It’s That Time Again

PCGuyIV the host of Thoughts & Theories has another installment of Fibbing Friday questions for all of us today.

  1. Why did the Proclaimers say they would walk a total of 1,000 miles instead of using some other form of transport?

The Scottish twins were alien enthusiasts and they wanted to storm Area 51 to meet the little green men.

  1. Why did Aloe Blacc say to wake him up when it’s all over rather than before it ends?

That is because even though he didn’t enjoy causing pain for others, there was something about hurting people that he liked.

  1. What exactly is a big bright green pleasure machine?

I am not exactly sure, but you can get it on Amazon.

  1. Where is Honalee?

This is one on the Hawaiian Islands.

  1. Why did the Monkeys say to take the last train to Clarksville instead of an earlier one?

I told her once and then I told her twice, someone will have to pay the price, but she never listens to my advice, so we broke up.  She wanted to see me again and I told her to take the last train, because I was working with Andrew Oldham who locked Mick and Keith in a room and told them not to come out until they had a song.  I had the key to the room and I had to watch them, so the last train worked best for me.

  1. Why did she leave home Wednesday morning at 5:00?

She enjoyed irritating her parents, so she ran away before they woke up.

  1. Exactly what is it that sweet dreams are made of?

Doughnuts and jelly beans.

  1. Why did the Rolling Stones want the red door painted black?

Too many prostitutes kept showing up, as they thought they could work there.

  1. What exactly was going on behind the green door?

This is where Deepthroat and Debbie both did Dallas.

  1. Why was there smoke on the water?

Willie Nelson thought marijuana could save his life, so he invented a giant bong.

Written for Fibbing Friday.

Til The End Of Time

Wistfulness is a feeling of sadness, because you are thinking about something that is impossible or in the past.  In May 1964, Paul McCartney wrote the song ‘Things We Said Today’ entirely by himself even though it is credited as a Lennon and McCartney song.  Paul was cruising the Caribbean on a holiday in the Virgin Islands aboard a yacht called Happy Days with his then-girlfriend Jane Asher.  The melancholy lyrics reflect that Paul understood that his and Asher’s lifestyles would increasingly drive them apart, although they did stay together until July 1968, and in December 1967 announced their engagement.

The Beatles just completed filming A Hard Day’s Night on April 24th and their manager Brian Epstein arranged for them to have a month off in May to do as they pleased and they all enjoyed some (relatively) peaceful times.  Paul and Jane an English actress went on the cruise with Ringo and his girlfriend Maureen Starkey Tigrett who was a hairdresser from Liverpool.  Paul and Jane both had professional careers that separated them for long periods of time, which resulted in Paul wishing that she wasn’t so far away from him.  Paul knew that he needed to record some songs while he was on this holiday to flesh out side two of the Beatles soundtrack album when they got back.  ‘Things We Said Today’ did not get into the movie, but it was on the soundtrack.

Paul is affirming his love for his girl who he is separated from for long periods of time.  He is comforted by her assurance that she will love him “till the end of time” and that she’ll be “thinking of” him while they are apart.  The lyrics in this song are somewhat melancholy and wistful, but also optimistic.  Sometimes when a friendship ends, all you have left are the memories of things that you said during those days.

You say you will love me
If I have to go
You’ll be thinking of me
Somehow I will know

Someday when I’m lonely
Wishing you weren’t so far away
Then I will remember
Things we said today

You say you’ll be mine, girl
‘Til the end of time
These days such a kind girl
Seems so hard to find

Someday when we’re dreaming
Deep in love, not a lot to say
Then we will remember
The things we said today

Me, I’m just the lucky kind
Love to hear you say that love is luck
And, though we may be blind
Love is here to stay
And that’s enough
To make you mine, girl
Be the only one
Love me all the time, girl
We’ll go on and on

Someday when we’re dreaming
Deep in love, not a lot to say
Then we will remember
Things we said today

Me, I’m just the lucky kind
Love to hear you say that love is luck
And, though we may be blind
Love is here to stay
And that’s enough
To make you mine, girl
Be the only one
Love me all the time, girl
We’ll go on and on

Someday when we’re dreaming
Deep in love, not a lot to say
Then we will remember
The things we said today

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #105 – Wistfulness.

I’ll Try To Love Again

Your first love will always define the way you understand every relationship that follows, so the first woman or man that you fall in love with will always stay in your memory.  The first time you get cut usually gives you an experience that you won’t forget at least for a while and the cuts or hardships that come later should be easier to deal with.  Cat Stevens sold his song ‘The First Cut is the Deepest’ to soul singer P.P. Arnold for £30 or $40.  Patricia Ann Cole, known professionally as P. P. Arnold, is an American soul singer who got her start as an Ikette, one of Ike & Tina Turner’s backup performers.  Rod Stewart recorded the definitive version of this song ten years later which went to #21 in the US and #1 in the UK and the Sheryl Crow version in 2003, made it to #14 in the US and #37 in the UK.  The song was written in 1967 and I think it was the fifth song that Cat Stevens wrote coming after ‘I Love My Dog’, ‘Matthew and Son’, ‘Here Comes My Baby’ and ‘I’m Gonna Get Me a Gun’.

I would have given you all of my heart
But there’s someone who’s torn it apart
And he’s taking just all that I had
But if you wanna try to love again
Baby, I’ll try to love again, but I know

The first cut is the deepest, baby, I know
The first cut is the deepest
But when it comes to being lucky, he’s cursed
When it comes to lovin’ me, he’s worse

I still want you by my side
Just to help me dry the tears that I’ve cried
But I’m sure gonna give you a try
If you wanna try to love again
Try,
Baby, I’ll try to love again, but I know

The first cut is the deepest, baby, I know
The first cut is the deepest
But when it comes to being lucky, he’s cursed
When it comes to lovin’ me, he’s worse

I still want you by my side
Just to help me dry the tears that I’ve cried
But I’m sure gonna give you a try
‘Cause if you wanna try to love again
(Try to love again, try to love again)
Baby, I’ll try to love again, but I know

The first cut is the deepest, baby, I know
The first cut is the deepest
But when it comes to being lucky, he’s cursed
When it comes to lovin’ me, he’s worse

The first cut is the deepest, baby, I know
The first cut is the deepest
(Try to love again)

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge Where Do The Children Play.

Ubiquitous

I wish I had more hair on my head, but hair is best when it is limited to being contained in certain regions and not present everywhere on your body.  Hypertrichosis is an abnormal amount of hair growth over the body and extensive cases are sometimes called werewolf syndrome.  Did you ever wonder what Cousin Itt (the fictional character in the Addams Family television and film series) looks like under all of that hair?  Gomez once asked him what is underneath all of his hair, and Cousin Itt replied with the nebulous remark “Roots”.

Corn silk is the stringy hair like stuff that you find underneath the husk of an ear of corn.  It’s all about sex, since corn is a monoecious plant, that produces both male and female flowers on the same plant.  Both flowers are initially bisexual, but during the course of development the female components (gynoecia) of the male flowers and the male components (stamens) of the female flowers abort.  The corn silk growing out of the ear is the female part of a corn plant, and the tassel growing out the top of the corn stalk is the male part.  The corn silk is the stigma and style of the female part of the corn.  The stigma is the sticky end of the silk where pollen attaches.

A single ear of corn, which is about a half cup of corn kernels, contains 2 grams of fiber.  Fiber has a number of health benefits, including normalizing bowel function and preventing constipation. Psyllium is a form of fiber made from the husks of the Plantago ovata plant’s seeds.  Psyllium is a bulk-forming laxative, it soaks up water in your gut and makes bowel movements much easier and can help promote regularity without increasing flatulence.  Psyllium husk fiber often comes in a powder form, but if you take it in a tablet, make sure that you chew it thoroughly before swallowing.

Written for FOWC with Fandango – Nebulous and for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Tablet Husk Hair.

New SLS Badge Coming Soon

I am working on a new badge for Song Lyric Sunday.

At the top it will say Welcome to Song Lyric Sunday and below that there will be a worm like creature sitting on a mushroom blowing out smoke that forms, “Smoking Hot Music”. Below that it will say “Caution!  Listening to music may cause uncontrolled outbursts of joy and happiness and also lead you to becoming more energetic, creative and spontaneous, so enter at your own risk.”  I am going to add musical notes and instruments around the edges of the new badge.  It is a slow process, but I am committed to creating it.

I found these flaming hot letters, but they are just clip art so I need to do some work on them to get them the way I want.

Expansion Slots

An expansion card or an expansion board is plugged directly into the motherboard and from there it is connected by a cable to the expansion slot.  Laptops do not have expansion slots like desktop computers do.  Expansion cards are a way to upgrade a computer as the expansion slots give your computer additional capabilities.  Some very common expansion cards are sound cards, 56k modems, and Ethernet adapters.  In case you are wondering what you can do with the slots on the back of your computer which most people take for granted, these slots can be used to increase the number of specific ports on your PC, so you could use this if you need more USB ports, or perhaps you want to add a FireWire port.

PCI Express stands for Peripheral Component Interconnect Express and it is officially abbreviated as PCIe or PCI-e.  It was developed for peripheral component interconnection and it is a high-speed serial computer expansion bus standard, designed to replace the older PCI, PCI-X and AGP bus standards.  This high-speed hardware interface comes from Intel and it is used for connecting peripheral devices.  PCI Express (PCIe) was introduced in 2002, and by the mid-2000s, motherboards had at least one PCIe X16 graphics slot.  PCIe is also used for hard drives, sound cards, video capture devices, Recording cards, Solid State Drives (SSDs), Wi-Fi and Ethernet.

The PCI Express standard is one of the staples of modern computing, with every desktop computer made in the last decade having motherboards manufactured only with PCIe slots.  Generally, PCI Express refers to the actual expansion slots on the motherboard that accept PCIe-based expansion cards and to the types of expansion cards themselves.  PCIe expansion slots on your PC typically come in four flavors x1, x4, x8, x16.  The x indicates the physical size of the PCIe card or slot, with x16 being the largest and x1 being the smallest.  PCIe x16 is mainly used for the video cards, because they need high data rates. Those numbers denote how many “lanes” each expansion slot has.  The more lanes a slot has the faster data can flow to and from the card because it will have more bandwidth between the card and the host.  Each lane is capable of speeds from 250-1969 MB/s, depending on the version of the PCIe protocol (v1.x, v2.x, v3.0, v4.0).  You can install any PCI Express expansion card in any PCI Express slot.  For example, you can install an x1 expansion card in any kind of PCI Express slot; it doesn’t need to be installed in an x1 slot.  So, if you have an x4 expansion card but your motherboard doesn’t have an x4 PCI Express slot, no problem; simply install it in an x8 or x16 slot.

Newer PCIe versions have increased bandwidth available each time, greatly increasing the potential of what the connected hardware can do.  PCI Express 1 came out in 2005 and PCI Express 2 became available in 2007 and this doubled transfer rate.  PCI Express 3 came out in 2007 and that offered a bit rate of 8 Giga-transfers per second (GT/s).  PCI Express 4 was announced on June 8, 2017 and its throughput per lane is 1969 MB/s.  PCI Express 5 is expected in late 2019 and as usual the speed will also be doubling, supporting a bandwidth of 31.504 GB/s per lane (3938 MB/s), twice what’s offered by PCIe 4.0.  All of the PCI Express versions are both forward as well as backward compatible.  This implies that irrespective of the particular version of the PCI Express your computer system or motherboard is able to support, they should be working together, at least at some minimum level.  To reach the maximum performance possible, both the expansion card and the PCI Express controller (available inside the CPU or inside the motherboard chipset, depending on your system) have to be of the same revision.  If you have a PCI Express 2.0 video card and install it on a system with a PCI Express 3.0 controller, you will be limited to the PCI Express 2.0 bandwidth.