British sarcasm ‘lost on Americans’

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46846467

What the British sayWhat the British meanWhat others understand
I hear what you sayI disagree and do not want to discuss it furtherHe accepts my point of view
With the greatest respect…I think you are an idiotHe is listening to me
That’s not badThat’s goodThat’s poor
That is a very brave proposalYou are insaneHe thinks I have courage
Quite goodA bit disappointingQuite good
I would suggest…Do it or be prepared to justify yourselfThink about the idea, but do what you like
Oh, incidentally/by the wayThe primary purpose of our discussion is…That is not very important
I was a bit disappointed thatI am annoyed thatIt doesn’t really matter
Very interestingThat is clearly nonsenseThey are impressed
I’ll bear it in mindI’ve forgotten it alreadyThey will probably do it
I’m sure it’s my faultIt’s your faultWhy do they think it was their fault?
You must come for dinnerIt’s not an invitation, I’m just being politeI will get an invitation soon
I almost agreeI don’t agree at allHe’s not far from agreement
I only have a few minor commentsPlease re-write completelyHe has found a few typos
Could we consider some other options?I don’t like your ideaThey have not yet decided

Beware the Trolls

They will try to make:

  • Nonsense into something
  • Something into nothing
  • Nothing into something

A troll is someone who deliberately tries to disrupt, attack, offend or generally cause trouble by posting certain comments, photos, videos, GIFs or some other form of online content.

I block trolls for the same reason I scrape dog shit off my shoes: not becuse I’m “afraid” of dog shit, but because dog shit has not inherent value, creates a huge mess, and makes everything smell like dog shit.

Trolls: to clarify, in this analogy, you are dog shit.

For your consideration: Trolls are posting that the song: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is about rape. https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/baby-its-cold-outside-controversy-holiday-song-history-768183/

What will be next?

There is no antidote for idiocy or extremism.  

Moread HDMI to VGA Adapter

The adapter on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SW9JI9A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

UPDATE:  I contacted Moread Support through Amazon.  They asked a few questions, I sent a link to them as attachment (Amazon scrubs links from emails).  They sent me out a new adapter.  We connected it, changed the refresh rate in HD Graphics, and it worked.  Thank you Moread!

Maybe the adapter got knocked around during shipping, maybe it was defective.  Moread made it right!

Summary: I used 2 monitors and 2 laptops to test your converter.  The converter did not work with either laptop or either monitor.

Both Monitors Max Resolution       1024 x 768

Both laptops have 1366 x 768 native resolution


Details

Nice Response from Vendor after I asked for help:

Dear Gary,
 
Thanks for purchasing from Moread. This is Ada from Moread Customer Service Team, we are committed to improve our product and service for best purchasing experience. We are extremely sorry about the inconvenience caused to you, it must be very frustrating to you, but please give us an opportunity to make things right for you, if we could not fix the issue, we will offer a new one to you. The adapter will support refresh rate of 60Hz or 75Hz,
 
To solve this issue , could you please give us more information as below? 1. How was your devices connected with our adapter? 1) What device do you connect with HDMI port? (e.g. Macbook Pro Model xxxx) 2) What device do you connect with VGA port? (e.g. Samsung 4K LG Monitor Model xxxxxx) 3) Other Cable / Adapter (e.g. a 6ft VGA Cable / xxx Brand xxx Adapter) 2. What was the problem? A. No signal detected on my TV/Display B. Screen flicker or disconnects on its own sometimes C. Doesn’t support the required resolution (Input Not Supported) D. Others (please specify.) 3. Are there any other things you want to add? Once we have your reply, we will move to the next step ASAP. Thank you for your cooperation, we will really appreciate it very much if you would give us a chance to regain your confidence on Moread.
Moread supported Resolutions:

1080p/1080i (1920×1080), 1600×1200, 1280×1024, 720p/720i (1280×720), 800×600, 576p/576i (768×576), 480p/480i (640×480)

I tested with 2 monitors, 2 vga cables and 2 laptops and the Moread Adapter

1. Physical Connections: 

Monitor (1 and 2) – VGA cables –   Moread  – Laptops a and b HDMI female

2. Monitor Specs

Monitor 1
Emachines TFT15oPS  https://www.pcliquidations.com/p64755-emachines-tft1560ps-15-lcd
standard vga cable:

emachinemonitor1
Supports :

Monitor 2
Dell E153FPc  https://www.amazon.com/Dell-E153FPC-15inch-Computer-Monitor/dp/B0182S4XAE
different standard VGA cable:

dellmonitor2
Supports:


Laptop a:

The PC with the problem HP 15-F233WM:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-Black-15-6-15-f233wm-Laptop-PC-with-Intel-Celeron-N3050-Processor-4GB-Memory-500GB-Hard-Drive-and-Windows-10-Home/46429969

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Laptop b:

Toshiba Portege
Model Name: R705-P35 Part Number: PT314U-017018 UPC: 883974584376
https://www.cnet.com/reviews/toshiba-portege-r705-p35-review/


3) Tests:  I used 2 monitors and 2 laptops to test your converter.  The converter did not work with either laptop or either monitor

I) Laptop a – Moread – Monitor 1
Result: monitor frequency out of range seen on monitor

monitor1test

II) Laptop a – Moread – Monitor 2
Result:Does not detect monitor on laptop

No Picture

III) Laptop b – VGA – Monitor 2
Result: works

monitor2vga


IV) Laptop 2 – Moread – Monitor 2

monitor2hdmi

VGA Cable Part 18759 vga cable

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Endless War

by Roland Van Deusen

On September 16, CBS “SIXTY MINUTES” reported that 300,000 post-9/11 combat veterans now suffer from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, where it’s said “your brain slowly dies.” This is the condition that has led former professional football players to commit suicide. The combat vets got theirs from exposure to explosions.

This is in addition to our almost 7000 killed in battle, the more than 50,000 wounded, and the one in five with PTSD, of the two and a half million who we’ve sent to war so far. And after seventeen years of constant war, our stated enemy the Taliban control as much of Afghanistan as they did when we first invaded, according to CNN.

Our grunts also fight on in Iraq, Syria, and new places like Niger, which we only learn about when we have casualties. Still the VA hospital system has 10,000 unfilled job vacancies, mostly doctors. Everyone reading this knows someone who knows a traumatized veteran. Twenty still commit suicide every day, ending their suffering, but passing the pain on to their families.

Not learning from Vietnam gave us today’s endless, winless wars. With no draft and only 1% of us in the military, these wars are now so slowly destroying our democratic values, that we hardly notice. Trump is just a symptom of this. Blue collar white Americans who once craved freedom now long for his authoritarianism. We’re like a frog in a pot of cold water with the heat only turned up a few degrees every hour. Will we hop out before we’re cooked?

https://www.veteransforpeace.org/

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Suicide Prevention Hotline

1-800-273-8255 

To Veterans with Invisible Wounds

PriceOfFreedom
Please Help Veterans!

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Getting Started with WordPress

If you can use a word processor, know what styles are and have put images and charts and tables and such in a document, you can probably set up a passable WordPress site.

Go here https://wordpress.com/free, sign up for a free site and create one.

There are thousands of themes and and widgets.  To start, pick a free theme, then create a page, then create a post.  Add some graphics to your pages and posts, and add some widgets to sidebars.  Don’t go crazy searching for a theme.  You can change your theme for a simple site without much trouble.  Look at the footer, get used to the Visual Editor and the Dashboard.  Fiddle with some settings and Bob’s your uncle.   Of course, that is for getting started.  It is the equivalent of creating a vinegar and baking soda rocket as the first step to NASA, but we all have to start somewhere.  You will have a WordPress site, you will know something about what it takes to create and maintain and add content to a site.  Go for it.

Some Beginner Tips:

https://www.wpexplorer.com/easy-tips-wordpress-beginners
https://www.copyblogger.com/new-to-wordpress

Some things are not applicable to free WordPress Sites.  You can’t upload video or audio files to a free wordpress site or add small bits of Code to Add Features.  Read on to the “One thing you can’t do...” section below for how to link to a video or audio file.

WordPress is due for a major new release in 2018, WordPress 5.0.  The tentative release date is set for November 19. One of the big changes will be “Gutenberg”,  the new editor.  It is a major overhaul of the current visual editor.  For more see:


Before venturing into the world of publishing on the web, I would read this.  Multiple email accounts can be useful.  https://garyjohnson53.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/a-smart-thing-to-do-for-with-your-email


One thing you can’t do with a free WordPress site is create an embedded video.  You can use a picture as a link to a YouTube video, which in some cases works better and is free as well.  Example, click on the picture below (View a video …) to go to a Youtube video.

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View a video about the BEST SMARTPHONE GIMBAL of 2017.

Watch the Video

It does not hurt to show another link to your content (see Watch the Video above).  As of September 28, 2018, to create a picture as link:

  1. Insert the picture onto the page.
  2. Click on the image, then click on the “create link” or “insert or edit” icon in the editor toolbar.
  3. Put the url you want to link in the popup.

Another issue with free WordPress sites is that you cannot install plugins. Plugins are extensions to WordPress. For simple sites this is not an issue, except for setting up contact forms. You can set up a simple contact form with the: “add” button “add” contact form: https://en.support.wordpress.com/forms/contact-form/, however, it does not offer advanced features like the google “Are You Human” options etc that are available with some plugins.  The alternative to setting up contact forms with anti spam features is to provide an email address on the site.  Be prepared to get hit with some spam. See https://codex.wordpress.org/Protection_From_Harvesters

This example will defeat most harvesting software. It is a simple image, I write the text and format it in word. I used the snipping tool to then make an image of it.
contactmeAnother possibility, take a picture of your business card.

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You can have a perfectly respectable website — and for free.    Unless your name / business is a digitally distinct name, picking a website url can be a tedious process.  I don’t mind saying my website is https://garyjohnson53.wordpress.com.  When you sign up for a free plan, your user id is used as the first part of your default website, with wordpress.com as the second part.  If in the future, you want a custom domain name, it is not difficult to set up, but it does cost money.

Are you ready to get started?  Go here https://wordpress.com/free, sign up for a free site and create one today!


Gutenberg on WordPress.com

From https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/information-on-gutenberg-implementation:

We are currently testing the implementation of Gutenberg on WordPress.com and working out how and when it will be enabled. Once we start rolling it out for use, there will be posts and support pages explaining how everything is going to work.

But for now I can tell you no one is going be stumbling into Gutenberg by accident, and there’s not going to be an instant switch the moment it launches in Core.

Initially Gutenberg on WordPress.com will be opt-in only, and the opt-in option will not be available for someone until we’ve added support for blocks to the theme they are using.

The classic editor should also still be available, and it should be possible to edit a Gutenberg post in the classic editor, just like it currently is in Core, and will be via the Classic Editor plugin once Gutenberg becomes the default there.

Eventually Gutenberg on WordPress.com will become opt-out rather than opt-in, but details around that are still being discussed internally.

If you’ve been keeping up with Gutenberg, as it sounds you have, you’ll know Automattic is heavily invested in it, and it’s also very important for us that it’s a success on WordPress.com, so we’re not rushing things and will make very sure the transition for WordPress.com users are as smooth as possible.

As for your questions above regarding how Gutenberg will work in WordPress 5.0, you can ask the Core team directly at https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/gutenberg.

You can also see the detailed documentation, which includes a FAQ,  at https://wordpress.org/gutenberg


About the Gary GMGJ Johnson, the author of this post:

https://cookdotcom.com/about-me/
https://www.garyjohnsoninfo.info/GJPortfolio.html

You’re reading this on my free WordPress site.  Here is a link that I use to demonstrate what I do when I develop a more advanced site: https://cookdotcom.com.

More Quotes for Life

for the Brat, with love

strongerWinnie the Pooh

On love:

“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell it…you feel it.” – Pooh

On the importance of the little things:

Sometimes, said Pooh, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

On being present:

“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.

On the futility of worry:

“Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?”
“Supposing it didn’t,” said Pooh after careful thought.
Piglet was comforted by this.

On knowing by simply being:

Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.

On individuality:

The things that make me different are the things that make me.

On the difference between knowledge and understanding:

“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully.
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.”
“And he has Brain.”
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.”
There was a long silence.
“I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.”

On knowing that you don’t need anybody else to complete you:

I was walking along looking for somebody, and then suddenly I wasn’t anymore.

On self-sacrifice:

Love is taking a few steps backward maybe even more…to give way to the happiness of the person you love.

On gratitude:

Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.

On comfort zones:

You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.

On not overthinking:

Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits…

On unselfishness:

A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.

On the wealth in your life:

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

On clearing your mind of all thoughts:

Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.

On the value of dreams:

I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.

On the benefits of not micromanaging everything:

One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.

On the beauty within the arts:

But it isn’t easy, said Pooh. Because poetry and hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.

On finding joy in everything:

Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.

See https://www.aconsciousrethink.com/3112/20-utterly-profound-winnie-pooh-quotes-make-smile/

More Quotes for Life

https://www.garyjohnsoninfo.info/musings/quotes.html

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F….

Summaries

https://jamesclear.com/book-summaries/the-subtle-art-of-not-giving-a-fck

https://medium.com/@WilliamStefan/book-summary-1h-the-subtle-art-of-not-giving-a-fuck-17202048e120

Some important things takeaways from the book are the:

  • Recognize the “Feedback Loop from Hell”
  • The desire for a more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.
  • It’s okay for things to suck some of the time.
  • You are responsible for everything in your Life: you may not be at fault, but, you have to take control

If your interested in improving your life, go here:

https://www.garyjohnsoninfo.info/musings/cognitivebt.html

Click on the Link for Rational Emotive Therapy.  If you don’t understand it , read the book.

Click on the Link for Definitions of Cognitive Distortions.  Read the book and under any circumstance.