Freedom from Unwanted Plastic Wrap Cling

This is a little post about Plastic Wrap. If you are like me, you end up fighting with your plastic wrap more often than you simply use it as intended. In the past if I wanted to cover or wrap something bigger than a can or glass, it meant tearing off a piece of plastic wrap, pulling it apart from itself and hoping it stays opened and apart until I wrap whatever I am wrapping.

Last week, I had this epiphany. Like all good ideas, it works wonderfully, and using Plastic Wrap is not longer another frustration in my day. The picture is not very self explanatory, but the best I can do, only having two hands.

Save yourself the headache of Plastic Wrap clinging to everything except your container.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is what you do:

 

Find a plate or bowl as large or larger than what you are wrapping or covering.

 

Pull a small portion of Plastic Wrap loose from the box.

Grab the plastic wrap and the plate or bowl together and pull the plastic wrap across the surface.

 

Tear off once you have the size you want.

The Plastic Wrap will more or less stay attached to the clean plate or bowl, and you can simply turn your plate or bowl upside down over your food and press the Plastic Wrap down to seal or wrap your food.

The hassle of a tangled mess of Plastic Wrap is now a thing of the past!

Adding Choice to Linux Color Schemes

Choice is what Linux is supposed to be about. You may do things your way. You may add this, or take that away. You have your choice of desktops, You can make your Linux bloated, or you can make it lean and mean. Some important choice is missing in many Linux Distributions.

Unless you are new to Linux, there is a commonality among most major Linux Distributions. Let’s see how much Distro hopping you have done while using Linux, and after we are done I think you will agree with me, Linux has a huge Achilles Heel.

Desktops are plain vanilla across most Linux Distributions whether you use Cinnamon, Fluxbox, flwm, FVWM, GNOME, i3, IceWM, ion, JWM, KDE, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Openbox, WMaker, Xfce, they mostly look the same with exception of color from major Distribution to major Distribution. Snooze.

Want to try a short Linux theme color quiz?  Good. Here we go.

1. Which Linux Distributions use a blue theme?

2. Which Linux Distributions use a green theme?

3. Which Linux Distributions use a brown theme?

4. Which Linux Distributions use a black theme?

5. Which Linux Distributions let you easily make changes to your desktop colors?

6.Which Linux Distributions have Icons of more than one color?

When is the last time you looked at your Desktop and thought, ‘Wow, I like this’?

Imagine going to purchase a kitchen appliance. There are five brand names that all have similar appliances. How about buying an automobile. Every base model is more or less the same as another brand’s base model, Imagine a world, if no matter what you wanted to buy from underwear to Automobiles, every company had their own pet color? And buying from Ajax Appliance means your new appliance has a blue stripe around the top surface?

I think you get the idea. Here we are with Linux, where we can have it our way, as long as we want one set color theme. Of course, there are downloads and various options to change your desktop, sharpen it up, or make it look different, and possibly, unique.

Unfortunately the newer Linux user is busy learning Linux basics. They may not know or know how to add desktop effects, or make what should be simple changes. If your Linux Distribution has a blue theme, is there any real reason, why you have to continue to look at a blue themed desktop if you want to change the color? What if you really dislike blue, or brown, or green, or red, or black.Ditto for other main Linux Distribution colors.

Linux in general is becoming plain vanilla, most of the larger distributions only have color themes to differentiate themselves from other large plain vanilla distributions. The days, of really having any real differences in implementation or speed of your favorite desktop are gone.

If your favorite Linux distribution uses one of these desktop environments (DE). More likely than not the DE is no faster on your Linux Distribution than it is on most other Linux Distributions. With the exception of perhaps Mint Linux, which makes all DE’s conform to the Mint Linux idea of the perfect DE, they all look more or less the same in one Linux Distribution as in another.

What got me thinking about this is I am back to playing with Makulu Linux. I find Makulu Linux a breath of frsh color in a color challenged Linux world. If you want to read a well written review of Makulu Linux, you can find it here:

MakuluLinux Flash 2020 Could Be an Xfce Desktop Game-Changer

Makulu Linux, daring to be different

Makulu Linux reminds me of what Linux used to be. Makulu uses color, color, and more color. Whether Makulu Linux is faster, slower, or just as fast as the Linux Distribution you are using right now, is a moot point. Makulu Linux developers are not afraid to be different,

I have a computer with a graphics card capable of displaying more than 16 colors, I don’t need all my icons to look the same as the other 50 plus icons. I like color, and I enjoy the creativity Makulu Linux takes in their product.

Color! Who would have thought!

If you are not afraid of diverging from the main five or six colors of the main Linux Distributions, Makulu Linux and other smaller distributions are game changers. With that being said, not all smaller Linux Distributions use or access repositories of tens of thousands of programs and files, twenty-nine plus thousand of which you will never use.

This is the third iteration of Makulu Linux in the last few years, and perhaps they did not get popular enough for further development, but Makulu Linux seems intent on not being another plain vanilla Linux.

Maybe the days of having Linux your way are gone by the wayside. At least you do not have to put up with being bored into mortification from four or five color choices differentiating your Linux Distribution from another Linux Distribution,

Nightmares, Voices, and Visions

What about those nightmares? What about those bad dreams that are not really nightmares but close? You know those dreams that are very unsettling but did not cause you to wake up terrified? What about childhood terrors? These are not the dreams that let us wake up refreshed and rested.

Sometimes dreams are just not fun. They are at the least unsettling, and at their worst, make for a bad day or week. In the realm of ancient knowledge, there are documented records of good dreams and bad dreams. Some dreams foretell of danger wiping out a community or culture. Other dreams are prophetic precursors of something going to happen and there was nothing to be done about it.

Are all nightmares just dreams, or could they be something more?

All these dreams are real from the viewpoint of the person who dreamed them. Whether they are a child’s night terrors to a dream of our dying, they are real to that person. Someone who hears voices or thinks they are being tormented by monsters or demons, to that person those events or dreams are real.

When a child suffers from night terrors, they are not called night terrors because they are so much fun. To the Child and Adult having night terrors, they are completely real.

The situation or the monsters are as real as you or I touching our hand with our other hand. Just because other people in the room can not perceive what terrifies the child, is not any sort of proof that the terror is not real. In times past, there was a different way of managing people who heard voices, saw apparitions, or were attacked by monsters or demons.

People in this unfortunate situation were severely tortured, semi-drowned, or underwent some other punishment which would be unthinkable today. We do a real disservice when flippantly dismissing a child who suffers from night terrors, someone who hears voices or sees things the rest of us are unable to.

The idea that we are not effected has nothing to do with personal experience. Jumping off on another train of thought, it is believed that these are real happenings, and are memories of a previous lifetime or existence.

We have a silly way of managing these occurrences, either dreams, visions or auditory occurrences. We classify them as either from some benevolent higher power or they are evil. I propose we shrink these two categories and have a much larger middle ground category where we can safely store night terrors, apparitions, voices, and other things that go bump, and not necessarily in the night.

Imagine for a moment, where the state of negotiation would be if American mathematician John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics and Abel Prize winner, was either tortured, locked away or murdered?

How many other brilliant minds throughout history underwent horrible forms of punishment as a method or a cure. People did not quit hearing or seeing things. If they survived their torture, they learned to lie convincingly, so it did not happen again. Most of us are just like them. We have nightmares, seen visions or heard voices. We are smarter than we were centuries ago. We have learned not to talk about them.

Dreams, Dreamscapes, and Dream Physics

There was a mystic of note around the turn of the last century through the nineteen-forties or thereabouts. His name was Edgar Cayce and was known as the Sleeping Prophet.

Cayce was an original and immensely popular. Cayce would be asked a question, and the answer would be given to him. He was the only mystic I ever read about back in the day other than religious mystics. There are volumes and volumes of information on Cayce, though some of them, are hashed and rehashed and regurgitated. I first read about him as a teen, and I was enthralled, and very curios about this idea.

If memory serves, Cayce would be asked a question, and then took a nap. When he awoke, he knew the answer to the question. Though I suspect his description of how exactly the process happened may not be what he claimed. Better a live Prophet than a burnt witch, or put in an asylum. All cultures and all times have stories of sometimes world changing information arriving in a leaders mind through a dream.

Nothing scientific here, as what follows is my observations of my dreams over the years. I find dreams fascinating as mentioned. While in a dream a dream may seem completely normal, same as being awake. Some dreams are so convoluted and at times irrational it makes one wonder why I had that dream. With few exceptions, physics and what we know about the world is thrown out the window. Depending on the dream and possibly the dreamer, there are two groups of physics, the physics that are applied to the dreamer, and the physics applied to everything else contained in the dream.

Dreams and Dreamscape

Dreams no matter what they are, are rarely boring

In some of my dreams, everything around me acts in what I think of as real time, yet my actions are in slow motion. In other dreams jumping long distances, moving faster than humanly possible, flying and other wild actions feel normal in the dream. In some dreams, there are one or more people I know (in the dream), and in other dreams I may be interacting or observing something with a group of strangers.

In one recurring dream, I was a teacher of some rather obscure subjects. Yet I was highly thought of for my teaching skills and knowledge. I have only had a handful of recurring dreams. I would have horrible nightmares when sick as a child. The first recurring dreams I remember having were as a Teen. Other recurring dreams happened randomly throughout the years.

Dreamland is sometimes takes place when lighting is weak, or dim, sort of dusk like. In other dreams, the sun is shining (and the hypothetical birds are singing). The landscape in my dreams goes from wooded forests to the sides or tops of mountains to what looked identical to any common environments, until I look closer.

One very interesting dream I have, usually after a lot of traveling, is a house based dream. By some accident or discovery, a door, a small panel in the wall, or walking around the outside of the house, I find the house different than I thought it should be. There may be other bedrooms that look just like mine, or another twenty rooms I never realized existed.

In the most recent dream of this type, the discovered part of the house was about five times bigger than what I thought was the house I was living in. I have waken while contemplating if I should be living in the large part of the house, rather than the smaller normal house I was living in. This makes the dream vivid and easy to recall.

There are exceptions to this, but sometimes my vision in dreams seems to be less than thirty feet or so. I think this is because of the fluidity of most dreams and the randomness of the physics. Then there are the dreams where I am standing on one side of a mountain, town or city, and I can clearly see the homes and businesses between myself and whatever distant point I am looking at.

Then there are the dreams that take place on other planets, or perhaps other realities. I am usually a visitor, and present to observe something that changes with each dream. Some parts of the dream are completely normal and other parts are hard to comprehend how they came about. Then I wake up, and wonder what I ate or was thinking about that caused me to have a dream like that.

Dreams also seem to be in the second person. Generally, I am watching myself in the dream, though who or what I am as I watch is a mystery. For all I know I am a movie camera recording what I am doing. I am interested in how your dreams compare? Are they the same general type, completely different, terrifying, or generally boring? If you would, leave me a comment about your dreams and observations.

Driving down the Highway in a BMW 330i

A little over two weeks ago, I was in South Carolina trying to get back to Albuquerque. Going by plane was the cheapest option. I also seemed the riskiest option. There was no direct flight. I had a choice of having a layover in Dallas or Denver. Not exactly airports one wants to hang out in during a pandemic.

Checking out the car rentals, even the cheapest car was twice the price of flying. The only real benefit was being around people who mostly were local to small towns when stopping for gas and food (if done wisely).

The day before I left, I checked one more time for a car rental. To my surprise Car Rental Companies are suffering like every other transportation industry, and most of their their business has evaporated. I booked a Hyundai Elantra or something like it for forty dollars a day and change, no long distance or high mileage fees. It wouldn’t be as nice as flying, but should be less risky from an exposure point of view.

When I picked up the car, they told me, they had a BMW for the same price and would that be okay? After spending a second or two for a polite pause, I said yes, a BMW would be fine, trying to keep the gloat off my face. I drove a BMW 330i off the lot.

Up until that moment, I thought a Volkswagen Jetta was the greatest long distance driving car out there. The Jetta has a 900 mile a day seat, handles well, and is a pleasure for a drivers over long distances.

The BMW 330i is an easy step up as a driving machine. For the first few hundred miles, it felt like the car an I were fighting each other, The rest of the two thousand mile drive was a dream!

The best long drive car I have had the pleasure of driving!

The BMW 330i has everything wanted for a long drive starting with the best speaker system I have ever heard in a car. The seat besides tilt, up down, forward and back has two more adjustments for your back, and two more for your legs. Plus if you have long legs, the bottom of the seat has a built in extension that moves the front seat length up to about three inches farther out.

Of course the few fast cars out there wanted a run, and all were disappointed afterwards. The BMW 330i may not be the fastest car out there, but it is a long ways from being a slouch (Wanna be’s take heed). You step on the gas and you move. Step on the gas harder and you move faster. Braking is superb too.

Handling is as crisp at thirty mph as it is three times that speed, or more. Also there were no rough roads sitting inside the 330i with one exception. I did hit a huge pothole in Nashville, TN. I thought the pothole was going to take the front wheel off. The pothole shook the car pretty hard, but all was well. I thought in a normal car, the wheel would have been ripped off. That pothole was a gross exception, and not the rule for rough roads.

If I had to drive long distances every day, I would seriously consider the BMW 330i, As a daily driver, I think it would be doing the car a disservice. The 330i is made to be driven, not idling to work at twenty miles an hour in traffic.

If you have the opportunity to drive a BMW 330i and you have the time for a very long drive, I think you will find you will have a really good time and appreciate the thinking, quality and skill that goes into building the BMW 330i.

If you want to drive a car only because it’s fast, I would rent something else. Like all things in life, after my drive it was time to turn in the BMW 330i so the next driver can appreciate all a BMW 330i has to offer.