The Wrack Line Blog: Oregon Beach Info, along with Unique, Informative, and Often Philosophical, Articles

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What's NEW in the Wrackline blog?

NEW: Jimmie's Guide to HVAC Systems I offer some information on the relative cost of replacing your whole HVAC system, with emphasis on Heat Pumps and their (significant) advantages. Included is a description, with some excellent graphics, on how heat pumps and air conditioners actually work.

NEW: Jimmie's iPhone Battery Tips As promised, I have created a comprehensive article on optimizing the iPhone battery life (and simultaneously reducing Cellular Data and significantly enhancing Privacy).

NEW: Jimmie's iPhone Camera Tips I have rewritten my previous article "iPhone Camera Tips" to include the remarkable camera in the iPhone 15. Example: You can use "Live Photo" to create a Long Exposure effect. Another example: You can edit camera settings just like you would do on a pro SLR camera. And one more: You can "Digital" zoom to 10x, and the results are almost identical to "Optical Zoom"!!

NEW: Schizophrenia is not a disease. For many years, I have wanted to write this very personal essay. It represents a unique and different take on schizophrenia, depresssion, and other "mental" issues, based on a lifetime of personal observations and journal entries. You won't find standard medical definitions here!

Also, Check Out a related article: "Medical Science and Worry". Here I discuss Health and Spiritual trust vs Medical Science and measurement (and worry). It's under "Health and Nutrition".

RECENT: "Home Theater Made Simple" Added new information to handle recent changes and improvements in Home Theater equipment. Added a link to improved HDMI cables. Described my AV Receiver upgrade.

RECENT: The four articles on Vegetarian nutrition and breakfast/lunch "recipes", for more readable layout, and some extra information. They're under "Health and Nutrition"

Check Out "An Assortment of Useful Items". Over the years I have discovered many useful items (or useful amounts for ordinary items).

Bangages in packages of 100 of the same size

Mechanical pencils (pkg of 12), pencil leads (pkg of 144, "2B" rather than "HB")

Pencil erasers that you can cut to size

And many more!

RECENT (and just updated): Creating Graphics with Powerpoint. Want to create your own graphics for a class book, a technical article, or for your blog? You can create virtually everything you might need with Microsoft Powerpoint.

RECENT: Amazon is Actually Indispensible Some (perhaps well-meaning) regulators want to break Amazon. I would assert that this would actually hurt many consumers, particularly those who live in rural areas. An article on this is under the link "Essays".

Check out "Jimmie's Top 500 Ambients". This is a list of some of the finest QUIET music on the planet.

Check out "Our 'Negative Pension' " This is an article on the Subscription Pandemic. It was written in 2018, and by 2023, just about every entity wants a subscription. Subscriptions have become so common that we now face a substantial and recurring payout of cash - a reverse pension.

Check out "Using a D.I.Y. site to Create a Will". Been putting off creating your Last Will? Here is an article describing my experience using a well-known D.I.Y. provider.

Check out "Replacing NOISY bathroom fans". Replace your noisy "builder grade" bathroom exhaust fan with a QUIET one

Check out "How to Rebuild Toilets". Shows how to completely renew most toilets (fill and flush valves, tank-to-bowl seals), for about $40 instead of $200-$300

Check out "Install Full Length Drawer Slides". Replace those irritating drawer slides that only come out 2/3 of the way.

Check out "Transforming the 'Builder White' Door". Tired of the standard issue "4 Panel Composite Door" - in Builder White? Try staining it. I show how in this article

Check out "Piping Terms Demystified". Do you find it unusually hard to find the right faucet or toilet flexible line? That's because acronyms like "IPS", "MIP", and "MPT" all mean the same thing!

Check out "Growing Hebe Plants". This article shows many varieties of Hebe Plants, which grow well on the West Coast.

Check out "Change Your Assumptions". Interesting idea about problem solving.

Check out "Quick Luches from Scratch". Among other things, it has Instant Pot times for beans, rices, lentils, and others.

Check out "Vertigo Notes". It shows how to handle vertigo and to to even turn it into a positive condition: improved balance.

Check out Our two articles on Music Theory. The will provide a good introduction to the origin of musical scales, "major" and "minor" triads, and chords.

Check out "The Standard Superhero Plot"! It's a spoof on Superhero movies, since every superhero movie has essentially the SAME plot! Look in "Essays".

Updated every 2 or 3 weeks: "Entries from Jimmie's Journal." The home page will feature a quote from my journals, which span from 1975 to the present. It is hoped that these little quotes may lead to a little extra depth of feeling for you, and that some of them might even lead to a greater understanding of our relationship to the Universal Consciousness. And also, some of 'em are for just for the sake of humor! There's also a "Previous Journal Entries" link (on the right) for past quotes. This is also updated every 2 or 3 weeks (unless, of course, yours truly is busy fiddling with music, or home improvement/landscaping projects!)
 Click the audio player below for some quiet music to accompany your reading, if you want to.

8/23/2021: Some Humor on D.I.Y. Projects
 Here's some Questions and Answers to help you in your next D.I.Y. projects:

How many bags (of river rock/gravel/mulch) do I need?
  A: About 10 more than you actually bought.

How much does each bag weigh?
  A: About 10 lbs more than you can lift.
  Corollary: Just about anybody can lift a bag of dry mulch.
  But it's always wet.

On a D.I.Y. scale of 1 – 10, how hard is this project?
  A: From manufacturer or internet site: 4
  Actual: 9

How much paint do I need for a 10 x 10 room?
  A: About 1 qt more than you bought.

OK then: I'll do it scientifically: How many square ft total is a 10 x 10 room with 9 ft ceiling?
  A: About 100 square ft bigger than you caculate (the 1 qt).

There are typically two sizes of ceiling boxes for hanging lights. Which one does this light fixture fit?
  A: The other one.

Will my extension cord reach the nearest outlet? OR: Will the "Shower" setting on my garden hose sprayer reach the tree I want to water?
  A: Both will be about 1 ft too short.

Will a 12 in braided line reach my faucet inlet?
  A: No. But the 18 in one you almost picked up at the store will.

"I need some information from a store associate. Can I find one?
  Yes you can, but she's currently with a customer who has just asked her to to explain Wave-Particle Duality in Quantum Physics.

What size nut/bolt/plug/fixture/electrical box/braided line/connector will I need?
  A: The one that’s out of stock in the store.

But what if my project can't be completed without it?
  Then it'll be out of stock online as well.

Here's an added thought about the item about extension cords and garden hoses being too short:
 "How to make yourself appear to be a scientist"
 Answer, create a "constant" and name it after yourself.
 Scientists use constants all the time. They are essentially Fudge Factors that are used to make their equations work. For example, Max Plank created an equation for Energy levels:
 The "h" is Plank's Constant. He uses it to make the equation "fit".

OK. So suppose you were to have investigated the too short cord/hose phenomenon, and you find that almost all the time it's about 10% too short. In other words, our extension cord or our garden hose always somehow ends up being 90% of our desired length. You have kept track of enough cases such that you think you can claim that this is a "law".
 So if you are writing an article about Home Improvement, you simply say:
  Actual length = 90 % of desired length.

And if you want to look more sophisticated, you might change it into a math equation:
  La = 0.9 Ld.
  Where La is actual length and Ld is desired length.

Now you are (almost) a scientist.
 To make yourself appear as a "real" scientist, you make the 0.9 a constant and name it after yourself!
  La = ka Ld.
  where ka is "Adams' Length Constant" for extension cords and garden hoses.

That's it! Now you have made yourself a bona-fide scientist!

Netarts Bay, May 2024

Current WLB image

Here's my "Ambient 9", a piece that I reworked recently.

Ambient 9
Copyright © 2024 J.A.

Wrackline "about":

In a world where you can't read much of anything without a subscription, and/or you must try to read while pestered by increasingly intrusive and insistent advertizing, the Wracklineblog remains freely given for your enjoyment, education, and in some cases healing.
 It started with the "Hwy 101 Beaches" links. These lead to individual pages covering more than 70 beaches from Astoria, Oregon down to Brookings, Oregon. Each page has beach/park information, usually a picture of the entrance sign, and one or more scenic pictures taken by the author.        Here's an illustrated sample

 Over the years, the Wracklineblog has expanded!
Check out all the red links on the right side, including:

"Jimmie's Top 500 Ambients", an exhaustive list of the most moving ambient music.

Photography explained and simplified (for SLR cameras and iPhones).

Very comprehensive articles on Home Improvement, each having unusual and practical tips. Build your own fence, Reface your cabinets, Transform those Builder White doors by staining. Put together a boss Home Theater.

How to successfully grow berries and ornamental shrubs.

A substantial health/nutrition section. Learn how to stay young! Learn how to eliminate muscle pain!

Engaging essays, especially in the "Previous Journal Entries" link. Learn how to create ease in living, and perhaps to release "dis-ease" in mental health.

"HTML coding" references and a cool HTML color tool.

NOTE: The Wracklineblog may not be exactly "mobile-friendly" (except for the Oregon Beach information!) The term "mobile-friendly" simply means the web designer has excluded content and/or functionality in order to get the site to look good on a tiny screen! The articles here present a great deal of information, and are accompanied with numerous graphics and/or photographs. I highly recommend a tablet, laptop, or desktop in order to get the best experience for this site.

Wrackline "Contact":

(I figured that there should be at least some facility to contact me!) Please do note that I keep myself busy during my retirement years, and may not be able to reply to all comments, however. Thank you for your interest in The Wracklineblog.
 I'm Jim Adams (graduate from University of Dallas in 1973). I can be reached at wracklineblog(at)

Wrackline "AD Policy":

NO ads! NOTHING that moves! Period.
And NO Cookies, either.
 However some of the sections have links that will allow you to purchase books and/or other items. For example, the "Deciphering Light Bulbs" article has a link to purchase a 6 pack of "Cool White" LED lights - hard to find in stores. And the "New Home Wishlist" article has a link to buy a special Night Light to use for stair lighting. So, if you have an interest for any of these items, purchasing them by way of these links will provide a little extra income for the author, who is retired.
 NOTE: Clicking on these Amazon links takes you to the same location that you would get if you searched for the item and clicked on it yourself. The security level is the same, and you should find that the price is the same whether you use the links provided by this blog or go to Amazon directly.
 Amazon has an "Associates" package, in which Amazon itself pays a small percentage to the referring web site, for qualifying purchases.

Oregon Beaches Information

Hwy 101 Beaches General Info Chasing the Wave Action Big Wave SLIDE SHOW Hwy 101 Beaches (North) Hwy 101 Beaches (South)

From Jimmie's Journal

Previous Journal Entries


Jimmie's "Top 500 Ambients" Jimmie's "Top 100 Christmas Tracks" Pythagoras and Musical Notes Chords and Triads

Photography, Gardening,
Home Building, and Miscellaneous

NEW About HVAC Systems and Heat Pumps RECENT Assorted Useful Items RECENT Create Your Own Graphics RECENT Creating Your Own Last Will RECENT Replace NOISY bath fans. How to Overhaul Toilets Install Full Length Drawer Slides How to Build a Fence How to Reface Your Cabinets Transforming "Builder White" Doors Photography Made Simple NEW Jimmie's iPhone 15 Camera NEW Jimmie's iPhone Battery Optimize Paint Shop Pro Brush Settings Home Theater Made Simple Best Tip for Travel Packing Deciphering Light Bulbs Piping Terms Demystified New Home Wishlist How to Fold Fitted Sheets Planted in XXXX year Easy Gardening, Planting Easy Gardening, Maintainence Removing Lawn Grass Growing Blueberries Growing Strawberries Growing Hebe Plants

Health and Nutrition

NEW Schizophrenia NEW Medical Science and Worry Food as Cause of Mental Maladies A FIX for our Broken U.S. Health Care Don't Just Incubate. Fight Back! The Common Cold Coal Tar Compounding Some TASTY Breakfast ideas Quick, nutritious lunches Quick lunches from SCRATCH Vegetarian dinner recipes Eliminate Muscle Pain Self-Applied Massage Vertigo Notes Getting an MRI - with some humor


RECENT Amazon is Indispensable Check Your Assumptions Avengers Movie Timeline Guilty Until Proven Innocent The Standard Superhero Plot Star Wars and Eastern Philosophy Kon-Mari Tidying and Life Changes Leaf Blowing Our "Negative Pension" Christmas Reveries The Christmas Light How to Light Campfires with Wet Wood Campfire Reveries The Sea at Padre Island Texas Stadium Implosion

HTML/CSS Goodies

Examples of all of this blog's"Styles" Examples of this blog's "tables" HTML and CSS References Using "display" property for HTML Layout HTML Color/Pattern Tool