Author: Rick Thues

Multilingual

Episode #646 June 19, 2021 Technology demands that we are multilingual. Religion, society, trades, sports and entertainment also require us to speak many languages. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX_NeOkcFec As a computer consultant a common observation is that clients try to speak Geek. “I’ve been hacked,” she said. “Why do you think so?” i asked. “Someone is uploading viruses to my Google. Apple Support says they have detected a Major Security Issue on my computer,” she states. i think in fluent Geek: “She has been tricked into installing malware. The adware is popping up fake alerts in Safari which say that the Apple tech...

Infinity

Episode #645 June 12, 2021 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5… Keep counting.   Can you count to an infinite number? You can try. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WN0T-Ee3q4 A person can count the integers by adding the number “1” to each number: 0+1=1, 1+1=2, 2+1=3… The person could keep counting until their death without reaching infinity. Let’s make a solar powered computer to count to infinity. It would count until the Earth or the Sun was destroyed. Still, it would not have counted to infinity. Most computer programs, such as operating systems, are designed to run until the program or the computer is...

Susurration

Episode #644 June 5, 2021 The wind is a susurrus. The susurration of wind in trees whispers the secrets of their leaves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld6fAO4idaI Osmosis is almost silent, but on a molecular scale it is a susurration. Calmness speaks in the babbling of a brook; the murmuring of water. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX0ecr8YW_w Politicians mumble in droning undertones of deception. The Internet is a susurrus of untruth. Yet the truth is found between its lines. i saw a rustling of flowers in a mustard field. It was accompanied by ravens’ not so quiet calls. From the field emerged a Lynx. She shook her head...

Master of None

Episode #643 May 29, 2021 “Jack of all Trades, Master of None.” Not a criticism, but a virtue.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGxUbNxtp6g Flexibility, innovation, intuition and improvisation come from a broad base of knowledge. A competent man should be able to… “… change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. —...

Relief

Episode #642 May 22, 2021 From time to time in my life i have felt a freedom.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8h-Ltha_9w On the last day of high school i realized that there were no lessons to study. There would be no alarm in the morning. No test loomed on the horizon. i was accepted to college and would be flying to a new life after the summer, but that was a summer away. i had no job, nor did i need to work because of scholarships to Notre Dame. There was nothing at all for me to do. i was free. A...

Painting

Episode #641 May 15, 2021 Painting is an art best left to painters.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVSdFvft4hc Fine art painting is a skill which requires great knowledge and training with an understanding of foundation, design, proportion, contrast and mathematics. Painting a house is just as technical as fine art, requiring the same skills. It is said that painting a house is 80% preparation and 20% painting. Preparation starts with an analysis of the substrate. Is the facia rotted? Why is the paint peeling? What replacement construction is required before the project can begin? Some damage can be repaired and patched by...