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How low can you go?

 I have not taken my blood pressure in months.
I been feeling dizzy and faint.
This morning it was very bad… I felt like I was going to faint at any time.  I took Dar’s mail to the mail box and came back and just took my blood pressure.
  It is 105/54.  Both those numbers are low.  It is very low for me.  Not sure what is causing my blood pressure to be so low.
I am not going to take my blood pressure medications this morning.  I am going to start taking my blood pressure daily.

Update:  Recent readings
June 29th
June 30th
1100  110/61    66




Should the Confederate Flag be removed from Government Buildings?

 I was looking around the web and I saw a site with an interesting vote.  Newsmax put the question “Do you think the Confederate flag should be removed from all government buildings in the U.S?”
I was wondering how Americans would vote on that question.
The vote site said that Newsmax was a news organization.  It also was setup so you had to enter your email address, and confirm it, and your ZIP code and who you voted for in the last election.

  So I did it.
My guess would be that about 20% would say NO do not take the flag down.  I was guessing that 80% of Americans would say take it down.

Well I voted and then confirmed my email address when I confirmed my email address.

Then they gave me the current results of the vote.
They said that 3,966 (84%) voted “No, don’t remove the flags.”
They said 745 (15%) voted “Yes, remove the flags.”

OK anyone can see that is not a correct  fair vote.  No matter how you may feel about the issue you should have the ability to see that is not the feeling of the American people.

So who or what is Newsmax?

Newsmax Media, commonly called Newsmax, is a conservative[1] American news media organization founded by Christopher Ruddy and based in West Palm Beach, Florida. It operates the news website Newsmax.com, publishes the Franklin Prosperity Report and Newsmaxmagazine, and runs a conservative cable news channel Newsmax TV.

  This type of “news” reporting hurts us all.  It also is not good for conservatives.  Fox News and Newsmax feed the right lies.
Again..This HURTS the right wing.  When they get lies fed to them it makes it harder for them to fight for the causes they believe in.
So hate groups like Fox News and Newsmax are helping the Democrats.

  I just did a check of YouTube and Newsmax has a LOT of videos on YouTube.  Their videos get very few hits.  

Taiwan water park explosion!

See CNN story

Wow 510 people injured and 183 in the intensive care units.  How sad.  I guess a flammable powder exploded in midair.
Fire in a small area with a lot of people there and running through flames.  A hell on earth.
We all know how burns hurt and how much pain people have from burns.
I hope that China will assit if they can and if we have any people in the area I hope we will do everything we can to help people.
It is very early but it sounds like city of New Taipei and Taiwan has done well in the response.
Not so sure about regulation and inspection and pre-event safety.  But they can look into that later.

I worry here in the USA about air shows.  Americans love their guns, car races and air shows.  I think the risk at air shows is very high.  One accident there could be worst than the above accident and could be worst than 911.


Texas Not Going to Hire Religious Employees?

Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, a Republican, issued a directive to state agencies saying that employees should not be penalized for refusing to act in violation of their beliefs. “No Texan is required by the Supreme Court’s decision to act contrary to his or her religious beliefs regarding marriage,” he said in a statement.    HuffingtonPost

 Then I guess, in order to follow the law, that the state of Texas is NOT going to hire any employee that can not do his job.  So, from now on, no employee that has anything to do with processing marriage matters can be a person that has religious beliefs that will prevent him from following the law of the land?

I am not sure it would be legal for a HR department to ask a person’s religion.  So as part of applying for a job a person should have to sign a form that they can and will follow the law and issue a marrage license to all persons?


Hulu with ShowTime

    Starting in July you can get ShowTime on Hulu.  It looks like you can get a 30 day free try and then after that if you want the service it will be $8.99 a month in addition to your $7.99 a month Hulu subscription.

I will take the free try for sure.
Right now I pay for Hulu, Netflix and CBS All Access.  Now if they keep adding things like this … I might as well just have cable TV?  That is a question by the way.

I had cable for years and years and from time to time I had HBO and ShowTime service and a few others.
I am not sure if there is anything now on HBO or ShowTime that I want to see.
I guess the free try will let me know after a month.


Is this the start of Alzheimer’s disease

  My mother died of Alzheimer’s disease.  We were lucky with her.  We did not have the problems that many have when someone gets it.
I would not want to get it and have it effect my family.
I would want to know that I had it so I could make sure I could prevent it from hurting my family.

I do sort of look for things …
My memory has never been great.
Sometimes things happen and I wonder.
The other day I paid the rent online. The rent for this two bedroom apartment is $680.00 a month.  I went online and I paid $860.00 for the month.  The office called me later and pointed out my error.  I did not know that I had put in the wrong amount.  Right now I am waiting for them to tell me how we can correct the error.
No matter what they decide it will be OK with me.  If they just give me credit for the next bill that will be OK but I will be hurting during the month not having that money.  I am on a limited income.  But I will make it.

I been waiting for Seinfeld” to come to Hulu Plus.  I been watching the count down videos there.  Yesterday was the first day all the shows were on Hulu Plus.
So yesterday I went to Netflix and searched a number of times for the show and, of course, I could not find it.  It was on Hulu Plus and not Netflix.

Amateur Radio Field Day – Fort Worth TX 6/27/2015 to 6/28/2015

Amateur Radio “Field Day” 2015, June 2728
Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service
June 22, 2015

Members of the Cowtown Amateur Radio Club of Fort Worth will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 2728 at Trinity Park, Fort Worth (Between the miniature train station and children’s playground). Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For over 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 45,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2014.

“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smart phone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smart phones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”

“Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”

The Cowtown ARC volunteers for many of the area events like the Cowtown Marathon, Concerts in the Park, area walks, bike rides and runs. Many of our members also volunteer as first responders in the various community organizations both city and non-city.


Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as Cowtown Amateur Radio Club, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Fort Worth and the DFW Metro Area.

For more information about Field Day, contact Tommy Davis and Kiah Albert or visit  www.w5sjz.org and  www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio

Playing with Ubuntu

  Ubuntu_15.04How long has it been?  I removed Windows from my computer not long ago and I only have Ubuntu on my computer.  I miss some of the Windows programs.  Many of them I paid money for and now I can not use them.  But I am holding firm and I am not a Windows user.
For years I have had a dual boot system.  I could boot into Windows or Ubuntu.  Of course most of the time I would take the easy way out and just boot into Windows.

You can do a lot with the Linux operating system.  I can still play Civ V now under Ubuntu!
There are different version of Linux.  Many of them are based on Ubuntu.
Many cell phones, tablets and other devices in fact are running Linux systems.
GNOME_Shell Now for a desktop or laptop running Linux, let us say Ubuntu, there are different desktop environments.  One will come as default when you install say Ubuntu.  They use the Unity as the desktop environment. 
The image top left gives you a little idea of what the Unity desktop looks like.
I like the Unity desktop but this week I been installing some others and playing with them.  One is
GNOME.  See it above left.  I have used it before in the past.  In fact Ubuntu used it and then switched to the current Unity.
The last couple of days I been using a GNOME version Cairo-Dock.  I love it.

I am not recommending that any of you give up Windows or Apple O/S.  I just wanted you to know that there are other operating systems out there.

One minute of 4K ultra HD images from ISS

This week NASA released a first look at the ultra-high definition video shot at the International Space Station. NASA said on its website, that the video will “bestow the most breathtaking views of planet Earth and space station activities ever acquired for consumption by those still dreaming of making the trip to outer space.”

WIRED took the liberty of selecting one minute of the most stunning of these first 4K ultra HD images.



I spent the last couple of days playing with Ubuntu, Zorin 9 and OpenSUSE.
I been using Ubuntu for years and in fact now it is the O/S that I use.  I do not even run Windows O/S.
Zorin I been playing with for the last year or so.  It is nice.  It is a good Linux system for someone that wants to easy into Linux and wants a feel for Windows.
OpenSUSE 13.2 was new to me.  It is interesting.  It has a lot of nice features.  I guess it is the desktop that is is using.
I could just install the desktop on Ubuntu.

I still do not have the new cell phone that I want.   Jimmy’s router went out and so I got a new one for Russ and I and gave them, Dar and Jimmy, our old one.
I do not see any increase in speed with the new router we got.  But it is a good one.  The old one was a Belkin.
The new one we have now is a Belkin AC1200.  Has some nice options.  It is a “Gigabit router” and my computer is connected by cable so I should see some increase in speed.


Not sure now if I will get the new cell phone.  I am on a limited income.  Well I will get the new cell phone just not sure if I will get it this month.
I need a new desk chair plus have a few other wants.

Update:   Here is some information I received from a friend, Ron, about routers.

The Belkin AC1200 uses the Broadcom chipset. It’s the best of the few around that all modems are built upon.
It’s the fastest & holds the line better (no dropouts & that kind of thing).

The Broadcom chipset was the reason I bought my previous modem/router, a TP-Link, which I used for 4 or 5 years. The reason I bought the newer Billion modem/router last year was it had a newer version of the Broadcom chipset, also the ability of fine tuning the settings to get slightly faster performance over the cable. I noticed a speed increase immediately over the older Broadcom chipset. Maybe 50% faster.

Your model is better at doing wireless, but not so good with the built in software & firmware, maybe compatibility or functionality issues they need to iron out, where mine is better with the built in software & not so good at wireless. Not that it matters, but I’m a techie, so I hope you can forgive the geek talk. I would’ve stuck with TP-Link, as they’re very reliable & fairly cheap, but Billion put the most effort into the software & settings. I don’t use the wireless features so I decided I could live with the weaker range compared to other models. In conclusion. Everyone’s happy. Good. :)

Movie: Eva

  I just watch “Eva” on Netflix.  I was going to give it three stars but because of the ending I had to give it four stars.