Spent a little time this weekend trying to put together a unified approach to all the projects that have popped up on the docket for this spring. Due to a rash of generally good (warm & dry) weather a few of these projects might actually get done.
Much of it has to do with gardening and since the usual last frost date is around March 17th here, I’ve been looking at long-range forecasts every few days wondering if there will be another hard frost before then, or whether I should start plants early.
Which is how we sashay (chassé) around to the real agenda of this morning’s rant: I’m trying to find how people find will power.
Not that I don’t have a decent dose of the stuff. Since I started my diet, for example, I’m down a bit more than 10-pounds, for example. Actually, it took a month and a week to do it, but the time my son was visiting I called a time out.
And in other ways, too: I always try to find the most efficient way to do things and I’m not afraid to buy the tools and technology necessary to get a first-class job done.
But if you have a part5icular method (besides a to-do list, yellow stickies all over your computer, a demanding Outlook set-up (or other schedule whipper) please let us know by sending an email to email@example.com Subject: Will Power otherwise the email router will put you in the waiting line from hell).
Kinda curious to collect the systems of ‘building willpower’ since strong will is seemingly key to getting the most done.
BTW, my weight loss project got incredibly easy when I built a spreadsheet and chart spo I have to consciously look at progress every day. But that doesn’t seem very applicable to the garden, or maybe it is and I’m an idiot.
Hmmmm…tough call there…(at least for me…)
Flat Landers Return
Say, here’s a Monday morning head-scratcher for you:
“Something Yall might look into.
A neighbor/friend of mine , was in the Yankee Navy in Nuclear Boomer Submarines.
One day, he started telling me, he likes ta tell me a lotta things. “The Earth was stationary and the sun circled the Earth.”
In his many descriptions to support his statements one really wowed me.
Missiles can be shot, from submerged subs to any place on the earth, some of these shoots are for several thousand miles.
For security, lets call my friend John.
John told me, in the preparing to fire a missile 10,000 miles, there are a lot of factors to factor into the shoot soo the missile will hit a target soooo far away.
John, being a fairly smart fella, noted, There was no factor entered into the shoot, to allow for the spinning of the earth, none atoll.
Now a fella shooting a rifle, a few hundred yards, needs to figure winds, movement of target, speed of target movement , speed of object he is shooting from, etc.
So, John asked, “How do you factor , the rotation of the earth, into the shot ?”
Excellent question, especially for something 10,000 miles away and the Earth spinning thousands of miles per hour .
Well, there was a pregnant pause, in the missile firing class.
Finally, the answer came, “There is no factor to figure in, for the earths spinning.”
Well, duh !
As da world squirms,
Of course, you and I just know the whole freakin Universe doesn’t spin around Earth….or…. OK, so everything is already spinning (sideways if you want to think of it that way) So since it’s already moving (sideways) at the time it’s fired, it will keep moving sideways as long as…Hey! Wait a minute…..naw….
More coffee please…. Chocolate?
“LED Products billed as eco-friendly contain toxic metals, study finds.“ Fact claims a UC Irvine headline for this morning.
That does it…I’m going to stop sprinkling 620 nm LED’s on my oatmeal. So there.
As We Were Sleeping
A reader wants to know – and it’s a good question, why I didn’t mention that the US Post Office actually beat the IMF in planning to implement Special Drawing Rights as the basis for international exchange as sent out in section 323: Priority Mail International Insurance rules here (scroll down).
Well, the two best excuses I can come up with off the top of my head (I do better excuses later in the week) are that
a) The Post Office still referred to the fixed SDR rate of $! USD = 0.6516 SDR. The IMF is talking about changing/floating that conversion. (Pretty good one, huh?)
b) I haven’t mailed anything overseas which requires insurance. Hell, I don’t have hardly any friends in the USA let alone somewhere else. (Weaker, but it’s a second arguement and turthful, or nearly so.)
I’ve been nattering on about this Second Depre4ssion (masked but you ought to be figuring out somewhere in here – it’s real – for more than 10 years.
A very good piece over at the Burning Platform deserves your time if you haven’t seen the article yet: “Grapes of Wrath – 2011″.
Only thought after reading it (nothing new to me in it) was I’m eternally grateful that the measure of our worth and lives is not bank balances or physical assets, but rather the stuff we carry in our hearts and the memories we have of this time around on.
Maybe I was too cynical about Valentine’s Day. Be nice to think so, wouldn’t it?
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