Sunday, April 15, 2018
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
When I was a little kid, pocket knives were fairly common. So were Swiss Army Knives. Before the age of technology, people thought that Swiss Army Knives were cool.
So when I was little, my father gave me a small pocket knife that was also a bottle opener. It was fairly harmless. I kept it with me for about a decade until I broke it trying to fix a loose chain on my bicycle.
I don't think that there was any problem taking something like this to school. It was a different era. Today it would be considered a weapon.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Eventually the fort at Columbus fell, and Grant also captured two more confederate river forts (Henry and Donnelson) which opened up the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. At fort Donnelson he captured nearly 13,000 confederate soldiers. Donnelson was an amazing victory in so many ways. That left the upper Mississippi in the hands of the Union and later Grant would seize the entire river down through New Orleans by eliminate a nearly impregnable fort at Vicksburg, MS. And fort Henry and Donnelson opened up the Cumberland and Tennessee rivers allowing union access to all of Tennessee, Northern Alabama, and Northern Mississippi. The battles in the Eastern theatre still to this day get the most publicity, however the Civil war was truly won in the western theatre.
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
I got a draw against one higher rated player and lost to a master. My
chess.com rating went from around 1784 to 1800. Lately I had some
trouble staying above 1800 on chess.com.
Although it is not like I won the tournament, but given the
competition I was just happy just to place 3rd.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
only way to do it is with a bootable DVD using the internal DVD drive.
Never mind running to store to purchase the flash drive that all the
instructions and Bootcamp tell you to use. It doesn't work. Neither
does an external DVD drive. If you want to make a bootable DVD from an
ISO, then your best bet is a Windows 7+ PC using the Windows USB-DVD
download tool. Not using the tool will fail. Also, Windows XP is
apparently not 64 bit enough to burn the disk successfully, and the
ISO I burned from the Mac didn't seem to work. Fortunately I had a
Windows 10 laptop. And as far as that internal DVD drive is concerned,
if yours never worked right from the time you bought the Mac (like
mine), or currently doesn't work right, then you are out of luck. I
just had a repair shop order me a new one.
I should add that if Bootcamp refuses to remove XP from your Mac, and
then tells you to boot up in recovery mode to remove the partition,
that this is an easy way to turn your Mac into a very big paperweight.
Likewise if something goes wrong with the bootcamp install, your Mac
may refuse to boot. If this happens to you, don't panic like I did and
spend $65 at a repair shop to get your operating system reinstalled
back to factory settings. It turns out that if you hold ALT (Option)
key on boot up that you get to a boot menu where you can get back to
your operating system.
The only reason I bought a Mac in 2010 was so that I could write
iPhone Apps. Otherwise, I can't see why anyone would want to own one.
The 27 inch iMac is a very beautiful overpriced computer with a pretty
operating system, but I find that operating system clunky and
restrictive to use. Also, I am too dependent on Windows to not have
that as well.
Hello, I'm a PC.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
me, that we live on a big rock, rotating at 1037 miles an hour (less
as you move away from the equator), going around the Sun at 67,000
MPH, and moving around the galaxy at unfathomable speed, and all of
this is like a grain of sand on the beach of an immense cosmic ocean
that is forever expanding at an ever accelerating rate.
However, this video expresses it much better:
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Friday, November 3, 2017
To do this, I skip breakfast, eat a good lunch somewhere between noon and one, and the last thing I eat is around 9 PM. That's later than most people, but I keep a pretty late schedule.
I still count calories to the best that I am able. I figured out a long time ago roughly how many calories I need to maintain my body weight, and if I eat slightly less than that then I lose weight slowly without going hungry.
Anyhow, using the 9 hour window seems to be more effective, and I am losing weight, although somewhat slowly.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Friday, September 8, 2017
Took my last college course almost 30 years ago, so I may not understand the nuances of modern education, but equality sounds to me like a liberal buzz word. The reason a person goes to school, gets good grades, and then works hard, as I did for 30 years, is to produce inequality, i.e. Get ahead. My take is that people worried about equality are the ones who didn't work as hard. However, I understand that there is this concern over inherent unfairness, but this is mostly a false narrative. There is, and has been for some time, ample opportunity for people to get an education. We educate too many, because 40% of graduates have to take jobs that don't require a degree. And despite those who try to stir racial tension in order to divide us, race relations are better than they have ever been.