Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Timeless Wisdom From Winnie the Pooh

And he respects Owl, because you can't help respecting anyone who can spell Tuesday, even if he doesn't spell it right; but spelling isn't everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn't count.
– Rabbit, "The House at Pooh Corner"

Wednesday, November 16, 2022


It is four o'clock.
So where does the word "o'clock" come from? Why does it have an apostrophe? What is it short for?
Apparently, it is short for, "of the clock". It is now "four of the clock".

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Bullshit - Wikipedia

Brandolini's law, also known as the "bullshit asymmetry principle," holds that "the amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than what's needed to produce it." This truism highlights that while the battle against misinformation more generally must be fought "face to face," the larger war against belief in misinformation won't be won without prevention. Once people are set in their ways, beliefs are notoriously hard to change. Building immunity against false beliefs in the first place is the more effective long-term strategy.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

Friday, October 7, 2022


Did you know that there is a country called Andorra?   It sounds like a science fiction name?

Friday, September 23, 2022

The 1 Secret to Becoming the Best Version of Yourself - Jordan Peterson

Drain openers

I have heard that bleach can be a better drain opener than regular drain openers. I have used it successfully on slow drains. Bleach is so caustic that it can denature organ matter. In theory, so can chemical drain openers, which are part bleach, part lye, and mostly soap to make the clogs slippery to help clear the drain.

The four bottles of $1 drain openers that I bought at Walmart didn't help my stopped up disposal. They seem worthless. Yesterday I poured a gallon of cheap bleach that I got at Menards into my stopped-up sink. This morning I tried running the disposal. At first, it seemed to be still blocked, but then the drain cleared.

I'm very pleased that this worked. The last time this happened I paid a plumber to clear the drain. All he used was a plunger, although he had to work pretty hard at it.

Maybe the combination of bleach and drain opener is what worked.

My old plunger which is made out of plastic broke. So I ordered a "professional" plunger which just barely arrived.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Dutch people - Wikipedia

The labels Dutch, Netherlands, and Holland overlap making it pretty confusing to me.

About halfway down the page is a video of a girl speaking Dutch with translation.  What she has to say is interesting.  Besides, I think that she is hot.

There is also a chart about how the west germanic language evolved into other languages.

Friday, September 16, 2022

🔢 How to count to 10 in Latin

I find this interesting because the numbers 1 to 6 are close to Spanish numbers.

The numbers 7 to 10 resemble our months 9 to 12.  This made me speculate that maybe the ancient Romans only had a 10-month calendar, although this was cited only in legend and the Roman Republic adopted a different 12.5-month calendar.  Later reforms would be done by Julius Ceaser and August Ceasar, from whose names we get July and August.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

From 4 years ago

The Columbus Mall has either closed or is in the process of closing.  The city bought the property and is turning it into some kind of recreation/exercise center.  They are calling it a "Park" and construction has started.

On Mon, Jul 9, 2018 at 1:36 AM John Coffey <> wrote:

Economic trends toward efficiency:

I watch stores close in the mall. JC Penny combined their two stores into one.  The Greenwood mall is not so bad, but the Columbus mall has half the stores empty. 

Downloadable video games are quickly replacing physical media.  This is bad for GameStop, who is in financial trouble and is looking for someone to buy them.  

Streaming services are also replacing physical media.  

Movie theaters, banks, and fast food restaurants have self serve kiosks.  Airports have had self serve kiosks for awhile.  The word "kiosk" wasn't even in my vocabulary 8 years ago. 

A few fast food restaurants are in installing Flippy, the robot burger maker, especially in areas with a higher minimum wage.  This makes me think that restaurants eventually will be completely automated.  For example, I've seen video of a prototype home cooking robot.  

Maybe drones will deliver food to your door. 

Just in the last couple of years there has been an explosion in computer learning.  Machines are getting smarter, faster.  They haven't taken your job yet, but eventually they might. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

John Williams & Vienna Philharmonic – Williams: Theme from “Jurassic Park”

At the end of season 3 episode 7 of The Orville, I heard a new music theme with just a few notes that sounded vaguely familiar.  With some effort, I figured out what this reminded me of.  

John Williams is a great composer.  I think that the first half of this theme is wonderful.  However, the second half seems repetitive.  I think that the music is meant to be experienced with the movie.