Charles W. Moore

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  • Russia Invades Ukraine – Goodby Minsk Accord

    Posted on February 22nd, 2022 cwmoore No comments

    Yes, this is expected news but I am using this blog as a diary entry to remind myself of various timelines ( just like I did for Iraq ).

    “Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops into two breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine after announcing Monday evening that he would recognize their independence.

    U.K. Health Minister Sajid Javid said Tuesday that “the invasion of Ukraine has begun.” U.S. President Joe Biden has not yet used the word “invasion” to describe the current activity.

    The world responds to Russia’s military escalation.”

    Personally, IMO, it was our former guy 45’s fault since it emboldened Putin by his attitude and the attitude of many of his followers.

  • Rekindled Geocaching Interest.

    Posted on February 15th, 2022 cwmoore No comments

    We have rekindled our interest in geocaching this winter. The hobby gets us out of the house & walking plus takes us to various areas and venues that we would otherwise never even think about or know of.

    Yesterday, Valentines Day 2022, we found 6 caches. This brings us to 775 caches found since 2002. This is not very many compared to lots of longtime cachers – some have 20K+ caches!

    Check it out!

  • 5 G Antennas for the RV Community

    Posted on February 11th, 2022 cwmoore No comments

    As of February 2022

  • Geomagnetic storm: 40 sats doomed

    Posted on February 11th, 2022 cwmoore No comments

    “A powerful geomagnetic storm has doomed 40 Starlink satellites launched by SpaceX last week, the company has announced.

    Elon Musk’s company launched a Falcon 9 rocket bearing the 49 satellites from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday (Feb. 3), but a geomagnetic storm that struck a day later sent the satellites plummeting back toward Earth, where they will burn up in the atmosphere.” Shown below is an Astra launch and not a SpaceX launch shown for dramatic effect

  • Everything Amazon Knows About You

    Posted on January 29th, 2022 cwmoore No comments

    How to download all of your Amazon data

    To start, head to this link, or go to Amazon’s Help page. You’ll find the link under Security and Privacy > More in Security & Privacy > Privacy > How Do I Request My Data? Once there, click the “Request My Data” link.

    From the dropdown menu, choose the data you want from Amazon. If you want everything, choose “Request All Your Data.” Hit “Submit Request,” then click the validation link in your email. That’s it. Amazon makes it easy to see what the have on you, probably because they know you can’t do anything about it.

    Unfortunately, while you can access this data, Amazon doesn’t make it possible to delete much of it. You can tweak your privacy settings you stop your devices from recording quite as much information. However, once logged, the main strategy to delete it is to delete the entire account it is associated with.


    I did receive the data I requested and it was all nicely zipped and there were many, many zipped files. You really want to see all your data if you go through this processes. Ah well, at least they know people are requesting data and will not kill it due to lack of interest.

  • Mean-ness

    Posted on January 24th, 2022 cwmoore No comments

    When you feel tempted to be mean, choose an alternative. No need to be overly nice or fake, just don’t be mean.  Start there and improve.

  • Nice quick pulling knot

    Posted on January 24th, 2022 cwmoore No comments

    This knot is easy to perform and to release. There are many uses for this knot as long as there is tension on the standing end of the line.

  • Wyze Products

    Posted on January 18th, 2022 cwmoore No comments

    While I am in no way associated with Wyze IoT products, I am a fan of their products. Plenty of features for a reasonable, even cheap, price with good reliability.The first and most purchased products ate their CCTV cameras. I started with version 2 and these, by and large, allow me to surveil my home and RV via my smart cellphone. I bought one, then 2 and now have three V2 cams. This last year I bought three more version 3’s. The V3 is an order of magnitude better than the V2’s: better IR night viewing (B&W), much better daytime color and faster, much more features (pay for features) and slightly easier setup. The V3 price is $35± and I will be purchasing more of these. Of course, if a V4 comes out in the <$45 I will purchase a couple of those for critical applications ( hopefully with temperature specs of -10°F to +140°F).

    The other day I ordered a $20 bathroom style scale. It is supposed to arrive tomorrow. I am not too sure what the scale really does but I hope it has an automatic record of weight that is locally or cloud stored for at least three individuals: The ad says – WYZE Smart Scale S, Scale for Body Weight and BMI, Body Composition Analyzer, Body Fat Scale, Digital Bathroom Scale, Heart Rate Monitor with App, Baby Scale, Wireless, Bluetooth, 400 lb, Black.

    I will report in this blog my views when I have time to evaluate.

  • Pad Thai

    Posted on January 16th, 2022 cwmoore No comments
    a big platter of saucy noodles garnished with green and red spices

    Pad Thai With Shrimp Recipe

    Active time: 45 mins | Total time: 1 hour 45 mins | Servings: 2 to 3

    Ingredients FOR THE SAUCE

    • 1 cup tamarind juice or concentrate (see headnote)
    • 1 cup palm sugar (may substitute light brown sugar)
    • 1 cup water
    • 1/2 cup fish sauce
    • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt


    • 4 ounces medium-width dried rice noodles (about 1/8 inch)
    • 4 to 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 8 fresh or frozen/defrosted shrimp (21- to 25-count), deveined; peeled with tails on, if desired
    • 1 tablespoon dried shrimp, finely chopped (optional; see headnote)
    • 1 tablespoon sweet preserved radish (see headnote)
    • 3 1/2 ounces red pressed tofu, sliced thin into 1/2-inch-long pieces (see headnote; optional)
    • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (see headnote)
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped roasted unsalted peanuts (about 1/2 ounce)
    • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions or garlic chives
    • 2 cups fresh bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
    • Lime wedges, for serving

    Step 1

    For the sauce: Combine the tamarind concentrate, palm sugar, water, fish sauce and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour, until the mixture is syrupy and darker in color. As it reduces, you may need to further reduce the heat to low to prevent it from scorching.

    Step 2

    Meanwhile, start the noodles for the dish: Place them in a bowl and cover with cold water; soak for 1 hour (at room temperature).

    Step 3

    Heat 4 tablespoons of the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and stir-fry just until golden brown. Add the fresh/defrosted shrimp, stirring constantly until they are opaque and just cooked through, for 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate (the garlic stays in the pan).

    Step 4

    Drain the noodles well, then add them to the same skillet you used to cook the shrimp. They will try to stick together, so separate them as you stir, adding a splash or two of water. Then add 5 tablespoons of the pad thai sauce, stirring until everything is thoroughly incorporated. The noodles should be soft and moist. Add the dried shrimp, if using, the preserved radish and the pressed tofu, if using. Return the cooked shrimp to the skillet and toss to incorporate.

    Step 5

    Use a spatula to clear a space at the center of the pan for frying the eggs. If the pan seems dry, add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Pour in the eggs, then use the spatula to cover them with the noodles in the pan. Once the eggs are set, stir the noodles until everything is well mixed. This should result in cooked bits of eggs, both whites and yolk, throughout the noodle mixture.

    Step 6

    Add the crushed red pepper flakes (to taste), peanuts, scallions or garlic chives and half the bean sprouts. Toss to incorporate and just heat through, then transfer to a platter. Serve right away, with the remaining bean sprouts and the lime wedges.

    Adapted from Nongkran Daks, chef-owner of Thai Basil in Chantilly, Va.

    Tested by Becky Krystal; email questions to

    Scale and get a printer-friendly version of the recipe here. The nutritional analysis is based on 3 servings.

  • Ocean Waves: All credits to Ocean Weather Services

    Posted on January 11th, 2022 cwmoore No comments

    The following article provided by the marine weather blog Ocean Weather Services blog and written by Fred Pickhardt, a professional marine meteorologist and owner of Ocean Weather Services.  Ocean Weather Services provides professional marine meteorological research reports to admiralty law firms and insurance underwriters, Ocean weather forecasts and ship routing services.

    There are five types of ocean waves:

    1. Wind generated
    2. Tides
    3. Seiches
    4. Tsunamis
    5. Pressure induced