Friday, March 27, 2015

Phoning it in

Random thoughts and impulses blasting through my squash this morning. Some of them original to me, some stolen from real people.

I have a chromebook which I like very much. I've become quite enamored of the google drive as well, and I'm even learning how to use google sheets. That said, I've developed this goofy mental tic regarding the chromebook's battery. A long time ago the internet told me that to maximize computer battery life, you should let them discharge completely before recharging. And you shouldn't leave them plugged in. Something about the battery developing a faulty "memory" regarding it's charge. I've no idea if this is true and I haven't bothered to research it.

Nevertheless, I find myself letting the battery completely discharge before plugging the computer back in. Well, I actually try to catch it at one percent. But I usually get caught up in composing and fail to monitor the meter closely enough. So while banging on the keyboard like a chimpanzee the screen suddenly goes dark. Then I have to plug in, turn on, and navigate my way back to where I was. Yep, I do that. But I never completely discharge my phone, which is also a computer I like a lot and want to carefully maintain. Freaky, innit?

Robert Heinlein on the scientific method:

"There are but two ways of forming an opinion in science. One is the scientific method; the other, the scholastic. One can judge from experiment, or one can blindly accept authority. To the scientific mind, experimental proof is all important, and theory is merely a convenience in description, to be junked when it no longer fits. To the academic mind, authority is everything, and facts are junked when they do not fit theory laid down by authority."

Mark Twain on this blog post:

"PERSONS attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot."
BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR, Per G.G., Chief of Ordnance.

And finally, a non-spectacular sunset made interesting via the magic of a phone app.

Havew a superb day, all.


  1. Not bad, PA, Not Bad at all! Humorous with a bit of educational value and an artistic finish. The Czechoslovakian judge gives it a 7.5.

  2. And how is night descending on the Plains (even with the absence of bright hues) ever non-spectacular?

    Nicely done.

    New English Judge: 9.5.

    1. That's a good point, Sarge, and proof that one can take things for granted. Is kinda purty, isn't it?

      9.5? Ruh-roh. My hat's getting tight again. Always a bad sign.