ANGELS OF DEATH

IT APPEARS THAT SOME BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE INVINCIBLE AND IMMUNE TO COVID 19. I CALL THEM “BEES” BECAUSE THEY WILL POLLINATE THIS VIRUS WHEREVER THEY GO.

IT’S HARD TO UNDERSTAND THEIR TOTAL DISREGARD FOR THEIR HEALTH AND THAT OF OTHERS. OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE DEMONSTRATING CALLOUSED AND DANGEROUS BEHAVIOR WHICH CAUSES THEM TO BE A SERIOUS HEALTH THREAT TO OTHERS. SHOULD THIS BEHAVIOR BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE, WE ARE IN SERIOUS TROUBLE. IT IS ASSURED THAT THEIR ACTIONS WILL CONTRIBUTE TO ANOTHER WAIVE OF DEATHS FROM THE VIRUS.

I SET A TRAP FOR A VERMIN (RACCOON) THAT HAD BEEN EATING MY FISH AND CAUGHT A CAT INSTEAD. WHEN I OPENED THE  TRAP, HE BOLTED OUT SO FAST THAT HE WAS ALMOST HIT BY A VEHICLE.

THESE PEOPLE REMIND ME OF THAT CAT. THEY ARE ACTING AS THOUGH THEY HAD BEEN TRAPPED, THE DOOR HAD BEEN OPENED AND THEY JUST BOLTED OUT OF THE

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THE PANAMA COVID19 INSIDER

IN AN ATTEMPT TO SOLVE A COMPUTER ISSUE, I CONTACTED TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEM. DURING MY CONVERSATION WITH THE TECHNICIAN, HE REVEALED THE CURRENT COVID19 SITUATION IN PANAMA.

I ADMIT THAT I ASKED DELIBERATE QUESTIONS REGARDING THEIR CURRENT STATUS AND IT WAS VERY REVEALING. HE SHARED THAT THE FIRST MONTH A DRY LAW WAS INITIATED WHERE NO ALCOHOL WAS PERMITTED. CURRENTLY, ONE BOTTLE OF WINE AND A SIX PACK OF BEER IS PERMISSIABLE. HE ADDED THAT THE BLACKMARKET IS VERY ACCESSABLE AND SOME PEOPLE GET THEIR BOOZ FROM THEM.

MOST OF THE STORES WERE CLOSED AND FOOD DELIVERY IS AVAILABLE. SOME MARKETS AND PHARMACIES ARE OPEN BUT CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED. PEOPLE THAT CAN, WORK FROM HOME AND SCHOOLING IS ALSO DONE AT HOME VIA INTERNET. UBER IS NOT ALLOWED TO OPERATE AND TAXIES ARE AVAILABLE ONLY THREE DAYS A WEEK. THEIR LIVES ARE CONTROLLED BY THE GUIDLINES INITIATED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

ELIGIBILITY TO BE OUT IS BASED ON THE LAST DIGET OF THEIR IDENTIFICATION CARD. MEN ARE ALLOWED OUT FOR ONE HOUR ON TUESDAY, THURSDAY AND SATURDAY. WOMEN ARE ALLOWED TO BE OUT FOR ONE HOUR ON MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND FRIDAY. HE ADDED THAT SUNDAY IS FULL QUARENTEEN AND ONLY ESSENTIAL PERSONELL ARE ALLOWED OUT.

WHEN ASKED, HE DIDN’T KNOW WHY THE WOMEN AND MEN WERE SEPARATED. IF ANYONE IS FOUND TO BE OUT WHEN THEIR TIME HAS EXPIRED, THEY WILL BE ARRESTED. HE ADDED THAT THE BEACHES ARE CLOSED AND ANY VIOLATORS ARE ARRESTED.

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JUST SAYING

WHEN I BOUGHT MY HOME IN 1992, I CHOSE A QUIET COMMUNITY WHERE I FELT MY FAMILY WOULD PROSPER AND BE SAFE. THERE WAS VERY LITTLE TRAFFIC AND EVERYTHING CLOSED AT 9PM.

THE STREETS WERE QUIET WITH LITTLE TRAFFIC AND IT WAS VERY PEACEFULL. AS TIME PASSED, THINGS CHANGED. THE STORES STAYED OPEN LONGER AND THE CONGESTION STARTED TO SHOW IT’S FACE. WHILE ON A “STAY AT HOME” ORDER, THE TRAFFIC WENT BACK TO WHERE IT WAS WHEN I FIRST MOVED HERE AND IT WAS BACK TO MY QUIET COMMUNITY.

THE SKY WAS BLUE AND CLEAR AND THE TRAFFIC WAS MINIMAL. NOW THAT THE “STAY AT HOME” ORDER IS LIFTED, PEOPLE HAVE COME OUT OF THEIR SECLUSION AND ARE FLOODING THE STREETS AND IT’S BACK TO THE PARTYING.

THEY ARE ACTING LIKE NOTHING IS WRONG AND BUSINESS AS USUAL. WELL, I HAVE TO SAY THAT IT IS AN ILLUSION THAT IT IS SAFE TO RESUME NORMAL ACTIVITIES. IT’S ONE THING IF EVERYONE IS BEING SAFE AND HONORING SOCIAL DISTANCING.

HOWEVER, FROM WHAT I’V OBSERVED, PEOPLE ARE DOING JUST THE OPPOSITE. THEY WILL BE LIKE BEES SPREADING POLLEN AND ARE SURE TO RESULT IN TERRIBLE CONSEQUENCES TO THEMSELVES AND THOSE THEY COME IN CONTACT WITH.

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JUST SAYING

WHEN I STARTED THIS WEB SITE, THINGS WERE VERY DIFFERENT WITH CONV 19 NOT IN OUR ”NORMAL LIVES” REGARDLESS OF OUR FINANCIAL SITUATION. NOW THAT EVERYTHING IS SO DEPENDANT ON THE VIRUS’S LETHAL LONGEVITY, WE HAVE BEEN FORCED OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONE AND SOME OF US HAVE TOTALLY DEFIED THE MEDICAL DATA.

WHEN PEOPLE DEFY CREDIBLE SCIENTIFIC DATA AND SOLID PROOF THAT THIS VIRUS IS NO JOKE, THEY WILL PAY A TERRIBLE PRICE TO THEM AND THOSE THEY INFECT. THE NUMBER OF LIVES LOST IS UNSETTLING AND PROOF THAT THIS VIRUS IS NOTHING TO TAKE LIGHTLY.

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GULF COAST LAMB

GULF COAST LAMBS-HARDY YOUNGSTERS THAT ROAM FREELY, GRAZING ON GRASS AND WOODLAND VEGETATION, AND THUS DEVELOP A MEAT THAT IS LEANER, RICHER, AND MORE FLAVORFUL THAN THE RATHER BLAND, GENERIC-TASTING MEAT OF SHEEP FROM FACTORY FARMS. OUR GULF COAST LAMBS HAVE BEEN GRAZING HERE SINCE THE SPANISH INTRODUCED THEM TO FLORIDA IN THE 1500s, AND ARE ONE OF THE OLDEST AND MOST RESILIENT BREEDS IN THE COUNTRY.

THESE STALWART SHEEP BLEATED THEIR WAY UP THROUGH THE FLORIDA PARISHES TO NEW ORLEANS’S NORTH SHORE, MIXING WITH OTHER IMPORTED BREEDS ALONG THE WAY AS THEY ADAPTED TO OUR EXTREME HUMIDITY AND HEAT, EVOLVING INTO THE GULF COAST POPULATION WE KNOW TODAY.

ALSO KNOWN AS FLORIDA NATIVE OR LOUISIANA NATIVE, THEST WHITE OR TAN SHEEP ARE COMPARATIVELY SMALL AND NIMBLE, WITH AN OPEN, WOOL-FREE FACE AND LEGS AND A LIGHTWEIGHT FLEECE THAT HELP THEM STAY COOL.

AT ONE POINT THEY BECAME ENDANGERED WHEN THE RAISING OF SHEEP FELL OUT OF VOGUE IN THE SOUTH BECAUSE MOST LIVESTOCK farmings WAS RELEGATED TO AREAS IN THE MIDWEST AND EASTERN PLAINS STATES, WHERE GRAIN IS PRODUCED. FORTUNATELY, THE CURRENT REVIVAL IN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND APPRECIATION FOR ANIMALS REARED WITH MINIMAL INTERVENTION HAS MEANT THAT OUR GULF COAST SHEEP ARE ENJOYING A WELL-EARNED REVIVAL OF THEIR OWN.

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TROUT FILLET TIPS

STUFFED BLUE CRAB

 

 

TROUT GUIDE

THIS IS ALWAYS A POSSIBILITY

BROWN TROUT ARE THE MOST ELUSIVE OF ALL TROUT. THEY FAVOR SLOW-MOVING WATER AND RARELY FEED BEFORE SUNDOWN. AT NIGHT THEY GORGE THEMSELVES ON INSECTS, MINNOWS, CRAYFISH, FROGS, AND EVEN OTHER TROUT. WHEN A STREAM POOL SEEMS FISHLESS, IT MAY BE THAT A HUGE BROWN HAS TAKEN OVER AND OTHER FISH DARE NOT ENTER.

THE BROWN TROUT WAS BROUGHT TO AMERICA FROM EUROPE IN THE 1800’S. ONCE THEY ARE INTRODUCED IN A STREAM, MANY WILL SPAWN EACH FALL. BECAUSE OF THEIR LARGE SIZE AND GOLDEN COLOR, IT IS EASY TO SPOT A BROWN TROUT FLASHING THROUGH THE WATER. IF YOU NOTICE SUCH A FLASH, RETURN AT DUSK TO WATCH FOR SURFACE ACTIVITY.

FISH ARE FINELY TUNED TO THEIR ENVIRONMENT. THEY CAN FEEL THE SLIGHTEST MOVEMENT IN THE WATER. VIBRATIONS OF ANY THUMPING SOUND MADE ON THE SHORE WILL SPOOK THEM. TROUT ARE THE SPOOKIEST OF ALL FISH. STAY LOW SO THEY WON’T SEE YOU. KEEP YOUR SHADOW OFF THE WATER. TRY NOT TO MAKE SUDDEN MOVEMENTS. IF YOU ALARM THEM, THEY WILL STOP FEEDING.

THE BEST WAY TO CATCH TROUT IS TO USE A FLY. THIS IS A LURE MADE OF FEATHERS OR FUR TIED ON A HOOK. “DRY” FLIES, TIED LIGHT AND BUSHY, FLOAT ON THE WATER LIKE WINGED MAYFLIES. “WET” FLIES, TIED WITH A HEAVY WOOL YARN, SINK AND LOOK LIKE SWIMMING NYMPHS. LONG “STREAMER” FLIES IMITATE SMALL MINNOWS.

courtesy of:” FRESHWATER FISH & FISHING” by Jim Arnosky

HOW BULLETPROOF GLASS IS MADE

HOW LAYERS OF PLASTIC MAKES THIS GLASS RESISTANT TO BULLETS

IN EARLY 20TH CENTURY, FRENCH CHEMIST EDOUARD BENEDICTUS SANDWICHED CELLULOID BETWEEN SHEETS OF GLASS TO CREATE AN EARLY FORM OF LAMINATED SAFETY GLASS. BULLET PROOF GLASS IS BASED ON AN EXTENSION OF THE SAME PRINCIPLE: USING MULTIPLE LAYERS OF GLASS AND PLASTIC TO ABSORB THE IMPACT OF BULLETS.

THESE PROTECTIVE PANES ARE TYPICALLY MADE WITH PLASTIC CALLED POLYVINYL BUTYRAL (PVB). SHEETS OF PVB, JUST A FEW MILLIMETRES THICK, ARE SANDWICHED BETWEEN EACH LAYER OF GLASS. THE LAYERS ARE HEATED TO MELT THE PLASTIC LAYERS SO THAT THEY BOND TO THE GLASS AND STRENGTHEN IT.  SOME PANES MAY BE AS MUCH AS TEN CENTIMETRES THICK, BUT THE NUMBER OF LAYERS USED WILL VARY DEPENDING ON THE GLASS’S INTENDED PURPOSE.

NORMAL GLASS SHATTERS ON IMPACT AS IT IS UNABLE TO BEND IN ORDER TO ABSORB A BULLET’S ENERGY, SO THE AMMO CONTINUES HURTING ALONG THE LINE OF FIRE WITHOUT MUCH LOSS OF MOMENTUM. BUT IF YOU HAVE SEEN A CARTOON WHERE BULLETS ARE BEING FIRED AT AN INDESTRUCTIBLE PIECE OF GLASS AND BULLETS ARE BOUNCING BACK- THAT’S NOT HOW IT WORKS. THE BULLETS WILL STILL FRACTURE THE GLASS AND PASS INTO IT, BUT EACH LAYER OF GLASS SHATTERS IT REMAINS HELD TOGETHER BY THE PLASTIC. THE KINETIC ENERGY OF THE BULLET IS SPREAD OUT ACROSS THE LAYERS AND QUICKLY ABSORBED, STOPPING THE SHOT IN ITS TRACKS.

COURTESY OF : “HOW IT WORKS ANNUAL” 2018

 

REAL-TIME TRANSLATORS

COULD NEW TECHNOLOGIES HELP US BREAK DOWN LANGUAGE BARRIERS?

UNVEILED THE CES2018, THE MARS WIRELESS EARBUDS (DEVELOPED IN A JOINT EFFORT BY THE NAVER CORPORATION AND LINE CORPORATION) SHOWCASED THE FUTURE OF REAL-TIME LANGUAGE TRANSLATION. POWERED BY CLOVA AI, THE MARS WIRELESS BLUETOOTH EARBUDS CAN TRANSLATE SPEECH FROM ANOTHER LANGUAGE INTO THE WEARER’S NATIVE TONGUE ALMOST INSTANTLY. 

CLOVA WORKS AS A VOICE-CONTROLLED VIRTUAL ASSISTANT-SIMILAR TO ALEXA OR SIRI- THAT LISTENS TO YOUR CONVERSATION AND TRANSMITS THE DATA TO YOUR SMARTPHONE VIA BLUETOOTH. THE ACCOMPANYING APP THEN TRANSLATES THE SPEECH AND TRANSMITS A RECORDING OF THE TRANSLATION BACK TO THE EARBUDS, WHICH PLAY IT BACK FOR YOU TO HEAR. ALL THIS HAPPENS WITHIN A FRACTION OF A SECOND, SO THE TRANSLATIONS ARE RELAYED IN ALMOST REAL TIME. EACH PAIR OF EARBUDS CAN WORK AS A SINGLE TRANSLATOR FOR TWO PEOPLE. FOR USE IN CROWED AREAS, MARS ALSO FEATURES NOISE-BLOCKING TECHNOLOGY TO FOCUS ON INDIVIDUAL CONVERSATIONS. THE MARS ISN’T THE ONLY PRODUCT BREAKING THE LANGUAGE BARRIER. WAVERLY LABS HAVE CREATED THE PILOT, WHICH WORKS IN A SIMILAR FASHION TO THE MARS. HOWEVER, TRANSLATIONS ARE CONSECUTIVE, SO YOU HAVE TO WAIT FOR A PERSON TO STOP TALKING BEFORE THE TRANSLATION IS THEN PLAYED BACK THROUGH THE EARBUDS.

GOOGLE HAS PUT ITS EPONYMOUS TRANSLATE TECHNOLOGY TO USE IN THEIR GOOGLE PIXEL BUDS. HOWEVER, IN THIS SYSTEM, ONLY ONE PERSON WEARS THE EARBUDS. THEIR SIDE OF THE CONVERSATION IS TRANSLATED AND THEN PLAYED TO THE NON-WEARER VIA THE APP INSTEAD.

NOTE: MARS EARBUDS WON THE BEST OF INNOVATION AWARD AT 2018’S CES

COURTESY OF: “HOW IT WORKS ANNUAL” 2018 

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