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I like to use my BLOGS to keep my friends informed of the daily Mess(es) that are going on with us and adding items of interest others might find enjoyable. Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment. Bret

Absent Mindedness CURED
Posted:Jul 21, 2017 8:50 pm
Last Updated:Jul 21, 2017 9:51 pm

I seen this article and LOVED it's cure for that absent mindedness that occasionally creeps in as if a forbearer of Alzheimer's. I've left the pancake griddle plugged in one morning after breakfast and returned to a very warm smelly kitchen. If I have to go I walk the kitchen before I go out the door. However, this cure would remove all doubts.

. The Genius Reason You Should Take a Photo of Your Stove Before You Travel

When I leave for vacation, I check all of the doors. And the windows. About 17 times. I then make sure each knob on the stove is turned to "off" and start the whole process over again just for good measure. Still, inevitably, I will be thousands of miles from home, wake up in the middle of the night, and know without a doubt that I left a burner on and my house (along with my cat) is doomed.

This fear is definitely not uncommon, but luckily, there's a very simple hack that will change the way you travel forever. Instead of wondering hours or days later if you left the oven on, take a photo of the knobs in the "off" position before you leave! Then you can quiet your anxieties by simply opening up your images - no matter where you are in the world, you'll have photo evidence that you did, in fact, turn the stove off. Lifehacker shared this genius hack, and it's so simple but something I've never thought to do!
If you're generally worried about your appliances being left on, take photos not just of your stove, but of your unplugged straightener, you're deadbolt turned the right direction (burglars won't be able to waltz on in!), thermostat (you didn't leave the A/C running!), your unlit candle (no fires!), etc. That gallery of images will give you peace of mind wherever you are so that you can truly enjoy your travels.
Found His Wife !
Posted:Jul 20, 2017 7:58 pm
Last Updated:Jul 21, 2017 8:37 pm

History buffs may have a reason to rejoice after a team of archeologists found evidence of a tomb, which they believe to be that of King Tutankhamun’s wife Ankhesenamun. The Valley of the Kings in Egypt is home to multiple hidden tombs where royalty were buried more than 3,000 years ago. These hidden treasure may include several small tombs, with the possibility of a big-time tomb holding a royal individual.

A group, led by renowned archeologist Zahi Hawass, is sure there is a tomb located near the tomb of pharaoh Ay (1327-1323 B.C.) — Ankhesenamun's second husband — in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, but they are still not fully sure whether it belongs to King Tut's wife or not. 

"We are sure there is a tomb there, but we do not know for sure to whom it belongs," sais Dr. Hawass

Regarding the presence of the tomb in the area, Hawass, former head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said he found four foundation deposits,  adding they are "caches or holes in the ground that were filled with votive objects such as pottery vessels, food remains and other tools as a sign that a tomb construction is being initiated."

He went on to explain that ancient Egyptians "usually did four or five foundation deposits whenever they started a tomb's construction." Moreover, Hawass said, radar detection of a substructure near Ankhesenamun's supposed tomb could be an indicator of an entrance to her tomb.

Dr. Hawass was head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities between 2002 and 2011, and was Egypt's first minister of state for antiquities after the post was created in January 2011. He resigned from the post in July 2011. Currently, he is serving as the director of the Italian expedition in the Valley of the Kings.
Posted:Jul 19, 2017 5:35 pm
Last Updated:Jul 20, 2017 7:28 pm

HAPPY 2373rd Birthday to Alexander the Great! or Alexander III of Macedon!

He was born in Pella on July 20, 356 BC and succeeded his father Philip II to the throne at the age of twenty. He spent most of his ruling years on an unprecedented military campaign through Asia and northeast Africa, and he created one of the largest empires of the ancient world by the age of thirty, stretching from Greece to northwestern India. He was undefeated in battle and is widely considered one of history's most successful military commanders.

In 334 BC, he invaded the Persian Empire and began a series of campaigns that lasted ten years. Following the conquest of Anatolia, Alexander broke the power of Persia in a series of decisive battles, most notably the battles of Issus and Gaugamela. He subsequently overthrew Persian King Darius III and conquered the Achaemenid Empire in its entirety. At that point, his empire stretched from the Adriatic Sea to the Indus River.
He sought to reach the "ends of the world and the Great Outer Sea" and invaded India in 326 BC, winning an important victory over the Pauravas at the Battle of the Hydaspes. He eventually turned back at the demand of his homesick troops. Alexander died in Babylon in 323 BC, the city that he planned to establish as his capital.

Alexander's legacy includes the cultural diffusion and syncretism which his conquests engendered. He founded some twenty cities that bore his name, most notably Alexandria in Egypt. Alexander's settlement of Greek colonists and the resulting spread of Greek culture in the east resulted in a new Hellenistic civilization, aspects of which were still evident in the traditions of the Byzantine Empire in the mid-15th century AD and the presence of Greek speakers in central and far eastern Anatolia until the 1920s. Alexander became legendary as a classical hero in the mold of Achilles, and he features prominently in the history and mythic traditions of both Greek and non-Greek cultures
Einstein of the Day Award
Posted:Jul 19, 2017 4:40 pm
Last Updated:Jul 19, 2017 10:19 pm

Calling 911 to report a stolen bag of cocaine probably wasn't the best idea for a self-described Florida drug dealer. However, Okaloosa Sheriff's officials wrote on Facebook that 32-year-old David Blackmon did just that on Sunday morning.
The post says Blackmon called 911 to report a robbery in Fort Walton Beach. Blackmon told the responding deputy that someone entered his car and took $50 and about a quarter ounce of cocaine from the center console.
The report says the deputy spotted some cocaine and a crack rock on the console and a crack pipe on the floorboard by the driver's side door.
Blackmon is charged with possession of cocaine and resisting arrest without violence. He was released from jail on Tuesday, but records don't list a lawyer.
Twenty Four years ago
Posted:Jul 18, 2017 7:34 pm
Last Updated:Jul 20, 2017 7:37 pm

It's been 24 years since a president fired the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. James Comey's abrupt firing as FBI director took Washington -- and the nation -- by surprise , but he is not the first bureau chief to be dismissed by a president. William Sessions -- no relation to current Attorney General Jeff Sessions -- served as director of the FBI from Nov. 2, 1987, until July 19, 1993, when he was fired by then President Bill Clinton.

Sessions, who was affiliated with the Republican Party, was nominated for FBI director by then President Ronald Reagan. Political experts say Sessions remained partisan throughout his tenure. Democrats vociferously supported Sessions when he made an effort to include more minorities and women in the FBI. Sessions’ lasting influence on the FBI extended beyond his diversification efforts. He also helped support a nationwide DNA program as well as national fingerprint process.

In 1993, President Clinton ousted William Sessions as FBI director after Sessions refused to voluntarily step down amid ethical concerns. It was the first and only time to happen in U.S. history. Sessions,  had been under investigation by the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility during George H.W. Bush's final year in office.

Here's how The Times reported the findings at the time:
"The Justice Department report found, among other things, that Sessions had engaged in a sham transaction to avoid paying taxes on his use of an FBI limousine to take him to and from work, that he had billed the government for a security fence around his home that provided no security and that he had arranged business trips to places where he could meet with relatives."

"I have concluded that the director has exhibited a serious deficiency in judgment involving matters contained in the report and that he does not command the respect and confidence needed to lead the bureau and the law enforcement community in addressing the many issues facing law enforcement today," then-Attorney General Janet Reno wrote in a letter to then-President Clinton.
Sessions dismissed the findings and refused to resign.
Clinton, at the recommendation of his attorney general, Janet Reno, dismissed Sessions.

"We cannot have a leadership vacuum at an agency as important to the United States as the FBI," Clinton said at a White House news conference. "It is time that this difficult chapter in the agency's history is brought to a close."
Happy 5th Anniversary
Posted:Jul 18, 2017 4:01 am
Last Updated:Jul 19, 2017 10:11 am

My how time FLIES! It doesn't seem possible that a mere 5 years ago on July 18, 2012 Kim Jong-un is officially appointed Supreme Leader of North Korea and given the rank of Marshal in the Korean People's Army
Posted:Jul 16, 2017 10:22 pm
Last Updated:Jul 19, 2017 4:34 pm

I have spent the last half hour attempting to get around the "latest Updates" to our fucking PC. I took pictures for my blog of the days events. the wood cutting, trip to the lake, and our fantastic dinner only to be denied access to them downloading to the PC from my camera and cellphone. My blogs may suffer for a few days until I can reload Windows 7 or go purchase an alternative to the Fucking BIG BROTHER Windows 10 which seems more and more like that fucking Obama and Clinton who know MORE about what I NEED than I do. IF any of you have a PC platform that you like better let me know. I have not done any research and this PC came with W-1q0 already loaded on it and I have officially had a fucking belly full of so worthless techie out west knowing more about what I need and wanting to justify their over paid jobs thinking I will BUY more of their UN NEEDED services.
Happy 110th Birthday
Posted:Jul 15, 2017 10:05 pm
Last Updated:Jul 16, 2017 10:05 pm

Happy 110th birthday to Orville Clarence Redenbacher born on July 16, 1907 in Brazil, Indiana. He grew up on his family's farm and attended Purdue University where he graduated in 1928 with a degree in agronomy.

He started his career selling fertilizer, but spent his spare time working with popcorn. In 1951, he and partner Charlie Bowman bought the George F. Chester and Son seed corn plant near Valparaiso, Indiana. Naming the company "Chester Hybrids", they tried tens of thousands of hybrid strains of popcorn before settling on a hybrid they named "RedBow". This name was used due to neither Redenbacher nor Bowman wanting all the publicity. An advertising agency, however, advised them to use "Orville Redenbacher" as the brand name, advice that cost them $13,000. By the mid 1970s, Redenbacher and Bowman had captured a third of the unpopped popcorn market. In 1976, Redenbacher sold the company to Hunt-Wesson Foods, a division of Norton Simon, Inc. Redenbacher then moved to Coronado, California. He appeared as the company's official spokesman, wearing a trademark outfit in public that included horn-rimmed glasses and a bow tie. Sometimes Redenbacher appeared in commercials with his grandson. On September 19, 1995, Redenbacher was found dead in the Jacuzzi of his condominium in Coronado, California. He had suffered a heart attack and drowned.[
Rosetta Stone
Posted:Jul 14, 2017 9:52 pm
Last Updated:Jul 18, 2017 3:44 am

The Rosetta Stone is a granodiorite stele, found on July 15, 1799, inscribed with three versions of a decree issued at Memphis, Egypt in 196 BC during the Ptolemaic dynasty on behalf of King Ptolemy V. The top and middle texts are in Ancient Egyptian using hieroglyphic script and Demotic script, respectively, while the bottom is in Ancient Greek. As the decree is the same (with some minor differences) in all three versions, the Rosetta Stone proved to be the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs.

It was rediscovered near the town of Rashid (Rosetta) in the Nile Delta by a French soldier named Pierre-François Bouchard during the Napoleonic campaign in Egypt. It was the first Ancient Egyptian bilingual text recovered in modern times, and it aroused widespread public interest with its potential to decipher this previously untranslated hieroglyphic language. Lithographic copies and plaster casts began circulating among European museums and scholars. Meanwhile, British troops defeated the French in Egypt in 1801, and the original stone came into British possession under the Capitulation of Alexandria and was transported to London. It has been on public display at the British Museum almost continuously since 1802. It is the most-visited object in the British Museum.

Ready for BASTILLE DAY !
Posted:Jul 13, 2017 8:33 pm
Last Updated:Jul 15, 2017 9:45 pm

A Happy Bastille Day to all those applicable members celebrating the holiday weekend.

My day was spent on the lawnmower and skid loader. I have a HUGE pile of brush, limbs and yard waste to burn to celevrate Bastille Day. I may have more to toss onto the pile tomorrow too. Towards the middle of the afternoon Ronnie even helped me toss on more so I made him supper with us. I'd laid out a boneless chicken breast for just JD and I but ended up cutting it into strips adding some veggies and rice for a fried rice casserole

I managed to stretch the chicken so there was more than enough for all of us with a few ears of sweet corn from out of our patch.

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