God Whacked the Universe with His Mallet

So, which came first?  Was it the Energy or the Aether?  Anybody following my lines of thought over the past few months realizes that I’ve essentially boiled the universe down to two things: energy and the aether.  Everything is a mechanical derivation of the effects of energy against the aether fabric of the universe.

During the creation event, did God whack the aether with a giant hammer?  And if this is so – was the hammer blow so hard that all of the universe is still reverberating from it today?

If, like Tesla believed, the universal fabric of the aether is (almost) frictionless, then the reverbations would be very slow to die out.  Instead, the ripples in the aether would ping-pong around the universe, sometimes coalesced into the hard/fast light of matter, and sometimes as transient ripples.

The ripples are directed in two ways.  There are the efficient, point-to-point, low divergence longitudinal momentum shifts of fast light, and the omni-directional, less efficient, high divergence momentum shifts of slow light, operating at the meager speed of C.  But – in essence – it’s all bumps and ripples on the aether, which are reflections of the movement of the ripples themselves, which for the moments of its movements can be considered to be energy.  So, energy itself is an abstraction for this transfer across the aether, and below it all is yet another simplification: all is the aether.

All is the aether, different here and there only by the slight manifestations of its twists and turns.  I started with quantum mechanic’s myriad particles, and soon discarded those ideas.  I boiled the maple syrup of what I thought the ingredients really were, getting down to the soft tack stage of the aether, energy, and matter.  Additional hard syrup boiling produced only aether and energy, and finally at the molasses state we have pure aether.  God had a simple task.  He only needed a one ingredient universe, and then it was a simple thing (for him) to whack it with his giant mallet.  We still listen to the music from that event billions of year on …

After he whacked the aether with his hammer, His job was done.  No more energy needed ever be added to the universe, because its frictionless design loses none.  The conservation laws (of energy, of momentum) are a tribute to this ultra-efficient aether, one-ingredient universe.

The twists and turns of the constantly excited universal aether can be manifested in many ways.  It is able to segregate itself into partitions, to make atoms and molecules.  Perhaps, the atom’s parts are confined by the medium discontinuities of the twisting, pulsating aether.  So, there are walls in the aether, that go to explain the universal divisors that break it up into a perception of matter, of energy, and of myriad details associated with that.  Yet, at its core it is all bumps and ripples …

Is a one-ingredient universe such an outrageous idea?  Let’s take the example of concrete.  Let’s consider that it’s really one ingredient (even though we know it’s a few indgredients).  But, it’s moldable and malleable, and can make many things.  So it is with the aether.

To be continued …

Note: the author is a writer on technical subjects in some areas, of novels, and of other literature, but does not have any formal credentials related to the medical field, or in physics.  Thus, this all constitutes an opinion of what might be possible, based on his own hobby-level knowledge quests.

Why Light Never Stands Still

There is the old saying that rust never sleeps.  Well, light never stops.  In the atomist’s viewpoint of the world, there is not really a pat answer for why light ceaselessly moves.  But, to an aetherist, it’s a simple thing to understand.  To the aetherist, all the universe is a 3D fabric of aether, with elastic movements within it.  The movement started with the big bang, and continues to this day.  All that ever happens is that the elastic bumps within the aether medium shift around from one place to another.  They are always conserved, and the total universe is always in equilibrium.

The movements of light in the aether are thumps on the structure of the aether, and once those momentum movements have been instigated by a shove on a granule of the aether (a “granule” is what J. Yee calls the smallest elemental piece of the aether fabric) – then there is a corresponding movement on the other side of the granule.

Light that doesn’t move, by definition, doesn’t exist

When two opposing bumps collide, there is a bigger deformation of a single granule, but all of the energy of that collision is released back onto adjacent granules, because the aether absorbs nothing in the collision that it does not immediately release in the same form.  It is perfectly elastic.  Such an elastic return of the condition of the mesh will happen unless the first bump is immediately followed by a second bump, so the bigger deformations that are seen are a kind of slight of hand.  The light keeps moving.

This is different than is the case with matter, where the collisions are not perfectly elastic.  Matter can keep its deformations, and matter can stop (at least relativistically).

The light (which is a bump/ which is energy/ which is momentum) never stops.  If light were ever to stop, it would not be elastically deforming the aether, and so the bump that is the representation of light would not any longer exist.  The light would disappear from the universe.  That doesn’t happen, because the energy (the movement) is always conserved.  It just goes somewhere else, instead of disappearing.  This is because the aether itself absorbs no energy that is not immediately released again.

This happens because we have defined the light to be a bump on the aether.  But, we mean by that statement that light is a movement within the aether.  It is momentum.  So, by definition, we say that light is movement, and light that doesn’t move, by definition, doesn’t exist.

Note: the author is a writer on technical subjects in some areas, of novels, and of other literature, but does not have any formal credentials related to the medical field, or in physics.  Thus, this all constitutes an opinion of what might be possible, based on his own hobby-level knowledge quests.

Creeping Perfectionism

Figure 1: A shot from the Pentax: far from perfect.

There is this thing I call the creep of perfectionism.  It stems from the fact that nothing is ever perfect, even though we may think it is, for a time.  I remember my first camera (a Kodak brownie borrowed from my mum).  It was pretty darned good, I thought.  Later, when I bought an Olympus OM camera, it seemed vastly superior to the old brownie.  I thought the pictures were just perfect.  Well, later the digital cameras became available, and I purchased a Pentax.  I realized the Olympus was far from perfect, but it took the retrospective of the Pentax to make me realize this fact.  So, it’s with hindsight that we continually must update our ideas about perfection, and we update continually because we never reach it.

So, I upgraded my kit to have a camera without the anti-alias filter (a Pentax K5 /iis), and a Sigma lens.   Yet, the results so far leave me still wanting for that sharpness factor.  I’m using the Sigma 18-250 mm lens in the shot shown in figure 1.  Click the picture to see it in full size.  Doesn’t the detail of the pic just lack something in terms of the sharpness factor?  Do I need a full frame camera to get what I want?  Is it the lens, the camera, or the picture taker that’s at fault?  I suspect it’s the latter.

I guess people are just as imperfect as cameras.

Aether Atomic Bubbles: Built with Angular Momentum?

 The past couple posts could be retitled to “The flopping fish, part one and part two” – because I’ve flopped around quite a bit in the descriptions I’ve put inside of them.  Normally, I can grab onto an idea and flesh it out with more strength and consistency (even if it’s a pretty wild idea), but building a spherical aether discontinuity within which to contain an atom’s contents have me flopping about on the beach.

To build a spherical shell of aether discontinuity, we envision a boundary surface area, agitated in some way by one or another type of energy.   Most ideas relative to “making the energy go round and round” are not very solid feeling.  But, another type of circular feature – angular momentum – already has a firm footing in the physics of optics and lasers.

The wavelength width of a laser beam is huge in comparison to an atom.  Wavelengths of transverse light for lasers are typically in the area of 500 nanometers, which abolutely dwarfs the size of an atom.  So, building a spherical aether discontinuity from an “angular momentum machine” seems right in one way – which is that the product fits inside the machine.

Laser borne bessel vortex beams may be the parts of such an atom producing machine.  Observing the output of such a laser apparatus shows what appear to be flying smoke rings, indicating that all sorts of angular and longitudinal momentums are twisted into the wavefront.

Why so much flopping around?  I once worked in a semiconductor wafer fab plant.  The theorists would come into the room, sit down, and run through the theory.  “Maybe this will fix your problem,” they might say.  But usually the maybe fix didn’t work.  Back in the day, semicon was a black art.  I wasn’t directly aligned with the physics of the job (mine was more about quality and computer programming) – but I did have a spot in the QA feedback loop that let me watch the black art fixes in action.

There was a lot of quantum in building chip wafers.  Now maybe I’d say, “There was a lot of aether.”

The black art fix was implemented by forming a brainstorm session which solicited any ideas that popped into our heads.  The whole group would do this, including myself.  The boss would say, “Anything that pops into your head, say it.”  No reservations.  No worries about it being stupid.  We covered blackboards in that fashion.

We always fixed the problem.

So it is with the aetherists.  I know it’s not an official term, but I think there are a bunch of us out there.  We have some pretty esoteric (crazy sounding) theories, but we like to splash them onto the board.

To be continued …

Note: the author is a writer on technical subjects in some areas, of novels, and of other literature, but does not have any formal credentials related to the medical field, or in physics.  Thus, this all constitutes an opinion of what might be possible, based on his own hobby-level knowledge quests.

Aether Bubbles: The View from Within

Some of us remember the 500 word essay we wrote in grade school; the one we wrote for talking in class – and the one for which the insides of a ping-pong ball was the proscribed subject matter.

The task of building the entire universe out of one thing is about the same.

In our last 500 word essay, we wrote of bubbles in the aether, and of circularly driven hard (and probably fast) light energy, (note that hard light term comes from the Theoria YT channel and refers to extremely high energy “light”. He is not affiliated with this site, but I agree with some of his precepts. I have been describing a pretty esoteric view of the universe. Splitting energy into fast/hard and slow/soft light gives us some leeway with regard to building a molecular model out of aether (and nothing else).

If indeed the idea of light-speed particles orbiting anything (under normal conditions) is as absurd as it sounds, then the aether view of the bubble of an atom, with its aether discontinuity shell, may be an upgrade in the thoughts about the matter.  Having a two speed light, each speed with different interaction capabilities (i.e., with matter, with energy, with aether) – gives us some construction help in the building of atoms with internals like “electrons” and a “nucleus” and a bunch of “photons”.  Each may serve as an abstraction for bumps in the aether, some condensed and circular, some uncondensed and line-like.

We know the constants in the periodic table do work

We know the constants in the periodic table do work.  They work to build molecules of atoms in a very logical way.   But, the constants themselves can be derived in many theoretical ways.  There is more than one way to build a constant conceptually, and some other concepts may be wrong.  The current model is not necessarily correct, simply because it produces constants of the correct magnitude.  The vector may be wrong.

So, what about the insides of a ping-pong ball aether bubble?  It must have something that mimicks levels, or at least that is an intuitive thing to think.   There are a couple ways to conceive this, right off hand.  There are some other folks on the YT channels (FractalWoman comes to mind) – that subscribe to the idea of standing waves as “particles” and travelling waves as “energy”.  To a great extent, I think that is good reasoning in an aether-only restricted universe. We need to use every angle we can get our hands on.

The waves are reflected from the aether discontinuity shell.

But, standing waves are built from forward and reflected waves.  Note the latter term.  The reverse wave kinda has to be reflected from something.  This is where I step in.  The waves are reflected from the aether discontinuity shell.  Inside of the shell, the forward and reflected waves could create standing waves, and (as the YT lady says) – represent “electrons”.  How could energy transit the barrier of the aether shell discontinuity?  Hard/fast light and slow light have different interaction capabilities, as mentioned earlier.  One could interact, while the other did not.

OK, so we have an aether shell and some electrons.  Let’s put the nucleus aside for the moment.  How do we interact our ping-pong ball bubble with others, so as to create molecular compounds?

There is the subject of surface waves.  Our favorite YT lady has pontificated upon these in great extent.  These waves can produce (at the surface/interface of aether discontinuities) either attraction or dis-attraction (where the former is a type of low pressure mediation).   In that idea could be our molecule builder.

In Genesis it’s written that God moulded the universe.  How convenient it may be that the single ingredient of  the aether was His clay.

To be continued …

Note: the author is a writer on technical subjects in some areas, of novels, and of other literature, but does not have any formal credentials related to the medical field, or in physics.  Thus, this all constitutes an opinion of what might be possible, based on his own hobby-level knowledge quests.

Atoms: Bubbles in the Aether?

Over the last few posts, I have been exploring new aspects within the scope of my nascent idea about a one ingredient universe.  Previously, efforts to imagine the universe in light of a universal aether medium were targeted towards finding the form and action of energy, and esoteric things like quantum aether entanglement.  Does energy have a form? Well yes, because this mechanical viewpoint of the universe depends upon an aether with a modulus of elasticity that implies deformation of the medium, thus presenting with “form”.  Also, the recent discovery of “shaped light” seems to reveal that the underlying prime nature of the universe may be aether.

But, how do we factor the atom into an aether + energy universe?   I have been promoting the idea of aether discontinuities for much of the action within the universal aether.  They are like electrical impedance discontinuities, but are instead mechanical discontinuities of the aether medium. I have promoted the idea that the electrical discontinuity derives from the aether one.

The aether’s discontinuities give form to circuits of energy transfer within the aether, and provide for the pathways of quantum aether entanglement.  But – in addition to this, might the atom be a “form” comprised of the same kind of discontinuity?  I have in the last few posts mentioned the idea of closed-off regions of aether, which behave differently than the aether in general.  These closed-off areas trap energy within them, according to my embryonic idea.  Think about the atom.  What is it but a region of trapped energy?  If we equate energy with mass (as Einstein does in E=mc²), then an atom is indeed a bubble of trapped energy, albeit some of that energy is in another form.

Does energy have a form?

Not all of quantum mechanics is wrong.  The mathematics do add up in most cases.  Nonetheless – the QM-centric perception of the underlying principles underneath the mechanics and the mathematics are not correct in my opinion.  Some is simply left out of the discussion in the realm of acedemia.

I have written of circular light; of light traveling in circles.  If aether deformation and/or aether discontinuity is caused by the transit/transfer of energy, and if aether discontinuity is responsible for that bubble of aether region we’d like to promote as an atom, then the light may need to traverse a circular path in order to enclose the region, to trap the energy, to enable levels of quantum potential leaps. We have formulated that there are two kinds of light.  Perhaps high energy light is needed to enclose aether regions.  Some may call it “hard” light (The author of the Theoria YT channel does this.  Note he does not necessarily agree with anything on this page).

Is it so crazy to imagine that light could travel in a circle?  Light can indeed travel in a circular path if it travels along an aether discontinuity.  Refraction along a discontinuity is what enables light to follow the curves of a fiber in a fiber optic cable.  The light does not bounce as a reflection, but instead follows a soft curve (which does “bounce”) – due to the refractive index of the cable lining.  So, it curves a little.

A laser originated bessel vortex beam projects a helical wavefront, which is an unclosed circle due to the longitudinal component of the wave.  A very powerful bessel vortex beam, or perhaps the intersection/crossing of many of them – may produce an atom.

A very powerful bessel vortex beam may produce an atom.

Under most conditions, light would not curve much.  But, the creation of matter is a monumental event, requiring enormous energies of the type that would have been found in the early periods of the big bang and its aftermath.  In this cauldron of hot primordial elements, the aether may have formed bubbles.  In the beginning, the bubbles would be small and simple like hydrogen.  Does the so-called electron orbit around the nucleus, or does it reflect radially?  I think it does both those and other trajectories as well, probably randomly.

As an alternative to curled light being the formative source of atoms, one might consider that the aether fabric itself is “stretched” by the energies within the aether bubble, such that literally the inside of the atom has a less dense aether structure. In some ways, this seems a more likely scenario.  Perhaps hard light is closer to infinite energy than anything else in the universe.  Perhaps it is so energetic such that it is able to stretch the aether.

The hourglass of the magnet’s energy is a tribute to this progenity …

The nature of the aether seems to be such that it supports vortex forms.  The hourglass of the magnet’s energy is a tribute to this progenity.  It may be that the curved form of the energies involved in atom creation are present due to the torsion supporting attributes of the aether.  So, maybe the formation of an atom is more about angular momentum than anything else.

In any case it may be that the trapped oscillation is enabled by a momentary closing of a bubble in the presence of intense amounts of big-bang energy.  After enablement, it would be self sustaining, as it would create its own aether discontinuity.  Thus the atom could be a spherical region of trapped energy, “latched” into closed form by an instantaneous burst/event in the soup of creation.  After the region was closed, it would not matter whether the action was orbital or radial or anything else.  The aether discontinuity would reflect or refract all of the energy, keeping it trapped within the atom.

Thus the atom could be a spherical region of trapped energy, “latched” into closed form …

I have always been uncomfortable with the “orbiting electron” view of atomic structure.  The aetherists view is that there is no pull, or attraction, in the universe – but only push.  Pull can be mimicked, however, by what is really more like a low pressure phenomenon. Taking such a standpoint means that the speed of light velocity of an electron (or photon) would ordinarily cause it to fly off into counter-space.  Something must trap it, and I’m gathering the opinion that it’s an aether discontinuity that does so.

To be continued …

Note: the author is a writer on technical subjects in some areas, of novels, and of other literature, but does not have any formal credentials related to the medical field, or in physics.  Thus, this all constitutes an opinion of what might be possible, based on his own hobby-level knowledge quests.

Why are Cloudy Days Blue?

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why are cloudy days blue?”  Probably not, because it seems to not be an important question to ask yourself.  Unless you’re me.  I love deep-diving the trivial things, it seems.

Blue light scatters, and red light is absorbed.  Actually, some blue light is absorbed, and some red light scatters, but it’s more often the other way around.  So, on a bright sunny day, all the light comes from one spot in the sky, right?  But on a cloudy day, it seems to come from every direction.  That’s because it IS coming from every direction, as a result of scattering.  When you take the red and yellow out of the color spectrum, what is left?  Well, green and blue are what remains – but it’s the blue we mostly see, because there’s not much in the clouds to reflect green light.  Water reflects blue light pretty well.  So, now you know the answer, and I’m sure you feel much more fulfilled.

Read more about cloudy days …

Favorite Books

Favorite Books

I’m a bit eclectic when it comes to my reading.  I find a little here, and then a little there, and maybe sometimes something in between.  Here are the latest things I’ve read for education or amusement:

The book of Ginsengauth Sarah Harriman, pub Pyramid Books, NY, first ed 1973.

Cinematic Wilmington, Making Movies on the East Coast, auth Jean Nance, pub Tidal Press, NC, first ed 2000.


Philosophy Made Simpleauth Richard Popkin, pub Doubleday, NY, first ed 1956.

The Backpacker’s Handbookauth Chris Townsend, pub Ragged Mountain Press, Maine, first ed 1991.

Read More of the Booklist

Antique Glass Hunting

Figure 1: Etched Glass from 1870 – 1925  ( click to enlarge )

We wander around in flea markets and such places as that, looking for that glint of light that sometimes reveals glass artwork from a bygone era.  In particular, the hunt is targeted to Tiffin glass, something that was made during the last part of the nineteenth century, and the start of the twentieth.  It’s a collection process that never ends, because there are pieces that are thought to be no longer in existence.  The idea that we’d land the Sasquatch, is part of a motivation I guess.  The glass heralds from a place close to where we grew up, and so it makes sense that it’s interesting to us.  In spite of the fancy glass, it’s not at all an expensive hobby. For some more pics of the antique etched glass, see my photo repository at:


On the photo site, you’ll have to click the “Antique Glass” menu item towards the top of the page.  I have a bunch of other photos on the site, as photography is another hobby of mine.  While the other half is on the hunt for her glassware, I keep my eyes peeled for the antique woodworking tools that I sometimes use.  Use for what, you ask?  Why, of course, I use them to build cabinets for the glassware! For details of this endeavor, see the woodworking subsection of my blog at:



Water Swept Grasses

Figure 1: Water swept grasses.  Click to enlarge.

The Pentax has seen better days.  The mirrorbox has been torqued such that focus is difficult, but once in a while I still manage to get a shot with it.  The focus issue is more difficult at infinity focus rather than closer … and the shot in figure 1 was the latter.  It’s an area where (not very long ago) – a swift current rushed through the grasses, leaving an almost surreal sculpting of the top of the grass.  It looks like a scene out of one of my old 3D viewer slide machine slides – with leprechauns  just off to the side of the photo no doubt!  Click it to enlarge it – it’s an interesting natural bit of mother-earth art IMO.

For those wanting a direct link to my smugmug nature collection, here it is (just click picture):

Walking Rhythms

Every year I experience the same seasonal rhythms of walking.  I’m so used to walking at a level just above the friction point (where it starts to become more work than walk) – that I forget to notice how fast I’m going.  I take in the scenery, engage in my inner and outer thought processes, and don’t pay much attention to the engine gauges.  The engine is usually silent.

But at the change of seasons, I notice that my speed changes.  I don’t consciously walk any faster when fall comes around, but my body goes faster.  I have so consistently trained it to walk at the friction point, that it does so without any help.  I notice I get home for lunch sooner, and I more quickly get to the local convenience store that I use as psychological motivation (soda, sweets, etc) – so as to take walks on days I otherwise might skip.

In the summer, the opposite thing happens.  As the temperature rises, the inner automatic engine governor cuts back the throttle, and the speed goes down.  Once again, I take no part in the decision, because I’m just along for the ride.

Speaking of lunch, my internal calorie meter on some days might look like the graphic shown above, if not for that  convenient little store at the end of my walking itinerary.

Buggy for Bees

Figure 1 : Bee shot taken with K5, Pentax 50mm /f1.4 vintage lens

Recently I started to take macro tube shots of bees in my area.  This is quite an addicting facet of photography, I must say.  So far I’ve managed to shoot a few semi-interesting shots.  The picture in figure 1 is one of my favorites thus far (clicking on the photo will show it enlarged on smugmug).

The Amazing Mr. Mouse

This story is one I’ve been meaning to write for a long time, but other things have been serious distractions from writing, especially in the recent past. Sometimes, ya gotta do what you want to do, in the present, because tomorrows have the habit of being used for other things.

This story is quite a few years old, but it’s one that makes me rethink the nature of nature, and of our animal friends.  “Friends” is a conventional word that often doesn’t really apply to both parties in man – to – animal relationships.  It’s most often the human who’s the fickle friend.

Read More …

Potato Onion Fry

Figure 1: Potato Onion Fry, tasty!

So, I had some potatoes and onions fresh from my daughter’s organic farm.  I wasn’t sure what to do with them so I tossed them into a skillet and fried them.  The onions seem to impart their flavor to the potatos – such that it wasn’t necessary to add salt or pepper.



A White What?!

Figure 1: An Albino cucumber?

I recently had the opportunity to try this new (for me) vegetable, compliments of my daughter’s organic farm.  Being a cucumber lover, one would think I’d have run into this little number before.

Tastey! – Especially with tomatoes, cilantro, salad dressing, and a dash of pepper.

Click the photo for larger view.

Bigger, Bolder Pictures

Figure 1:  Just one of those photos that needed more space


I’ve been dabbling in the realm of Photography for the past couple years, after a hiatus of about thirty-seven years.  I wasn’t a very knowledgeable photographer even back then in the eighties, and have only incrementally added to my repository of things to know in this realm.  Most blog sites are (well, of course they are) – meant more for blogging than for photography.  So, I finally realized how tiring it is for viewers who can’t really see my photos in high detail – due to size or layout or navigation restrictions, all the while I talk or write about those photos.  Subsequent to this epiphany, I set up a photo repo (on a photo site designed specifically for photos) in order to remedy that situation.  Don’t get me wrong – this blogger platform is great for blogging, but for photos it works in a more ancillary mode.

Technically, I could switch to another theme more suited to the photo.  But in that case I’d lose the nice textual format that is the mainstay of the blog.  It’s a bit of a catch-22. Anyway …

I kept shooting my casual pics with the Canon Sureshot style of camera throughout all of those years, but such casual shooting doesn’t necessarily qualify anyone as a photographer.  The whole idea behind such a consumer camera is that one can know absolutely nothing about photography and still, at least some of the time, take reasonably usable pictures.

Read More …

Hutch, RIP ‘Ole Buddy

Figure 1: Hutch, RIP ‘Ole buddy …

We all get pretty attached to our canine friends.  But, sometimes there is more attachment than other times.  Hutch recently passed away, at the human-equivalent age of 88 years. I was with him for the entire 88 equivalent years (excepting for the first six months of his wonderful life).

Read More …

Watermelon or Radish?

Figure 1: Watermelon radishes.

Recently I had an opportunity to taste a variety of radish that I hadn’t previously known about – the so-called “watermelon” radish.  They do look like little slices of watermelon, don’t they?  These came from (Kristen and Jason’s) Red Root farm, and they are tastey.  I rarely come across a radish I don’t like, but then again I’m fond of turnips and rutabaga as well.


More Deer Pics

deer1012AFigure 1: Procession of Deer

It’s always so hard to catch a deer in a photo.   They move around so much, that every other picture is a blur.   I guess it’s the same as with my dogs.  Anyway, here’s a shot, taken out of the back-yard window, showing the start of a procession (four deer altogether) – parading through my little nature preserve.

Read More

Canis Lupus Familiaris


I guess I’m a dog lover rather than a cat lover. In this world, you are one or the other. Cat people will take this badly, but IMO, cats aren’t cuddly. When I come home and am greeted by 209 pounds of slobbering, panting, grinning, and jumping canis lupus familiaris, I know they like me! Now, some scientists have measured the “love” chemical in dogs, and officially endorse what I already know …

Read More …

More Talk about Coffee


We love to talk about coffee, don’t we? Well, we love our favorite crutch, and its faithful ability to get us through all the otherwise groggy mornings. Recently, I’ve been spending time on some of the internet coffee forums, learning things that (as a person whose habit runs well over four decades) – I was surprised I didn’t know. It was a good break from the usual forums-to–visit list, and the much more droll postings I put on my https://programmingmiscellany.wordpress.com site.

Read More …

Hutch for President 2016


With great enthusiasm and fanfare the announcement was made today at the Canis Lupis party headquarters near Raleigh, North Carolina. Hutch is running again!

With the party’s financial woes still lingering from the last failed attempt, some frugality has been necessitated with reusing the 2012 placards. Yet – the party hopefuls are up beat about the chances, and are reorganizing the platform to appeal to the squirrel as well as the cat demographics. Hutch, quoted as “Wot Wo!” – meaning “We will have a broader voter appeal this time around …”

Cherry Pie


What makes a good cherry pie? In my opinion, it’s the starch that does it. Substitute tapioca flour for about half of the cornstarch you would normally use, and forget about the cornstarch altogether. It makes the cherry pie good even when it’s cold. It’s not too runny, not too gelatinous, and very tasty. I’ve found that cutting the sugar back to three eighths of a cup (rather than the half cup often suggested) – really brings out the cherries, without making them too sugary-sweet.