Saturday, February 27, 2021

Friday, February 26, 2021

Friday, February 19, 2021

Homogenous Vs. Homogeneous: What's The Difference?

Apparently, these are two different words, but I would get confused.


ho·mog·e·nous

  1. 1.
    BIOLOGY
    old-fashioned term for homologous.


ho·mo·ge·ne·ous

adjective
  1. of the same kind; alike.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Snow

Yesterday I had to dig my car out, with some help from the neighbors, to go get some groceries. I had to dig out the tires twice to get the car back into the garage. I tried a couple of times to shovel the driveway, but it kept snowing so I gave up. I might try again tomorrow, but I have kind of resigned myself to staying home. It is supposed to all melt on Sunday and Monday, although we might get some more snow Sunday night.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Mary 1 vs Mary Queen of Scotts

The Tudor dynasty is one of the more famous, if not infamous, periods of British royalty.  You can see the movie Elizabeth, its sequel Elizabeth The Golden Age, or the entertaining Tudors TV series about King Henry VIII.

This https://www.triviagenius.com/answer/who-was-the-first-reigning-queen-of-england/YBBlFhi0UIl_BpZe   Trivia Genius post confuses Mary 1, sometimes called "Bloody Mary", with Mary Queen of Scotts as if they are the same person, going as far as making the outrageous statement, "who followed Mary's example by having Mary herself executed". 

So I wrote them to explain the error. 




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Friday, January 29, 2021

Fwd: Systems

As I posted this to Facebook I touched up the working a little and added a sentence to the end.

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: John Coffey <
Date: Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 10:54 PM
Subject: Systems
To:

The "Solar System" is a "system" consisting of at least eight planets, many dwarf planets, dozens of moons, millions of asteroids and comets, all bound together by the gravity of a large central star.

The Milky Way Galaxy is a system of up to 400 billion stars, stellar nurseries, rotating arms, and a large black hole in the middle that helps hold everything together, again with gravity. Our galaxy is so large with such a large gravitational attraction that it has 1 or 2 other smaller galaxies that orbit around it, and these together also form a system. Groups of galaxies form Galactic Clusters where their mutual gravitational attraction binds them together. The entire universe consists of spiderweb-like strings of galaxies formed theoretically by Dark Matter.

A single atom is also a system, consisting of a large electron cloud bound to a small central nucleus by the electromagnetic force. The nucleus is also a system consisting of protons and neutrons held together by the strong nuclear force, but each of these is a system consisting of three quarks held together also by the strong nuclear force. Groups of atoms form molecules, held together by the electromagnetic force. Large groups of like molecules and atoms form chemicals, coalescing into substances, and these can be combined in different ways to make the materials that everything is made out of.

Your body consists of many different systems working in tandem, but each cell is a very complex system by itself, like a microscopic chemical factory.

The planet Earth also consists of many different systems keeping the whole thing going.

With so many systems from the supergalactic to the subatomic, it gives the impression that there is some sort of design behind it all. It could be that it is just the emergent property of matter and energy along with the laws of physics to form more complex systems.

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Systems

The "Solar System" is a "system" consisting of at least eight planets, many dwarf planets, dozens of moons, millions of asteroids and comets, all bound together by the gravity of a large central star.

The Milky Way Galaxy is a system of up to 400 billion stars, stellar nurseries, rotating arms, and a large black hole in the middle that helps hold everything together, again with gravity.  Our galaxy is so large with such a large gravitational attraction that it has 1 or 2 other smaller galaxies that orbit around it, and these together also form a system.  Groups of galaxies form Galactic Clusters where their mutual gravitational attraction binds them together.  The entire universe consists of spiderweb-like strings of galaxies joined theoretically by Dark Matter.

A single atom is also a system, consisting of a large electron cloud bound to a small central nucleus by the electromagnetic force.  The nucleus is also a system consisting of protons and neutrons held together by the strong nuclear force, but each of these is a system consisting of three quarks held together also by the strong nuclear force.  Groups of atoms form molecules, held together by the electromagnetic force.  Large groups of like molecules and atoms form chemicals, coalescing into substances, and these can be combined in different ways to make the materials that everything is made out of.

Your body consists of many different systems working in tandem, but each cell is a very complex system by itself, like a microscopic chemical factory.

The planet Earth also consists of many different systems keeping the whole thing going.

With so many systems from the supergalactic to the subatomic, it gives the impression that there is some sort of design behind it all.

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

10 Story Fantasy v01n01 (1951 Spring) (Tawrast EXciter)

This 1948 story, published in 1951, by Author C Clarke was the inspiration for 2001 A Spacey Oddysey.  It does not seem like a particularly good story, but it is a start.

https://archive.org/stream/10_Story_Fantasy_v01n01_1951-Spring_Tawrast-EXciter#page/n39/mode/2up

Sunday, January 17, 2021

What Are Irregular Verbs? | Word Genius

It has been a long time since school.  Nice to have the refresher.  This gets more complicated in Spanish and many other languages that have much more verb conjugations than English. 

https://www.wordgenius.com/what-are-irregular-verbs/Xr0yWBPAJQAG8w_e

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Fwd: Needle felting Cat // Making video //By Wakuneco.

This is unbelievable that people can do this.   Although I am impressed by the artistic skill, I think that it looks kind of creepy.

https://youtu.be/vIvdsqo_87o



Best wishes,

John Coffey


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Saturday, October 31, 2020

How Large is the Universe? Bigger than you can Imagine?

The universe that we can see is so large that it might as well be infinite. Our little solar system is like a speck of dust by comparison. That part of the universe that we can't see may actually be infinite, but we might never know.


https://youtu.be/m2YJ7aR25P0

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Adults Can't Seem To Answer These Math Problems Without A Calculator. Can You? | Finance Republic

I saw this quiz on Facebook.  There is always stuff like this on Facebook.

There must have been at least 50 problems here. They are all multiple choice. The goal is to do them without a calculator. Most are on the 4th to 5th-grade level. I got them all correct. They had one problem where they actually got the answer wrong, but since none of their choices matched the correct answer, I guessed correctly the incorrect answer. The problem was "What is 411 - 401.1?". The correct answer is 9.9, but they listed the answer as 10.1. They even said that the problem is tricky without a calculator. Must be.

The toughest problem was a single 2 digit by 2 digit multiply. I can do these in my head, but it takes effort.

My one difficulty is that I'm always looking for shortcuts to solve problems in my head when sometimes it is best to just stick to basic arithmetic.

This seems more like an exercise in attentiveness than math because it would be easy to slip up and get one of the answers wrong.

https://www.financerepublic.com/adults-cant-seem-to-answer-these-math-problems-without-a-calculator.-can-you

Friday, October 16, 2020

Hiking accidents

I used to hear about accidents like this all the time while living in Utah.  Many people went hiking in the mountains and accidents happen.

There was a young couple at my work, Trent and Alexis Pabst, who went hiking to the top of a mountain when a storm moved in.  They were killed by lightning.  I noticed the very dark storm clouds from a distance as I was driving home from work, and the next morning one of the secretaries at work was in tears. 

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Best wishes,

John Coffey



On Fri, Oct 16, 2020 at 10:33 AM Albert Nelms <wrote:
2020 irony: Some people will not live long enough to die from Covid-19. Wear your mask anyway.

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Remembering C├ęsar Pelli’s lost mark on the Midwest

I was 11 or 12 when they built the Commons mall. I loved it. They tore most of it down and turned it into offices. There is still a restaurant and a small "Commons" area with a children's playground.


https://www.archpaper.com/2019/08/remembering-cesar-pelli-lost-midwest/?fbclid=IwAR17ffAEkJqKu0tAl9hj_FlYiNTsSbo78O0v0OvB127RQlgaV9brI7Nrylo

Thursday, September 17, 2020