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A Diversion From The Splendor Of Autumn: "Bad Moon Rising"
By now the splendor of the myriad colors of Autumn is slowly becoming all too common.
 
The photo in the link below is a diversion from the splendor of Autumn. It is purely Nature; no tricks.
 
 
I only heard about "Bad Moon Rising" in a song, but never knew it really exists.
 
 
19Oct2014rbm1111743
 
 
 
Hassles From Crisp US Dollar Bills
There are occasions when you'd rather pay cash than other means
such as the very popular credit or debit card. When you do, the new,
crisp US Dollar Bill could be hassling or upsetting.
 
Any two newly printed US Dollar Bill (paper money) could be hardly
pressed together that vacuum is created between them. Conse-
quently, atmospheric pressure of 14.7 psi exerts pressure on the
surfaces of the two paper money which will be held together by
this pressure and will remain as such until some force separates
them  from each other.
 
Simply put, any two brand new US paper money could get so stuck
together that they will appear as one. It should be understood that
... any two brand new paper money ... means one, two, three or
more could be stuck together as long as there is space between any
two bills. For example, $400 could appear as 2-$100 bills but in fact
it is 3-$100 stuck together (held forever by 14.7 psi of atmospheric
pressure) plus 1-$100 bill. This is an overpayment by $200! What a
mis fortune when this happens!
 
It happened to me just yesterday morning. The bank cashed newly
printed, crisp $100 bills for me.
 
My first stop was at the local grocery store. I pulled out 2-$100 bills
and 2-$20 bills to pay a purchase worth $238. From here, I went to
two other places, including a restaurant; refueled at a gas station, 
and finally yet to another store. But before entering this last store,
I checked the old wallet. Something was wrong! There wasn't as
many $100 bills as there should be!
 
A quick inventory revealed $100 was missing!
 
Fortunately from this misfortune, I did not pay with the brand new
paper money at the restaurant; so that left the gas station and the
grocery store to search.
 
Not wasting a second, I dashed to the gas station. It happened the
Manager was so kind-hearted indeed as to make an inventory for the
day (which he does normally before store closing at night), just to
help me search for the missing paper money. He confirmed, and was
honest and sure it wasn't there. I thanked him but I'm not sure it was
enough for this special bother. So that left the grocery store for the
search. It was about 10 miles away. It normally takes about 25 minutes
to get there. I did it in about 12 mins. flat.
 
The missing $100 bill was there! What happened was I handed the
2-$100  and 2-$20 bills to the cashier, the normal way. Although
I never paid atten tion to what she did, she most probably simply
put the bills one on top the other and into the cash register, the
normal way. Neither of us knew 2-$100 bills were stuck together
plus 1-$100. Neither of us knew I overpaid by $100.
 
The message I wish to send across here (perhaps to the U.S. Treas ury) 
is there must be some means to minimize, if not completely eliminate,
the  vacuum between crisp, newly printed US Dollar Bills. Roughening
the surface of the stock paper before printing is one feasible process.
Roughening will allow air to reside between any two paper surfaces.
I heard about "brushing"  or "combing" the paper stock before printing. 
 
If nothing is done, the consequences, as in the above unfortunate
circum stances, are very probable to happen in many places. Even the
banks are probably having problems counting the stacks of new US
paper money. I am still wondering how the banks are able to do this
without any miscount due to stuck papers!
 
The easiest way of course is leave it to the consumer! This unfortu-
nately means consumers must take extra care "above the normal way"
before paying with newly printed US Dollar Bills ... meaning make sure
you lick your fingers and separate any possible US paper money that
are stuck together. Not bad, but it is not easy for consumers to be
always "above the normal way" while paying with US Dollar Bills. Above
all, "Americans, The Dollar Licker", will be a ludicrous icon and image
abroad for the citizens of this country.
 
Helpful concerns will be gratefully appreciated.
 
 
04Oct2014rbm111743
 
 
"COMPUTER FEELINGS"
It is a few minutes after midnight and I need some sleep to normally
do some personal chores tomorrow, but I just had to write. If I don't,
these thoughts could easily slip away from my memory. I can put off
the chores for some other time.
 
The subject is very important especially and particularly to those who
will be involved in Computerized Operations (automation) in the future.
Experts who have relevant experience(s) may already posses knowledge 
on the subject.
 
Remember the 1968 MGM fiction movie, "2001: A Space Odyssey"? In one
of the plots, i.e., during their mission to Jupiter, the two astronauts were
asked if HAL had feelings (HAL was the computer onboard the space ship
which controlled all aspects of operations). The astronauts replied "... but
if he really has feelings, no one can truthfully tell ...".
 
To those who have no knowledge or notion in computerized operations,
the question asked of the two astronauts may seem ridiculously impossible,
even "funny". But no, it is not. Experts can incorporate "feelings" such as
those of human beings, into the systems design and subsequent program-
ming of computers, particularly those used in control operations.
 
A simulation software is one good medium in which "COMPUTER FEELINGS"
can be experienced.
 
In a flight simulation, for example, when you do not listen and eventually
ignore what the "Flight Instructor" (computer) is talking about or instructs
you to do, he (the computer) will say something like, "... this is not going
well. I suggest you go back to lesson ... dah ... dah ... dah ..."  and then
the flight simulation  is cut right off.
 
Another example is, in a simulated landing, when your approach, final
and flight path are perfect the "Flight Instructor" (computer) very
obviously gets jealous. He becomes quiet and says, "... this is not
going well. I suggest you go back to lesson ... dah ... dah ... dah ..."  
and then the simulated landing is cut right off.  You will never see your 
perfect, soft  "touch down".
 
There are many other examples in simulation where "COMPUTER FEELINGS"
are manifested.
 
Personally, I thank Microsoft Corporation for divulging to the public this
human-like traits of computers. It is important, because if human traits
are in compu ters, computerized controls (automation) installed in vehicles
such as jet aircrafts, air planes, ships, trains, etc. are in peril along with
innocent operators and people onboard. The perils are unprecedented.
 
Yet another important example is, in one of my simulated flights at 6,000 ft
over flat terrain at almost sea level, I lost patience in the bull-headed adjust-
ments for the Auto Pilot. I became rough and wild on the throttle and the
ailerons but kept the pitch one notch up. The computer knew what I was
doing. The aircraft did not lose altitude, stall or spin ... nothing ... The com-
puter just crashed it on the ground as it were a heap of garbage !!!  It was
intolerant, stringent, unforgiving. Very similar scenarios could happen in any
actual computerized operation, particularly in a jet aircraft.
 
I am not aware of any checks-and-balances and/or safeguards or quality assur-
ances against incorporating "COMPUTER FEELINGS" in the design and manufac-
ture of computerized controls ... too dreadful to ignore. I strongly and urgently
believe there must be.
 
 
23Sep2014rbm111743
 
 
Red Tide
'Ever heard of "Red Tide"?
 
It's my first time!
 
NO, it is nothing whatsoever like "Red Dawn", a 1984 UA fiction film about the beginning
of WWIII in Midwestern USA in which heavily armed Russian, Cuban and Nicaraguan 
paratroopers landed and invaded a Colorado country town and were repelled by a bunch 
of rebellious high school teen agers who formed a guerilla group (Wolverines) equipped only
with one or two hunting rifles and bows and arrows at the start. Those who are familiar
with this movie know only two of the Wolverines remained alive in their desperate guerilla
warfare.
 
Red Tide is a "blob" of red algae (Karenia belvis) currently invading some 60x100 sq. mi.
of water in the Gulf of Mexico, approx. 15 mi. offshore from St. Petersburg, FL. Their toxic
secretion adheres on sea weeds and grass which when eaten by aquatic and marine life
(fish, turtles, manatees, etc.) that feed on them paralyzes their central nervous system
and kill them.  Corral reefs are also destroyed by the toxin which also causes foul odor
on beaches and when inhaled from the breeze is harmful to people particularly with respira-
tory ailments, not to mention that the algae is a frightening eerie sight of red "boil up"
in the wash of propellers of ocean-going vessels.
 
The "blob" of this algae has been observed to appear yearly in nearby Gulf areas off the
coast of FL  in varying sizes. They seem to collect into "blooms" with the ocean current
Where and how they collect is under research which includes satellite tracking as well as
oceanographic models, purpose of which is to attempt to prevent formation of "blooms"
which grow into "blobs".
 
There is nothing that can abate the growth of and destroy this menacing, pestering algae
at the present time.
 
Open the link below in New Window or New Tab to see complete AP Report:
 
 
 
17Sep2014rbm111743
 
A Short Extraordinary Story Of Flight
I almost forgot ...
 
Something extraordinary happened last night (09Sep2014).
 
Just before sunlight faded into darkness, I heard a loud THUD(!) 
on the  panoramic window of my little living room. Surprised what
the THUD was, it wasn't easy but I found a pigeon, with familiar
gray/black feathers,  on the brick window sill at the south corner 
of the middle panel. It looked haggard and disoriented.  
 
Obviously, the bird had crashed (slammed) against the glass pane,
got badly hurt, but managed to land on the brick window sill. Appar-
ently it could not continue to fly home. It was already too dark
for a bird and I knew such a bird could only be sick.
 
Avoiding to scare it, I kept distance and especially moved very slowly
in the living room. Funny but I talked to it, saying, "You came to the
right place, my friend. You can stay here safely as long as you need.
Nobody will disturb you. I wish I could help but if I did, I'm afraid you
would fly away and do a lot worse to your self."
 
Very strangely, as I spoke to it, the bird kept looking up at the ceiling
(tilting its head, the way a bird would look up).
 
Then all of a sudden there were lightnings, thunders and stormy wind,
but no rain. Rain! It would devastate this unfortunate creature! A stiff,
dead pigeon would be the worst scenario!
 
I implored: Dear Lord God, would You not spare this little creature?
 
It did not rain. Only fierce lightnings, thunders and gusty winds.
 
And I told the bird, "Stay here for the night. You will fly again and find
your home in the morning."
 
I woke up at about 5:30 AM yesterday (10Sep2014) and the pigeon
was gone.
 
The bird left droppings on the brick window sill. It was indigested fine
green grass. Chemical sprays on the grass must have temporarily poi-
soned the bird, causing it to lose its sense of direction and balance,
and most probably nausea.
 
I'm grateful indeed and happy an almost dying bird flew again and
surely found its home.
 
 
11Sep2014rbm111743
 
 
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