Charles W. Moore

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  • How Gullible We R

    Posted on May 25th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    H2O: Dangerous Chemical!

    A student at Eagle Rock Junior High won first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair, April 26. He was attempting to show how conditioned we have become to alarmists practicing junk science and spreading fear of everything in our environment. In his project he urged people to sign a petition demanding strict control or total elimination of the chemical “dihydrogen monoxide.”

    And for plenty of good reasons, since:

    1. it can cause excessive sweating and vomiting
    2. it is a major component in acid rain
    3. it can cause severe burns in its gaseous state
    4. accidental inhalation can kill you
    5. it contributes to erosion
    6. it decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes
    7. it has been found in tumors of terminal cancer patients

    He asked 50 people if they supported a ban of the chemical.

    • Forty-three (43) said yes,
    • six (6) were undecided,
    • and only one (1) knew that the chemical was water.

     

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  • End Times

    Posted on May 20th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    SAM went up to FCC early to catch the start of the “End Times” study.  I arrived later but before lunch so that was good. I have to say Josh makes it interesting and his slides add to the effect.  The basis of the day was Revelations with many support texts from other areas of the bible.  There were more people there from outside the church than I thought there would be.  I did not intend to stay all afternoon but that is how it panned out. I enjoyed it but by 1600 hrs I was ready for the finale.

    When I arrived back home I put together the Allstar node 43870 I have been working on and it working now but has a couple of irritations that have to be sorted out.  More on this later because it is time for the 12 Monkeys series on Kodi: It definitely is not biblical but it is SyFy about the end of time

    BFN Moore.

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  • Thanks Marc

    Posted on May 20th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    I can return to writing in my blog thanks to my son Marc.  I was totally locked out for some unknown reason and a lot of my passwords not longer worked and neither did Chrome.  At first I thought it was the multiple instances of chrome detected when I checked with Task Manager to see where the resources were being used but lter learned tht this is normal behavior for Chrome.  It seems Chrome starts a new process for itself every time  a tab is opened of action taken.  Anyway, I uninstalled Chrome and started using another browser.

    Yesterday, a massive windows update took place.  I am not sure what it was as I have not had time to look into it but it was a big set of files that took a long time to download.  Maybe I will have more on that later.  So I have work to do and places to go on this Saturday.  Next weeks is the birthday of a Sweetheart so I need to prepare.  Moore later.

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  • Second Pi

    Posted on May 14th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    I generated a second Pi with the sign software. I made a few mods so it will autostart and come up in GUI menu and present a wallpaper of a real estate office.  I like the looks but it has a few items that need to be investigated that I did not expect.  So back to the investigative stage.  I also need to characterize the fan motor so I can install a dropping resistor or perhaps use the 3.3VDC piin to run it.

    Today is Mother’s Day so to all you mother’s out there Happy Mother’s Day.

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  • Strike Back

    Posted on May 7th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    I have been watching this Amazon series.  I started it last Fall and forgot about it so I fast forwarded season 2 episode 6.  I like some of the actors & actresses so I continue to watch in spite of some of the content.  So here I go on to the rest of the season.

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  • Fiddling around the Technical Room

    Posted on May 7th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    We went to church this morning and it was a good sermon.  On the way back we stopped by Country Meadows Golf course but Jerry & Caroline were not at home.  It is sad to see the golf course all grown up in weeds.  I could not see the greens to see what condition they are in.  The course has been for sale for some time and seems to be ideally situated for development of some sort but I guess he has been unsuccessful so rather than spend the thousands of $ every year keeping the course in shape he is just letting it go.

    When we got home we had leftovers of pizza and spaghetti with a side of hummus.  The hummus was real good this time with heavy on the cummin I like.  Yumm on all three.  after lunch I took a nap with Abby but when I awoke she was gone.  Fully awakened, I headed for the TR and have been piddling around every since.  I may write more later but I want to get on with whatever I was doing so I’ll check out for now.  Cheers.

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  • Gut & Illness

    Posted on April 30th, 2017 cwmoore No comments
    Perhaps a new thing to check out that may be curtailed due to funding issues.

    People with chronic fatigue syndrome may have imbalances in their gut bacteria, a new study suggests.

    The researchers then checked to see if these imbalances also characterized the subset of patients in the study who had irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), an intestinal disorder that is common in people with chronic fatigue syndrome. [Read more about the chronic fatigue syndrome.]

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  • Gee Whiz

    Posted on April 28th, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    Time flies and I just realized I had not written in any blogs for quite a while.  I have been quite active since my last tax comments.

    A friend and real estate agent wanted an instrument that was much smaller than the one I made for him a few years ago:  It is a device that displays whatever pictures or video’s that are in two folders up on a TV via HDMI.  The Raspberry Pi 3 project is pretty much done and I am watching the video and several pictures rotate merrily along for the last couple of days. It went blank when it should last night and came on this morning. Yea.  I was a bit worried because the Raspberry Pi does not have a real time clock and it relies on the nptd daemon to go out on the internet and retrieve the time.  So far that is working but if the internet connection goes off so will the time.  I suppose with a little more effort I could add a RTC but since this is essentially Pro Bono I guess I will not.

    On second thought, I wonder if I could sell some of these?  Then it might be worth it to spend more time making it more bullet proof.  Of course it is an order of magnitude smaller than the ultra small form factor computer I used before.  Should last forever but if it does fail someone even slightly informed of tools of the trade could fix it.  So that was my big project of the week.  Now, on to the next one.

    Last night was the Gideons Pastor Appreciation Banquet.  The whole deal went smoothly and it was the best one I have attended.  This year we had a buffet table instead of the usual served meal and it went much faster and was more predictable.  After that were a few songs and 4 short quick speeches lasting about a half hour.  There was a shameless plug for the Gideon Card program.  I use this often but basically you go online, select a card, fill in the recipient name and the address where you want the card to go.  Then you select the number of bibles you want the Gideon’s to hand out in your name.  The final phase is the payment for the bibles at $5 each.  This can be done via normal credit.debit cards and I think they have added Paypal this year.

    I listened to the Little Red Barn Net this morning on 3820 SSB LSB and made a few comments.  I have been trying to get in all week but the Ionosphere has not been cooperating.  Anyway, I got in today and spoke long enough for the whole week in one session. The LRBN is in honor of Bob Sievers who worked at radio station WOWO 1190AM.  Almost anyone in the USA could get WOWO at some point in the day or night.  The power output was a whopping 50,000 watts.  Anyway, that is enough for tody and I have lots to do.  Moore later, Cheers.

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  • Road Taxes: Big user pays big

    Posted on April 22nd, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    The Indiana General Assembly recently passed House Enrolled Act 1002, which provides a long-term, sustainable funding plan for building and maintainin

    The Indiana General Assembly recently passed House Enrolled Act 1002, which provides a long-term, sustainable funding plan for building and maintaining Indiana’s transportation infrastructure.

    The plan focuses on a user-pays approach, dedicating all of the taxes paid at the pump to road funding. This is the fairest system since those who pay the most will also get the most benefit.

    When fully phased in, HEA 1002 will provide $1.2 billion per year in new road funding – about $850 million for state highways and about $350 million for local roads.

    Under this plan, the average Hoosier driver will pay an additional $5 to $6 per month, which includes a 10-cent gas tax increase beginning in 2017, with a maximum one-cent-per-year increase thereafter for the next six years, and a $15 annual BMV registration fee.

    The plan also includes a “fair share” fee for vehicles that currently pay little or no fuel taxes. Electric vehicles will have an annual fee of $150 and hybrid vehicles will have an annual fee of $50.

    With these funds, Indiana can complete current and future projects while maintaining our roads and bridges for the next 20 years.


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  • Back Home Again in Indiana: Yesterday

    Posted on April 21st, 2017 cwmoore No comments

    We arrived back in Indiana at 0600 hrs after an all nighter trip from Sebring.  We left at 1100 hrs Wednesday and fiddled around Sebring for a while and then headed up US-27 N to the Florida turnpike and from there straight up I-75 all the way to US-30 Fort Wayne.  The trip back was better than the one going down for some reason and the 1200 miles clicked down to 0 pretty much on schedule. We did stop for about half an hour to eat lunch/dinner at SteaknShake:  Both Dale and I like SnS.  Abby was there to great me but was barking suspiciously.  A few laters she was overjoyed, spinning and making her special good to see you noises.  By then SAM was up to great me as well.  I pretty much crashed for a couple of hours and had breakfast and then crashed again for about an hour.  SAM and I had a few things to do for the rest of the day and then it was off to a full nights sleep.  One of the things accomplished was finishing my windchime in C4 cord.

    Today I was in the Technical Room by 0900, having eaten breakfast first, and stayed there until almost 1100 hrs talking on the radios and tackling my next project. I put the windchime outside but the wind was so low and out of the wrong direction to make much music.  I did not bother with lunch today but had a smoothy about 1600 hrs.  I spent the afternoon dismantling my old TV & sound system to hook it up to the TV I repaired.  That is when I found out the repaired TV did not have and analog audio output: It has only SPDIF.  With SAM’s permission, I will move the 42″ TV from upstairs and swap it with the repaired TV.  The old 42″ TV from upstairs will become the basis of the new media room since I have moved out to the Technical Room.  We also setup the AC for the upcoming season but this is no big deal at all.

    Now, as I write this blog, I am busily trying to plan tomorrow’s move of the TV’s.  There is more to this than meets the eye since there is the media Center to move plus the security cctv as well.  I do not know what the evening will bring but I hope it involves some supper so moore later.  Guess which one I am in this old photo!

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