“I should feel guilty”

Now I know why I used to say that, and what it hid.


April 29, 2015 at 5:16 pm Leave a comment

Electronic Vice Mechanical Watches, And Class

November 20, 2015

First let me say that I consider this to be inevitable.  I’ve been wrong before, but this is based on the tendencies of those who wish to consider themselves the elite, the percentage of one percent.  Their first impulse thus is to–attempt to be contrary to the mob, the pack, whom they generally will term “the herd‟ and “sheep‟.

Those are inept terms.  The herd does not rend and kill; only the pack does that.  It’s conceivable that there are those among us who could be aptly characterized as part of the herd; oddly enough most wear suits.  If they dared enter the pack they would be either fodder or bait, most likely the latter.  One of them characterized me as collecting welfare because I’m a disabled veteran; I tried to post that here and succeeded on Twitter.  I wonder how he’s doing; I haven’t heard from him since.  Veterans can be a nasty lot.  I’ve wandered.

Apple, Google and Lord knows who might have come out with their clever electronic versions of watches.  They even keep absolutely accurate time!  That was a true innovation around 1973 when a friend of mine got one of the very first LED watches for far, far too much money.  I simply cannot see the virtue of a watch that is a phone, but I’m dubious about phones.  Cell phones are an abomination, a mix between party lines and suicidal idiots who always have the right of way.  (Party lines were a sort of phone connection, not a drug.)

There are also a great many people who actually like mechanical watches, or even would-be clever watches like the automatic kind, which merely wind themselves.  Some, like those of Stauer, even manage to be [extremely] affordable and still have quality.  Bear in mind that they are just not to be compared somehow to even Bulovas, Citizens or Seikos. [Bear in mind too that there are extremely high-priced examples of each that by report are well worth the money; certainly the low to mid-range ones are.]

Somehow the Apple Watch, even in GOLD and encrusted with diamonds…doesn’t compare with a Stauer Automatic, let alone (say) a Movado Zenith.  These are relatively inexpensive watches–the very most expensive of the first is from 1K USD to 25K (there are sales, it’s a genuine tourbillon); the second is generally valued at around 2.5K USD from what I can find.  The modern automatic movement watch has the movement visible from the back as well, which means a lot of intricate gears with the jewels, yes, noticeable.  In fact, they’re bigger than some of the diamonds sold as jewelry in department stores.  Mind you, the jewels found in watches tend to be synthetic, especially the big one that’s the crystal.

At the very same time that there is a movement toward the blue-toothed contingent (and bionic entrance into IoT, so to speak, with all its perils intact), there is going to be what amounts to a retro movement.  A great deal of it will simply have to do with the beauty of a mechanical movement in a watch as opposed to a battery and very few mechanical elements if any.  (Most have some, if only to adjust the time.)

As a personal note, I wouldn’t have one of the nouveau watches.  Each to their own, hers or his.

November 21, 2015 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment

How to Keep a Neat Desktop Program List (All Windows Versions)

Some easy tricks with Windows that only started with the neat Program List.

Continue Reading October 31, 2015 at 1:28 am Leave a comment

Finally, Another Entry

I’ve been writing almost frantically for about a month.  I’m recapturing about 40 years worth of notes and thought, none of which could ever be shared because the words were lacking in the English language.  The concepts are either too simple (most likely) or too complicated (possible) for most people to begin to comprehend.  Then again according to the theory itself this would have to be true.  It actually is a theory in that I have made predictions about various things and then investigated to see whether I was correct or incorrect in the predictions.

I was incorrect, for instance, in predicting a social breakdown in the United States in 2012 due to growing enforced economic disparity which had become too glaringly evident to be hidden.  Rather than that, there is the panoply of glowing veils and Japanese Room Separators, along with the CGI-gifted Virtual Imagery of our increasingly ideal world (that of, that is, images of others rather than the bothersome reality; our dross transformed to gold; our goals personified in mythical creatures created by Photoshop and our own desperate need to be deceived…

Over 90% of the U.S. population lives in cities.  Big cities.  They are fascinated by the concept of being able to survive in the woods (that they call wilderness).  They are so fascinated by the wild that they actually think they can have beasts of prey as pets, take no special care with them and deal with them entirely bereft of any understanding (of anything, perhaps)–and expect to survive.  These are the ones who brandish weapons (instead of using them) and are surprised when doing so has made them vulnerable.  They are so fascinated by death and war they burst into colleges, schools for near-infants and shopping malls–so that they can kill without any probable fear of hurt to themselves.  [Most of them don’t think that they could survive boot camp, which is why they take the coward’s route.]  Note that they’re usually correct in thinking that, as well.

The media has transformed them.  It wasn’t the government, as Orwell and many others thought.  The government in the U.S. is pretty well a product of the people and our lack of will.  Those who truly govern us, hidden on boards if visible at all, owners (if you merely look at the balance of registered wealth, as many have now) of most of the game…do so only because we allow them to do so.  If all the governed are dead, there are no governors.  Nor are there firearms with infinite magazines.

What I am writing toward is a version of ‘the truth’, not that I think that is something to be expressed in terms of language as most of us know it.  [That is why I am a zen Buddhist.]  Wish me luck.  I simply haven’t energy to keep up with the rest.

October 25, 2015 at 8:46 pm Leave a comment

Writing (The Agenbite of Inwit, perhaps?) Frenetically

That–the writing part, that is–is what I’ve been doing.  Not e-mail, which I increasingly regard with dubiety (since it’s impersonal almost without exception) nor cruising the net.  My cat is even feeling neglected.

One part of writing is that soldier (or whatever participant and in whatever War) who is lost within it–confused within that very common problem we orphans have of finding any sort of identity.  Note I didn’t say “combined” nor did I mean to do so.

I’m also working toward publishing poetry for the first time in forty years.  It’s daunting to start.

I’m also considering if I should try for college especially since given the statistics I shouldn’t hope for a whole lot longer.  However, the company would be nice and would distract me nicely me from the constant pain.

The painkillers will never increase in this country.  I bet I can’t leave this country unless I divorce my wife or she’s dead.  She has finally said differently, but it would be very hard for her.  Going to Canada would also mean leaving my cat in one way or another I’m rather sure.  Since she’s crushed if I go for too long a drive, it would mean putting her to sleep.  14 years is a long time for a pet, and I think she’s earned her place.

As far as the pain goes, well, it’s more than I can stand.  Now think about that, and my alternatives.

Wish me luck.

October 8, 2015 at 2:06 am Leave a comment

Briefly Set-System Relationships

A system has complex* relationships rather than simple relationships between units of the set* which comprises it. That complexity is the difference. Otherwise it would basically be a set representing a set. A system has rules and is probably always artificial (for our purposes, mind). A set is a defined group of items whose only necessary relationship is that they be defined as related. A system meant to describe a set can be simple or complex because it may or may not have rules about relationships between its components. *A complex relationship would be capable of class recognition; a simple relationship in a representative set would mean…there would be as many members in the set used to represent as in the set represented, and that there would be only one relationship between members of the representative “system”–representing the given set. A set is a bunch of things, sort of like “Just (a) Bunch Of Disks” or “JBOD” in computer lingo and talking about drive setup. A system has those complex relationships I mentioned.

That’s one note for today, and hopefully it will leave you thoroughly confused. There is more to it (there should be; that tidbit represents 40 years of dedicated thought and 10 in particular about set-system relationships).

These definitions don’t relate to mathematical operations and are roughly my own.

I really do promise not to overdo posts like this.  I just had to prove I am really doing something.

October 4, 2015 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

Facebook Disconnect–Stop Facebook Tracking You

Ever wonder how much Facebook is tracking you?  This isn’t so much to answer that question (it’s quite a bit) as to…prevent it from happening.  That makes it easy to answer and a number I can easily understand.  Seems to work, too.  By the way, that one isn’t that I’m paranoid (I officially am) as that it’s pretty well open news that Facebook tracks you.  For your own good, of course.  Or something.

September 29, 2015 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment


This is a nice short one.  One of the very first and I meant the very first means of communicating on the Internet after those cursed bulletin boards was Prodigy, which is unmentioned in Wikipedia and the like.  Those delightful people reserved unto themselves the right and chore to peer through your e-mails to make sure there was nothing objectionable (nor, I’m sure, salacious, and I’m sure too that hankies came with the job, pun intended thankee).  Users (I was a user) agreed to it.  They might terminate your rights to usage if you didn’t…do whatever.  Not excite them too much.  It was over 20 years ago, after all.

You guys have little worries about privacy?  Geeze.

September 23, 2015 at 7:01 pm Leave a comment

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