|The Life and Times of Jim|
|Hi, there. I'm Jim. Welcome to my phlog!|
This site was written for Las Vegas, then LouisVille. Now, it seems to be about anywhere. In these phlogs, you'll see a lot of my personal notes and pictures. I like to post my observations here to remember life and celebrate it. I'm not religious. I don't pray for good fortune. I'm ecstatically grateful for the gift of life and I think our time should be remembered and not taken for granted. I'm not a writer. I think pictures tell stories so much better than words. I love just about everything in this life, and, I guess that would have to include you. So, if you've seen me, don't be surprised if your picture is in here somewhere. Of all the critters, people are absolutely the most interesting.
03/12/2007 10:46:28jim My Last Will
I am giving Sonny the properties and the truck. I'm giving Becky some money, and the car.
In the event, Sonny is not around, I would like Paul Spurling to be my executor, it should be extremely simple.
If he declines, Becky will be my executor.
I would like for my body to be donated to science. I do not want to be cremated. Thats would be a complete waste.
I have had several wills. This last one, of course will supercede them all. They are stored in my files under legal.
Time is running short for all of us.
I am not a doomsayer. But, we have had two world wars last century. Our weapons technology hopefully will never surpass our wisdom. However, waging war seems to be more of a business decision than a moral one to the powers that be. I would be surprised if civilization makes it through this century. It is a matter of time before some incredible bomb, bioweapon, or toxic substance is unleashed. The world has no shortage of stupidity.
I won't live to see it the end of this civilization..
At least, I hope not. My ex-wife, I would have thought , should have lived into her 70s. She's got months. I know my fuse is running short.
I know the technology for artificial lungs, and artificial bodies (body closets) was created in the 1950's.
The details should have been ironed out in 50 years. High school students should have been able to figure it out by now.
- If you supply the head with what it needs, it should live 100s of years. It has been done.
- If you bubble air through the blood, the blood will oxygenate. It has been done.
But for greed, power, or presevation of the endowed, we'll probably never know who has access to it, or if it even exist.
For whatever reason, preservation of life, any life, is not a priority to mankind. Life is easier to take than it is to preserve.
03/12/2007 08:39:33jim Dreaming of Absolute Zero...lol
The ancient Romans envisioned the atom long before modern technology. How?
In their dreams
Most guys dream about girls, money and cars. For some reason, I dream about life. So here goes...
I was dreaming about absolute zero, as if I were part of the substance being chilled.
In my dream, everything was flying past me, starting slow at first, then speeding up until it reached blurring speeds.
Time was happening so fast for everything, but me. Everything was glowing white and I was shrinking.
On waking, I realized that, to everything in normal time, this matter appear to be falling apart and disappearing.
In essence, it would become an unchanging substance. It would be another form of matter.
Then I saw that this form of matter is everywhere.
Its a form of matter that wants to attach itself to other matter, but can't.
All other forms of matter are already in balance with energy. This matter would have no energy.
And this is the interesting thing...this form of matter would remain stable throughout eternity.
So, I began reading about absolute zero this morning.
It lead to theories about zero-point energy. hmmm. That lead me to read about Albert Einstein's theories.
It is nice to know these dreams and thoughts of mine aren't crazy. They are, in fact, incredibly sane.
QUOTE-The slowing of atoms by use of cooling apparatuses produces a singular quantum state known as a Bose condensate or Bose–Einstein condensate. This phenomenon was predicted in 1925 by Albert Einstein, by generalizing Satyendra Nath Bose's work on the statistical mechanics of (massless) photons to (massive) atoms (The Einstein manuscript, believed to be lost, was found in a library at Leiden University in 2005). The result of the efforts of Bose and Einstein is the concept of a Bose gas, governed by the Bose–Einstein statistics, which describes the statistical distribution of identical particles with integer spin, now known as bosons. Bosonic particles, which include the photon as well as atoms such as helium-4, are allowed to share quantum states with each other. Einstein speculated that cooling bosonic atoms to a very low temperature would cause them to fall (or "condense") into the lowest accessible quantum state, resulting in a new form of matter
03/12/2007 06:10:45jim Ive created a lot of interesting things.
I've earned the right to be CrAzY...bwahahahah!
- I'd came up with a system that I've proven will save 25% off the summer electric bill.
That invention alone could save Las Vegans $75,000,000 A MONTH
75,000,000=($300 utility bill x 1,000,000 Vegas homes * 25%).
What's annoying is, I've told many people about it, and it doesn't even raise an eyebrow.
THAT'S SO ANNOYING! That leads me to believe that I don't know the right people.
The latest shift in daylight savings time was supposed to save an as yet, unquantified amount of energy.
My device costs $60.
Meanwhile, our new governer wants Nevada to burn Coal, which he claims is not a fossil fuel, which is insane.
So, I'll go on creating things, in the dark.
What have I done so far that was ahead of its time?
In the 70's
- I designed and created a big screen TV which consisted of a 40 inch lens in front of a color TV.
It had a remote on and off switch. I hadn't seen anybody do that before.
- My room lights would come on when you'd break an infrared beam by openning the door or stepping out of bed.
- I built my first A/C unit in 1975.
- I own a Cadillac and a Chrysler with a 007 style trunk in it. It had an air bed, stereo, tv, and a wine cooler.
In the 80's
- I finally could afford to go to college.
- I'd made a paint stirrer that fits on a drill that's still better than anything you can buy.
I made it from a coffee can, and I still have it.
- Sonny and I came up with a design for a light that comes on when you walk into the room.
That was 5 years before anything hit the shelves. It beat the heck out of Clap On, Clap Off.
- I'd written systems that allowed clerks to do ALL of the operational procedures on main frames.
It had intelligent menus for maintaining those systems. (I used a language called Exec).
- I'd written 2 sports book systems from scratch, on a NCR mini, and a Tandy 2000 PC. Both, were doomed hardware.
- I'd written systems to monitor Point-of-Sale machines, and ATM's at Bank of America (then Valley Bank).
My programs did all of the INN switch routing for Valley Bank of Nevada.
- Chris Fahey and I wrote a fee system for Valley Bank. It was the first of its kind in the US. We charged a fee to the customers at the ATM (you've seen our screen before). The bank got very rich, very quick. Bank of America bought them.
In the 90's
I just worked a lot!
- I'd written probably the first interface between a Tandem and a CD player (for online Zip+4 address corrections).
- I'd written probably the first interface on the Tandem to scan and display .JPGs from a pathway screen.
- I've written programs that actually write other programs. I believe they are still in use for the Mirage properties.
- I'd written program generators for 13 other consultants at Mgm.
With them, what would normally take two days to code, took 10 minutes to generate.
In the 2000's.
- Sonny and I know how to build extremely cheap replacement lights for incandescent bulbs.
- I built and tested a working Air Conditioner energy savings device. It worked great, but I don't know what to do with it.
- I wrote LVDude. A web newspaper, where people could enter their own articles, and ads. It never took off.
- I've written a Notary system in the last two months that just may be he best available in this country. I'm hoping I can handle the marketting myself. If not, it will be my last project.
- I am going to build a boat that moves without rockets, or propellers. It will use inertia. It should cost $50 to build.
What I fail miserably at is marketting.
- Lvdude has the same stuff Craigs List has. It has the same stuff My Space has. I LVDude working first though.
So I don't know what I'm doing. I create things in the dark. It seems nobody sees them.
I dropped development on it. I've never had the desire to spam people, :( , so I lost.
I still think the calculater under the Info drop down is one of the best around. It took one day to write.
So, when I babble, its not BS. I have made my mark.
But my marks are like all trees falling in a forest with noone around to hear them :)
** Smiles **
03/12/2007 02:23:49jim Opposites attract, dont they?
The theory is, as matter approaches the speed of light, almost an infinite amount of energy is required and time slows down.
So, the opposite must be true for a complete absence of energy, eg: time speeds up, (or passed by) at an infinite rate.
It could be surmised that if something were brought to a temperature of absolute zero, it would be frozen through an infinite period of time. I'd think it would be lost to our realm.
My question is, if something were brought to absoulte zero, what would cause it to absorb energy again?
I'm still stuck on my little theory that everything, everywhere is expanding at the same rate, and some kind of stationary fabric works in what appears to be the opposite direction.
I'll have to read up on absolute zero experiments again.
For anyone reading my thoughts, please just know, I realize how crazy I sound.
But, I have created systems, and had ideas, years ahead of their time. Many Las Vegas systems have me written all over them. My computer systems have been rewritten to run on different platforms, but the originals are always the most difficult to write.
03/09/2007 12:47:27Jim Famous Quotes
Darwin: "It appears to me (whether rightly or wrongly) that direct arguments against christianity and theism produce hardly any effect on the public; and freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men's minds which follows from the advance of science."
Voltaire: "If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities."
Einstein: "I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism."
Nietzsche: "Faith means not wanting to know what is true."
Edison: "I cannot believe in the immortality of the soul.... No, all this talk of an existence for us, as individuals, beyond the grave is wrong. It is born of our tenacity of life – our desire to go on living … our dread of coming to an end."
Lincoln:"The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma."
Arthur C. Clarke: "Religion is a byproduct of fear. For much of human history, it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn't killing people in the name of God a pretty good definition of insanity?"
Thomas Jefferson: "Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies."
Kurt Vonnegut: "Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile."
Bertrand Russell: "Religion is based . . . mainly on fear . . . fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. . . . My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race."
03/09/2007 01:19:59jim Our first notary order came in tonight
It was 7pm, and it only took about 40 minutes.
I charged $20 since Becky and I are both (embaressingly) new to the notary field.
They must have found us in the yellow pages, somehow...
Whatever, I liked it A LOT!!!
The signer were a little crabby...they expected us to actually instruct them on how to fill out a Pensylvania Power of Attorney form. Wow..I could barely read it...haha.
I told them, as notary agents, our job was to simply verify, and optionally take an oath of a person signing a documents identity. That we weren't even supposed to read the document, and above all, we could not give legal advice.
Still, though, I gave my idea of what the form wanted. They thoroughly botched it. I think she may have typed it in!
Normally, whenever we get there, we would have charged $70 for the notary after 7pm.
03/07/2007 16:10:12jim I just LOVE having STRANGE THOUGHTS
One of my favorite television shows used to be Outer Limits.
Here's the thought of the day. It's 180 degrees from my previous thoughts, but I like the feel of it...
Rethinking that time travel isn't probable
- I'd think it isn't reasonable simply because we haven't seen any time travellers.
- If there was some rule that we couldn't change the past, someone in the future would have broken it.
- People break rules all the time!
Rethinking that UFOs probably don't exists. My reasoning was:
- Why would an alien fly across the universe to live near us (and hide from us)?
- Why would they hang out in something smaller than an RV? That would be crazy, right?
I should say, my best friend, Rob, said he had seen UFOs when he lived near Area 51, at Alamo, Nevada.
The new thoughts on UFOs and time travel is:
- The people in UFO's are time travellers from our future, IE - They are us, two hundred years from now!
- That would explain why they pop in and out, the size of their craft, why they have arms and legs, and why they don't interact with us.
Aliens don't want to ruin our/their future.
My thinking has been for a long time, that after several of our generations are born in space:
Mutations would be created that would be more adapted to their environment.
- I'd think they wouldn't need strong legs.
- They would develop better eyesite
- Their smell would be pretty unimportant.
- Their bodys wouldn't need strength.
- In short, we would mutate to look like this.
Cheers to the future!!!
03/06/2007 13:38:57jim Apologies to Everyone
1and1 who hosts this site, appearantly doesn't back up everything once a day.
So, we lost Jennifer's story, and several other extras that have been added since.
I guess thats what I get for $20 a month...lol
02/23/2007 05:20:21jim Im a tormented soul when it comes to memory
I've been asking the question "What is life?" for as long as I can remember.
I know, buried deep down in my subconscious, I have all the answers.
However, I still can't remember what I was before I was born.
They theorize that nature created memory as a tool for survival.
When a prehistoric creature needed water, it had to remember where to find it.
Logistics, and other basics in the locational related sciences were given to creatures.
However, our great thinkers do not believe memory was ever necessary for basic life.
I have to ask this question then, what is the purpose of life.
We hold on to momentos and keepsakes because they jog memories from the past
I have a few myself. I have a Sunday newspaper comics collection that spans the entire 1990's decade.
The first one that I saved on January 1st, 1990, remembers that I ripped the top right hand corner of it.
Its got a better memory than I do.
Now, Ruth is dying
I kept her around, mainly because she remembered my past.
I was so busy either obsessively working, or partying trying to clear my thoughts of coding, that life flew by too fast.
My diary and her memory was all I had to remember those times by.
Her memory WAS a little bit more colorful than my dairy, but it worked fine for me.
Now she's the last one left from a time when antics were everywhere in my life.
She remembered the fun we had with Mom, Rob, Chris, and all those people that have faded away into the darkness.
Now she's fading into the darkness too.
My torment comes from this thought
If even we don't remember our lives, if what we've done doesn't matter even to ourselves,
then is the end result of our lives simply what we accomplished.
Our independant thoughts would be like that of an ant, carrying a grain of sand to an ant hill.
- If the ends does justify the means
Then whatever the ant did to get that grain of sand to the hill was justified, and the journey to the hill doesn't matter.
In other words, our lives are pointless to remember. Its what we accomplished that will count in the end.
- If, however, the means justifies the ends
Then the journey to the ant hill would be what counts.
I just don't see that happening in nature though.
- I think what we accomplish counts and what we did to get there doesn't.
If life's purpose was the means, and not the end, then there would be a heaven, keeping track of the means, and not the ends. But that seems backwards from everything I've seen.
The concept of the ends justifying the means implies horrible things
Hitler would have been doing natures bidding by thinning out the human population.
If the human population continues to croud this planet, then murderers are doing natures bidding too,
by restoring the balance of nature.
It boggles the mind.
The saying comes to mind: If you kill one person, your a murderer. If you kill thousands, your a king.
02/22/2007 17:50:28jim Check out your childs school
Be it home school or private, check it out yourself.
Do not take the word of the school, or the word of a parent associated with that school.
Take the word of someone else, outside of the school. See if its real!!!
A diploma isn't worth anything if noone recognizes it.
The following happened to a friend recently.
We had started talking about home schools.
I mentioned how I got into Odysseys site under Becky's sons name. I did this to check on his progress, and to help him with one of his classes.
My friend mentioned he had gotten into his daughter's site using her account number (with no password).
That sounded fishy, so I asked for one of his statements.
The statement looked like it was done by a beginner in Microsoft Office Word.
He had been sending his $175 checks every month to a school call "The Learning Source".
- True, they are a business in Clark County.
- True, they will take your check.
- And True, they're credits transfer to nowhere.
In other words, his daughter, who should be in the 11th grade, has not started the 9th grade yet!
We went to the location listed on the business license...it was vacant.
We went to another location listed on the statement...it was a PO BOX.
The girl at the Post Office Box place, said a lady came in once a month to pick up her checks.
What I'd like to say is, one of Becky's daughters attended a home school in Los Angeles, and she is still, technically a 9th grader, simply because, the school wasn't a school at all. It was business with no accreditation.
In other words, the chances for Becky's daughter to be successful, had been ruined early in life.
Don't waste your child's academic life!
Take 10 minutes out of your life to get a REAL reference from another school, about the school you want to enroll your child in. YOU MIGHT JUST BE SURPRISED!!!
As a note, when I went to CCSC in 1982
I found out credits from the community college would be cut in half if I had them transferred to UNLV.
However, if I transferred them to UCLA, and then to UNLV, they would not be cut.
Politics seems to be problem in the educational systems.
02/21/2007 15:23:01jim Vegas,NV-Becky
02/21/2007 10:44:38jim The Frontier is Going Away Forever
The New Frontier has been call a lot of names:
The Pair-O-Dice (1930), Ambassador Club (1936), 91 Club (1939), Last Frontier (1942), The New Frontier (1955), The Frontier (1967), The New Frontier (1999).
Sometime in July 2007, the Frontier will become The Lost Frontier.
The doors will close forever, and with them will go the last of the Howard Hughe's Casino icons.
Phil Ruffin, the Frontier's current owner, sold the New Frontier in May 2007 for $1.2 billion.
Please feel free to post your comments about the Frontier.
02/20/2007 00:00:00Jim Presidents Day
See if you get this day off.
02/18/2007 12:19:37jim Ode to the dying
Smile for me before you say goodbye. We were together for eleven years. We toured the land in a travel trailer. We shared memories no else will ever know. We saw the glistening waters of Lake Tahoe, and the frosty shores of Crater Lake. We collected agates off the big sur, saw seal cave and camped in San Diego. We explored California, Nevada, Utah and Oregon for almost four months. We bought a house in Summerlin with a heated pool and spa, and it had a spectular view Las Vegas. We knew Rob, Chris, Mom, Otis, John, Tex, Jim. We raised Little Girl, Little Man, Muffin and two chicks that fell from a tree. You were my soul mate, and now its your time to go. I'll always love you. As the sun light fades to darkness, know I'll be waiting with a smile on the other side. And I will always remember you well, Ruth (Cutlar), my Mississippi Queen.
I'm sorry you have to go.
02/15/2007 21:50:45jim Talked to an old friend today.
He was babbling on about Bush, Cheney, and the Tri-State commission.
According to him, Al Kaida has been at Camp David.
Also, the Tri-State commission is planning on blowing up nukes in 5 major cities with the next year.
The goal would be to call a Marshall Law in for a minimum of 6 months, bring in the international police, and kill over 80% of the US population.
The point would be to free the world from the ignorant, lazy and freeloading populations.
All I can say is...WOW!!!
I heard the same thing from a bum in Denver last year.
Now, if all this were the case, I suppose I would go to Florida, walk 10' off of the highway in any direction and get lost, then eat fruits, berries, and crocidile eggs. Of course, the World Police might gas the swamps, but at least I'd stand a chance. LOL.
All I know is, we Americans are obviously being lied to by the press. Why, well, I wouldn't even try to guess.
If we can't take over a country the size of Arizona, with billions of dollars and high technology in our favor, our military people suck. I know Bush's buddies made out to the tune of billions. AND THAT, I believe is treason.
And Clinton got impeached for a blow job, while Bush is a mass murderer for hire.
When I mentioned this to Sonny, he asked me,
Jim, doesn't this guy have any nice things to talk about....
02/14/2007 22:03:50jim Not much going on here
My coding on the notary system looks complete. There's a lot of junk test in it though.
I've been burning the midnight oil, so to speak, getting everything for it all together for my first demo.
The flyer, the business cards and the the system itself looks great.
I put together (well, I kind of borrowed) an Independant Contractors agreement and modified it, early this morning.
Everything looks pretty darned good.
Also happening, the condo is rented.
The tenants are responsible people, who both work for an old folks home. They have a 17 year old daughter too.
Its nice to deal with people who have checking accounts, vehicles and credit cards!
02/13/2007 19:00:00jim Work for Nationwide Marketting
$200 for 2 hours. Participate in marketting analysis. The number is 733-0305. I talked to Joyce.
Its at 3709 Maryland Pkwy, 4th floor. 1 block north of Flamingo.
02/09/2007 06:00:00jim Ordered a fax line. (702-478-9876)
The number is 702-478-9876. Cox is coming between 10am and noon.
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