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by C. Don
Rated: 18+ · Book · Scientific · #2262478
Just stuff I thought of while getting a little exercise.
The doctor was serious. "You are getting too lazy for a 78 year-old. Watch your diet, then do some exercise to burn off a hundred calories every day."
A writer's life is sitting in a chair. I can't stand just exercising, pumping iron, push-ups. So, I had to come up with something interesting while getting a little exercise.
Our neighborhood has 23 McMansions on 1 acre lots. It's about one mile round trip to walk past them all. At my normal gait, it takes about 25 minutes. MtFitnessPal says 25 minutes at 3.5 mph is worth 129 calories. So that's what I'll do... but at first it might be a little boring.
But 25 minutes, doing a mindless task, allows the mind to wonder. Maybe I can make it into a mindless blog.
603 Writer's Conference
June 4, 2023 at 1:09pm
My memoir has lain dormant for too long. So, yesterday I went to the 603 Writer's Conference at SNHU in Hooksett, NH to get inspiration. The conference was created by the New Hampshire Writer's Project (NHWP) and had a great program, Keynote speaker, and food (gosh I like chocolate dipped strawberries and double brownies) . The attendance was fair, I'd guess a dozen or so tables seating six. I signed up for Robin Baskerville's Workshop "The Readable, Writable Memoi... [Read more]
Pile of Words
August 18, 2022 at 5:13pm
Yesterday, I finished reading "Philosophical Writings of Peirce." 378 pages. Gosh! What a pile of words. Many of his comments about consciousness are similar to today's, but he didn't have modern technical terms to express them (simulation, physical learning, nurture-emulation, 1/2 sec pre-cognition response). His understanding of evolution was firm, but in his last chapter, he was burdened with the GOD (or similar) interpretation. I see life as an abstraction of the Gai... [Read more]
March 31, 2022 at 9:46pm
I had my six month followup appointment today. The doctor said, "Boring... your blood work is boring... your BMI is approaching optimum... your pants are down 2 sizes... BP Sys and Dia are kissing normal... you are on track with Maderna shots and boosters... boring. No Gout or kidney stones... boring. Don't you ever do anything risky? Break a bone? Fall down stairs? Anything?" "Nope... or, maybe... once shoveling snow, but everybody falls shoveling snow." "Hurt... [Read more]
Fickle Snow
March 25, 2022 at 10:52pm
Yesterday I started my walk just as the snow started. Temp was about 29°F, but no wind. Soft, fuzzy, flakes, most were maybe a half inch big, and less than a foot apart. The sky was bright, clouded, but as the snow fell past the distant, dark evergreens, I could see what the term 'countless' means. The scene was mesmerizing. Half an hour later, when I returned home, the walk and driveway way were just starting to turn white. By morning there was four inches built up. It took 90 min... [Read more]
February 21, 2022 at 10:46pm
Last night I finished reading The Emperor's New Mind by Roger Penrose, every single page of 581, written 33 years ago. I could follow each sentence, most paragraphs, and some chapters as a whole. But in a few places I was just bewildered. Near the end, I think he is referring to the transcendent grasp of reality that evades a simple description in words or language. A feeling of correctness without proof. He spent 400 pages showing the methods of mathematical proofs, a smattering of q... [Read more]
Quantum Imaginations
January 24, 2022 at 10:35pm
Working with the reading I've done lately, I think it would be a good idea to resurrect the term Aether, not for electromagnetic waves, but for the matrix sometimes used to describe what is 'waving' in Quantum Physics. It gives the wave nature to matter and photons. Then we can use it to support my idea that light speed is not constant. Aether is like a 3-D net thrown by the Big Bang and continuously unfurling over time. Where the farther away from BB the higher the tension is ... [Read more]
January 5, 2022 at 2:34pm
My interest in consciousness lead me to read an article in The Atlantic, 'A Neuroscientist Prepares for Death' last week. The crux of David J. Linden's article: The field of neuroscience has changed significantly in the 43 years since I joined it. I was taught that the brain is essentially reactive: Stimuli impinge on the sense organs (eyes, ears, skin, etc.), these signals are conveyed to the brain, a bit of computation happens, some neural decisions are made, and then impulses... [Read more]
More Consciousness
December 30, 2021 at 2:44pm
Doing a bit of research I've found some stuff that supports my repeated memories observation. It's called the Hebbian Doctrine . From Wikipedia, discussing the brain at the neuron cell level, we have: The theory attempts to explain associative or Hebbian learning, in which simultaneous activation of cells leads to pronounced increases in synaptic strength between those cells. It also provides a biological basis for errorless learning methods for education and memory rehabilitation... [Read more]
Chasing Consciousness
December 24, 2021 at 11:05pm
I have been reading about consciousness since the first Personal Computers came out in the late 1970s. I developed a crude operating system for an Intel 8008 chip project in 1973. There weren't many texts on operating system design back then, so I had to experiment and try new things on my own. The first thing I had to do was create a Bootstrap Loader. Enter five commands by hand, then let the chip read those commands and load the rest of the code, overwriting the manual commands as it ... [Read more]
Gadgets and Privacy
December 18, 2021 at 9:26pm
We're expecting snow this afternoon, so I took my walk early. I stopped to chat with a neighbor two doors up. We got into a discussion of gadgets and software. I said I have five Alexa devices in my house. He was flabbergasted... and against using Google Echo Dots anywhere; at home, at work, at school, anyplace. He fears security, privacy, and big brother listening in. I think we have no real privacy any more... for some time...so why not use the gadgets. They can a quite helpful. ... [Read more]
Are neurons similar to DRAMS?
December 11, 2021 at 10:12pm
From electronics notes: What is DRAM technology? https://www.electronics-notes.com/articles/electronic_components/semiconductor-ic-memory/dynamic-ram-dram-technology.php As the name DRAM, or dynamic random access memory, implies, this form of memory technology is a type of random access memory. It stores each bit of data on a small capacitor within the memory cell. The capacitor can be either charged or discharged and this provides the two states, "1" or "0" for the cell. ... [Read more]
December 6, 2021 at 11:51pm
I looked up qualia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qualia and it turned out to be over 20 pages of heavy philosophy. I have four of the references they quoted (out of 76) in my library. Those guys use better words to say about the same thing as I was referring to Sunday. Even the computer engineer/philosopher, Roger Orpwood, used a programming technique to support his views on qualia. My only contribution is the required dynamic reinterpretations of experiences through re-experiences and r... [Read more]
Entity Directive
December 5, 2021 at 3:05pm
Reflections while walking Friday but life got in the way. Just what is consciousness? Let's first consider the academic notion of consciousness. (Looked it up when I got back home.) consciousness - noun The state or condition of being conscious. A sense of one's personal or collective identity, including the attitudes, beliefs, and sensitivities held by or considered characteristic of an individual or group Special awareness or sensitivity. The American Heritage® Diction... [Read more]
December 2, 2021 at 10:30pm
It wasn't hard to figure it out. The instructions are on a single picture card with a lawyer type legal pamphlet of the device... in 10 languages. The card should have been all I needed, but sometimes I want a little more than that. Like, does it use both WiFi frequencies? Can I have a second TV setup on another dongle? I looked it up on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromecast and read the whole site. The install went smoothly,... except it took over an hour because my Internet conn... [Read more]
December 1, 2021 at 7:12pm
After my trek, there was an Amazon box on my porch. I had seen the truck go by, and the driver waved to me, but I didn't know he had gone down my block. Oh, gosh, I hope the wife didn't see the delivery. Darn Alexa didn't say to be expecting anything before I left. Well, it was my set of gifts to wife... and a little bitty thing for myself. Put it in the side door of the garage before I went in the house. At which time, Alexa was saying, "Your package has been delivere... [Read more]
Online or Off
November 30, 2021 at 4:22pm
I don't write letters. Well, maybe you can consider journaling as letters to myself. My handwriting is really just fast lower case printing. The only thing I do in cursive is my signature. And that now is becoming infrequent with the advent of the electronic finger wave. Rather than letters, I'm more comfortable with email and blogs. I can prep my response, fix faux pas, and check spelling (I'm seriously dyslexic) before sending it out. How anyone can type realtime in a chat... [Read more]
End of Hiatus
November 29, 2021 at 9:45pm
Bright sun in the face, 38°F, no wind, and clear sky. Why can't people be like that? Pleasant, a little reserved, don't talk incessantly about themselves, and will discuss any other topic intelligently. Sort of rules out most newscasters. I see andiprescott is restarting his blog 'Returning'. Sent him a comment: Yep. I did the same thing. Quit doing much on WDC many years ago. Couldn't afford the $49.95/yr for an upgraded account, so lost most of my stuf... [Read more]
Life intervenes
December 1, 2021 at 7:16pm
Ops, not much today. Being the housekeeper has levied a claim on my activities. Didn't even get to walk the mile. I had a conversation last Thursday, with my big daughter, about the future of work and the economy. What happens when the pandemic is over? I say there is a precedence to look at. The women who went into industry during the WWII had to do the work while the men were all out being killed. It had to be done. But when the war was over, most put down their welder hoo... [Read more]
Bed or Trek
November 27, 2021 at 2:58pm
About 11:00 I asked, "Alexa, walking?" It said, '30°F, overcast with 20% chance of wet snow. Take a good coat.' Oh, I like gadgets. Before deciding if I should do the 1 mile, I shoveled the walkway... Not bad, took 10 minutes. Biggest problem was the leaves I didn't rake up last month. Wasn't too cold, as long as the wind stayed low. Do I need this exercise? There's a warm bed just inside the door. Well, I went anyway. The town sent a... [Read more]
Love or Obligation
November 26, 2021 at 10:48pm
It was 38°F and misting when I left at 10:30 this morning. It wasn't hard raining, wasn't below freezing, and the wind not bad. I thought a simple coat along with a wide brimmed hat would do for the walk. There were no puddles, but the cars made that hiss passing by. Just sort of raw. There were three nearby houses yesterday with an above average number of cars around them. Today they are gone. I hope the T-Day gatherings were for love and not obligations. How confusing ... [Read more]
I Got the Sign Wrong
November 25, 2021 at 11:06am
Let's say the speed of light is 'faster' now than far back in time. An equally simple interpretation would be if the light speed was maybe 'slower' back then. An object would appear not quite so far away, but receding faster, if you measure it using our local faster speed of light. The speed of light may still depend on the 'tension' of the spacetime matrix. But like the frequency of sound goes 'down' the looser the string is in a guitar. Now I ... [Read more]
Maybe We Are a Bit Slow
November 24, 2021 at 8:20pm
Now, I'm an engineer, not a scientist. Engineers are not usually seeking to understand how the universe works. We are normally only looking for ways to build or fix things. We use the laws of physics to do that... usually. But, if the physics is too complicated, we have been known to use guesses and extrapolations of simplified physics to approximate solutions. Sometimes we get burned without good physics. But, if you can build it, and it works, fine. Let the physicists figure out... [Read more]
Should we or shouldn't we?
November 23, 2021 at 10:28am
Last Friday I came back home and the wife asked, "What's new out there?" I thought about a minute, then came up with a dozen small things I had notices in the last month or so. Here's one: "The neighbor, two houses down, hooked up to city water. I wonder if it's because the state tested some wells and found PFAS contamination one point above the limit." "Should we do the same?" "Are you kidding? That'll be $6,000."... [Read more]

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