Ronni Bennett posts daily; but, sets aside Saturday postings for assorted items suggested by her readers. Yesterday's posting included a link to an article in The Atlantic. The article, in turn, provides a link to a quiz that evaluates how much one knows, or can guess, about (international) idioms. Very surprisingly, I scored seven out of 11! I'd rather be lucky than good, as Hunky Husband always tells me.
This is how The Atlantic leads into the subject:
An idiom is, by one definition, "an expression whose meaning cannot be inferred from the meaning of its parts." Or, as Jag Bhalla, author of I'm Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears, described them in the book, idioms are "cryptic little word puzzles" or even "fossilized metaphors"—preserved figurative expressions that have outlasted their original context. One example: "To pull out all the stops" now refers to making "every possible effort," even though few people who do so are playing an organ with its "stops" out to activate all the pipes, as Bach reportedly did in helping give the phrase its original meaning.
Since I have spent the last week or two attending farewell events for people who are retiring, I'll let my posting for the day go with that!
Some of us denizens of Kansas USA lament that the state is firmly embedded in the late 19th/early 20th century. The small town of Wier seems to be in a time warp. Wier is located in Cherokee County, the most southeastern county of the 105 counties in Kansas.
This is the posting from Slashdot.org:
I saw this posting (below) on Slash.com, yesterday, and thought of it when I heard a news article on the radio this afternoon. I don't recall the name of the program making the report. More about the radio piece, after the Slash.com posting.
Radio news article
The radio news article explained that a male human's going through tough times (as in near-starvation conditions) during pre-puberty years affected the cardiovascular health of his son - and - even of his grandson. The radio news article was based on a study out of Sweden, published in 2002 by G Kaati, L O Bygren and S Edvinsson.
Here is a link to the report and below is their abstract.
Overfeeding and overeating in families are traditions that are often transferred from generation to generation. Irrespective of these family traditions, food availability might lead to overfeeding, in its turn leading to metabolic adaptations. Apart from selection, could these adaptations to the social environment have transgenerational effects? This study will attempt to answer the following question: Can overeating during a child's slow growth period (SGP), before their prepubertal peak in growth velocity influence descendants' risk of death from cardiovascular disease and diabetes? Data were collected by following three cohorts born in 1890, 1905 and 1920 in Överkalix parish in northern Sweden up until death or 1995. The parents' or grandparents' access to food during their SGP was determined by referring to historical data on harvests and food prices, records of local community meetings and general historical facts. If food was not readily available during the father's slow growth period, then cardiovascular disease mortality of the proband was low. Diabetes mortality increased if the paternal grandfather was exposed to a surfeit of food during his slow growth period. (Odds Ratio 4.1, 95% confidence interval 1.33-12.93, P=0.01). Selection bias seemed to be unlikely. A nutrition-linked mechanism through the male line seems to have influenced the risk for cardiovascular and diabetes mellitus mortality.
European Journal of Human Genetics (2002) 10, 682-688. doi:10.1038/sj.ejhg.5200859
I don't know about your email provider, but my providers (2) do a great job of protecting me from scam and spam emails. Why can't my phone service providers (2) do a great job of protecting me from scam and spam phone calls?
A few years ago, I got into the habit of reporting scam emails to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). I don't know that it did a lot of good, but it could not have hurt. Eventually, incoming email filters were improved to the point that I don't recall the last time I received an actual scamming email.
Please tell me: Why have I not been reporting scamming phone calls? *shoulder shrug*
The following is from the FTC website - The FTC Complaint Assistant. Note that this site is not just for reporting phone calls, but for any type of problem that affects interstate commerce. (As consumers of internet and phone services, we are a part of the commerce equation.)
Complaints from consumers help us detect patterns of fraud and abuse. The FTC would like to know more about your complaint and the Complaint Assistant will help guide you. To use the Complaint Assistant:
This is a listing of the menu items - not linked, here, but found at the linked website.
- Counterfeit Checks
- Impostor Scams
- Sweepstakes and Prize Promotions
- Satellite and Cable TV Provider
- Health and Fitness
- Foreign Lottery
- Grants or Education Scholarships
- Charitable Solicitations
- Romance Scams
- Immigration or Tax Services
- Travel, Vacations or Timeshares
- No match found? Click Here
FTC has an interesting article posted, FTC shuts down multi-million dollar phone scam.
If you don't already avail yourself of the opportunity, join me in a movement to start reporting the scamming phone calls. It won't stop the annoyance of the spamming phone calls; but, one step at a time! Bitchin' ain't enough. I need to start telling the people who can do something about scamming phone calls!
P.S. Did I tell you that a few days after my previous posting (Pet Peeve#7), Hunky Husband picked up a similar call to the same phone line?
I had just, a couple of minutes prior to the phone's ringing, hung up from answering a question that Hunky Husband had about the shopping list from which he was selecting groceries. You can understand how I may have thought it was HH calling about another selection (especially if you understand that two or three calls from him is standard for his weekly shopping foray) and, thus, may have answered a bit more flippantly than "usual"*.
-ring! ring!- as in the landline phone is ringing
CC: At your service!
Unknown Caller: This is the United States Government in Washington DC. How are you, today?
-Click- as in CC hanging up.
I know that I don't look as if I may have been born yesterday. What is it that leads idiots into thinking I will fall for every scam they can cook up?
The phone rang at least 20 times that day (Thursday). Only once (when HH called) was it a real phone call. Give me a break! Oh! And did I fail to tell you that Unknown Caller had a heavy East Indian accent?! (This is not to imply that there is no one who works for the US Government who has a heavy East Indian accent.)
* "Usual" is that I do not answer at all. Phones are not my medium. I don't yet feel adult enough to use that new-fangled contraption. (I still feel that Mom or Dad will get after me, I guess.) The answering machine will pick up after two rings...and I am perfectly willing to let it! I do know that I need to answer the phone when HH is out shopping, however.
A younger woman whom I have admired for years is in dire straights. She and her two (adult) children were flying from St Louis to Kansas City in a single-engine airplane owned and operated by her husband. About mid-way into the trip, about 1/2-mile from a small airport, the aircraft smashed into the ground killing the pilot. The woman is in critical condition, her daughter is in serious condition, and her son is in good condition.
I've not seen the woman for nearly 2 1/2 years. For the previous 18 years she had served as my primary care physician - the best I've ever had. I'm hoping for the best for her and her family, and grieving for her loss.
Update posted 12/6/2014
On Wednesday, December 3, I was told by a mutual friend (Physics professor at Wichita State University), that Dr S had undergone 6 hours of surgery and could not yet feel her legs. He also said that the son had experienced a double compound leg fracture.
From the Salina Journal, comes an excerpt (below).
By ERIN MATHEWS Salina Journal
Dec 5, 2014
The condition of a Salina physician who was injured in a plane crash Sunday in Missouri has been upgraded, a Columbia, Mo., hospital spokeswoman said.
Dr. Brenda Schewe, 56, an internal medicine hospitalist at Salina Regional Health Center, was in fair condition Friday at the University of Missouri Hospital.
Her daughter, Kathryn Taylor, 25, of Wichita, was being released from the hospital Friday, and her son, Jacob Taylor, 23, of Kansas City, already has been released, the hospital spokeswoman said.
From the Woodward [Oklahoma] News, I give excerpts, below.
Charles Sojka’s last flight
Posted: Friday, December 5, 2014 7:32 Updated: 7:42 am, Fri Dec 5, 2014
By Rachael Van
As long as Candice Sojka Clark can remember, her father, Woodward native Charles K. Sojka, was a pilot and probably spent more time in the air than anywhere.
In fact, if you ask any Woodward pilots who remember her father, they might say "that guy got his pilot's license before he got his driver's license," Clark said.
On November 30th at 9 a.m., Woodward High School graduate, class of 1969, Charles K Sojka of Salina, Kan., went down with his Bellanca Model 17-30 aircraft about a half mile from a small airport in Boonville, Missouri. The crash fatally injured Sojka, who was trying to land the plane at the time it crashed, according to news reports. His wife, Dr. Brenda Schewe and his two step-children, Kate and Jake Taylor were with him in the aircraft and were seriously injured, but survived the impact. The cause of the crash is still unknown.
He eventually made his home in Salina, Kan., where he was a flight instructor and Director of Maintenance for Kansas State University-Salina Aviation Department.
Charles was 63 years old.
One of my lurkers emailed - lamenting that he needed a bit of assistance with translating schematic diagrams. Below is a table that I stole (link included). I am more familiar with IEEE symbology than with IEC; but, context usually gives me a clue.
In college I belonged to AIEE (founded in 1884) and IRE (founded in 1912) - which institutes merged to form IEEE in 1963, the year following the awarding of my baccalaureate. [AIEE = American Institute of Electrical Engineers, IEEE = Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and IRE = Institute of Radio Engineers]
Electrical symbols and electronic circuit symbols are used for drawing schematic diagram.
The symbols represent electrical and electronic components.
|Electrical Wire||Conductor of electrical current|
|Connected Wires||Connected crossing|
|Not Connected Wires||Wires are not connected|
Switch Symbols and Relay Symbols
|SPST Toggle Switch||Disconnects current when open|
|SPDT Toggle Switch||Selects between two connections|
|Pushbutton Switch (N.O)||Momentary switch - normally open|
|Pushbutton Switch (N.C)||Momentary switch - normally closed|
|DIP Switch||DIP switch is used for onboard configuration|
|SPST Relay||Relay open / close connection by an electromagnet|
|Jumper||Close connection by jumper insertion on pins.|
|Solder Bridge||Solder to close connection|
|Earth Ground||Used for zero potential reference and electrical shock protection.|
|Chassis Ground||Connected to the chassis of the circuit|
|Digital / Common Ground|
|Resistor (IEEE)||Resistor reduces the current flow.|
|Potentiometer (IEEE)||Adjustable resistor - has 3 terminals.|
|Variable Resistor / Rheostat (IEEE)||Adjustable resistor - has 2 terminals.|
|Variable Resistor / Rheostat (IEC)|
|Trimmer Resistor||Preset resistor|
|Thermistor||Thermal resistor - change resistance when temperature changes|
|Photoresistor / Light dependent resistor (LDR)||Photo-resistor - change resistance with light intensity change|
|Capacitor||Capacitor is used to store electric charge. It acts as short circuit with AC and open circuit with DC.|
|Polarized Capacitor||Electrolytic capacitor|
|Polarized Capacitor||Electrolytic capacitor|
|Variable Capacitor||Adjustable capacitance|
Inductor / Coil Symbols
|Inductor||Coil / solenoid that generates magnetic field|
|Iron Core Inductor||Includes iron|
Power Supply Symbols
|Voltage Source||Generates constant voltage|
|Current Source||Generates constant current.|
|AC Voltage Source||AC voltage source|
|Generator||Electrical voltage is generated by mechanical rotation of the generator|
|Battery Cell||Generates constant voltage|
|Battery||Generates constant voltage|
|Controlled Voltage Source||Generates voltage as a function of voltage or current of other circuit element.|
|Controlled Current Source||Generates current as a function of voltage or current of other circuit element.|
|Voltmeter||Measures voltage. Has very high resistance. Connected in parallel.|
|Ammeter||Measures electric current. Has near zero resistance. Connected serially.|
|Wattmeter||Measures electric power|
Lamp / Light Bulb Symbols
|Lamp / light bulb||Generates light when current flows through|
|Lamp / light bulb|
|Lamp / light bulb|
Diode / LED Symbols
|Diode||Diode allows current flow in one direction only (left to right).|
|Zener Diode||Allows current flow in one direction, but also can flow in the reverse direction when above breakdown voltage|
|Schottky Diode||Schottky diode is a diode with low voltage drop|
|Varactor / Varicap Diode||Variable capacitance diode|
|Light Emitting Diode (LED)||LED emits light when current flows through|
|Photodiode||Photodiode allows current flow when exposed to light|
|NPN Bipolar Transistor||Allows current flow when high potential at base (middle)|
|PNP Bipolar Transistor||Allows current flow when low potential at base (middle)|
|Darlington Transistor||Made from 2 bipolar transistors. Has total gain of the product of each gain.|
|JFET-N Transistor||N-channel field effect transistor|
|JFET-P Transistor||P-channel field effect transistor|
|NMOS Transistor||N-channel MOSFET transistor|
|PMOS Transistor||P-channel MOSFET transistor|
|Transformer||Change AC voltage from high to low or low to high.|
|Electric bell||Rings when activated|
|Buzzer||Produce buzzing sound|
|Fuse||The fuse disconnects when current above threshold. Used to protect circuit from high currents.|
|Bus||Contains several wires. Usually for data / address.|
|Optocoupler / Opto-isolator||Optocoupler isolates connection to other board|
|Loudspeaker||Converts electrical signal to sound waves|
|Microphone||Converts sound waves to electrical signal|
|Operational Amplifier||Amplify input signal|
|Schmitt Trigger||Operates with hysteresis to reduce noise.|
|Analog-to-digital converter (ADC)||Converts analog signal to digital numbers|
|Digital-to-Analog converter (DAC)||Converts digital numbers to analog signal|
|Crystal Oscillator||Used to generate precise frequency clock signal|
|Antenna / aerial||Transmits & receives radio waves|
|Antenna / aerial|
|Dipole Antenna||Two wires simple antenna|
Logic Gates Symbols
|NOT Gate (Inverter)||Outputs 1 when input is 0|
|AND Gate||Outputs 1 when both inputs are 1.|
|NAND Gate||Outputs 0 when both inputs are 1. (NOT + AND)|
|OR Gate||Outputs 1 when any input is 1.|
|NOR Gate||Outputs 0 when any input is 1. (NOT + OR)|
|XOR Gate||Outputs 1 when inputs are different. (Exclusive OR)|
|D Flip-Flop||Stores one bit of data|
|Multiplexer / Mux 2 to 1||Connects the output to selected input line.|
|Multiplexer / Mux 4 to 1|
|Demultiplexer / Demux 1 to 4||Connects selected output to the input line.|
A couple of weeks ago, Stu obliged my request to provide the schematic diagram to the old Apple I computer, a photo of which he had posted in Heads up, Apple fans! Well, at least he gave me the URL to the diagram. (It made me reach 'way back into the back of my brain to recall how to decipher the color bands on resistors!)
This morning, I ran into another schematic diagram that I thought you and Stu might like. Unfortunately, I don't recall who pointed out to me the website from which the diagram is stolen. Please speak up if you see this and it was you. The website is:
Bogie has posted a map of the United States that shows the states that she has visited. She visited many of the states while traveling with Hunky Husband and me; however, her adult life has added even more states to her list, what with her motorcycle adventures. This (below) is what my own "States Visited" list looks like. BTW: If we were to include Canadian Provinces, Bogie would have it all over me. Then, too, Bogie has a few more years to match/exceed my travels since she is 24 years the younger!
As an added thought, I did a map for those states in which I have actually lived and/or worked for long enough to warrant having an apartment. This (below) is what that looks like.
Thanks, Bogie, for an interesting exercise. I had previously considered all of the states in which I had lived, but not the ones that I may merely have visited.
A few hours ago, while finishing reading The Distance by Helen Giltrow, I felt (and reported) another earthquake. Note on the map, below, the short distance between the epicenter and my home - about 27 miles. I believe that this was the most intense quake that I have felt in Kansas (Magnitude 4.8). Although I've lived in this area off-and-on since February 1959, I've only felt quakes within the past 2 or 3 years.