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Friday, March 31, 2023

This day in history

Here are a few interesting events that occurred on March 31 throughout history:

  1. 1889: The Eiffel Tower was officially inaugurated in Paris, France. The tower, designed by Gustave Eiffel, is now one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world.

  2. 1968: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announced that he would not seek re-election in the upcoming presidential election, surprising many Americans and political observers.

  3. 1995: Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, a popular American singer known as the "Queen of Tejano music," was shot and killed by her former fan club president, Yolanda Saldívar.

  4. 2004: Google announced the launch of its free email service, Gmail, which quickly gained popularity and became one of the most widely used email services in the world.

  5. 2010: Apple released the first-generation iPad, a revolutionary new tablet computer that helped to redefine the consumer electronics industry.

  6. 2019: Scientists released the first-ever image of a black hole, which had been captured by the Event Horizon Telescope, a network of eight ground-based telescopes around the world.

These are just a few examples of the many interesting things that have occurred on March 31 throughout history.


Desert Island

A guy, a pig, and a dog were the survivors of a terrible shipwreck, and they found themselves stranded on a desert island. After being there for awhile, they got into the habit of going to the beach every evening to watch the sun go down.

One particular evening, the sky was red with beautiful cirrus clouds, the breeze was warm and gentle.... a perfect night for romance!

As they sat there, the pig started looking better and better to the guy. So, he leaned over and put his arm around the pig. But the dog became jealous and started growling fiercely until the guy removed his arm.

After that the three of them continued to enjoy the sunsets, but there was no more cuddling.

A few weeks passed by and low and behold there was another shipwreck. The only survivor was a beautiful young man. He was in pretty bad shape and after they nursed him back to health, they introduced him to their evening ritual of watching the sunset.

It was another beautiful evening, warm breezes, red sky, a perfect night for romance. Pretty soon the guy started to "get those feelings" again. He fought them as long as he could, but he finally leaned over to the young man cautiously and whispered in his ear...

"Would you mind taking the dog for a walk?"

From the bureau of interesting - if not useless - information

Useless Fact

I don't know if all this is true or not, but it does make for an interesting minute or two of reading...)

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.

If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and CharlesThomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.

Q. Half of all Americans and Canadians live within 50 miles of what?
A. Their birthplace.

Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?
A. Obsession.

Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?
A. One thousand.

Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?
A. They were all invented by women.

Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
A. Honey.

Q. On which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?
A. Father's Day.

In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase, "Goodnight, sleep tight."

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the "mead" he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based,this period was called the honey month - which we know today as the "honeymoon".

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down." It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's".

Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.

Many years ago in Scotland a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

In the 1400's a law was set forth that a man was not allowed to beat his wife with a stick that was thicker than his thumb. Hence we have "the rule of thumb".

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.

Men can read smaller print than women can, but women can hear better.

Coca-Cola was originally green.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.

The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%. (Now get this...) The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%!

The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400.

The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades -King David. Hearts - Charlemagne. Clubs -Alexander, the Great. Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321 (the numbers go up to nine, then back to one).

Don't skip this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it:

"I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg. (The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid!) Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?


At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Donald Trump - Indicted in New York

Donald Trump

A grand jury in Manhattan voted Thursday to indict Donald Trump — the first time a former U.S. president has faced criminal charges.

The historic indictment comes in a case centered on $130,000 in payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the closing days of the 2016 presidential campaign. Daniels claimed she slept with the married Trump in 2006, a claim the former president has denied. Trump had classified his reimbursement of the payout as a legal expense.

A spokesperson for the DA's office confirmed the indictment in a statement Thursday night.

“This evening we contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan D.A.’s Office for arraignment on a [New York] Supreme Court indictment, which remains under seal," the spokesperson said. "Guidance will be provided when the arraignment date is selected.”

Trump attorney Susan Necheles told NBC News that the former president, who lives in Florida, is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday. He is expected to surrender to the Manhattan district attorney’s office, Trump attorney Joe Tacopina said earlier Thursday.

Snappy Comeback

A high school English teacher reminds her class of tomorrow's final exam.

She tells the class that there would be no excuse for not showing up, except for serious injury or illness, or a death in the student's immediate family.

A smart-ass jock in the back of the room asks, "What about extreme sexual exhaustion?"

The entire class does its best to stifle their laughter and snickering.

When silence is restored, the teacher smiles sympathetically at the student, shakes her head, and says sweetly, "Not an excuse. You can write with your other hand."


Heaven and Hell


Heaven and Hell

A LOL and a half...

A man goes to the doctor with a swollen leg. After a careful examination, the doctor gives the man a pill big enough to choke a horse.

"I'll be right back with some water," the doctor tells him.

The doctor has been gone a while and the man loses patience. He hobbles out to the drinking fountain, forces the pill down his throat and gobbles down water until the pill clears his throat. He hobbles back into the examining room.

The doctor comes back with a bucket of warm water. "Ok, after the tablet dissolves, you should soak that leg for at least 30 minutes."

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

The 411 - Can you install Linux or other OS on a tablet?

Linux on a tablet

 Can you install Linux on a tablet?

Yes, it is possible to install Linux on a tablet, but the process can be complex and may require some technical expertise. The feasibility of installing Linux on a tablet depends on the specific tablet model and hardware configuration.

Some tablets come with a Linux-based operating system pre-installed, while others may require you to download and install a Linux distribution such as Ubuntu, Debian, or Arch Linux. Before installing Linux on a tablet, it's important to check the tablet's hardware compatibility with the Linux distribution you plan to install.

The installation process typically involves downloading the Linux distribution, creating a bootable USB drive, and booting the tablet from the USB drive to start the installation process. However, the specific steps may vary depending on the tablet and Linux distribution you are using.

It's also important to note that installing Linux on a tablet may void the device's warranty and could potentially cause issues with hardware compatibility, battery life, and device performance. Therefore, it is recommended that you proceed with caution and perform a backup of your tablet's data before attempting to install Linux.

The Wizard has a Chinese tablet currently running Windows 10/Android. I am in the process of trying to install Ubuntu MATE (or regular Ubuntu), and just have to figure about how to boot into the BIOS so that I can have it boot from USB. I will update you when I have been successful in installing Linux on my tablet. 

Source: ChatGPT

Two Widowed Fairy Penguins


Two Penguins

The lighter penguin is an elderly female whose partner died this year. The darker one is a younger male who lost his partner two years ago. Biologists have followed them as they meet every night to comfort each other. They stand for hours together watching the lights. Photographer Tobias Baumgaertner captured this image of two widowed fairy penguins looking over the Melbourne skyline. It has won an award in Oceanographic magazine’s Ocean Photography Awards 2020.


Source: Mary J

The 411 - Fridge Magnets - How many is too many?

Fridge magnets

411  Can you damage a refrigerator by having too many fridge magnets?

The Wizard can personally vouch for this as I have a ahem, few magnets on my fridge. No, having too many fridge magnets is unlikely to damage a refrigerator. Most fridge magnets are made of lightweight materials such as plastic or rubber, and they are not strong enough to cause any damage to the surface of a refrigerator.

However, if you have an old refrigerator with a compressor motor that is mounted externally, and you place a large number of heavy magnets on the door, it may cause the door to become misaligned or not close properly. This can result in cool air escaping from the fridge, which can cause the compressor to work harder and increase your energy bills.

Overall, having a reasonable number of fridge magnets on your refrigerator is not likely to cause any harm. However, if you have concerns about the weight or quantity of your magnets, it is best to consult your refrigerator's manual or a professional technician.

I wonder how much strain I'm putting on my door, if you add up the weight of all magnets? 

Source: ChatGPT

The 411 - Imigration and Canada

Immigrants to Canada

411Canada's immigration policy is designed to attract and retain skilled workers, entrepreneurs, and investors who can contribute to the country's economy and society. The government of Canada has set a target to welcome over 1.2 million immigrants from 2021 to 2023.

In 2022, Canada aimed to admit 401,000 new permanent residents, with a focus on economic immigration programs. This target includes up to 110,500 principal applicants and their accompanying family members through Express Entry, which is a fast-track immigration program for skilled workers. Additionally, Canada planned to admit up to 90,000 people through Provincial Nominee Programs, which allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate immigrants based on local economic needs.

Canada also planned to admit up to 30,000 refugees, including 20,000 privately sponsored refugees, and up to 4,500 refugees under the government-assisted refugee program. The remaining 176,500 immigrants were planned to be admitted through various other programs, such as family sponsorship, humanitarian and compassionate cases, and others.

As for the expected number of immigrants in 2023, the Canadian government has set a target of welcoming 421,000 new permanent residents. This target includes 123,500 principal applicants and their accompanying family members through Express Entry, up to 108,500 through Provincial Nominee Programs, and up to 20,500 under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, which is designed to attract skilled workers to the Atlantic provinces of Canada.

The government of Canada also plans to continue to welcome refugees and other immigrants through various programs, with a target of up to 36,000 refugees and up to 128,000 immigrants through family sponsorship, humanitarian and compassionate cases, and other programs.

It's important to note that these targets are subject to change and may be affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors.

Source: ChatGPT


Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Can Windows match this uptime?

Have not rebooted in 35 days. System is all up to date. No reboots required! 


Point: Ubuntu MATE

Screenshot is neofetch. It shows specifications in a Linux operating system.

I've always wondered about "Stardates" in Star Trek and how they refer to time


Stardates in the Star Trek universe are a way of representing dates that are used to track the passage of time in the show's various series and movies. However, there is no standardized formula for how Stardates are calculated, and their use has evolved over time.

In the original Star Trek series, Stardates were a five-digit number followed by a decimal point and one or two more digits. The first two digits represented the season of the year in which the episode took place (with season one starting at 1,000 and season two at 2,000, for example), while the remaining digits represented the number of days elapsed since the beginning of that season.

Later on, in The Next Generation and subsequent Star Trek series, the formula for Stardates became more complex and less consistent. Stardates were based on a mathematical formula involving a combination of the current year, day of the year, and other factors. However, the precise formula used to calculate Stardates was never revealed, leading to some inconsistencies and confusion.

Despite their somewhat vague nature, Stardates continue to be a popular way for Star Trek fans to track the passage of time within the show's universe. They are often used as a shorthand reference to a particular episode or moment in the series' history.

Stardates are not a real measure of time. They are a fictional system used within the Star Trek universe to represent dates and the passage of time. Stardates do not correspond to any specific calendar or timekeeping system used in the real world, and there is no direct conversion between Stardates and real-world dates. The specific formula used to calculate Stardates in the Star Trek universe has evolved over time and is not consistent across all series and movies. While Stardates can be a useful way to track events and dates within the context of the Star Trek universe, they are purely fictional and have no bearing on real-world timekeeping. 

Source: ChatGPT

The Jersey Boys


Source: Mary J

Monday, March 27, 2023

In like a lion... out like a lamb


In like a lion... out like a lamb

The phrase "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb" is a common saying in many parts of the world. It refers to the weather patterns in the month of March, with the beginning of the month being cold and blustery (like a lion) and the end of the month being mild and calm (like a lamb).

The origins of the saying are not clear, but some historians believe it may be rooted in ancient European folklore. In many cultures, the lion was associated with the winter months, while the lamb was associated with the spring. The phrase may have been used to describe the transition from winter to spring, with March serving as the turning point.

Another theory is that the phrase originated from the stars. In ancient astrology, the constellation of Leo (the lion) rises in the east at the beginning of March, while the constellation of Aries (the ram or lamb) rises in the east at the end of March. This astronomical event may have been used to describe the transition between seasons.

Regardless of its origins, the saying has become a popular way to describe the changing weather patterns in the month of March. It is also sometimes used as a metaphor for life, with the lion representing the challenges and struggles we face in the beginning of a project or journey, and the lamb representing the peace and success we hope to achieve at the end.

Whether you believe in the folklore or not, the saying remains a fun way to mark the changing of the seasons and to remind ourselves that even the most difficult tasks or situations can be overcome with patience and perseverance.

Source: ChatGPT


The Number 13 - The Wizard's Favourite Number

The number 13

The number 13 has long been associated with superstition and bad luck in many cultures. Here are some of the most well-known myths and beliefs about the number 13:

  1. Friday the 13th: Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in many Western cultures. This superstition dates back to the Middle Ages, when it was believed that Friday was an unlucky day to begin any new project or endeavor. The number 13 was also considered unlucky, as it was believed to represent the number of people present at the Last Supper, where Jesus Christ was betrayed and crucified.

  2. Triskaidekaphobia: Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13. People with this phobia often avoid anything related to the number 13, including addresses, phone numbers, and floors in buildings.

  3. Unlucky in hotels: Many hotels and high-rise buildings do not have a 13th floor or room number 13, as it is considered unlucky. Instead, the floor or room is often labeled as 12A or 14.

  4. Lucky in Italy: In Italy, the number 13 is actually considered lucky, especially when it comes to gambling. In fact, the Italian national lottery has a game called "Il Gioco del 13," or "The Game of 13."

  5. Unlucky in Chinese culture: In Chinese culture, the number 13 is considered unlucky because it sounds similar to the word for "death" in Chinese. Many Chinese people will go out of their way to avoid anything related to the number 13.

  6. Lucky for witches: In witchcraft and Wiccan traditions, the number 13 is considered lucky because it represents the thirteen lunar cycles in a year.

  7. Unlucky for birthdays: In some Latin American countries, it is believed that when a person turns 13, they will have bad luck for the rest of their life. This belief has led to some people celebrating their "quinceañera," or 15th birthday, instead of their 13th.

Overall, the number 13 has a rich history of superstition and beliefs in various cultures around the world. Whether it is considered lucky or unlucky depends on where you are and who you ask.

Source: ChatGPT


From The Emerald City


   From The Emerald City

My Dear 'OZ'ians,

As you may or may not know, The Wizard makes no money from 'OZ' - The 'Other' Side of the Rainbow. I have striven to keep those annoying ads off my blog. I do qualify for Google Ads but they are too visible and mess up my blog design.  I do promote things from time to time, but those are my endorsements, and again, I am not being paid to post them.

I am seeking donations to help me offset the costs of hosting web pages, pictures and other costs associated with my blog. It costs me about $400/ year to support 'OZ'. If you feel that 'OZ' - The 'Other' Side of the Rainbow is worth it, I would appreciate if you could donate some money to help me offset the costs and continue to post on the blog. Every dollar helps! Fundraiser will stay open even when total is reached as this will be an ongoing fundraiser with a target of $400 for each year, but the total amount raised will be cumulative showing amount raised to date.

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I have also setup a GoFundMe page if you would like to donate there. Click here.

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Current Total Amount Raised: $200.00

Thanks so much for considering a donation!

If you decide not to donate, let me know if you would like your web page link posted on 'OZ'. If I post a link for you, I would appreciate you linking to my blog. Beneficial for both of us!

Send your questions to The Wizard of 'OZ' by clicking here.

--The Wizard

Cloud Storm


Cloud Storm
Source: Mary J

The Abandoned Mansion

 A short story

An abandoned mansion

It was an old mansion on the outskirts of town, surrounded by tall trees and overgrown vines. No one had lived there for years, and the house had fallen into disrepair. But it wasn't just the neglect that kept people away - there were rumors that the house was haunted.

Despite the warnings, a group of friends decided to explore the mansion one night. They had heard the rumors and wanted to see if they were true. They parked their car outside the gate and made their way through the overgrown garden, up the steps, and through the front door.

As soon as they stepped inside, they felt a chill in the air. The house was dark, and the only light came from their flashlights. The floorboards creaked beneath their feet, and dust hung in the air. But it wasn't just the eerie silence that made them uneasy - it was the feeling that they were being watched.

As they made their way through the house, strange things started to happen. Doors opened and closed by themselves, and objects moved on their own. The group tried to rationalize what they were experiencing, but they couldn't explain the supernatural occurrences.

As they climbed the staircase to the second floor, they heard a soft whispering sound. It was coming from one of the rooms at the end of the hall. The group approached the door, hesitantly pushing it open. Inside, they found a small room filled with old toys and furniture. But it was the old rocking chair in the corner that caught their attention.

As they watched, the rocking chair began to move on its own, swaying back and forth. The group tried to run out of the room, but the door slammed shut, trapping them inside. They could hear footsteps approaching them from behind, but there was no one there when they turned around.

Suddenly, the room was filled with a blinding light, and a figure appeared in front of them. It was a woman, dressed in a long white gown, her hair flowing around her like tendrils of mist. She floated towards them, her eyes glowing with an otherworldly light.

The group was paralyzed with fear, unable to move or speak. The ghostly figure reached out and touched them, and they could feel a cold chill run through their bodies. But then, just as suddenly as she had appeared, the ghost vanished, leaving the group alone in the dark.

The group stumbled out of the mansion, shaken and terrified. They knew that what they had experienced was real - the rumors about the haunted house were true. From that day on, they avoided the mansion, and warned others to stay away from the abandoned mansion.

But the ghostly figure still haunted their dreams, and they knew that they would never forget the terrifying encounter they had with the haunted house. The mansion remained abandoned, a dark reminder of the supernatural forces that lurked in the world.

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

Sunday, March 26, 2023

What's what with current social media

Social Media

Here are some general insights on the current state of social media.

Social media has grown significantly in popularity over the past decade, with platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok attracting billions of users worldwide. However, the rise of social media has also brought with it some challenges and concerns, such as:

  1. Misinformation: Social media has become a breeding ground for fake news, misinformation, and propaganda. This has led to a significant decrease in public trust in traditional news sources and an increase in the spread of conspiracy theories.

  2. Cyberbullying: Social media has provided a platform for cyberbullying, which can lead to serious mental health issues for victims. Cyberbullying can also have serious consequences, including depression, anxiety, and even suicide.

  3. Polarization: Social media algorithms are designed to show users content that aligns with their interests and beliefs. This has led to increased political polarization, with users becoming more entrenched in their own echo chambers and less likely to engage with opposing viewpoints.

  4. Addiction: Social media platforms are designed to be addictive, with features like notifications and likes triggering dopamine release in the brain. This can lead to compulsive social media use, which can have negative effects on mental health and productivity.

Overall, while social media has its benefits, it's important to be aware of these challenges and work to mitigate them. 

The Wizard uses just Blogger and has stopped using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even YouTube (unless I'm searching for something specific). I think I sleep better at night!

Source: ChatGPT

Being Gay Can Kill You...

Countries where beinbg gay can result in death penalty

There are currently 12 countries in the world where being gay is against the law and carries a death sentence as a possible penalty:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Brunei
  3. Iran
  4. Mauritania
  5. Nigeria (in some northern states under Islamic law)
  6. Pakistan (in some provinces under Islamic law)
  7. Qatar
  8. Saudi Arabia
  9. Somalia (in some southern regions under Islamic law)
  10. Sudan
  11. United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  12. Yemen

It is important to note that discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community is not limited to these countries and can occur in various forms and degrees throughout the world. Avoid these countries whether you are gay or not! I am so thankful to live in Canada, where I can be myself!

Click here to visit RightsUniversal.org

The Emo Boy


The emo boy

There is a moral to this story. Read on...

Once upon a time, there was a boy named Alex who was known for his emo style. He had jet-black hair that covered his forehead, wore black clothes with chains and studs, and had a pale complexion that made him stand out in a crowd.

Alex didn't have many friends because people often judged him based on his appearance. However, he found solace in music and spent most of his time listening to his favorite emo bands.

One day, Alex's parents enrolled him in a new school. He was nervous about fitting in and worried that he would be bullied for his emo style. On the first day of school, Alex walked into the classroom with his head down and found a seat in the back.

As the class began, the teacher introduced a new student who had just transferred from another school. Her name was Sarah, and she had bright blue hair and wore clothes that were just as alternative as Alex's. Alex was intrigued by her and hoped that they could be friends.

After class, Sarah approached Alex and complimented him on his black nail polish. Alex was surprised and didn't know how to respond. They began talking about music, and to his amazement, Sarah shared the same love for emo bands as he did.

From that day on, Alex and Sarah became the best of friends. They hung out after school, went to concerts together, and bonded over their shared love of music. Alex felt like he had finally found someone who accepted him for who he was, and he was grateful to have Sarah in his life.

As time went by, Alex's classmates began to see him in a different light. They realized that his emo style was just a part of who he was and that he was a kind and caring person. Alex no longer felt like an outcast and found himself making new friends.

In the end, Alex learned that it's okay to be different and that true friends will accept you for who you are, no matter what. He continued to embrace his emo style, and it became a part of his identity that he was proud of.

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

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Personal Post To Mary J


I want to really thank you for all the ideas, photos and links you have provided me. If you don't see them all right away, it's because I have a lot of content for now. Sorry about that! But, please continue to email me these things! They will eventually get posted, I promise! I hope to be fair to everyone who sends me content. (And you are most frequent contributor :)

The Wizard 


Internet Safety Quiz

Online safety starts with YOU!


Which of the following is a common internet scam?
    a. Lottery winnings
    b. Nigerian prince email scam
    c. Free gift cards
    d. All of the above

Answer: d. All of the above

    What is the safest way to share personal information online?
    a. On social media
    b. With anyone who asks for it
    c. With trusted and verified websites or organizations
    d. None of the above

Answer: c. With trusted and verified websites or organizations

    What is the purpose of a strong password?
    a. To make it easy to remember
    b. To make it difficult for hackers to guess
    c. To make it easy for others to access your account
    d. None of the above

Answer: b. To make it difficult for hackers to guess

    Which of the following should you avoid sharing online?
    a. Your full name
    b. Your address
    c. Your phone number
    d. All of the above

Answer: d. All of the above

    Which of the following is a safe way to download files from the internet?
    a. Downloading from a reputable website
    b. Clicking on pop-up ads
    c. Downloading from unsecured websites
    d. None of the above

Answer: a. Downloading from a reputable website

    What is a common form of cyberbullying?
    a. Posting hurtful comments on social media
    b. Sending threatening messages
    c. Spreading rumors online
    d. All of the above

Answer: d. All of the above

    What is phishing?
    a. A type of fishing
    b. A type of online scam that tries to steal personal information
    c. A type of social media platform
    d. None of the above

Answer: b. A type of online scam that tries to steal personal information

    What should you do if you receive an unsolicited email asking for personal information?
    a. Reply to the email with the information requested
    b. Delete the email
    c. Forward the email to friends and family
    d. None of the above

Answer: b. Delete the email

    What is a VPN?
    a. A type of virus
    b. A type of computer
    c. A virtual private network that encrypts your internet connection
    d. None of the above

Answer: c. A virtual private network that encrypts your internet connection

    What is the purpose of two-factor authentication?
    a. To make it easier to access your accounts
    b. To provide an extra layer of security for your accounts
    c. To share your personal information with others
    d. None of the above

Answer: b. To provide an extra layer of security for your accounts.

How well did you score? 

Source: ChatGPT

Mining Bitcoin



Bitcoin mining is the process by which new bitcoins are created and transactions are verified on the Bitcoin network. While it is possible to mine Bitcoin with your computer, it may not be profitable due to the high competition in the mining industry.

Here are the basic steps for mining Bitcoin:

  1. Choose your mining hardware: You will need specialized mining hardware called ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits) that are designed specifically for Bitcoin mining.

  2. Download a mining software: You will need to download and install a mining software to run your mining hardware. Some popular mining software include CGminer, BFGminer, and EasyMiner.

  3. Join a mining pool: Most miners join a mining pool to increase their chances of earning a Bitcoin. Mining pools allow you to pool your mining resources with other miners to increase your chances of finding a block.

  4. Configure your mining software: You will need to configure your mining software with the details of the mining pool you have joined. This will include the pool's address, port number, and your username and password.

  5. Start mining: Once you have set up your mining software, you can start mining by running your mining hardware and software. Your mining software will communicate with the mining pool, and you will be rewarded with a portion of the Bitcoin earned by the pool.

It's important to note that Bitcoin mining requires a significant amount of electricity and cooling, which can be expensive. It's also important to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the Bitcoin mining industry to ensure your mining operation remains profitable.

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Earth Hour 60 Tonight

Earth Hour 60 is tonight at 830PM in your local timezone. The Wizard and his partner Dwight observe Earth Hour every year. We turn off all lights (including the aquarium lights), We just talk, with no distractions, by candlelight. It's a great way to pass the time. One hour is nothing to participate in. Awesome to get a benefit while participating in Earth Hour 60.

Earth Hour

There are several ways to participate in Earth Hour:

  1. Turn off non-essential lights and electronics for one hour: This is the most common way to participate in Earth Hour. Simply turn off any lights or electronics that you don't need for one hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time on the last Saturday in March.

  2. Spread the word: Use your social media platforms to share information about Earth Hour and encourage others to participate. You can also talk to your friends and family members about the importance of taking action to address climate change.

  3. Organize an event: If you're part of a community group or organization, consider organizing an event for Earth Hour. This could be anything from a candlelit dinner to a public gathering where people can share their thoughts and ideas about sustainability.

  4. Reduce your energy consumption: Earth Hour is just one hour, but you can make a bigger impact by reducing your energy consumption throughout the year. This could include things like turning off lights when you leave a room, using energy-efficient appliances, and taking public transportation or walking instead of driving when possible.

  5. Donate to environmental organizations: Consider making a donation to an environmental organization that is working to address climate change and protect the planet. This is a great way to support the cause and make a difference even if you can't participate in Earth Hour itself.

Carrying a donkey


Carrying a donkey

R.I.P. Gordon Moore (1929 - 2023)

Gordon Moore

Intel Corp (INTC.O) co-founder Gordon Moore, a pioneer in the semiconductor industry whose "Moore's Law" predicted a steady rise in computing power for decades, died Friday at the age of 94, the company announced.

Intel and Moore's family philanthropic foundation said he died surrounded by family at his home in Hawaii.

Co-launching Intel in 1968, Moore was the rolled-up-sleeves engineer within a triumvirate of technology luminaries that eventually put "Intel Inside" processors in more than 80% of the world's personal computers.

In an article he wrote in 1965, Moore observed that, thanks to improvements in technology, the number of transistors on microchips had roughly doubled every year since integrated circuits were invented a few years before.

His prediction that the trend would continue became known as "Moore's Law" and, later amended to every two years, it helped push Intel and rival chipmakers to aggressively target their research and development resources to make sure that rule of thumb came true.

Friday, March 24, 2023

I wish you enough

What is enough?

Recently I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said "I love you and I wish you enough"

The daughter replied, "Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom"

They kissed and the daughter left. The mother walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see she wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking "Did you ever say goodbye to someone knowing it would be forever?".

"Yes, I have," I replied. "Forgive me for asking but why is this a forever goodbye?". "I am old and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is -- the next trip back will be for my funeral" she said.

"When you were saying goodbye, I heard you say 'I wish you enough'. May I ask what that means?".

She began to smile "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone".

She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she smiled even more. "When we said 'I wish you enough' we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them".

Then turning toward me she shared the following as if she were reciting it from memory --

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright. I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more. I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive. I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger. I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting. I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess. I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.

She then began to cry and walked away. They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.


To all my readers, friends and loved ones , I WISH YOU ENOUGH

Just 10 of them...

 Some riddles:

  1. What do you call a fish that wears a bowtie? Sofishticated.
  2. Why did the tomato turn red? Because it saw the salad dressing.
  3. What do you call a snowman with a six-pack? An abdominal snowman.
  4. What did the grape say when it got stepped on? Nothing, it just let out a little wine.
  5. What's the best way to watch a fly fishing tournament? Live stream.
  6. Why couldn't the bicycle stand up by itself? It was two-tired.
  7. Why do seagulls fly over the sea? Because if they flew over the bay, they'd be bagels.
  8. What do you call a fake noodle? An impasta.
  9. What kind of shoes do ninjas wear? Sneakers.
  10. Why did the hipster burn his tongue? He drank his coffee before it was cool.

I hope these riddles brought a smile to your face!

The 411 - Pi


411Pi (π) is a mathematical constant that represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Its value is approximately:


The value of Pi is an irrational number, meaning it cannot be expressed as a finite decimal or a fraction. It has an infinite decimal expansion that never repeats, making it a transcendental number.

The first few digits of Pi, 3.14, are well-known and used in many calculations in mathematics, physics, and engineering. However, to increase the precision of calculations, Pi is often approximated to a larger number of decimal places.

The value of Pi to 1000 decimal places is often used in scientific and engineering applications that require a high level of accuracy. The value is commonly used in calculations related to computer graphics, cryptography, and statistical analysis.

The calculation of Pi to a large number of decimal places is a challenging task and has been the subject of many historical and contemporary mathematical efforts. With the use of modern computers and algorithms, Pi has been calculated to trillions of digits, but for most practical applications, 1000 decimal places provide sufficient precision.

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

The 411 - The Pentacle

Pentacle spinning
The pentacle is a five-pointed star enclosed in a circle. It is a symbol with a long and complex history, and its meaning varies depending on the context in which it is used.

In modern times, the pentacle is often associated with the Wiccan and pagan religions, where it is used as a symbol of spiritual protection and connection to the divine. In these traditions, the pentacle is typically drawn or carved on objects such as candles, talismans, and jewelry, and is often used in rituals and spells.

Each point of the pentacle represents a different element: earth, air, fire, water, and spirit. These elements are often associated with different aspects of the natural world and different qualities of being. For example, earth represents stability and grounding, while air represents intellect and communication.

The circle that encloses the pentacle represents the unity of all things and the interconnectedness of the universe. It is also sometimes interpreted as a symbol of protection or containment, representing the ability to create a sacred space that is shielded from negative energies.

In addition to its use in pagan and Wiccan traditions, the pentacle has also been used in various other contexts throughout history. In ancient times, it was used as a symbol of protection and was often associated with the goddess Venus. It has also been used in various religious and spiritual traditions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, where it is sometimes associated with the five pillars of faith.

Overall, the pentacle is a complex symbol with many different meanings and associations, depending on the cultural and historical context in which it is used.

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders


The Saskatchewan Roughriders is The Wizard's favourite football team.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are a professional Canadian Football League (CFL) team based in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The team was founded in 1910, making it one of the oldest professional sports teams in North America.

The Roughriders have won four Grey Cup championships in their history, with their most recent championship victory coming in 2013. They have also won 20 Western Division championships, the most recent of which was in 2019.

The team's colors are green and white, and their home field is Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field, which has a seating capacity of over 33,000. The Roughriders have a strong fan base in Saskatchewan and are often referred to as "Rider Nation."

Some of the team's most notable players include Ron Lancaster, George Reed, Kent Austin, and Darian Durant. Lancaster is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks in CFL history, while Reed is the team's all-time leading rusher.

The Roughriders also have several unique traditions, such as the "Rider Pride" chant, the "Watermelon Helmet" tradition, and the "Green Mile" walk to the stadium on game day.

Off the field, the Roughriders are involved in several charitable initiatives, including the "Rider Reading Blitz" program, which promotes literacy in Saskatchewan schools, and the "Pink Day" initiative, which raises funds for breast cancer research.

Overall, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have a rich history and a passionate fan base that make them a beloved part of Canadian football culture.

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Disney vs. Looney Tunes

Mickey Mouse vs. Bugs Bunny

Which camp are you in?

Both Disney and Looney Tunes have made significant contributions to the world of animation and have created beloved characters that have stood the test of time.

Disney is known for its classic animated films, such as Snow White, The Lion King, and Aladdin, as well as its theme parks and merchandise. Disney has also expanded into other media, including television shows, live-action films, and streaming services.

Looney Tunes, on the other hand, is known for its classic animated shorts featuring characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig. These shorts were known for their humor, wit, and animation techniques.

Disney and Looney Tunes characters are both beloved and iconic, but they have different styles and personalities. Here are some comparisons between some of the most popular characters from each franchise:

Mickey Mouse vs Bugs Bunny: Both are the most iconic characters of their respective franchises. Mickey is known for his optimistic and cheerful personality, while Bugs is known for his wit and sarcastic humor.

Donald Duck vs Daffy Duck: Both are hot-headed ducks who often find themselves in comical situations. However, Donald is known for his unintelligible speech and sailor outfit, while Daffy is known for his black feathers and big ego.

Goofy vs Wile E. Coyote: Goofy is a clumsy and lovable character, while Wile E. Coyote is a cunning and persistent antagonist. Both characters often find themselves in dangerous situations.

Snow White vs Tweety Bird: Snow White is known for her kindness and beauty, while Tweety is known for his small size and cute appearance. Both characters are often targeted by their enemies, but always find a way to outsmart them.

Cinderella vs Lola Bunny: Cinderella is a classic Disney princess who is kind and hardworking. Lola Bunny is a skilled basketball player who is also intelligent and confident.

Ultimately, both Disney and Looney Tunes characters have their unique personalities and characteristics that have made them beloved by audiences for generations.

Both Disney and Looney Tunes have their own unique styles and appeal to different audiences. Ultimately, it's up to individual preferences which one is better.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador

You've seen all the tourism ads about Newfoundland and Labrador on TV, showing the beautiful landscapes it has. 

Newfoundland and Labrador is a province located in eastern Canada. It is the easternmost province of Canada and is made up of two distinct regions: Newfoundland and Labrador.

Newfoundland is an island off the east coast of Canada, while Labrador is part of the mainland. The two regions are separated by the Strait of Belle Isle. The provincial capital of Newfoundland and Labrador is St. John's, which is located on the eastern coast of Newfoundland.

Newfoundland and Labrador has a rich history dating back over 9,000 years when Indigenous peoples first settled in the region. The Vikings were the first Europeans to explore the area in the 11th century, but it was not until the 16th century that European settlements were established, primarily by the English and French.

The region has a strong cultural identity and is known for its unique music, art, and cuisine. Newfoundland and Labrador also has a strong tradition of storytelling, with many of its residents being known for their ability to spin a good yarn.

The economy of Newfoundland and Labrador is heavily reliant on natural resources, particularly oil, gas, and minerals. The offshore oil industry has been a major contributor to the province's economy, with significant reserves discovered in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Newfoundland.

Tourism is also an important industry in Newfoundland and Labrador, with the region's rugged coastline, wildlife, and historic sites attracting visitors from around the world. Some of the most popular tourist attractions in the region include Gros Morne National Park, L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, and the East Coast Trail.

The population of Newfoundland and Labrador is around 520,000 people, with the majority living on the island of Newfoundland. The province is also home to a number of Indigenous communities, including the Innu, Inuit, and Mi'kmaq.

In terms of climate, Newfoundland and Labrador has a subarctic climate in Labrador and a humid continental climate in Newfoundland. Winters can be long and harsh, with snow and ice common, while summers are typically short and mild.

Overall, Newfoundland and Labrador is a unique and fascinating region of Canada, with a rich history, culture, and economy.

Always listen and believe the "Tellers" who tell you stories of adventure, they are always true, except when they make them up!. 

Source: ChatGPT

Art For Art's Sake (AI Art)

AI art

Artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to generate art in a variety of ways, including through the use of machine learning and computer vision techniques.

One common method for generating art using AI is through the use of generative adversarial networks (GANs). GANs are a type of deep learning algorithm that consists of two neural networks working together: a generator network and a discriminator network. The generator network creates new images or artworks, while the discriminator network tries to distinguish between real and fake images. Over time, the generator network learns to create more convincing and realistic images or artworks, based on feedback from the discriminator network.

Another method for generating art using AI is through the use of style transfer algorithms. Style transfer algorithms work by analyzing the content and style of two different images, and then combining them to create a new image that combines the content of one image with the style of the other. This technique can be used to create new artworks that combine the style of one artist with the subject matter of another, for example.

AI art

AI can also be used to generate art through the use of computer vision techniques, such as image recognition and object detection. These techniques can be used to analyze existing artworks and identify patterns or styles that can be used to generate new artworks. For example, an AI system could be trained on a dataset of abstract expressionist paintings, and then used to generate new paintings that mimic the style of that genre.

Overall, AI-generated art is a growing field that is producing new and innovative works of art that challenge our traditional notions of creativity and authorship. While there is still debate over the role of AI in art and the extent to which it can truly be considered "creative," there is no doubt that these technologies are opening up new possibilities for artistic expression and exploration.

The 411 - Crustaceans - Are they just bugs of the ocean?


Crustaceans are not considered bugs in the scientific sense, as the term "bug" typically refers to insects belonging to the order Hemiptera. Crustaceans belong to a different group of arthropods that includes lobsters, crabs, shrimp, and barnacles, among others. While both crustaceans and insects are classified as arthropods, they have distinct differences in their body structures, life cycles, and other characteristics.

Blue Lobster

Lobsters are not part of the insect family or closely related to insects. Lobsters belong to a different group of arthropods known as crustaceans. While both crustaceans and insects belong to the larger group of animals known as arthropods and share some similarities in their body structures, they have distinct differences in their anatomy, physiology, and behaviour. Insects have three pairs of legs, three body segments, and wings, while crustaceans have five or more pairs of legs, two or three body segments, and typically lack wings.

Crustaceans are related to insects in the sense that both groups of animals belong to the larger phylum Arthropoda, which also includes spiders, centipedes, and millipedes. However, crustaceans are not considered "bugs of the ocean," as the term "bug" specifically refers to insects belonging to the order Hemiptera. Crustaceans are a diverse group of marine and freshwater animals that include lobsters, crabs, shrimp, and barnacles, among others. While they share some similarities with insects, such as having jointed limbs and segmented bodies, crustaceans have distinct differences in their anatomy, physiology, and behaviour. 

Since I have started to think of Lobsters as bugs, I have completely stopped eating them - turns my stomach. Even after researching this post, I still am totally turned off by crustaceans...

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

When will the copyright on Mickey Mouse end?

Not Mickey Mouse
Not Mickey Mouse

The copyright on Mickey Mouse is a complex issue and has been subject to several changes over the years due to copyright extensions. As of 2021, the copyright on Mickey Mouse is set to expire in 2024, but this is subject to change due to possible further extensions of copyright law.

Mickey Mouse was first created in 1928, and the original copyright on the character was for 56 years. However, over the years, copyright law has been extended, and as a result, the copyright on Mickey Mouse has been extended multiple times.

The most recent extension to copyright law was the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, which was signed into law in 1998. This Act extended the copyright term for works created after January 1, 1978, to the life of the author plus 70 years, or 95 years from the date of publication for works made for hire, whichever is shorter.

As Mickey Mouse was created in 1928, this means that the original copyright on the character has expired. However, due to the various copyright extensions, the copyright on Mickey Mouse has been extended multiple times, and it is currently set to expire in 2024.

It is worth noting that copyright law is a complex and evolving area, and the expiration date of Mickey Mouse's copyright could potentially change again in the future if further extensions are made to copyright law.

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