Saturday, November 10, 2018
Friday, October 19, 2018
A quantum field is the waving grass of endless possibility,
Waving this way and that,
Depending on the winds of thought,
Tickling the feet of minds all about the Multiverse.
If an ordinary human has the wing-breeze of a monarch butterfly,
Then poets are as an albatross,
Where a shaman or yogi may be a Thunderbird or Dragon,
Shaking fluid reality,
Or soaring on the shared winds of monarch migrations.
We all dream of being hurricanes.
By: Daniel A. Stafford
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Preface to "The Great Book Of Blizzard":
Poetry that is contained in these pages is the result of a lifetime
spent mostly in places with real Winter; The Great Lakes for the most
part, yet also the Great Plains, the Rockies of Colorado, and even
mid-North Texas and Northern New Mexico.
the face of Climate Change, I wanted to save and preserve what it was
like to live in these places in the era of actual Winters.
of these poems are what I like to call “Poetic Memoir,” and are
based on real events in my life. Some are simply fantasy based on a
lifetime of experience with snow and Winter...real Winters.
I have lived in Southern California for four years as of the
completion of this compilation in 2018, never forget that I am a
native of Wisconsin who spent fifty years in the Midle West of these
United States of America. My family still lives there, and lives with
those of you who find snowy Winters a novelty, or know it not at all,
I hope this book can give you a deeper understanding of what it was
so many forget is that almost everything in nature needs a period of
rest and renewal before the busy regrowth of Springtime. Even
humanity needs – and mostly neglects – quiet time to turn inward,
reflect, and recharge.
you for reading.
love and light,
book donated to Public Domain
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Monday, September 3, 2018
Sunday, September 2, 2018
The Poetry of Victorian Science
In 1848, the mineralogist, pioneer of photography, and amateur poet Robert Hunt published The Poetry of Science, a hugely ambitious work that aimed to offer a survey of scientific knowledge while also communicating the metaphysical, moral, and aesthetic aspects of science to the general reader. Gregory Tate explores what the book can teach us about Victorian desires to reconcile the languages of poetry and science.Read More »
Cosmography Manuscript (12th Century)
Wonderful series of medieval cosmographic diagrams and schemas sourced from a late 12th-century English manuscript.Read More »
Bon-Mots of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century (1897)
Compilation of some of the best conversational witticisms of the 18th and 19th centuries, including Joseph Addison, Samuel Johnson, Oscar Wilde, and Lord Byron, and many lesser known wits.Read More »
The Laughing Song (1904)
In this novelty recording by the Norwegian actor Henry Klauser, a mournful refrain gradually gives way to laughter.Read More »
Flatfish Camouflage Experiments (1911)
Photographs from a series of experiments in which various types of flounder through their paces as regards camouflage ability.Read More »
How to Create a Human Being
The Book of Stones, a central alchemical text, contained formulae with the power to create living tissue from ordinary matter, supposedly.Read More »
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A hand-picked selection of recently published books (within the last 15 years or so), all of which in someway tap into the tastes and concerns of The Public Domain Review. There are many beautiful facsimiles and reproductions of works we've featured on the site, as well as fascinating books on a wide range of historical periods and themes, including many penned by our very own essay contributors.Start exploring here »
And now also on...
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Scientists crack mystery of ancient Roman concrete's 2,000-year life span - The Washington Post
Ask Tom Why: What is the highest recorded height for a cumulonimbus cloud? - tribunedigital-chica
Jet stream - Wikipedia
Monday, April 16, 2018
Art Bell was an original. He opened up the night for me, brought subjects I'd only dreamt of being discussed on the US Airwaves to life. He's the reason I've read many of the things I've read, and why I chose this podcast/videocast topic structure. Art Bell passed away on Friday the 13th of April at the age of 72. This is my tribute to an American original. Show notes include links to multiple archives of Art's broadcasts.
Visuals created using Plane9. (www.plane9.com)
Audio podcast version of this episode:
Washington Post obituary for Art Bell:
Art Bell, mysterious narrator of the American nightscape, is dead at 72
Art Bell radio archive links:
Watch "Art Bell Coast to Coast Paranormal Radio Archives" on YouTube
Watch "Art Bell Classic Show Archive" on YouTube
Archives Archives - Midnight in the Desert
Somewhere in Time Archive -- Art Bell shows 1993-2002 | ArtBell
The Ultimate Art Bell on TuneIn Radio
Good night and goodbye, Art Bell...
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018
When I first started drinking coffee it was from drip pots with paper filters becsuse that's what everyone did.
Then we spent a weekend at my wife's cousin's beach house. There was an antique stove-top percolator exactly like my grandmother had when I was a little kid.
It had a clear knob on the lid, and the water would bubble up in there so you could see the color. When it got a nice deep brown, you took it off the stove. I used to watch it all the time.
I had time on my hands that day at the beach house. I made coffee the old-school way. The whole house smelled wonderfully of coffee. My wife came down the stairs saying how good it smelled. The coffee was strong snd flavorful.
I threw out my drip coffee pot as soon as we got home and went to the antique store online.
Then we saw a 12-cup Farberware Millennium coffee pot for sale in the kitchen department at Carson's. Electric, automatic, dropped from brewing to warming temp all by itself when the coffee was done. Won't burn the coffee unless it sits at least ten hours. All stainless steel. (The antique stove-top is aluminum)
|Farberware Millenium Electric Percolator|
I've never looked back.
They sold people on drips in the 70's because the paper filters would "filter out all the coffee impurities." It filtered out most of the flavor, too, and made the paper companies money. What did I know at the time? I was 10 and didn't drink coffee.
Well, I learned back in 1999 when I tried that percolator.
IP Version 6 was developed because IP Version 4 (currently used) is running out of IP addresses. IPV6 is reputed to have so many IP addresses that you could assign one to every atom on the surface of the Earth and have enough addresses left for another hundred planets.
Nanotech is composed of machines so small that they're measured in number of atoms.
Net dust is my term for nano-scale routers that would allow the entire surface of the Earth to become an IP network.
Imagine there being literally nowhere that had no access to the internet. Simply scatter net dust from planes, drones, and every other vehicle imaginable. The wind would carry it everywhere.
Net dust would be inhaled and ingested constantly by every creature on the planet.
Sunday, March 4, 2018
I have an older slim tower PC set up with Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS 64-bit Linux.
It is taking quite a bit of getting used to, but wow, does it boot up fast!
I'm focusing mostly on learning terminal commands right now, but I do have the firewall enabled, and I've been playing a bit with some of the GUI software and applications as well. I have ClamAV with ClamTK installed and working. (Antivirus) So at least I have basic secirity on the device. (** Note: In ClamTK, once you open it, go into the setting at the farthest upper left corner of the GUI window, and un-check the "double click buttons to operate")
I also have it playing music and I have Audacity installed on it as well, so I can record audio. (For podcasting later)
I can't put a lot of time into it, as I'm in school full time to become a Microsoft-certified Systems Administrator by early next year.
However, the first certification in the series is CompTIA A+ and Amazon TestOut PC Pro - and I'm getting hammered on some of the MAC & Linux command questions. Luckily that's about 3-4% of the material, but still, it could make the difference between passing the cert exams and failing.
So, wish me luck, but Ubuntu is on my extra box. I'm also posting this blog from it tonight.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
If all the rest of the hardware on a PC checks out as Windows 10 compatible via a reading of the Windows 10 system requirements, and the hardware check tool from Microsoft, but your video controller is incompatible with Windows 10, you may be able to do this.
Background: Windows 10 has a boatload of new code in it so that it can adapt to the screen size of the device it is running on. This operating system may be implemented on smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, all-in-one PC's, or even smart TV's. It needs to be able to work on all sizes of screens.
Because of this, the graphics controller chip or card must be able to support the new code. Some graphics controllers are too old to support the software, at a hardware level. They simply can't run the necessary DirectX version. Devices that run Windows 10 for desktop editions must include a GPU that supports DirectX 9 or later, per Microsoft specifications for desktop operating system versions. Even with an updated driver, they just aren't capable of running it. Others are no longer supported by the manufacturer, so the necessary driver software will never be written.
Microsoft doesn't appear include graphics controller testing in their hardware check tool. You must manually investigate the compatibility of your Graphics Controller yourself. You'll need to look up what make and model of graphics controller your system has. Usually these can be found online. CNET.com is usually pretty good for PC specifications for many makes and models. The manufacturer website may also be a good resource.
Once you know what graphics controller your machine is using, you'll need to research online whether it is supported for Windows 10. Even if all the rest of your PC hardware meets all the Windows 10 system requirements, if your graphics controller is incompatible, upgrading is likely to cause you a lot of grief with hangs, freezes, and the dreaded blue screen of death. This is because instructions your graphics controller can't execute are coming in due to all that new code. This is also a big reason why early reviews of Windows 10 were so mixed. People loved it or hated it. That was probably a direct result of not knowing that they needed to check this manually before updating...
Once you have determined that the rest of your PC is able to run Windows 10, but your GC will not, what you can do is purchase an expansion card GC that is known to support Windows 10 and install it to a PCIe x16 slot or AGP slot on your machine. (Few laptops have these expansion slots available) AGP slots are pretty old, so it's unlikely, but never rule anything out.
This will replace the integrated GC on the CPU chip, or replace an existing incompatible expansion card GC. (Once you have the new graphics card thast you are certain supports Windows 10 installed and running, you should boot into the system BIOS/UEFI and disable the integrated graphics controller if it's present. It will be using up system RAM memory for nothing. That will slow your machine down a bit.
It takes a bit of research, but it's likely cheaper than a new PC.
I just did this myself by making one good Win 10 dektop out of two old ones that I am donating to my Civil Air Patrol squadron.
One PC had a compatible GC expansion card, the other had an incompatible integrated GC.
Temecool Computer Repair
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018
Happy New Year 2018, and welcome to Midwestern Geek In Cali's second season! We are nearing our first 1,000 downloads, and are thrilled to be at the milestone of 25 episodes published!
Thank you to our listeners for giving us your ears, and happy Vulcan fingers to you from the Agent of 42! \//_