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Patience

Episode 607 September 19, 2020 Slow is smooth and smooth is fast. It is important to approach any situation cautiously and with patience.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So0ZrTwf8vI Navy seals training dictates a slow, cautious and aware ingress. A cautious approach allows troops to take in the lay of the land. The more that is observed the better the formulation of a plan. The better the plan, the less resistance is likely to be met. The phrase, "Slow is smooth and smooth is fast" may have originated with Wyatt Earp when he said, "Take your time in a hurry" while describing a gun...

New Computer

Episode #606 September 11, 2020  i was pretty sure that my next computer would be an iPad Pro.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQIZ-Esbg_c Since i moved my bLog composition online to WordPress my most critical application is platform agnostic.  With a monitor, external keyboard and mouse the iPad can replace my aging 27” iMac desktop. An iPad is very portable. The cost of an iPad is less than an iMac or a MacBook Pro. Fully loaded with 1TB of storage a 12.9” iPad Pro costs $1,500. i already have a 30” monitor, keyboard and mouse so those are not additional costs for me....

Mountain to Muhammad

Episode 605 September 5, 2020 “Mahomet cald the Hill to come to him. And when the Hill stood still, he was neuer a whit abashed, but said; If the Hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet wil go to the hil.” —Francis Bacon, “Essays, 1625. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FtbEIMAsBsY If an unmovable force will not be moved, then it must be approached on its own terms.  Muhammad ordered Mount Safa to come to him and it did not. He concluded that God had been merciful, since if the mountain had come he and his followers would have been crushed. So Muhammad went to...

POD

Episode 604 August 29, 2020 Last week my dear friend Patrick Owen Doyle died. Since high school, fifty years ago, he was always there to listen, talk and understand.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX_TFkut1PM What follows are two tributes. The first tribute is a poem written about Pat in 2003 for his 50th birthday. pod the inventor, a recombinator whose vision sees simple, "all the technology exists," t.s. eliot said. there is nothing that is new, only what is, in a new group next year. an engineer, precision assembler, everything dependent on what was before and after, like cascading dominos, once begun cannot...

Lists

Episode 603 August 21, 2020 It’s a good thing that i don’t need as many reminders as i used to need. Alarms, nudges and schedules are not so important to me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8SCnup2VC8 Lists, however, are what guide my life. Without lists i might not remember what to do today. Do i need groceries? Grocery list. What will i do around the little red house? Projects, Garage, Yard, Greenhouse and Hardware store lists. General purchases? Amazon, Costco and Stuff to Buy lists. Do we want to go on a trip? RV buy list, Trailer checklist, Skydiving list and Bucket list. Until...

SOP

Episode 602 August 15, 2020 Sometimes i go with the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deHw3WY1mm8 i bought a utility trailer kit for various hauling tasks around the ranch. It assembled easily. The directions were clear. The SOP of assembly required a friend to flip the trailer over. It weighs 450 lbs. Other than that i completed the assembly myself. The fit was reasonable and almost all the parts were included. A drive up gate was missing, so i contacted the retailer and the manufacturer. The retailer’s SOP is to contact the manufacturer and get back to me. i have confidence...