Archive for: June 2012

Lose your manual for that gadget?

The worst part of it is.... when you get that sneaky suspicion that you may have thrown it out with the box and plastic your appliance or electronic gadget came in. Then you try and find another one online someplace and they want you to register for an account and cough up some dough....

There's a website online called ManualsLib with a database consisting of more than 54,2700 pdf files. Search results include manual name, description, size and number of pages. You can either read manual online or download it to your computer. And there isn't any need to create an account or register to search and download the manual you're looking for.

This is a great resource to bookmark


Whatever will be; will be!

Me and the kid think alike.....

Me and the kid think alike.....

So there is this new site online called Clever Bot. On one of the pages it says:

Cleverbot is Artificial Intelligence. Say whatever you like - songs, jokes, memes or anything, and it will respond. It learns what people say, in context, and imitates. Cleverbot is an entertainment — not made to be logical, give advice, or be useful. Many people keep talking for hours, and say it's too clever to be a bot — that it must be human. Yet it never is: it is a bot. Cleverbot is software. Maybe it even contains a little Actual Intelligence.

I thought I would give it a try just to see how smart it was..... so I asked it: "Will I ever get married again?"

Its reply was: "Do you want to get married again?"

Damned straight and damned smart — if you ask me...


Firefox video problem

There have been several reports of YouTube videos that don't play in Firefox, but play fine in other browsers. Firefox support is blaming this on Adobe, but since the videos play fine in other browsers it's clearly a Firefox problem. All of the videos on this site are YouTube videos and are coded properly. If you can't view them using a Firefox browser, it really is a Firefox problem, as this site as been tested on various browsers and devices that besides Firefox include Opera, Safari, Internet Explorer8, Chrome, K-Meleon, iPhone and iPad. On all of these other browsers and devices everything displays fine.


Lawn weeds

I bought some "Weed Be Gone" but all that did was seem to get 'em a little excited. I could swear I heard them chuckling the next morning when I stepped out on my back stoop. Apparently the only way this stuff would be any good is if I ordered it by the truck load and saturated the ground with it.

I've been doing some research... seeing as how I don't know a thing about plants and soil. The extent of my knowledge is that if the grass is long, I know it needs to be cut.

It looks like I will have to do a pH test on my lawn to determine its level. A 6.5 pH level is optimal for growing grass. Dandelions, on the other hand, prefer a more akaline soil at a 7.5 pH level or higher. So.... first thing first. How do I determine the pH Level of my soli?

I found this video online which shows you how to do a test with a simple kit.

After I watched the video (because I didn't want to order the stuff online) I checked if something like this was available around town. It was. I could get something called "C.I.L Soil Testing Kit" -- and it looks like almost the same thing as the one in the video. So I'm ready to do a test, and of course it started raining. I will have to save it for another day.

But depending on which way the test goes, you can lower the pH level by spreading on some sulphur, or increase the level using some lime. I'm guessing I will have to use lime, which is something that would get done at the end of the season, and then once more in the Spring at the start of the season.

I know this may sound very basic to those of you who do some gardening. But for those of us without this knowledge, goes to show, you're never too old to learn something new. :-)


Fifty Things to Do When You Turn Fifty

You hear a lot of people in their 30's and 40's complain about getting old. But you don't hear it so much in people who are 50+. They've learned more about enjoying life, and learned to stop complaining. Really, no one is listening anyway.

Ronnie Sellers, author of Fifty Things to Do When You Turn Fifty says:

"That was okay in your 30s and 40s, but now that you're old, it's time to shut up on the subject"

The book is story and excerpts from experts and celebrities from all walks of life on the subject of turning 50. One review said:

"A friend gave me this for a birthday present and I took it along as an easy read while flying cross country. It was a light, easy read with short 3-5 page chapters written by well-known individuals..."

Anyone who has experience can tell you it isn't such a bad thing. I recall having older people tell me 20-30 years ago, that your mindset at 50+ is pretty well the same as it was when you were in your middle 20s or even 30s. The vessel grows older, but your mind stays locked in the same place. I know that sounds a little hard to believe.... but when you stop to think about it you will see that it's true.
Another reviewer said:

"I read this book in almost one sitting. I found the advice helpful, as well as entertaining. I have three friends turning 50 in March and bought a copy for each of them. I'm trying to make my year of turning 50 pivotal. This book helped me wrap my brain around saying "I'm Fifty."

But there are a lot of things at 50 you don't appreciate as much as you once did, even though you still have the 35-30 mindset any longer. And some of this is based on slowing down....

1. You don't care for fast food as much
2. You don't care for fast women as much
3. You don't care for "get rich quick" info as much
4. You don't care for young people's fast and loose tongues as much
5. You don't care for quick fixes
6. And you don't care for "Minute Rice"

You can buy this book from They say:

"Everything you should know and a lot more that will make you laugh and think. A must read for those turning 50, this book will help you make the most of a milestone year. All royalties will be donated to benefit cancer research. This is a fabulous 50th birthday gift, and a lot more useful than an Over the Hill coffee mug and black balloons!"

If you would like to know more about it, click here.