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Zero Point (Free) Energy – Possible Inventions?

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zero_point_energyI recently picked up (purchased) a book the other day that was entitled “Quest For Zero Point Energy” and it spoke about many of the engineering principles for what is known as “free energy.”

When most folks hear the terms “free energy,” they probably think I’m talking about solar power, wind power, etc., but that is hardly the case.  Zero Point Energy (ZPE) involves a perpetual form of energy via the underlying, energetic fabric of space known as “the ether.”  Many people, in fact most people, of the scientific community reject such notions.  However, Wheeler’s theory of geometrodynamics speaks of the fabric of so-called “empty space” as being “quantum foam,” if you will…

Quantum mechanics became somewhat accepted in the 1930s and, from that, arose a mathematical term that described the ground state of any oscillating system called the Zero Point Energy.  If any of y’all are wondering, the term “zero-point” refers to zero degrees Kelvin – which means that even in the absence of all heat, this energy would still exist.  Now, one must ask, does ZPE really exist?

I would like to think so, as I believe that there is an amazing ongoing energy source out there that is possible to tap into.  I find it hard to believe that we, on Earth, have already used and have become aware of all available energy sources that are available by way of the cosmos and the space that surrounds us.

At any rate, lets move forward…
How do we build a practical self-running device that provides this “free energy” and/or Zero Point Energy?  There has been several interesting inventions and ideas of engineering such things over the last several years.  Many of which, displayed energy anomalies.  Similar to ball lightning, finding this excess energy and tapping into it, doesn’t seem too far-fetched for an open-minded individual.

Although the concepts behind Zero Point Energy are often labeled as pseudoscience, science fiction, and madman theories, I find the advanced notions of “free energy” from the fabric of “empty” space to be more plausible than what many scientists would have you believe.  Does “the ether” contain a plenum of energy?  Well, obviously more experiments need to be done.

I must say, though, with experiments, proof, inventions, etc., there lies several major problems.  Such paradigm-violating experiments (like ZPE) are not often welcomed by the scientific community.  Many of these projects, because of this, are suspended.  Simply put, sociological, political and economical factors dominate most scientists.  Many things can result from this type of “going out on a limb” type of work, such as:  patents blocked, jobs lost, grants withdrawn, suppression, personal threats, assassinations, and so on.

Anyway, here is a list of some (out of the many) possible inventions that point to Zero Point Energy [References: Author Moray B. King, Quest for Zero Point Energy, page 10]:

1) Electrostatic field-chopping device of William Hyde, which he claimed that it produced 20 kilowatts output while free-running.
2) Floyd Sweet’s well-witnessed magnetic device was suppose to have produced 500 watts while free-running.
3) The plasma tubes of T. Henry Moray – 50 kilowatt energy device.
4)Ken Shoulders – discovery of the “electrum validum,” which is a micron size, charge plasma form that seems to contain excess energy.

Outside of these, there are many vacuum energy ideas, some of which hint at the notion of organizing them into vortex forms, as this could end up resulting into grand, energetic effects.

Well, if you are an inventor, scientist, or engineer that is interested in these “free energy” principles, I recommend Moray’s book, The Quest for Zero Point Energy. Even if you are none of the above, you may find this book to be very interesting and, who knows, it may provoke you to learn more about the subject or perhaps trigger new ideas that you can expand upon.

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—End of Post “Zero Point (Free) Energy – Possible Inventions?”

Additional Reading: “ZPE – Limitless (free) energy embedded in the fabric of space?

Random Blog Link:  Quantum Jumping vs. Deep Meditation & Creative Imagination

If you have totally given up on the possibility of building some crazy invention featuring this insanely free zero point energy, perhaps you may need to keep it simple and start by building speaker boxes, instead: MDF vs. Particle Board

Theory of Evolution: Where is the missing link between Homo erectus & Homo sapiens?

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question_markThis post has been relocated here, due to mysterious problems it encountered on a community website, known as HubPages.  Anyway…

Here of late, I have stumbled upon a lot of debate about the Theory of Evolution.
In the past, I’ve always accepted the fact that life evolves, adapts, and acclimates to its surroundings. I have never related the theory of evolution with religions or creationists, etc.
Actually, the concepts of evolution should have nothing to do with philosophic pondering or creation theories for that matter, but yet, nowadays it often seems to be lined up in direct opposition with such things.

BUT, before I go on rambling about this subject, I must point out a couple Hubs (out of the many) that are Pro or Con, when it comes to evolution.
The first Hub in question is one that I wasn’t allowed to comment on, perhaps due to my offensive intellect & intuition (it must be unscientific of some sort as they obviously seem to deny intuition as that might be too human-like and advanced for the mechanical brains of scientific theory; ha!) and the fact that the author refused to answer a very simple question of mine pertaining to the missing link between the Homo erectus and the Homo sapiens, here: http://tfscientist.hubpages.com/hub/making-sense-of-evolution-a-step-by-step-guide
On the flip side, which is from a person that held a decent argument against that particular individual (along with getting his comments approved), you can find a Hub that is not totally in favor of the theory of evolution, here: http://smileysock.hubpages.com/hub/Evolution-is-not-a-science

After reading those Hubs, come back here and resume play; anyway…

It’s a different world out there today, and unlike what Darwin originally wrote, albeit he borrowed most of his theories from others and received way too much credit for this notion, a lot of people have somehow managed to turn the “theory of evolution” into a religion, it seems…

In my opinion, among many others including certain biologists with a sense of awareness beyond authoritative textbooks, Evolution is not a real science.
True science would not base its self on assumption of progression with limited fossil evidence, for example.
Yada-yada, I said limited, as I can hear the moans now…
Look, I’m not going deep into the animal kingdom on this one, unless the comments provoke it, because the main point of this Hub is about a question that no evolutionist can ever seem to answer.
You can’t conclude the reason for all the different forms of life without the evidence to do such, which this lovely theory simply can’t do nor can it be absolutely proved and so on.
For one, ya can’t perform live tests on fossil records, and what dead evidence you gather, only leads to educated guesses in hopes that there is no outside variables and factors, which we will cover in a moment.

There are so many holes in this theory of evolution, it isn’t even funny.
If you try to argue with an evolutionist (dang, they got titles, too..), they will simply say that you “don’t understand” what the science is. Does this sound familiar? If you argue with a creationist and their Bible, they may tell you that you “don’t understand” the word of God or the translations.

What is going on here?

Are the core components of spiritual belief and insight about half as right as science and evolutionists?
Whatever happened to intuition?
Definition of intuition: 1) quick and ready insight; 2) the power or faculty of knowing things without conscious reasoning
Can’t people put two and two together? Oh, that’s right, we have mathematicians out there that say 2 + 2 doesn’t equal 4!  I’d love to see somebody rationally prove that one, although there really are people out there who play with integers long enough, that they create a fantasy of some sort and alter the reality of actuality.

Well, regardless of personal beliefs, mathematics or science and/or which side of the fence you are on, in my opinion, it takes more faith to believe that we spawned from a single-cell amoeba than from being a dividend of a divinity.
In my opinion, it takes more faith to believe that a so-called “Big Bang” came from a point of a minuscule singularity of “nothing” as opposed to believing that you came from “something.”
By the way, please define a “singularity” in a cosmic fashion…

I’m not getting into a theory of unity on this particular Hub, so please spare me from your ancient philosophy that we all end up holding each other in the end; yikes!
In fact, as interesting as it is, I’m not in the mood to hear about Quantum Entanglement either, at the moment, as this post is about the missing link between the Homo erectus and the Homo sapiens, and how this unexplained gap kills this theory of evolution, at least when humans are involved.

Oh, there are many complaints about the animal kingdom having missing links as well, but the more pertinent matter on my Hub, is about those little, crafty humanoids.
I’m not getting into the whales, giraffes, horses, dinosaurs, superbugs, and so on.

Hold up… Stop!

Watch this quick video that is under two minutes long:

Now, tell me you didn’t laugh at the 1:30 second mark of that video?
What is wrong with that picture?
By looking at that chart of his, there is a great eye sore, to say the least…
These evolutionist people are, uh, serious..? Ha-ha!

I mean, holy crap!
You got a Bonobo lined up with a Chimp next to a Humanoid beside a Gorilla and an Orangutan…and this highly worshipped atheist is pointing at all five, while talking about the “great apes being cousins and relatives,” all while one (the Homo sapiens) is not even remotely freakin’ related!
Sarcasm: “Oh yeah, my cousins are chimps and bonobos with my distant homies being gorillas and orangutans.”
Yeah, that makes no sense whatsoever!
These overly educated morons make some of the most asinine preachers look intelligent!
Yeah, and a cow-like being decided to go swimming one day and eventually turned into a whale. WTF!

Anyway, I’m getting off track here … moving back into the subject of the “missing link,” where in the hell is it?

If you really want to read an unbiased paper (Homo Erectus ‘to’ Modern man: Evolution or Human Variability?) about this matter, that ultimately comes to the conclusion of this: “After careful study of hundreds of scientific descriptions and photographs of scores of fossil humans, it is clear to me that all shades of intergrading exist between “ancient” erectus and modern humans, but the chronological patterns of appearance, even using the evolutionists’ own dating methods, do not match the predictions of the theory. In view of the clear-cut and unmistakable morphological gap between apes and humans, I believe that human fossil study provides strong circumstantial evidence in favor of the theistic view of origins.”
Read more, if you are really serious about this subject, here:
http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/tj/v8/n1/erectus

Although this page is not primarily concerned with the origins of Homo sapiens, just the missing link between the ape-like Homo erectus and the Homo sapiens that lead one to believe that “humans” seem to have came out of nowhere and just sort of magically appeared as if we were created by another race of beings or by some divinity of some sort, the Theory of Evolution is yet to explain, as noted above, the origins of Homo sapiens (modern man) and my original, seemingly simple question that is always avoided by evolutionists without proof or a sound theory.

It comes down to this, when it concerns our origin (and this is not a freakin’ “non sequitur”):

Did the Evolutionists’ single-cell amoeba do it?
Did the creationists’ God or Gods do it?
Did the aliens from another world do it?
Or did we all do it via a universal consciousness?

Until the day comes when Evolutionists can gracefully explain the missing link between Homo erectus and the Homo sapiens of today, they will never really hold any ground when it comes to real science, fact or actuality.
I know, I know, it would be nice & easy to say that we are all from the same species, race, etc., and that the extinct Homo erectus, Neanderthals, etc., are all close relatives to the same type of beings that roam the earth today and that we all evolved from a single-cell amoeba and got extra motivated from some mad race of trilobites (just threw that in there for fun), but that simply isn’t true.
I hate to say it, but the ancient alien theorists make better sense than the evolutionists when it concerns “human” evolution, and the religionists lie somewhere in between the two. Ah, the joys of life’s mysteries… 😀

Humorous Quote: “Darwin is liked by evolutionists because he liberated science from the straitjacket of observation and opened the door to storytellers. This gave professional evolutionists job security so they can wander through biology labs as if they belong there.” — David Coppedge, Speaking of Science, Creation Matters, May/June 2003

Additional, Informative Link related to “Theory of Evolution: Where is the missing link between Homo sapiens & Homo erectus?,” here :Debunking Evolution: Problems between the Theory and Reality; the False Science of Evolution

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Pink Slime in your Ground Beef?

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Most of us are aware, that unless you grow your own food and raise your own livestock, you don’t really know for sure what all is in your food!  More concern lies in the processed foods and the meat you buy at the local market, and the produce is rarely organic, as well.

This post is mainly addressing beef, and more so, ground beef. As if the antibiotics and added hormones wasn’t enough, we run into something else, a cheap filler, known as “pink slime.” Before I say anymore, are you ready for a good ol’ supermarket hamburger?

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I’ll go ahead and copy & paste a quick excerpt from Wikipedia (including my occasional bouts of commentary within the excerpt) about this subject, to get the ball rolling:

“Pink slime, also known as lean finely textured beef (LFTB), boneless lean beef trimmings (BLBT), and soylent pink (Ha-ha! Have you ever seen the movie Soylent Green?), is a beef-based food additive that may be added to ground beef and beef-based processed meats as an inexpensive filler. It consists of finely ground beef scraps and connective tissue (sounds like reprocessed road kill, if ya ask me) which have been mechanically removed from the fat. The recovered material (Yikes!) is processed, heated, and treated with ammonia gas or citric acid to kill E. coli, salmonella, and other bacteria (Thank you very much for doing such!). It is finely ground, compressed into blocks and flash frozen for use as an additive to beef products.

In the United States, the additive itself cannot legally be sold directly to consumers, but can constitute up to 15% of ground beef without additional labeling (sort of like how they don’t have to list Trans fat if it doesn’t reach 0.5 grams per tiny serving), and can also be added to other meat products such as beef-based processed meats. Prior to the invention of the disinfection process, beef scraps could only be sold as pet food or as an ingredient for cooking oil. (That’s good news folks, we are now eating stuff they put in pet food!)

Widespread public attention was drawn to the product in March 2012 by a series of reports at ABC News, which reported at that time that 70 percent of ground beef sold in U.S. supermarkets contained the product. Subsequently, many grocery stores and supermarkets, including the nation’s three largest chains, announced that they would no longer sell products containing the additive.”

Please note:  Pink slime is not permitted in Canada. Also, Pink slime does not meet the legal requirements for sale in the United Kingdom.

What in the hell is going on here?

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One of the main reasons I wanted to post this, was because I have recently ate some “real ground beef” that came from a farm-raised cow.  My mom and my step-dad usually buy half of a cow on occasions from a local farmer, get it processed, cut, packaged, and they freeze it in bulk.  I was over there the other day, and she gave me a few packages to sample.
Well, I generally try to buy good cuts of beef, pork, etc.  But, when it comes to ground beef, I usually just snag up whatever looks decent and go on my way. I figure that ground beef from the grocery store will still taste better than fast-food burgers, for example.

Anyway, upon eating some of this “real” hamburger meat, I was like: “What in the hell is this?  This taste like steak meat or something.  Dang, does hamburgers suppose to taste this good?” Ha-ha! It has been so long since I had “100% real” ground beef, that I evidently forgot what the stuff tasted like.

Oh, if you’d like to read about the controversy, consumer concerns and whatnot, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Slime

People need to know more about what is going into their food.
And, if at all possible, grow your own edibles and either try to raise your chickens, cows, pigs, etc., or at least try to buy from a local farmer that you can trust.
This is just an informative post to help raise awareness about all the crap they are putting in our food, as if many of you didn’t already know…

All of this pink slime stuff reminds me of when I used to be a butcher.  When it came time to run the ground beef from the pre-bought tubes into the grinder, it would often look “different” when compared to the hamburger meat I’d make from beef trimmings.  I’m not sure if any of those cheap beef tubes had pink slime in them or not, but one thing is for sure, when I ground my own hamburger meat from  lean beef mixed in with fat trimmings, it just appeared and smelled more real as opposed to that other crap they had in the tubes.  Oh, and the better taste is usually a dead giveaway…

Update: Good News! There have been some recent efforts to eliminate pink slime in our ground beef in the U.S.  Even McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell announced they would discontinue the use of BPI products in their food. I hope this trend continues… BUT, what will they think of next? I recently read on some science site that there are experiments going on right now, where they are trying to grow meat in the lab! My gawd!

—End of Post “Pink Slime in your Ground Beef?”

Random Blog Link:  “The Health Benefits of (Pepitas) Pumpkin Seeds

Solar Storms & Flares – NASA Video

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Well, many of you have most likely heard a lot of talk about doomsday, end of the world babble, Mayan Prophesies, Dec. 21, 2012 chatter, and a lot of other verbiage concerning global disasters,  mega earthquakes, storms, solar flares, a polar shift, and the works.

Now, before we get too excited, one must realize that the weather is about as unpredictable as a woman (Ha-ha!  Just kidding…).  No matter what year it is, natural disaster can strike and cataclysmic events can occur.  This “end of the world 2012” talk has sort of got hyped up by the media and uneducated drama queens, for example.  On this post, I’m not getting into any of that other stuff, as this particular blog entry is intended to be a quick video post via NASA, about solar storms and flares.

Now, you may ask:  Should I be worried about major solar flares and/or storms from the sun during the next several months?  Well, I would say that it isn’t a bad idea to be prepared for an electrical blackout, if the worst case scenario takes place.  You know, like stock up on canned goods, ammunition for your guns, alcohol, etc.  Most likely, since we have the technology to detect the flares and solar storms while knowing when they are coming to Earth a couple days before impact, we will have a better chance for taking preventative measures that may help protect our power grids, etc.

But, in fact, scientists are warning that when they hit, if large enough, they could potentially knock out power grids, GPS satellites, airline communications and incite nuclear meltdowns. The solar flare cycle occurs about every 11 years and is expected to reach its peak of activity (on this current cycle) around June 2013 or thereabouts.  The cycle starts with the flares slowly calming down, becoming relatively dormant, then picking back up until it peaks near the end of its 11 year cycle.  This has been going on, as long as we can tell, for a very, very long time.

Here’s an example of the effect they can have:  In 1989, a solar flare damaged a power grid in Quebec, Canada, cutting power for hours to millions of people.  But, it could have been worse…

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory spacecraft captured this image of a solar flare as it erupted from the sun early on Tuesday, October 28, 2003. This was the most powerful flare measured with modern methods. Credit: NASA/SOHO:

solar_flare_2003

Okay, well, NASA says that “killer solar flares are a physical impossibility,” but they can obviously cause major problems if they are big enough in today’s world.  I’m sure we have had some really big ones down through the history of mankind, but there wouldn’t have been much of an effect then, since we didn’t have all that technical stuff, electrical devices, communication systems, and so on, back then.   One good thing, when it comes to solar storms, is that we have a fairly thick atmosphere that protects us from outside radiation.

Anyway, instead of reading about what I may have to say about this tempestuous/stormy subject, check out the video from NASA, below:

—End of Post “Solar Storms & Flares – NASA Video”

Related External Links:   “Solar Flares threaten to disrupt devices…” [link is no longer active] and “NASA – 2012: Killer Solar Flares Are a Physical Impossibility

Semi-related Blog Link:  “The Mystery of Fire – who in the hell discovered it?

What is the average life expectancy for common pets?

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I’m sure this is a very common query, although I was originally going to do a blog post over the average life expectancy for dogs, but then thought it might be better to broaden the topic to cover more types of pets.

The reason why I’ve been searching online for such information, is because I have a dog that has lived for about 14 years and is now having some major problems, possibly a partial intestinal blockage, tumor, heart condition, etc., and she may have to be put down.  I just can’t see my poor self spending $800 to 1,000 dollars or more, for a dog that might not live through surgery or, even if she gets this fixed, she may only live a few more months or another year or so, at best.  Of course, if I had money flowing out of my bunghole, I’d be more than happy to throw several hundreds of dollars out there or even a couple thousand, to prolong her life.  Nowadays, the Vet charges you at rates similar to a human doctor, which is just plain ridiculous, in my opinion…  Anyway, to end that particular subject, she was a great, loyal dog and lived a good life with lots of good food and the freedom to hunt and roam out in the wilderness.  If you’re interested, you can see a picture of her, on the “Mystery of Fire – who in the hell discovered it?” post.

Now, before we get to the average life expectancy of common pets, lets first address that these are just averages from collective info I found online.  Many factors are involved that could lower and raise the common life span of your pet.  For example, outdoor cats, on average, often do good to live more than 5 years old, while indoor cats can live for 10, 12, 15 years or longer.

The type of diet you feed your pets along with the lifestyle you permit, also factors in.  For example, a happy, energetic dog will typically live longer than a neglected, depressed, lazy dog.  …Other factors such as prompt medical treatment when they are ill or if your pets are in need of a veterinarian to diagnose unknown causes for their ailments, etc., all help prolong life, for the most part.  Getting your female pets spayed, such as a dog or cat, will generally add a couple years or more to their average life expectancy, as well.  Just like humans, being overweight is not a good thing, either, but this doesn’t take rocket science or a great deal of trouble, to not let your pets become obese.

Well, since this post was originally going to be about dogs, I went and found a list that was supposedly sourced from the AKC, in 2008…

Common dogs and their typical life expectancy:

Labrador Retriever (12.5 years), Yorkshire Terrier (14 years), German Shepherd Dog (11 years), Golden Retriever (12 years), Beagle (13 years), Boxer (10.5 years), Dachshund (15.5 years), Bulldog (7 years), Poodle (12 years Standard and 15 years Miniature), Shih Tzu (13 years), Chihuahua (13.5 years), Rottweiler (10 years), Pug (13.5 years), German Shorthaired Pointer (13 years), Boston Terrier (13 years), Doberman Pinscher (10 years), Shetland Sheepdog (13.5 years), Cocker Spaniel (12 years), Great Dane (8.5 years), and the Siberian Husky (12 years). Just by looking at that list, you can tell that most dogs don’t live past 13 years.  I have heard before, that mixed breeds often live longer, and of course smaller dogs generally have a longer life span, but there is always exceptions…   

Other Pets and their average life expectancy:

Cats often live 12 to 18 years, but like I mentioned earlier, they generally live a lot longer as indoor pets as opposed to outdoor, as those nosey, curious suckers get into a lot of shit when outside, and are more prone to viruses and diseases, poisons, accidents, etc.  They may have 9 lives as they say, but they often use them up rather quickly, when out in the wild.

Birds have a wide range, when it comes to their life span.  10 to 30 years is a good estimate, but there are some types of birds, like a cockatoo, that can live 70 years or more.  I never understood why people would want to put an animal in a cage that has wings and was meant to fly!  Whatever floats your boat, I suppose…

Fish are another type of pet that has a wide range of life expectancy.  5 to 10 years is a reasonable estimate for most aquarium fish, but this mainly depends on the type of fish and the water conditions you provide and how you care for them.  Some fish live much, much longer, and some live for only a very short time.  I will say, you can’t always go by the book, that’s for sure. If you’re interested in this hobby, I once did a post called “Freshwater Aquariums – A scenic, decorative hobby…

Rats & Mice?  Pets?  Uh, well, some people actually have rats or a cute mouse for a pet, but I could have sworn they sell traps that kill these rodents, as most people don’t take too kindly to indoor mice and rats; ha-ha!  Anyway, if this is your thing, theses “pets” generally have a short life span.  A rough estimate is a rat, 2 to 3 years and a mouse, 3 to 5 years.

Well, this post is getting rather long, so I’ll speed up the pace:

Frogs?  4 to 15 years. Hamsters? Only 2 to 3 years on average, but it has been reported that some can live much longer.  Gerbils? 2 to 5 years, on average.  Rabbit?  5 to 15 years of age.  Hey, some people raise these things for food.  You know, I haven’t ate a rabbit in years; hmm, anyway…  Ferret?  7 to 10 years.  Box Turtles? 40 to 50 years when captive, but some have been known to live around a hundred years!  Pet Iguanas?  Roughly 15 to 20 years, but that is with proper care, of course… 

Life expectancy of common pet snakes:

Corn snake (15-20 years+), Kingsnake or King Snake (15-25 years+),  Boa Constrictor (25-30 years+),  Burmese Python (25 years+), and there are many others.  It seems that most pet snakes can live around 20 years or longer, so there is no need to post each individual one.  I will say, if you’re a snake owner, be responsible, please!

What about that creepy Tarantula?  Males live a lot shorter life, up to 7 years or slightly more, depending on the species, and the females can live up to 25 years or longer.  I’ve even heard of certain female tarantulas living for 35 years or more… Uh, hairy spiders for pets? Not for me…

Well, I think I covered a lot of the pets people commonly have.  Sure, there is more, but this post had to end some time… 😀

—End of Post “What is the average life expectancy for common pets?”

Using the Poor Man’s ‘Calories per Price’ Ratio

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Hopefully, many of you haven’t had to think of this method before, and are not a struggling low-middle class, full-time worker who doesn’t collect welfare or get monetary aid and handouts or unfortunate enough to not be born into wealth, etc. 

BUT, whether you are just feeling thrifty, frugal, or simply poor like me (I’d have more money if I wouldn’t spend so much on beer and damn cigarettes!), you may find the, as I call, “Poor Man’s ‘Calories per Price’ Ratio” to be a useful guide when making purchases at your local market.

It is a simple method to use, and it is something I got to noticing a long while back, when thinking about how I can get the most calories out of my money – to be efficient when buying energy and/or fuel for my body’s demanding tank.

Okay, all you have to do is:  Take the total amount of calories (all servings added up within the can, container, package, etc.) and divide it by the price, and you will have a figure that equals the “calories per price” ratio; this will give you a good idea on how much money you’re wasting on foods that just aren’t energy efficient to a poor man’s body.  Funny, but true…   Ha-ha! 

For example, I bought a package of  Little Debbie Fudge Brownies (chocolate is good for you, damn it!) the other day.  It was a package of 6, 280 calories each, for $1.59.  Okay, I multiplied the 280 calories times 6 to get the total amount of calories in the package, and this come out to be 1,680 calories.  I divided that by $1.59 and the ‘calorie per price’ ratio was 1,056 calories per dollar.  By the way, that is a really good ratio.  Just think, you can buy a silly Lean Cuisine frozen dinner for $2.50 or more and only get about 2 or 3 hundred calories, but one dollar on the brownies bought over a thousand calories.  Hey, are you getting the drift now?

Another example, I bought some microwavable popcorn that had a total of 2,400 calories for $3.99 and the ‘calories per price’ ratio was 601 calories per dollar.  Now, it wasn’t as cheap as the brownies, but it is still way more efficient (energy wise) than the Lean Cuisine crap.

Alright, here’s were some wise-ass could say, “look, rock head; junk food is going to be cheaper per calories than real food.”   Then that’s when I would say, “look, dear challenged one; nobody said that this ratio had to be used on  ‘junk’  food versus  ‘real’  food.” 

See, that’s just it right there…  You can use this calculating method to compare any types of food, when it comes to calories per price.  In fact, if you’re a health nut, you can alter it and start calculating a ‘price per protein’ ratio, and so on.  The point is, as high as everything is today, and the fact that a lot of us are struggling to have enough funds to live comfortably, it doesn’t hurt to get the calculator out and start doing some math to help slash some of those grocery bills, utility costs, and whatnot.

To end this post, I found an amusing calorie-related cartoon online.  I’ll post it below:

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Fight Writer’s Block – Creative Writing Prompts

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I’ve heard about this many times, you know, this thing they call “writer’s block.”  Luckily for me, I’ve never had this problem since I don’t force myself to write anything.  If anything, I often look forward to a so-called “block,” so I can get out and do other things besides staring at this glowing contraption half the day.

In the past, I owned and operated a few commercial websites and a couple promotional blogs, but due to the market and/or niches that I was involved in at the time, there wasn’t a demand for creative writing (or even good writing) for me to make money online.  Needless to say, my income was not through advert clicks, like most people are out trying to achieve today.  I just had to put in a lot of time & effort, learn a little SEO, and set back and hope for the best while earning affiliate commissions and revenue share via selling services, etc.

After taking a few years off, I now (currently) have only one main website and 4 blogs.   Albeit I do have more interest in creative writing, but I still just ramble and rant at times (on other blogs) and I don’t really have a reason to fight or be hindered by writer’s block or whatever, since I only write when I want to.  Hell, I waste enough time in online debates, comment fields, and forums, although I’ve got better at not wasting as much time doing such unproductive things.  …But it can be fun, though.  LOL!

However, many of you have a need to write constantly, whether it be because it’s your job (such as a columnist or writer for a news site, etc.), a marketer or advertiser trying to sell products & services using content-rich articles, a paid-per-article freelance writer, or because you’re simply an ad-pushing freak (also known as an AdSense whore – LOL!), along with many other reasons that are not worth mentioning.  …Those are the people who may become aggravated when they encounter this “writer’s block” thingy, more often than people who simply write for the fun of it, and so on.

Anyway, this blog post is going to get you started in your search for finding creative writing prompts.   See, I’m temporarily not thinking of me at the moment, and I’m just trying to help out those people who are stuck in a writer’s rut.  Uh, yeah, don’t get used to it…  Ha-ha!

Below, I’ll get you started by providing links to 3 websites that contain prompts for creative writing – to help you kick-start yourself back onto the keypad……

Creative Writing Prompts – Site Links: [They are now inactive]

1) http://www.creativewritingprompts.com – This website currently has 346 prompts to help you fight writer’s block.  Many of these won’t be useful to you, but some of them may help you greatly.  You just hover your mouse over the numbers and the prompts pop right out at ya…

2) http://www.creative-writing-solutions.com/creative-writing-prompts.html – This is another site featuring creative writing prompts.  Hopefully, you’ll find some stuff on that page that will help you fight the block you’re suffering from.  Get well soon…

3) http://www.trycreativewriting.com/Writing_Prompts/Archive – I just went ahead and linked to the archive page on this particular site.  Some of these prompts may have already been listed on other websites, but maybe you’ll find something unique that tickles your writing fancy…

If you’re still seeking more prompts to fight your writing impediment, just go to your favorite search engine and type into the search bar, “Prompts for Creative Writing” or “Writing Prompts for Writer’s Block,” etc.

Well, I hope this information and/or resources has helped you.  Now, I’m personally going  the opposite direction, as I’m planning to give myself a self-inflicted case of writer’s block so I can do other things for a while.  Plus, I got a new health & fitness blog that I need to be adding content to,  whenever I decide to unblock myself.  Ha-ha!

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Botfly Larva – Wicked Maggot

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The Botfly, commonly spelled “Bot Fly,” also known as the torsalo and warble fly, is about twice the size of a common housefly.

Its maggot larva are known to live as parasites in human flesh, along with other animals and whatnot. The Botfly’s larva burrows itself into the flesh, and begins to consume body tissue while being able to breath air from its own backside (as odd as that may sound).

This wicked fly, is a sly little bastard, and often uses mosquitoes to transport their eggs, and when the mosquitoes bite a person, for example, the eggs are released onto the victim due to your body heat.

I recently stumbled upon this subject matter because we had kittens a few months ago and…the mother of the kittens turned up missing, so we had to pay special attention to them. The runt of the bunch, which we named “Crummy,” had this sore on its neck and it seemed to be infected. My girlfriend put antibiotics on it and brought the cat inside. A couple days later, it seemed to get worse and it had a swollen ring around the infected area. Well, one night, my girlfriend came running into the bedroom and woke me up. She said, “oh my god…you won’t believe this, something is living inside of Crummy!” She was totally freaked out and it took her hours to calm down. I looked at what appeared to be this bored out hole in its neck, and ever so many seconds this wormy looking creature would poke its head, ass, or whatever it was, out of the hole and quickly retreat back into Crummy’s neck. To make it short, my girlfriend kept pouring alcohol into the hole, since hydrogen peroxide didn’t seem to work, and it aggravated the Botfly Larva in such a way, it would start to poke out of the opening far enough so she could get some tweezers around it to pull it out.
This is how we come to realize what a Botfly and its larva looked like, and I learned even more about this parasite – after searching online for more information. I’ll provide some informative resource links, in a moment. But first, I’ll drop down a couple images…

Botfly Larva (maggot):

botfly_larva

The Repugnant Botfly:

botfly

Here’s a few links related to this wicked maggot that contains loads of information and additional images:

Page 1) http://ambergriscaye.com/pages/town/botfly.html

Page 2) http://ambergriscaye.com/pages/town/botfly2.html

Human Botfly Infestation Story that transpired in Costa Rica:

http://vexman.com/botfly.htm [link is no longer active]

To read more about the human botfly, visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_botfly

Animal Planet video about this sinister Botfly via YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90exkFR2iSM

Well, there you have it.  There’s plenty of resource links and information within those links/pages above, about this lovely subject of Botfly infestation.

Corn Plants Falling Down in the Garden?

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This stuff happens, especially to the newbies. If you’re new to the garden scene and/or just simply would like to remedy this corn plant-related mishap, there’s a few things you can do to prevent this……

A beautiful field of corn plants basking in the sun...

A beautiful field of corn plants basking in the sun...

The most common mistake made when planting corn, is by not putting the seed deep enough into the ground. Most packets of corn seed will instruct you to sow the seeds 1 inch deep, as this is not always enough; somewhere around 2 to 3 inches deep would yield stronger plants with a more stable foundation of root support.
Besides planting deeper, there is a couple more things you can do to help hinder the falling down of your corn plants. After your plants reach a height of 2 feet or more, and you have weeded out the weak sprouts, mound a pile of dirt around the base of each corn stalk. I’d suggest a nice, well-rounded pile of dirt, roughly 2 to 3 inches high.
If all else fails and/or you’re enduring a bad season of high wind and hard storms, you could always drive stakes into the ground and tie them off – by securing the lower section of each plant. This is an easy solution, but would only be worth the effort in small, personal gardens. If you have a lot of corn, you’re better off planting them a little deeper to begin with, so you can avoid having to put in all the extra effort to prevent them from falling over. Of course, due to random weather conditions and bouts of strong gust, it is normal for some of your plants to get blown down regardless of preventive measures.

Fertilizing your corn: 

The wonderful corn plant is often referred to as a “nitrogen lover.” They utterly thrive in soil & fertilizer that has a high nitrogen content. Typically, for most vegetables, I select a balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10 or use Miracle Grow supplements as 18-18-21. But for corn, it’s better to use pure ammonium nitrate fertilizer or Miracle Grow supplements as 24-8-16, for example. Although, you can never go wrong with using rich, organic fertilizer and compost for any plants within your garden.

Also, corn is very dependent on a regular supply of water. If you have a small to mid-size garden that you’re able to easily water, I recommend that you do so – to combat any sessions of drought that the hot growing season of summer often casts down upon thee. If corn doesn’t get enough water, it will not produce quality ears.
Good luck with your crop and take advantage of the garden season while it’s here in full swing……

If you do have good garden results, yield a lot of produce, and you lack the freezer room, you may be interested in visiting the link below:

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Radishes didn’t produce?

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For whatever reason, poor economy or other motivational factors, there is a lot of new gardeners out there.

Personally, I’m glad to see it. Of course, due to these newly rising interests in agriculture, the retail stores and other outdoor outlets, have raised the price on seeds. We won’t get into that, since things might get a little sloppy in such verbiage that would pertain to aggressive marketing methods and corporate bastards.

Okay, back to the subject at hand, I’ve recently been addressed with a question: Why didn’t my radishes produce?

This is a simple query, but it’s also a common mistake made by gardening newbies…

I asked in return, “what time of year was it? Was it hot weather?” They said, “uh, yeah…it was like late spring just before summer…when it is hot and everything is growing good.”

I shook my head and said, “Radishes are a cool-weather crop. For example, you live in Tennessee, so they need to be planted in early-mid spring or early-mid fall.”

The simple facts (for the most common varieties of radishes):

A radish seed germinates rather quickly, often times within 4 or 5 days. After they sprout, they usually mature in about 3 weeks. They are not a high-demand plant, so a mild, slow-release fertilize should suffice. If your ground is semi-fertile and broke up well or tilled, they shouldn’t need anything at all besides water & sunshine. They produce the best in a temperature range between 50 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Radishes do poorly when the air temperature is constantly above 75 degrees. In many cases, when planted in hot weather, the greens will grow quickly and the blooming/producing of seeds will be hastened while producing very few radishes in the process. Also, during the warm season, the radishes that do develop will often have a hot & spicy taste – this is not always a bad thing, depending on your preference. Radishes also possess numerous health benefits, especially when ate raw. Freshly picked radishes, when stored in the refrigerator, should last 3 weeks or more.

Some people eat the greens from the radish plant and they can be used as a substitute for mustard greens, for example. If peppery greens is what you’re after, then this subject matter doesn’t apply. But, if you’re seeking fresh, plump, tasty radishes, then take heed to the prior advice.

Easy-to-grow radishes, ready to be picked from the garden.

Easy-to-grow radishes, ready to be picked from the garden.

 Garden Related Link:  Natural Organic Fertilizer – Compost