Google is not a very reliable tool, by itself, for any kind of serious research, unless of course if you are in that particularly privileged position of having leisure time. Having said that, I was trying to look up some kind of discussion online regarding how the usage of the term “dude” crosses over gender lines in different social spaces - specifically, I have heard women call each other “dude” before, but I wonder what women call each other when men aren’t around? Most of the conversations I’ve found so far are (of course) male-centered, e.g. “is it okay for me to call a chick ‘dude’?”, etc. so, if you are a woman and you are reading this, do you all call each other something informal that is akin to or parallel in usage to “dude” but in fact different? As a postscript, let me suggest the filter of “besides ‘girfriend’”, which seems to have been indelibly co-opted by gay men. Thanks for participating!

Dude - Sweet

An Eye for An Eye

A large percentage of our species may not make it through the next hundred years due to the ravages of the mindless, pitiless greed of our enemies. Our children education is very important and their children may inherit a world in which safe drinking water is not only as precious as gold - which it is now, if only we would see it as such - but also just as scarce and that’s just water. Then there’s food. Not to mention the awakening of superviruses and the threat of global pandemics. To say nothing of the inevitable breakdown of a society utterly dependent upon a technological resource that is due to run out.

We may be able to put the brakes on, but we can’t stop the crash. All we can do for them is arm them with knowledge. We must tell them the truth about what has happened. we must proclaim with true humility every mistake and misstep and misjudgment; we must catalog every single lie. and then we must tell them, “please learn to be wise from our foolishness”. We can’t stop the crash, but we might - just - be able to give them the tools to walk away from the flaming wreckage of this empire, bloodied but unbowed. oh, let us pray it be so.

Revisions are Worse than Mondays

So... last night I figured something out. Or rather Di, one of my lovely CPs, said it and I had my light bulb moment. And here is what she said, paraphrased... At some point you have to call it good or revisions will never end. I hadn't thought about it before, but she was right. I have different CPs with different strengths. And after it has been through all of them one chapter will change so much, it's practically new. So, I ask you, how do I know if it's any good? It's already been through all of my CPs and now it's completely different changed so much it may as well be a first draft. Again. But she's right, I have to just call it good. It's been through the wringer. Issues have been addressed. And now it's up to my betas to tell me whether or not it totally blows. Anyone else treading the shark-infested revision waters with me? How are you doing? When do you "call it good"?

In God We Doubt

Adventus posts a review of a book of that name by John Humphrys, which is in itself worthy of a follow-up; and although the entire post is, as always, worth spending some time with, i enjoyed this piece right out of the starting gate: Humphrys writes about his own spiritual journey, and along the way takes a swipe or two at Richard Dawkins, which is always a good time: Militant atheists seem to have enormous difficulty in understanding why so many people, many of them just as clever as they are, manage to live by their beliefs.

Here’s what Dawkins told Laurie Taylor in New Humanist magazine: “I don’t know what it would mean to say that we live by faith in our daily life. There is, I suppose, a sense that we are sometimes too busy to reason everything out, but otherwise I don’t know what it means”. Just on the scale of reason alone, the very idea that Dawkins “reason(s) everything out” is simply laughable. David Hume would have a field day with that remark, not to mention Kant, Kierkegaard, Socrates, Sartre, and Derrida. I can only imagine the comic novel Voltaire could make out of that innocently naive comment on that matter.

Pest Repellents

It is well known that pests like mice or rats are repelled by ultrasonic frequency in the range of 30kHz to 50kHz. Human being can’t  hear these high-frequency spunds and unfortunately all pests do not react at the same ultrasonic frequency. While some pests get repelled at 35kHz, some others get repelled at 38 to 40kHz. Electroschematics.com invites you to discover our electronic repellent circuits and projects. Let’s see what you can find here. Electronic mosquito repellent circuit, an easy to build circuit but kind of difficult to adjust on the exact sound frequency which will reppel the mosquitoes. 

You can find all the information you need regarding this project, including mosquitoes repellent circuit diagram that will help you understand perfectly how the circuit works. Even if there are many ultrasonic pest repellent devices available on the market, a major drawback is that their power output is low and their effectiveness suffers. We present you an electronic pest repellent that generates powerful ultrasonic signals to repel pests. You can find here all the specification you need and of course the electronic pest repellent circuit diagram.

The project, solar powered animal scarer, is a solar powered flasher to scare away the nocturnal animals like bats and cats from the farm yard or premises of the house. It is fully automatic, turns on in the evening and turns off in the morning. You can find complete details in the project itself http://www.electroschematics.com/tag/repellent-circuits/. You can also discover electronic dog repeller circuit, mouse or pest repellent circuits. You can easily browse through all categoryes, by clicking on our site. We invite you to be a part of our dedicated community, where you have got the chance to accumulate great information regarding electronics and to be a great, innovative engineer in the future.