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qwerty.

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not me, but someone from back in the day 
who is frustrated by the illogical order of the keyboard.

have you ever wondered why the letters on the keyboard are organized the way they are? while it seems like the letters were randomly strewn across the keys, this method of organizing the keyboard was developed as way to slow down typists. back in 1872, typewriter users were typing too fast and causing the typewriters to jam. so, the QWERTY method actually kept the machines from breaking down and is still used today.

 

“wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast. ”    

-william shakespeare

 

 

source: mental floss, noam

 

spam!

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 clearing out my spam yet again

there seems to be no end to spam

i love hacking away and getting rid of it

 like when you sweep the sand

out of a vacation cottage at the beach

you know there will be more of it

in just a few hours

but the deleting process

is strangely satisfying

in the moment.

 

“two years from now, spam will be solved.”

– Bill Gates’ prediction, seventeen years ago, at the 2004 World Economic Forum

update.

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the moment i hit the ‘update’ button

i am instantly

seized by regret

remembering/realizing/knowing

at some point

in the process

it will get stuck loading

 some passwords won’t survive

random things

will be in different colors

found in new places

new languages could play a role

as i await the update on my updates

the countdown until it’s complete will continue slowly, sporadically, and take until near-forever

but in the end

at least my garage band app will be current and my gas stove controls may be linked to my podcast list

so that’s something.

 

“to err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.” 

-paul ehlrich (american scientist)

diagnosis.

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my laptop suddenly went black and i couldn’t do anything to revive it

  soon left in the hands of my local miracle-working tech wizards

the diagnosis wasn’t the best

 it quickly landed in their icu unit

after some long days passed

and lots of finger-crossing

they somehow managed to save it

took it all apart

unwired, rewired, cleaned parts,

twisted things, fidgeted with things, checked things,

moved things, tested things,

put the puzzle all back together

 (the technical play by play)

and wow – it now works

i’m squeamish so i didn’t ask for too many details of the surgery

 the prognosis moving ahead was

“it will last for a while longer”

(like all of us)

 there could be many reasons

why it had a near-death experience

just happy that it’s working and back in action

and that’s a very good thing.

“a lot of people asked me if it was frustrating not having a clear specific diagnosis,

but i didn’t mind. i just chose the most optimistic diagnosis.”

-karen duffy

out of thin air.

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water from air

Two billion people on earth are without clean drinking water, and this problem will only be exacerbated by the climate crisis.

Fortunately, independent businesses are working on a myriad of differing solutions. One Israeli company, Watergen, has taken advantage of the fact that the Earth’s atmosphere contains 13 billion tonnes of fresh water and developed technology that filters water vapor out of the air.

Michael Mirilashvili, the leader of Watergen, told BBC, “A big advantage of using atmospheric water is that there’s no need to build water transportation, so no worries about heavy metals in pipes for example or cleaning contaminated water from the ground or polluting the planet with plastic bottles.”

The technology works by quickly drawing air into the machine and using condensation to produce fresh water at the low cost of seven to 15 cents per liter. The machine does use electricity, but if this can be supplied via renewable sources, the machine would have a very little environmental impact.

Water gathered from the atmosphere still faces the issue of condensing air pollution. Although lead was banned in 1999, it is still found in UK air in 2021. However, partner researchers from Tel Aviv University proved this to be a small obstacle when they were able to extract the water to a quality set by the World Health Organization.

Watergen’s technology can provide up to 1,585 gallons of water per day and has already been used at hospitals in the Gaza Strip and villages in Central Africa.

“water is the driving force of all nature.”

-leonardo da vinci

 

 


source credits: BBC news, Natalie Lisbona, Optimist daily

remotely interested.

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when not at home

i am often reminded

that there is always a learning curve

upon encountering new remotes 

as is often the case

they seem to have been designed 

by someone who wanted to add

lots of colorful or completely unmarked obscure buttons

i am far from winning or fully appreciating the options

luckily i have my secret weapons – my grandies

who can navigate their way around them with ease. 

 

“i couldn’t find the remote control to the remote control.”

-steven wright

toasted.

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Completely Customize Your Breakfast

With a Touchscreen Toaster

That Has 60 Different Settings

Revolution/Amazon
Toasters seem to have a mind of their own. One day your bagel pops out perfectly golden brown, and the next, the same setting burns it to a crisp. Revolution’s touchscreen toaster ($280) looks to take the guesswork out of your morning routine by offering 60 different toast settings for basically any form of carbohydrate you throw in there.

This toaster, which sports a 4.4-star rating on Amazon, works just as well with frozen waffles and multi-grain bread as it does for Pop-Tarts and bakery-fresh bagels. All you have to do is program the toaster with what food you want to crisp, the state it’s in (frozen, fresh, etc.), and what color level you want it to be when it pops out.

Once set, the countdown clock will start and an alarm will ring to let you know when it’s done. There’s even a built-in mechanism that adjusts to the size of whatever you’re toasting to ensure all of your food pops out high enough to grab safely with your fingers. The Revolution toaster doesn’t require any pre-heating time, and the company claims it’s 35 percent faster than other versions.

personal note:

this stresses me out just reading about it,

i would need a tech geek to come with the toaster.

“television is like the american toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up every time.”

-alfred hitchcock

 

 

article source: Elaine Selna/Mental Floss

who’s zooming who?

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We humans may be tiring of video calls, Zoom birthdays and streamed performances, but the chimps at two Czech zoos are just starting to enjoy their new live online linkup. To make up for the lack of interaction with visitors since the attractions closed in December under Covid-19 restrictions, the chimpanzees at Safari Park Dvur Kralove and the troop at a zoo in Brno, 93 miles away, can now watch one another’s daily lives on giant screens.

There are no mute-button disasters as the sound is off, but there has already been plenty of interest in what the distant cousins are up to since the project got underway last week.

“At the beginning they approached the screen with defensive or threatening gestures, there was interaction,” said Gabriela Linhartova, ape keeper at Dvur Kralove, 84 miles east of Prague. “It has since moved into the mode of ‘I am in the movies’ or ‘I am watching TV.’ When they see some tense situations, it gets them up off the couch, like us when we watch a live sport event.” The chimpanzees have also adopted other human behaviors such as grabbing goodies like nuts to chew on while watching the action.

The video conferences, also aired on the safari park’s website, will run daily from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. until the end of March, when keepers will evaluate whether they should continue.

“it is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.”

-H. L. Mencken

 

 

 

credits: David w. Cerney – Reuters

“am i living in a simulation?” – charlie brooker

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who could possibly part with this?

the hurricane simulator

is on the trash heap

behind a bowling alley

why has no one snatched it up?

has it lost its luster, its wind, its power to awe?

looks a time-travel machine to me if there ever was one. 

 

 

 

“nature isn’t classical, dammit,

and if you want to make a simulation of nature,

you’d better make it quantum mechanical,

and by golly it’s wonderful problem,

because it doesn’t look easy.”

-richard p. feynman (american theoretical physicist)

aha.

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(not me, but a puppy who has my dream hair color and is comfortably wearing earbuds)

that aha moment

when after 62 years and some months

your ear buds once again fall out when walking 

 you have your glasses on

you look down before trying to put them back in

 you notice that earbuds are marked ‘r’ and ‘l’ for right and left

that they are meant to go in the corresponding ears

you realize that you actually do have ear canals

and there is a way to ensure they will not continue to fall out every 3.5 minutes.

“the “aha” moment is a validating experience for your efforts

and at the same time changes your paradigm of the world in favor of a more accurate one.

Campbell simply says “it wipes out the ego.”

― Roumen Bezergianov, Character Education with Chess

 

 

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