I suppose we should first talk about just how cold we are talking about. On the Kelvin scale we are approaching absolute zero. To give some idea, Kelvin starts with absolute zero and moves up. The absolute zero on Kelvin is roughly -459.67 degrees Farenheit. This is when matter stops all movement, even on the molecular level.
When you get certain metals in the mid single digits on the Kelvin scale the molecules start to align and conduct electricity without the typical resistance seen at normal temperatures. Interesting fact, copper at normal temps is one our best conductors, but yet still horrible inefficient. It typically looses about 90% of its “power” in the movement though the copper – this loss is what we get has heat coming off of course. Move the temps down to the single digits and suddenly where you need 120 volts before to overcome the resistance in the conductors, now just 12 volts will do the job due the lack of resistance!
It gets even, excuse the wording, cooler when you go a few degrees colder. I can’t recall the exact point, but I think it is around 4 degrees Kelvin that a magnetic field is altered, such that the field both pushes and pulls in equal amounts around a magnet. Yes, we know that magnets have this property – but is based on the polarity and at normal temps they do this in opposite directions. At this extreme cold, they are in the same direction, leading to a suspension in air of the magnet. The practical application is already under use with some high-speed rail systems.
A few degrees colder is where quantum computers come into play. That is whole different world of computing and probably best left for another blog post. But the simple version is the current world of computing is each memory location is either on or off, 1 or 0. At this super cold temp, the basic bit spot can be both on and off at the same time, increasing exponentially the storage and hence computation capabilities. A byte, 8 bits, can store one number between 1 and 256. A quantum based computer’s byte can store all the numbers between 1 and 256 at the same time.
Super cold metals (-7 Kelvin) and you get no resistance, so nearly a factor of 10 in electrical conduction of energy conservation. Also, the really cool warping of magnetic fields so that repulsion and attraction at the same time results in a levitated stasis.
** – Image is from PBS website.]]>
So, here is the way it works. $15.00 a month for a base subscription on a month to month basis. That gets you a box of fishing tackle sent to your door on a monthly basis. The box contents are assured to be at least greater than $15.00 each month. And if you sign up for a longer period, the price goes down. I am working from memory but a one year package ran about $12.00 a month, all paid up front mind you.
At the time you enroll you get select your fishing profile. Which at current time, was fairly limited. There was bass, salt water, and maybe one other choice. This was my concern, but there were options to indicated what they should spread out to in the future. My concern, because I will occasionally go for bass, but am much more catfish or crappie (or panfish in general), which was not current choices. I went with bass for the time being but this will really come into play in a month or two when I decide about keeping it or not.
So, what did I get? First off, I got by my estimate between $22 and $25 in retail value. There was a nice looking crankbait, a spitting frog type of top water bait, some soft plastic crawls with a lot of color to them, There were two other items that I don’t recall now, but I will check on it this eve and alter this with an update.
** – Image is from Tackle Grab website.
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Aside from the obvious of being a very talented musician, both as a singer and guitar player with his numerous hits that would take a while to list, there is also his well documented and heroic struggle the last few years with Alzheimer’s.
While it has certainly taken its toll on mental abilities, it was interested to note that it never (seemingly at least) impacted his ability to both sing and especially play the guitar. Apparently it did impact his ability to recall the words to songs that he had performed for countless times and he relied on a teleprompter in the last tour he did. Even so though, he still go the melodies and tune right.
My only regret, well I would have liked to have seen him in concert myself. He has completely retired from that with this last tour complete now. Another great one, though still here, lost.]]>
Basically it boils down to this… I am very fond of Xubuntu, especially in the 14.04 attire, though I have been fond of XFCE for some time. Regardless, I like the sleeker look of the theme and polish that comes in the Xubuntu theme and setup for XFCE.
So my first inclination was to just install the obvious Xubuntu. But as soon as try to do my first reboot after the install, things go crazy and I get nothing on my screen on the reboot. Well, I do get the wallpaper, but nothing else. I do not get the icons, the whisker menu, nor anything else. And despite all my efforts and I can get nothing to launch or come up. I found a couple of hints that recent and went into other desktops doing all that was suggested without any luck either.
Next up I decided to be adventurous and try to run Mint with XFCE on and find a theme that looked close. After much effort, I could never get a theme to come up in XFCE over in Mint. I am sure I was doing something wrong, but I can not put my finger on what it was. So…
I decided to go with just straight Ubuntu and add XFCE and an appropriate them over top. Finally something was working. I got that installed, got XFCE installed, and I have done themes there before… but I could not find a them that was similar enough. Really there was nothing similar at all. And now it was approaching 1:00 am.
The choice was mine but knowing how I would drag at the office today, I chose to stick with Windows one more day. After all, there is still a couple of apps that I am not sure how or if they are going run in nix system…
I guess I have something look forward to this evening.
** – Image is open source, I am sure of it.]]>
This wealthy anonymous benefactor has for the last several years gave out cash to people he thought would appreciate it. This year, he enlisted a few deputies to help by recruiting law enforcement to assist him. The officers targeted (yes, they did) older cars that were beat up with a few dents or even full of obvious unpainted bondo repairs. And upon a stop, instead of citation they were handing out crisp $100 bills.
It was a good thing all the way around. The folks receiving the gifts were very appreciative. I think the positive images and general good will that helped the officers have been a very big plus as well. Beyond that, I think that kind of impact could go a long way with the problems that have reared their head between police and groups of people – and dare I say especially in Missouri.
Beyond that, it hits close the mark that I have said for some time. Sure, go ahead and write citations for various traffic offenses. And sure, I understand there is an administrative overhead cost, which is the bulk of most traffic tickets. But I think the actual amount for the ticket itself should go into a pool. And the next week, wither by pulling over and giving it out, or by police noting license plates, randomly drawing and mailing, the people who were driving at the speed limits should get that money back as a reward. After all, we always suggest that positive reinforcement is a good thing and goes a long way toward getting the behavior we really want.
** – Image from tonyskansascity.com.]]>
This rates right up there on the gifts we have received of late during the holiday period. It is just amazing to me how much of a pain in the behind it to have to head over the laundromat to finish with our laundry. And we have it easy, as we only dry about 1/2 of clothing, the rest being put on hangers and allowed to air dry.
Add to that the fact that the laundromat was regularly packed with folks from the surrounding area (and presumably especially our neighborhood) who were there doing both parts of the laundry. In other words they were both washing and drying the clothing at the laundromat.
Well, not sure who owns the laundromat over there, but at least it seems to be a good business for them and thankfully they are open 24 hours which allows for going in at off hours to avoid busy rushes that seem to occur on the typical weekend pretty much at all normal hours.
And once again, thankful to have the dryer back in commission. Now is there any way to surge protect that funky three prong plug besides just the breaker in the box that failed to trip in time?]]>
** – Image from www.worldofchristmas.net.]]>
I recall at the time getting into some heated discussions about the use of such drastic methods. I recall too how Senator McCain, much to my dismay supported the bills that were coming through the process that would allow such things, supposedly to a limit less than what occurred.
It seems that most everyone in Washington is now in agreement with my questioning of such methods, excepting those that were involved in the process and most Republican office holders. Of note though, is that McCain agrees with the report and really questions the methods that were used. Which is something, given his personal history, I had really wondered how was coming down where he seemed to have in the past.
The bottom line is this, if we are going to hold ourselves above the rest of the world in most regards, we have to act the part and not stoop to the levels other groups would. Period. There is not any argument that holds up to that.
** – Image from frustratedarabdiary.blogspot.com.]]>
So last year, I played in some leagues with the NFL’s own version of Fantasy Football. And while I like their platform better than that of Yahoo, playing with some friends is much more fun and so I moved there this year. I will not ever do more than two leagues again, as there are way to many times even in one team you end up rooting against myself.
Clearly it is a geeks game of numbers in origin – I am sure originally played with pencil and paper tracking stats – but with most good geeky things it has become computerized. And with that become very much an everyone’s game. I have no idea how many people participate, but it has to be a lot.
It is just amazing to me, even in regards to myself, how excited I can be for a team to at the last second make our league’s play offs and follow-up with a first round win. Imagine how excited I will be if I should win the whole shooting match. And wow, would I love to find a good fantasy baseball league to get into now…
** – Image from Busted Tees.]]>