|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.
04/03/2007 12:00:01jim Vegas,NV-Wetlands
04/03/2007 00:50:06jim Inherited memory. Animals have it. We dont.
People can't seem to remember anything right.
We write things down, and still can't remember things right.
Except for some fears and desires, we inherit very little from our ancestor's memories.
On the other hand, animals and plants seem to remember a lot from their ancestors.
For example, birds fly south. Bees make honey. Ants make hills. Penguins go on a march.
All these things they learned to do thousands if not millions of years ago.
It's like their entire species only had one original thought!!!
What we have instead of those inherited memories are "IDEAS".
We lack clear memories of anything that happened before we were born.
So, we have to think our way through every day of our lives.
And when an inherited memory does pop into our heads, we think its our idea!
The penguins without a word, get up one day, and think
"Hey, its time to march south to mate, just like our Great, Great,....Grandparent did 1 million years ago".
For me, a thought pops in my head saying, "Mate, anywhere, NOW"!
Even trees have inherited memories.
I've noticed the trees in my back yard start dropping their leaves starting the 3rd week in December.
Every year, for the last 21 years, its happened.
And I've noticed the weather has little to do with their decision.
All three trees just seem to know when to do it!
I know its not telepathy. Its not a chemical response to the environment. Its instructions that come from the seed.
I'm almost kind of jealous.
Wouldn't it be nice if you could remember your great grand parents life,
and you knew instinct was how they communicating with you?
This is where I'm headed with this blog:
If we remembered our ancestor's lives, it would be pretty obvious that much of what we are, is really them.
And that they will never really die as long as life continues.
Maybe we'd realize that all life is connected.
And maybe we'd respect this planet more than we do.
04/02/2007 23:44:41jim Ah...I forgot to mention my birthday
That's because I usually forget my birthday.
My birthday was Saturday,
but we celebrated it on April Fools Day.
So, for me, there was no Saturday Night Fever,
However, I liked the picture so I put it in here anyway.
For my birthday, Sonny gave me a pair of binoculars with a camera on it.
That's cool, because I like to play a "Peeping Private Investigator" a lot!
Now, I can take pictures of the neighbors taking their garbage out....Yippppeeeeee!!!!
I got two calls.
Sharon called and said HBD. She's having rough times.
Ida called and said HBD. She's having good times.
Becky got me a couple of XXL Shirts!
Thats great, because my tummy is as big as her heart.
I talked to my sister in Frisco, Texas.
She's having rough times.
She's got here to fall back to if she wants. She can be a Las Veggy with us!
I talked to Allen in Texas.
We philosophized and drempt of new things, new ideas.
"The future holds infinite possibilties, while the past holds only one" was a cool thought.
Becky's mom made me Black Forest Cake and Paul made homemade Chicken Alfredo.
Yum. It was really great of them.
Robert, Emily and Amy came by, and we all watched a tear jerker on my old 60" TV.
I was having a really rough time health wise though.
I kind of talked to Ruth.
Actually, I talked to her through her neice, Daphne. She's in really bad shape.
She really liked the pictures I sent her.
It maybe morbid to say this, but, cancer is pretty quick, and you miss the last few weeks.
Ruth has time to truly appreciate this life.
For most, today was just another day.
At the same time, Ruth knows she's down to just a few more sunrises.
For me, today could have been my last day,
and ya know, if it was, it would have been one of my best days.
With that in mind, the truck got broken into at the Flamingo last night.
Some desparate soul stole the stereo.
And it seemed so unimportant.
04/02/2007 04:14:48jim Vegas,NV-Sonny
04/02/2007 04:04:11jim Robert,Becky,Paul,Renee,Jim
04/01/2007 21:22:16jim Vegas,NV-Votech-SkyLine
04/01/2007 09:09:42jim Vegas,NV-BDay-Jim,Becky,Gma,Rober,Amy
04/01/2007 00:00:00Jim April Fools Day
03/31/2007 23:00:02jim Vegas,NV-SkylineFromSunriseMtn
03/31/2007 12:02:01jim Vegas,NV-SunriseMtn-DustinDevil,Jen
03/30/2007 15:30:22jim AAADD
Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D.
Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.
This is how it manifests:
- I decide to water my garden.
- As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.
- As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier.
- I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.
- I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.
- So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first.
- But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.
- I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only 1 check left.
- My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Coke I'd been drinking.
- I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over.
- The Coke is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.
- As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye. They need water.
- I put the Coke on the counter and discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning.
- I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers.
- I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote.
Someone left it on the kitchen table.
- I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I'll be looking for the
- remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs,
- but first I'll water the flowers.
- I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.
- So, I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.
- Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.
At the end of the day:
- The car isn't washed
- The bills aren't paid
- There is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter
- The flowers don't have enough water,
- There is still only 1 check in my check book,
- I can't find the remote,
- I can't find my glasses,
- And I don't remember what I did with the car keys.
Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,
I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all damn day, and I'm really tired.
I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it,
but first I'll check my e-mail.
03/26/2007 18:58:50jim We stepped outside to see why the sunset looked re
Sure enough, there's a forest fire somewhere. I can smell it. Whats worse is, its toxic to me.
What gets me is, from a distance, you can clearly see an brownish orange cloud over Vegas.
I can feel it. My eyes, my lungs, my sinuses, even my skin can feel it.
People talk about it. IT EXISTS!!!
But the news doesn't say one darned word about it!
To me, that says the news isn't about reporting what we need to hear.
The news, instead, reports unimportant sensationalisms.
The news said earlier that 30,000 people die in Clark County each year from poisoning.
They were saying many of those died from mixing drugs.
SO, I did my own 7th Grade Math.
I figured there's 2,000,000 living people living in Clark County, and the average person lives for 75 years.
SO 2,000,000 / 75 = 26,000 people die in Clark County every year, and Channel 8 said 30,000 people die in Clark County from poisoning. Wow. Thats just bad math!
They're numbers could be correct, if the average life span in Clark County were something like 40 years old.
03/23/2007 16:47:12jim Vegas,NV-SunsetPark-UglyDog
03/22/2007 09:53:31jim Misc One Liners
03/22/2007 09:22:54jim Thanks for the submission software, Rudy!
That looks like its going to work Great! Believe it or not, without almost any kind of search engine help, this sites makes about $50 a month, through ads.
I wish I had this software when I launched LVDude last February.
That was such a dud!!!
Thanks for Office 2007 software too!
I owe ya, dude.
You sound like the kind of guy I'd like to know. You know hardware and hacks, and I can write stuff like that calculator in a couple of hours (I'm the best programmer I know, haha).
You should register with this site.
You can do a heck of a lot more with it if you did. For one thing, the links you add to your menu will show up anywhere you go, even at a public library.
When are coming over?
03/21/2007 15:38:40jim Beckys one liner of the day.
Al Gore, testified before houseplants today, that it is not too late to deal with global warming.
03/21/2007 15:30:00jim Dustins one liner from last weekend
That ride on top of the Stratoshere is call the "Excreme".
03/21/2007 13:21:37jim I have been studying other Notary sites
My Be Quick system got its design purely from my imagination, and by watching a notary for about an hour.
Its amazing how much you can surmize with little input.
Another site (NotarySoftware.Com) has a system for signing companies.
I was up a 4am this morning studying it.
It does pretty much the same thing my system does, but seems much more complicated.
If my software was to be adapted to theirs, it would be a total rerwrite. The reverse is true too. THAT'S GREAT!!!
It does offer some simple features that I don't have though.
-They use MSN Maps for their system. It looks like MSN will show you the route the agent will take.
-They bill by invoice. I bill based on COD, and therefore can take cash or credit.
The biggest advantage I have over the competition is
- My system is prettier.
- Its easy to learn.
- It has less clutter.
03/21/2007 11:56:59jim Marcus Aurelius One Liners
Good and Bad
-A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions.
-A good man judges himself by a higher ideal.
-A bad man judges himself by a lower ideal.
-Be content with what you've become.
-Anything good is possible.
-Poverty is the mother of crime.
-Do good to others without thinking about what you have lost, like a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes.
-Accept and love your fate.
-Adapt yourself to what fate has dealt you.
-Love those who destiny brought to you.
-Each day provides its own gifts.
-Everything that happens, happens as it should.
-Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future.
-All victory lies in the organization of its secrets.
-Do every task as if it were your last act.
-When in Rome, do as the Romans.
-If it is not right do not do it.
-If it is not true do not say it.
-Perhaps there are none more lazy, or more truly ignorant, than those who constantly read.
-Where a man can live, he can also live well.
-You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
-Anger cannot be dishonest.
-Beauty comes from within. Beauty is not made better or worse by praise.
-Aptitudes come from understanding. Aptitudes are often inherited.
-Genius comes from reason and imagination. Genius is rarely inherited.
-Confine yourself to the present.
-Desire make us its puppets.
-Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
-Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
-Every act has a purpose.
-Broaden your mind by investigating systematically all that comes to you.
-Reject your injuries and the injury will disappear.
-Happiness depends on the quality of your thoughts
-Happiness is a decision that you make.
-Death releases us from our senses, desires, and mind. It frees us from the hard service of the flesh.
-Death is natural. Welcome it. It should not be feared.
-Not living life is worse than dying.
-Each thing is of like form from everlasting and comes round again in its cycle.
-Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.
-Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.
-Men exist for the sake of one another.
-Life is what we think it is.
-The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
-When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
03/21/2007 00:00:00jim Spring Begins Today
So, put on your flowered dress, and go out and pick some flowers.
03/20/2007 13:59:05jim Im so old that
03/20/2007 13:10:26jim My sweetheart and I are so old that..
She combs her hair back and I comb my hair forward to hide the bald spot
She sleeps on my side of the bed, and I sleep on hers
We call each other by our middle names
She doesn't need a bra and I do
We quit sleeping spoons
Now we sleep like ladles
When she goes down on me, it's to tie my shoes
Our sex positions were whole numbers (1..69), now they're fractions (1/2..3/4)
03/20/2007 12:58:34jim Something to offend everyone!
What is a Yankee? The same as a quickie, but a guy can do it alone
What is the difference between a Harley and a Hoover? The position of the dirt bag
Why is divorce so expensive? Because it's worth it
What do you see when the Pillsbury Dough Boy bends over? Doughnuts
Why is air a lot like sex? Because it's no big deal unless you're not getting any
What do you call a smart blonde? A golden retriever
What do attorneys use for birth control? Their personalities
What's the difference between a girlfriend and wife? 45 lbs
What's the difference between a boyfriend and husband? 45 minutes
What's the fastest way to a man's heart? Through his chest with a sharp knife
Why is it so hard for women to find men that are sensitive, caring, and good-looking? Because those men already have boyfriends
What's the difference between a new husband and a new dog? After a year, the dog is still excited to see you
What makes men chase women they have no intention of marrying? The same urge that makes dogs chase cars they have no intention of driving
Why don't bunnies make noise when they have sex? Because they have cotton balls
What's the difference between a porcupine and BMW? A porcupine has the pricks on the outside
What did the blonde say when she found out she was pregnant? "Are you sure it's mine?"
Why does Mike Tyson cry during sex? Mace will do that to you
Why did OJ Simpson want to move to West Virginia? Everyone has the same DNA
Why do drivers' education classes in Redneck schools use the car only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays? Because on Tuesday and Thursday, the Sex Ed class uses it
Where does an Irish family go on vacation? A different bar
What would you call it when an Italian has one arm shorter than the other? A speech impediment
What does it mean when the flag at the Post Office is flying at half-mast? They're hiring
How do you get a sweet little 80-year-old lady to say the F word? Get another sweet little 80-year-old lady to yell *BINGO*!
What's the difference between a northern fairytale and a southern fairytale? A northern fairytale begins "Once upon a time..." A southern fairytale begins "Y'all ain't gonna believe this shit..."
03/20/2007 11:00:45jim Female Prayer
Before I lay me down to sleep, I pray for a man, who's not a creep.
One who's handsome, smart and strong.
One who loves to listen long.
One who thinks before he speaks.
One who'll call, not wait for weeks.
I pray he's gainfully employed.
When I spend his cash, won't be annoyed.
Pulls out my chair and opens my door.
Massages my back and begs to do more.
Oh! Send me a man who'll make love to my mind.
Knows what to answer to "how big is my behind?"
I pray that this man will love me to no end.
And always be my very best friend.
03/20/2007 10:59:59jim Male Prayer
I pray for a deaf-mute nymphomaniac with huge boobs who owns a liquor store, a golf course and a bass boat.
This doesn't rhyme and I don't care.
03/19/2007 23:48:17jim Of all the things we own
Our point of view in this universe is our most unique possession. Perhaps, its the only thing we'll ever truly own.
03/19/2007 20:39:35jim We were up all night working on text messaging.
In the notary site, if an order is place, a message is sent to the closest agent's phone (in this case, Becky's phone).
Becky would get the order in a text message, and reply to it.
I wrote a program that pulls those text message responses off the internet. That wasn't as easy as it sounds either.
Anyway, my program will update the database for the text message responses, eg-accepted or rejected.
It's all pretty cool, but we were up until 5am.
03/19/2007 20:30:00jim Last night, we cruised the strip
I'll probably never know why it gets cold around the airport on Las Vegas Blvd S.
It drops about 10 degrees for about 1 mile.
We had the Mustangs top down, and I gotta tell ya, we noticed the temperature drop.
Thats the only place in Vegas that did that, and there's nothing special about the area.
03/18/2007 20:11:36jim VegasStrip-Stratosphere,Mandalay,Circus,Stardust
03/17/2007 19:00:00Jim St Patricks in Henderson
Dustin, Jennifer, Sonny, Becky and I all went to Henderson.
I'd dropped them off because it looked like there was going to be absolutely no place to park.
I was right. I had to park about a mile away.
ANYWAYS, Becky's cellphone somehow got set to vibrate mode, so I had to hunt them down.
I found them by walking with the parade! That was pretty cool.
The parade was, soso. Zelzah was there.
Later, we smoked some shiskabobs. They were pretty good.
03/13/2007 23:38:25jim Great minds share the same question
Why does the universe exist at all?
Its obvious the universe has a purpose. Everything seems to have a purpose. God does not roll the dice.
The universe has reason. Nothing is random.
They all seem to believe in god, but they shun people who define god in their own image, as I do.
I have these few quotations of my own.
- A blade of grass has more technology than anything man has created.
- When someone tells you the saw one of god's miracles, they almost right.
The miracle was that they can see.
- Walking on water is no more of a miracle than building the pyramids, and less of a miracle than giving birth.
But if that is what it takes to get someone one to do good, let them be.
- Preachers and politians have much in common.
Except for the true believers, their true agenda is pleasure, power, or property.
- A truly intelligent person will question everything they hear and read.
- The least technologically capable, talk the most technical talk.
- By feeding people who are starving because their they've let their population exceed their food supply,
you may save 100 people just to doom the next 1,000 babies.
- Of all human behaviors, eating meat is probably the most disgusting.
- We owe water for tommorrow, we owe food for the month, we owe plants for the century,
we owe the earth for our everything. We are here because it wants us to be here.
- The fertilized egg that created us, is more intelligent than its creation.
03/13/2007 19:16:11jim Aristotle One Liners
Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.
03/13/2007 14:18:44jim One Liners from Stephen Hawking
03/13/2007 08:44:20jim The One Liners from Einstein
Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That is relativity.
03/12/2007 16:30:52jim Corporate Taxes
Ry Smith 5pm
03/12/2007 12:25:22jim Rocky XXXIV?
Is Sylvester Stallone on HGH?
SYDNEY (AFP) - Hollywood muscleman Sylvester Stallone will be charged by customs in Australia on Tuesday.At the time, customs officers said banned items -- reportedly bodybuilding drugs or human growth hormones -- were found in the Stallone party's luggage. Stallone is now 60.
I've read about Human Growth Hormones over the last decade.
A lot of people believe HGH is the fountain of youth. I've been wondering who is taking them, how they look and if they work. Maybe our great grandchildren we'll know for sure after Stallone turns 180 after starring in Rocky XXXIV.
03/12/2007 11:48:16jim Our fruitless mulberry trees are exploding
About twice every minute, a bud seems to explode into a puff of smoke in our back yard.
This is going to be one heck of a sneezy season.
03/12/2007 11:11:13jim Death is too profitable.
The cost of the Iraq war is expected to top $2,000,000,000,000 (two trillion dollars).
That would add up to $250 for every human being alive on this planet today.
Two trillion is a lot to spend on Iraq. The whole country that is smaller than Texas.
They are estimating 32,000 Americans have died in Iraq.
The way I understand it, we blow up the hospitals, then hire our buddies to rebuild them.
If that wasn't the intent, it is the result. Speaking of Texas, that is where a lot of the money ends up.
With the (mis?)information on the internet, that is more than easy to figure out.
Death and profits, thats the worst kind of business!
I would believe that fuel emissions will choke the life out of this planet in 20 years, anyway.
I've been across the country several times in the last decade. THE AIR IS WORSE! You can see it.
Gas engine technology is ancient.
The first self-powered vehicles ran on water.
There is little interest in actually improving resource conservation.
The governor of Nevada wants to burn coal! yikesssss!
Our new governor described coal as a non fossil fuel and he wants to truck it in and process it here. Why?
But this state has an abundance of solar power.
In a second, I would reason that harnessing steam power of underwater volcanos would be extremely efficient.
But we are not going to use solar power.
We are going to burn fossil fuels even if it kills us, and it will.
The world won't be a better place, until we totally eliminate inheritance.
Everyone should contribute to improving the quality of life as a whole.
No one should be born into a life barking out commands to adults born on the wrong side of the tracks.
We need to learn to share.
The kings and slaves of the past are still here, we just call them the rich and the middle class.
Once we get past the master / slave mentality, we'll stand a chance to coexist with nature.
There is a great need for greed.
But I don't believe one child should kill another because he wants their toys.
Our society's greed is based on personal possessions.
To our kind, it is the quality of our life, and damn everyone else.
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.
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