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Friday, November 28, 2014

Alternative News Sources

Natural News is a science-based natural health advocacy organization led by activist-turned-scientist Mike Adams, the Health Ranger. The key mission is to empower consumers with factual information about the synthetic chemicals, heavy metals, hormone disruptors and other chemicals found in foods, medicines, personal care products, children's toys and other items. Natural News covers holistic health, nutritional therapies, consciousness and spirituality, permaculture , organics, animal rights, environmental health, food and superfoods , and performance nutrition. The site strongly criticizes drugs-and-surgery medicine, vaccines, corporate corruption, animal testing, the use of humans for medical experiments, the chemical contamination of foods, heavy metals in consumer products, factory farming and government corruption.

The Huffington Post - offers news, blogs, and original content and covers politics, business, entertainment, environment, technology, popular media, lifestyle, culture, comedy, healthy living, women's interests, and local news.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Perfect Geeks Test Blog with Software Reviews

Tech and how to blog since 2007...worth visiting if you are looking for software...it's how I found the OCR software in the post below.  Perfect Geeks

OCR Software

     I was using a program called Free OCR to Word but when I recently had to go online and re-install Windows on my laptop, the program, along with some others, got wiped out. When I went to the site to download and re-install Free OCR to Word I got malware messages. This was not a problem when the program was initially installed, but I understand there have been recent complaints about malware in the program, so as good as it was, I do not recommend using this program.
     As a replacement I found a program called SimpleOCR that is easy to use and works with Windows 8, Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit, Windows XP and Vista. SimpleOCR converts scanned files of text that is stored in images to full editable doc or txt files. There is a 14-day demo for a paid feature that allows the conversion of hand written text. The program includes a spell checker that will suggest words to replace those that do not look correct. You can save in either Word or txt format. If your documents have multi-column layouts, non-standard fonts, poor quality or color images, you will need one of their commercial OCR applications.  I did a couple of quick test scans on a printed document and it scanned very nicely. Recommended.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Abi Word Processor and Serif Software

Looking for a FREE Word Processor which works and looks a lot like Microsoft Word?  If you do not have a good word processor this is a good one. It has Spell-check so your documents and letters won’t be filled with misspellings! Abi Word is a good choice.

Another good site for free programs for desktop publishing, website design, graphic design, photo editing and more is Serif. Their programs are full versions, not trial software, so once downloaded you can use them forever. Well, maybe not forever, but for a long time. Sample offerings:

Page Plus Starter Edition- Desktop publishing software. Create everything from business cards to posters .
Web Plus Starter Edition – Web design software. Create professional looking websites in minutes – no experience required
Other Starter Editions -Photo Plus, Movie Plus, Panorama Plus, Craft Artist, Free Content Packs.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Red Green Show

     The Red Green Show was a Canadian television comedy that aired in Canada, with its ultimate home at CBC Television, and on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) stations in the United States, from 1991 until the series finale April 7, 2006, on CBC. It was essentially a cross between a sitcom and a sketch comedy series, and is a parody of home improvement, do-it-yourself, fishing, and other outdoors shows.
     The title character, Red Green (Steve Smith), was a handyman who tried to find shortcuts to most of his projects, trusting most of his work to duct tape, which he calls "the handyman's secret weapon". He is the president of the Possum Lodge, a fictional men's club in the small northwestern Ontario town of Possum Lake, near the also-fictional town of Port Asbestos.
    The show's structure evolved over time and included several regular segments that appeared in almost every episode. These segments were interspersed with each episode's three main plot segments. The most frequent segments were "The Possum Lodge Word Game", "Handyman Corner", and "Adventures with Bill".
     Red attempted to demonstrate creative and often humorous ways to tackle relatively common tasks, such as taking out the trash or making use of derelict cars, or to create something extravagant out of whatever he could get his hands on.
     A black-and-white segment in the form of a narrated home movie, in which Red attempted to accomplish a task, trying out a sport, or go on some adventure, invariably leading to slapstick comedy.
     In The Possum Lodge Word Game the objective was to get a contestant to say a certain word in 30 seconds by giving them various clues. The contestant almost always gave answers that were either way off or very odd throughout the segment, but finally said the correct word by accident.
     Red gave sage advice from behind his fly tying workbench, usually talking to older men about married life or coping with changing society. In many shows, Red was sitting at a campfire, usually strumming a guitar and singing an original humorous song.
     A regular segment involved reading a letter supposedly from a viewer and Red would answer it, often misinterpreting what the viewer was asking always give ridiculous advice, often debating on what the viewer meant or needed. The show usually concluded with Red giving a message to his wife, Bernice and delivering his signature piece of life advice in the form of a hockey metaphor: "Keep your stick on the ice."
     This was followed by a general meeting of the Possum Lodge membership while the credits rolled, which began with the ritual stating of the Lodge motto: "Quando omni flunkus moritati" (Pseudo-Latin for "When all else fails, play dead"). This was often followed by the Man's Prayer: "I'm a man, but I can change, if I have to, I guess."  Red Green YouTube Channel

Monday, November 3, 2014

Amazing Facts About the Human Body

     The Jump to Light Speed Is a Real Killer - Han Solo talks about making the "jump to light speed." If the Millenium Falcon is somehow jumping to light speed, it implies a nearly instantaneous acceleration. The Falcon might be traveling along at 50 miles per hour, and then suddenly it's traveling at 186,000 miles per second. Let BMW try to beat that acceleration! It's no problem for Han to accelerate the Falcon from zero to 60 miles per hour in five seconds. Inertia will push him slightly back in his seat. But accelerating from zero to 186,000 miles per second in five seconds will push Han back so forcefully that he'll become a splat on that fine vinyl upholstery. The speed of light is so fast, that to accelerate to it safely would take months! We measure acceleration in g's, with one g equal to the acceleration caused by Earth's gravity—the acceleration of falling objects on Earth. The reason we measure acceleration in terms of gravity is because the two have the same effect. The gravitational force on an object is equivalent to the inertial force on an object undergoing a comparable acceleration. Just as gravity pushes you down against the Earth, inertia pushes you back against your seat. READ MORE

What wind speed will blow someone off his/her feet? - I'm sure you folks at the observatory have a good feel for this! My guess is the variables are: -- Person's weight including gear -- The ground surface, especially whether smooth or slick -- Whether the wind comes in a sudden gust -- (Related to the gust factor) Whether the person is braced and/or balanced on their feet READ MORE

100 Interesting Facts About the Human Body - The human body is an incredibly complex and intricate system, one that still baffles doctors and researchers on a regular basis despite thousands of years of medical knowledge. As a result, it shouldn’t be any surprise that even body parts and functions we deal with every day have bizarre or unexpected facts and explanations behind them. From sneezes to fingernail growth, here are 100 weird, wacky, and interesting facts about the human body. READ MORE

How the 105-mph Fastball Tests the Limits of the Human Body - A Triple-A pitcher shocked the baseball world with a pitch clocked at an insanely fast 105 mph. Here's why we won't see pitchers throw it much faster than this—ever. READ MORE

What Are the Limits of Human Survival? - One hears epic accounts of people surviving bullets to the brain, 10-story free falls or months stranded at sea. But put a human anywhere in the known universe except for the thin shell of space that extends a couple of miles above or below sea level on Earth, and we perish within minutes. As strong and resilient as the human body seems in some situations, considered in the context of the cosmos as a whole, it's unnervingly fragile. READ MORE

Landing in Water From Great Heights - Describe what will happen to the human body, when a person jumps from a commercial airplane without a parachute and lands in the ocean. Let us say they are 20 feet above the ocean. Is it true that landing in ocean water at this speed is like landing on cement? My students actually believe that a person could survive a jump from a commercial plane flying over the ocean. I would like some scientific answer. READ MORE

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Virus Total

   Highly Recommended!
  VirusTotal, a subsidiary of Google, is a free online service that analyzes files and URLs enabling the identification of viruses, worms, trojans and other kinds of malicious content detected by antivirus engines and website scanners. At the same time, it may be used as a means to detect false positives, i.e. innocuous resources detected as malicious by one or more scanners. VirusTotal will scan, and detect, if appropriate, any type of binary content, be it a Windows executable, Android APKs, PDFs, images, javascript code, etc.
     While VirusTotal provides a second opinion on a given file or URL it is by no means a full-fledged antivirus and it is not intended to be. VirusTotal is not available for download, it is  a web application.

VirusTotal's main characteristics are:

Free unbiased service: VirusTotal, is offered freely to end users as long as its use has no commercial purpose and does not become part of any business activity. VirusTotal does not distribute or advertise any products belonging to third parties, but simply acts as an aggregator of information. This prevents them from being subjected to any kind of bias and allows them to offer an objective service.

Runs multiple antivirus engines and website scanners: The data is the output of different antivirus engines, website scanners, file and URL analysis tools and user contributions.

Real time updates of virus signatures and blacklists: The malware signatures of antivirus solutions are periodically updated as they are developed and distributed by the antivirus companies. The update polling frequency is 15 minutes.

Detailed results from each scanner: VirusTotal not only tells you whether a given antivirus solution detected a submitted file, but also displays the exact detection label returned by each engine.

Desktop applications for interacting with the service: VirusTotal's team has released a number of desktop applications and tools for interacting with the service (one-click file uploader, browser extensions, etc.). Many of VirusTotal's users have also developed their own applications and have made them publicly available on the Internet.