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July 28, 2013

DuckDuckGo & Raspberry Pi

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DUCKDUCKGO & RASPBERRY PI

Imagine finding a children’s name or a the name of a tasty dessert treat in the midst of the sophisticated Internet and electronics world.

That’s just what happened to me this past month.

I discovered

  • DuckDuckGo is a new Internet search engine, not the childhood game that entertained my children and the children in my family child care home.
  • Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard.

I wonder if Raspberry Pi comes with a whipped cream topping?

DuckDuckGo

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DuckDuckGo, created by Gabriel Weinberg in 2008, has quite a few different search tools and features that can make your searches efficient, powerful, and relevant.

  • DuckDuckGo’s results pages are not paginated, making it easy to scroll down and find what you’re looking for quickly.
  • Favicons (the small images that show up in address bar, unique to each site) are displayed next to search results for instant recognition of your favorite sites.
  • Instant answers, called “zero-click info”, show up delineated by a red outline at the top of your results, depending on what your search query is.

DuckDuckGo’s major appeal may be its promise that it will not collect, store, or share personal information, and it goes to great lengths to back up those promises. It also has a privacy policy, which extends privacy further than most other search engines do.

For more information click on http://websearch.about.com/od/enginesanddirectories/p/Duckduckgo.htm

RASPBERRY PI

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The Raspberry Pi can do many of the tasks your desktop PC does: spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video.

Its GPU

  • provides Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode.
  • is capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24 GFLOPs of general purpose compute and features a bunch of texture filtering and DMA infrastructure.

Just for clarification, I am totally lost concerning these two points…so don’t ask me…if you want to know, all kinds of information on this product is available at http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs

And don’t be fooled: DuckDuckGo is not only a children’s game, and Raspberry Pi is not a great pot luck dinner item.

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July 28, 2011

Dog Stories I Heard at the Café

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DOG STORIES I HEARD AT THE CAFÉ

Occasionally I have the opportunity to eat breakfast at a local cafe’. Below is part one of a conversation held there one morning. To read part two click on Dog Stories I Told at the Café

     Border collies are not bred like other dogs—good breeders take into consideration the dog’s temperament and ancestry, according to a woman I’ll call Dot.

     My friend (whom I’ll call Vivian) and I were breakfasting at a local café and talking to a woman at an adjacent table.

     “My border collie (I’ll call him Wicked) was vicious,” said Dot. “I never had a vicious dog before. Even the ghost whisperer I called was appalled.”

     Dot went on to say that Wicked was bred from a nine-year-old, which she never saw when she purchased Wicked from the breeder.

     “They never let us near the mother. We were told she was (more…)

December 31, 2009

A Blue Moon On New Year’s Eve 2009

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A BLUE MOON ON NEW YEAR’S EVE 2009

    On New Year’s Eve, 2009, an infrequent yet common occurrence is happening—a “blue moon.” Persons living in areas with clear skies can observe the moon’s brilliance. In area like ours, where cloudy skies will probably hide the moon’s brilliance, this brilliance will be obscured.

     Myths surround the blue moon, which isn’t truly “blue.” The term, derived from the middle English word “belew,” meaning “false,” refers the full moon that occurs a second time in a particular month.

     Although each month is supposed to have only one full moon, a second moon in a particular month occurs on average thirty-seven times in a century, or once every 2.7 years—every thirty-three months.  It occurred on New Year’s Eve in 1990.

     And at 12:13 p.m. on New Year’s Eve 2009, the last purported year of the first decade of the 21st century, there will be a blue moon.

     One interpretation of the appearance of a second full moon comes from Medieval Christianity, whose members considered its  appearance as the devil taunting humanity. Since these religious folks used the moon to identify the correct date for Easter, the appearance of a second moon in Easter’s month was seen as the devil’s doing: Satan was sending the false moon to confuse them, tricking them in their determination of the real date of Christ’s Resurrection.

     Since the term “blue” can also mean sad, songs such as “Blue Moon of Kentucky” (written and sung by Bill Monroe in 1946) and “Blue Moon” (recorded by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers in 1933), are melancholy. According to Gregory McNamee, an Encyclopedia Britannica writer, “it is interesting that no positive songs to my knowledge exist about blue moons…”

To continue reading about the blue moon and nature’s other blues, click on BLUE MOONS AND NATURE’S OTHER BLUES

SOURCE of some of the above information: Blue moon’s link to rare events, Satan or finding a great love dispelled, written by Mike Cronin and published in the December 31, 2009 in the Tribune-Review (Greensburg, PA).

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ADDITIONAL READING:

A BLUE BUTTERFLY and STAR GAZER LILIES

OBITUARY FOR BLUE BUOY (A Blue Lobster)

LOBSTER-TALES

December 6, 2009

My December Birthday: Reflections on Fifty Years of Bonus Life

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MY DECEMBER BIRTHDAY: REFLECTIONS ON FIFTY YEARS OF “BONUS LIFE”

“Appendicitis gives Councilor Lown the sign he was seeking.”

     The newspaper headline came from the Portsmouth Herald (N.H.) newspaper, September 12, 2003. I was cleaning out my files from the three month New England vacation my husband, Monte, and I had taken (OK, so it’s 2009—and the files were stuck in a box, in a corner, like so many papers are in this house!). Portsmouth (N. H.) Councilman Brad Lown was pondering on whether or not to run for another term as councilman when his appendix provided the answer—no.

     It is likely Lown’s appendix was removed at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, the same hospital where mine was removed.

     I don’t recall the fateful day when I entered (more…)

October 25, 2009

Grandparents, homemade cookies, & licking cream off milkcaps

 GRANDPARENTS, HOMEMADE COOKIES, & LICKING CREAM OFF MILKCAPS

     Ahhh…the scents of days past…of grandmothers who actually baked the cookies they served their grandchildren…and grandchildren who licked the cream off the cap of the milk their grandmother poured.
     Times change.
     As a child I licked the cream off the cardboard caps that sealed glass milk bottles while eating the breakfast my grandmother cooked. Today, I (more…)

September 23, 2009

What I did last weekend—September 19-20, 2009

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WHAT I DID LAST WEEKEND—September 19-20, 2009

     When scanning the newspaper’s “events” listings, this particular September weekend offered several events of interest. The choice was delightful, since I had determined to take Saturday to do something different—that is, escape the demands of a cluttered house, writing commitments, and my fitness program. The events became even more pleasing because they were shared with either my husband, Monte, or my friend, Peg.

     Monte and I began the day by traveling to the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Greensburg, where the Healthy, Wealthy & Green Expo was being held. We took our time, stopping at booths that interested us. Few booths were appealing to both of us. I was intrigued by (more…)

June 18, 2009

Health care reform & Silver Sneakers

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HEALTH CARE REFORM & SILVER SNEAKERS

A month ago I joined the Silver Sneakers program at the Ligonier (PA) YMCA. Since participating, I can feel the positive physical effects. Since national health care discussions place this Medicare Advantage program in jeopardy, Silver Sneakers members were asked to write a letter explaining why this program should not be eliminated to reduce governmental health care costs. Below is my letter. Please write one of your own and send it to your legislators.

A nation, a community, a family, are only as healthy as its people.

Thus, quality health care, including preventive and rehabilitative care, should be a major priority. Yet, escalating health care costs are threatening the health of the American people.

Persons who knowingly promote their ill-health should be required to take responsibility for the consequences. Conversely, persons who take responsibility to maintain/regain/improve their health, thereby decreasing the need for medical care, should not be penalized.

The Medicare Advantage funding of the Silver Sneakers health maintainance/rehabilitative exercise program, geared towards improving/developing the health of America’s senior citizens, is an example of preventative medicine.

Health care reform discussions include the Silver Sneakers program. This issue is likely to be part of the health care reform bill being drafted this summer. And it is likely the discussions and results of the discussions will be (more…)

May 10, 2009

May celebrations: Part II

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MAY CELEBRATIONS: PART II

Click on May Celebrations: Part 1 to read about special May days in the first half of May.

May 11 is my day, Eat What You Want Day. Perhaps I should make Monte take me to that restaurant I haven’t been to, that serves prime rib and lamb chops. An exclusive place. And I have never been. This is what I want to eat on this day. What would you like to eat today? Of course, if you are trying to lose weight, you might find yourself in (more…)

April 29, 2009

Characteristics of and lures used by child molesters

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CHARACTERISTICS OF AND LURES USED BY CHILD MOLESTORS

 

 

     April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. (to view photo click on: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/3412621389/). I will be continuing my posts on child abuse and domestic violence throughout the month. Please be there for children whom you suspect are being abused. Sometimes, all you can do is hold out a loving hand and pray for them.

     This post is part of a continuing series about child abuse and parenting. At the end of this article are links to the other posts on this subject. If the links do not work, go to www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com , click on the folder CHILD ABUSE or the folder DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, and scroll down the posts to find answers to your questions.

 

     It is essential for a parent to know the characteristics of a child sexual abuser in order to protect their child. It is equally important to understand how perpetrators lure children into their web of harm, and to teach their child how to identify danger and respond to it, and most importantly, to report it to a safe person.

     However, if adults can be fooled, how much easier is it to fool a child. Parents need to be knowledgeable and continually alert to the dangers around their children.

 

     An abuser/perpetrator may not view their behavior as harmful. They may be unclear of (more…)

April 28, 2009

Spring…the joy and pathos of the…DANDELION

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SPRING…the JOY and the PATHOS of the…DANDELION

 

     It’s truly spring. The sprouting signs would declare the season even if we lacked calendars. In Westmoreland County (PA) the high 80s and low 90s temperature on April 24-25, 2009, were perfect for the Ryan and Sarah Adamosky Rumbaugh’s wedding. In addition to being a friend of the family, I was the ceremony photographer.

     Signs other than the temperature indicate we are experiencing spring. The pear tree (more…)

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