Tame the Wolf

I fasted for 3 days, once, when I was in junior college.   On that 3rd day, I stopped being tired and hungry, and I felt full of energy.

What happened was my digestive system stopped drawing energy to digest for lack of anything to digest.  It was a eye-opening lesson in how much energy it takes to digest food.  Eating slower means the food is  chewed more thoroughly.  It's the opposite of wolfing down your food.  Unchewed food takes more energy, and stomach acid, to digest.    I think it's the main cause of sluggishness. 

During 20013-14 when I lost weight,  I experimented with chewing food until there was nothing left to chew.   It takes quite a long time.   Surprisingly, there is flavor in the tiniest of morsels left in the mouth during chewing.   After a while I get bored with chewing and become easily distracted from what was on my plate.   My food craving is satisfied with less food.

Another key to digestion is roughage.  It takes less energy to push a turd through the intestine when there is roughage in the stool.  We eat food for energy, but if the digestive process requires too much energy, then we feel tired, and want to snack to overcome the tiredness.  It's a vicious circle.


Bravo1 3V edge

I bought a Bravo1 CPM 3V knife off of eBay, from a private party.  The knife seems to be unused.  There are issues with this knife.  The handle is ugly.   This is not an issue with me.  The handle is smooth.  This might be an issue.  I will pay attention to it when I use it.    The knife is made of CPM 3V and is considered to be a chippy steel.   This might be an issue, for long term survival situations, or when dressing game, but as a car camper, I expect this knife to keep it's edge even after much wood processing.  Later, back home, I can sharpen the knife with sandpaper if necessary.    The knife is heavy, and here is an Xray pic, taken by virtuovice, of the Bravo1 3V versus the Bravo1 A2.  The 3v version is a full ounce heavier.

When I got the knife, I worried that it might have a micro V bevel, which I think would make if difficult to
sharpen in the field.  With my new microscope I now can determine what is going on with knife edges.
The above pic shows that my Bravo1 3V knife came with a convex edge.


First Pics from Dino-Lite

This is the 1st pic I took of my new Enzo Trapper, flat ground, D2 knive edge with my newly unpacked Dino-Lite AM-2011 digital microscope.    The software was as quick 'n' simple as can be to install on my older Dell WinXP computer.   After installing the software, I plugged the scope into my USB extension cord and it's LED lights lit up.   So far as I can tell, the scope is turned off and on by plugging and unplugging into the USB port.    The software left an icon on my desktop, so I clicked on it, and the program page appeared with a 640x480 box.   I aimed my scope at my finger and the pic was seen in the box, so I pulled out my new knife and inspected the edge.   I laid the knife on the table, and held the scope with one hand.   I quickly focused it and inspected my knife edge.  There are coordination techniques to be learned, it plain to see, but the pic was steady enough to take a snap shot.  The grain of the steel looked different depending on the angle of the scope and object.   I would say it was only a matter of a couple of minutes from the time I popped the CD into my computer and I took this pic.   There are many options to choose from in this microscope program that I will later sample.  This is my 1st impression and so far,  I'm very satisfied.  More pics to come.   



Cosmic Question

I'm just a regular guy from somewhere on the fat part of the bell curve asking a question to the YouTube geeks about Cosmic Microwave Background. And here is what I posted in the comments:
"Why is it that this earliest of light, or microwave background, still in our neighborhood? What's it been doing all this time? Shouldn't it have sped off into uncharted space long ago, leaving matter, like galaxies, suns and planets, such as Earth, in it's wake? Surely microwaves travel faster than galaxies."


10 days on Easter Island

I'd taken photographs before, but always at the thoroughly ignorant beginner level, and only with film cameras. My decision to go digital, I thought, was subject to pitfalls and hard lessons.
After hours of research of the reviews of cameras on the net, I chose the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W150.
I bought it just before leaving on a trip to Easter Island. I made certain to take the instruction booklet with me, in order to learn how to use it. Well, I was able to read some of the instructions, but I was very busy, and reading on a South Sea island is not easy. Anyways, almost all of my pics turned out clear, and certainly beyond my expectations. Here's five examples. Click on the pics to enlarge, and then click on the pic to enlarge even more. They lose some clarity transferred from my computer via this blog program, which resizes them. I'll be sure next time to make the pics not so big.


Reading Aloud and Listening to Audio Books

In the following article, the author discusses the lost art of reading aloud.
Well, not 'lost' but 'diminishing'. I decided to read  the Lord of the Rings
trilogy aloud in order to increase my reading aloud skill. It worked.  Not only is it easier now to read aloud, comprehension seems to be equal to that of reading silently. However, listening to books on tape or CD is a different thing altogether. Much more difficult. One has to be ready to
rewind to re-listen because the mind sometimes wonders. It seems the very act of reading the words off a page helps the mind to focus, while pure listening sparks other avenues of thought. For an extra special treat, try listening to "The Code of the Woosters" as read by Jonathon Cecil.  Cecil is the only reader of P.G. Wodehouse that I would recommend.
The above link is this: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/16/opinion/16sat4.html?hpw

April 16, 2011 - As a change of pace to reading aloud, here is an audiobook to buy:  "True Grit" by Charles Portis, as read by Donna Tartt. It is nothing less than excellent.  In fact, I've listened to it now 3 times, and realize that I should pace myself, and put off another listening for at least half a year. Great book. Great reading by Donna Tartt.


From Fahrenheit to Centigrade and back Again

My memory is so bad. It sputters, coughs & wheezes up surprising stuff, appearing
out of a fog, or washed up on the beach like they were messages in a bottle.
It occured to me that my ol' dad told me, probably 40 years ago, an easy formula for
converting between Fahrenheit and Centigrade.

I got depressed because I knew wouldn't ever remember it, but then it came to me
within a minute or two, after I stopped straining my brain.

Here it is: Whatever temp you have, in either Centigrade
or Fahrenheit, add 40 to the number. (I recalled the number 32 at first, incorrectly,
and found that value generated had an error of a few degrees.)

After adding 40, multiply by either 5/9 or 9/5. If you want to convert Fahrenheit
into Centigrade, multiply by 5/9. Then subtract that same 40.
That will be your converted temperature.

[(F + 40) 5/9] - 40 = C is the formula for converting F into C.

[(C + 40) 9/5] - 40 = F is the formula for converting C into F.

For easy remembering, just add 40 and multiply by either 5/9 or 9/5,
then subtract 40.


Switching from Nylon Strings to Steel

What if you're a classical guitarist wanting steel strings with a wide neck? 
The best way to go with that is the Takamine F-312s, which is out of 
production. It's not cheap either, but well worth the price. Actually, once 
a person owns this guitar, it's unlikely that they would ever sell it. You can't 
go wrong with that guitar and well worth the effort to shop around for it, 
including using eBay.   The old Martin 0-16, which the F312s copies, cost 
a minimum upwards of 2 grand.  It's essentially a classical guitar made for 
steel strings. 

But what if you want a big bodied guitar or even an electric guitar with a 
wide neck?  They don't make 'em. 

Or do they? I experimented by stringing only 6 strings on an old, cheap
Guild 12 string guitar. It panned out to be a successful procedure yielding 
a wide neck guitar with steel strings, and 2 frets above the body more 
than a classical guitar. On this particular guitar, the tuning keys were rather 
cheap, so I removed them and installed 6 Martin tuning keys. This slight
modification can also be done on electric guitars.