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There’s A Chuck-will’s-widow Outside My Window

It was a warm spring night when I was browsing on the computer, and then suddenly an unfamiliar but very warm song penetrated my ears, as well as my psyche. The unbroken melodic sounds were very relaxing, yet somehow unsettling at the same time. The notes were very similar to the mark of a whip-poor-will, but not exactly the same. Upon doing my usual YouTube classic sound reference move, I soon guessed that it was a Chuck-will’s-widow.

One legend claims that a whip-poor-will can sense a soul departing or a death in the neighborhood. A Native American legend believes that the haunting song of the species is a death omen.

And the sound that I heard after midnight was hauntingly beautiful. Is there a Ghost House nearby?

The Road Not Taken is a poetic classic that we may have misunderstood. This popular Robert Frost classic is incredibly popular by all standards.

“In the middle of the poem it becomes very clear that the two roads that the speaker is confronting are actually the same, or at least interchangeable.” This is explained by David Orr, poetry columnist for The New York Times. He says Americans have the poem all wrong.

Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.

Does it really matter which road that I take? ‘The Road Not Taken’ may be the same as a dozen other choices in life. Nothing is simple in life.

I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

Or maybe I just wanted to accentuate my individualism.

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Expletive Vs Explicative

We all make mistakes when it comes to language, because none of us are perfect. The expletive is explicative of the nature of it. It’s so easy to fit one word into a sentence and get it wrong. Today we focus on expletive vs. explicative. What’s the difference?

Expletive Vs Explicative

1. Expletive — an interjectory word or expression, frequently profane. (Noun. Source: Dictionary.com)
2. Explicative — explanatory. (Adjective. Source: Dictionary.com)

Expletive refers to an expression, which usually involves curse words. It’s a polite way of saying that the user is employing profanity in the dialogue.

Explicative is another cool version of explain. It sounds intellectual doesn’t it?

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Declassified: Recovery of the K-129

If you happen to be a member of Amazon Prime, be sure to catch a documentary named Azorian: The Raising Of The K-129. You will not be disappointed. I promise. It’s a most interesting true story about the Soviet submarine K-129: Sank on March 8, 1968, approximately 1,560 nautical miles northwest of Oahu in the Pacific Ocean with all hands. All 98 crewmen perished.

The United States has done a magnificent job of keeping the incident quiet for decades, and this is probably one of the best kept secrets of the century.

The Day She Sank: The Soviet K-129

Carrying the hull number 722 on her final deployment, she sank on March 8, 1968. The K-129 sank about 3 miles in the deep blue ocean, situated northwest of Hawaii.

“It was one of four mysterious submarine disappearances in 1968; the others being the Israeli submarine INS Dakar, the French submarine Minerve (S647) and the US submarine USS Scorpion (SSN-589).”

Project Azorian: The United States Intelligence Agency Secretly Wants To Recover The K-129

Here’s the kicker. The sub was carrying a nuclear missile (R-21, also known as NATO SS-N-5 Serb), and the CIA wanted to extract the details, including cryptological documents and equipment.

Project Azorian was one of the most complex, expensive, and secretive intelligence operations during the the Cold War era with a price tag of about $800 million ($3.8 billion in 2016 dollars).” Some have claimed that the project was a waste of taxpayer dollars.

GSF Explorer — a deep-sea drillship platform initially built to recover the sunken Soviet submarine K-129

The Hunt for Red October was based on this story. “Hughes Glomar Explorer (HGE), as the ship was called at the time, was built between 1973 and 1974, by Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co.” On June 20, 1974 she set sail.

Spoiler Alert

In July of 1974, the ship did recover a portion of K-129, a mechanical failure was the reason for losing the main section of the sub.

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Power Plant Conversion: To Retrofit Or Rebuild

The coal-fired power plants owned by energy companies are converting from coal to natural gas, and it’s no secret they have been for some time now. This trend is developing behind the scenes and is worthy of discussion. The conversions or ‘retrofits’ seem to be more expensive than to replace the whole operation. Although there are several other factors to consider, the main argument implies that natural gas produces nearly 45% fewer carbon dioxide emissions than coal, and this is the agenda that the government seems to be pushing forward.

A 2010 study stated the following:

The electricity industry can theoretically switch to natural gas either by retrofitting existing coal-fired units to burn natural gas or by closing the coal plants and building new gas-fired plants. Aspen’s research uncovers no instances of coal plant retrofits to natural gas and, in fact, virtually all of the public references to conversion of coal to natural gas or repowering turn out instead to be replacements.

However, natural gas is not without problems and is not a perfect solution, as the so called experts would have you believe. “The radiative forcing of methane is 72 times that of carbon dioxide (averaged over 20 years) or 25 times that of carbon dioxide (averaged over 100 years).” Fracking has increased 35% since 2005.

Methane is extremely flammable and may form explosive mixtures with air. It is also an asphyxiant and may displace oxygen in an enclosed space. Methane is the main component of natural gas.

Other names for methane:

Carbane
Marsh Gas
Natural Gas
Carbon tetrahydride
Hydrogen carbide

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Oil Consumption As An Economic Indicator

It may not be clear to many of us, but oil consumption could be an economic indicator that is important to us. Let’s look at some of the data available to us. One list based on different yearly estimates, lists the ranking of the top 10 in order: United States, China, Japan, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Germany, South Korea and Canada.

“In 2010, world energy consumption of refined products increased 3.8%; which was the first increase since 2004.”

And if we observe the statistics, the trends will reveal that “Asia accounted for more than 40% of the overall increase in consumption.” It is clear that China is growing, as “demand for refined products surged by 12% due to increasing needs.”

Where are the trends pointing to in the next 5 years? “In the next five years, almost half of global oil demand growth will come from China, and this trend is set to continue to 2040, as oil demand from the transportation sector is growing strongly in countries such as China and India.”

The International Energy Agency Report for 2016 indicates the following:

“For 2016, the IEA Oil Market Report forecasts worldwide average demand of nearly 96 million barrels of oil and liquid fuels per day – that works out to more than 35 billion barrels a year. Production breached 97 million barrels per day in late 2015.”

Oil Consumption by state will show that the top 5 states are Texas, California, Florida, New York, and Louisiana.

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PFOA Free Cookware For Me

The topic at hand is PFOA Free Cookware. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a toxicant and carcinogen in animals. It has been found in some cookware and Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) such as Teflon. Basically, much of the non-stick pots and pans have been manufactured with these toxic chemicals in the past. The information has been silenced over the years, but consumers are demanding more these days and the situation is improving.

This will probably not be an issue in the future.

“In 1951, DuPont started using PFOA in the manufacturing of fluoropolymers in Washington, WV.,” and in 1961 the same company became aware of the toxicity of PFOA in mice. In 1999, researchers started to get serious about the health effects from these toxins.

I would urge anyone to do some research on the subject and get educated. One must understand that corporates are more interested in profits than the health of consumers. This is not written to criticize any company; the purpose is to spread the news about a healthier lifestyle.

With the advancement of technology and the manifold applications of the internet, there’s no reason to remain ignorant about better choices, especially concerning our own health. We can and must do better.

After doing some research, I decided to go with this brand: Khome’s Brand KHC0132 Aluminum 14-Piece Marble Orange Cookware Set-Black Non Stick Interior.

So far so good with this brand: Khome’s Brand KHC0132 Aluminum 14-Piece Marble Orange Cookware. Initially, it seemed like it took a little longer to cook the food with the healthier cookware, but time proved this not to be true, and there was no flaw in this cookware.

It’s the PFOA Free Cookware for me.

UPDATE: It’s been some time now and this set of cookware has been a winner. Would recommend this brand to shoppers.

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Do Automatic Faucets Promote Disease Causing Microbes?

It’s quite common when out shopping to encounter the motion sensing faucet, or better known as the automatic faucet. New is not always better and some technological ideas may not pass the smell test. However, some public entities do not care what their customers think in America. Unfortunately, customer service has gone to the dogs in many cases.

Check this out. Not only is the automatic faucet unfriendly, there may be evidence that hands-free electronic water faucets harbor bacteria.

“A study of newly installed, hands-free faucets at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, all equipped with the latest electronic-eye sensors to automatically detect hands and dispense preset amounts of water, shows they were more likely to be contaminated with one of the most common and hazardous bacteria in hospitals compared to old-style fixtures with separate handles for hot and cold water.”

Isn’t this disturbing information? In fact, “hands-free faucets may be a risk to some hospital patients.”

Recently, I talked with a maintenance engineer and he informed me that not only is this type of faucet expensive, it also is a high maintenance problem, including sensor failure. He indicated that batteries were required for the apparatus.

Another no-go is the annoying electric hand dryer. My hands never get completely dry and I usually just wipe them on my shirt. No problem though, the solution is easy as hand sanitizer.

No paper towels at your facility? Say what?

Have a nice day shopping and don’t forget the hand wipes!

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43 Inch TV: Great Quality, Great Price

Product: LG Electronics 43LF5400 43-Inch 1080p LED TV

The weather’s getting very cold outside and it’s that time of the year to catch your favorite team on the tube. If you’re like many who don’t want to be bothered by traffic on the freeway, you’ll probably order the television online. What is the right television to watch the game on? If you need a no-frills TV then just keep on reading.

Here’s what I mean by no-frills: A good quality television with a big screen, non-smart TV, and not many fancy options for audio gear. After all, you just want to catch the game, and you’re not interested in fancy stereo equipment.

How about a 43 inch screen with great quality? Here’s the perfect no-frills HDTV to catch the game on: LG Electronics 43LF5400 43-Inch 1080p LED TV (2015 Model). Smart functionality: No. You don’t need it. Image Aspect Ratio: 16:09. It is the latest technology.

If you want quick connect and get to the barbecue in a flash, then this is the avenue you need to be traveling on.

How do I know about this TV? I just unboxed it and connected the satellite dish cable to it. It rocks I’m telling you.

A word of caution here sports lovers. If you’re a subscriber to a satellite dish company, this TV is going to look a little grainy. It’s because you do not have high definition HD with your subscription. If you want a better picture to watch the game on, then you’re going to have to call the dish company and tell them you want HD quality.

Now the neighbors are going to be green with envy. The big screen LG HDTV blasting on HD quality. It just doesn’t get any better than this!

Great quality, a very reasonable price, and ease of use is a no-brainer. You can’t beat the price on this no-frills box.

There are more extras you might be interested in. The LG Electronics 43LF5400 43-Inch 1080p LED TV is light, easy to handle, easy to assemble, and easy to install. I can’t imagine it getting any easier than this.

Some are bent on getting this masterpiece hung on the wall and that’s okay too. I prefer it on a wide TV stand, but that’s my style. Knock yourself out and hang it like a picture!

Be sure not to hang this picture up too high, or you’ll get neck strain

Grab the popcorn and get this 43 inch screen going, because you’re going to miss the action!