someone who has habits you don’t like in the belief that you can change them.
  • Failure to be open and honest. Though this includes lying, it also includes failure to volunteer important information.
  • An unwillingness to compromise.
  • Marriages that begin for reasons other than love.
This admittedly incomplete list was posted in the hopes it might help people. The simple awareness and communication about potential problems is sometimes all that is needed.
  • The mutual  awareness that external factors can cause stress.
  • The mutual awareness of lack of communication.
  • The mutual awareness of unintentional neglect.
The key word is "mutual" All of these things, and more, can be overcome; if when something is first noticed, attention is immediately brought to it. Then it can be addressed and dealt with long before the stage where emotions override thought.

Punctuation Examples for Dialogue Syntax


I like writing flash fiction. As such, I use a lot of character dialogue. I’ve gotten tired of trying to remember all the different punctuation rules for all the different sentence syntax, structure, and formatting options. So I decided to compile a complete list of punctuation examples of same. Hopefully, every sentence structure and syntax punctuation example is covered. Now I can just keep this page open in a separate tab and refer to it as needed.

Dialogue Punctuation Examples List


“I think it’s time to leave,” thinks the wildebeest as he spots the approaching lions.

“Let’s get out of here!” shouts the second wildebeest.

“Do we really have to leave?” protested the baby wildebeest.

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Dave said, “I think you’ve got a flat tire there, Bill.”

Bill was bemused. “It’s only flat on the bottom.”

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“I say we hang him in effigy,” said Marvin. “It would be the right thing to do.”

“I don’t know where that is,” said Delbert. “Why not hang him right here and be done with it?”

“Why,” thought Alvin, “do I hang out with this crew?”

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“If future visitors use this post as a reference,” thinks the author, “then I will have made my contribution to society for the day.” Google chuckles as the post gets indexed on page 42.

I Am Bored. What Should I Do? List of Things to Do When Bored.

List of Constructive and Fun Things to Do When Bored

What to do when bored. Short, medium, and long-term items. Something for everyone. Both fun things and/or productive things. It is hoped this list will serve you well.

Random list of ideas for when you are bored. Or even when you are not so bored.

  • Read long list of funny and life-assisting quotes and one-liners.
  • 10 humorous or weird really short stories for you to read, all on one web page at Flash Fiction Land.
  • Get that nagging medical problem taken care of.
  • Are your glasses or contacts due to be replaced?
  • Start a growing-indoor-plants project.
  • Been thinking about getting an aquarium?
  • Backyard barbecue.
  • Backyard cleanup.
  • Go to a restaurant.
  • Go to the mall.
  • Go to the grocery store.
  • Go to a thrift shop.
  • Mess around with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, G+, other social media.
  • Start that hobby you have been putting off.
  • Get up earlier than usual.
  • Does the car need washing and/or waxing? 
  • Basic car maintenance. Tire pressure check. Oil level check. Radiator level check. Brake fluid level check?
  • Start a website or blog (you will never be bored again).
  • 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.
  • Call someone.
  • Make peace with someone.
  • Write someone a friendly note.
  • 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.
  • Research your next phone.
  • 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).
  • Go for a walk or jog.
  • If feasible in your neighborhood, get a bicycle.
  • Look for a better job.

No, that is not me in the picture.

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 (without the text) came from NASA. Come to think of it, visiting the NASA website isn't such a bad idea either. They've got more awesome astronomy pictures there than you can shake an asteroid at.

Update

The comment below can really only be appreciated by those of us who write and post articles on 3rd-party websites. I have left it there because it is such a true classic. I still have some articles on 3rd-party websites; but when I am bored, I am gradually migrating most of them here to my own site.

Meritocracy - Politics - Society

The Sociological Definition and Results of a 100% Meritocracy, i.e., Social Darwinism

Why a 100% Meritocratic Society Can Never Work as a Standalone System, the Pros and Cons


Darwinism - Another word for meritocracy

 

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 cannot. 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 solely 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? Sociological implications...

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, due to the lack of even the basic necessities of life, the "losers" will sooner or later lose the ability to compete. 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. We are discussings 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 affordable 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.

Conclusion

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 apparently is already happening in some European countries.