Keep Spring Forever in Your Mind

With the ninety degree April 6’th heat, we may say that spring has arrived – at least in spirit. I think we all needed spring to come early this year, to offset the really bad winter that was forgettable and regrettable for ‘oh so much more than just the gray days and drab landscapes of forgone winters.

I’d been noticing the buds on the trees during my AM walks, and managed to take a few pics of them. I think the buds I’ve photographed are of the Crepe Myrtle tree variety, but never was a horticulturalist. I just thought they were pretty, and a nice introduction to spring in 2021. Hooray I say, spring is here, I say.

Over the winter the body did its usual disintegration routine, so with the arrival of spring my walks will be more frequent, and maybe I’ll get back to a normal walking rhythm by June or July. I’ll just double up on my hummus. It’s the food of spring, sort of. It has some of the ingredients for a body’s spring renewal (now, I’m not a trained doctor any more than a horticulturist, so this is uneducated opinion).

Apparently, hummus is one of the only foods that you can eat (outside of snail innards IIRC) – that contains all three of the precursor organics needed by your DNA to renew those cells of your new spring body. Well, people have said so much as that in the past, and the FDA made them stop. The proponents of the hyperbole called hummus’s most important ingredient: (tahini) – by the name of vitamin T, and gave to it great powers. Apparently the FDA disagreed that it should be called a vitamin. Great powers or not, I’m counting on that hummus and some more spring fresh air to start the 2021 out-of-doors season that I hope will truly be a renewal.

Quantum Immortality vs the Aether

For some time, a (popular) physics meme found in related books is the concept of quantum immortality.   While spooky ideas emerging from the mist of a quantum mechanics view of the universe may give hope to some that they may achieve immortality simply by applying a few quantum magic tricks,  the reality to an aetherist (moi) – is in the revelation that it is only a magic trick; an illusion.

The mystical quality of so-called spooky action at a distance, translated to the aetherist’s (not atheist’s) point of view, becomes an example of a simple mechanical classical action of physics reality; a phenomenon capable of keeping two things in synchronization via a simple ping-pong reflex in a communication medium.  The immortality potential evaporates in this latter view of the universe.

The ping-pong communications medium is the aether, and the specific nature of the entanglement connection is longitudinal and (perhaps) torsional at the scale of the aether’s granularity as it is applied to the longitudinal momentum, but not to transverse waves.  The signal detection equipment of our era has a tough time with longitudinal aether components, a fact that allows other-worldly conjectures to continue within the realm of the so-called quantum mechanics viewpoint of the world and of entanglement.

Consider the longitudinal component action of waves in water.  The sinusoidal surface waves follow a discontinuity in the medium, that being the air-to-water surface interface.  The sinusoidal waves occur exactly at that interface.  All the while, below the surface, the longitudinal forces are undetected. Wind effects a similar longitudinal force upon the surface of the water, but is on the other side of the interface from the forces of the depths. Both forces cause a sinusoidal action at the interface of the mediums of air and water. In the case of water waves, the action is modified by the effects of gravity, but the originating forces are still all longitudinal. Gravity effects only the secondary, derivative waves.  So it is a similar thing that happens with quantum aether entanglement.  The entanglement is the undetected longitudinal signal component of the depths.

A signal impacting the aether does not impact from the transverse direction.  How could it?  When you open the door to your house, do you push down on the top of the door, or do you push forward (longitudinally) on the door?

The longitudinal push on the aether creates a discontinuity in the aether – similarly to the way the longitudinal wave affects the ocean.  And, in similar fashion, sinusoidal waves form at the interface of the longitudinal push of force through the aether, generating its affect on the aether fabric, which is the discontinuity it produces.  The sinusoidal waves are a derivative of the longitudinal forces pushing the aether.

So, entanglement is classical and Newtonian like water, air, and earth.  It cannot provide immortality.  It probably takes God for that.   The immortality conjecture that was the favorite meme for quite a while – takes its basis from the idea of “oneness” that quantum mechanics interpretations applied to entangled states.  Those states are not one, they are two things connected, with their seeming “oneness” being only a slight of hand of nature, which is really a synchronizing connection we don’t yet have the technology to see.

So, in such an endeavor it’s not the synchronizing connections that you’d need to preserve – it is instead the aether endpoints that actually are the participants in the synchronization dance.  Those aether endpoints are in the body and soul of the creatures who hold them.  Reproducing those endpoints is possible, but results only in a copy. So, even this version of immortality is not any different than being cloned or having kids … not really “immortality” …

The ping-pong action of entanglement brings to mind the idea of balls of energy, ping-ponging.    However; the real action may be more representative of a Wilburforce pendulum, having a coil formed by a continuous sort of dynamo effect that is the result of the basic structure of the underlying aether.  Twisting dynamo effects that follow the structure of the aether in response to longitudinal energy may still propagate the “ping-pong” of a single photon’s energy, but in the way of a solid solenoid core rather than an amorphous bit of energy.

What is seen as sinusoidal transverse energy appearing at endpoints has been previously transformed from the longitudinal, on-the-fly, by the torsional tendencies given to energy transferred through the aether, the structure of which must support vortex formation prodigiously.  (The YT channel fractal-lady refers to similar transformations as being a result of “aether circulation” effects. Note she is not affiliated with this site, and probably disagrees with my take on the aether (but I don’t know for sure)). Scientists know that wireless energy transfer has huge losses.  No wireless electrical power transfer device has ever exceeded 45 percent efficiency, and that may very well be due to half of the total power remaining unavailable because of its longitudinal/torsional nature, combined with the limited technology that is unable to harvest it.  It is said that 73 percent of the universe’s energy is “missing” – but that conclusion may have happened because the mode of the energy that’s missing is not detectable with our current level of technology.

RF energy in antennas has been found to have something called the “skin effect.”  The energy transfer in the antenna is almost exclusively confined to the outer molecular layers of the conductors.  The outer molecular layers of those conductors are close to the interface between the conductor mass and the aether.  Again, it is a discontinuity that provides for a transformation of energy, only part of which we actually see.  The discontinuity between a metallic mass and the aether is much more abrupt than the one between a moment of energy and the aether.  This abruptness causes the skin waves to be created much more efficiently, and so conduction thru metallic mass has high efficiency in the modes we can observe.

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.

Psychic Dogs, Twin Dogs

We brought Hutch and his brother home against the admonitions of most veterinarians.   Hutch and Star were male littermates.  Males who are brothers and of the same litter rarely get along very well.  Usually they want to fight with each other excessively, and the admonition was given to avoid adopting them altogether.

We ignored the advice, and worked through the first few months of sparring activity that was done to establish the dominance of one over the other.  Finally, after both agreed that Hutch would be the beta dog, and his brother would be the alpha, all was fine.  Once they found they could get along, they were an impressive duo.  With both over a hundred pounds (Hutch at one point 126 lbs) – they were as trophy horses, trotting against their bridles and their leashes, running the trails of North Carolina with their master in tow.   The bonds they developed between themselves, and with me, were awe inspiring.

Many years passed and Star became ill.  A cancer wrapped itself around his spine, cutting it off and paralysing him.  He lay on a hospital gurney, dying.  At home, my wife sat at the table, watching Hutch.  A phone call informed that his brother was going to be put to sleep.  At almost that exact time (really, about ten minutes later) – Hutch’s face appeared suddenly worried.  With big eyes he looked towards the pad where his brother usually slept.  Then he began to whimper.  Ten minutes would have been about the correct time, from call to injection.

Our big bear part-rottweiller / part german-shepherd Hutch did not take to whimpering easily.  He was no chiwauwahua.  But, he was a serously concerned dog. There have been anecdotal stories of human twins with similar experiences.  One twin “knows” when the other has died, or is in serious trouble.

It’s not true that dog littermates are much like human twins. In humans however; recent discoveries indicate that a little of what happens to twins, happens to everybody.  Twins have identical DNA, if they are identical.  Probably, fraternal twins have some identical portions of DNA, but some that is not.  And children, it is now suspected, take a little bit of identical DNA from their parents due to the simple fact of gestation.  I am not a doctor, so this is an uneducated opinion that derives from my mind’s ability to connect dots.  If I’ve connected them inappropriately, or made other inaccurate assessments, the reader has been forwarned.

At one time, it was thought that the body could not have two sets of DNA.  IIRC, this has been proven wrong.  In any case, perhaps it is not necessary for all of the DNA to be identical.  Perhaps it is enough for long sections of it to be matched with each other, without being entirely identical.  This would be the case (it seems to me) – for siblings that share a home during gestation.

A dog littermate, by the just described reasoning, would have some of his brother’s DNA, in exact form.   Psychic studies seem to imply (based on anecdotal data) – that identical twins are most likely to have these kind of psychic experiences, and fraternal twins are somewhat less likely to have them (by 5 to 1 ratio). There is little or no data on the incidence of psychic phenomenon between mother and child.

If you look at the Wiki page on Twin psychic phenomenon, you will find the scientist’s viewpoint on the matter.  It is simply that, due to the inverse square law, psychic phenomenon is impossible.  They insist that all twins episodes are simple coincidences.

To an aetherist (not atheist BTW), the scientist’s viewpoint has a fatal flaw.  While it’s true that “normal” transverse light, taken as a whole, is dependent upon the inverse square law, a single photon, taken as itself, that has mostly longitudinal momentum, and also has perfect incident angle, does not observe the inverse square law in the same way.  There would be a much less deletiorous effect.

With an acceptance of a universal aether (latin pronounciation of “ether”) comes the ability to avoid the disqualifying inverse square law restriction, and leave open the door to psychic phenomenon based on what Einstein called “spooky action at a distance”.

Scientists have recently discovered what they believe is a non-local interaction between strands (and sections of strands) of DNA.  This is effectively “spooky action at a distance” – but operated over tiny intervals of space. The interaction is dependent upon the exact structure of the DNA, and so one perhaps could make the guess that it would work between twins in the same way as it works inside of and between elements of their own DNA.

Food for thought …

RIP, my ole’ buddies.

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.

Hard as Maple

The old saying is “Hard as H@#$!”  I now use the new, more accurate saying, according to me, which is Hard as Maple!

I recently decided I needed to repair one of the maple glass doors (shown in photo).  This was to be an easy task, simply to drill a couple holes in the maple (about an inch deep) with my ordinary electric drill motor.  The part that wrinkled my plans was the fact that I was drilling into the end-grain of the maple.

I first tried one of my old antique drill bits.  It came in a set of 40 year old Craftmen’s that I bought at an antique store some years ago.  I thought they were pretty sharp bits, given their age.  Unfortunately, ten minutes of hard drilling produced only about a quarter inch indent in the maple end-piece.  The bit was hot as hell!  Well, that’s another old saying.

So, I went to my toolbox and pulled out another bit.  This one was newer, purchased within the last couple years from a big box home improvement store.  I drilled and I drilled and I drilled.  In about five minutes, with quite a bit of smoke, I had my hole.  Maple end-grain is damned hard.  I wonder how it compares to steel?  There’s probably a reason they use it for the lanes of bowling alleys LOL.

Tunnels in the Aether

Any visualization of the structure of the aether that involves rigidness runs afoul of common sense (at least it does for me), because light can travel in any arbitrary direction as well as any other arbitrary direction.  This seems to imply an on-the-fly structurable aether.  Some may call it self-organizing.  I think these structures are bounded by aether discontinuities, which themselves are the result of energy moments transferred in the aether (in mostly a circular fashion).

On-the-fly aether structures may be formed by impedance aether discontinuities. Aether discontinuities are boundary conditions.  Seemingly, the transit of some form of energy moment in the aether must be cause for an aether-discontinuity style of self organization that creates tunnels in the aether.  Because aether discontinuities are able to reflect/refract energy moments, created tunnels may act as coaxial transit tubes for the transmission of light. The traversal of the transverse component of light could happen as either a transverse wave or as a portion of a helical wavefront, following the self-organizing path.

Aether (coaxial) tunnels may result from the ability of discontinuities to reflect moments of energy. Discontinuities in the aether could possibly support two modes of transfer: longitudinal and transverse/helical. One could think of these structures as light transmitting coaxial circuits.

The author of YT site Theoria (which is not related to this author/site) – has in the past mentioned the idea of light coaxial circuits.

So, what is the spearhead for the propagation of light?  What is it that initiates the self organization and the creation of the tunnel? My opinion on this matter is that it’s the longitudinal component that paves the way for everything else. The longitudinal energy self organizes the aether as it goes – as the moments of that energy are transfered through it.  The discontinuity provides a transverse or rotational/helical path for the transfer of energy moments. The ping-pong action of quantum aether entanglement then follows via the reflections of longitudinal compression-rarefaction actions in the medium.

It’s the entanglement part that interests me, more so than the propagation of light, proper.  The other stuff I study just because it’s in the road, and needs to be moved before other progress can be made.

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 Bessel Vortex Beams Entangle Things

The bessel vortex beam can facilitate entanglement between its own photons and other quantum objects, such as individual photons or the photons contained by atoms and molecules.  It’s an energy-to-matter or an energy-to-energy sort of interaction, depending upon whether the moments are transverse, longitudinal, torsional, or helical.  Helical energy implies both transverse and longitudinal component moments.

Entanglement is like a longitudinal impulse laser, lasing single “photon” moments of energy between two discontinuities in the aether. The transverse energy in the beam interacts easily with matter, the longitudinal energy in the beam interacts directly with other moments of energy via the aether discontinutities that those moments manifest.

As transverse components tend to interact highly or be absorbed, entanglement may depend on a combination of the longitudinal momentum and potentially the aether-scale torsional/helical features of longitudinal wavefronts.  Entanglement may be hidden simply because most detection schemes depend on the usual transverse mode interactions of (light) energy with matter.  IMO, entanglement is entirely a Newtonian, classical physics concept.

It’s odd to think of energy-to-energy interactions, but physics has long embraced the effect via the known behaviour of trapped entangled pairs of photons.  Obviously, in such cases, there is energy-to-energy interaction, but it is via the intermediary of matter or (more often) just of the aether by itself, and more suscinctly the aether discontinuities rendered by the energy in the aether.

Entanglement and forward propagation paths may be completely separate from one another

The energy-to-matter interaction is a facet of the surface area presented by a transverse wave.  A helical or torsional wavefront may impart interaction features to both the energy within the atom and the spin of the atom, separately. Such a wavefront would be associated with the primary point-source aether-scale longitudinal momentum, and not the transverse waves, which are secondary derivative waves.  The longitudinal pulse has diminished interaction with matter, due to its lower surface area presentation (point source).  However; it is needed to create the form factor of the helical wavefront, which then can affect the spin of an atom or of its photons.

While transverse energy is often absorbed, any longitudinal momentum, including (potentially) any superimposed aether-scale torsional energy, impinges on aether discontinuities, and may be fully or partially reflected.  Thus, those moments contribute to a ping-pong action of lengthy entanglement.  The path followed by the ping-pong moments of entanglement need not remain aligned with the original path (of transverse/longitudinal/helical energy), which itself may form an entirely different vector (by, for instance being reflected from a mirror).  After the originating photons have left the source, the entanglement and forward propagation paths may be completely different.

Creating entanglement seems often to involve squeezing photon moments into very confined spaces, such as the 1D lattice of a crystal, or the small aperture of a laser borne bessel vortex beam.  But why is this the case?

The hidden nature of entanglement may be due to the longitudinal + torsional/helical features of the wavefronts involved.

In the past I’ve tried to answer this question by thinking about what components make up the system of entanglement.  Recently, my thoughts were about the bessel vortex beam, and its system of components.  It dawned on me that it may not be so much what is in the system of components, but more about what is not.

Normally, a standard gaussian laser beam will have a good deal of what we might call self interference.  If the longitudinal impulse spouts the transverse one in a self-organizing path of a tubular discontinuity in the aether, then the secondary transverse wave represents a lot of self-interference for the longitudinal component.  The interference is in the form of the secondary transverse waves.

My “Tunnels in the Aether” post describes light conduits that are like coaxial cables in the aether. These are the standard light or laser light scenarios, which involve a large amount of self interference.

What does energy transfer in a crystal do that a bessel vortex beam probably also does?  It eliminates interference.  The helical wavefront of the BV laser beam spearheads a clearing of the aether region within it, such that it may facilitate a “coaxial” return path in its center.

Entanglement is not so much about what is there, but what is not there: interference.  So, any old laser beam (or for that matter, ceiling light) might entangle things with their rays, if it were not for the fact of interference.  Any construct that eliminates the interference will enable entanglement.

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.

A Single, Elemental Clay

The free will thing is the biggest question for humans, and the most oblique and cloudy to understand. Maybe this has to do with quantum threads that live teetering on the edge of chaos. Just as a pseudo random number generator falls short of randomness, so does the typical view of free will fall short of accommodating our perception of how much of that (free will) we really have.

So, the idea that random choices that are not really random just look like free will, is an idea that falls far short of really explaining how the human choices we make are freely made.  For now, the answer remains a secret.  but perhaps the supernatural plays a part.

We are awash in connections (those being between quantum objects), yet with increasing distance between those quantum-endpoints, the interaction with the most far-flung of those objects decreases, such that we are mostly affected by our immediate surroundings and our inner selves (where both or all quantum endpoints are “homed” within ourselves, and only a few are extended).

This is forutunate, or we’d be composite beings with no self identity.  If everything comes from the aether – even all the energy that is manifested as moving bumps within it, and if matter also is formulated as closed circular self-perpetuating bumps within that aether, then we can say for sure that the universe is made of a single elemental clay.  God’s clay.

Atomic Aether and the Aether Hurricane

I’ve spent quite a few posts pontificating about the larger scale machinations of the aether, and have written about various phenomenon that seemingly could be associated with it.  I’ve boiled the entire universe down to a universal elemental aether with ripples on it – ripples that we can, in an abstract sense, call energy.

But what of the atomic realm?  If the action of free energy in the aether is so simple to describe, then  the atoms that comprise matter must also follow a simple description.  We are moulding the universe of a single elemental material: the aether.

Everything turns.  Like the lyrics in the song from the sixties, everything turns.  Magnets have their vortex swirls, weather systems have their turning hurricanes, atoms have their orbiting electrons (though “orbit” is a debatable term). But you get the point.  There is a pattern in these swirls, and the aether must support them prodigiously.  When we look at magnetic force, we must be looking at a house that follows the aetheric foundations under it.

We have the aether perturbations/ripples/energy-abstractions of movement and momentum (some call this space), and we have everything else in the rest of the vast aether – all of the perturbanceless/rippleless parts of it (some call the latter counter space). What separates the two are aether discontinuities – changes in the medium’s properties that are boundary conditions of perturbances, and that reflect similarly to an impedance discontinuity.  The idea of moving ripples on the aether (in the case of both slow and fast light) – seem simple to understand as an abstraction for energy. But what of the atomic nature of matter? Can its parts also be moulded into the simple model?

What separates the two are aether discontinuities – changes in the medium’s properties that are boundary conditions of perturbances

I have the feeling that the aether underlies all of the universe.  What we perceive as energy moves (really it transfers) across the aether, but occasionally it gets closed off.  Perhaps there is some mechanism by which regions of the aether become closed off from the rest of the aether.  Perhaps a wall is created by circulating fast light, which here and there in the early universe was found in sufficient strengths to produce aether boundary conditions in the swirl – aether discontinuities (like the impedance discontinuities of electrical theory).  Perhaps these discontinuities are really what traps the energy inside of an atom.  Perhaps the electrons really do not orbit at all – and instead reflect from the boundary conditions of the closed-off regions of aether.

What could sustain the aether discontinuity?  When energy transits the aether, it produces a real-time discontinuity as it goes.  Could such a discontinuity be a semi-permanent thing in the case of energy that has been walled-off into a mass of matter?  Such a wall would need to be very dense and very efficient.  Let’s say the modulus of elasticity for the aether is such that fast light does not have infinite speed.  This seems reasonable, even though we have no proof for or against such a thing.  That means the elastic action of the aether takes time to happen.  That would also mean that the reverse process would take time to happen.  Would this idea support an almost infinitely strong and reflective wall for atomic containment?

And if it did provide such a thing, could it be used to contain fusion reactions?  The discontinuity wall need not hold back the whole of the energy of a nuclear weapon.  The fusion reaction of a single hydrogen atom produces only a trillion’th of a joule of released energy.  It’s the chain reaction that makes a nuclear weapon go boom in a big way.  Yes – it’s much more energy than the oxidation reaction of say – gasoline – but it’s not the whole warhead in a single atom – not even close.  It takes trillions of atoms in a chain reaction to effect Hiroshima-like damages.  Someone suggested that the fusing of a thousand hydrogen atoms would likely not be felt on the tip of your finger.

So, using discontinuities to hold a fusion reaction is seemingly something that is in feasible scale.

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.

Packin the Pantry (for the Apocalypse)

Many of us are keeping the pantry better packed these days, due to the situations brought upon us in 2020.  I have been doing the same, but I have taken a little more scientific approach to the job this time – rather than what I may have done in the past.

The easiest thing to buy and store away is a can of food.  But, how efficient is a can of food in the pantry?  A little experiment will tell you the answer is “it all depends”.  For a long time I’ve been aware of the difference in what’s in one can of food versus what’s in another can of supposedly the same food.

Take beans, for example.  I’ve noticed for a long while that one can isn’t nearly what another might be, in terms of being full to the top with (actual beans).  So, I started looking at what’s in each can.  I don’t have a small scale, but I can eyeball stuff pretty well.  So, I started dumping cans of food into a strainer, and eyeballed the result each time.  Wow! What a difference.  It’s worse than I thought.

Some cans of beans had barely over half of what other cans of beans had.  Now, don’t take me wrong.  I like the sauce and the juice (and even a little water) with my beans.  But not when it’s almost half the can!

The moral seems to be to know which brands have the beans, so to speak.  Not unexpectedly, the cheap brands often have less solid food (but not always).  So, buying the cheap brand for 25% discount isn’t a good deal if it has only half the beans in it.  I’ve been packin-the-pantry accordingly, buying more bang-for-my-buck even though it’s not always the cheapest brand.

It’s not only canned goods.  Jars have the same problem.  Take applesauce as an example.  Some like it soupy, some like it thick and chunky.  I always buy the thick and chunky, cause I’m getting more actual apple.  And, you know, when that so-called apocalypse comes to town, we want to have more apple.  Just an opinion …

Note that the graphics are not intended to represent any particular brand, and my approach using the eyeball-the-seive measurement system may not be on-the-spot accurate.

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.  These movements started with the big bang, and continue 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 (really a momentum transfer) to the other side of the granule.  The movements are not continuous movements, but instead a bump-bump-bump type of transfer.

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 (of the pseudo-movement of the transfer of momentum) 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 transfer within the aether.  It is a bump-bump-bump style of movement. It is momentum transfer.  So, by definition, we say that light is movement (in bits), 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 film 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 digital Pentax.  I realized the Olympus film camera was less than 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. Related to the curvature of light is the idea of angular momentum and vortexes.  A magnet exhibits the character of the vortex.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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 …

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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 site.

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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.

Hutch has a birthday



Posted April 3 2015:

Happy Birthday Hutch!  Can he already be seven years old? (Well, he’s forty nine in dog years, but a good looking forty-something, dontcha think?).  Time really flies for a dog. He’s wondering why it’s picture day, and his sleep’s being interrupted.  Knock off the flash, would you?




Trying to look handsome!




OK – I’m going back to the important stuff that you interrupted!


C’mon! Can you leave me be!?

And – since Starsk is Hutch’s litter mate – it’s his birthday too!


I’m handsome too!




Published 01/11/2015

If there’s ever been a word that’s underused, wouldn’t you say it’s peripatetic? You should see clurichaun in any decent story that spans more than a couple pages, and what sermon would be good enough without a reference to thaumaturgy thrown in?  They’re damned good words.  You can look up thaumaturgy if you want, and no – I’m not going to tell you what it means.

Really, this is part of what you buy when you invest in a really good thesaurus.  The words at the top of the story are so obscure that my WordPress spell checker doesn’t know about them. Well, maybe that’s not saying much.

I use a thesaurus regularly, but I’ve never used any of the words I wrote into the first paragraph.  I use a thesaurus not to find obscure words, but to find simple ones that do a better job of explaining my stuff.

At one time I possessed fifteen different thesauruses and dictionaries.  All but thirteen of them were a waste of both the shelf space and the time I spent thumbing through them.  I definitely have a strong opinion on this matter.  The only thesaurus I think is worth the occasional hangnail is a book that’s not even called a thesaurus.  Notwithstanding the name, it’s the best “thesaurus” you’ll find, if you count my opinion for anything.

I use the J.I. Rodale Synonym Finder.  It’s inexpensive (18.99 is what I paid, which is a lot less than many other books of lesser value.  Again, my opinion may not cut much ice for you).  No, I’m not connected to the company, in any way.  I’m just relaying hard-learned lessons won by hard earned money.  You can spend yours as you like.

Forget the “Collegiate this/Collegiate that” thesauruses.  I found them to be of little value.  Just my opinion.

Never mind the online thesauruses.  They are so weak as to be maddening.

The Rodale is the better part of three inches thick, just big enough to facilitate banging yourself on the head with it, while experiencing writer’s block. It’s intemperately versatile. 🙂




Name that butterfly


Posted 08-03/2013:

Today, taking my usual walk (my forspent feet took me a mere three miles), I came across a butterfly (deceased) – lying on the pathway.  I’m not the neighborhood Lepidopterist (expert on all things butterfly), but I have a suspicion that the specimen I found could be classified as a common variety.  It’s unusual to see them (butterflies) in Cary, so I scooped the little winged creature into my empty coffee box, and slid it into my carry pack.

Any Lepidopterist care to comment about the identity?

Dog Days (of Summer)


Posted July 22’nd 2013:

As we teeter on the edge of the dog days of summer, I bathe in the appreciation that once again I will have survived to see the start of the Days of Sirius.  It’s a time that, for me, is a favorite season and time of year.  Some like it hot.  I do.  Simmer my bones at eighty nine or ninety Fahrenheit, and count me happy.

Wikipedia’s expert on such things, writes that the dog days of summer historically marked an evil time, brought on by Sirius, the god of hot.  The ancient Romans sacrificed dogs to Sirius, to appease him in order to ward off the blazing heat.

The dog days officially start on July 24’th, and end on August 24’th.  These dates mark the old calendar for such things, but recent almanacs place the start date in early July, and the end date in early August.  The old Roman “dog days” schedule is more appropriate for the southern United States, as those weeks hold the hottest days of the year for the southlands.

The Wiki description points to Clavis Calendaria, from 1813, and takes a dog days quote from it.  I liked it well enough to repeat it here, plus or minus my paraphrase:

"The sea boiled, Wine turned sour, Dogs grew mad,
and all creatures became languid
causing to man - burning fevers and hysteria..."

Update August 12th, 2013

As the end of the dog days is less than two weeks away, we might compare this year to last year.  I’d reckon that Sirius has given us a break this time around.  I’ve yet to consult the local meteorologist for the numbers, but I’m thinking that my walking ritual could tabulate the averages almost as well.

It’s not to say that we haven’t had our share of broiler days hot enough to poach a Londoner. But, this year he’d have been only soft poached. Yesterday,  I took my usual walk, cut to four miles in light of the 96 degree heat. Before stepping outside, I availed myself of the umbrella, as per my normal practice.  Many days, it has served to deflect the steamy hot breath of Sirius, and on more than a few dog days it has managed to keep my head dry too!

There is a thing I thoroughly enjoy about walking in the midday heat – and yesterday it was my happy fortuity to enjoy this treat, once again.  I dropped into a low spot on my path, partially shielded from the breeze.  Here the lazy air slowed even more, and I was at once enveloped by the strong scent of flowers and other things, floating along in the hazy slow swirl of the sultry air, and topped off with lingering notes of hot, sublimating pine sap.

The summer’s simmering aromatic delights, the best of nature’s potpourri, had been presented to me … for being the one willing to brave the dog days of summer, and a walk in the midday sun …

Wine of the Bean


Posted Saturday, June 29’th 2013

I’ve always had a weakness for the wine of the bean (Arabic to Dutch translation: Kaffee). Early in the morning, the original Arabic word was seemingly too long gone to recall, but I was able to remember that it derived from the phrase “wine of the bean.”

As I poured the aromatic little beans into my grinder, I was taken with a thought.  My olfactory sensors, in spite of the dimness brought on by age, seemed to be transporting me into another space altogether. The early hour combined with my natural grogginess to make the transport swift and easy.  Suddenly I was in one of my favorite places, an old bookstore, with its lode of old novel pages.

Coffee and old books: my nose wanted to sense those two things as similar, or the same.  Methinks it’s because I so often have them in combination!

Hutch for President

Hutch for President

The very late entry into the 2012 presidential race by candidate Hutch of the Canis Lupus Party is being viewed with some skepticism by politial pundits. Regardless, the indefatigable, albeit unusual candidate expressed his usual optimism at a party rally of the Canis Lupus party headquarters near Raleigh, North Carolina. Speaking later from his home, he gave interviewers a bright smile, saying “Wut Wo!” – which seems to be a party slogan of sorts. Vice presidential candidate Starsky was as upbeat as the presdential hopeful who is his brother as well as his running mate. The aspiring VP politely deferred comment on the bulk of the interviewer’s questions.

Major party philosophies are detailed on a political poster that has been spotted on a number of local lawn standards, and promotes a set of political planks that should resonate well with voters:



    No Catting Around

The last and (some say) most dubious platform plank promoted by the Canis Lupus Familiaris party has been drawing most of the skepticism from the pundits – but pollsters have already detected that many voters believe in the sincerity of the candidate.

A larger photo of the candidate can be seen at:

Mind Death?

So Beautiful … So Deadly

We were born awash in it, and ever since then our lives have depended on it. We are mostly made of it.

Has this wondrous resource turned on us now, to be the dark horse killer of our intellects – the destroyer of our minds?

See the side page post “So Beautiful – So Deadly” for more …

The viewer might want to check out my explanation of the strange sky sound phenomenon from January of this year. I think I have one of the more layman friendly theories on the net:

On to the next …

“Beelzebub’s Bargain” was a four-month endeavor. Now that it has been finished, I have donned the hat of the marketer, something I am obligated to do, whether I like it or not.  Otherwise, “Beelzebub’s Bargain” would forever remain my secret, and that would be a shame. Most writers like to write, and some of them plow ahead – writing tome after tome – and never taking the time to effectively publish what they have written.  Many famous authors have done this – even Henry David Thoreau was known to leave the marketer’s hat on the hall tree.  That explains his later post-mortem “discovered new works” .

The Beelzebub cover image:

Next Project

Being the writer, I’ll try to both write and market, perhaps the former better than the latter (some may argue).  Beelzebub gets the marketing effort while the writing will be concentrated on my new novel, “Book of the Doppelganger”.  The cover for this latest tome is shown below:

The graphic artwork for the cover was the result of putting together a few miscellaneous items I found in my kitchen – an old,  unwanted paperback, a kitchen knife, and my daughter’s favorite organic ketchup. Then, with the magic of GIMP, a marvellous tool running on my FreeBSD 8.2 desktop, I simply moved the contrast ratio up a couple notches – turning ketchup into blood.  (Seems like a quote).  I’ve added four pages behind the cover … mum on the details.

Marketing isn’t all drudgery.  I’m having fun putting the posters together for the book fairs and festivals.  One is upcoming on the fourth of February 2012.


The Welcome page is here by default.  The good people who created WordPress gave it to me as part of the initial template for the blog.  I guess they figure that every blogger should have one.  Maybe they are correct about that, and I should write something here that seems relevant to the title.  “Welcome.”


Now that is out of  the way.  Whew!

Really, this blog is likely to contain mostly writings about writings, as the blog author is an author outside of the blog.  So, writings are sure to be centered, most of the time, around the travails of authorship and book writing.  I’m not much into long serial message posts, so most of the stuff will be in the “pages” accessible at the top of the screen.