Monday, March 25

The Hangman Game Is Still Challenging

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I found this older Hangman game on my computer and decided to played it again. I love Hangman, especially this one because it has categories and gives you more to reveal. I have always been fond of word games and crossword puzzles. Hangman is one of those games.

What is hangman? In its purest form, hangman is a word game played between two people. One person selects a secret word, and the other tries to determine the word by guessing it letter-by-letter. In this game it’s the same only you are playing the processor instead of a person and the Hangman is drawn for you.

Don’t worry, you can still be hung by the neck until you die.

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Once you get a few letters in the hangman puzzle, the game becomes easier. The solution set is drastically reduced, and skills like pattern matching and word knowledge become important. It’s crucial to get that first letter in the puzzle as soon as possible. Which letter should you guess first?

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Rules Of The Game

1. First pick a category.

2. Look at the blanks they will tell you the target words length. No other information is known about the target word, other than its length.

3. You guess the letters that go in the blanks, one-by-one at each turn. If a called letter appears in the solution, all occurrences in the solution are filled in.

4. If the letter does not appear in the solution, the game adds one element to the drawing of the stick man (to complete the stick man.)

5. If the hangman drawing gets completed (eleven incorrect letters), then the game has won and you are hung. If all letters of the word are revealed before this happens, then you win.

There are a few strategies to remember to win. All letters are not used equally. It’s rare that the letter Q appears in a word, if you get a Q you will probably need a U and the letter T is used a lot more often. Guessing the vowels first is good. Also, the number of the letters in the word and the category you choose is already a given.

Games like this although simple are good for your brain and when played can improve the way your mind works, recognition and cognitive thinking. Exercising your brain can fight off brain disease, brain apathy, Dementia and Alzheimer's.

Sources: the Internet, Luminosity

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Friday, March 22

Poop On Your Cell Phones

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By now most of you have heard the facts about flushing the toilet without shutting it and the waste that gets spewed all over your bathroom stuff in there but what about something we carry in our hot little hands all day and take everywhere? Our cell phones.

You know you take it everyplace you go. There was a good article recently that said with all of the choices that we have at home to get online or do searches with that cell phones are at the top of the list. Not home computers or tablets, cell phones. I hear a lot of people complain about trying to read the small screens and use the tiny keyboards but it’s becoming a well known fact that we use our phones more than any other device, especially at home.

When you consider those facts it may not be a surprise to you that our cell phones could be harvesting E. coli and infectious diseases from bathrooms, dirty hands and who knows what else.

You hold it up to your face, use it while relieving yourself, take it into public bathrooms, play with it while eating, take it to hospitals, your car and handle it all day. You may wash your hands but after that you pick that dirty cell phone right back up again.

NED University Journal of Research did a study in 2012 and published a paper on this subject. Here is what they found.

Mobile Phones: Reservoir Of Infectious Diseases In University Premises

The objective of this study is to find out the level of contamination of mobile phones used in University premises. These mobile phones could be a reservoir of pathogenic microorganisms and can also contribute in spread of infectious diseases among the users in different environments. During this study, 367 mobile phones of teachers, students, non-teaching staff, medical staff and canteen staff of the University were screened in order to check the presence of different microorganisms including normal flora and pathogenic species. Isolated bacterial species were identified by the standard microbiological methods and biochemical tests. Eight different commonly used disinfectants were tested by Agar Well Diffusion method to find out the effective disinfectant for the cleaning of mobile phones. 98.6% of the total mobile phones were contaminated with bacteria. Overall, 250 (69.0%) samples were contaminated with different members of coliforms group of bacteria. 5% Acetic acid solution and Dettol (4.8% Chloroxylenol) were found to be active disinfectants against bacterial isolates. Presence of coliforms and other pathogens on mobile phones indicates the potential unhygienic conditions in university staff and students. Incidences of infectious diseases are greater in those people who use mobile phones for more than two hours per day. This is an alarming situation which can result in outbreak of diseases in university premises.

Or at work, or in the home, it’s no wonder people get sick so often. I never gave this much thought myself until I was watching Anderson Cooper on TV and he discussed it. It makes sense even if you never considered it until now.

When asked if they wash their hands 95% of people said they did it regularly but obviously they aren’t telling the whole truth. Men’s hands were more contaminated then women and men wash their hands less when exiting restrooms. I don’t think I have to point out that people with dirty hands have the most “poop” on their phones.

If you stop to think about every place scientists have ever turned up fecal bacteria-grocery store carts, swimming pools, fast food restaurant soda fountains and kids’ play areas, ATM keypads, your purse, your washing machine, prewashed salad greens, food court trays, and pretty much everything in a hotel room, it makes it hard to lay your hands on anything again.

You know what to do about this because (if we ever learn to develop it,) it’s just common sense. Wash your hands, disinfect your cell phone with wipes, don’t share your phone especially with sick people, and keep your phone away from the bathroom.

A little cleanliness never hurt anyone, even when dealing with technology.

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Tuesday, March 19

Drawing Under The Influence

LSD 25 is a pure clear liquid acid that is usually injected, dropped on sugar cubes or sprayed on paper (called blotter). It came about when Dr. Albert Hofmann (born in 1906) a Swiss chemist created the strangest chemical known to man, LSD 25. He first synthesized Lysergic Acid Diethylamide from ergot alkaloids in 1938, and, after tests on animals, found that the substance wasn't very interesting or helpful to his work. Five years later in 1943, Hofmann went back because he felt he missed something and, after accidentally ingesting the substance through his fingers, became the first human to ever experience the magical effects of LSD. Three days later on April 19, Hofmann purposely ingested 250 mcg of the substance. As of today, Hofmann is still alive and well at the ripe old age of 100 years! Wow!

These nine drawings were done by an artist under the influence of LSD 25 – part of a test conducted by the US government during it’s dalliance with psychotomimetic drugs in the late 1950′s. The artist was injected with doses of LSD 25 and had free access to an area with a bunk bed and activity box full of paper, crayons and pencils. His subject is the doctor that is injecting him with the doses of LSD.

This first drawing is done 20 minutes after the initial dose (50ug). The attending doctor observes – Patient chooses to start drawing with charcoal. The subject of the experiment reports – “Condition normal… no effect from the drug yet”.

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85 minutes after first dose and 20 minutes after a second dose has been administered (50ug + 50ug). The patient seems euphoric. “I can see you clearly, so clearly. This… you… it’s all… I’m having a little trouble controlling this pencil. It seems to want to keep going.”

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2 hours 30 minutes after first dose. Patient appears very focused on the business of drawing. “Outlines seem normal, but very vivid – everything is changing color. My hand must follow the bold sweep of the lines. I feel as if my consciousness is situated in the part of my body that’s now active – my hand, my elbow… my tongue”.

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2 hours 32 minutes after first dose. Patient seems gripped by his pad of paper. “I’m trying another drawing. The outlines of the model are normal, but now those of my drawing are not. The outline of my hand is going weird too. It’s not a very good drawing is it? I give up – I’ll try again…”

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2 hours 35 minutes after first dose. Patient follows quickly with another drawing. “I’ll do a drawing in one flourish… without stopping… one line, no break!”. Upon completing the drawing the patient starts laughing, then becomes startled by something on the floor.

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2 hours 45 minutes after first dose. Patient tries to climb into activity box, and is generally agitated – responds slowly to the suggestion he might like to draw some more. He has become largely non verbal. “I am… everything is… changed… they’re calling… your face… interwoven… who is…” Patient mumbles inaudibly to a tune (sounds like “Thanks for the memory”). He changes medium to Tempera.

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4 hours 25 minutes after first dose. Patient retreated to the bunk, spending approximately 2 hours lying, waving his hands in the air. His return to the activity box is sudden and deliberate, changing media to pen and water color. “This will be the best drawing, Like the first one, only better. If I’m not careful I’ll lose control of my movements, but I won’t, because I know. I know” – (this saying is then repeated many times). Patient makes the last half-a-dozen strokes of the drawing while running back and forth across the room.

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5 hours 45 minutes after first dose. Patient continues to move about the room, intersecting the space in complex variations. It’s an hour and a half before he settles down to draw again – he appears over the effects of the drug. “I can feel my knees again, I think it’s starting to wear off. This is a pretty good drawing – this pencil is mighty hard to hold” – (he is holding a crayon).

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8 hours after first dose. Patient sits on the bunk bed. He reports the intoxication has worn off except for the occasional distorting of our faces. We ask for a final drawing which he performs with little enthusiasm. “I have nothing to say about this last drawing, it is bad and uninteresting, I want to go home now.”

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Looking at this last drawing compared to the first in the group you can tell the LSD is wearing off. It’s not as polished as his first drawing after 8 hours on LSD the drawing conveys how tired he feels.

I don’t know about you, but my favorite drawing is actually number six when the subject is fully under the influence of the LSD. Number five is nice because he did it in a continuous line and that’s cool. All the drawings are quite interesting and you can clearly see how the dosages of LSD influenced the artist as the experiment was completed. I’d say the test was a success.

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Friday, March 8

The Art Of Eric Fortune

I first saw Eric Fortune’s art on Google Plus. Somebody had re-shared about 5 of his acrylic on watercolor paper images and I was hooked. His stuff is what dreams are made of. People seeming to fly through the landscapes of their perspective lives. Are they dreaming or sleeping through their lives? What feelings these works brought up for me!

Eric Fortune has several websites (some on Blogger) so go and learn about his work process. He is working on some images based on the new movie, Oz The Great And Powerful and you don’t want to miss them. He’s working on the witch and it’s looking wonderful. Enjoy.

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Source: Eric Fortune, Personal WorksEric Fortune Fine Art, Eric Fortune’s, Art Shows

If you want to know more about Eric there is plenty more if you do a search on him. Can’t you just eat this work up?

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Happy International Women’s Day

 

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Happy International Women’s Day to all of my fellow women near and far! Although women’s rights have made leaps and bounds in my lifetime I still don’t feel we are making the strides that we should to be equal to men.

Why don’t we have a woman as president yet? Maybe when we finally have a woman in the White House will I feel better about the way things still stand. To me, the presidency is a “man’s club” and I don’t think I will live long enough to see a woman president but I hope to.

When I look back at the last year one thing that comes to mind is we finally saw women in the military get full combat duty. Women are sorely needed in the military yet it’s also been “male orientated” since the beginning of time. Being in combat wouldn’t be something I’d want to do but the important thing is that we have the right to do so.

What is International Women’s Day? I’m glad you asked.  

After more than 100 years, International Women’s Day draws millions to commemorate the advancements made in human rights and to discuss the challenges women continue to face in politics, education, employment, and other areas of daily life.

However, International Women’s Day originally was a communist movement and commemorated the working rights protests led by female garment workers. Many seem to forget the holiday’s ties to the working rights movement in the United States and the Socialist Party.

The origins of the holiday can be traced back to March 8, 1857, when garment workers in New York City staged a protest against inhumane working conditions and low wages. The police attacked the protesters and dispersed them, but the movement continued and led to the creation of the first women’s labor union.

Fast forward to March 8, 1908: 15,000 women marched in New York City for shorter work hours, better pay, voting rights, and an end to child labor. The slogan “Bread and Roses” emerged, with bread symbolizing economic security and roses for better living standards.

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In May of 1908, the Socialist Party of America declared that the last Sunday in February would be National Women’s Day. The first National Women’s Day was celebrated on Feb. 28, 1909 in the United States.

International Women’s Day (then International Working Women’s Day) was introduced during the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, Denmark. Clara Zetkin, a German socialist, suggested a holiday honoring the strike of garment workers in the United States. The proposal received unanimous approval from the 100 women from 17 countries.

The proposal did not give a fixed date of observance, but in the first years International Women’s Day was observed on different days in March. In 1911, Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland supported the holiday on March 19, with more than a million men and women rallying.

In New York, on March 25th 1911 there was a fire at The Triangle Waist Company killing 146 young immigrant workers. The silent protest march gathered more than 100,000 people. The incident led to the creation of the Factory Investigating Commission, which included Francis Perkins, who would become the first female secretary of labor, and labor union activists.

International Women’s Day was first celebrated in 1911 in four European countries, which held rallies drawing thousands of supporters. Until the 1970s, the day was largely recognized in Europe, but the significance of the day began expanding after 1975, when the United Nations made March 8 the official date.

In the United States there will be races, walks and celebrations of all sorts but although it’s a national holiday women will still be expected to go to work today or play hooky. In Washington at 11am there will be a parade to commemorate those lost in the War on Women, to be followed by a tribute to those still stationed overseas in the Mommy Wars. There will be a tug of war, the burning of the bras, cake and all kinds of celebratory fun.

Many women in China will have a half-day off of work in honor of International Women’s Day, and some employers even shower their female employees with gifts.

In Indonesia, one local organizer is sharing a song she wrote called More than a Diamond, which celebrates Indonesian women. The idea is to have young students learn the song, and sing it together every March 8 and April 21, the date of Indonesia’s Women’s Day.

In Fiji, women’s rights organizations are bringing together young girls to talk about the importance of strong female characters in popular culture and fiction.

The University of Canterbury in New Zealand, meanwhile, will host a breadth of panel discussions, open to the public, on women in the media, politics, and business to honor the date.

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Even Google got into the act (as usual) with a doodle.

So all you guys out there, come and celebrate our greatness with us! Remember that without us, this world would be a lot less exciting and very empty.

To all my friends here and in other countries; I give you a rose, to hope for better living standards for all women tying to work and raise children in todays world economy. “Solidarity sisters unite!”

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Thursday, March 7

No Laughing Matter

 

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When I get up in the morning I always watch the local news on channel 2. Some mornings a story will really get to me and this was one of them. I already feel that we are losing our rights as citizens and when you own your home you should be able to do whatever you like in it as long as you’re not murdering people and burying them in the back yard.

Not so for Robert Schiavelli 42, and his troubles with the law in Long Island NY. Robert (pictured above) lives with his mother because he’s disabled. On Feb. 12th his next door neighbor, Daniel O’Hanian called the police on him because he could hear his exuberant laughter from across the driveway.

The police came and Robert was issued a ticket for disturbing the peace. On Feb. 13th his neighbor called the police on him again, and this time he got a summons to go to court. This poor disabled man was charged with acting "in such a manner as to annoy, disturb, interfere with, obstruct, or be offensive to others."

Robert and his neighbor have had a long history of problems. Robert who has been referred to as a gentle giant by other neighbors gets harassed by his neighbor every time he gets the chance. He calls him names, taunts him and makes fun of the way Robert acts which in my book is an offense by itself. Don’t disabled people have rights too?

Robert suffers from neurological impairments and sometimes has seizures so he spends most of his time at home and can’t drive a car. He is a simple man who instead of getting angry about his neighbor making fun of him he has tried to laugh it off. He has a loud, distinctive belly laugh that once you hear it you’d know it anywhere. I heard it while the news story was on. Loud yes, but nothing to go to jail over.

At his arraignment on Tuesday a judge declined to dismiss the charges against him. Sadly, it’s the offensive O’Hanian (his neighbor) who might have the last laugh. “The last time I checked, it was not a crime to laugh-except in Rockville Centre,” his fuming lawyer stated; “I will never let him take a plea on this.”  A return date hasn’t yet been set.

If convicted Robert will face a total of $500 in fines or 30 days in jail for the complaints. It’s clear that jail is no place for this child-like disabled man.

I searched for a video of the news story on YouTube but it was taken down. That could mean anything but it was still strange.

I don’t own a home but if I did I’d be livid with rage. First at having a neighbor treat me like this when I’m disabled and second for being arrested and threatened with time in the slammer for laughing in and on my private property.

I already feel we are losing our rights all over the place. Corporations and name-brands seem to have more rights than individuals and between the laws and the government individuals will always get the short end of the stick. I have seen it happen and here’s another case.

I hope that Robert gets a fair shake and not get harassed just for having loud laughter. We all need to learn to laugh a little more before we get mad. That neighbor will never let them hear the end of it if he gets his way.

This story isn’t over. Have to wait and see what happens to the poor guy and his nasty sounding neighbor.

What do you think of this case? Or maybe you don’t think we are losing our rights at all? I’d love to hear some comments on this post.

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Sunday, March 3

Lots More Fun With Optical Illusions-Faces & Skulls

I can never see enough optical illusions, I never get tired of them. Skulls & faces are my favorite type but I also like pictures where you find objects in them.

I get images all the time and they go into my Photobucket account. I have many images up there that I consider “public domain” so if you want to use any of my images check them out at the link. Beep!

I got even more new skulls and faces to show you and a few others. These are really good!


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I know, but it looks pretty good, huh? (I did it at Face In Hole) Try and tell me you don’t know who Honey Boo Boo June is….


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Which way is the cat spinning? Can you make it spin to the left, and see it spin the other way too? The brain is an amazing organ but the eyes are the windows to the soul.

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The reason I did this was because two of my popular blogs are; More Fun With Optical Illusions-Skulls, &  More Fun With Optical Illusions ♦ Skulls And Faces. Visit them for more images.

I hope you liked these, they’re some of my newest but there might be duplicates. Like it says above, Peace On Earth!

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