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Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: March 23, 2020, 10:49 PM »
^Thank you very much, to you and everyone.  :Thmbsup:  I tried to get EZ Cosmos to run, and got a pop-up that it cannot run in Windows 10. I will check out your link and see if I can find something within my level of expertise.

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Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: March 22, 2020, 09:05 AM »
This is what the Andromeda Galaxy would look like in the night sky if it was bright enough to be seen with the naked eye.
https://io9.gizmodo....g-the-cou-1541242112
https://i.kinja-img....njojgct5s1plp7x2.jpg
Compare with the Moon just to the lower left. I had read enough times of descriptions explaining how 'big' Andromeda would appear to be, if only it were bright enough to be easily seen and identified, and I could never make any sense out of it (and quite naturally, I was always virtually dying of curiosity to find out, every time I happened to dwell on the subject).
Now, someone has gone to the trouble to create a lifelike picture of our twilight sky with a beautiful reproduction of a proper-sized Andromeda superimposed. My immediate reaction was, 'I never realized it would appear that big.'

There is a higher-res version(2059 x 1371) at 3 billion years from the cosmic event, the earth ’s night sky will be beautiful.
There is a discussion of the original image at Yes, That Picture of the Moon and the Andromeda Galaxy Is About Right
3 billion years from the cosmic event, the earth ’s night sky will be beautiful

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Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: March 22, 2020, 09:00 AM »
Sam Quinones Dreamland Part 01 Audiobook 6h 57m
Sam Quinones Dreamland Part 02 Audiobook 6h 58m
Sam Quinones - wikipedia
quote: Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic (Bloomsbury Press, 2015) is story of the evolving opioid epidemic in Mexico and the United States. Quinones describes the "explosion in heroin use and how one small Mexican town changed how heroin was produced and sold in America."

Additional reading;
THE ORTHOMOLECULAR TREATMENT OF DRUG ADDICTION
A FIRST AUSTRALIAN REPORT
by Archie Kalokerinos A.M.M., M.B.B.S., Ph.D., F.A.P.M., Glen Dettman A.M.M., BA, Ph.D., F.A.P.M.

http://whale.to/v/kalokerinos2.html
I just thought to add, Lay Z Boy recliner with vibrator, or just a wooden rocking chair. My folks used to have an easy chair that was a swivel and rocker.

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Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: March 22, 2020, 08:57 AM »
This is what the Andromeda Galaxy would look like in the night sky if it was bright enough to be seen with the naked eye.
https://io9.gizmodo....g-the-cou-1541242112
https://i.kinja-img....njojgct5s1plp7x2.jpg
Compare with the Moon just to the lower left. I had read enough times of descriptions explaining how 'big' Andromeda would appear to be, if only it were bright enough to be easily seen and identified, and I could never make any sense out of it (and quite naturally, I was always virtually dying of curiosity to find out, every time I happened to dwell on the subject).
Now, someone has gone to the trouble to create a lifelike picture of our twilight sky with a beautiful reproduction of a proper-sized Andromeda superimposed. My immediate reaction was, 'I never realized it would appear that big.'

There is a higher-res version(2059 x 1371) at 3 billion years from the cosmic event, the earth ’s night sky will be beautiful.
There is a discussion of the original image at Yes, That Picture of the Moon and the Andromeda Galaxy Is About Right
Tnx! Now all I need is some kind of freeware to tell me where and when to find it in the night sky at my location. My EZ Cosmos stopped working with Windows 10.

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General Software Discussion / Re: youtube downloader?
« on: March 21, 2020, 05:56 PM »
I use 4K Video Downloader for YouTube.

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Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: March 18, 2020, 10:41 AM »
This is what the Andromeda Galaxy would look like in the night sky if it was bright enough to be seen with the naked eye.
https://io9.gizmodo....g-the-cou-1541242112
https://i.kinja-img....njojgct5s1plp7x2.jpg
Compare with the Moon just to the lower left. I had read enough times of descriptions explaining how 'big' Andromeda would appear to be, if only it were bright enough to be easily seen and identified, and I could never make any sense out of it (and quite naturally, I was always virtually dying of curiosity to find out, every time I happened to dwell on the subject).
Now, someone has gone to the trouble to create a lifelike picture of our twilight sky with a beautiful reproduction of a proper-sized Andromeda superimposed. My immediate reaction was, 'I never realized it would appear that big.'

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Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: March 17, 2020, 05:04 PM »
Hydrogen Peroxide - Natural & Effective Anti-viral, Anti-bacterial & Anti-fungal
http://www.angelfire.com/az/sthurston/hydrogen_peroxide.html

Hydrogen peroxide - anti-BEM (bug-eyed [micro] monster) disinfectant
http://www.theaquariumwiki.com/wiki/Hydrogen_peroxide
1 About Hydrogen Peroxide
2 As an oxygen aid
3 As an algae killer
4 As an antibacterial agent
5 As an oxidising agent on organic mulm*
6 As a safe alternative to using bleach

*Mulm (also called detritus) is the organic debris that builds up in and on the aquarium substrate.

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Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: March 15, 2020, 07:16 AM »
Telefon with Charles Bronson, Lee Remick, Donald Pleasence, & Tyne Daly
https://archive.org/details/telefon_77
click on 'fullscreen view' icon for full screen
join archive.org for free and you can 'borrow' the book

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Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: March 13, 2020, 05:27 PM »
Astronomers and various professionals have seemingly always maintained that Outer Space vacuum is a virtual 'null void' with absolutely 'nothing' in it. This always bothered me for some reason, although I could never say exactly why. It was just a nagging suspicion in the corner of my mind that there must be 'something' there, to give it dimension. Otherwise, how would the planets and stars 'know' where they are and where they're going (not to mention where they've been ((i.e. with delayed, lightspeed progression of gravity waves)) )? Now, we're being told there really are different invisible 'fields', one kind of field for each kind of subatomic particle. Momentum seems to me to be another mystery, in which these fields flawlessly endow moving objects with the energy of motion, and pass it along from 'here to there'. I feel this most intensely whenever I see something like a speeding test vehicle video that has been frozen split-seconds before impact, then moved forward in ultra slow motion. As if magically, the vehicle exhibits giving up the 'stored energy' of all that mysterious, invisible, magical 'momentum' as it smashes into the barrier.
As for 'empty Space', then there's also the fact that if you can look in any direction and see stars and galaxies, it means the photons are interpenetrating every supposedly 'empty' patch of Space. Also, I have a suspicion that FTL travel still awaits pending the discoveries of future super science breakthroughs.
^Lightspeed gravity waves virtually guarantee that stars and galaxies will always be drawn to where their neighboring counterparts were before in the more immediate past, not where they actually are at any given moment, resulting in trail-chasing and swirls, as with Grand Design spiral galaxies, instead of direct head-on collisions.
With the concept of invisible and all but undetectable sub-atomic particle fields pervading all of outer space, what seems significant to me is the idea that 'momentum' may belong more properly to the fields, rather than to the solid matter. Of course, I speak conversationally out of the relative ignorance of a layman and astronomy enthusiast.

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Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: March 11, 2020, 12:17 PM »

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Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: March 09, 2020, 08:07 AM »
Sam Quinones Dreamland Part 01 Audiobook 6h 57m
Sam Quinones Dreamland Part 02 Audiobook 6h 58m
Sam Quinones - wikipedia
quote: Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic (Bloomsbury Press, 2015) is story of the evolving opioid epidemic in Mexico and the United States. Quinones describes the "explosion in heroin use and how one small Mexican town changed how heroin was produced and sold in America."

Additional reading;
THE ORTHOMOLECULAR TREATMENT OF DRUG ADDICTION
A FIRST AUSTRALIAN REPORT
by Archie Kalokerinos A.M.M., M.B.B.S., Ph.D., F.A.P.M., Glen Dettman A.M.M., BA, Ph.D., F.A.P.M.

http://whale.to/v/kalokerinos2.html

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Living Room / Re: Muse : What do you think of this article ?
« on: March 08, 2020, 05:52 AM »
until one collapses from becoming hopelessly dizzy.
I do this a few times during my childhood in the forest. The friends hide in the trees and when you awake feels the strange sensation....
Yes, all in good humor and harmless fun. I've tried to steer clear of the current 'zoo' of drug-induced altered (mental) states, and find myself coming up with all kinds of acceptable alternatives.

As a counter-point to the euphoria of a slowly rotating easy chair, there is the instance in which our cat enjoyed the swing made out of a rope and a grocery bag, until she got artificially sea-sick and puked. And as a life-long cat lover, I can tell you; you can house train them to pee & poop out-of-doors, but when they need to puke up a hairball or whatever, they puke wherever the queasy moment of an unexpectedly rebellious upset stomach overwhelms all their fastidious instincts and phenomenally reliable house potty training. No matter where the cat is, if she suddenly needs to puke, about the best you can do is scoop them up by the 'arm pits' and get them to the kitchen or bathroom linoleum floor, or the front or back door, and hope you make it before they up-chuck.

While I'm on the subject, especially for people with inner ear problems, which involves one's sense of balance, early morning breakfast can be an occasion for getting artificially sea-sick and needing to run to the bathroom to upchuck breakfast. The bio-mechanics of this involve the comparatively sudden transition from lying flat all night, to sitting or standing vertically and eating. The less-than-optimum inner ear can't always adjust in time to the sudden change of physical orientation, and when a formerly fasting stomach suddenly finds itself full of food while figuratively floating in a virtual boat, so to speak, the result can be an over-whelming sensation of seasickness.
But there is another wonderfully natural, drug-free cure for this; ginger root powder. We keep a little spice jar full of ginger root powder, and all one has to do is to wet one's finger tip, reach into the spice jar, and pick up a jot or two of clinging ginger. This is especially advisable even before eating anything. Pregnant women do this for much the same reason. It is very effective at preventing or stopping nausea, except for cats.^^

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Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: March 08, 2020, 04:24 AM »
I have wondered and marveled -as have so many people- at the truly astronomical numbers associated with chemical rocket powered space travel to the nearest star systems. As per this article,
Example figures given include; ...a velocity of 35,000 miles/hr (56,000 km/hr). At that rate it would take 81,000 Years to reach Proxima Centauri.
If there are no earthlike worlds at Proxima Centauri, one must look even further, and the time and distance quickly surpasses 350,000 years and more for just a journey of a few lightyears even further than Proxima Centauri.

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Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: March 08, 2020, 01:54 AM »
"Clans of the Alphane Moon" - Philip K Dick YouTube audio book 7h 28m
Clans of the Alphane Moon - Wikipedia
War between Earth and insectoid-dominated Alpha III ended over a decade ago.
The Alphane Moon is a former mental hospital colony, isolated by the truce deep behind enemy lines.
As a former satellite-based global psychiatric institution for colonists on other Alphane system worlds unable to cope with the stresses of colonisation, the inhabitants of Alpha III M2 have lived peacefully for years unmolested by the alien worlds surrounding their Moon.
But, under the pretence of a medical mission, Earth intends to take their colony back.
The Clans
On Alpha III M2, psychiatric diagnostic groups have all vacated the hospital facilities, taken over the Moon, and differentiated themselves into caste-like pseudo-ethnicities. The inhabitants have formed seven clans:
The Pares are people suffering from paranoia. They function as the statesman class.
The Manses are suffering from mania. They are the most active class, the warrior class.
The Skitzes are the ones suffering from schizophrenia. They correspond to the poet class, with some of them being religious visionaries.
The Heebs consist of people suffering from hebephrenia (disorganized schizophrenia).
The Polys suffer from polymorphic schizophrenia.
The Ob-Coms are the ones with obsessive-compulsive disorder, their delegate is Ingred Hibbler. The name of their location is not given. They are the clerks and office holders of the society, the ritualistic functionaries, with no original ideas. Their conservatism balances the radical quality of the Polys and gives the society stability.
The Deps are suffering from clinical depression.

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Living Room / Re: Muse : What do you think of this article ?
« on: March 07, 2020, 05:07 AM »
Another relaxation video, the classic 'hypno-spiral'.
Epileptics or anyone driving a vehicle please do not watch this video until you stop driving.

Another suggestion is based on what we did a few times as children at the grassy city park, to stand in one spot and spin in circles in place until one collapses from becoming hopelessly dizzy.

A variant of this is to hold your true love's hands and spin in a mutual circle, a la the barycenter of the planet Pluto and it's primary moon, Charon; Young happy couple having fun holding hands spinning around on the beach.

Ideally, one could get an easy chair with a pivoting base, or a chair with an oval upper frame designed to be suspended from the ceiling, and set it up with a motor to make it spin slowly for its therapeutic effect.

As a variant of this, we once made a swing for our cat from a bag and a rope. and put her in it and began moderately swinging her back and forth ever so gently. But then, all of a sudden, totally without warning, she puked! Never tried that again! :P

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You say; I love you.
S/he says; I love you too.
You say; I love you three! (and smirk).

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Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: March 02, 2020, 06:09 PM »
Recording for Mirages: Sabine Devieilhe - French Opera Arias.


Some of the YT comments are really worth a repeat;

llroches
8 months ago
The word "duet" has now been officially defined.

Diving Tenerife Scuba
5 months ago
20 years ago today, my wife and myself walked down the isle to this sung by two friends of ours from the philharmonic.  Today I sit and listen to this with very mixed feelings, pain of loss as my wife died suddenly two months ago, and yet the joy of the day we married.
   --Sitcom Christian
   3 months ago
   That's really beautiful, I'm so happy you have such a lovely memory ❤
    Psalm 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
--Joan of Arc
   3 months ago
   Sorry for your loss, may the memory of your beautiful wife remain in this wonderful song ❤️
TheTexn
9 months ago
I would expect to hear this at the gates of Heaven.
George Boeck
1 month ago
Odd isn't it that being normally dressed makes the music more immediate.
christina giannaros
Mark Angelo Valdejueza
6 months ago
It's a recording actually. They're recording it for Sabine's album
2 weeks ago
Agreed. No distractions of big gowns etc. I found it far easier to concentrate on the music - no distractions.
Spektrom
2 months ago
You're not alone I cried a river. I'm discovering this kind of music. This morning in my car I switched the FM by mistake just to be in shock listening to these beauty, masterpiece or whatever it is! Stunning! I'm already open to take a seat at the next opera and cry again and again. Wow!
VIMDODF
5 months ago
Please tell me I'm not the only one who cried when they started singing together? What beauty!
Bill Nolastname
11 months ago
It looks like I wandered onto the good part of YouTube again.....
valeria fernandez
Kay Harpa
11 months ago
they are recording a CD so they have not to be dressed as for a concert - can't you see the microphones ? They never sing with microphones in concert.
9 months ago
Wow! Maybe humankind has a chance...
David B
limeBlender
9 months ago
If you get a chance, wangle your way into a opera rehearsal. I was a stage manager in opera for a couple of years, and opera rehearsals are fascinating.  Very different from theatre. Very chatty, principal singers usually know each other so they catch up and hang. Everyone comes in knowing their part, so it’s about refining the singing to fit the maestro’s vision and learning what the stage director’s wants. All this to say, everyone’s in their everyday clothes, and then they’ll be standing right in front of the stage management table singing an absolutely glorious aria, full voice, right at you. Find someone who knows someone and get thee to a rehearsal!
6 months ago
Wrap up the YouTube binge. You've probably just seen the best thing you're going to see today!
Dirk R. Botterbusch
2 days ago
This is what I imagine angels would sound like.
Lithonobio L
4 weeks ago
English translation:
Under the thick dome where the white jasmine
With the roses entwined together
On the river bank covered with flowers laughing in the morning
Let us descend together!

Gently floating on its charming risings,
On the river’s current
On the shining waves,
One hand reaches,
Reaches for the bank,
Where the spring sleeps,
And the bird, the bird sings.

Under the thick dome where the white jasmine
Ah! calling us
Together!

Under the thick dome where white jasmine
With the roses entwined together
On the river bank covered with flowers laughing in the morning
Let us descend together!

Gently floating on its charming risings,
On the river’s current
On the shining waves,
One hand reaches,
Reaches for the bank,
Where the spring sleeps,
And the bird, the bird sings

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General Software Discussion / Re: no VLC bookmarks
« on: March 02, 2020, 02:23 AM »
@holt:
These might help:

You will be able to find these and several other useful links if you do a duckduckgo search on "vlc Help". You will probably find the answers to most of your VLC-related questions at those various links.
IainB, I'll see what I can find out. Many thanks.  :Thmbsup:

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Aunti Bio-Ticks, the perfect CDC (Center for Disease Control) 'anti-biotics' pharmaceuticals female cyborg. Matronly and punctual, she never gets tired, sick, or has a bad day.

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Living Room / Re: Muse : What do you think of this article ?
« on: February 27, 2020, 06:25 PM »
Searching for articles I found this in amazon :

https://choosemuse.com/

What do you think  ?

I have heard in the past about similar things.
 :-* :P

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It's too bad it costs so much @ $250, plus the need for a tablet to work in tandem with the headband piece, for I believe the product to have an awesome potential due to its dynamic bio-feedback function.
In reading about it, I was reminded of my former employer's yearly hearing loss monitoring tests because of the noisy environment I worked in. You would sit in a soundproof booth with a pair of earphones on and a pushbutton gripper in your hand. In dead silence, a faint pure frequency audio tone would slowly become more and more audible, and you were supposed to press the button the instant you began to hear the faintest trace of tone signal, causing it to fade just in and out of ultimate audiblity. Each time, the tone would come to one ear, and then the other. Then the next time, it would come at a different frequency. There it 'hovered' -so to speak- suspended deep in my mind, in the innermost center of my subjective consciousness. The effect was deeply trancelike, almost spellbinding, and infinitely soothing to the nervous system.
I wish I could afford to get this device, but I shall console myself with what I already have, such as these two 'throbber' binaural tone signals:
1hr Delta Binaural Beat Session (3hz) ~ Pure
1hr Delta Binaural Beat Session (0.9hz) ~ Pure
Wikipedia article giving an explanation of binaural beats: Beat (acoustics)
Quote: A binaural beat is an auditory illusion perceived when two different pure-tone sine waves, both with frequencies lower than 1500 Hz, with less than a 40 Hz difference between them, are presented to a listener dichotically (one through each ear).

There are other ways to achieve a therapeutic 'altered' state of mind: in a mental concentration exercise, one is instructed to look at the circular dial face of an analog timepiece such as a wall clock, bedside clock, or wristwatch, and focus exclusively on the tip of the second hand as it sweeps the face of the clock making one complete revolution every 60 seconds. The object of the exercise is to deliberately eliminate all intellectual thoughts of speech or word verbalization both out loud and mentally in the mind. The instant a thought of a word forms in one's consciousness, one is to start over. Functionally speaking, you don't have to quit and wait for the second hand to reach 12 in order to start again; just mentally note the instant you formed a word or sentence fragment and start over from that point wherever you may be on the dial. You are to restart again and again, striving for inner mastery. Novices may anticipate success rates of just a few seconds, up to the better portion of a full minute. Pros may expect to achieve several minutes at a time. The exercise is to be performed for ten minutes at a time, or however portion of that interval you may manage before inner fatigue forces you to quit the exercise for the day. Especially for novices, ten minutes per day is the recommended limit not to exceed, as the exercise can be surprisingly rigorous.
I have never been able to achieve the goal of a full ten minutes of speechless and wordless concentration at a time, and I usually resort to doing it nowadays when I have found it useful to distract my physical mind and phase out because of suffering from illness, injury, or stress.
One may see the similarities between this and the Neurofeedback device; an inner state of mind is approached, in which the formation of words becomes the means of which one directs one's mind to refocus again and again as a form of inner meditation.

Then again, often I just commune with our cat as she relaxes purring beside me. :)

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General Software Discussion / Re: no VLC bookmarks
« on: February 25, 2020, 09:00 PM »
Does either VLC or MPC-BE have ALC -Automatic Level Control- for Volume?

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It occurred to me in a salient moment of pessimistic whit that an alien master race prior to going extinct, goofed up the creation of the Solar System in a markedly 'human' political tour de farce, somewhat as follows;
The Asteroids were a prime example of bickering between rival political factions, a la alien-style 'Republicans vs Democrats', in which the original planet got accidentally blown to pieces by super weapons.
Mars' water was appropriated by the Saturn faction to populate Saturn's ice rings.
Earth's Moon was set up as a penal colony, and its pockmarked surface is the result of successive armed uprisings, all of which were put down by prison wardens.
Venus is a bio-weapons experiment gone wrong.
Jupiter is a combination comet- & asteroid-sweep, and cleaning solution storehouse of ammonia bi-chemical compounds.
Pluto was intended to be a way station but got placed in the wrong orbit.
Earth was supposed to be a theme park vacation resort, in which the park flora & fauna got loose because of plate tectonics, and took over.
Mercury was a botched attempt to turn a gas giant into another Earthlike planet by putting it too close to the Sun, causing it to go too far in a misguided plan to boil off its unwanted gaseous shroud and leaving a burnt-out cinder.
Uranus' north-south axis was the original orientation of the entire planetary system, including the Sun, all of which somehow got misaligned due to a data conversion error in the Solar System's original template optics.
Neptune remains a perplexing mystery, except that it was rumored to have originally been annexed from the Alpha Centauri system, which wanted it back.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Alarms & Clock
« on: February 16, 2020, 10:20 PM »
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FYI: Google -> Microsoft
Man, was that ever easy to do. Many thanks, 4wd!  :Thmbsup:

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General Software Discussion / Windows 10 Alarms & Clock
« on: February 16, 2020, 05:35 PM »
Is there any way to run two separate instances of Alarms simultaneously; like, one for one time at AM and one for a different time in PM?

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