Tuesday, October 21, 2014

two computing ideas

Try a stylus - Lynn saw the Universal 4 in 1 stylus for sale in Wal-Mart for three dollars and bought it for me on a whim.  It is a flashlight, pen, laser pointer and stylus all in one.  The same product is available on Amazon for $10.  I try to carry pen and paper with me at all times but I probably actually use them once a month.  The stylus is just the end of the pen but it has a rubber bubble on it that simulates a fingertip enough that the iPad accepts a tap as coming from a finger.  The object increases one's reach, much as a mop covers a larger area faster that a scrub brush.  The actual tip is smaller than a finger so one's accuracy is better, less tapping a nearby link one didn't want.  Sweat, goo and general dirt accumulate on the touch screen less.  I don't use a smartphone which is smaller than my iPad Mini but I imagine a stylus would be even more important using one.


Sharing a large file, such as a video - Because of streaming, sending bits of a file as needed as in watching a movie, large files can be shared by way of Google Drive or other "cloud" services.  Even with Apple products, you can install Google Drive app for access.  Opening Google Drive, you can select files to upload to the Drive.  Then, you can open sharing of that item and let the general public or specific contacts view or edit the item. You will probably be called on to give yourself a logon and password for a Gmail account if you don't already have one.


--
Bill
Main blog: Fear, Fun and Filoz
Main web site: Kirbyvariety


Monday, October 20, 2014

Fwd: Cool Stuff

a friend sent this and it is worth looking at

 


 
 
The Space Age's latest.
The world's first virtual shopping center opened in Korea. All the products are just LCD screens that allow you to order the items by touching the screen. When you get to the counter, your items are already bagged and ready to go.
 
futuristic things
 
 
 
 
A cellphone you can bend as much as you like and it will still do everything a smart phone does.
futuristic things
 
 
 
 
Your personal computer ring can play music, check your email, give you alerts and even allows you to browse or chat with others.
http://imgur.com/ZQwtMCf
 
 
 
 
This man is demonstrating the ability of his prosthetic eye, which has a camera installed in it.
futuristic things
 
 
 
 
 
No longer using the camping stove just for cooking, a new line of camping stoves use the heat energy to power up lights and charge your phones or anything else you can charge by USB cable.
futuristic things
 
 
 
 
This trash can follows you around and calculates where to stand to catch your thrown garbage!
http://imgur.com/5Qnzl8D
 
 
 
This motion tracking table morphs its surface to mimic your movements, allowing you to control objects from the other side of the planet if you so choose.
http://imgur.com/Il8qIAP
 
 
This windowed door turns opaque whenever you lock it.
http://imgur.com/L3F2wRc
 
 
 
 
This incredible app translates signs from video and in real time!
http://imgur.com/e9auC4t
 
 
 
 
 
The new 'Google Fiber' has started deploying, and will offer users an internet connection that is about 100 times faster than what they are currently using.
 
futuristic things
 
 
 
 
 
When did car panels start looking like this advanced?
 
futuristic things
 
 
A stop sign using water to project the image
http://imgur.com/CQWbK6A
 
 
 
An example of the new E-Ink in action. An ink that stay flat on the page and can be printed but still moves on the printer page.
http://imgur.com/lhzHEWi
 
 
 
 
 
 
All of the functions these items that we used 20 years ago... Are now done by a single smartphone.
 
futuristic things
 
 
 
New casts can be printed with a 3D printer, are lighter, more comfortable and just as strong.
futuristic things
 
 
 
 
Bionic hands are now so advanced they can perform even delicate and complex movements.
 
http://imgur.com/PCYBZe6
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Carefree as a junco?

Juncos have been showing up in our backyard lately.  Light on their feet, they jump over each other and seem to have a happy free life.  I was wondering how life would be as a junco so I tried it.  Wow!  Once you get in the flock and listen to the grumbling and the fears, the backstabbing and the slander and the nasty gossip, you can be glad you are a human.  Turns out most of them have no ability to overlook the lack of fidelity, the food-grabbing, the generally "Me first" attitude.  Makes you wonder where they were brought up.


--
Bill
Main blog: Fear, Fun and Filoz
Main web site: Kirbyvariety


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Audio blog post

This is my first attempt to send a sound file of a blog post.  My sore back limits my time at the keyboard but I can talk into my iPad's "Voice Memo" app while in the recliner with a heating pad.  When I tried to play the file on a PC, it suggested Google Play as the program to use to hear it.  When I tried on a Mac, it played right off.  The file runs about 5 min. and it about the social effect of having or not having a college degree, especially among older people.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwZdV5Bu8AgdVUtLb3FwS2w4bW80WlJjYUs1eGU2di1VcDFB&authuser=0


Bill
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Bill Kirby <olderkirby@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Subject:
To: BillyG <olderkirby@gmail.com>





Friday, October 17, 2014

Music as medicine

Music is a fine mood enhancer, works powerfully and has no unwanted side effects.  Just listen to Pavarotti or Maori Songs and see if you are not feeling great by the end. You can expect to find things brighter and better after some fine music.  You have a gray day, with clouds?  Listen to some good music, maybe a Strauss waltz, and you realize that gray is pretty.  You realize it is cozy inside and that it is a good day for inside activities.


The effect is like wine or a cocktail but there are no calories and no challenges for your liver.  Maybe you have your house, your computer, your bedroom or your car all set so that good music is ready to go.  Newer cars are built to receive a iPod Shuffle or Classic or other mp3 player.  Amazon is all set to play snippets of songs and individual tracks so you can hear what it sounds like before downloading.  


Not all classical music is great and I am sure that plenty of music being written today is wonderful.  Not long ago, on Garrison Keillor's talent show, I learned of Mamuse.  Two women sing beautiful harmony.  Their album All the Way is sufficiently hypnotic that Lynn doesn't want to hear it anymore.  It becomes an "earworm", one of those pieces of music that is hard to stop replaying in your head.  Don't overdose.



--
Bill
Main blog: Fear, Fun and Filoz
Main web site: Kirbyvariety


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Increased sensitivity with age

I noticed the other day when I had my usual whiskey manhattan or black russian, I took a little extra care to drink it slowly and over a longer time.  Didn't help - I still felt it more than I like.  It seems to me that I can feel a change in my body instantly after a single swallow of wine or other alcoholic drink.  That is fine.  However, I don't like being dizzy or woozy.  I certainly don't want my judgment or balance or driving to be impaired.


About 4 to 6 weeks ago, the doctor advised Lynn to cut down on or free herself from caffeine.  She experienced a very rapid heartbeat when all she was doing at the time was reading a newspaper.  It happened a couple of times and she told the doctor about it. Oximeters are quite inexpensive and they can check one's heartbeat and blood oxygen level quickly and objectively.  We keep one around.


I guess it is fairly common for physicians to hear such things from older people, which might be anyone over the age of 65.  I make the coffee for us and I haven't had any new sensitivity show up but I don't think it will hurt me to cut down on caffeine or alcohol.  Just as I don't like being woozy or sleepy from alcohol, I definitely don't like to have any jitters or stomach upset from too much caffeine.  I don't overdo either one but I am interested in starting the day with coffee and marking the beginning of evening with a drink. We may get to the point where we have very small amounts, small enough that they would have seemed ridiculous at one time.


I did a little googling and found that lower muscle mass means less water in the body which leaves the drink to be stronger and less diluted.  Older people have slower metabolism so the drink stay in me as such longer.  The Betty Ford website also mentions that older people may handle a mixture of alcohol and other drugs and prescribed medicines differently from when they were younger and so might be sensitive and reactive differently.



--
Bill
Main blog: Fear, Fun and Filoz
Main web site: Kirbyvariety


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

some books

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Dr. Atul Gawande is the American born son of immigrant physicians from India.  He is a surgeon and author. He has written several clear, interesting and worthwhile books.  "Being Mortal" is his latest.  It is a bit tough to read, especially if you are 60 or older.  At that age, you know darned well you are deteriorating, that you face both more deterioration and death.  That is what being a mortal means: the clock eventually runs out.  Still, like anything else, human intelligence and experience matter.  Gawande knows about life, deterioration, decline, frailty and death.  Not death as an idea or abstraction but death as in no heartbeat and no breath coming in and out.


"The Open-focus Brain" and "Dissolving Pain" by Les Fehmi and Jim Robbins

When I had diverticulosis attacks of pain from the gut, I found I could stop the pain if I totally concentrated right on its essence, as deep and steady a concentration as I could manage, total. So total, I didn't otherwise think or move and usually fell asleep.   It seemed as though the pain mechanism was acting as a warning or notification.  If I concentrated right on it, there was no warning function and the pain ceased. There was no part of me that wasn't already alerted to the pain.


I have only begun looking into Dissolving Pain but it seems as though the book is about similar efforts to stop pain although the procedure is a bit different.  I will almost certainly get around to looking at their previous book "Open Focus Brain".  Their idea is about brain wave frequency and using "open focus", not concentrating on a single point but instead placing attention on open spaces between objects.


--
Bill
Main blog: Fear, Fun and Filoz
Main web site: Kirbyvariety

Popular Posts

Follow @olderkirby