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Thursday, April 18, 2024

R.I.P. Dickey Betts (1943 - 2024)

Dickey Betts

Dickey Betts, the Allman Brothers Band‘s Grammy-winning co-founding guitarist, singer and songwriter behind such classics as “Ramblin’ Man,” “Blue Sky” and “Jessica,” died today of cancer at his home in Osprey, FL. He was 80.

Dickey Betts was a legendary figure in the realm of Southern rock, celebrated for his exceptional guitar prowess, soulful vocals, and prolific songwriting contributions to The Allman Brothers Band. Born Forrest Richard Betts on December 12, 1943, in West Palm Beach, Florida, he emerged as a pivotal figure in shaping the distinctive sound of Southern rock, a genre blending elements of rock, blues, country, and jazz.

Betts' musical journey began in the 1960s when he joined various local bands in Florida, honing his skills as a guitarist and songwriter. His early influences ranged from blues icons like B.B. King and Elmore James to country legends such as Chet Atkins and Merle Travis, which contributed to his eclectic style. However, it was his encounter with Duane Allman that would alter the course of his career.

In 1969, Betts became a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, alongside Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jaimoe Johanson. The band quickly gained recognition for their electrifying live performances and innovative blend of blues, jazz, and rock elements. Betts' role as the lead guitarist and secondary vocalist added depth and dimension to the band's sound.

One of Betts' most notable contributions to The Allman Brothers Band was his songwriting prowess. He penned some of the band's most enduring classics, including "Ramblin' Man," "Blue Sky," and "Jessica." His compositions often showcased intricate guitar harmonies, melodic hooks, and dynamic arrangements, reflecting his deep musical intuition and technical proficiency.

Betts' guitar playing was characterized by his soulful improvisations, fluid slide guitar work, and mastery of the Gibson Les Paul guitar. His solos were imbued with emotional depth and technical precision, earning him widespread acclaim as one of the greatest guitarists of his generation. Songs like "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and "Jessica" featured extended instrumental passages that allowed Betts to showcase his virtuosity and improvisational skills.

Tragically, the early 1970s marked a period of both triumph and tragedy for The Allman Brothers Band. In 1971, Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident, followed by the death of bassist Berry Oakley in a similar accident the following year. Despite these setbacks, the band persevered, releasing critically acclaimed albums like "Eat a Peach" and "Brothers and Sisters," which solidified their status as pioneers of Southern rock.

Betts emerged as a prominent figure within the band, assuming a greater leadership role in the wake of Duane Allman's passing. His songwriting continued to flourish, contributing to the band's commercial success and artistic legacy. However, tensions within the group began to escalate, fueled by personal conflicts and substance abuse issues.

In 1976, Betts released his debut solo album, "Highway Call," which showcased his distinctive blend of Southern rock and country influences. The album received favorable reviews and established Betts as a formidable solo artist in his own right. Over the years, he would release several solo albums, exploring diverse musical styles ranging from blues and country to jazz and jam band improvisation.

Despite his success as a solo artist, Betts' tenure with The Allman Brothers Band was marked by tumultuous dynamics and internal strife. In 2000, he was dismissed from the band amid escalating conflicts with his bandmates. Despite attempts at reconciliation, including a brief reunion in the mid-2000s, Betts' relationship with the band remained strained.

Nevertheless, Betts' impact on Southern rock and American music as a whole is indelible. His innovative guitar work, soulful vocals, and enduring compositions have left an indelible mark on generations of musicians and fans alike. As a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band and a prolific solo artist, Dickey Betts' legacy continues to resonate, ensuring his rightful place in the pantheon of rock and roll legends.

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This day in history

On April 18th in history, several notable events took place. Here are a few examples:

  1. 1775: The American Revolution begins with the Battle of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts. It marked the first military engagements between American colonists and British forces during the revolution.

  2. 1906: The Great San Francisco Earthquake struck, resulting in a massive earthquake and subsequent fires that devastated the city. The earthquake, with an estimated magnitude of 7.9, caused widespread destruction and loss of life.

  3. 1942: The Doolittle Raid, a U.S. air raid on Japan during World War II, took place. Led by Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle, a group of American bombers took off from an aircraft carrier and conducted a surprise attack on several Japanese cities, boosting American morale in the early stages of the war.

  4. 1980: Zimbabwe gained independence from British colonial rule, marking the end of the Rhodesian Bush War and the establishment of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

  5. 1983: A suicide bombing targeted the United States Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. The attack killed 63 people, including 17 Americans, and was carried out by a truck loaded with explosives.

  6. 2019: The iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, suffered a devastating fire. The fire caused significant damage to the cathedral's roof and spire, resulting in a global outpouring of support and efforts to restore the historic landmark.

These are just a few examples of significant events that occurred on April 18th throughout history.

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"Hate Chicken"

Chick-fil-A

The term "Hate chicken" is often used to refer to Chick-fil-A, a fast-food restaurant chain based in the United States. The controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A stems from the company's historical donations to organizations that have opposed same-sex marriage and LGBTQ+ rights. These donations have led to widespread criticism and accusations of being anti-LGBTQ+. 

Chick-fil-A is a fast-food restaurant chain known for its chicken sandwiches and waffle fries. The company was founded in 1946 and has grown to become one of the largest fast-food chains in the United States.

The controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A's stance on LGBTQ+ rights began in 2012 when it was revealed that the company's charitable arm, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, had donated significant amounts of money to organizations known for their opposition to same-sex marriage. This sparked a backlash from the LGBTQ+ community and its supporters, as well as calls for boycotts and protests against the company.

Some of the organizations that Chick-fil-A had donated to include the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Salvation Army, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home. These organizations have been criticized for their anti-LGBTQ+ positions, with concerns raised about their support for conversion therapy and discriminatory practices.

The controversy drew widespread media attention and led to debates about the intersection of business and social issues. Many LGBTQ+ advocacy groups and individuals criticized Chick-fil-A for its perceived stance against equal rights and inclusion, while others defended the company's right to hold its own beliefs and make charitable donations accordingly.

In response to the controversy, Chick-fil-A announced in 2019 that it would be changing its approach to charitable giving. The company stated that it would no longer donate to organizations with a political or social agenda, and instead focus on three key areas: education, homelessness, and hunger. This shift was seen by some as an attempt to distance the company from the controversy and improve its public image.

While Chick-fil-A's stance on LGBTQ+ rights has generated significant controversy and criticism, it's worth noting that public opinion and attitudes towards the company have varied. Some individuals and communities continue to support Chick-fil-A for its food and service, while others remain critical of its past donations and believe that more progress needs to be made in terms of LGBTQ+ inclusion.

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Things that you should never do during a thunderstorm

Thunderstorm
During a thunderstorm, it is important to take precautions to ensure your safety. Here are some things you should never do during a thunderstorm:

1.  Do not stay outdoors: Seek shelter indoors as soon as you hear thunder or see lightning. Avoid open areas, tall structures, water bodies, and metal objects, as they can attract lightning and increase the risk of being struck.
 
2.  Do not use electronic devices: Avoid using electronic devices that are plugged into electrical outlets, as lightning can cause power surges that may damage the devices and pose a risk to you. Unplug sensitive equipment and avoid using corded phones until the storm has passed.

3.  Do not take shelter under trees: While seeking shelter from rain, never stand under a tree during a thunderstorm. Trees can attract lightning and increase the chance of being struck or injured by falling branches.

4.  Do not touch metal objects: Stay away from metal objects, including fences, poles, and metal surfaces, as they can conduct electricity if struck by lightning. This includes avoiding activities like golfing, fishing, or using metal tools during a storm.

5.  Do not take a shower or bath: Water is a conductor of electricity, so avoid taking showers, baths, or using faucets during a thunderstorm. Lightning can travel through pipes and potentially reach you.

6.  Do not ignore lightning safety guidelines: Follow the safety guidelines provided by local authorities or meteorological services. Stay informed about weather conditions through radio, television, or weather apps, and adhere to any warnings or advisories.

7. Do not delay seeking shelter: If you are outdoors and cannot reach a safe building or vehicle, avoid waiting in exposed areas. Move to a low-lying, open area away from trees, poles, and water bodies. Crouch down on the balls of your feet, with your heels touching, and minimize contact with the ground.

Remember, it is crucial to prioritize your safety during a thunderstorm. Being informed and taking the necessary precautions can help reduce the risk of harm from lightning strikes and severe weather conditions.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

What was worth a lot in the 50s and almost nothing now?

Cornishware bowlsWhen my parents got married, they were given a supremely expensive, impossibly modern, extremely rare wedding present that none of their friends had even seen before: a set of plastic mixing bowls. They were white on the inside and jolly primary colours on the outside, with each bowl a different colour. Somewhere, we still have the yellow and green ones, though they’re discoloured and scratched, and mostly used for gardening.

Friends went wild over them. They were light enough to cradle in the arm while whipping things that need whipping, even light enough to pack in a suitcase and take on vacation. They were also unbreakable - something that made them well-loved, because in those days objects were not considered disposable, and buying a new bowl for the kitchen was a fairly large purchase.

Plastics surged in popularity throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s. By the time I was born in the 80s, nobody raised an eyebrow at plastic everywhere, and by the time I bought my own kitchen equipment in the early 00s, plastic was seen as cheap and nasty and my tastes ran towards old-fashioned ceramic bowls from Mason Cash and Cornishware. I haven’t updated my baking supplies in 15 years, and still use these.Cornishware bowls

As of the 10s, people are realising the problem that disposable plastic is causing the world, and actively trying to do away with it, especially in packaging. In just 70 years, plastics have gone from being expensive, modern and highly prized, to being mundane and not worthy of notice, to being hated.

I still kinda like Mom’s mixing bowls, though.

Source: Quora

Genius ideas during COVID quarantine?

1. Keeping kids busy at home:

Cost and Effect

 2. Visiting dad when the care home was in quarantine

Visiting Dad during quarantine

3. Hockey Stick Microphone

CTV using hockey stick to extend microphone

Source: Quora

Yellow Coke cap

Coke with yellow cap

Don't be scared if you find a bottle of Coca-Cola "yellow cap" on a shelf that is full of red-capped Coke bottles.

It is not fake or counterfeit,

It is a Coca-Cola "Kosher". It is made with sucrose instead of corn syrup.

During the Jewish holiday, the company prepares a special Coca-Cola made with sucrose and packs it with yellow caps.

Jews who observe the Passover holiday refrain from eating anything classified as chametz — leavened foods or foods with leavening ingredients made of barley, rye, oats, wheat, or spelt—for the duration of the holiday.

Source: Quora

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Locked in!

Drawing a perfect circle without a compass

You’re locked in a room with only a pencil and paper. You will only be released if you can draw a perfect circle. What’s your plan?

Hold the pencil in your hand by wrapping four fingers around the shaft then extending your thumb toward the tip of the pencil. Kind of like holding a ping-pong paddle with your thumb extended up toward the centre of the paddle. (This is sometimes called a handshake grip)

Now place the second joint of your index finger in the centre of the paper while tipping your hand forward so that the pencil tip lightly touches the paper.

Next, while holding some pressure down on your finger, rotate the paper so that it pivots around the joint.

With little (or no) practice, you’ll be able to create a circle that’s as accurate as if you’d used a compass.

Source: Quora

Levitating Stones

Levitating stones

It's just nature amusing us with truly peculiar images captured on Lake Baikal, in Russia.

It appears as though the stones are levitating on the waters.

This occurs when the lake is covered by a thick layer of ice, and this phenomenon even has a name: Baikal Zen.

The stones are first pushed onto the frozen surface of the lake by strong winds and then heated by sunlight that melts the ice underneath.

The part under the stone, less exposed to solar rays, remains frozen, creating the illusion of these levitating pebbles.

Source:Quora

BLEVEs

Exploded train engine

Back when trains ran on steam engines, what would happen if the train, for whatever reason, ran out of water to boil in the middle of no-where?

Didn’t let it happen. What you get before you run out of water is a BLEVE.

It means Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapour Explosion. When the water level in the boiler sinks below the safe level, the water begins to boil all over, and in the end it explodes. The crown plate gives in, and the boiler expunges the superheater and the fire tubes off.

Steam engine boiler

This is a steam engine boiler. The firebox, where the fuel is burned, is at the left. The boiler consists of hundreds of fire tubes, with gaps between them being filled with water.

Now the exhaust gasses go through the fire tubes to the smokebox and smokestack, and heat the water. Some of the water boils and rises to the stetson-like steam dome, from where it is led to the work cylinders to move the engine ahead.

The water jacket surrounding the fire tubes also cools the fire tubes and the crown plate. Now if the water level lowers down so that it exposes the fire tubes and/or the crown plate, their temperature is likely to rise extremely high, and as the tenacity of steel lowers with extreme heat, the result is a rupture.

Now the hot gasses from the firebox get directly in contact with the water. The water boils immediately - and it expands 1700-fold. One litre of water liquid produces 1700 litres of steam - yes, that is 1.7 cubic metres. If the crown plate gives way but the fire tubes stay intact, the result is a sudden drop in a pressure - and flash evaporation and boiling of the water in the boiler.

The result is a boiler explosion. Usually the engine crew on the footplate are scalded to death.

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Two Sisters

Two sisters inherit the family ranch. Unfortunately, after just a few years, they are in financial trouble. In order to keep the bank from repossessing the ranch, they need to purchase a bull from the stockyard in a far town so that they can breed their own stock. They only have $600 available.

The older sister says, "I’m going to take the bus to the stockyards since you need the pick-up truck. When I get there, if I decide to buy a bull, I'll contact you to bring the pickup truck and trailer and haul it home."

The older sister arrives at the stockyard, inspects a bull, and decides she wants to buy it. The man tells her that he will sell it for $599, no less. After paying him, she makes her way to the nearest town to send her sister a telegram telling her the news.

She walks into the telegraph office and says, "I want to send a telegram to my sister, telling her that I've bought a bull for our ranch. I need her to hitch the trailer to our pickup truck and drive out here so we can haul it home."

The telegraph operator said he'll be glad to help her, then adds, "It's 99 cents a word." Well, after paying for the bull, she only had one dollar, enough to send one word.

After a few minutes of thinking, she nods and says, "I want you to send her this word: comfortable."

The operator shakes his head. 'How is she ever going to know that you want her to hitch the trailer to the pickup truck and drive out here to haul that bull back to your ranch if you send her just the word "comfortable?"

She explained, "This is a big word for my sister. So she'll read it very slowly ... sounding it out as com-for-da-bull."

What is the hole in the tail of a plane?

Yeah, this is the exhaust port of the Hidden Powerhouse of the aircraft. This is also known as the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU).

APU exhaust port

Auxiliary power unit is a small turbine engine located at the tail of the aircraft. It too uses the usual Aviation Fuel from the aircraft's fuel tanks. The APU is started, when the engines are not running or the plane is not connected with an external power source.

The APU is switched off after the engines are started, as it is no longer needed. Sometimes, the APU is kept on for air-conditioning purposes during takeoff, as engines’ bleed air is not used for AC during takeoff (specially at hot and high operations). The APU is again started after the plane exits the runway after landing. This is because, immediately upon reaching the gate the external power source may or may not be available and using the engines for running the A/C and electrical system is not at all economical and is totally impractical. Therefore, the APU is kept on in such cases.

On a small jetliner, such as an Airbus A320 or a Boeing 737, the APU uses fuel at the rate of 160–200 kg/h. On the other hand, a big Jumbo Jet, such as a Boeing 747 or an Airbus A380, uses fuel at 400–500 kg/h.

Functions of APU—

  •     Supply high pressure bleed air to air conditioning packs while on the ground.
  •     Provides electrical power to the aircraft, while the main engines are switched off.
  •     Provide hydraulic and pneumatic power to start the main engines of the aircraft.
  •     Can be used to start engines while the aircraft is in flight.

Facebook - The behemoth of social media

Facebook

Facebook remains one of the largest and most popular social media platforms in the world. It boasts billions of active monthly users globally and continues to be a prominent player in the social media landscape.

However, it's important to note that the popularity and relevance of social media platforms can evolve over time. New platforms may emerge and gain popularity, and user preferences may shift. Additionally, public opinion and concerns regarding privacy, content moderation, and other issues can impact the perception and usage of social media platforms.

Facebook has faced criticism and controversies in recent years related to data privacy, misinformation, and its impact on society. These issues have led to increased scrutiny and regulatory measures. However, despite these challenges, Facebook still maintains a substantial user base and continues to be a significant platform for communication, networking, and content sharing.

Some people can experience withdrawal or feelings of discomfort when Facebook or other social media platforms are not available to them. This phenomenon is often referred to as "social media withdrawal" or "social media detox symptoms."

Social media platforms like Facebook have become deeply integrated into the lives of many individuals, serving as a means of communication, social connection, information sharing, and entertainment. As a result, people can develop a reliance on these platforms, and when they are suddenly unavailable or intentionally avoided, some individuals may experience withdrawal-like symptoms.

Common symptoms of social media withdrawal can include:

  1. Restlessness: Feeling agitated, anxious, or restless due to the absence of social media stimulation.

  2. FOMO (Fear of Missing Out): The fear of missing out on important news, events, or social interactions that are commonly shared on social media.

  3. Irritability: Becoming easily frustrated or irritable when unable to access social media or engage with one's online social circle.

  4. Cravings: Experiencing strong desires or cravings to check social media, similar to the cravings experienced in other forms of addiction.

  5. Increased boredom: Feeling a lack of stimulation or difficulty finding alternative activities to replace the time spent on social media.

It's important to note that the intensity and duration of these withdrawal symptoms can vary among individuals, depending on factors such as their level of dependence on social media, the duration of abstinence, and their overall psychological well-being. For some, the withdrawal symptoms may be mild and temporary, while for others, they can be more pronounced and may require time to adjust to the absence of social media.

If someone is experiencing significant distress or impairment due to their reliance on social media or if the withdrawal symptoms persist for an extended period, it may be beneficial to seek support from mental health professionals who can provide guidance and strategies to manage social media use in a healthy and balanced manner.

It's worth keeping in mind that the social media landscape is dynamic, and the status of platforms can change over time. Newer platforms may gain traction, and user preferences may shift. So, while Facebook may continue to evolve and face challenges, it is not currently considered "dead" in terms of its user base and overall impact.

Here is an overview of how Facebook handles user data. Please note that Facebook's data practices may evolve over time, so it's essential to refer to the most recent information and Facebook's privacy policies for the most accurate and up-to-date details.

Facebook collects and utilizes user data primarily to provide and improve its services, personalize user experiences, and deliver targeted advertisements. Here are some key points regarding Facebook's data practices:

  1. Data collection: Facebook collects various types of data from its users. This includes information provided during account creation (such as name, email, and date of birth), content shared on the platform (posts, photos, videos), interactions with other users (likes, comments), device information, location data, and data from third-party websites and apps that use Facebook's advertising tools.

  2. Data usage: Facebook uses the data it collects for several purposes. This includes delivering and enhancing its services, personalizing the content shown to users, conducting analytics, research, and troubleshooting, and improving safety and security on the platform. Facebook may also use the data to display targeted advertisements to users based on their interests and online behaviour.

  3. Data sharing: Facebook may share user data with third parties under certain circumstances. This can include sharing data with advertisers, developers using Facebook's platform, or in response to legal requests from law enforcement or government agencies. Facebook may also share data within its family of companies, which includes Instagram and WhatsApp.

  4. Privacy controls: Facebook provides privacy settings and controls that allow users to manage the visibility and accessibility of their data. Users can adjust their privacy settings to control who can see their posts, profile information, and other data shared on the platform. It's important for users to review and customize their privacy settings according to their preferences.

It's worth noting that Facebook has faced scrutiny and criticism in the past regarding its data practices, particularly related to user privacy and data security. The company has taken steps to enhance privacy controls and provide more transparency regarding data usage. However, it's essential for users to stay informed about privacy settings, review Facebook's privacy policies, and make informed decisions about what data they share and how it is used.

The Wizard has been off Facebook for about 2 years, and I don't miss it at all. I left because there were more fake ads in my feed that would just steal my information!

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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Shark Attacks

Do sharks attack humans for no reason?

No — The shark has a reason.

It felt the diver was intruding on its territory

It was tasting the diver to see if the diver was tasty

It’s decided the swimmer is tasty

Sharks

Sharks

Sharks

Sharks

Source: Quora.com

The 411 - Clippy

Clippy

411Clippy, also known as Clippit, was a virtual assistant developed by Microsoft that gained popularity in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It was included as part of Microsoft Office applications, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, to provide users with interactive help and assistance.

Clippy was designed as a digital character in the shape of a paperclip, featuring two expressive eyes and a set of animated arms. Its purpose was to offer contextual tips, suggestions, and tutorials to users while they worked on their documents. The goal was to make Microsoft Office applications more user-friendly, especially for individuals who were less familiar with the software.

The character's name, Clippy, was derived from its resemblance to a paperclip and its role as a "clip" providing assistance. However, despite its intentions to be helpful, Clippy received mixed reviews from users. Some found it endearing and appreciated its attempts to provide guidance, while others found it intrusive, annoying, or distracting.

Clippy's presence was not limited to a mere visual representation. It was programmed with various interactive behaviours and animations. For example, it would pop up when it sensed that a user might need assistance, offering suggestions or asking if help was needed. Clippy could also be clicked on to reveal a menu of options or access a help system.

Over time, Microsoft Office users expressed their dissatisfaction with Clippy, leading to its decline in popularity. Many users found its constant interruptions and unhelpful suggestions frustrating. As a result, Microsoft decided to retire Clippy and remove it from newer versions of Microsoft Office, starting with Office XP in 2001.

Despite its mixed reception, Clippy left a lasting impact on popular culture and became an iconic symbol of early virtual assistants. It has been referenced in various forms of media, including memes, jokes, and nostalgic reflections on technology from the late 1990s and early 2000s. In recent years, there has even been a resurgence of interest in Clippy, with some people expressing nostalgia and creating parodies or homages to the virtual assistant.

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Human or Chatbot?

Human or chatbot?

There are a few ways you can potentially determine if you are interacting with a human or a chatbot:

  1. Directly asking: You can ask the entity you are interacting with if they are a human or a chatbot. A chatbot will typically reveal its non-human identity, while a human will confirm their human status.

  2. Response time: Chatbots often respond almost instantly or with minimal delay, as they are designed to process and generate responses quickly. Humans, on the other hand, may take slightly longer to respond as they need time to read and think before replying.

  3. Consistency and accuracy: Chatbots generally provide consistent and accurate information. They can recall details accurately and rarely make mistakes, except for occasional errors. Humans, on the other hand, may have variations in their responses and can make mistakes or provide imperfect information.

  4. Natural language patterns: Chatbots may exhibit certain patterns or phrasings that are typical of AI-generated responses. They might use formal language, lack personal anecdotes, or have a "robotic" feel. Humans, on the other hand, often express their thoughts and experiences in a more varied and personal manner.

  5. Contextual understanding: While AI models like me strive to understand and respond to context, there may still be limitations. Humans, on the other hand, tend to have a deeper understanding of nuanced or complex topics and can provide more detailed and contextually appropriate responses.

It's worth noting that the advancement of AI technology has made chatbots more sophisticated and capable of simulating human-like conversations. Some chatbots even incorporate elements like personality or emotion to make interactions feel more human-like. As a result, it can sometimes be challenging to distinguish between a human and a chatbot solely based on these factors.

Source: Some or all of the content was generated using an AI language model

Saturday, April 13, 2024

The "Skinny" on smartphone cases

Skin smartphone case

Source: Quora.com

Tylenol is NOT candy!

Tylenol
Consuming too much Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be harmful to your health and may lead to an overdose. Acetaminophen is a common over-the-counter pain reliever and fever reducer, but it can be toxic to the liver in high doses. Overdosing on Tylenol can cause serious liver damage or even liver failure, which can be life-threatening.

The maximum recommended daily dose of Tylenol for adults is typically 4,000 milligrams (mg), which is equal to 4 grams. However, it's important to note that this dosage limit may vary depending on factors such as an individual's age, weight, underlying health conditions, and other medications they may be taking.

Extra Strength Tylenol typically contains 500 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen per tablet. Following the general daily maximum dosage, you should not exceed 8 tablets (500 mg x 8 = 4,000 mg) of Extra Strength Tylenol in a 24-hour period.

It's crucial to read and follow the instructions on the Tylenol packaging carefully. If you are unsure about the appropriate dosage for your specific situation, it's best to consult a healthcare professional such as a doctor or pharmacist. They can provide personalized advice based on your needs and medical history.

If you suspect that you or someone else has taken too much Tylenol, it's important to seek immediate medical attention. Even if you don't notice any immediate symptoms, an overdose can still cause damage to your liver. Prompt medical intervention can be critical in preventing severe complications.

Source: Some or all of the content was generated using an AI language model

Don't panic when you see this

Bee Swarm

When you see something like this, don't be afraid, don't call the firefighters or the police, don't move and don't kill them.

These are just bees travelling and stopping for just 24 hours.

Don't disturb them and avoid getting close to them, they won't hurt you.

If you want to help, put a flat plate or tray with some sugar water.

Bees will eat, gain energy and fly away.

We all need to protect migratory bees, they are our survival insurance.

Without bees, there will be no humans on earth.

Source: Quora.com

Friday, April 12, 2024

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Tooth brushing trick

Toothpaste

Remember how frustrating it is when you brush your teeth but they still turn yellow? You probably curse your toothpaste, but here's a clever trick to get over it!

The next time you brush, simply leave the toothpaste on for a minute or two, then brush and rinse!

Oh yes! It's that simple, and you'll notice whiter teeth on the first try!

For those who wonder why it helps; we're usually in such a hurry that we brush our teeth and end it up too quickly for the toothpaste to work its magic. When you leave the paste on your teeth, it softens the yellow film, and when you brush it, your smile will surely look whiter and more beautiful!

No more dentist visits for whiter teeth!

Source: Quora.com

Tricks you should know

Tips and Tricks
 
What are some tricks you should know?

1. When you sign up for anything online, put your middle name with the name of the website. So, when you receive a spam email/ad, you'll know who sold your information.

2.  If you're on the first date and you're not connecting with the other person or think they're dull, ask them what job they'd choose if money wasn't an issue. This ends up starting a conversation about the person's passions, which are rarely boring and are simple to connect with.

3. If you want to be an effective communicator, let others talk about themselves and their interests – it's as rewarding as sex.

4. Don't try to be the man your father would want you to be. Be the man you would like your child to be. It more clearly defines your own convictions, desires, and goals and motivates you to give your best.

5. Pay attention to the smell of your home when you return from a trip – that's how it smells to guests all the time, you just get used to it.

6. When a friend is upset, ask them a simple question before you say anything else: 'Do you want to talk about it or do you want to be distracted by it?'

7. No matter how much your workplace encourages "team building" and "family culture" – remember that they are not your friends and it is still a workplace.

8. If you're stuck on an annoying call, put your phone in airplane mode instead of just hanging up. The other person will see "failed call" instead of "call ended."

9. If you want to learn a new language, find out the 100 most frequently used words and start with them. These words makeup about 50% of everyday speech and should be a very solid foundation.

Which is better way to get your caffeine, coffee or matcha?

People in a coffee shop

Both coffee and matcha (a powdered form of green tea) contain caffeine. In fact, matcha may contain more caffeine per gram than coffee – but the caffeine in a prepared serving can vary significantly. A cup of either coffee or matcha may contain anywhere from 75 to 179 mg of caffeine.1 2 Research has also shown that the caffeine in matcha is absorbed more slowly, providing a milder, more consistent energy boost.3

Both beverages contain negligible calories when prepared without cream, sugar, or other additives. Matcha and coffee also both contain high levels of antioxidants, which can help to lower your risk of certain cancers.

Ultimately, both beverages can be beneficial when consumed in moderation.

Starting your day with the right nutrition – meaning a balanced meal or snack, and not just caffeine – can make all the difference when it comes to energy levels. Talking to a registered dietitian is a great way to start making healthy, sustainable changes to your diet. Book an appointment in the TELUS Health MyCare app today to see a registered dietitian from your device.

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

R.I.P. O.J. Simpson (1947 - 2024)

O.J. Simpson

O.J. Simpson, the former NFL star and broadcaster whose athletic achievements and fame were eclipsed by his 1995 trial in the brutal killings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, has died of cancer, his family announced Thursday on X. He was 76. 

O.J. Simpson is a name that elicits a range of reactions and emotions from people around the world. Born Orenthal James Simpson on July 9, 1947, in San Francisco, California, he would rise to fame as a professional football player, actor, and eventually become a central figure in one of the most infamous criminal trials in American history.

Early Life and Football Career

Simpson's early life was marked by both athletic talent and personal challenges. Growing up in the Potrero Hill neighbourhood of San Francisco, he found solace and purpose in sports, particularly football. Despite a difficult childhood and a few run-ins with the law as a teenager, Simpson's athletic abilities led him to a successful football career.

In college, he played for the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans, where he became a star running back. His remarkable performances on the field earned him the Heisman Trophy in 1968, awarded to the best player in college football. His college career was a precursor to his future success in the professional league.

NFL Career

After college, Simpson was drafted by the Buffalo Bills as the first overall pick in the 1969 NFL Draft. He played running back for the Bills for most of his career, from 1969 to 1977. Simpson quickly became one of the most electrifying and dominant players in the league, known for his speed, agility, and ability to evade defenders.

His peak came in the 1973 season when he became the first NFL player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a single season—a record that stood for more than a decade. This accomplishment solidified his status as one of the greatest running backs in NFL history.

Simpson's football career was not without controversy, however. In 1995, he was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in a highly publicized trial that captivated the nation. The trial, often referred to as "The Trial of the Century," exposed deep racial divisions and issues with the American justice system.

Acting Career and Later Life

Outside of football, Simpson pursued a career in acting. He appeared in movies like "The Towering Inferno" (1974) and "The Naked Gun" film series (1988–1994), where he showcased a surprising comedic talent. Despite his success on screen, his acting career never reached the heights of his football achievements.

Following his acquittal in the criminal trial, Simpson faced civil lawsuits related to the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. In 1997, a civil jury found him liable for their deaths and ordered him to pay significant damages to their families.

In 2007, Simpson found himself in legal trouble again, this time in Las Vegas. He was arrested and charged with multiple felonies, including armed robbery and kidnapping, in connection with a botched attempt to retrieve sports memorabilia that he claimed belonged to him. In 2008, he was convicted on all charges and sentenced to 33 years in prison.

Legacy and Impact

O.J. Simpson's legacy is a complex and controversial one. He remains a polarizing figure, with some viewing him as a football hero and others as a symbol of injustice. His trial shed light on issues of race, fame, domestic violence, and the legal system's treatment of celebrities.

For many, the O.J. Simpson case represents a turning point in how the media covers high-profile trials and the public's perception of celebrity figures. The intense media scrutiny and public fascination with the case highlighted the power of television and the 24-hour news cycle in shaping public opinion.

In the realm of sports, Simpson's achievements on the football field are undeniable. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985, cementing his place among the game's legends. However, his post-football life has been marked by legal troubles and controversies that have overshadowed his athletic prowess.

Despite the passage of time, O.J. Simpson remained a compelling and controversial figure in American culture. The complexities of his life, from his rise to fame as a football star to his tumultuous legal battles, continue to fascinate and provoke discussions about justice, race, and the nature of celebrity.

In Summary

It's challenging in so few words to fully capture the complexity of O.J. Simpson's life and legacy. From his early days as a gifted athlete to his rise to fame in the NFL, Simpson's story is one of remarkable success and tragic downfall. His football achievements, legal troubles, and the highly publicized trial for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman have left an indelible mark on American culture.

Through it all, Simpson remains a figure of fascination and controversy, with his name evoking a range of emotions and opinions. His story serves as a cautionary tale about the complexities of fame, the pitfalls of celebrity, and the enduring impact of one of the most sensationalized trials in history.

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Top 10 places to visit before you die

The pyramids at Giza
  1. The Great Wall of China, China: Marvel at the ancient wonder, explore its different sections, and experience the rich history and breathtaking landscapes.

  2. Machu Picchu, Peru: Discover the awe-inspiring Incan ruins nestled high in the Andes mountains and take in the stunning views of the surrounding scenery.

  3. The Taj Mahal, India: Behold the magnificent white marble mausoleum, renowned for its architectural beauty and symbol of eternal love.

  4. The Serengeti, Tanzania/Kenya: Embark on a safari adventure in the vast savannah, witnessing incredible wildlife migrations and encountering majestic animals.

  5. The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt: Step back in time and witness the ancient wonders of the pyramids, iconic symbols of Egypt's rich history and civilization.

  6. The Grand Canyon, USA: Be mesmerized by the sheer scale and breathtaking beauty of one of the world's most renowned natural wonders.

  7. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia: Dive into the world's largest coral reef system, teeming with vibrant marine life and stunning underwater landscapes.

  8. The Amazon Rainforest, South America: Immerse yourself in the incredible biodiversity of the world's largest tropical rainforest, filled with exotic wildlife and lush vegetation.

  9. The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: Explore this unique archipelago, renowned for its diverse ecosystems and the opportunity to witness rare and endemic species up close.

  10. The Northern Lights, Arctic Circle: Experience the mesmerizing natural light display in the polar regions, with shimmering curtains of colors dancing across the night sky.

Remember, this is just a small selection of the countless incredible places our world has to offer. Traveling is a personal journey, and there are numerous other destinations that may capture your imagination and provide unforgettable experiences.

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Whispers and Rumours

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Once, in a small, secluded village nestled deep within a dense forest, there lived a reclusive old woman named Agatha. Whispers and rumours circulated among the villagers about Agatha's eerie abilities and her peculiar affinity for the occult.

The locals avoided Agatha's decrepit cottage, convinced that dark forces resided within its walls. They claimed to have seen strange apparitions floating around her property at night, and tales of inexplicable happenings fueled their fear.

One moonlit evening, a young woman named Emily, driven by a mixture of curiosity and skepticism, ventured toward Agatha's dwelling. As she approached, the air grew thick and an unsettling silence enveloped the surroundings. The wind whispered through the trees, causing them to creak and moan.

Emily reached the cottage's door, and with trembling hands, she pushed it open. Inside, she discovered a dimly lit room filled with dusty books, strange artifacts, and countless bottles of potions. A single flickering candle provided the only source of illumination.

Just as Emily began to explore the room, a chilling voice echoed from the shadows. It was Agatha, appearing suddenly as if materializing from thin air. Her piercing gaze seemed to penetrate Emily's soul.

"Welcome, young one," Agatha crooned, her voice dripping with an otherworldly tone. "You seek knowledge, but beware, for knowledge comes at a price."

Agatha proceeded to reveal cryptic prophecies and whispered secrets, unraveling the darkest recesses of Emily's mind. The young woman became entangled in a web of supernatural knowledge, unable to escape the clutches of Agatha's bewitching presence.

Days turned into weeks as Emily remained trapped within the confines of the cottage. Reality began to unravel, and the boundary between the living and the dead blurred. Shadows danced menacingly on the walls, and whispers filled the air, tormenting Emily's fragile sanity.

The villagers, aware of Emily's disappearance, grew increasingly fearful. They could sense an unsettling presence emanating from Agatha's cottage, as if an ancient evil had been awakened.

One stormy night, a brave group of villagers gathered, determined to rescue Emily from Agatha's grasp. Armed with torches, they stormed the cottage, but the moment they stepped inside, an eerie silence fell upon them.

Agatha stood before them, her eyes glowing with an unholy light. "You dare defy me?" she hissed, her voice a venomous whisper.

A cataclysmic battle ensued as the villagers fought against Agatha's dark magic. Spells were cast, and the air crackled with energy. But Agatha's powers proved formidable, and one by one, the villagers succumbed to her malevolent influence.

In the end, Agatha emerged victorious, her cackling laughter filling the air. The once-peaceful village was forever consumed by darkness, its inhabitants forever trapped in Agatha's clutches.

And so, the legend of Agatha, the malevolent sorceress, and her cursed village lives on, haunting the dreams of those who dare to delve into the realm of the supernatural, a grim reminder of the consequences that lie in wait for those who venture too far into the shadows.

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Algebra in Art

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Algebraic concepts and principles can be applied in various ways within the realm of art. Here are a few examples of how algebra intersects with art:

  1. Geometric Art: Algebraic concepts such as symmetry, transformations, and geometric shapes are often used in creating geometric art. Artists can use algebraic equations to generate precise patterns, tessellations, and fractals, resulting in visually striking and mathematically precise artwork.

  2. Perspective Drawing: Algebraic principles play a role in perspective drawing, which involves creating the illusion of depth and three-dimensionality on a two-dimensional surface. Artists use algebraic equations to determine vanishing points, horizon lines, and the relationships between objects at different distances.

  3. Proportions and Scaling: Algebra can be utilized to ensure accurate proportions and scaling in art. Artists can employ mathematical ratios and equations to determine the relative sizes and dimensions of objects within a composition, resulting in balanced and harmonious visual representations.

  4. Colour Mixing: Algebraic equations are employed in colour theory to understand and manipulate colour mixing. Artists use algebraic models, such as the RGB (Red, Green, Blue) or CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) colour models, to achieve desired colour combinations and gradients.

  5. Digital Art and Image Processing: In digital art, algebraic algorithms and equations are used in image processing and manipulation. Artists can apply mathematical operations to alter images, create visual effects, and generate complex patterns or textures.

  6. Kinetic and Interactive Art: Algebra plays a role in creating kinetic and interactive art installations. Artists can use algebraic equations to program and control the movement, behaviour, and interaction of art installations or sculptures, resulting in dynamic and engaging artworks.

  7. Sculpture and Architecture: Algebraic principles are employed in the design and construction of sculptures and architectural structures. Artists and architects use algebraic equations to calculate dimensions, curves, angles, and structural stability, ensuring that their creations are both visually appealing and structurally sound.

  8. Computational Art: Algebra is applied in computational art, where artists use computer algorithms and programming to create art. Through coding and mathematical equations, artists can generate visual patterns, animations, and interactive experiences.

By incorporating algebraic concepts and mathematical thinking into their artistic process, artists can bring precision, structure, and mathematical beauty to their creations. The intersection of algebra and art opens up unique possibilities for exploring the connections between mathematics and aesthetics.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The 411 - The Toboggan

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411The toboggan is a traditional winter recreational device used for sliding downhill on snow or ice. It is typically a long, narrow sled that can be ridden by one or more people. Here's some information about toboggans:

Design and Construction: Toboggans are usually made of wood, although modern versions may also be constructed from plastic or other materials. Traditionally, they consisted of a curved wooden plank or board with an upwardly curved front end. The curved shape allows the toboggan to glide smoothly over the snow or ice while offering some control over direction and speed.

The front end of a toboggan is often equipped with a handle or rope that the rider can grip while sliding. This allows for better stability and manoeuvrability while going downhill. The length of a toboggan can vary, with some models reaching up to 6-8 feet or longer.

Usage and Safety: Toboggans are primarily used for recreational purposes, providing thrilling rides down snowy slopes. They can be enjoyed by people of all ages, making them a popular activity for families and friends during the winter season.

Safety is an important consideration when using a toboggan. It is recommended to choose a designated sledding area with a clear path and a gradual slope. Riders should be cautious of potential obstacles, such as trees or rocks, and avoid steep or dangerous terrains. Wearing appropriate winter clothing, including helmets, is also advisable for added safety.

Regional and Cultural Significance: Tobogganing has a long history and is associated with various cultures around the world. The word "toboggan" itself comes from the Mi'kmaq language, an Indigenous group from eastern Canada. In many cold-weather regions, such as Canada, the United States, Scandinavia, and other parts of Europe, tobogganing is a popular winter activity.

In addition to recreational use, toboggans have historically served practical purposes in some regions. In remote areas with heavy snowfall, they were used for transportation, allowing people to travel across snowy landscapes more efficiently.

Overall, tobogganing offers a fun and thrilling way to enjoy winter weather and snowy landscapes. Whether for recreational purposes or as a means of transportation, toboggans have played a significant role in winter activities for generations.

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Origins: The Red River Cart

 

The Red River cart

OriginsThe Red River cart is a historical transportation device that played a significant role in the development of the Canadian West, particularly in the region of the Red River Colony, which encompassed parts of present-day Manitoba, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Here is a detailed account of the origins of the Red River cart:

Origins and Design: The Red River cart was developed by the Métis people, who were of mixed European and Indigenous ancestry and were the primary inhabitants of the Red River region. The cart was uniquely suited to the terrain and conditions of the area, which consisted of vast open prairies, river valleys, and a lack of roads or established transportation infrastructure.

The design of the cart was simple yet ingenious. It consisted of two large wooden wheels, typically about five feet in diameter, connected by an axle made from a solid piece of wood. The body of the cart was a rectangular box made from wooden slats, with the front and back ends left open. The cart was entirely constructed using wooden pegs instead of nails or metal fasteners, as these were scarce commodities in the area.

The wheels of the Red River cart were distinctive and well-suited for traversing rough terrain. They had no spokes but were instead made from solid wooden disks with a convex shape. This design provided strength and stability, allowing the cart to bear heavy loads while minimizing the risk of wheel damage in uneven or rocky terrain.

Function and Importance: The Red River cart was primarily used as a means of transportation for trade and commerce. It was well-suited to carry heavy loads over long distances and could be pulled by a single horse or ox. The carts were commonly used to transport furs, goods, and supplies between the Red River Colony and distant trading posts, including those operated by the Hudson's Bay Company.

The carts played a crucial role in the economic development of the region. They facilitated trade between the settlers, fur traders, and Indigenous peoples, enabling the exchange of goods and resources. The cart's versatility allowed it to navigate through rough terrain, including prairies, river valleys, and even marshy areas, making it an invaluable mode of transportation in the region.

Impact and Legacy: The Red River cart had a profound impact on the settlement and growth of the Canadian West. Its durability and adaptability made it a vital tool for early pioneers and settlers in the region. The cart's design influenced subsequent developments in transportation, including the famous prairie schooners used in later years by settlers heading west during the North American westward expansion.

Although the Red River cart eventually fell out of use as technology advanced, its legacy remains an important part of Canadian history. It symbolizes the resourcefulness and ingenuity of the Métis people and their significant contributions to the development of Western Canada. Today, the Red River cart is recognized as an iconic symbol of the Red River Métis and is celebrated as an integral part of Canadian heritage and culture.

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