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Friday, April 20, 2018

How do we stop problems on the internet?  The reality is that no one, or group, can.  The problem has grown larger than any living entities ability to solve it.  Most users and companies get by by defending themselves as best they can with checkers, firewalls, backups, etc. but that tends to become financially and socially unfeasible.  What's the solution?

An autonomous mechanical intelligence.

I propose I.V.A.N. an Intelligent Viral Amorphous Network.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

One of my biggest fears...

Heaven is real.

I actually make it to Heaven...

Heaven is boring.
Finally in the process of getting rid of all particle board.  Particle board shelf units are great for temporary organization, and I'm glad I had it available to me at the time.

However, 10 and 20 years later, it's time to move on.  Temporary furniture is good, don't get me wrong, but it is no substitute for something that can last a lifetime.  If you are happy having a shelf set, and it's working for you, shouldn't it be something you know will last and even have re-sale value?
I've recently "discovered" I have a hyper-associative thought process.  What that means is when I sense something, i.e. touch, smell, taste, see, even think of, my mind immediately makes associations with any other similar experience.  Most folks' brains actually work this way, it's how we remember and can have an emotional reaction to things.  Normally these associations are muted, the concentration on the current stimulus, and the associations in the background.

My problem is that it's hyper.  If I see a doughnut, I immediately think of many other foods I like, which progresses into other foods, food preparation, cultivating foods, then onto shopping, cooking, gardening...  All within the span of a few seconds.  It can make me appear very distracted and ditzy, when in fact, I'm just remembering really fast.

Makes it very difficult to maintain focus on a task, or maintain a consistent pace when performing tasks, like Spring cleaning.
EVERY drug should have a gummy version.  Taking pills, and some of these things are just nasty.  I am very aware that I put myself in the position where I take 7-9 pills every day.  I don't need the constant reminder I've been "bad" with the foul taste.  Isn't it bad enough AMA that I have to shoot myself with insulin?

Monday, April 16, 2018

Time for Spring cleaning...

Getting a dumpster from McDowell & Sons...  See if I can actually do cleaning...

Monday, April 09, 2018

I never knew how hard it would be to spend my money, until I discovered Chaturbate.

I'm very willing to spend money.

The models are obviously willing to get my money.

HOWEVER

Chaturbate has limits.  I'm guessing their business model is to get a lot of small tips from many many viewers.  I quickly hit spending limits buying tokens there.  Many days I hit the limit in the first hour, so I'm stuck feeling guilty not sending these beautiful gals as much token as I'd like to.

Banks and Credit Unions have limits.  I got a debit card JUST so I couldn't over-spend.  But, despite the fact my account can be fat, the card limits me with a cap.  It also limits time by judging every purchase as "pending" for at least a day, despite the fact there's money in the account.  AND, the card gets VERY preachy, by calling me to "verify" that I'm making those purchases...  As if they're trying to shame me into not spending my money where I choose to spend it...
I expect I'll be blogging about Chaturbate a lot...  I've just retired, and have a lot of free time, and Chaturbate seems to meet all my social needs for now...
Going to try blogging again...

There's a bunch of stuff in my head that clogs the raceways, and I'm learning the best way to clear the flow is to spew some here to get my thought process going again.

I hope any reader will find it somewhat enjoyable....

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Astronomy is an amazing pseudo-science.

I'm sitting here watching a show with astronomers talking about the Universe. How we can only "see" 13 billion light-years, red-shifting, blue-shifting, expanding Universe, the Universe is only 13 and a half billion years old, etc., etc.

This, of course, depends on the speed of light being a constant, 186,000 miles per second.

Several weeks ago I watched a show about approaching absolute zero temperature. One of the side effects of *this* research was an experiment that demonstrated that light photons could actually be slowed by a tiny tiny blobs of molecules chilled to within a few millionths of a degree above absolute zero.

What any normal person, even a scientist, should be able to deduce from this empirical fact is that the whole concept of the speed of light is NOT a constant, and can, in fact be at least slowed by temperature. It would seem to me, that the corollary could also be true, the speed of light could be increased by some factor.

Other researchers are of the belief that the area between stars systems and galaxies is actually *at* absolute zero, due mostly to the lack of any matter.

Even *other* scientists believe that light can be bent by gravity wells.

That sort of throws out the whole concept of red-shift, blue-shift, and using light to determine much about something that's very far away. If light can be altered it can't be a very effective way to determine anything true about something that's very far away.

Not to mention, if it's taking the light hundreds or thousands of years to get here from other galaxies, we have no idea whatsoever what's going on there now. We only *know* what happened hundreds or thousands of years ago.

So, astronomers are basing most of their observations on historical data, from hundreds or thousands of years ago, using a tool, light, that is proven to be alterable by at least two known, and one deduced, factors.

Yep, pseudo-science.

I really want to get out there and find out the truth.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Dehydrator 0003

Whelp, been going 11 hours now, and the 1/8" slice produces definitive chips. Both banana and apple are dry to the touch, just turned them, & will let them go another hour before bagging into zip-locks.

Lucked out on the zip-locks several years ago. Sam's Club had them on sale so I bought a case of four boxes of quart size, only working on the second box still. 54 per box, so I've done in the range 60 to 75, 1 to 3 ounce bags of dehydrating. That's all I've used these bags for, so far.

I've been thinking about the prep stuff, and I think I need to do this only one or two days a week. That might help keep my interest up. It should also help with the timing. Over-night is OK, but if I have to go to work the next day, that means either the stuff has to sit in the drier, or I need to hustle to get it out, which is problematic. It's quicker than prep, but I don't know if I like the idea of the screens sitting dirty all day.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Dehydrating 0002

What I have...

American Harvest Garden Master with 10 trays.

This has serviced me pretty well for 6 to 8 years. What I've done with it so far is about 200 pounds of meat into jerky. I take it out every winter for a week or two or a month or two, get the Nesco spices, and go nuts. I love the jerky, but get tired of the prep work and clean-up and say the heck with it after a period of time. I have one of the Nesco Jerky guns, so I always use ground meat.

Drying meat this way means that everything is pretty uniform, the spices are in the meat, so no marinating, and it's not as "chewy" or hard to tear off a small piece when eating, to make it last longer. Which is good, because a pound of meat translates into 18-22 6-8" sticks. I can eat that watching a movie. If you add in work time, that's about $6 for me to make 4 to 6 ounces of jerky. No wonder it costs so much in the store...

NEW - Excalibur 2900 9 tray dehydrator.

9 square feet of drying area. Moderately intimidating. Dang. If I didn't like prep work and cleaning up before, am I going to like it any better now? We'll see.

Just got the Excalibur today. Spent about an hour or so setting it up, reading the book (yes, I read instructions), and cleaning it.

At Cubs today, I bought 20 bucks of prep stuff, mostly a sturdy box grater/slicer. Tones spices, Chili, Cinnamon, Hickory smoke salt, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper. 6 lbs. of 93 percent ground beef. Red Delicious Apples.

At Hometown, bought 4 almost perfectly ripe bananas, good size.

Played with the slicer on the fruit. Makes about 1/8" slices. It seems the faster you work it, the better the slices turn out.

Probably need to get some ascorbic acid for color, otherwise everything will be brown. The browning doesn't affect the taste that I can tell, but appearance is good in food.

Only one banana had bruising, otherwise all four filled two trays in the Excalibur.

Apples, two apples filled about a tray and a half. Added some cinnimon.

Started it running at 135 at about 8:30 p.m. We'll see what they look like at 10 or so when I turn them.
Dehydration entry 0001

Yes, I dehydrate food. Why? Beef jerky tastes better and costs less when you make it yourself. Beef and Venison, Pork and Venison taste great, and you can make it last forever by drying it. Bored with just eating an apple? Slice it, sprinkle with a little cinnamon, dehydrate it overnight, and you have a whole new taste sensation that is still good for you.

Yes, I'm an enthusiastic dehydrater.

Until now, I haven't kept any real records of how well things worked. I don't recall ever ruining much, but some things could have been done better, and would have been more all around fun, I think, if I had done it better.

So, I think I'm going to start keeping a log of the dehydration activities here. It's free, I can access it from wherever I need to and it's gotten very easy since Google got in the act.

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