TOTD 2020-3-29: A Tale of Two Cities

I was reminded this morning of this quote from Charles Dickens.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.... [Read More]


TOTD 2020-3-27: Taking the Temperature

This will be a short post. I have a couple of appointments this weekend. To calm fears they want to know my temperature for a few days.

I grew up in the States and the old thermometers had mercury in them and you stuck them under your tongue. In Japan they use digital thermometers but you don’t stick it under your tongue. It is placed in another warm place but(I spelled that right) not where you think. It is placed under your arm. The temperature is lower by a degree or so. ... [Read More]


TOTD 2020-3-25: Who Decides Who Dies?

We have no idea how well things will go. There is hope and facts that it looks like things will be okay but there is also facts that things could turn bad. If the hospitals are overrun with people who need critical care. At that time someone will have to decide who gets that help and who doesn’t.  I have some questions to get at some rational for those decisions.

What is the main criteria for giving the rationed resources? Need? Money? Prospects for recovery?... [Read More]


TOTD 2020-3-24: How Not to Buy Staples in the Crisis

I will put this information in a spoiler so that the hoarders don’t buy THIS SIMPLE TRICK. Okay, I want you to click the spoiler because I need to practice my clickbaitery. Leave a comment if you had to look. I am desperate for comments too.

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TOTD 2020-3-18: Two Seconds Four Tires

I will warn you that this twenty minutes video to cover two seconds of time will be hard to stop watching. I saw the four tires changed in two seconds  happen before my eyes but it looked like magic. Everything has to happen pretty neat perfectly and it does. On average this is 0.5 seconds per tire. Wow!

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TOTD 2020-3-16: Minimizing Risks

Life always has risks. You can’t get up in the morning without facing some type of danger. All one can do is minimize the risks one faces. Some things are safer than others. There are two main ways to handle the risks. First is to not get close to the danger. No one dies from an airplane crash unless they board the aircraft. (I am leaving out the plane falling on you because the chances are so low.) Second, one limits the risk by being prepared for them. Once the problem happens you have the “medicine”, “helmet”, and the “parachute”. One not only has a backup system one runs “fire drills” to be able to use them. I was impressed on how prepared civil westman is by making a ventilator. John Walker is prepared for systems to go down.

How do you mitigate the risks in your life?
What “backup systems” do you have?
Are you more of a keep away from risk or a I can handle the risk person?


TOTD 2020-3-15: Boredom

I don’t understand how anyone can be bored now. We have a million things to read and see. Information is at our finger tips. Even when we are alone we can be in constant contact with people. It is like people dying from starvation because it is too hard to prepare a meal or can’t be bother to raise a spoon to their mouths.

I am thinking this is a great time of the year to have off. The weather has turned warmer and everything has started to bloom. From the statistics I have seen the vast majority will not be affected adversely even if they test positive. Embrace the moment. It sure beats a massive earthquake that shuts off the power and the water. ... [Read More]


TOTD 2020-3-14: State of Emergency

One can never be too cautious so please make sure and wash your hands after reading posts especially by some members. (There is no need to state the obvious and mention the names.) Also please keep a good distance when making comments. Try to leave enough blank comments as not to catch the virus. Social distance on social media is important at this time. I will be coming around in a HazMat Sock to take some culture samples for testing and just good old fun. If I like you, you will test negative. If not, it will be three weeks on the Ratburger Cruise. So you won’t be bored we lined up some of your favorite speakers from 2016. Hillary Clinton will even sign books.


TOTD 2020-3-13: There it Was

It was such a nice day. (How nice a day was it?) It was so nice that I went for a walk to a park near my house. It is a mountain (山 in Japanese). Well, it is more of a hill but it counts for getting that Chinese character. It is a brisk hike to the top. It always amazes me that when I get to the top of a place like this and I am feeling a little winded there are some senior citizens. They probably do the climb every day and with ease. It takes the pride out of it if you scale the heights to find granny having tea with her friends.

On my way down as I got back to the main road, AKA a narrow alley wide pavement. I saw a rare an amazing sight. It looked beautiful in the morning light. My mind raced to wonder why of all places this should be there but it was. In all its majesty stood an NTT phone booth with its typical green dialing device and coin slot!