November 5th, 2013
I play games online with friends. I have the latest game console connected to a very expensive TV set that is made for online gaming. I even have a very expensive headset for communicating with the other players. I went all out and bought a custom controller for gaming. The weak link was my Internet service. That was when I found this website that helped me choose from bt or virgin for fiber optic Internet service.
If you are a gamer, you rely on fast Internet service. Let me tell you how gaming works so you understand. Your game console renders the cool graphics of the game on your TV screen. You see yourself and the other players in the game. Your voice and the voice of the other players takes up bandwidth for instant voice communication. All of this positioning and voice goes over the Internet as data. Back and forth it goes while you play. The goal is simple. Say you are about to go through a doorway in a military game. Read the rest of this entry »
August 7th, 2012
My mother refuses to get a cell phone, and still insists on having a land line in her house. I am afraid that I will not be able to dissuade her, and so I guess I am going to have to relent. I need to look for some of the best cordless phone system available. I am going to have to buy her some new phones to put in her house. This entire ordeal came about after her last cordless phone broke. I am not really sure what happened to it, but she had it for a long time.
Anyway, I am looking for good deals on cordless phones, and I really want to find some of the best cordless phones on the market so that I can compare them before I make a purchase. I guess I will need to ask my mother what sort of features she wants in the phone. I guess it probably does not matter that much to her, but I will make sure that she has a quality phone in her house. I am going to need to find some reviews for various models of phones so that I will be able to read them and more easily compare the quality of different models of phones. I really need to hurry up and buy one though, because I do not like the thought of my mother not having a phone in her house. She is getting pretty old and she is not in the best of health anymore. Having ready access to a phone could be the difference between life and death, should something unthinkable happen to her. I want to make sure that the phone has a very long battery life, because I am not sure that she will remember to charge the phone regularly. I don’t think that she has ever owned a cordless phone before either.
April 17th, 2012
I noticed on the twitter feed today that noted ex-con and bad ass, G. Gordon Liddy posted something interesting. The whole idea is that One Trillion seconds have NOT past since the beginning of western society (which is true if you care to do the math). Obviously, this is a vehicle to lambast the recent bailouts (though probably not the trillion dollar WAR). Rush Limbaugh used to do something similar when referring to one billion dollars as One-Thousand Million dollars. Regardless of the politics, I think it is worthwhile to consider the scale of such numbers that seem so large as to be unfathomable. So, I will offer one of my favorite nuggets that deal with scale.
Consider the width of the edge of a penny. According to my freshman chemistry book, over six million atoms (I don’t remember the chemical, but probably something small like hydrogen) could line up across this width which is similar to One millimeter (a thousandth of a meter).
Also, consider that one of these atoms was the size of Texas stadium (the old one). The nucleus would be the size of a dime at the fifty yard line and the possible orbitals of the electron(s) would take up the rest of the stadium (Texas Stadium holds over 60,000 people). An electron has about one-thousandth the mass of a Proton or Neutron, so even if the atom was the size of Texas Stadium, almost ALL of it, except for the dime-sized nucleus, is empty space.
So, next time you think about One Trillion dollars consider what that means. One trillion is One Million Million. What if you win the One Trillion Dollar lottery, but you could only spend pennies you could physically carry (one of my favorite hypotheticals at bar time)? You would have One Hundred Million Million pennies to start of with, each edge of each penny (one millimeter) able to accommodate millions of atoms which are almost entirely empty space. Then you ask yourself, “Why are these pennies so damned heavy?” Its all a matter of scale just like the financial crisis we’re all in. Even though the atoms are mostly empty, the massive particles in them add up in the context of the volume of a penny or any matter for that matter. Suck it, Sue.