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Sunday, April 30, 2023

Ode to May


The Wizard's Feet

May, the month of fresh beginnings,
As spring flowers blossom in full bloom.
Birds chirp sweetly, nature is winning,
And warmth creeps in, dispelling gloom.

The air is filled with fragrance sweet,
Of lilacs, lilies, and freshly mowed lawns.
The sun is shining bright and neat,
And everyone is enjoying the new dawn.

May is a time of growth and renewal,
Of green leaves, and new life to unfold.
The earth is alive, full of potential,
And the colors of nature are bright and bold.

So let us welcome this lovely month,
With open hearts and joyous glee.
May it bring peace, love, and growth,
And all the beauty that we long to see.

Break out the flip flops!

Where, oh where, are you, McRib?


The McRib sandwich

The Wizard's Favorite McDonald's sandwich. 

The McRib sandwich is a limited-time menu item at McDonald's that typically consists of a boneless pork patty shaped to resemble a rack of ribs, barbecue sauce, onions, and pickles on a hoagie-style bun. The sandwich was first introduced in the United States in 1981 and has since become a popular seasonal item, often returning to menus during the fall or winter months. The McRib has a unique texture and flavor that many fans find appealing, and it has developed a cult following over the years. Despite its popularity, the McRib is not a permanent menu item at McDonald's and is only available for a limited time each year.

The availability of the McRib sandwich at McDonald's locations in Canada can vary by region and by individual restaurant. Currently, the McRib is not a permanent menu item in Canada and is typically only offered as a limited-time promotion. If you are looking for a specific location that serves the McRib, you can check the McDonald's Canada website or contact your local restaurant to inquire about their current menu offerings.

Let's hope it comes back soon!

From The Emerald City

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This day in history

Here are some notable events that have happened on April 30:

  1. 1789: George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States in New York City.

  2. 1803: The United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France, doubling the size of the country.

  3. 1945: Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker in Berlin, as Allied forces were closing in on the city.

  4. 1975: The Vietnam War officially ended when North Vietnam captured the capital city of Saigon, which was renamed Ho Chi Minh City.

  5. 1993: Tennis player Monica Seles was stabbed in the back by a spectator during a match in Hamburg, Germany.

  6. 2004: The Abu Ghraib prison scandal was revealed when photos were published showing U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi detainees.

  7. 2019: Japanese Emperor Akihito abdicated, becoming the first emperor in over 200 years to do so.

These are just a few examples of notable events that have occurred on April 30.

Saturday, April 29, 2023

The Wizard's Favourite Egyptian Saying

☥ AnkhIwiEmHotep ☥
"Life and Peace be with You"

Daemonic Easter Bonnets & Bloody Ice Cream

by Gail Fulkerson

Easter weekend was in full swing. Millions of people rose from their warm beds, got dressed in their best Sunday-go-to-meetin’ duds, and entered the doors of a church on Sunday to wish Jesus a happy reincarnation day. They filled the pews, making sure their neighbours saw them and what they were wearing before the priest or minister began the service. They gave generously when the plate was passed, putting in dollar bills instead of coins. The big spenders were accused of buying their way into heaven, although they’d halfheartedly deny it.


On this Easter Sunday, Frank and his cronies were concealed in the shadows as the parishioners filed out of the church. The men loosened ties and opened the top buttons of their shirts, the kids ran down the steps to meet with friends to make plans for later in the day. Women removed sweaters as they walked gingerly on high heels along gravel paths to the family sedans.

It was all going according to plan. The daemons waited for the last vehicle to leave before they entered the church, gaining access through the rustic front doors and stained-glass windows. Inside, the minister and a few elders were in the kitchen discussing Easter matters as they unwittingly sipped tea spiked with a sedative that Frank’s bff, Larry, had slipped into the teapot before the water was poured.

Side by side, the two best friends enjoyed the minutes watching the humans go from alert to unconscious as they sipped and giggled, their heads nodding, the teacups and saucers dropping from sleeping hands, and their bodies falling from chairs into dishevelled yet colourful Easter-dyed heaps on the floor.

Frank and Larry each grabbed an unconscious human off the floor and played with them like dolls, posing them like action figures and making them do things they would never have done while awake. It was one of the highlights of the daemon’s day, perhaps of the entire weekend.

While the two besties were having fun in the church, a horde of daemons were spreading out over the town like an evil dark cloud, intent upon grabbing as many humans as they could before they ran from their sedans and barricaded themselves in their homes. Every human hunted by daemons fervently believed they would be safe within the walls of their abodes, but that belief was violently shattered once the daemons broke down doors, smashed windows, and ripped roofs off of houses to get at their prey. The humans screamed and pleaded with Jesus to save them, but to no avail. Jesus was incommunicado and couldn’t or wouldn’t answer any of their prayers.

The prayers, screams, fires, sirens, and mayhem began to subside sometime after 11:00 Monday night. Most of the daemons had filled their quota of humans by then, and were returning to their nests with their catch. Years ago, daemons who participated in the annual Easter Massacre gathered in the centre of town to begin the process of disarticulating, gutting, and wrapping human parts in butcher paper, ready for the freezer. The practice was abandoned, however, when Satan accused his neighbours of encroaching upon his property for the sole purpose of stealing meat and other victuals. The culprits, denying any involvement, conveniently disappeared shortly after the accusation. Also, their house burned to the ground. The daemonic community chalked it up to angry humans seeking revenge, and that was the end of it. No one said a word when Satan’s household took delivery of a big new freezer, and immediately stacked it to the hilt with meat that ‘miraculously’ appeared at Satan’s back door. No one ever questioned their supreme leader’s actions or motives, since accusers didn’t survive long enough to apologize for or make amends.


The thrill of hunting devout humans was just the beginning. Daemonic Easter Weekend had a carnival atmosphere, much like Mardi Gras but without the beads. Instead, there was a teacup ride that sprayed a mist of diced guts at the riders — a favourite among the younger daemons — and a pie-eating contest in which many daemons wanted to participate, because the pies were made from ground gnomes spiced with human sweat and the watery liquid drained from blisters. There were shooting galleries filled with human corpses to amuse the little imps and their parents. Bbq’d people ribs, lizard chops, and garter snake steaks were on the menu, along with gallstone ice cream — served in a cone or a bowl — and the ever-popular blood and bile milkshakes.


It was getting late, and Frank was tired, and bloated with all the things he’d eaten throughout the day. He tried calling an Uber so he wouldn’t have to walk or fly home, but no one was answering his calls. It took some effort, but Frank was able to stand up and take some staggering footsteps in the general direction of home. The more he worked at it, the better his footwork became, until he finally found his stride. With renewed confidence, Frank made it home within hours, a trip that usually took him mere minutes. He was out of breath but still alive. As the front door crashed open, Frank briefly wondered what had happened to Larry. He’d last seen him accosting an elderly man in the middle of town, shredding the man’s overcoat and suit jacket to get at the meaty centre.

Frank’s knees buckled and he fell face first onto the mat just inside the front door, cracking his forehead on the hard stone floor.

“Well, crap. That’s gonna leave a mark,” Frank thought to himself. He wanted to get up and go to his room, but his body was spent, so he slept where he fell.

Later that morning, Frank was awoken by the aroma of frying bacon. As he stumbled into the kitchen and took a seat at the table, Frank’s mom slid him a plate of eggs and bacon, laced with arsenic, just the way he liked them.

“Coffee is still brewing, but it won’t be long,” his mother informed him. “Here, have a glass of stomach juices and intestinal fluids while you wait.”

“Thanks, Ma, but I think I’ll pass on the juice,” replied Frank. “My guts are inflamed as it is, and I don’t want to risk having them explode on me again. That really hurt, and I couldn’t eat for months afterward, until they regrew. I don’t want to go through that again. Losing my arms was bad enough, but regrowing my entire digestive system was the worst,” he recalled.

Just then, Larry came in, dragging a sack of bloody people parts across the kitchen floor. Frank’s mom was about to bite Larry’s head off for making a mess, but restrained herself when he revealed the contents of the sack. There, in the middle of the floor where it had been dumped, lay a glistening pile of brains, kidneys, and livers, the daemonic caviar of meats. Strewn amongst them were forks, spoons, and knives; Larry always collected cutlery from the scenes of his kills simply because he liked the way they glinted through the all the gore.

“Wow! You outdid yourself, Larry,” congratulated Frank.

“Thanks, man. I appreciate that. Hey, Mrs. Satan, is there any more of your famous coffee left? I’d love a cup if there is,” said Larry.

“Sure thing, Larry, I’ll grab a mug for you,” Frank’s mom replied, grabbing the freshly brewed coffee off the stove and pouring mugs full of the steaming hot liquid for the three of them. A drip from the pot landed on the table and ate a neat hole through it.

“Don’t get any coffee on yourself or you might lose a body part,” she warned, as she sat down to enjoy her mug. 

Gail Fulkerson is a writer who specializes in the supernatural. She lives with her family in Saskatchewan, where she is working on another story involving Frank the daemon.

The Best of Peanut

Source: Mary J

Friday, April 28, 2023

Piney Woods Express Diesel

Piney Woods Express Diesel Train
The Piney Woods Express Diesel Excursion is a train ride through the scenic Piney Woods region of East Texas, United States. The excursion is operated by the Texas State Railroad, a historic railroad that has been in operation since the late 1800s.

The Piney Woods Express Diesel Excursion uses a vintage diesel locomotive to pull antique passenger cars through the beautiful forests of East Texas. The train ride lasts for approximately two hours and covers a distance of 25 miles between the cities of Rusk and Palestine, Texas.

Passengers can enjoy the scenic beauty of East Texas, including rolling hills, meandering streams, and dense forests, from the comfort of the train's air-conditioned passenger cars. The train also stops at a recreated 1897 train depot in Maydelle, Texas, where passengers can disembark and explore a restored steam locomotive.

The Piney Woods Express Diesel Excursion offers a unique and memorable way to experience the natural beauty and rich history of East Texas by train.

Click here to visit their webpage.

Source: Mary J

Upside down fig tree

Upside Down Fig Tree

Upside-down fig tree in Bacoli, Italy. "No one is quite sure how the tree ended up there or how it survived, but year after year it continues to grow downwards and bear figs."

Source: Mary J

The Chinese Losu Tree

Losu Tree

This flowering tree is called the Losu tree. It is extremely rare and only found in China. There are only three of them and it blooms once a year in April. China provides it with severe protection to preserve it.  It is also called the April snow because of its very white flowers.

Source: Mary J

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Instant Pot Pot Roast


Instant Pot pot roast
The Wizard LOVES his Instant Pot. I use it when I am in a hurry and need to reduce the amount of time to prepare dinner. Here is an easy recipe:


  • 2-3 lb chuck roast
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onions and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Add the carrots and celery to the pot and sauté for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  3. Season the chuck roast with salt and pepper, and then add it to the Instant Pot on top of the vegetables.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, and rosemary. Pour the mixture over the roast.
  5. Close the Instant Pot lid and set it to pressure cook on high for 60-90 minutes (depending on the size of the roast and your desired level of tenderness).
  6. Once the cooking time is up, allow the Instant Pot to release pressure naturally for 10-15 minutes, and then do a quick release to release any remaining pressure.
  7. Carefully remove the roast from the Instant Pot and place it on a cutting board. Let it rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving with the vegetables and gravy.

Enjoy your delicious Instant Pot pot roast!

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

Carol Burnett turns 90

Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett is a beloved American actress, comedian, singer, and writer who is best known for her work in television and film. She was born on April 26, 1933, in San Antonio, Texas, and grew up in a relatively impoverished family.

Burnett began her career in the entertainment industry in the 1950s as a singer and performer on The Garry Moore Show. She quickly gained popularity and went on to star in her own variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, which aired from 1967 to 1978. The show became an instant hit and is still considered one of the greatest television programs of all time, known for its sharp writing, hilarious sketches, and unforgettable characters.

In addition to her work on The Carol Burnett Show, Burnett has appeared in numerous films and television shows over the years, including Annie, The Four Seasons, and Mama's Family. She has won numerous awards for her work, including six Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, and a Golden Globe Award.

Burnett is also known for her philanthropic work, particularly in the areas of education and the arts. She established the Carol Burnett Fund for Responsible Journalism at the University of Hawaii in 2007 and has donated millions of dollars to various charities and organizations throughout her career.

Despite facing personal tragedies and setbacks, including the loss of her daughter to cancer in 2002, Burnett has remained an inspiration to millions of fans around the world. She continues to act and perform, and her legacy as a trailblazing entertainer and cultural icon is secure.

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

Reasons to use Windows 11 rather than Linux

Windows vs. Linux

There are several reasons why you might choose to use Windows 11 over Linux, including:

  1. Familiarity: Many people are more familiar with Windows than Linux, especially if they have used Windows for a long time. The user interface and experience of Windows 11 may be more comfortable for some users.

  2. Software compatibility: Windows has a much larger user base than Linux, which means that many software developers prioritize developing for Windows. Some applications may only be available for Windows, or may be more stable on Windows.

  3. Gaming: Windows has historically been the preferred platform for gaming due to its broad support for gaming hardware and software. While Linux has made significant strides in recent years in terms of gaming support, Windows is still the most popular platform for gaming.

  4. Enterprise compatibility: Many businesses and organizations rely on Windows for their operations, as it is often the preferred platform for enterprise software and tools.

  5. Support: Microsoft provides official support for Windows 11, including security updates and technical assistance. While Linux has a large and supportive community, official support can be harder to come by.

It's important to note that these reasons are not universal and may not apply to every individual or organization. Ultimately, the decision to use Windows 11 or Linux will depend on your specific needs and preferences.

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

Reasons to use Linux rather than Windows 11 (a completely biased post)


Linux vs. Windows

There are several reasons why you might choose to use Linux over Windows 11. Here are a few:

  1. Open source: Linux is an open-source operating system, which means that the source code is freely available and can be modified and distributed by anyone. This provides a great deal of flexibility and customization options that are not available with proprietary operating systems like Windows 11.

  2. Customization: Linux allows for a high degree of customization and configuration. Users can choose from a variety of desktop environments, themes, and icons to personalize their experience.

  3. Stability: Linux is known for its stability and reliability. It is less prone to crashes and system errors than Windows 11.

  4. Security: Linux is also known for its security features. It is less vulnerable to malware and viruses than Windows 11, as it is not as widely used and does not have the same level of market share as Windows.

  5. Performance: Linux is often faster and more efficient than Windows 11, especially on older hardware. This is because Linux is designed to be lightweight and efficient, whereas Windows 11 can be resource-intensive.

  6. Cost: Finally, Linux is typically free to download and use, whereas Windows 11 requires a license that can be costly. This makes Linux an attractive option for those of you who want to save money on operating system costs.

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

R.I.P. Jerry Springer (1944 - 2023)

Jerry Springer

The talkshow host Jerry Springer, a former mayor of Cincinnati whose work was vastly influential in daytime TV worldwide, has died. He was 79.

Springer’s family said he died “peacefully” on Thursday at his home in Chicago.

In a statement, the family said: “Jerry’s ability to connect with people was at the heart of his success in everything he tried whether that was politics, broadcasting or just joking with people on the street who wanted a photo or a word.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

The 411 - Why are keys on a keyboard in the order they are


the qwerty keyboard


The QWERTY keyboard was designed in the 1870s by Christopher Sholes, who wanted to create a keyboard that would prevent the mechanical typewriter keys from jamming. The layout of the keys was designed to slow down typists and prevent them from typing too quickly, as this would often cause the keys to jam.

Sholes also arranged the keys in a way that would allow commonly used letter pairs to be placed far apart from each other. This was to prevent the type bars from colliding with each other and getting stuck, which was a common problem with early typewriters.

The order of the keys on the QWERTY keyboard was also influenced by the design of the earliest typewriters, which had their keys arranged in alphabetical order. However, the alphabetical order proved to be impractical as typists would often type too quickly and the keys would jam. Therefore, Sholes rearranged the keys to slow down typing speed and reduce the likelihood of jamming.

Although the QWERTY keyboard layout has been criticized for being inefficient and outdated, it remains the most widely used keyboard layout in the world. The popularity of the QWERTY keyboard can be attributed to its familiarity, as well as the fact that it has become standardized over time, making it difficult to introduce a new, more efficient layout.

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

Why is the sky blue? (100% serious question!)

Blue sky

The sky appears blue because of a phenomenon known as Rayleigh scattering. When sunlight enters the Earth's atmosphere, it collides with gas molecules such as nitrogen and oxygen. These collisions cause the sunlight to scatter in all directions.

The blue color of the sky is a result of the shorter wavelength blue light being scattered more than the other colors in the spectrum. This means that blue light is dispersed in all directions and reaches our eyes from all parts of the sky. As a result, the sky appears blue to us.

It's worth noting that the color of the sky can change depending on various factors such as the time of day, the weather, and the location. For example, during sunrise and sunset, the sky can appear more red or orange due to the scattering of longer wavelength colors.

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

Can you trust what you read on Reddit?


Reddit is a user-generated content platform where people can post and comment on various topics. Because anyone can post or comment on Reddit, the accuracy and reliability of the information found on the platform can vary greatly. While some subreddits (specialized forums within the platform) have strict moderation and fact-checking policies, others do not, and users may post misinformation, rumors, or biased opinions.

It is important to be skeptical of information found on Reddit and to verify any information that could have significant consequences for your life or decisions. You can do this by fact-checking information through reputable sources, researching the credibility of the sources cited on Reddit, and considering the reputation of the subreddit and its moderation policies. Additionally, it can be helpful to seek out a variety of sources and perspectives on a topic to get a more well-rounded view.

Overall, while there is valuable information and discussion to be found on Reddit, it is important to approach it critically and with a grain of salt, especially when it comes to important or controversial topics.

I regularly read tech subs and have frequently seen wrong answers posted, but they are usually corrected by other members reading the sub.

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

25 One-Liners

Not sure who said these but here you go:

  1. "Life is too short to waste time on things that don't matter."
  2. "The only way to do great work is to love what you do."
  3. "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts."
  4. "Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy."
  5. "Believe you can and you're halfway there."
  6. "If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things."
  7. "The best way to predict your future is to create it."
  8. "The only thing standing between you and your goal is the story you keep telling yourself that you can't achieve it."
  9. "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
  10. "Be the change that you wish to see in the world."
  11. "Don't wait for opportunities, create them."
  12. "Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."
  13. "Your time is limited, don't waste it living someone else's life."
  14. "Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world."
  15. "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it."
  16. "The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today."
  17. "If you can dream it, you can achieve it."
  18. "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
  19. "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
  20. "Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds."
  21. "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
  22. "A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing."
  23. "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."
  24. "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
  25. "Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude."

Things I wish I had known..


I wish I had known..

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R.I.P. Harry Belafonte (1927 - 2023)

Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte, the dashing singer, actor and activist who became an indispensable supporter of the civil rights movement, has died, his publicist Ken Sunshine told CNN. He was 96. Belafonte died Tuesday morning of congestive heart failure, Sunshine said. 

Harry Belafonte was a Jamaican-American singer, actor, and social activist. He was born on March 1, 1927, in Harlem, New York, and grew up in poverty. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and then began his career as a performer in the late 1940s.

Belafonte became a popular singer in the 1950s and 1960s, known for his smooth baritone voice and his ability to blend different musical styles, including pop, jazz, and Caribbean music. He had many hits during this time, including "Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" and "Jump in the Line."

In addition to his musical career, Belafonte was also a prominent civil rights activist. He worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. and was an important figure in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. He also fought against apartheid in South Africa and was instrumental in organizing the "We Are the World" charity single in 1985 to raise money for famine relief in Africa.

Belafonte has received numerous awards for his work, including three Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and the National Medal of Arts. He has also been recognized for his humanitarian efforts, receiving the Gandhi Peace Award in 1987 and the Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International in 2003.

Today, Harry Belafonte was widely regarded as a cultural icon and a trailblazer for social justice.

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

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Monday, April 24, 2023

May is Coming

Hello May!
May is coming, so hear the sound
Of nature's awakening all around
Flowers blooming, trees budding anew
The world transforms into a vibrant view

The air is filled with fragrant scent
As life emerges from winters spent
Birds return, and their songs renew
Their melodies carry the promise of something true

The sun shines brighter, the sky turns blue
A season of joy, a time of breakthrough
With longer days, and warmth that's due
May is coming, to bring blessings anew

So let's rejoice in this new phase
And embrace the changes it displays
May is coming, with its wondrous ways
To fill our hearts with endless rays.

Swarovski Crystal Figurines

Swarovski Mickey Mouse Crystal

The Wizard has a big collection of Swarovski crystal Mickey Mouse figurines and new they totaled over $1200, according to what I saw on ebay they could now be worth double that and it appears the value is going higher each year.

It's difficult to say whether Swarovski crystal figures are a good investment over time as the value of collectibles can be affected by many factors, including supply and demand, market trends, and condition.

While some Swarovski crystal figures have appreciated in value over time, it's important to note that the value of a collectible can fluctuate and may not always increase. Additionally, the market for collectibles can be unpredictable, and there is no guarantee that a particular item will hold its value or appreciate in the future.

If you're considering investing in Swarovski crystal figures, it's important to do your research and consider factors such as rarity, condition, and demand before making a purchase. It's also important to keep in mind that collecting should be a hobby that you enjoy, rather than solely a financial investment.

And no, my figurines are not for sale, LOL.  

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


Source: Mary J

Sunday, April 23, 2023

The 411 - Origins of KFC




KFC, also known as Kentucky Fried Chicken, was founded by Harland Sanders in 1952 in North Corbin, Kentucky, USA. However, the origins of KFC actually go back to the 1930s, when Sanders began cooking and selling fried chicken at a gas station he owned in Corbin, Kentucky.

Sanders' fried chicken became very popular, and he eventually opened a restaurant called "Sanders Court & Cafe" where he served his signature dish. As his restaurant grew in popularity, Sanders developed his own secret blend of 11 herbs and spices to season his chicken, and he began franchising his concept to other restaurants in the 1950s.

The KFC brand name was adopted in 1952, when Sanders began franchising his restaurants under that name. KFC has since grown to become one of the largest and most well-known fast food chains in the world, with over 24,000 locations in more than 145 countries.

The change from Kentucky Fried Chicken was an attempt to downplay the "fried" part of this wondrous tasting dish. 

The exact recipe for KFC's 11 herbs and spices is a closely guarded secret, and only a small group of people are said to know the full recipe. However, over the years, various sources have speculated about what the secret blend of herbs and spices might include.

According to KFC, the official recipe is kept in a safe in Louisville, Kentucky, and only a few executives have access to it. However, the company has revealed that the seasoning blend includes salt, thyme, basil, oregano, celery salt, black pepper, dried mustard, paprika, garlic salt, ground ginger, and white pepper.

Some sources have claimed that there are other ingredients in the blend, such as sage, bay leaves, and cinnamon. However, KFC has never confirmed or denied these rumours.

Regardless of the exact ingredients, KFC's signature blend of herbs and spices is what gives its fried chicken its distinctive and beloved flavour.

KFC changed their name from Kentucky Fried Chicken to KFC in 1991 for marketing and branding purposes. At the time, there were rumors and concerns about the quality of the chicken served at KFC. Some people even claimed that the company was using genetically modified or mutant chickens to increase their profits.

To counter these rumours and concerns, KFC decided to change their name to KFC, which was easier to say and remember. The company also wanted to modernize its image and appeal to a younger generation of consumers.

Contrary to some rumours, KFC did not change its name because they were no longer legally allowed to use the word "chicken" in their name. The name change was solely a marketing decision.

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

"In the beginning..."

Charles Babbage
Charles Babbage

In the beginning, there was a great vision for a new kind of computing device that could be owned and operated by individuals in their homes and offices. This vision was born out of the work of many great minds in the fields of engineering, mathematics, and computer science.

And so it was that in the early 1970s, a group of computer enthusiasts came together to form a company called Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS). They produced a kit for a small, programmable calculator called the Altair 8800, which was the first commercially successful personal computer.

The earliest roots of computing, which can be traced back to the work of pioneering mathematicians like Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace in the 19th century. Babbage's Analytical Engine, designed in the 1830s, was a mechanical computer that could perform complex calculations, while Lovelace wrote programs for the machine, making her the world's first computer programmer.

Church and Turing
Church and Turing

But it was not until the 20th century that computing began to take on its modern form. In the 1930s, a group of mathematicians and logicians, including Alan Turing and Alonzo Church, developed the theoretical foundations of computing. Turing, in particular, played a key role in breaking German codes during World War II and in designing the first electronic computers in the post-war period.

From there, computing continued to evolve rapidly, with the development of programming languages, operating systems, and other key technologies. But for many years, computers were large, expensive machines that were primarily used by governments, universities, and corporations.

It wasn't until the early 1970s that the personal computer as we know it today began to emerge. This was due in large part to the work of a group of computer enthusiasts who founded a company called Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS). They produced a kit for a small, programmable calculator called the Altair 8800, which became the first commercially successful personal computer.

This breakthrough was followed by the introduction of other key innovations, such as the Apple II, which was designed by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs in a garage in California. The Apple II was the first personal computer to feature color graphics and sound, and it helped to popularize the idea of the home computer.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, personal computers continued to evolve, with the introduction of more powerful processors, better graphics and sound, and new software applications. PCs became a ubiquitous part of modern life, used for everything from word processing and email to gaming and social media.

Today, personal computers have become even more powerful and versatile, with advanced features like touch screens, voice recognition, and artificial intelligence. They are used by millions of people around the world to work, learn, create, and connect.

And so, the story of the personal computer is a tale of innovation, perseverance, and human ingenuity. It is a story that reflects the boundless potential of the human mind, and the amazing things we can achieve when we work together towards a common goal.

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The Moon over Yosemite Falls is simply exquisite...

The Moon over Yosemite Falls is simply exquisite...
Source: Mary J

Saturday, April 22, 2023

R.I.P. Barry (Dame Edna) Humphries (1934 - 2023)

Dame Edna

Barry Humphries, Dame Edna Everage Creator and Comedian, Dead at 89.

The Australian character actor died on Saturday following health issues related to a February fall and subsequent hip surgery.

Humphries died on Saturday in an Australian hospital after being treated for different health issues, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. He had a fall and subsequent hip surgery in February and was recovering, even planning to do a comedy tour this summer.

Source: Yahoo! News

Happy Earth Day

Earth Day 2023

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated worldwide on April 22nd, to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970 and is now observed in more than 190 countries. The goal of Earth Day is to raise awareness about environmental issues and encourage people to take action to help protect our planet.

The idea for Earth Day was first proposed by US Senator Gaylord Nelson, who was concerned about the environmental degradation caused by industrial development and pollution. He wanted to create a national day to focus on environmental issues and raise public awareness.

The first Earth Day in 1970 saw millions of Americans come together to protest against pollution and demand action on environmental issues. This event helped to launch the modern environmental movement and led to the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of landmark environmental laws, such as the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act.

Today, Earth Day is celebrated in a variety of ways, including tree-planting, litter cleanups, educational events, and campaigns to promote sustainable practices. The theme for Earth Day 2023 is "Restore Our Earth", which aims to focus on the need for environmental restoration and conservation.

Earth Day is celebrated every year in Canada, and it is an important day for promoting environmental awareness and sustainability. Here are some of the ways that Earth Day is celebrated:

  1. Clean-up campaigns: Many communities organize clean-up campaigns on Earth Day, where volunteers gather to pick up litter and remove debris from parks, beaches, and other natural areas.

  2. Tree planting: Another popular activity is tree planting, where people plant trees in parks, forests, and other green spaces to help offset carbon emissions and restore natural habitats.

  3. Environmental education: Schools and community organizations often hold workshops, seminars, and other educational events to raise awareness about environmental issues and promote sustainable living.

  4. Eco-friendly initiatives: Many businesses and organizations use Earth Day as an opportunity to launch eco-friendly initiatives, such as reducing waste, increasing energy efficiency, or switching to renewable energy sources.

  5. Online events: With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many Earth Day events have moved online, including virtual conferences, webinars, and social media campaigns to promote environmental awareness and action.

Earth Day in Canada is an opportunity to celebrate the planet we live on and raise awareness about the importance of protecting our environment for future generations.

Earth Day is also a global event that aims to raise awareness about environmental issues and encourage people to take action to protect the planet.

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

"Free" Software

Linux - "Free" software

When people refer to "free" software in the context of Linux, they are generally referring to software that is distributed under a free and open-source software license. This means that the software can be freely used, modified, and distributed by anyone, without any restrictions on how it can be used.

While free software often does not cost anything to use or distribute, the concept of "free" in this context is not limited to price. It is more about the freedom to use and modify the software as users see fit, without being restricted by proprietary licenses or other legal restrictions.

It is worth noting that some Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu and Fedora, are available for free download and use, but may offer paid support services or other products. However, even in these cases, the core software itself is still typically distributed under a free and open-source license, meaning that users are free to modify and distribute it as they see fit.

As you have read before, The Wizard has used Ubuntu and now Ubuntu MATE for the last 10 years or more. In the last 10 years, I have never paid for any software, however, I do donate $$ to different organizations (pay the dev's) when I find that I am getting good use of an app and that I benefit from it. I currently support Ubuntu MATE with a monthly donation of $3.50.

So in my case, the term "Free" software refers to free to use and free to modify and distribute it if I like. By the way it is free as in Libre, not necessarily Free as in Free Beer.

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

The 411 - Did the Chinese interfere with the last Canadian election

Update: It appears that there may have been some influence by the Chinese republic with contacts inside Canada, that may have had some minor influence in the last Canadian election, though it had little or no impact on the outcome of the election. If I find more evidence, I will post in a new post, when that is confirmed.

In my opinion, there is no credible evidence to suggest that the Chinese interfered in the last Canadian election. Elections Canada, the independent agency responsible for administering federal elections in Canada, has stated that there is no evidence of foreign interference in the 2021 or 2019 federal election.

It is important to note that allegations of foreign interference in elections are serious and should not be made without credible evidence. Accusations without evidence can undermine public trust in democratic processes and institutions.

It is also worth noting that foreign interference in elections is a growing concern around the world, and Canada has taken steps to protect its democratic processes. In 2018, Canada introduced the Elections Modernization Act, which includes provisions to protect against foreign interference in Canadian elections.

A picture is worth a thousand words...

Source: Mary J

Friday, April 21, 2023

1 2 3 3.1 95 98 ME 2000 XP Vista 7 8 8.1 10 11


Count 1to 11 - Windows versions

 Well, to 11, actually, by Windows version:
1  2  3  3.1  95  98  ME  2000  XP  Vista  7  8  8.1  10  11

Why you shouldn't buy your glasses at Costco or from the internet


SpongeBob with glasses

While purchasing glasses at Costco or online may seem like a convenient and cost-effective option, there are several reasons why it's important to get glasses from an optometrist:

  1. Personalized Prescription: An optometrist will perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine your prescription and identify any potential eye health issues. This personalized prescription will ensure that your glasses are made specifically for your eyes, providing the best possible visual clarity and reducing the risk of eye strain or discomfort.

  2. Accurate Measurements: An optometrist will take precise measurements of your eyes and face to ensure that your glasses fit properly and comfortably. This is important to prevent headaches, eye strain, or other issues that can result from poorly fitting glasses.

  3. Quality Materials: An optometrist will use high-quality lenses and frames that are designed to meet your individual needs and preferences. This can include lenses with special coatings or treatments to reduce glare, improve vision in low-light conditions, or protect against harmful UV rays.

  4. Ongoing Care: An optometrist can provide ongoing care and maintenance for your glasses, including adjustments, repairs, and replacements. This ensures that your glasses remain in good condition and continue to provide optimal vision over time.

  5. Eye Health Monitoring: An optometrist will monitor your eye health over time, including regular check-ups and screenings for conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. This can help identify potential issues early on and prevent serious eye health problems in the future.

While purchasing glasses from Costco or online may seem like a cheaper and more convenient option, it's important to consider the benefits of getting glasses from an optometrist, including personalized prescription, accurate measurements, quality materials, ongoing care, and eye health monitoring.

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

Why You Should Keep Fruit In Mason Jars Instead Of The Containers They Come In

Fruit in Mason jars
Click above to find out why
Source: Mary J

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Basic system maintenance in Ubuntu Linux


Here are some basic system maintenance tasks that can be performed in Ubuntu Linux:

  1. Regular updates: Keeping your Ubuntu system up-to-date is crucial for security and stability. You can run the "sudo apt update" and "sudo apt upgrade" commands to update the system and its packages.

  2. Clean up disk space: Over time, your Ubuntu system may accumulate unnecessary files that can take up valuable disk space. You can use the "sudo apt autoclean" and "sudo apt autoremove" commands to remove unused packages and their dependencies.

  3. Disk usage analysis: You can use the "df" and "du" commands to check disk usage and identify large files or directories that may be taking up too much space.

  4. Check system logs: System logs can provide important information about errors or issues that may be affecting your system. You can check the logs in the /var/log directory using tools like "dmesg" or "journalctl".

  5. Manage user accounts: If you have multiple users on your Ubuntu system, it's important to keep their accounts up-to-date and secure. You can use the "sudo adduser" and "sudo deluser" commands to add or remove users, and the "sudo passwd" command to change passwords.

  6. Firewall and security: Ubuntu comes with a built-in firewall called UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall) that can be configured to limit incoming and outgoing traffic. You can use the "sudo ufw enable" and "sudo ufw status" commands to enable and check the status of the firewall.

These are some basic system maintenance tasks that can help keep your Ubuntu system running smoothly and securely.

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


My sweet adorable furbaby (Bella) would bring a gift once a day.

Love the expression  on the cats' face!! 

Cat bearing gifts
Source: Mary J

April Showers...


April showers bring May flowers

"April showers bring May flowers" is a short and simple poem that is often used to describe the arrival of spring. The poem is believed to have originated as a proverb or folk saying, and has been attributed to several different authors over the years.

The poem goes:

"April showers bring May flowers, 

That is what they say. 

But if all the showers turned to flowers, 

We'd have quite a colourful day!"

The poem highlights the idea that the rainy weather of April is necessary to bring about the beauty of spring, as the rain helps to nourish the plants and flowers that will bloom in May. The final line of the poem also adds a playful twist, imagining a world where rain showers actually turned into flowers, creating a vivid and colourful landscape.

The poem celebrates the cycle of nature and the arrival of spring, reminding us that even the rainy days can lead to something beautiful and inspiring.

Cat House in Turkey

Cat House in Turkey
Source: Mary J

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Basic System maintenance on a Mac PC

MAC Mini

Here are some steps for system maintenance and security on a Mac computer:

  1. Keep your Mac up-to-date: Regularly check for and install updates for your operating system and applications. This will ensure that your system is running smoothly and that any security vulnerabilities are patched.

  2. Use antivirus software: Although Macs are generally less prone to viruses than Windows PCs, it's still a good idea to use antivirus software to protect against any potential threats. Some popular options include Malwarebytes, Avast, and Norton Antivirus.

  3. Keep your hard drive clean: Over time, your hard drive can become cluttered with old files, temporary files, and other unnecessary data. Use the built-in Disk Utility app to clean up your hard drive and free up space.

  4. Backup your data: Regularly backup your important data to an external hard drive or cloud storage service. This will ensure that your data is safe in case of hardware failure or other issues.

  5. Manage startup items: Check the list of apps that launch at startup and remove any that you don't need. This will help to speed up your Mac's startup time and reduce overall system load.

  6. Use strong passwords and two-factor authentication: Always use strong, unique passwords for your accounts, and enable two-factor authentication whenever possible. This will help to prevent unauthorized access to your accounts and personal data.

  7. Use a firewall: Macs come with a built-in firewall that can be configured to block incoming connections. Make sure the firewall is enabled and properly configured to protect your system from unauthorized access.

By following these steps, you can help to ensure that your Mac is running smoothly and is protected against potential security threats.

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

Queen Elizabeth's Last Words

Don't know if this is true...

Queen Elizabeth's Last Words?

All Wheel Drive - Features and Benefits

Chevrolet Equinox

The Wizard has has All Wheel Drive (AWD) in the last 2 vehicles and now I will always purchase an AWD vehicle. My current vehicle is a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox.

All-wheel drive (AWD) and front-wheel drive (FWD) are two popular drivetrain configurations used in vehicles. Both configurations have their unique features and benefits. Here are some of the main differences:

Features of All-Wheel Drive:

  1. Power is distributed to all four wheels: In an AWD system, power is distributed to all four wheels, providing superior traction and stability on all types of terrain.

  2. Improved handling and performance: The AWD system provides improved handling and performance, particularly in adverse weather conditions, such as rain, snow, and ice.

  3. Better acceleration: AWD vehicles have better acceleration than their FWD counterparts because the power is distributed to all four wheels, providing more traction.

Benefits of All-Wheel Drive:

  1. Better traction and stability: AWD provides better traction and stability on all types of terrain, including rough roads, wet roads, and slippery surfaces.

  2. Improved handling and performance: AWD provides improved handling and performance, particularly in adverse weather conditions, making it ideal for those who live in areas with harsh weather.

  3. Safer driving: AWD provides a safer driving experience, as it reduces the risk of skidding and sliding in adverse weather conditions.

I am including features and benefits of front-wheel drive for comparison

Features of Front-Wheel Drive:

  1. Power is delivered to the front wheels: In an FWD system, power is delivered to the front wheels, providing good handling and stability.

  2. Simple and lightweight: FWD systems are simple and lightweight, which helps to reduce fuel consumption.

  3. Better fuel economy: FWD vehicles are more fuel-efficient than AWD vehicles because they have fewer components.

Benefits of Front-Wheel Drive:

  1. Good handling and stability: FWD provides good handling and stability, particularly in normal driving conditions.

  2. Affordable: FWD vehicles are generally less expensive than their AWD counterparts.

  3. More interior space: FWD vehicles have more interior space because they don't have a driveshaft or transfer case, which can take up valuable space.

In summary, AWD provides better traction and stability, improved handling and performance, and a safer driving experience, making it ideal for those who live in areas with harsh weather conditions. FWD provides good handling and stability, is affordable, and has more interior space, making it ideal for those who want a practical and fuel-efficient vehicle for everyday driving.

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