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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".
UPDATED: "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.
UPDATED: 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.
9/5/2023: An Imagined Scenario of the Origin of War
I found myself imagining how the first interactions with cave dwellers went down. Suppose there were
various groups of people scattered about in an area. Perhaps people on a mountainside could pick blueberries. Maybe
some people by a river discovered peanuts. Perhaps others found chickens. Soon the individual groups became adept at
growing the blueberries and peanuts, and raising chickens.
As they wandered about, they soon discovered the different foods that others could grow. Somebody had the idea of bringing some peanuts up the mountain and traded them for some of the blueberries. After a while everybody was trading their specialties with the others.
And thus began trade.
But during this time, some might have noticed that they were bigger or stronger than the folks with the blueberries. So they simply went up the mountain and just took the blueberries. Back to this later.
Somewhere in there, some got tired of taking their product to so many places for the different foods, and perhaps discovered some pretty rocks. They took the pretty rocks up the mountain and traded them for some blueberries. They took more pretty rocks and bought some peanuts from the folks by the river. Soon everybody had supplies of the pretty rocks and traded them for each other's foods.
And thus, pretty rocks became the first money.
But, after a while, people began to say "Well, I have lots of the same pretty rocks. So I'm not willing to accept them for my food." Then somebody had the idea to find something more rare. Perhaps the rare item was even prettier than the rocks, in addition to being scarse. Perhaps it was gold that became the first rare item. They began to take their gold to trade with the others.
And thus they learned the idea of "value".
But since the money had become rare, some realized that they could do some task for those who had the rare money item, in return for some of the money.
And thus was work started, and everybody was back to buying other's food or goods. But, alas, the ones who were bigger or stronger found that they could steal other types of food, and even the rare money. Soon, one of the groups that had the food or the rare money discovered that they could defeat the stronger ones with sticks.
And thus weapons were developed.
But the stronger ones just found longer or heavier sticks, so that they could overcome even the ones with the smaller sticks. Soon, a group took longer sticks and sharpened them. Further, they found they could throw the sharpened sticks and injure or kill those that had the big sticks.
And thus weapons that could kill from a distance were formed.
Soon one of the groups had a clever person who bent a flexible wood into a bow shape, and secured some twisted fibers to the ends. They then sharpened shorter, straighter sticks, notched them, and could fire the sticks with more accuracy and distance than the spears.
Thus, the first bows and arrows – and the beginnings of the first arms race.
After some time, everybody had the bows and arrows. But one group began to train some of their members to shoot the bows and arrows more accurately. And they developed better bows and sharper arrows, perhaps with metal or flint tips. They could then attack many of the other groups and take their products. And perhaps the first group that found the rare money – perhaps gold – got the idea that they could hire the powerful ones with the superior bows and arrows and send them to steal the other groups food or goods.
And thus began the first armies.
Soon some of the other groups who were near each other began to band together, for protection. Perhaps they developed ways to surround their common land with walls or buried sharp sticks.
And thus began cities.
After a while they found that the strong ones could defeat their defenses and overcome them. So they began to train some of their members to become stronger and provided them with the improved bows and arrows. How did they get the improved bows and arrows? Perhaps some of their attackers were injured and fled, leaving behind their superior bows and arrows. The groups in the cities could then reproduce the weapons and arm their own strong people with them.
And in such fashion originated the flaw of arms races: "Superior" weapons aren't superior for long. They are simply copied, until everybody has the same weapon. It becomes necessary to develop even more lethal weapons.
Soon one of the groups with surplus amounts of the rare money became restless and greedy. So they gathered more strong people and trained them. They sent them to several of the cities to overcome the inhabitants and bring back their goods. They may have even begun to take their land, as well as their goods.
So some of the nearby cities banded together so they could defend themselves better. Then the groups with And thus began War.
Netarts Bay in December 2023
And here's my composition "Ambient 13".
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